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Model Kit News / Re: Airfix
« Last post by Steel Penguin on Today at 01:10:23 pm »
 :o  I dought any 1:24th in the near future, he said that it was a lot of work to do 1/24th stuff  sort of 1 of those or 2 or 3 1/72 kits, so they have to be certain that ittl be a massive seller,   so the seamew is a possible yes  :o :o or something equally desirable and world wide wanted  ( insert rolling on back laughing smiley here)
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Plane Spotting / Re: Seen Over Your House Today
« Last post by Nils on Today at 12:17:45 pm »
i was on my way home from work today, and was surprised to see a French navy SA365 Dauphin fly overhead  :thumbsup:
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The Idea Bank / Re: another UK based Vtol idea
« Last post by kitbasher on Today at 12:10:29 pm »
Hm, yes.

And they '....plan to have a prototype in the air next year...'? Yeah, right..........  :o

The guy talks like it's a new idea. Think Rotodyne...........

The thing is, a lot of peeps without much actual knowledge/experience are jumping into aviation with big ideas - and those with biiiig money are having a massive (and distorting) impact on the industry because money talks and loud the loud kerchings of technological and business promise distract politicians.  Happens every decade or so but the money involved is biggrr than ever.
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Tips, Tools, and Techniques / Re: Vacform question(s)
« Last post by McColm on Today at 12:00:57 pm »
Why not? They're both made of styrene, one's just a lot thinner than the other.

You need to be  careful about how you do the joins, and the structural bits would best be the injection bits.

See my 'Welkin III' thread from post #38 onwards.

http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,44811.30.html

But why not just build the Monogram kit as is? It'd be a lot less work than the vacform and it'd probably look better in the long run too.
I was dry testing the Airfix C-130H fuselage and it's a close fit to that of the
 B-36 at the front end. The ramp could be used on the B-36. Convair did a few sketches of a transport version of the B-36 before building the XC-99.
The the wings from the Revell Airbus A400M are a good fit if you add the engines from the Airfix BAe Nimrod to them and the Atlas main landing gear could fit with a bit bodging. The T-tail might fit as well, which leaves me with a pile of parts to use.
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Brilliant work :thumbsup:
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So nice models!!!
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Spinners Strike Fighters / Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Last post by SPINNERS on Today at 11:36:25 am »
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak - 69 Sqd 'The Hammers', Israeli Air Force, 1967

The Armee de l'Air received its first F-84F Thunderstreaks in 1955 and it was in French service that the Thunderstreak saw its only actual combat during the Suez Crisis of October 1956. French Thunderstreaks from the 3rd Escadre moved to RAF Akrotiri on Cyprus whilst the 1st Escadre were deployed to the Israeli base at Lyddia where they supported the Israeli forces that invaded Sinai on October 29th. Despite seeing intensive action only one F-84F was lost and the tough and rugged aircraft so impressed the Israeli Air Force that they ordered 50 F-84F-70-RE aircraft before the end of 1956. The F-84F-70-RE featured the more powerful J65-W-7 rated at 7,800lbs thrust which helped with the initial climb rate and the combat ceiling and these were among the last Thunderstreak's to roll off the Farmingdale production line in the Summer of 1957.

In 1962 the entire Israeli F-84F fleet was grounded due to the same corrosion of control rods that had affected the F-84F worldwide but they were soon restored to full operational capacity, eventually serving with distinction during the 1967 Six Day War and surviving in Israeli service until 1972 when stress corrosion eventually forced the retirement of the Israeli F-84F fleet.













Apart from shaking off 18 months of ring rust, I'm still feeling my way around the older SF1 series that I last used in 2009 so forgive me for slotting in a repeat albeit one with a backstory missing from last time.

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Model Kit News / Re: Airfix
« Last post by KiwiZac on Today at 11:33:33 am »
the speaker was rather cryptic on future options / versions
So that's a "maybe" on the 1/24 Shorts Seamew? :wacko:
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Aircraft / Spitfire F22 No 1 Squadron, Royal Scots Airforce 1953
« Last post by Doug K on Today at 11:30:03 am »
A flight leader's aircraft of No 1 Fighter Squadron, Royal Scots Airforce on the occasion of the coronation of Her Majesty Elizabeth 1st Queen of Scots, in Edinburgh September 1953. The aircraft was one of 12 reviewed at Turnhouse Aerodrome prior to a flypast that took in the Ancient Coronation site of Scone, in Perthshire, before flying over Edinburgh Castle and St Giles Cathedral, as the new Queen of Scots emerged into Parliament Square.

6 months later No 1 Squadron began to convert to F86 Sabres and the Spitfires were granted to museums or used as training airframes.
You may notice that post-ww2 Scots Aircraft, like those of the RAF, reverted to pre-war, relatively high visibility roundels, in this case the Saltire Blue & White Celtic Boss.
In addition as part of the occasion the Royal Standard of Scotland was applied to all participating Aircraft.

IMG_1388 by doug_alba, on Flickr

IMG_1391 by doug_alba, on Flickr

IMG_1392 by doug_alba, on Flickr



Of course I happen to have a handy Sabre....... somewhere.
I'm having fun with this back story.... http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,40383.msg754353.html#msg754353
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