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Eric Mc

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  1. Something the Soviets were not keen to admit for many years . The official story was that all of the Vostok cosmonauts DID eject before landing EXCEPT for Gagarin. They didn't want to admit that he had ejected just like the others because they did not want the FAI withdrawing all the speed and altitude records they were claiming. The FAI rules stipulated that a pilot had to land in his aircraft/spacecraft for a record to be valid. Bailing out before landing would negate any record claims.
  2. I built that kit back in the 1980s. It is actually fairly accurate and builds up into an impressive model - as you can see. It was not that hard to get hold of. I think the more recent release by Revell was based on the VEB moulds (I may be wrong). I have an unbuilt one in the stash which I will do at some time - hopefully not too far in the future.
  3. Not a kit but a lashed together model using a ping pong ball and assorted plastic card and stretched sprue. It works out at around 1/15 scale.
  4. 1/72 Saturn V

    The "probe structure" attached to the Command Module is the Launch Escape Tower - which was a powerful solid fuelled rocket used to yank the capsule off the top of the rocket if the Saturn V started to misbehave during launch. Luckily, it never had to be used on any Apollo mission, although it came close during the Apollo 12 launch when the Saturn V was struck by lightning. The Launch Escape Tower was jettisoned at about 4 minutes into the flight as by that point the entire rocket had climbed to an adequate height (about 50 miles) so that the Command Module could separate and parachute to safety without assistance from the escape system. The Dragon Saturn V is a very impressive model when it is completed (I've seen it displayed at a few shows) but it does seem to have a number of accuracy issues which is a pity considering that it's a fairly recent moulding.
  5. Airfix 1\72 Chipmunk T.10

    Yes - red and white was the standard RAF trainer scheme from the late 1960s to the late 1980s.
  6. A Stampe SV-4 A Heller'uv a kit....

    Great to see John actually building a kit again. I look forward to seeing the end result.
  7. Yes - mail contracts, both in the US and Europe, were really what kept the early airlines in profit. The DC-3 was the first airliner which could generate sufficient revenue from passengers only and turn a profit.
  8. It wasn't just the distances that drove technical progress in US airliner industry, it was commercial rivalries between the airlines and the airliner manufactures. In the US, the airlines were in full commercial competition with each other so they often goaded the manufacturers into building faster and more economical aircraft. In Europe, most of the major airlines were state owned and there were not competing against each other in the same way. The Europeans did build some advanced aircraft, but the US was where the real advances in the civil field were happening.
  9. F8F Bearcat

    Scale and manufacturer? Nice too.
  10. Retirement - what the hell do you do with your days?

    Although not retired, I've joined our local U3A (University of the Third Age) and am currently involved in an astronomy group and a cookery group. I work for myself so can manage my time to fit these types of activities. The astronomy group covers all space related matters so I've been able to use my space related models as props for discussions on various space programmes.
  11. Hi

    Although the purchase price of some models seem very high, in real terms I think modelling still constitutes a cheap and affordable hobby. You can still get kits at what would be considered pocket money prices. And the cost of some items of equipment, such as airbrushes and compressors, are a fraction of what they were 40 years ago when inflation and earnings are taken into account. Of course you can pay a fortune for things if you want to, but there are plenty of bargains to be had. I'm sure you will enjoy your return to the hobby - it's never been so varied or vibrant, I think.
  12. Visiting the Stones

    I discovered the Salisbury Model Centre back in August (was staying at a camp site near Old Sarum). It's a great little "proper" model shop. I bought a couple of kits and a few bits and pieces. I'll pop in again the next time I'm down that way.
  13. David Shepherd has died

    I drive past their premises at Shalford fairly frequently.
  14. Retirement - what the hell do you do with your days?

    If money isn't a problem (lucky you), then that does free up your options a lot. Apart from model building, what are your main areas of interest? If I had spare time, I'd volunteer at a local museum. There are quite a few military, aviation and motoring museum within 20 miles of where I live so I would be keen to get involved in at least one of these. There are also lots of charities out there that are desperate for volunteers - such as drivers, wheelchair pushers - you name it. The most common statement I hear from my retired friends is that they can't believe how busy they are in retirement.
  15. Retirement - what the hell do you do with your days?

    You're asking on a model building forum so that's one solution right there. What type of hit will your finances take? Having enough to live on and spare income to fund nice things would be a key factor in what you can do in your spare time.