I find it quite amazing how long front line airframes, seem to extended and extended again. For example the B52 BUFF, when the type is officially retired some of the airframes will be nearly a hundred years old. Some of our Chinooks must be around 35-40 years old by now!
Did this upgrade plan involve the 8 mk3's that were delivered in 2001, but never flew due to software issues. IIRC they then languished in climate controlled hangers until the MOD decided to change them back to mk2/2a's.I started the Wokka when it was a CH-47-D. As I have progressed with the build, its gone through a few upgrade programmes its fair to say......
Chinook HC Mk4 / Mk5 / Mk6/6A
Mk6 makes its first flight, June 2014
A programme to upgrade 46 Chinook Mk2/2A and Mk3 helicopters was initiated in December 2008. Called Project Julius, it includes new digital flight deck avionics based on the Thales TopDeck avionics suite, comprising new multifunction displays, a digital moving map display and an electronic flight bag, installation of a nose-mounted FLIR detector, and upgrading the engines to the more powerful T55-714 standard. Upgraded Mk2/2A and Mk3 aircraft will be redesignated Mk4 and Mk5 respectively. Deliveries are expected to commence in 2011. The first conversion, a Chinook HC Mk4, first flew on 9 December 2010. Initial operating capability status was reached in June 2012 with seven aircraft delivered.
The Chinook HC Mk6 designation has been assigned to the 24 (later reduced to 14) CH-47F-derived Chinooks ordered in 2009. In December 2015, the fourteenth and final MK 6 was delivered to the RAF.
In July 2017, it was announced that the 38 Chinook HC4s are to be upgraded to a HC6A standard including the replacement of the analogue flight control systems with the Boeing Digital Automatic Flight Control System (DAFCS).
Did this upgrade plan involve the 8 mk3's that were delivered in 2001, but never flew due to software issues. IIRC they then languished in climate controlled hangers until the MOD decided to change them back to mk2/2a's.
After spending an additional £90 million on the conversion the idea was scrapped. I believe (I'm probably wrong) that they have been cannibalized to keep the existing fleet going.
I was going to ask after the previous post but I see what you mean.
yep seen a couple of builds and it looks stunning
The bigger ones are ok , but at 1/72 scale the smaller ones are extremely tricky to get into the right place without trashing them .I was going to ask after the previous post but I see what you mean.
Pin on a wet surface to move them around maybe?
Though it may just be crap decals, some of the GW stuff I've been adding to my creations have fallen off or been blown off when I tried to stick them with varnish.
I tend to place a small sponge in a tub of tepid water, one of the takeaway tubs you get with a Chineese takeaway is perfect, water just up to the top of the sponge, cut your tiny decals out and place them onto the sponge, they rest there until you grab them with the tweezers, they don't part from the backing paper leaving you trying to fish them out of the depths.The bigger ones are ok , but at 1/72 scale the smaller ones are extremely tricky to get into the right place without trashing them .