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  1. Not keen on those figures, the only crew member who went onboard the Lanc with a bag in his hand was the navigator, all the rest just had their parachute packs.
  2. Now that’s a very interesting question dear friend! As I was looking over the huge number of sprues, each (apart from the wings and fuselage) containing an enormous number of detailed and delicate parts, I was thinking to myself, “Where the heck do I start with this?!”. It really is quite an intimidating kit; unlike my usual modus operandi I think it’s wise to follow the instructions. I really need to see what Bob MDC has planned for crew figures before I commit to how I plan to build her…..it seems a travesty not to display at least one of the fantastic engines so it could be a new-to-the-squadron ME453 with no weathering but all panels, perhaps a spinner or two off, maybe even the squadron code letters being painted on…..who knows? But don’t hold your breath Quang, busy time of the year!!
  3. Ditto. I know people have said this beforehand, but when the plastic is actually in your hands you can appreciate what a mind-blowing model this is. All us blokes know that size matters but the real magic is in the detail and sheer quality of the mouldings. Un-be-lieve-a-ble!
  4. I understand that Albion Hobbies have done the same with the clear parts, mine should be here tomorrow!
  5. Mine’s going to be a 467 Squadron Lanc too, ME453 PO-L but she was shot down on her 6th op., having been with the squadron for just under one month……delivered 4 February 1945, lost 3 March 1945.
  6. Good to hear Bob. I may have missed it, but any updates on the Lancaster crew figures?
  7. Hannants are receiving their Lancs tomorrow so with a bit of luck, next week…….? Belay that, just had an email tonight (Thursday) to say it's been despatched! Oh my goodness gracious me!
  8. She looks very “business-like” Dave, I’d be delighted with producing a Viggen of that quality.
  9. I look forward to your comments about the kit Thierry.
  10. If it's any help at all, this is the port inner on "Just Jane" at East Kirkby that I took in 2010: You obviously can't see the starboard one from the cockpit.
  11. Anybody interested? Just added it to the diary. https://www.keymodelworld.com/events/boscombe-down-model-show
  12. It’s a silly thread Jon! But fun!
  13. Just after VE Day the first semi-naval Sea Hornet PX 212 arrived at the RAE, Farnborough. Eric Brown initiated "work-up to deck-landing" trials. 37 years later, he was still impressed: "...the next two months of handling and deck landing assessment trials were to be an absolute joy; from the outset the Sea Hornet was a winner!""The view from the cockpit, positioned right forward in the nose beneath a one-piece aft-sliding canopy was truly magnificent. The Sea Hornet was easy to taxi, with powerful brakes... the takeoff using 25 lb (2,053 mm Hg, 51" Hg) boost and flaps at one-third extension was remarkable! The 2,070 hp (1,540 kW) Merlin 130/131 engines fitted to the prototypes were to be derated to 18 lb (1,691 Hg, 37" Hg) boost and 2,030 hp (1,510 kW) as Merlin 133/134s in production Sea Hornets, but takeoff performance was to remain fantastic. Climb with 18 lb boost exceeded 4,000 ft/min (1,200 m/min)"..."In level flight the Sea Hornet's stability about all axes was just satisfactory, characteristic, of course, of a good day interceptor fighter. Its stalling characteristics were innocuous, with a fair amount of elevator buffeting and aileron twitching preceding the actual stall"..."For aerobatics the Sea Hornet was absolute bliss. The excess of power was such that manoeuvres in the vertical plane can only be described as rocket-like. Even with one propeller feathered the Hornet could loop with the best single-engine fighter, and its aerodynamic cleanliness was such that I delighted in its demonstration by diving with both engines at full bore and feathering both propellers before pulling up into a loop!" Quite remarkable for such an ungainly aircraft.
  14. You’re surely not suggesting the Hornet is “ungainly”……British or not!
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