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  1. AMRAAM and Meteor be darned (long range targeting ability notwithstanding): \https://www.popsci.com/china-new-long-range-air-to-air-missile/
  2. Really ?I would say Sea King was and still is a far superior product whereas Puma 'sure is pretty' for a furious palm tree Licensed production differences notwithstanding, I still consider the Sea King a US design!
  3. I did say tend! Admittedly, all manufacturers have problematic designs over time - I s’pose some seem to have consistently worse ones. Puma was a great European design - the Black Hawk of its day, if you ask me.
  4. It would seem that every user has had a growing list of problems with the NH90. I suppose that, when you buy off the plan, you are always going to have teething troubles - it's just that some of the problems seem linked to such fundamental components and functions. For a combat helicopter intended to carry combat troops and associated loads, my favourite complaint has to be: "Clearance is so limited that soldiers have trouble getting in and out of the helicopter; the rear ramp is too weak to support fully equipped soldiers; the plane's floor is so sensitive that it can be cracked by boots
  5. Could the aircraft have been involved in a screening tactic, to prevent an adversary’s observation (either in an exercise or an operation) of some other friendly platform/operation?
  6. CanMilAir made a bunch of nice sheets but, sadly, no longer! The latest reissue from Academy also has a few RCN-marked birds: https://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/aca/kit_aca_12548.shtml.
  7. By all the gods (and for the love of Mike), please don't go for NH90. It's the gift that keeps on taking. https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7045731/defences-38b-helicopter-fleet-plagued-with-major-risks-and-issues/ https://adbr.com.au/army-seeking-interim-helicopter-capability/ https://www.overtdefense.com/2020/10/06/adf-mrh-90-taipan-to-be-retired-mh-60-to-be-adopted/#:~:text=Rumours within the Australian Defence,programme known as Plan Corella.
  8. Trawling through facebook, I found an interesting picture of an Il-28 in Yemeni markings (not sure which Yemen, 'though...). Now that I've dug up my stash of Tamiya 1/100 Il-28s, I want to make one in these markings. Sadly, I cannot find any other photos of Yemeni Il-28s. Does anybody out there have any ideas as to what other markings/fin flashes/serials these aircraft may have had? Thanks in advance for any help.
  9. Surely Bedcheck Charlie (Po-2s, MBR-2s and Yak-18s) rates some effort?
  10. I’m sure our North Korean ‘chums’ and their allies may have had a say in it, too!
  11. A Kate and a Val with their hooks extended (no additional extension needed, particularly when planting nice and heavy on the deck). http://www.gahoh.net/traffic/ww2/profile/B5N-D3A/photo/N1_soryuB.jpg and http://www.gahoh.net/traffic/ww2/profile/B5N-D3A/photo/A1_soryu-01B.jpg And I think this shot shows the deck handlers working to free a hooked Kate: http://www.gahoh.net/traffic/ww2/profile/B5N-D3A/photo/N2_akagi-01B.jpg
  12. This page discusses the primer and interior colours of A6Ms, do you think it may have some application to B5N2s? http://a6m232.server-shared.com/page017.html
  13. Apparently, the Hungarian air force used a paint manufacturer called 'Krayer'. The Hungarian magazine 'Haditechnika' may be of some help - provided you have the time and patience to do your own cut-'n-paste translation! These volumes have articles about pre-war/wartime Hungarian aircraft colours: 1. pages 6-13 - http://real-j.mtak.hu/11408/3/HT_2015-3_book_tördelt4_imprimált_WEB_red.pdf 2. pages 18-23 - https://docplayer.hu/108926824-Szuhoj-szu-25-tipusu-pancelozott-csatarepulogep.html Otherwise: http://hungarianfightercolours.com/ and http
  14. I recall reading that IJN carriers used a set landing-on speed, to simplify the pilots’ workload. Due to the different types of carrier in service, some could generate much greater speeds than others, so a standardised speed was felt necessary to make things easier for pilots landing on unfamiliar ships, and to not have to recalculate their approaches. From a former B5N pilot: “For planes homing, the mother ship raises a streamer to the mast half. This is a signal telling "we are under preparation (to gain the necessary resultant wind speed)". She veers against the headwind to gain the re
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