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Old 6th Jan 2010, 17:47
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From the image with the hand that's 1/48th. Foldie, the panels are normally made to be displayed open, so you don't 'loose' the detail, see here
Spitfire Mk.IXc by Marcus Nicholls (Tamiya 1/32)
F-105G by Paul Coudeyrette (Trumpeter 1/32)



Price has risen accordingly, this kit retails around the 100 beer token mark
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Old 6th Jan 2010, 17:57
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The short tips reduced wing-loading
How does reducing wing area reduce wing loading?

That truly is a stunning model - is there a miniature foldie to pop in the back seat?

The 2-person crew thing was indeed paramount on the Bucc - we had it instilled in us on Day 1. If I recall correctly, we used to ensure that the weapon safety breaks were left swinging during the walk round (which we did in opposite directions) so that whoever got there second had proof positive that his chum had checked them.

It got a bit daft during the sim phase - the ever present monitoring and "Check cheeses' call from the chap (not 'kid') in the back was a bit too enthusiastic once and off we went with the GPI still stored.... So next time, it went "Airborne, gear up, lights out, flap up...moving together, stop together"..."Check cheeses"..."Check GPI!!" "OK", said the instructor, "..maybe a little more time in your own cockpits, please chaps!".

I once had 'one of those feelings' when climbing out after a trip and checked the rear seat pins - to find that the almighty staff Nav had put the wrong one in the wrong hole - so the seat wasn't safe as one pin was shorter than the correct one. I swapped them back to their correct locations - and made the seat safe. Did I get any thanks? 3 guesses.......

Anyway, a very nice model. Perhaps both wing tip options should be available?
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Old 6th Jan 2010, 18:31
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Beags,

is there a miniature foldie to pop in the back seat?
I am honoured but I had my last trip in one at Thunder City only 14 months ago, so give somebody else the ride!

Did I get any thanks? 3 guesses.......
Do get a grip, old chap, you were a stude and it was the 70s!!!

Damn, I've started you off again about your short journey with 237! Sorry!

Happy New Year

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Old 6th Jan 2010, 18:54
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Hey, Foldie you lucky sod getting that trip in Thunder City!

Were you on the Bucc during GW1? That Bucc model would look good in a 'worn' desert nipple-pink paint scheme, with all the nose art and mission tallies.

I must still have a few slides of your jets sitting outside my VC10K window back then.

Happy New Year to you too - and at least some of what I was taught at 237 has come in useful over the years!

Have a look in your logbook - were you on that 'say hello to a Sverdlov' trip in the late 1980s with a VC10K generated at short notice towing the Buccs north? It seems that AOC maritime assets had decided that all this Glasnost business was fine, but the Sovs had to know that we (you) were still serious!
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Old 6th Jan 2010, 19:15
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Left the Bucc in 1983 and onto Tornado!

However, was tasked as a pair and found a group of: 2 x Krivaks; Kresta II and Boris Chilikin off the north of Scotland in 1977 that had been lost by the Kipper Fleet. Went from Honington (12 Sqn) armed with 2 x ARM (real) seeker heads and managed to gain a lock on the Topsail as we left the Victor over Tain Range! Brilliant day out beating 7 shades out of the Soviets, who were in alternating RAS at the time, before landing at Lossie for a nightstop and a long session in the Scruffs! Those were the days. However, I guess we must have pi**ed off one of the Krivak captains as he made a point, upon completion of his RAS, in showing us just how quickly he could get it from 0-60! (well 40 actually)!

Hey, Foldie you lucky sod getting that trip in Thunder City!
It's nice to have mates!

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Old 6th Jan 2010, 19:45
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Thanks guys this all helps, now we are on page 2 i have added some more that had been posted







BossEyed this is a 1/32 hunter to give you an idea of scale




More of the Jag detailing French variant, they were looking at omani GR1 GR3 French and Tbird, can post more if wanted








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Old 6th Jan 2010, 19:50
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Buccaneer Rear Stick

RAE Farnborough had a Buccaneer in the 1980s (think it was in the "Nightbird" programme) which was apparently trialled with a control "stick" in the rear cockpit. I understood this to be a "last ditch" safety device in the event of problems at low-level at night. I don't think it was a success.
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Old 6th Jan 2010, 20:12
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"May I enquire if all the detail behind the various panels will be visible once the model is completed? If the hatches have to be glued closed then there is probably no point in some of the internal detail and the consequent likely increased purchase price."

