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stever219

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  1. Avoid the Tamiya kit; there are shape issues around the nose and intakes, and the vortex generators on the wings are like house bricks. There are other problems but I can't remember what they are ar present.
  2. It is, but IIRC has etched brass, resin and new decals.
  3. If my maths “O”-level is still functioning, and incipient Alzheimer’s is having a night off, you’re going to need characters 3/4 of an inch high, so 36 inch characters in 1/48 scale. (24 inches is 3/4 of 32 inches, therefore 3/4 inch characters required. 36 is 3/4 of 48 so using 1/48 characters use 36 inch sized.)
  4. Because the Diversity Police will get them
  5. The flaps also were selected "UP" fir the same reason that airbrakes were selected "IN", with the same penalty for a forgetful flyer. That said you can find images of Javelins on the ground with 'brakes out and/or flaps down, but these may have been instructional airframes, posed for the photos or being worked on. Normally though "IN" and "UP" was the rule.
  6. Glad to hear that you're on the mend and on the way home. Also looking forward to resumption of work on the Swift: I've also got the Alley Cat conversion but I'm a bit trepid about hacking big chunks off the wings; manual dexterity is not one of my strong points.
  7. Look on the bright side; yiu're not masking the Whitley 'greenhouse'. I still have a FROG Hornet in my display cabinet, wearing the kit's 41 Squadron markings and I'm looking forward to seeing yours finished, whatever colour scheme you choose.
  8. Which two marks of Hastings? C. Mk. 1, C. Mk. 1A, C. Mk. 2, C. Mk. 4 or T. Mk. 5? I'm lucky enough to have had some all-too-brief) time in the back of the last-mentioned, now in the care of Newark Air Museum. Thankfully I escaped the tender mercies of the C-130, once described by a friend based at Lyneham as like spending six hours in a metal dustbin with the Sex Pistols.
  9. I’m sorry if this has been dealt with earlier in this thread but the FROG Javelin F(AW). Mk. 9 nose is about 2/25 inch too short. Unfortunately I’m 41/2 hours flying time from my copy of the Modeldecal sheet that details the error and shows how to turn it to advantage by converting the kit into an F(AW). Mk. 8.
  10. PeterB the Aeroclub Shackleton Mk. 2 conversion is a multi-media conversion with injection moulded bomb doors, lower front fuselage, wheels, ailerons and wing tips, vac-formed cockpit transparencies, dorsal turret and front gunner's transparency, and white metal cannons, dorsal turret structure, undercarriage legs, jacks and radius arms, tailwheel leg, exhausts and sundry other bits. As you'd expect from John Adams the instructions are comprehensive and well written. He also sold separately two decal sheets; one of serial numbers and letters and the other with national and unit markings and a comprehensive selection of stencils. I started wirking on my conversion using this kit two weeks befire Airfix anounced their MR. Mk. 2 kit .....
  11. For Airfix to tool a Mk. 14 they'd be able to use very little of the existing sprues as they are. The undercarriage legs, wheels, well structures and doors can be used, but not the nosewheel forward doir. The engines, cowlings, intakres, tailplanes, elevators, rudder, undewing and belly tanks can also be used. A complete new fuselage, two new cockpits, canopy and windscreen and a complete new wing and ailerons would be required. Airfix have the data for the common parts and I can think of three Mk. 14 airframes that can be LIDARed without incurring excessive travel cists for the research team, one of which is currently wearing 152 Squadron's colourful bars.
  12. Another American import we could do without, the use of “multiple” instead of “several”. Why now do we have news reports of, for example, “multiple victims of multiple shooters in another American school shooting tragedy” instead of “several victims of a number of shooters etc.....”. Is it that the colonials cannot disassociate several, meaning many, from the number seven, or the concept of severed, meaning cut off? “Several” is, of course, one of those clever English words with several meanings, including “separate” or “individual” (in a previous life I had to prepare documentation demonstrating joint and several (joint and individual, in this case) liability in cases of VAT fraud. No “multiple liability” there!)
  13. The main undercarriage on the B-47 is so far aft it would almost be impossible to get it to tail sit, unless you filled the back end with something denser than lead.
  14. I will really miss this shop when it’s finally gone (provisional last day is 31st August). Not only is it our last proper model shop in Bedford, it’s also our last proper hardware and ironmongery shop and, unlike the local H*b*y*r*f*, it’s a meeting place for plastic addicts. The staff have been brilliant; several of them over the twenty-five years I’ve been using that shop have also been modellers and they’ve even given our local model club a showcase by letting us do “demo days” and surgeries. Another thing that will be sorely missed is the experience, knowledge, care and attention that you simply don’t get from a webstore. When I visited a few days ago nearly all of the kits and modelling sundries had gone, but some of us have been selling off some of our stash surpluses through the shop, giving them a percentage of the proceeds. They do need every penny they can get in the run-up (down?) to final closure so, if you’re in, near or around Bedford please drop in and buy a tin of Humbrol something-or-other, or some nails, screws, lightbulbs or other odd bit of kit that you aren’t quite sure you’re ever going to need but you’d be lost without when you do need it. Call 01234 352 321 to see what’s (still) in.
  15. Orlando. We went to D*s*e*l*n* three years ago. On the bus back to the airport at the end of our stay the on-coach video was extolling the virtues of the airport’s restaurants, shopping, art installations and God-knows-what-else. We arrived at check-in three hours before our flight: 45 minutes later we reached the head of the queue and checked in. Once checked in we wandered round the corner to find a further queue, also of 45 minutes duration, for Security so, after a quick loo stop and liquids top up, we joined this queue and, eventually cleared security, only to have to join another queue to go through more security checks. Once clear of this lot we then had to join another, shorter, queue for the rail transit to the terminal where our iron bird awaited us. By the time we got there our flight had been called for boarding so after, guess what, queueing again, we had a rushed Burglar King grot burger and then to join the final queue to board. Shopping? Restaurants? Art? No time for that lot! Just to rub salt in it the flight was delayed by nearly three hours as the airline had overbooked and six intending passengers and their baggage had to be located and offloaded. Please don’t get the wrong impression from my rant: I’m as much in favour of security as anyone else who doesn’t want to be hijacked, shot or blown up by some religious fanatic, politico-environmentalist, homicidal fundamentalist fruit-loop (other types of fruit-loops are available) but resource it properly if you want people to spend money in your airport rather than queue for ages admiring the cracks in the plasterwork and cobwebs in the corners.
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