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  1. Great work Paul, keep on posting as many photos as you can, I enjoy looking at them all.
  2. Do you know what is left then. I'm saving my favourite photo until last. Cheers Gorbs, it was an interesting program, when you see the plane I can't imagine why anyone would want to fly in it. Moving on to the "better" looking aircraft, this next one is not that good looking, Fairey Gannet AS.4, this is currently under going restoration. I had a long interesting chat with one of the chaps that is involved with this aircraft, he explained the work they are doing and that once completed they will be able to operate all the controlsurfaces and use the hydraulic system to fold the wings. Short Sherpa SB.4. This is an experimental aircraft designed and built by Shorts in 1951 for the "V" bomber requirement. The whole of the wing tips rotated instead of conventional wing control surfaces. It flew numerous test flights but was never further developed. In 1956 it was given to the college of aeronautics at Cranfield and finally ended up at Duxford. The fuselage was restored by the Medway Aircraft Preservation Society at Rochester in the late 1990's but the wings had gone missing. The original Palas engines were flown over from Belfast and fitted to the now restored fuselage and this was then offered to the UAS were it returned in 2008. The wings are now being remade using wood and the chap in charge of the restoration was able to demonstrate how the wing tips rotated. Grumman F4F Wildcat. This aircraft was based at Long Kesh with 882 Sqd in 1944. It took off from Long Kesh on Christmas Eve 1944 for dive bombing pratice over near by Lough Neagh when it developed an engine fire. The pilot 19 year old Peter Lock was too low to bail out so ditched in a small lake, Portmore Lough, which is a few miles from where I live. A local farmer spotted the crash and rescued the pilot from the wing of the aircraft in a rowing boat before the plane sank. It was recovered from the lough in 1984, Peter Lock returned to see it's recovery and met the son of the farmer that had saved him. The aircraft is currently being renovated. Hawker Sea Hawk SB.5. Built in 1954 as an SB.3 it served with 897 Sqd on HMS Eagle before moving to 895 Sqd on HMS Bulwark in 1956. It flew combat air patrols during the Suez crisis. In 1957 it was converted to an FB.5 and joined 806 Sqd on HMS Eagle.In 1958 it joined the Fleet Requirements Unit at Hurn, and stayed there until 1963 when it was moved to Belfast for storage. Shorts then used it to train airframe apprentices. It was donated to the UAS in 1989 and they needed a crane to lift it out of the training centre via the roof. Phantom FG1, XT864. moved here from RAF Leuchars, it has been repainted in Royal Navy (Fleet Air Arm) colours as 007. This aircraft is the one that Airfix based their 1/72 scale Phantom FG1 model kit on. I got the chance to do so something that I have always wanted to do and that was to sit in the cockpit of a fighter aircraft, a fighter aircraft that had flown combat patrols. Thanks for looking in, Cheers "Flt Lt" Andy
  3. I have just realised I didn't take any pictures of the Wessex, maybe I'll pop back there today. Many years ago I worked part time at an indoor Karting centre and on one occasion they held a 1 hour endurance race at RAF Aldergrove for the Airmen that serviced the helicopters. After the race I got chatting to one of the Technicians and he took a couple of us to the hanger and showed us around a Wessex 5 and a Chinook, I sat in the driver's seat of the Chinook whilst he explained all the different flight controls. The company I work for service the Copiers and Printers at Shorts, I haven't been in there for a while, but I used to service a colour copier in the Marketing office, the chap in charge was involved in the selling of the SD-330, he had loads of photographs of the planes on the walls in his office. Tucano T1, the 7th airframe off the production line at Embraer in Brazil, it was shipped to Belfast for trials it first flew in April 1986. It went on to fly as a demonstrator aircraft at Farnborough and Paris airshows. The Tucano was the last aircraft produced by Shorts before they were taken over by Bombardier and the last complete aircraft to be built in N.Ireland. Blackburn Buccaneer S2B, delivered to the Fleet Air Arm in 1968 it served with 809 and 800 NAS flying from HMS Eagle and HMS Ark Royal. It was transferred to the RAF in 1978 and joined 15 Squadron at Laarbruch in 1982 before moving the following year to 12 Squadron at Lossiemouth where it stayed until 1986. It was then updated to carry the Sea Eagle anti ship missile and joined 208 Squadron. Prior to retirement the RAF painted it in 15 Squadron markings and it was sold to the Society in 1994. This aircraft is the subject of a new Airfix Buccaneer model currently being produced. Canberra PR.9. Built in Belfast in 1959, this Photo Reconaisance aircraft joined 58 Squadron at RAF Wyton. It moved to 39 Sqd on Malta in 1963, which then became 13 Sqd before moving back to RAF Wyton in 1978. It went on to fly missions over Rwanda, Kosovo, 2003 Gulf War and Afghanistan. Looking at it I would not want to be the Navigator on this aircraft. BAC Jet Provost T3A. This aircraft spent it's time at No.7 FTS RAF Church Fenton before being retired to No.1 School of Technical Training at Halton. A local council here, Castlereagh, purchased it to be used for a Flight Experience Workshop project. It was loaned to the Society in 2003. Vampire T.11. Delivered to the RAF in 1952, it entered service with Marshalls at Cambridge and then went onto the Ferry Training unit No.8 FTS. In 1964 it moved to the Central Navigation & Control School at Shawbury were it remained in service until 1970. It then became a maintenance airframe at Coningsby and was donated to the Society in 1988.
