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About Wafu

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    In a hangar in the South West of England.
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    Post war FAA, Helicopters, British WWII armour and USN Cold War aircraft.

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  1. Marine one all day long, although the Iwo Jima Tail looks eye catching. Hope the new kit will be better then the Italeri one though?
  2. Three Squadrons operated Wessex V’s during the Falklands conflict, 845 Naval Air Squadron (NAS), 847 NAS and 848 NAS. 847 and 848 drew their helicopters from second line squadrons like 707 NAS, 771 NAS, 772 NAS and the Naval Storage unit. 845 NAS already operated frontline Wessex V helicopters. I can only really speak for 847 NAS as I was an engineer on the squadron at the time, we had a mix of aircraft with and without Royal Navy on the tail boom, predominantly though without. This was because during the hurried mobilisation of the U.K. armed forces the re-painting of the aircraft from the blue and Red schemes of 771, the High-Viz Dayglo and blue schemes of the SAR unit at Lee-on-Solent and the green and white of 772 was undertaken at a pace that basic marking and some stencil markings were over painted in olive green. In fact, the aircraft I was plane captain of on 847, X-Ray Echo (The bold letters you referred to) had no Royal Navy markings. However it did sport a very high viz DANGER sign near the tail rotor in red and white. So in summary, pick your subject and see what markings it had and importantly didn’t have. Hope this helps?
  3. I think Winnie we have to look past his technical aircraft talk and focus on the kit, we can all see the standard of what’s being offered and I think we all agree it’s a step forward from the academy offerings. I do hear you though, reviewers calling yaw pedals rudder pedals on helicopters, turbine blades down intakes etc make my teeth itch but not everyone in our hobby is entrenched in aviation, be it a driver or spanner. Happy modeling one and all.
  4. Looks really great Perry, I’m sure it will be very well received by your son-in-law. Its to a great lump even in 1/48th. Well done sir.
  5. Hi David, https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235052125-small-sale-few-more-added-213/ this has has just popped up on Britmodeller, if you have a problem with him posting to the US let me know and I’m sure we can sort it out.
  6. Thats how I feel, take my money, take it all.👍
  7. WOW, it’s made it’s way to the UK and it’s amazing. An online review of the staggering model is now out. Go to Phil Flory on YouTube. Great work by Kittyhawk and Floyd Werner.
  8. Sorry for the absence from the forum, well contributing anyway. I've watched Lupusprimus build, finish and display his S-64F and have been inspired to get on with mine. So here are a few more photos of how its all being progressed in a little shed in the far west of England. After the final mask had been completed I set about making all the airframe strengthening plates, lumps and bumps on the forward cockpit area. Once this process was complete to my satisfaction I moved onto recalling the rivets, as done on the aft fuselage. This was done using the MicroMark decal sheets, Micro Set and Sol. It was a very long process but I am more than happy with the effect. Unlike fixed winged aircraft most helicopters are riveted together using 3/32", 1/8" and 5/32" mushroom headed rivets, the odd JoBolt or HyLok its thrown in for good measure. Whilst all this good stuff was drying I started to look at the top deck parts, especially around the gearbox, so the flying control bellcranks had to be made. Final picture shows a colour swatch I've been playing with to see how the white shows through the green IF I decide to finish the primed model in overall green first. Thanks for looking.
  9. Seems like an age since I posted something but I have spent a long time cutting, trimming and fitting the glazing to the cockpit areas. I'll let the pictures show you my progress. And the important masking that followed. With the side bubble windows now on she's been put to one side to dry. Tomorrow, if all is well, I plan to start blending the edges and may be a fine coat of primer?
  10. A massive step in the right direction from my point of view, B or an F I’m happy. If you want to make my day then the USCG machine would make me smile all year. Well done to Kittyhawk, my pennies are already yours.
  11. Now that’s what I call a reference document, many thanks Tank, you’ve answered so many questions in just one post. Cheers.
  12. Hi guys, me again. Can you confirm the colour scheme for the three aircraft at Cherry Point? I’ve got an old Helibourne book with the scheme being quoted as dark Blue and International Orange. I see you guys think it’s more dark Gray than Dark Sea Blue. FS numbers would be ideal. Help always appreciated.
  13. An obscure subject, the US Navy used them for basic helicopter training, as did most of the US armed forces. A staple trainer before the days of the R22. I’ve worked on these little helicopters in the schweizer 269C helicopter guise, the usual Lycoming engine config with a shrouded belt drive. The 3D renders look good, wonder if the finished kit will have the second fuel tank, flat face console and maybe even floats? In 48th it may just disappear on your work bench but in 32 or 35 it would command more presence.
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