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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. And this is a link to my finished build. I ended up printing the pod. Apologies but I can’t for the life of me load photos on this forum so here’s a link to BM.. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235070165-132-trumpeter-fa-18f/
  2. Sorry for the delay but I can send you these two parts from my kit. I’m in the UK. PM me your address and I’ll get them in the post ASAP.
  3. Hi Guys, Can anyone tell me if someone makes one of these in 1/32? I have a link to the Cobham site data sheet to show what I’m looking for. f
  4. Wow, outstanding. I’ve just finished my 1/32 Intruder Tanker conversion, loved the whole build. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235068244-132-trumpeter-intruder-ka-6d-conversion/ A great way to show both models, the basket is just awesome. Well done sir.
  5. The Camo one is a Mk2, a troop carrier for the RAF. The sonar fitted Wessex looked like this. https://nelsam.org.uk/Exhibits/Search/?search=XM833 https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/model/Westland Wessex HAS3 https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234953439-westland-wessex-has3-xm328/
  6. Oliver, I don’t wish to tell anyone how to build their models, you build what you want my friend. I will say though, the sonar set your elegantly building was installed to the Royal Navy Wessex Mk3. The Green Wessex picture with the engines and electrical bay open is a Wessex Mk5 of the Royal Navy, used for troop transport and not with a sonar installed (it’s also missing an engine starter shroud on the nearest engine, just sayin as an ex Navy Wessex Engineer) The last photo you’ve posted is of a Royal Air Force Wessex Mk2 of 72 Squadron, again it never had the sonar installed.
  7. A loss to the aftermarket but this is a hobby and family should alway’s come first. I have enjoyed using your resin to convert the models I’ve built, great subjects. Thanks for your contribution to this hobby of ours.
  8. Still waiting for the Wessex 3 to appear.
  9. Hi Darren, Yes I did. I wanted to do something a little different from a bombed-up Intruder so your set provided me with the opportunity. I am using the Avionix cockpit with your panel’s, the decal sheet from AOA 32-023 and I plan to change the centre line tank with the deployable basket tank from SAC. Thanks to all who answered my question, I know you guys know your stuff. Cheers Ian.
  10. Hi, I’m building the 1/32 Intruder and am making a KA-6E of VA-65 embarked on US Independence 1974/75. My question is, did the Intruder have the strip Formation lights fitted, as depicted on the Trumpeter kit? I’m seeing conflicting pictures on the web and would like to make sure I’m getting the correct era aircraft. Thanks in advance. Ian.
  11. Great news Jake, this will mean I can do my Trumpy Harrier justice as a GR9 in Afghan.
  12. My book came this morning, carefully packaged and in pristine condition, with the decals I also ordered. Sat down with a coffee an thumbed through the latest publication. I have to say it’s excellent, better than excellent, makes me want to build both of my 1/48 Kinetic kits and scratch a conversion for the Trumpy 1/32. A hearty congratulations to you Jake, you’ve smashed it yet again. It makes me want your next title, the Harrier even more. Will you stick to the US versions or add the Royal Navy’s FRS 1 and FA2? I see a guy in the States has a flying Royal Navy FA2 on the show circuit. Thanks again for a quality book. Ian.
  13. Waiting for mine to cross the pond and arrive on these English shores.
  14. 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?
  15. 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?
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