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noelh

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  1. but As others said, it has to be iconic or at least well known. Imagine yourself sitting in on a meeting in Airfix having just had a new 1/24th aircraft given the green light. Now the question is which aircraft? There are several criteria to consider. It has to sell, so it must be well known, instantly recognisable even. But most of those have been done already. Also it has to fall within a certain price range, so you can forget about four engined bombers. So which aircraft fall into the category? Well the list is short and mostly mentioned already. The P47 is obvious but it's already been done successfully by Kinetic. The F4U Corsair, my personal favourite and definitely iconic but we have the Tamiya Corsair, yes in a different scale but pretty much the definitive kit of the F4U. But it remains on the shortlist. But what about the P38? Fits all the criteria, iconic, not too big plus a hit worldwide particularly in America. Again on the shortlist. Another suggestion would be the P40. I can just see the box art, shark mouthed Kittyhawks over the desert. But what about jets? The Me262 for one, again on the shortlist. But my suggestion for an iconic aircraft, with mass appeal is the F86 Sabre. It hits all the right notes, famous and widely used, American but used by the British. Not too big either. I'd buy one. It has to be up there. What no British aircraft? Well a late model Spitfire, the Mk IX obviously. That's entirely possible even likely. But realistically there no other British aircraft that fits the criteria. So here's my list in the order I consider likely but not my wishlist: Spitfire Mk IX P38 Lightning P40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk F4U Corsair F86 Sabre Me 262 I would have the F4U first and I would definitely like an F86.
  2. Britain obviously. I'm not even British but it's bizarre that Afghanistan had an astronaut before Britain.
  3. Tamiya for me too. While I love Airfix as the familiar icon it is. Tamiya was my first introduction to Japanese quality and attention to detail. My first Tamiya kit was the old Sherman M4 A3 E8 bought from Eltham Models in London by mail around 1972. It was a revelation. To me Tamiya is the the top of the tree when it comes to model kits. The two star logo I find very evocative.
  4. All my expensive hoard have been started if never finished. The latest being the 1/24th Typhoon, also a Wing Nut Wings Brisfit. But the king of the stash is a Tamiya 1/6 BMW R75/5 which I feel I'll get to finish one day. Although it's at least 37 years in the stash. At the time I ambitiously bought some pea bulbs hoping to have working lights so I like to argue I was waiting for the technology to catch up.
  5. The only thing I can say is that it lots like the real thing. ;Very nice job.
  6. Very nice and it brings back memories. Back in the eighties when I flew to Luton with Virgin in the Viscount. I deliberately booked Virgin because of the Viscounts. Not being a spotter I have no idea of the reg but it could have been that particular one. The Viscount live up to it's reputation as a smooth flyer with big windows. You did a fine job.
  7. Here's the link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4326070/Video-shows-difficulty-landing-Boeing-737-high-winds.html He's certainly working hard. I've have a DVD somewhere of a 727 landing in high winds where the pilot is working just as hard. It not that unusual, most pilots will have work just as hard on occasion. I remember having to do something similar on a few occasions albeit in something a lot smaller. Sometimes one or other wing will drop violently as if some giant grabbed it. It's not as scary as it looks but you certainly earn your pay on those days. Yet people still say 'Sure those planes fly themselves.
  8. Nearly everything I ever flew. One I'd like to see would be the GA8 Airvan which to be fair most people will never have seen or even heard of. Can't see Airfix releasing it anytime this millennium.
  9. Pretty sure it would one of the Irish Helicopters Bo 105s. It would help if you knew which film. I can recall seeing two Irish Air Corps Gazelles painted in British colours for movies and the Alouette III. But not the Bo105. Search Irish Air Pics. There might be something there.
  10. Your right he wouldn't have confused the two types, the report doesn't even suggest that. But he may have used the wrong numbers in error. There is evidence of that and it is a known problem. I've done it myself. Most pilots have at some point. If you don't accept that as a possible explanation then the main alternative is that he blatantly and carelessly started a manoeuvre at an altitude and speed which he knew would have ended exactly that way it did. Now he was an experienced fast jet pilot and that's unlikely. So there has to be another reason and the one that fits best is the confusion over the numbers. Unless there's another explanation that fits the circumstances. That's the best anyone can do.
  11. I think the Luftwaffe missed a trick when they didn't paint their FW190s gloss black! Maybe if the SS had aircraft. As for me, my first kit was the Airfix Wildcat bought from Woolworths of course. Built by Dad of course. I can also name my two sons first kits too. The elder built an Airfix King Tiger and the youngest was the new Revell Corsair. Both with help from me of course. Family tradition and all that.
  12. Shocked to read the news early this morning. I'm regularly woken late at night by the passage of those helicopters on the way to the local hospital. They are a regular sight during the day too. You always know someone is in dire need when you hear them overhead in all weathers. Only the other day I saw two crewmen crossing the road in front of me near the hospital, incongruously dressed in their orange overalls having dropped into Tesco express. I pointed them out to my two boys and told them what a dangerous job they did. Something which was proved last night. Apparently the one survivor isn't expected to live. No names have been mentioned yet, but the ICG crews are often a mix of ex IAC, RN, RAF and offshore pilots and crew. Very experienced. The weather round here wasn't that bad last night and it looks like it was sudden disaster. The Maritime AIS stopped at 00:46 last night. No radio call either. That would be worrying for anyone flying the S92 which includes the UK Coastguard. Incidentally the photo in the Guardian article is of an S61. They're no longer in service.
  13. I don't think anyone apart from certain headlines are suggesting he forgot what type he was flying. But reversion is known problem for pilots who have more experience in one type than another. I pulled this out of the report: While the report doesn't explicitly state that's what happened. It is one of the more likely explanations and is emphasised in the report. Flying is a numbers game, even display flying and aerobatics. Seat of the pants flying is long gone even in the lightest aircraft. You live or die based on whether or not you use the correct parameters for a particular manoeuvre. Only this time, other people died. It's too simple to say he flew too low and too slow. It's not enough to know what caused the crash. That was obvious from an early stage. The 'why' is important particularly to other pilots so they can avoid doing it themselves. It's not enough to say the pilot screwed up, case closed. Even if that isn't what happened on the day the lesson is that reversion is a problem that pilots need to stay aware of.
  14. I've no idea about Jet Provost speeds either so I checked the report again and have extracted these numbers from table listed on page 51 for a JP display the pilot flew previously. In brackets are the height and speeds the Hunter flew on the accident flight as shown in the diagram on page 47. The similarities are striking apart from the entry speed of the Hunter. Loop entry: Indicated altitude (±50 ft) 200 (185 should be 500) Indicated airspeed (±5 KIAS) 270 (310 should be 350) Loop apex: Indicated altitude (±100 ft) 2750 (2800 should be 4000) Indicated airspeed (±10 KIAS) 125 (105 should be 150) He had flown two JP displays the previous weekend. I think the numbers speak for themselves.
  15. Yes indeed, very satisfying build of an unlovely aircraft. Nice tribute to Maureen Dunlop too. Female pilots were, are always underestimated. I remember reading a story of about the B26 which was had a famous reputation as a widowmaker. But apparently some US pilots had their prejudice tested when a new B26 was delivered only to have a tiny little ATA woman pilot climb out of the cockpit. One of the best pilots I ever met is a woman. Perhaps a subjective belief I thought and you might think but I once found myself in a room full of male pilots who had flown with her. They were unanimous in their praise and no she is not a 'babe'. But I don't know if you can ever rehabilitate the Barracuda!