  4. The Ulster Aviation Society are holding their annual Open Weekend this weekend at their "home," the former RAF Station Long Kesh or as it is better known The Maze site of the former prison. I went along this morning (Saturday) for look round. Housed in 2 hangers they have a collection of military and civilian aircraft and helicopters, most of which were either built or operated in Northern Ireland. I took a lot of photos so I will post them in several batches. The first few are for Richard who seems to be a big fan of helicopters. Robinson R-22 helicopter Air and Space 18a Gyroplane Alouette III flown by the Irish Aircorps it ditched in a County Donegal lake in 1995, both crew were saved, it was then used as an instructional airframe before being refurbished and repainted by Irish Air Corps volunteers and presented to the society in 2009. Westland Scout, these were flown by the British Army here in N. Ireland. A rear turret from a Whitworth Whitley. This is a replica of the 1911 Ferguson Flyer, the first aircraft to be built and flown in Ireland. This was built for a BBC program "The Great Flying Challenge" and successfully flew. Aerosport Scamp, designed to be built "at home" it is powered by a Volkswagen car engine. Shorts SD-330, built at Shorts factory next to Belfast City Airport in 1975, it was the second prototype and used to sell the aircraft around the world. Fairchild Argus 24W-41A I'll post all the military aircraft tomorrow.
  5. Also has the amazing ability to not glue things that you want to glue and glue things that you don't want glueing
  6. It's starting to take shape now Kevin, very neat work on the Gun.
  7. I like the sound of that Darren, I have a kit that I can build possibly in a weekend, so yes count me in.
  8. Well done Gorbs, and Paul for second place. Thanks Darren for setting this GB up. Is there still any interest in any of the other GB's that were voted on before this one was started?
  9. Invictaag

    EDUARD 1/48 SE5a

    Great little build Darbs, now you have tried aircraft rigging how about moving on to ship's rigging.
  10. The small rear middle Deck was next to be fitted, it slotted into place nicely and I was then able o fit the P.E. Ladder. Then it was onto the supports for the ship's Boats, these had quite a bit of flash and seam lines and took a while to clean up, but at least they fitted without too many problems. The lower part of the foreward Mast needed a bit of adjustement to get it to fit through the Deck and it was fitted along with the Cabin and upper Foreward Deck support. The 2 Cabins on the rear middle Deck were then fitted. It was now time for one of the Funnels to make a welcome re-appearance, it has to have a walkway fitted to it's lower part before the Funnel and walkway are then fitted to the ship. In between all of this I have been working on the 4 ship's Steam Launches, they had the plastic Keel removed and P.E. Keel, Rudder and Propellers fitted. Each Launch then got a coat of, yes you guessed it, black paint and then the wooden Decks were fitted. The last 2 pictures show the fitted Funnel and part of the walkway along with the Launches dry fitted. Cheers Andy
  11. I am a bit like Paul in the fact that I have quite a few long term kits, mostly ships, the most expensive being a wooden ship the Brig Badger which cost about £180. When I emptied out the attic in my old house I was surprised to see just how many kits I had amassed and decided that I would not buy any more until I had built a few of them. I was rather pleased with my self last month when I went into the Hobby Shop in Faversham and came out with the paint, glue and masking tape that I had gone in for, I didn't even look at any of the models. I would like to get the large wooden HMS Victory kit that's about £800, a lot to pay for a kit but when you think that they estimate it can take over 1000 hours to build it that works out at 80p an hour, not many things you can do for 80p an hour these days.
  12. It's looking good Paul. I need to invest in some decent tools, I have been using a "basic" set of pointed nose Tweezers that the Wife "lost" a few years ago.
  13. Thanks Paul. I have tried folding up the Treads on Ladders before and have ended up damaging the Handrails whilst holding the Ladder or breaking off the Treads. This particular Ladder is in a place that can hardly be seen but I will try the Treads on the 2 Ladders that fit to the rear of the main Deck. I have to wear my reading Spectacles with my Optivisor, even when looking at the instruction sheet now a days, I think drinking the contents of a bottle of Adnams Ghost Ship beer and working with P.E. was the main problem with me not being able to see.
  14. Stand by to have everything in the house chewed, when my Parents Border Collie was a Pup it even chewed lumps out of their wooden Stairs, but he was a weird dog, he was bred to herd cows rather than sheep and had long legs almost like a Greyhound's legs.
  15. You are making good progress Kevin, once you get some paint on everything will look fine. We are all learning things and trying to improve our skills everytime we build something, the important thing is to enjoy what we do. Cheers Andy
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