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  1. Wafu

    Flying a council house from the upstairs loo

    Blade tape was a pain in the chuff, standing on a folding ladder in more than a breeze was an ‘experience’ I’ll take to my grave and I’ll probably be there quicker due to the MEK fumes The large switch behind the pilots right shoulder is the Master arm switch, not only arms the floats but the weapons if fitted. Makes me appreciate the composite blade’s I now work on fitted to the S92.
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    Tamiya Tomcat build book

    Hi all Tomcat lovers. I picked up a copy of Spencer Pollard’s ‘Let’s Build’ book on the 1/48 Tamiya F-14 Tomcat this weekend at SMW. Just thought I’d share my opinion on this book with you. The book follows the previous ‘Let’s build’ books on WWII fighters and the recent book on the Airfix Sea Fury kit. It’s bright pages display three builds of the two kits provided by Tamiya of this venerable aircraft, my favourite Cold War jet. For me who had already bought the A model kit, the book confirmed the ‘need’ to buy the D model kit this weekend. Spencer builds three differing Tomcats, a from the box A, a detailed A and a down and dirty D model. All the builds have you hooked, showing how a professional model maker take each kit in differing ways and using techniques within even my grasp, leaves you with a breathtaking model of this cat. In this book Spencer has shown the reader how to get the best out of this kit of kits. My personal opinion is, if you’re going to buy and build one or more of these Tamiya Tomcats, then get this book as an insight to what can be achieved, you won’t be disappointed, I wasn’t. Cheers the Woo.
  3. I know what you mean, the whole family of civilian helicopters look very similar, especially when photographed on their own. I have an advantage in that I am an AW109 licensed engineer with all the various 109’s on my license. You’re correct in saying it doesn’t look favourable for the pilot and passengers, a brave policeman was seen by witnesses, trying to gain access to the occupants just as the helicopter burst into flames. We will see what the AIB come out with in due course. Thoughts with the pilots and passengers family’s at this difficult time.
  4. Your picture shows Not a 109 but the new AW169. Three blades on on the tail, five blades on the M/R Head and three cabin windows. Very sad news indeed looks like a 169 in the news feed photos.
  5. Wafu

    1/72 Academy F-4J

    Well done, both VF 84 aircraft look great.
  6. Wafu

    RN Sea King Sponsons question.

    Thanks and you’re quite right Mk1 had five bladed tail and not the Mk2. I’d still like to do one along side the anniversary 771 Sea King for the FAA 100 years.
  7. Wafu

    RN Sea King Sponsons question.

    Nice looking, clean lined, Mk2. No Barn door, 5 blades on the tail and metal main blades. I must build one of these myself, a nice 706 NAS or I do like the 824 NAS marked ones. Some nice pictures of the old Kings at HMS Sultan.
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    RN Sea King Sponsons question.

    Ewen, I can only comment on what I saw and between 1984 to the beginning of 1986 both 820 and 814 NAS carried only one of the eight helicopters on the squadron. I remember that 13 was the side number on 820. Both of these squadrons were the two main ASW squadrons embarked on the two Carriers, Invinc and Lusty. For the whole time I was on 820 I never saw the MAD fitted to 13, partly, so I was told, it was old tech. Changing the Sponson between aircraft was certainly not common practise, the shimming of each sponson was specific to each aircraft, swapping would be a nightmare and so avoided like the plague, especially as the Sea King is such a labour intensive aircraft. As I said, of the eight aircraft in each of the frontline squadrons of 820 and 814, only one air raft had the MAD bird sponson fitted. The photo you show in your first thread, would seem to me to be 826 or 824 squadron flights embarked on what looks like the Olna, a Royal Fleet Auxiliaries ship. Usually two Sea Kings embarked at a time, 826 had four flights of two Sea Kings, A, B, C and D Flt. I don’t know where they got the statement about retro fitting the MAD, the MoD has a policy of leaving aircraft embodied with kit and adding to the already installed kit, this makes the aircraft twice as heavy by the time it leaves service, the RN Lynx is a classic example. I can recommend the Patric Allen book on the Sea King, especially if you’ve decided on a 1980’s Mk5, they are on eBay etc for good money and well worth the purchase. The book even shows the LAPHAD’s table I talked about. Hope this helps?
  9. Wafu

    wishes for aircraft kits

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    RN Sea King Sponsons question.

    Nice pictures of the Kings. The Mk 5 had a ‘full suite’ of Anti Submarine Warfare kit installed. The sponson on the right side did indeed hold the MAD (Magnetic Anomaly Detector) bird, a deployable sensor with a perforated circular end, usually painted yellow and red on RN machines. The sponson held a small electrical winch in it, and the Aircrew deployed this to sense submarines underwater during the Cold War. The Mk5 also had the LAPHAD’s table fitted facing inboard just inside the cabin door, you can often see the LAPHAD’s operators seat in pictures of the Sea King Mk5 with its cabin door open. This was removed during the Mk6 upgrade. The LAPHAD’s was a horrible thing that used to record the sensors input onto a large roll of carbon paper, it stank when it had been used. Having only worked on Mk2, Mk4 and Mk5 Sea Kings this is my knowledge expended on the ASW stuff, after all I was a Grubber and not a Pinky. On that thought, the Mk5 had metal standard blades but the Mk6 was released with composite blades. I’d think ExWAFFU would have been the man to fully explain the differences being an ex aircrew pinger Back to models, the Revell/Hasegawa kit is a very good base kit but you will need a short sponson for the port side if you intend to build a Westland Sea King. The kit sponsons are Sikorsky ones holding the US Sonarbouy racks, easy to adapt the starboard sponson for a MAD bird though. Just as an afterthought, did you know the RN Lynx Mk3 had the MAD bird installed?
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    Ridiculous Fitting Tamiya 1:48 F-14A Tomcat !

    Hi Zach, I follow him on Facebook, so found out from his page.
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    Ridiculous Fitting Tamiya 1:48 F-14A Tomcat !

    I’m enjoying the build so far Tiger331, I’ve now got the A and D awaiting bench space. I see that Spencer Pollard is soon to be releasing a ‘How to build’ on the Tamiya Tomcats, a must for me. I have a few of his books in this series, for me he doesn’t let the modeller down with descriptive information and excellent pictures. So the new Tomcat book should be as much an accompaniment to the two cats as glue and paint. Cheers the Woo.
  13. Just to demonstrate, the Salt Water actuator is in the correct orientation and position on the oleo pictured. I do appreciate that the Helicopter museum staff and volunteers are not type engineers. It echo's the hard and fast rule of modelling to a specific picture or aircraft/subject on a certain date in time. The radius arm and oleo look a lot better than the Fly parts, how many times can we say that about Hendie's parts though?
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    Final Sea King Flypast

    Have you seen the pics of the WAFUS FB page, bloody good shots.