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  1. @Bertie Psmith loving the anecdotes already; having spent 36 years in the Civil Service having failed to meet the medical requirements of the RAF I envy your experiences, good and bad Both of my 1983 Vulcans are in the Loft of Doom right now but I think 40 grams (whatever that is!) sounds about right.
  2. No. The twin-stick FGR. 2s all had serials in the range XT891 - ‘928 (of which XT915 - ‘928 were cancelled). As far as I know there were no twin-stick FG.1s.
  3. The resolution’s not good but I think that it’s the F(TT) Mk. 8 that one of our club members built a year or two ago that appeared in AMW.
  4. Reboxings/additional parts 1/72 Vulcan B. Mk. 2 “Black Buck”, Vulcan B. Mk. 2/ MRR Mk. 2 “Olympus 200”, Mosquito B. Mk. 35/ TT. Mk. 35, Mosquito PR. Mk. 34 “Final operational sortie”, Jet Provost T. Mk. 3/ T. Mk. 50 “Export customers”, Shackleton MR. Mk. 2 “Middle East”, Victor B. Mk. 2 “early production”, Buccaneer S. Mk. 2B “Operation Granby”, Bf-109E “Eastern front” Ju-87B “Eastern front” 1/48 Meteor F. Mk. 8 “Royal Auxiliary Air Force”, Meteor F. Mk. 8 “NATO”, Hunter F. Mk. 6 “NATO”, Ju-87B “Mediterranean theatre”, New tool: 1/72 Lincoln B. Mk. 2, Jet Provost T. Mk. 5/Strikemaster, Jaguar GR. Mk. 1/3, 1/48 Buccaneer S. Mk. 2B, Swift FR. Mk. 5,
  5. You obviously got more pocket money than I did! I think my grandparents shelled out £1 17/6 (£1.87.5 in post-dismalisation money) for my Christmas present SR.N4 the year it was released. My pocket money then was 2/6 (12.5p).
  6. Probably almost as hacked off as I suspect she might have been by her useless pillock of a Secretary of State for Defence falling asleep during the flying display.
  7. My pleasure @Hampshirehog222. The Airfix kit is a bit of a mongrel; although it includes the earlier leading edges of the Mks. 1 and 4 the centre fuselage has all of the vents and intakes around the engine of the Mk, 6. Aerocraft models produce a resin centre fuselage with these corrected fo the Mk. 4 (and Mk. 1) but it’s a little awkward to install. The link ejector chutes adjacent to the rear sections of the Sabrinas are a bit basic and could, at least, do with being drilled out or being replaced with short lengths of tube. One aftermarket supplier (CMK or Pavla?) markets resin replacements, describing them as oxygen charging points IIRC. Other minor tweaks could be to trim the outboard trailing edges of the ailerons to reduce the sweep angle and to replace the last 1/8 inch of the solid fin/tailplane junction fairing with a similarly-shaped piece of clear plastic to represent the aft navigation light. None of these, apart from the engine area, are major jobs and even if you don’t fancy any of them your model can still be made into a very presentable representation of one of the most handsome military aeroplanes ever designed.
  8. @Hampshirehog222 E-423 is/was an Fm 51 and was fitted with the earlystandard wing (no "dog tooth or outboard pylons) so if 1/48th is your scale the Airfix F. 4/5 will be your kit of choice. In 1/72th the Revell F. 6 would be a good starting point (separate wing leadin0g edges) but it needs a new jet pipe and tailcone to reflect the slimmer "small-bore" Avon 100-series engine used in Hunter single seaters prior to the F. 6.
  9. Towards the end of their lives several (11?) Vulcans received wrap-around schemes in Dark Green and Dark Sea Grey, including XL318, XL426 and XM575. There's a full list in Craig Bulman's "Avro Vulcan B. Mk. 2 from a different angle" but my copy's downstairs just now and I'm not. One Vulcan (XM605?), maybe two, received a temporary "desert-camouflage" finish in Dark Earth and Light Stone IIRC for at least one Red Flag but I still can't reach my references to confirm.
