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melvyn hiscock

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  1. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    I went all the way to Telford walked around what I thought was everything to see and STILL managed to miss this. <insert choice rude word here> Those awards are all well deserved Not only did we not get to see the Spitfire but we nipped over to Ironbridge as I has ever been there and the bridge is covered in scaffolding! I didn't even buy anything at the show!
  2. Fokker DVII wing query

    Email me on melvyn *at* melvynhiscock *dot* com and I will bung you a photo
  3. Yes THAT red triplane.

    I remember the late Ray Funnell at the RAF Museum store at Cardington (that was an amazing place to visit) telling me that he thought there was enough 'original' fabric from 425/17 to cover several Gothas! He also told me that someone turned up one day to give him a photo of the Dr1 after the crash and before it was recovered. When the guy turned up it was very definitely not a Dr1 being deficient in wings to the tune of one and also having an excess of crew postiions, however, the owner of the photograph was indignant as he claimed he had taken it and it was original!
  4. Fokker DVII wing query

    They are, indeed, bumpers to protect the leading edge when wings were stacked. German aircraft were often moved by rail and wings were stacked leading edge down. Rigging wires were often quick release too. I do have photographs of this but have no idea how to post them on here now the photobucket has gone and bucketed itself. I was at the Memorial Flight workshops a couple of weeks back and one of the guys was making the quick release strut ends for the Brussels museum Aviatik.
  5. 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376

    Oh goody (pulls up chair, opens a beer and realises there is going to be a LOT of beer) Oh well, it wil be worth it!
  6. WWI Whites were they really Persil bright?

    Remember there are quirks, like French aircraft having painted white on the undersides and natural fabirc whites above.
  7. I still have a large pile of Aeroplane Monthly and Flypasts that are going to the tip unless someone wants them. They are near Portsmouth and would need collecting or I can meet you somewhere (I am at Dunsfold this weekend) Issue one, in both cases, lots of 1970s issues from Aeroplane and some complete years. lots of complete years of Flypast and a lot of more recent ones. I need these gone so..... I would put a photo up but dn't know how post-photobucket Melv
  8. BBMF Grounded

    One XIX is in deep maintenance, the other is on a 50 hour check as I understand. The problem is being investigated to see if it is likely to be occurring across all Merlins
  9. CAA airshow safety review update

    One thing that is becoming apparent is that some of the crowd distances quoted as unnecessary by airshow goers are not imposed by the CAA. Display lines. although sometimes realigned, are not a lot further out but pilots are displaying further away. I have been at shows where the organisers have been trying to get pilots to come in further towards the line. Whether this is fear of being red carded I (which is done by the show organiser, not the CAA) or because they are practicing less is unclear. Even if they do come closer and too close to the line, that is not an immediate red card, but they would be told and asked to move out a little. As for Old Sarum, there were a lot of discussions and the CAA were being very helpful. There was a clear problem at the 2015 display as the numbers of people freeloading on adjacent hills were a big problem. Although the Vulcan cancelled, we were told it would not attend if there were significant people on the hills. Therefore, even without the mechanical failure, it would have not been there. There was a will to make this happen with the CAA but there were other factors that came in that made it impossible for the show to go on and they had nothing to do with roads, the CAA, freeloaders or display lines. I was at Newcastle Co Down last weekend. We had several acts that were too far out, one in particular. All were briefed to come in and use the shape of the bay, not the jet line. We also had a CAA visit and were thoroughy and fairly inspected. The discussions after were fortright and helpful and the points raised were easy to deal with and all very sensible. It is a different world than it was three years ago but it is not as onerous as some are suggesting. There were problems that needed addressing and there were some knee jerks, but in the main they are being dealt with. So far in my experience the MAA were being far more of a problem than the CAA. One more point, most of the people that attend airshows are not enthusiasts but the general public who are interested, and whose one mainly pays for it all. There are enthusiasts attending but we now see a lot more 'professional' (sic) photographers that appear to demand closer access and are, in the main, the people complaining about display lines being too far out. This is a development of the last few years. Going back ten years or so photographers used film and 200mm lenses. They now want to photograph the nose hairs of the pilot, the only thing you need to ask is if this is necessary and whether the organisers are responsible for facilliitating this, and whether the critiicism of the CAA is just coming from a select few Ask yourself when was the last time you just watched an aeroplane for the enjoyment of it. It is actualy a lot more fun than some people seem to think!
  10. Airfix 1/48 Sea Hurricane Mk1B Small Error in Instructions

    Interesting to see the top catapult picture. I think that one is at Leuchars but there was another at Gosport. The Grotsport one was a cordite catapult and they used to operate a Swordfish ro two and Sea Hurricane as part of the catapult training flight. In the morning of the first day, the first trainee pilot would stand in the rear cockpit of the Swordfish looking over the pilot's shoulders and hanging on for dear life (probably literally). He would watch and then they would land, the Swordfish would be cfraned back onto the cat and the trainee would have his go. He would be watched by the second in the course and he byt the third person and so on. It does make you wonder about the problems of accelerated mistakes, a rubbish piece of info passed on early in the course could get worse! They would then stop for lunch and in the afternoon there would be a Hurricane on the cat for the 'Advanced' course. This time, of course, there was no hanging on and watching, it was in at the deep end. Did I say 'on the first day? Ah, there wasn't a second......
  11. The top 3?

    On a slighlty oblique tack... Robert Smith Barry. He saved hundreds of lives by inventing the system of flying training that is stil the basis of what is used today. Every fighter pilot since about mid 1917 owes a large part to RSB
  12. You should try making the real thing!
  13. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    Your comments about the fingerprint on the canopy made me laugh. When I was restoring the Rearwin Cloudster I used to joke that it was going to have a big gluey fingerprint on the canopy like to many Airfix models I had made!
  14. Aerodrome alumnae...?

    There is some dubious opinions posted there sometimes.
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