We modelers know what's "inside," and we're quite happy to pay for it.
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Old 6th Jan 2010, 20:33
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The Bucc featured in these pictures is an S2B not an S2A. And because of that there should not be a choice of Wing Tip fairings unless other details are changed.

The question is... Do crews know the difference? - clearly shown in these pics.

Not a driver or a shouty map reader - just an old Cpl Rigga.
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Old 6th Jan 2010, 21:41
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As regards the Jag.... I don't think the end of the cannon barrel comes past the opening of the faring in front of it (not on the ones fitted with the Aden it doesn't). The port side of the cockpit combing on the GR3 doesn't look right either. Picky point's I know, but if you're forking out 100 plus on a model, it would be nice not to have to fork out for replacement resin parts because something is totally the wrong shape (Like the arse end of the Lightning kits they did), please pass it on. Well done to Trumpter for doing these two types though 1/32 Scale Phantom FG1/FGR2 and Hawk T1A next please (Oh and seeing they have done a large scale SAM kit (i.e. SA-2), could we have a Bloodhound 2 kit in 1/32 Scale as well (and don't use the missiles at Cosford or Hendon as the source of reference either, as they are not standard production missiles).

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Old 6th Jan 2010, 21:56
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Jaguar model

I would also mention the mass of holes seen in the rear heat shields at the rear of the fuselage. These panels were held on on their extremities by mush head screws. The rest of their internal structure was rivetted on with tiny (3/32") countersunks. The fwd heat shield panels had cut outs for mounting the tailplane range measuring protractors. Again, small details but seeing they have gone to town on it.

Yeph, the GR1 /GR3 ADEN barrels do not protude out of the blast fairing. There are two gas deflector plates in that area of the Brit kites. Also the Brit nose is missing the standby pitots, the TAT sensor and AOA sensor. The AJAX / Dash pot panel on the starboard side was never hinged either. It was release the QRFs and take it off.
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Old 6th Jan 2010, 22:54
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Thanks guys the canopy and gun are on their list already, will pass them all on

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04284Bae Hawk T.1 Red Arrows1/3211/2010New
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Old 6th Jan 2010, 23:07
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Originally Posted by NutLoose
BossEyed this is a 1/32 hunter to give you an idea of scale
Thanks for making the effort to post that, NL. A 1/32 Bucc would be something to behold.

vecvec sorry - it's just that I'd never seen you anything like that subtle before.
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Old 6th Jan 2010, 23:39
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For the RAF Jag, how about the RWR and the GPS jamjar lid on the top of the nose. And the HMS sensor in the top of the canopy.....
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Old 7th Jan 2010, 00:00
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Its a bit hard to show an HMS tracker when there is no inmatation plexiglass to stick it on...

Another major glaring cockpit error is the lack of the Sky G / RWR display on the RH glareshield as well as the INDU on the left.

And please make Trumpeter aware that of the GR1 G Meter supporting structure + the meter itself was binned post GR 1B/GR 3 upgrades, if they are doing a GR 1 or T 2.
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Old 7th Jan 2010, 00:04
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Cheers Nutloose... All I need now is one of the decal sheet manufacturers to do markings for a grey T1A of 234(R) Sqn with the black tail (the one in the photo below to be precise, because I've flown in it).




XX317 DL 234(R) Sqn RAF Valley 1993

As regards the Jag kit, Ratman is a bit of a rigger god on the type and does know the structure of the Jag backwards (on more than one occasion I've seen him pull a Jag kit out of the box and while the pieces are still on the sprue say...That panel's wrong shape / size / position...That bit is the wrong shape / in the wrong place...there's a bit / panel / vent missing there...etc). May be worth contacting him as regards anything the manufacturer requests as regards correction info.
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Old 7th Jan 2010, 00:05
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This story has been going-around on two modelling forum sites for days and days now. The photos come from a guy who claims to represent the manufacturer (Trumpeter), but - inexplicably - the guy seems incapable of answering even the most direct questions. Despite repeated requests he strenuously avoids stating what scale the finished kit will be, and when it is likely to be released. This has led some of us to believe that the guy may well not be who he says he is, and is merely some random model builder who has access to the company's images - and enjoys teasing modellers who are too childish to know any better.

