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About noelh

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  1. I was going to make a funny comment because I know you'd appreciate it. But honestly I love your work. I really look forward to seeing your models. They always somehow capture a moment in time. That in my opinion is what models are about. We should make a moment in history. Keep up the work.
  2. I sometimes think, what I need is a team of builders and painters around me. So I can swan into the workshop late in the morning and share with them my vision. They try not to roll their eyes and stifle a few sniggers as they get on with it. Meanwhile I wander around interfering with their work and complaining they're not seeing my vision as I do. Later I add the last few decals and sign the display base to applause from my smiling minions. Of course occasionally I will throw a tantrum and fling an offending model at the wall. Ah yes, wail until I win the Euro lotto! Meanwhile I have many kits started but never finished. One from the seventies. I think that's my actual hobby: half building kits. In many ways that's better than finishing them because invariably the finished build is disappointing. One of those half built kits might just be the one. The one that is fit to seen on RFI. The one that crashes the website because of all the views. The one that wins a gold medal in every modelling show in the western hemisphere. Don't hold your breath though!
  3. I was first introduced to Tamiya as far back as 1971 and at that point they set the standard. They were streets ahead of other manufacturers at the time. But since then others have caught up and even surpassed them in places. But they still set a high standard. Be honest while Tamiya may not be top of the pile all the time. It's still the benchmark which all others have to match at least. As for me I'm still biased in Tamiya's favour. After 46 years that's natural. Anyone who hasn't built one is missing out, believe me.
  4. As Shar says I imagine, plus the earthquake effect would collapse a lot of tunnels. I think you'd need a few grand slams to do the same damage. The Americans do have deep penetration bombs. The early ones were made from surplus artillery barrels but they would have to be dropped precisely into a tunnel or bunker.
  5. You have assume that Sven Hassel used a bit of dramatic licence in stories. Certainly I remember reading a couple and there was a lot of drama. Don't know about Hamburg but certainly there were numerous accounts of German soldiers been shot or hung for real or imagined crimes towards the end of the war. I remember reading one account of an officer sending one of his best NCOs to the rear for supplies only to later find out he was picked up by the feldgendarmerie or SS and summarily shot for desertion. So yes it happened particularly in Berlin. The opposite happened too. Fanatical officers were sometimes shot by their men. The truth is that you probably couldn't exaggerate the horror of the times.
  6. When I finally had to get glasses, I was in denial like many people but in the end I was put under orders from the aeromedical people. I chose varifocals for my main glasses but bifocals for my Rayban sunglasses. Only had momentary problems with balance with the varifocals but I know people who struggle with them. My sister in law's husband nearly broke his neck when he tripped over a step when he started wearing them. But opposite to Viscount I found the bifocal sunglasses drove me mad when flying because I could never get the head position right to read the instruments properly and keep a good look out. So when I later went to the optician I 'should have gone to' in the first place. I got varifocal sunglasses. Worked a treat. So yes I'm all about varifocals but you have to be sure you can handle them. Each to his own.
  7. He said 'organise' heh heh. Organise implies order but I'm a firm believer in the chaos theory and that's how I organise them.
  8. If I recall correctly a large scale master was made and then a pantograph was used to cut the steel mould to scale. Or I could be completely mis-remembering.
  9. I remember reading about how it was done in an old Airfix Catalogue or book which I think I still have. How the tooling was made and all that. But good drawings are crucial and it was sometimes luck if they were available. Often they could contact the manufacturer and get drawings but often they weren't that accurate as they were general arrangement drawings rather than accurate dimensionally.. If they had access to the original they could measure it. There's a famous story of the Airfix designers spotting a Bentley which they wanted to model, following it and getting the owners permission to measure it up. Same with many aircraft too I would think. But clearly with aircraft that no longer exist or are behind the Iron curtain that wasn't so easy. Even so a good artist could produce decent drawings from photos. I remember reading about Flight Magazine getting a call from a worried manufacturer asking how they found out about some of the still secret equipment appearing in their well known sectional drawings. A talented artist could work magic almost. I must dig out that book.
  10. I live in Galway and there are a lot of buskers on the main shopping drag which is called Shop street, I kid you not. Guess what happens a lot on nearby Flood street?. Anyway of the buskers some are very good. Ed Sheeran busked there as a kid but some need to be run out of town! Early in the morning you can see some of them arriving early to claim the best pitches. I heard that one morning there was a stand up fist fight between a couple over the prime pitch. So there's money to be made particularly from tourists who particularly like anything Oirish! There's a girl who does a Riverdance thing which always draws a crowd. The good ones and the regulars abide by the council code of practice to play for only two hours at a time and to have some kind of repertoire. The council regularly threatens by laws to restrict them when they step out of line. I generally enjoy them especially sitting outside a coffee shop of a sunny morning. Adds great colour to the area. But some overdo the amplifier and yes it's nails and blackboards,
  11. Actually that already happens. Corgi among others do a great line in die cast models. But I still think there will be a demand for products you can build yourself. As for WW2 becoming less popular I don't know but the way things are going they'll be building models from WW3 the way things are going in the world now!!!
  12. Really jealous of all your experiences in the ATC. I used to read the ads for the cadets in the old Airfix Magazine during the seventies (remember them?) feeling very frustrated because of course growing up in Ireland we didn't have any such thing. However in my late teens I did join the local army reserve and eventually got to fly in a military helicopter, not to mention firing rifles, machine guns etc. Thanks to rather loose entry requirements many of my comrades were underage, as young as 14 so it was almost a cadet force at times only with high velocity weapons. That was a great experience too. Ending up invading the UK by accident on one occasion. I think any kind of military experience or scouts at a young age is good for young people. My two boys are in the scouts. Even after a short time you can already see a difference it makes.
  13. There will always be people who want to work with their hands no matter the technology available. So someone will be building models in the future maybe even one of my sons. Whether any of them will be kits like we know is another matter.
  14. It's not as big an issue as it appears on face value. It's just the engines not the complete aircraft. It makes sense to centralise major maintenance for things like engines. The numbers in RAF service wouldn't justify setting up a local facility in the UK. But if an issue was to arise with Turkey there are alternatives. Aviation maintenance in general is a global business. So sending aircraft, equipment and engines to the other side of the world is quite common. I speak as someone who worked fifteen years in jet engine maintenance.