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Hockeyboy76

TSR2 Whiffery by Hockeyboy. Back story added, The Phoenix Rises. FINISHED

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You can't have a WHIF without a TSR2.
Sorry no kit bashing involved with this, but I will be using lots of spares from the box to build a Wild Weasel variant. The aim is to have a rotary bomb bay, alarms on the wings, ECM & chaff pods on the spine and so on. Also a new cammo wrap, possible to match the current MTP or a desert style with dark earth, mid stone.
Oh yes and all in smashing 1/144.

Thanks for looking, pictures to follow.

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The Pitt Road model is a really nice one...will be interesting to see your beasty!

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Got to love a TSR.2 project. Not so much a 'What if' as an 'If Only' and this one sounds a cracker.

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As promised some photos,

The kit, the spares collected for the build & a selection of paints.

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Some reading material & where the spine countermeasures came from

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And finally my previous Pit Road 1/144 TSR2. as Col said more should have been instead of whif.

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Okay you have me hooked :D

If this one turns out anything like your previous TSR.2 there it'll be stunning.

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Right, back story.

In 1965 TSR2 was scrapped.......... Or that's what they want you to believe.

Some of the airframes at Boscombe Down were hidden and over time converted into a highly classified Wild Weasel variant. Taking advantage of Stealth Technology, towed decoys and new cammo these TSR2s have remained in service but completely classified & hidden from public view.

In 1991 during the first gulf war, the RAF had a few operating out of Cyprus only flying during the dark hours. The noise of their take offs & landings being explained away as the American U2 which is as we all know, is definitely not based or flying from Akrotiri.

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Oh if only.

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So first day of build almost over. Wing pylon holes drilled out & wings joined. Been working out how to fit the weapons in the bomb bay & also toying with the idea of twin tails at a jointey angle.

I did mention that they had been converted at Boscombe Down and the title does say TSR2 Wiffery

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While I'm working on names for the aircrew, as per my usual for these GBs, I have decided that the in-service name for my TSR2 will be Phoenix.

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Today's progress.

Aircrew, seats & cockpit painted. Top & bottom fuses joined & now having decided on a twin tail the upper airbrakes have been filled & sanded.

Pics 2mrw.

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As promised a little photo update,

Fuse glued together along with wings

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Little bit of the bomb bay detail, still work in progress

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Cockpit detail

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Linescan fitted

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Cockpit from the side, sorry its blurred

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I have added side cockpit decals & still have a HUD to make & fit.

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Having encountered some stability issues when the new super cruise engines were fitted, a twin tail configuration was tried & perfected. Also it was noted that the largest radar signature of the original TSR2 was from its intakes. Using RAM and other methods the radar signature was reduced.

Twin tails & intakes fitted, work to stealth them up continues.

Pics to follow.

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Great stuff mate. I really must get hold of one of these, looks like a nice kit. One thing though, does Mrs Hockeyboy know that you are using her scalpel? :wicked::winkgrin:

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Mrs H is more upset about the fact that I started off with a small corner of the room & now have steadily grown to claim the whole room as my man cave. "Off to the shed with you when we move" I keep hearing her say.

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Mrs H is more upset about the fact that I started off with a small corner of the room & now have steadily grown to claim the whole room as my man cave. "Off to the shed with you when we move" I keep hearing her say.

You can get some very nice sheds for not a lot of money nowadays. My mate John would quite happily live in his if he could get a bed in with all his model making gear.

I keep looking at my Airfix 48th beast whenever i see a TSR.2 but then put it away again...

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If you are making a Wild weasel SEAD variant i think there should also be a LOT of hardpoints, and having seen so many TSR2 models that (in my opinion) i think an elongated nose like rafharrier's one with a typhoon nose (google BAC TSR2 GR4) jut makes the jet look well... Mean yet beautiful at the same time.

Also i think an elongated nose is highly plausible, since, had it gone into service, it would have been given many upgrades, includong new radars!

Just a suggestion based on my personel opinion,you probably have other plans for the nose!

Chomp chomp

-raptor

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So back after my hols to Scotland, and some progress made. Raptormodel must have read my mind. Points for guessing where the nose cone came from.

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Photos hopefully tomorrow.

Underside grey masked & top cammo wrap has been applied.

Working out the load out now & how to display her inflight.

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All sprayed and chuffed to bits, only to find that the masks had left a sticky residue on the paint. Tried gently rubbing with some white spirit.

This lifted the sticky & also the paint where I was a bit heavy handed. Guess Im going to have to do some serious weathering.

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Is the nose from a typhoon?

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Love that tail configuration. Almost `Firefox` soviet style yet unmistakably British. :goodjob:

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