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Eric Mc

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  1. Soyuz launch vehicle

    It is certainly not the only viable launch vehicle. It happens to be the one being used for manned launches to the space station at the moment but the Chinese use their own launcher for manned missions and pretty soon Atlas and Falcon will start carrying manned spacecraft.
  2. Guy Martin

    Can you understand what he's saying?
  3. Guy Martin

    Fred would have thought a WW1 tank far too modern.
  4. Soyuz launch vehicle

    Oh well. I'll have to make do with what I've got at the moment.
  5. Soyuz launch vehicle

    Apart from the New Ware resin kits, are there any decent injection moulded R7/Soyuz rockets?
  6. Soyuz launch vehicle

    I had a feeling it wasn't "brand new". The boxing I bought claimed to depict the launcher as used for Helen Sharman's flight in 1992. Unfortunately, it contained no decals.
  7. Dick Ward

    Thanks for the details. I'll see if I can get to it.
  8. AMT XB70 Valkyrie 1/72

    The Italeri XB-70 is not a copy of the AMT kit - it IS the AMT kit.
  9. Soyuz launch vehicle

    The Airfix "Vostok" kit (1/144) has always contained a Soyuz option. It's very old now (1970) and has some serious accuracy issues (the strap on boosters aren't "flared" enough, for example). However, it's still worth building, especially if you just want it really as a "comparison" device to show how big the Saturn V was. I bought a more modern kit (Russian - I think) of the Soyuz type booster at SMW a couple of years ago. I can't recall who the manufacturer was but I think it is more accurate than the Airfix offering. This is it - MSD.
  10. Tank Museum

    Oh well, it was good while it lasted. It's not that we are short of model shows these days.
  11. SMW 2017 Telford 11th & 12th November

    There should be a prize for the visitor who has travelled the most miles to get to the show.
  12. Dick Ward

    A tribute build would be nice. By sad coincidence, I was in the middle of a build of the old Hasegawa F-105 Thunderchief and was planning to use a Modeldecal sheet covering Vietnam War era subjects. I've had the sheet in my possession since at least 1981 and had used some parts of it decades ago. It is still perfectly usable. I was hoping to show the finished model to Dick at the next Farnborough IPMS meeting. Sadly, that won't happen now - but it would be a nice tribute.
  13. Dick Ward

    It was very upsetting to hear this sad news in the last hour or so of SMW 2017. The news went around the halls very quickly. I had known of Dick for decades, mainly through his Modeldecal range of sheets (which were - and still are - a great resource for modellers). Over the past ten years or so, I got to know Dick personally, chiefly because both he and I were/are members of Farnborough IPMS and we often had nice long chats at our regular monthly meetings. For a few years, a contingent of Farnborough IPMS would travel to Telford in a hired minibus and invariably I would find myself sitting next to Dick for the journey up from Hampshire. Again, we would have long chats about his modelling activities over the decades. I learned an awful lot about the history of IPMS, especially its early days, and also the story of Modeldecal and the other decal designing commissions Dick received from the major kit manufacturers of the 70s and 80s. It was fascinating stuff. It was also through Dick that I learned of the World Air Power model display (which travelled all over the UK and Europe - often courtesy of RAF Hercules) in the 60 and 70s. I was delighted when the exhibition found a permanent place of display at the Farnborough Air Science Trust in Farnborough (although its not on display at the moment as the room in which it was laid out is being refurbished). It was also through Dick that I was introduced to David Howley, who's name was also very familiar to me as he provided lots or artwork and side drawings for his Modeldecal sheets and the Warpaint series of books. Dick thought that David and I would get on as David was Irish - and he was right. Sadly, both Dick and David are now gone. The founders of our hobby are gradually fading away now which is sad but they have left a great legacy.
  14. SMW 2017 Telford 11th & 12th November

    I have to say that I enjoyed the show and the company of all my modelling mates. There were couple of incidents that dampened the spirit a bit however - the main one being the news that Dick Ward had passed away. I also witnessed an unsavoury incident at a trader's stands late on Sunday which was a bit unsettling (I won't go into details as it's not my place to do so). And I lost my voice quite early in the weekend which was a bit disappointing to me (although possibly a blessing to others).. However, I did enjoy it and will definitely be there again next year.
  15. I managed to grab one at a model show a few months ago.