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  1. Does happen, no often but it happens Any ex Sea King guys remember the 707 cab that had one out of six blades fitted the wrong way round The AEM fitted it, the PO sup’ed it and the Chief NAM’ed it (from the comfort of the crew room it was reported) The pilot did his pre ground run and still they ran it, scratch one blade for delamination.
  2. A good starting point would be Peter at Atlantic models.
  3. As far as I am aware, it was only the ships that sailed from the gulf guard duties, the Armilla patrol. All Royal Navy ships had the union flag painted on a prominent upper surface, on the Type 21’s it was the bridge.
  4. One thing to note, the 1/48 Italeri kits have a hole in the port aft section This was a legacy from the earlier Wessex 1 days. All Wessex 2,3 and 5 had a plain grille as show in these pictures. The hoist hook in these pictures must have been a Crab thing, RN cabs has a plain hook with a black bumper, during my time on Wessex I never saw on of this type. The hook was in the aft position on the 300ft hoists and in the forward position on the 100ft.
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    Coastal kit bases

    His FB page is sparse in its visits, makes me think he just sells now through his eBay site or via the retail outlets on his webpage.
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    Coastal kit bases

    Cheers guys, yep did try his website page, numerous times but still no reply, he’s even emailed me long ago, but he seems very bad at keeping in touch. I like the sound of the FB page, I’ll give that a go.
  7. Wafu

    Coastal kit bases

    Hi all. Anyone know how to get hold of this guy? He’s in Blackpool apparently but the mobile contact goes straight to ‘not recognised’, I try his contact via his website with the same results and I’ve even emailed him, still nothing. Anyone know him or can give me a reliable contact method that he uses? Cheers WAFU.
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    Canadian SAR colours

    Thanks Andy, it’s a massive help.
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    Canadian SAR colours

    Hi all, Can someone point me to a good colour for the Canadian SAR helicopters, the Cormorant preferably. The yellow seems to me to be a little off the usual RAF SAR yellow, could just be me though. I’d like the red and yellow FS numbers if possible? I’d prefer acrylics not enamels please.
  10. 13 was always entertaining if they were of different stature
  11. Spot on RR, with the picture and your text it explains the action we used to use on the Hermes to reduce damage to the blades during folding and spreading in high winds or if the flight could talk the FDO (Flight Deck Officer) into letting us do it. Let’s face it, all of us on here who have actually spread one of these things would take an easier option if provided, no?
  12. Hi Royal, I’ve a few pictures from my time on the Happy H as a JAEM many moons ago, I’ll dig them out and send them on. To answer your question though, the flight would do all the maintenance on the aircraft, the Yellow and Blue Surcoat were/are Cockhead’s (Aircraft Handlers to give them their true title) they would drive the tractors (blue) and supervise (yellow) the moves. The rest was down to the flight to provide chockmen for each wheel and a brakeman. Taking part art in the spreading and folding would be a Petty Officer supervisor (White Surcoat), and all the trade guys ie Brown for the Grubbers (mechanical trade) Green for the Greenies (electrical trade) Red coat with a black vertical stripe for the Bombheads (weapons) Green with a blue vertical stripe for the Pinkies ( Radio/Radar trade). The flight usually had a Cheif Petty Officer (Senior Maintenance Rating) x1 White surcoat with Squadron number and SMR on the back in a white rectangle. Petty Officer of each trade (total x4) with Squadron and trade Sup on in the white rectangle ie 845 M SUP. Leading Hand of each trade x4. Coloured surcoat with Sqdn then Trade LH ie 845 M L/H. Then each trade of Mechanic x4. Coloured surcoat with Squadron then trade ie 845 AEM. In warm weather the surcoat would be ditched with the foul weather jacket and overalls, we then wore working trousers (No 8’s) with a coloured long sleeve jersey in our trade colours and a white rectangle on the front and back. The front sometimes had your nickname on with the back being marked as above, mine had SCOUSE on. As for the folding and spreading of the main blades, you used the aircraft lift to bring the Wessex up to about cabin door height then spread the main blades with two guys lifting the blade at the tip whilst standing at flight deck height, two guys would be on the head, on each side, stood on the transmission decks, putting in the blade pins and securing the wrist pin to stop the blade rotating in flight. The port blades were rotated to allow stowage in the blade saddles and so had to be return to the correct position for flight. The Blue shirted chockhead would raise and lower the lift to deck height for each plate to be put in the spread position and held at the tip by two guys, the lift was then lowered with the aircraft on and so the blade was spread and the pin put in, sounds complicated but really isnt, a good flight could do this in 10 mins on a bust flight deck. Ill try to find a photo to show this more clearly. Hope this helps till then! One small thing, in the very early 80’s the Fleet Air Arm combined the Electrical and Weapons trades to form the WL branch, however the different colours existed on the flight decks with WL rating wearing either coloured surcoats and flight deck jerseys. That’s for you sprog WAFU’s lol.
  13. Might/definitely not 737 NAS cos they dispanded before this in the 80’s with the last of the Wessex 3’s. 845 NAS did numerous stints in NI covering the RAF Puma and Wessex fleets, not sure about 846 NAS Sea Kings though, I’ll leave that to Sky dancer and Junglie rating as they will know more than me.
  14. The intake is just putty roughly moulded over the plastic part, then paint with Tamiya Matt Red. The exhaust is filled with putty, left to dry then again painted red. The Scale Warship rotors are easy if you stick to the instructions.
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