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At the bottom of each post there is the word "comments". If you click on it you will see comments made by followers, and if you follow the instructions you may also comment and I always welcome that. I have found many people overlook this part of the blog which is often more interesting than the original post!

My blog nick-name is SIR HUGH. I'm not from the aristocracy - my middle name is Hugh which relates to the list of 282 hills in Scotland compiled by Sir Hugh Munro in 1891. I climbed my last one (Sgurr Mor) on 28th June 2009


Monday, 21 June 2021

Javelin (cockpit)

After skippering the Severn Class lifeboat through many daring rescues I have now become a Gloster Javelin pilot, an unrealistic ambition in my schoolboy days.

I may be changing my blogonym to Mitty.

The cockpit has been assembled and painted and all the gadgetry highlighted. The seats are finished but not glued in on the photo below. I added some seat belts that are not included in the kit.


Cockpit before seats added. With seats below.
 (for a reason I can't determine this photo does not come into the slideshow when you click to enlarge)

Note my added seat harnesses



Roderick Robinson said...

That's an ejector seat. Does it have seat belts or - shall we say - recognisable seat belts? I'm not entirely sure the ejected pilot lands sitting in his seat. Seat belts can, of course, be released but later ejector seats allowed the pilot to eject from ground level (eg, when a take-off had been fouled up). I'm not sure the pilot would have had time to do anything more than offer up a one-word prayer.

As to that single-word utterance I had an ex-pilot working as a graphic artist on the first magazine I edited. When things got sticky, I asked, did he pray? No, he said. Just the one-word, true. But it began with f.

During National Service I did some radio work on a Canberra which, obviously, had ejector seats. We were warned not to pull out a thing on top of the seat and resembling a large hand-grenade pin, painted in red, and carrying the rubric "Do not pull!"

For me the warning was unnecessary.

Sir Hugh said...

RR - I looked at stock images of ejector seats and the ones I saw did have a harness or belt which looked to have complicated multi straps. At the 1/48 scale I am working at an exact replica would have been beyond my abilities. I am not fanatical about exact replication of detail, but remaining satisfied with creating a reasonable representation. For instance, I know some of the knobs and switches are painted yellow and red - I have dotted odd ones here and there at random.

There is a sort of nerdish philosophical aspect to some of this modelling. Much of that detail I have slaved over will be invisible when the model is completed, so why bother some may ask. All I can say is that it interests me - I am continually in awe of the complexities we humans have managed to create and the inside of the cockpit of a fighter plane rates high on that list just at the visual level.

Roderick Robinson said...

I'me getting lonely, just you and me in the comments column. Send up a flare

Sir Hugh said...

RR - I have spoken to quite a few people over the years who profess to read my blog posts but don't look at the comments, and also I think the prompt on the blog to go to "comments" is so easy to miss. I may have a look at that and see if I can do something to make that opportunity more obvious.

bowlandclimber said...

Because I spoke to you on the phone, that's not counted as 'social media', I didn't comment further on my project of modelling a missile launching truck. Watch out on your maiden flight, and your website says I'm not a robot.

Sir Hugh said...

BC - I am just attaching the air to air missiles.