The threads on the modelling sites are almost hilarious. Endless posts from modellers whipping themselves into a state of frenzy even though the kit may well turn-out to be merely the same scale as Airfix's kit which has been available for years (at less than half the price). Some people insist that the mysterious man from Trumpeter is "for real" because they've actually emailed him directly and (*gasp*) sent him information! Seriously, you couldn't make it up, it's co comical.

Needless to say, I'm being branded as almost Hitler-esque by mentioning to these crazed people that they are probably being fooled. There's an unwritten rule on modelling forums that you can only say what people want to hear, otherwise everyone bursts into tears. However, now that this crazy tale has drifted into a more professional forum, might I suggest (yet again) that somebody persuades the mysterious man from Trumpeter to actually explain who the hell he is, before even more people waste their time sending him material?

Just a thought...
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Old 7th Jan 2010, 00:38
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Same bloke who no doubt posted photos of a 1-32 scale Lightning F1/3 test shot.... A 1-32 scale Typhoon T1/F2 test shot and a 1-32 scale Harrier GR7/AV8B test shots a while back on the modelling forums. Well he wasn't wrong about that lot as the Tiffy kit is now sitting in my loft. Level of detail on the models shown...1/32 scale minimum (I've got the Airfix kits of both in 1/48 with resin detail sets which don't have half the detail that are on those photos). Trumpeter have been making a habit of doing British stuff that other mainstream kit producers haven't touched (who thought that anyone would do a 1-48 scale injection kit of a Wyvern!!!), hence they are most likely genuine.
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Old 7th Jan 2010, 01:07
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Well no, not quite.

The photographs are genuine, but they're purely representative. The "test shot" of the Buccaneer as illustrated is undoubtedly 48th scale (we see a human hand on one photo which confirms this) but countless modellers on the modelling sites (most of whom base their conclusions on hope rather than knowledge) are convinced that the finished kit will be 32nd scale, even though there's no reason to reach this decision. The Jaguar appears to be planned for 32nd scale but again there doesn't seem to be any official word from the manufacturer.

Photos of the Lightning kit did emerge prior to its release but Trumpeter were clear about this kit and it appeared in their production schedule and catalogue very quickly. Now we have the appearance of a mysterious guy called "Mr.Song" who seems to be claiming (on various forums) that he is working on these kits for Trumpeter, but he steadfastly refuses to provide any direct answers, and merely teases modellers on their forums with cryptic comments. Consequently, I think it unwise to be wasting anybody's time gathering reference material for someone who could well turn-out to be some random lunatic who simply enjoys winding-up modellers with mental ages of five or less! It's simple - if Trumpeter want the assistance of people who can help and know what they're talking about, then maybe they could try asking in a more adult manner?

This is the kind of thing that is going on - as illustrated at the very start of this thread:-
Trumpeter are going to produce a kit in 1/32 scale (we think) that will be huge but can someone tell me for them, this is the info at the moment we are after
I mean, are you suggesting that you're striving to help someone who can't even be bothered to tell you what scale the kit will be?! Madness!

As for the Buccaneer kit, it will be very welcome if it does turn-out to be 32nd scale but in the absence of any facts from the manufacturer, nobody knows. If it is 48th scale then it will merely duplicate the kit which Airfix has been producing for years. Admittedly it looks much better in terms of quality and detail but it will inevitably cost 2-3 times the price of the Airfix kit, so it will hardly be worth it. Trumpeter do produce many aircraft in 48th scale (their new Su-24 and F-100 for example) so both the Jaguar and Buccaneer may well turn out to be only 48th scale kits. Hopefully they will not be!
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Fraid that in all walks of life there are some people that will bark at the moon and one is posting above, we know who Mr Song is and have contact with him by email directly, but as in the case of all things in life you get the odd disbeliever.........

You will just have to take in on good faith guys and we do really need your help.....

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