  10. High Speed Silver was the default option on early Valiants: WB215 was a notable exception, because no overall highly polished aluminium (I can’t remember if WB210 also wore this finish; it’s late, I’m tired and my Valiant references are not easily accessible just now. The crew door could have been a replacement part from another Valiant or could have been subject to its own personal repaint, but unless someone still has the aircraft record cards we’ll probably never know for certain now. Well done Airfix for reissuing this kit.
  11. @Cheshiretaurus looking good. Your bomb carriers (four items, top right in the image) should be satin black rather than grey-green though.
  12. W4050 still has her original wingtips which are of shorter span than production Mosquitos; all of the extension was outboard of the ailerons.
  13. Sword are well known for producing short run kits and most of us have developed the necessary skills and attitudes to cope with them. Even though they are short run kits their surface detail ought to be better than the 50-plus-year-old Airfix kit; some of their other recent products suggest that it would be.
  14. Aaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!! @#@£&&@#%&€$§_¥^<>§§€. AUTOINCORRECT, AGAIN!!!!!!!. DOMINIE! The name is DOMINIE!!!
  15. Please Mr. Sword, any danger of a state-of-the-art Dominic in 1/72th and 1/48th?
  16. @Simon the strengthening panels came into being some time around-the-clock mid eighties I believe. Not only do Airfix give them to you on the centre section but also, IIRC, on the tailplanes and on the outer wing panels in way of the rear spar so these'll have to come off if you're depicting XV415 early in her service life. I've not seen the Air Graphics tanks but one improvement over the Airfix examples is the they're highly unlikely to have the external stiffener on both sides of the tanks. Other aftermarket that you might want to consider comes from Aerocraft Models in the shape of new intake ducts and splitter plates, new afterburner nozzles and rear fuselage hot gas vents and unladen underwing pylons. Whether or not you do I'm looking forward to following your work on this kit.
  17. Thanks @canberra kid I never realised that the B-56s were naked ally. Did they have the wooden fin structure though, or was that replaced by ally?
  18. @Lord Riot that is a good looking Tornado. I attended the 1984 Mildenhall air show and, for me, one of the stars of the static park was 27 Squadron's nearly new ZA494, wearing the fin code 15 IIRC. Less than 3 weeks later she was written off in a non-fatal crash. I'm given to understand that the pilot was sampling the pitch attitude on the approach and the FBW computers got stuck in a loop and getting out of phase with the pilot's inputs. At low-level he didn't have much leeway so thankfully Martin Baker were there to provide the get-out clause.
  19. "Silver Canberras weren't bare metal, they were painted High Speed Silver, an aluminium-pigmented finish that gave a slight sheen rather than a shiny finish and was applied as an anti-corrosion measure. On many silver, and some camouflaged, Canberras the forward section of the fin was painted grey, somewhere near Medium Sea Grey, being constructed of plywoodrather than aluminium.
  20. @Brigbeale that's looking good. Don't go too overboard on the scribing though, many of the panel lines on the Canberra fuselage are almost invisible on the real jets. One thing that you could do though, if you're feeling brave or bonkers enough, is to replicate the skin doubler plates on the sides of the rear fuselage. These extend from above the mid-point of the bomb bay (just in front of the gun pack) to just ahead of the tailplanes. If you can find a copy of the (now very) old Aviation News drawings they're quire well illustrated; failing that I'm sure @canberra kid has got plenty of images of them on his site.
  21. Typos are sneaky little blighters aren't they? Sneak up when you least expect 'em.
  22. The F. 3 was the first Lightning not fitted for guns; the small ventral tank of that mark would certainly preclude a retrospective gun installation there. The F. 3As were always intended to be brought up to full F. 6 standard but still lacked the upper nose guns. The ventral tank gun pack came some years after the F. 6s introduction into service.
  23. The lower cannon in the Lightning 2 and 2A displaced the Firestreak missile pack so even their breeches were forward of the ventral tank. XN734/G-BNCA had a gun pack in the fore part of the ventral tank but may have been fitted for this for trials purposes connected with the Mk. 53 programme and/or the 27mm weapon for the Tornado. Sadly this jet met a gruesome end at Cranfield some time in the mid/late nineties.
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