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  1. 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.
  2. It’s fun cutting the slot for the harness in the head armour isn’t it?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. @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.
  12. There are a lot of TAP’s old(er) A319/320/321s at Kemble probably awaiting a one-sided encounter with a bunch of overgrown Tonka toys. Do you know why the neo and A350 ‘buses have the black “bandit” mask paintwork round the cockpit windows (asking for a fiend.)
  13. Can’t say I’m sorry to see a Boeing being pulverised after the way they treated the 3 VC-10s that were traded in for 747s (smashed to pieces on the apron in front of the people who’d flown, maintained and provisioned them).
  14. At £11 this is no longer a pocket money kit but it could still form the basis for a parent-and-child (other familial groupings are available) shared build programme, helping to guide youngsters into the hobby without the perceived complexities of, for example, one of Airfix's own splendid new Wellingtons with their wonderfully detailed but all-but-invisible interiors. Yes it's basic and there's some parts clean-up to do bot it can be made to look the part and take its place on junior's display shelf or bedroom ceiling as a precursor to the next, hopefully better, attempt. I'm sorely tempted to get one as (a) I've never builtv9ne before, (b) it'll make an interesting comparison with my Airfix B5Ns and (c) as soon as it's finished Airfix will probably announce a brand new tooling of it!
  15. The (ex) RSAF Lightnings wore UK serials and national markings for their return from Saudi Arabia to the UK at the end of their service lives; when they were built they were in full RSAF colours; I think that few, if any, of them even carried B-class registrations, e.g. G-27-235, when on production test in the UK or for their delivery flights.
  16. It’s so nice to see a model that hasn’t been weathered, washed, pre- and post-shaded to within an inch of its life. She looks like she’s been on the Geschwader for a couple of days straight from Heinkel AG. Lovely job.
  17. The A340-200 and -300 used the same wing as the A330, however the wing for the A340-500 and -600 is substantially different with an insert ahead of the front spar to increase the chord and, I think, some additional span. The engines on the -500 and -600 were also bigger and beefier and, as you’ll notice from the 3d renders the centre main bogie is a 4-wheel unit as opposed to the 2-wheel unit on the earlier versions. It’s not quite a “jack up anti-collision beacon, insert new jet” conversion but there’s quite a lot of work involved (ask anyone with the Braz conversion kit).
  18. The Sea Harrier FRS. 1 was a minimum-change development of the Harrier GR 3 so the undercarriage mounting points would be in the same relative positions to and distances from each other. The Sea Harrier FA. 2 was modified slightly; there's a stretch in the rear fuselage but I can't remember if it's ahead of or aft of the main undercarriage bay.
  19. It’s an engine oil vent IIRC. Apparently the F. 2 and F.5 Squadrons weren’t best pleased with this arrangement as the synthetic oil used in the Sapphire engine tended to dissolve the squadron n markings.
  20. @hendie I don't envy your photo-etch experience, it rather mirrors mine. With regards to the seat my very limited experience of Martin Baker's get you out quickly kit is that parachute straps were/are somewhere between golden tan and khaki with the seat straps being somewhere between faded RAF Blue-Grey and French Blue. The 'chute straps were under the seat straps on the Mk. 4 seats fitted in the Jet Provosts that I played with for a few glorious days at RAF Cranwell in 1974 so the latter were more easily visible on first approaching the cockpits.
  21. That Charles Oates box art is so beautifully simple, I think he did the original F-104 and Hunter artwork too.
  22. Short answer, yes. You will need to make a few mods, e.g the Omega antenna fairing below the tail. There are lists of serial numbers for the Victors that participated (I think XL231 missed out until the very end for example). The eventual "long slot" jet was XL189, captained by Bob Tuxford, which was sadly destroyed ar the whim of some miserable, soulless, penny-pinching, undiscerning civil servant at the Misery of Disarmament in 1988.
  23. It’s not really correction work; the Airfix Shack is essentially accurate but there are a lot of variations between the various Phases within Marks. Any kit manufacturer has to draw the line somewhere when dealing with these otherwise tooling costs will rise dramatically and returns will diminish accordingly. Also all of the Mk. 2 Shackletons that Airfix would have had access to had been converted to AEW configuration, although WR963 at least has been partially de-converted back towards MR. 2 standard. As it turned out Airfix had planned for an AEW boxing of the kit so the AEW-specificities airframe mods were appropriate for [one of] the kit(s).
  24. Wouldn’t it be great if someone was to find a colour version of the image that @Dave Fleming posted on 25/10/19? I’m trying to find substantiation for the colour scheme MPM specify for WX962 with yellow nose and canopy rear section; if anyone has proof either way I’d be very grateful.positive I
  25. @Andwil that’s a lovely rendition of a mark of Harrier not often seen in public, thanks for sharing.
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