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Eric Mc

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  1. Voyager was not in orbit around Saturn. It was barrelling in towards the planet at a high rate of knots and used Saturn's gravity to alter its trajectory and set it on course for Uranus. I don't think it picked up much in the way of additional speed relative to the sun from its Saturn flyby. Cassini is firmly in orbit around Saturn. It would need a massive addition to its speed relative to Saturn (and the sun) to allow it to escape Saturn's gravity and head off further into the outer Solar System. To get the required delta V, it would need a big push from an on board rocket motor and the expenditure of a lot of fuel. Although Cassini does have a rocket motor, it doesn't have sufficient fuel to give it that delta V..
  2. It's not finished yet. It has another five months or so to go before it meets its end.
  3. The Heller Tempest V has also appeared in a Smer boxing.
  4. The same kit also came out in an Airfix boxing during the Humbrol ownership period of Heller and Airfix. It came with Roland Beamont markings in the Airfix version. It is indeed a nice kit -
  5. Watched the docking live yesterday.
  6. And for quite a few years Boeing and their competitors thought the 737 might have "missed the bus" when it came to twin engined, short haul jet airliners.. The market already seemed to be adequately catered for by the DC-9, BAC 1-11 and the Caravelle.
  7. Some P-40s definitely had the yellow leading edges. Again, this is an original colour image -
  8. An object the size of a small star, if it was as close to us as the outer planets, would already have been visible to humans for thousands of years. Even a small star is a lot bigger and a lot more massive than a large planet. It is true that a brown dwarf would emit a lower amount of light and radiation than a fully functioning star but it would reflect light, just like a planet would - which would make it visible, possibly even to the naked eye. Planets out as far as Saturn have always been visible to the naked eye and have therefore been known to humans for thousands of years. Surely any largish object (planet or brown dwarf) would have been spotted by now purely because it should be visible. Its gravitational effects would also be obvious if it was that big and that close. It is true that some of the orbital behaviour of Uranus and Neptune is not completely explainable but detailed searches of the sky in search of large objects have been carried out for over 100 years and nothing bigger than Pluto and other Kuiper Belt Objects have been spotted. There have been recent announcements that there is some evidence that there might very well be a large object affecting the orbital paths of other planets, comets etc in the Solar System. But, if this object exists, it is VERY far from the sun - possibly up to 10 times further out than Neptune. People are looking at this data and if it does exist it will be found. The one thing that is certain is that it is not heading our way.
  9. Ayesha Brough. What happened to her?
  10. I simply drilled a hole in the docking adaptor and shifted the stand attachment point to that location. I also put a brass rod down the centre of the assembly to prevent any "sagging". There was a very good article in Airfix Magazine which pointed out a number of improvements which could be made to the basic kit. The Soyuz instructions were very poor, in my opinion.
  11. He really wanted to fly more space missions but the Soviet government wouldn't let him.
  12. Now I know why he never flew in space again. The weight of all those medals would have been too much for the booster.
  13. I ordered the Horizon Mercury/Atlas and Mercury spacecraft kits back in December directly from Australia. They arrived within a week. I was impressed. Sadly, the post man delivered them the day it was announced John Glenn had died. Regarding getting hold of Dragon kits - I've managed to get a few of them from traders at model shows. They can be quite pricey (in my opinion) but at shows you sometimes can get them at a discounted price. Dragon kits do make up into nice renditions. Here's my Apollo-Soyuz and Gemini -
  14. I have been watching Spencer Pollard's channel on and off. It's not bad. Brett Green of Hyperscale was a pioneer of on line videos which he began about ten years ago. He seems to have given up on these videos now but the originals can still be found on line - via you tube if you want to go down that route. On the whole, I have found that modellers do not make the best TV presenters. In order to engage an audience, you need more than good modelling skills. Talking to camera, no matter what the subject matter is, is a skill and an art. So far, Brett Green's presentations still stand out for me.
  15. It's the best I've seen on the V. When I was ordering it from Amazon, I also bought this - This book came out in 1969 just after Apollo 11 landed on the moon. I used to withdraw it out from my local library time and time again.Unfortunately, the version I got is missing the dust cover but the contents are, of course, exactly as I remembered.