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About baldeagle

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  1. I was the "BA" element of ARBA, and regret that we ceased production about fourteen years ago.Several of our kits have been copied by one of the people to whom we supplied them in the USA, and some of them still appear,so you may be able to obtain them from that source.Be careful,however,as,if they have been copied,they may be slightly underscale,due to sub-mastering.I may still have one example of the ARBA original,so,if you fail to obtain a copy,I might be able to help.No promises,but I will have a look, Bill.
  2. My kit has finally arrived,and seems o.k.Box says "Made in India",which is probably the root of the problem,due,perhaps,to deliveries being split,without Airfix being in control of the quantities.I think that Airfix would save themselves some trouble if they quickly advised customers on the site,when there are delivery problems.Now to delve through the reference library.
  3. Never mind Hannants.I am still waiting to hear that my pre-order has been sent.I probably won't bother pre-ordering in future.
  4. I have shared your experience,which I found puzzling,considering the eagerness in Airfix's invitation to pre-order.I have never had this problem with them before.I contacted Airfix,and received a reply on Tuesday,apologising,and stating that insufficient kits had been received,but that more were expected at the end of the month.At least cash flow should be o.k.,so I hope for quick despatch of the order.
  5. Kellogg also did a series of WWI fighters in the early seventies. A Sopwith Pup,DH5,Bristol M1c,SE5,Albatros DII,and Fokker DVIII monoplane.They were replaced by a series of railway engines.My kids had to consume a lot of Rice Krispies and Cocopops!The fighters must have been about 1/144 scale.I still have a few damaged ones that I will check the scale on.I think that I also have a DII and a DH5 unbuilt.They were neat little models.
  6. Thank You Jonners,for the information on the ejector ports.I had noticed the different configurations in photographs,but you seem to have summed the differences up nicely, Bill.
  7. Hello TT, I would love to see good shots of the upper fuselage of the F2, so that I might produce an accurate model of one.Good drawings of Sapphire engined Hunters are sadly lacking, Bill.
  8. This is probably the wrong place for this entry,but my attempts to create a new topic met with failure.I have been most impressed by the new Hunter F6 kit,only feeling the need to reduce the height of the panels below the intake area.However,my 4+ reference shows a photograph of a Naca intake under the forward end of a "Sabrina"link collector. Only one of my other references confirm this feature.Several photographs,plus a drawing,show F6 aircraft with the intakes,in "Britain's Military Aircraft in Colour"by Martin Derry.Are there any "Hunter"experts who can cast some light?Perhaps a modification was introduced on the F6.It seems that these intakes were not always present.
  9. No slots for early version,but should be easily added.Holes are there for extended ejector pieces,but holes for the Sabrina require opening before fitting fuselage halves together.Obviously,F2/F5 would require different upper wing/fuselage,but the lower fuselage appears to cater for building without Sabrina on early marks.
  10. I look forward to this kit being released,as I am finding the F6 remarkably easy to build.I hope that the new kit offers options for the F5,as the 1 Squadron markings shown are for that mark.
  11. Thank You.You make modelling better with little extras like this.
  12. I will be delighted to see this kit arrive,even if it is very slightly imperfect.I would love to see some of the critics have to cope with the likes of the Lindberg "Mig19",or the early Revell 1/72nd P51,with the beautiful,but fanciful box art.I started out modelling by carving blocks of balsa,making templates and learning the mysteries of sanding sealer and using flour paper.I even built a balsa 1/72nd "Lancaster",just before Airfix released their original kit.I hated that it was better than my effort in most respects.I feel that the quality of modern kit offerings has improved so much,that I find some of the criticism of new releases a little puzzling,though the information on the Hunter wing tip shape is noted.I might have missed it.
  13. As far as I am aware,the Belgian Hunters did not differ from those operated by the R.A.F.However,I remember looking across the dispersal area on Sylt,and noting that the Belgian camouflage colours were different.The green had a browner tone,and the grey appeared paler.Fairey built aircraft seemed to be more in accord with the standard colours.Perhaps Belgian experts can comment.
  14. baldeagle

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    Thanks for replying.It's a pity that there can be no more to the story,but I think that it was a bit fanciful.The pictures that you published brought back memories,but I was surprised not to see any pictures of the ex-245 Squadron Meteors operated by TTS.There were four or five of them,still sporting refuelling probes.The TTS pilots were mainly N.C.O.pilots,and some were very experienced,but I think that the R.A.F.was phasing out non-commissioned pilots at the time.Our new C.O.blotted his copy-book soon after his arrival,by borrowing a Meteor to show us his brilliant flying skills.Unfortunately,as he taxied in, he retracted the undercarriage instead of the flaps! I remember seeing a rather annoyed-looking Sergeant pilot standing on the edge of the dispersal.I think that it may have been his usual aircraft. The Sycamores were trialled as "Crash2" emergency aircraft,supporting the Fire Section Land Rover in the event of landing accidents,but I don't think that it was a total success.The U.S.A.F.was using Huskies for the job at the time,but they had more down-draught,and were used to deflect smoke and flame.
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