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ian buick

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  1. Visiting London... what do do? where to shop?

    Second this: Regular trains from London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour, just over an hour journey, and your ticket into the Historic Dockyard is valid for multiple visits; required as you won`t see everything even over two days. Portsmouth Harbour station overlooks the Historic Dockyard so it`s a hassle-free trip, and well worth it. It is really several museums in one and waterbus trips included. Cheers, Ian Edit- The entry ticket is valid for a year; to my amazement, I returned to Portsmouth a year to the day after my first visit and got in for free- TOP BANANA!
  2. Visiting London... what do do? where to shop?

    On reflection, I can confirm that the best way to Duxford is to get the train from London, Liverpool street to Whittlesford. The buses seem to be every hour or so, but as the walk is only 30 minutes I opted for that option. Duxford is worth the effort, get there as early as you can as there is a lot to see. Not many model shops in the London area anymore. And I wouldn`t make the effort to go to Hannants if it were not for the fact that it`s almost right next door to the RAF Museum. RAF Museum has a lot of books, both new and second-hand, plus a few Airfix and Revell kits. Cheers, Ian
  3. Visiting London... what do do? where to shop?

    Hi Anthony The RAF Museum at Hendon is free and well worth a visit. Although it is getting renovated right now, it still has most exhibits on show. The small Hannants shop is about 100 metres down the road but is only open on certain days. Best use the tube; go by the Northern Line (the black coloured line on the underground map) and get off at Colindale. Duxford is a pain to get to by public transport. The trip is fine from London to Cambridge but gets tricky thereafter. A taxi may be best. You can get a train directly to Whittlesford from London and walk the last 2km. I think the Imperial War Museum at Lambeth is worth a visit. Some complain that it is too politically correct, but that doesn`t stop the fact that it has a large range of exhibits from 20th Century warfare. The National Maritime Museum at Greenwich is free entry and has a large number of military ship models. It also boasts the preserved Cutty Sark and the Meridian. The National Army Museum is not worth a visit in my humble opinion. Beyond that, London is a city that never sleeps...enjoy. Cheers, Ian
  4. 12 Sqn Next for Typhoon

    I can remember the halcyon days when we thought it was a shoe-in that 43 and 111 would be reforming at Leuchars. `But that was before the dark times......` 12 Squadron has a fine heritage though, Cheers, Ian
  5. 12 Sqn Next for Typhoon

  6. Qatar Buys 24 Typhoon

    The BBC online article says it is a package that includes training and support, along with unknown quantities of Brimstone missiles, Meteor missiles, Paveway IV, whiles tele land BBC talked of other elements including radar systems. Cheers, Ian
  7. Qatar Buys 24 Typhoon

    6 billion quids buys..... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42302767 Cheers, Ian Edit- unless I miss my guess, that is now the four core participants and five export customers; Austria, Saudi, Oman, Kuwait, and Qatar. Today`s announcement being the confirmation of an earlier `declaration of intent`.
  8. Avro Heritage Museum

    Interesting piece, apart from the court fool of course. Antiques Roadtrip and Flog It have been serial visitors to military museums. Flog It has visited Yeovilton three times IIRC and in two of those shows they did extensive pieces on the FAA operations side, as well as the FAA museum. This included an item on the restoration of the FAA Corsair back to it`s original paintwork. All good stuff it were. Cheers, Ian
  9. LPD

    Bit of a pyrrhic victory to get two new carriers at the expense of everything else (contrary to what was promised- `RN getting bigger` etc.) --------------- I scrubbed the rest of my original post when I felt the veins on the side of my head expanding and contracting at an unhealthy tempo.
  10. HMS Belfast : 2nd T26

    First Sea Lord announces name of second Type 26 frigate: https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/new-type-26-frigate-named-hms-belfast/ Cheers, Ian
  11. Dynamite With A Laser Beam...

    Interesting as the pics don`t convey scale very well. Quite a leap from the huge testbeds pictured in the nineties. Said to be the counter to new gen hypersonic missiles for T26 and T45. We shall see. Cheers, Ian
  12. Falklands Harrier GR.3 question

    I found the same when researching Falklands GR.3. And that it`s the distress of the intense heat that gives them their `weathered` look. I painted the forward nozzles standard camo then blitzed them with weathering. Rear nozzles are bare metal as Jabba says. Cheers, Ian
  13. Dynamite With A Laser Beam...

    https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/fire-phasers-new-dragonfire-laser-turret-unveiled-dsei/ Cheers, Ian
  14. Ajax (Scout SV)

    By convenient coincidence, Project `Icarus` announced today; https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/shields-icarus-project-provide-british-army-vehicles-active-protection-system/ Cheers, Ian
  15. HMS GLASGOW 1st T26

    Early guess at HMS Glasgow`s pennant number. During yesterday`s news flummery they showed close-ups of steel cut for HMS Glasgow titled `F260`. On a more dynamic front, footage has been released of the first Sea Ceptor launches aboard HMS Argyll. Cheers, Ian