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  1. I wish I'd not seen this thread: I've just started thinking about using a set of Airfux Shackletin wings, undercarriage and cowlings for a Tudor or Ashton kit-bash. Where's my meds????
  2. I’ve just had a shufti at the 3D renderings from the announcement and it appears that both styles of windscreen/canopy will, at some point, be available. A quick check of the initial box artwork illustration at Airfix.com shows two options with the later, steeper, windscreen (both have been featured on the very old 1/72th kit) and one with the earlier shallow version that I’ve not seen previously.
  3. Didn't VEB-Plasticart do one, or was that some od scale like 1/100th? I can (just) remember a comparison build of that and the Airfix kit in the now long-gone PAM Magazine.
  4. I used to work with a lovely young woman whose dad had been a tail gunner on 102 Squadron RAF based in Yorkshire and flying Halifaxes. At the end of April 1942 the Squadron was tasked to attack Koln and they wee operating from their station’s satellite airfield. Halifax W7653 taxied out, lined up and began its take off run. Unfortunately acceleration was slower than target and the pilot soon reached a point where he could no longer stop the aeroplane before the boundary hedge and nor was it showing any signs of daylight under the mainwheels. Somehow a few inches of daylight did appear, just before the manwheels bashed through said hedge, sending up a spectacular shower of leaves, twigs and branches which was observed at close quarters by our man in the rear turret. “Blimey skipper, I hope you see the next one before I do!” he called over the intercom. Unfortunately the pilot could already see it dead ahead in the form of the hangars of their home station which still loomed above the labouring bomber. Somehow enough altitude was gained to avoid impact and a spectacular cremation and the aircraft flew on towards its target, somewhere in the vicinity of which it was attacked by a night fighter and set on fire. The order to abandon aircraft was given and the tail gunner was in the throes of complying when he spotted the aggressor returning to administer the coup de grace. He got back behind his guns and let fly, sending the fighter diving away, before bailing out. He was one of only three members of the crew to survive. Sadly Sergeant G H Lee is no longer with us, but I do hope that his daughter is.
  5. The Valiants repainted for the low-level role were definitely gloss, there are a few images of XD825 and a line up, including WZ404, that show this. Like all gloss paints they'd have worn down to satin had they survived long enough. The anti flash white was, I think, satin from the outset but I stand to be erected.
  6. It’s fun cutting the slot for the harness in the head armour isn’t it?
  7. The wing tips were cropped by 18 inches each side as part of the K. 2 conversion programme and the ailerons were uprigged by 2 degrees to reduce wing bending moments. After the Falklands War the ailerons were uprigged by an additional 2 degrees to further eke out available fatigue life. The Airfix Victor K. 2 kit has both the original B. 2 wingtips and the cropped K. 2 tips to allow for the SR. 2 and K. 2.
  8. There's always been an element of "trade secrets" in most industries; in this instance Airfix might have wanted to suppress the Buccaneer announcement because of the number of requests that they must have had for a 1/48th Brick since the old tool kit started being produced in unobtanium. They certainly wouldn't have wanted Revell, for example, getting early wind of the project and trying to beat them to market with their own interpretation.
  9. You can’t actually see this aircraft’s bomb(s): don’t forget that the bombs will be travelling at the same speed as their carrier aircraft when released and will retain much of that forward speed until impact; they will therefore have to be dropped some distance short of the target, how far short dependent on weapon size/mass, speed, altitude, head- or tail-wind and several other variables. It’s also entirely possible that this aircraft’s crew had already dropped their weapon(s) and were clearing the target area; with such a close-cropped image it’s pretty much impossible to tell.
  10. Welcome aboard Chris. Which Javelin kit is it, the rather nice 1/4th monster or the older 1/72th version modified from the Heller T. 3 kit?
  11. The Xtradecal sheet should suffice, but if the Hasegawa rounders are too large there is the possibility that the squadron codes and aircraft letter are also oversized. RAF Squadron codes on heavy bombers were typically 48 inches tall by 30 inches wide, .666667 inch high and 0.41666666 inches wide open n 1/72th scale. Xtradecal also produce sheets of Squadron codes of the correct size and colour.
  12. FAA Phantoms weren't painted blue; upper surfaces were Extra Dark Sea Grey for which I know of no direct Tamiya equivalent. Humbrol 125 is a good match. Thex EDSG on FAA hansom seemed to weather quite quickly to something approaching Dark Sea Grey but with bit of a blue cast: as always try to get images of your chosen subject and maybe be prepared for a bit if mixing.
  13. None of the front line night fighter variants had ejection seats; there may have been some test and development examples that had them but none that spring readily to mind at this time of night.
  14. One of my favourite Matchbox kits in one of my favourite colour schemes. @John Masters you seem to have been a victim of #%##€¥£€%& auto-incorrect, the airfield was RAF Hawkinge, located just behind Folkestone. Sadly most of it has now been annihilated, not by Hitler's Luftwaffe but by developers and the workings for Maggie's Hole, sorry, the Channel Tunnel. A small fragment remains as home to the Kent Battle of Britain Museum.
  15. @ElectricLightAndy this is bringing back some memories. One of my primary school teachers had a pale blue HA until it was rammed from behind by an East Kent AEC Swift single-decker. The HA wound up being pushed over 100 yards inverted down a 1-in-something-silly hill before coming to rest. Miraculously my teacher and his wife were released from the wreckage alive but rather badly injured (it was many weeks before he returned to the classroom). My dad drove an HA-derived yellow van (DFN 984L, but I can’t remember breakfast time) in the 1970s with “Post Office Telephones” emblazoned on the doors (after it replaced the similarly-emblazoned Morris Minor van that he’d used for work) which he preferred greatly to the Morris Marina van that replaced the HA when it was discovered that it had terminal corrosion in the front sub frame.
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