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ian buick

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  1. 12 Sqn Next for Typhoon

  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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`.
  7. 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
  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. 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
  10. 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.
  11. Dynamite With A Laser Beam...

    https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/fire-phasers-new-dragonfire-laser-turret-unveiled-dsei/ Cheers, Ian
  12. 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
  13. 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
  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

    First steel cut on new Type 26 `City` class frigate, HMS Glasgow. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-40660677 Cheers, Ian
  16. 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
  17. Have we lost the Battle of Britain Hall at Hendon

    I was similarly a big fan of NAM as was. Certainly don`t take my word for it, I can only offer my personal opinion, but if you didn`t like the IWM refurb, then I suspect you won`t like the NAM refurb either. I rather found the IWM refurb tolerable, though I understood why some were critical, but the NAM refurb is `open plan contemplative space` which decodes as `less stuff`. The Waterloo model is stuck in a corner and is poorly lit, yet the accompanying display clearly took a lot of effort and could have been done better. Even with a reasonable knowledge of Waterloo, the interactive display often seems to work against the model like two different tunes playing over one another. NAM was once on my `must see` London list, back in the day; but I`ve seen the new one and I never have to see it again. Personal opinion again; but there were occasions I felt a wee bit patronised at NAM. Each to their own, and as I`m often wrong I would still suggest people give it a go and make-up their own mind. It is, after all, free admission, and some of the artwork is spectacular and thought-provoking. Enthusiasts of BM hue probably better head for Duxford, Yeovilton, Hendon, Bovington etc... Cheers, Ian
  18. Have we lost the Battle of Britain Hall at Hendon

    I recently visited Hendon and, despite being part building site, it was very busy with local schoolkids on holiday and excited foreign tourists, all of whom seemed to be enjoying their visit. I happen to believe Hendon to be a wonderful museum that needs spruced-up, but not fundamentally altered. The Battle of Britain hall certainly needed a `spring clean` and some better lighting, but the essence should not change. Surely the battle in which the RAF saved the nation should be a major focal point of the RAF museum. That, in turn, means the display of Spitfires, Hurricanes, Messerschmitts, Heinkels, etc. Or, to put it another way, an improved version of the hall as once was. I was very impressed by the way the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, and Historic Dockyard at Portsmouth, balance the need to inform and entertain. The Jutland experience at Portsmouth and carrier experience at Yeovilton being good examples of how to strike this balance. Less impressed with the refurbished National Army Museum in Chelsea that occasionally seemed to me to be purposefully distant from the army. Something borne out by the rolling poll they take after you view all the floors, the results of which (during my visit) was that over 50% of those polled had a negative view of the army, with 32% viewing it as a force for evil. I can`t help but wonder how many formed a negative view as a result of their visit, and how many arrived with a negative view that the museum did little to change. Although, going by tripadvisor, plenty seem to approve of the changes. I hope, by contrast, that Hendon retains the essence of what it is, whiles understanding the need to keep pace with the times. Yeovilton and Portsmouth manage this, and remain busy, proving it can be done. I don`t expect tub-thumping jingoism from a museum, but I do expect a museum of a branch of the armed forces to have an emotional contact with the subject at hand. Something Portsmouth, Yeovilton, and Hendon have all previously managed without glorifying war, or the aforementioned tub-thumping. Their desire to display artefacts and inform is what makes them great attractions, something which I hope that Hendon continues. As a small aside, speaking to staff at Hendon, it appears that work will not be complete by April 1st 2018, but it is hoped to be majority complete. I also noted that they are requesting public comments and suggestions. Cheers, Ian
  19. Nice review Julien, looks like some rare pics are included from the examples that you provide. I wasn`t aware of this release, but at a reasonable price, it`s certainly worth a look. Cheers, Ian
  20. HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Portsmouth

    Some nice time-lapse on the arrival. Cheers, Ian
  21. HMS Queen Elizabeth Sea Trials

    Some nice footage of sea trials with USS HW Bush, and overhead views at Scapa Flow, and leaving Scapa Flow. Cheers, Ian
  22. HMS Queen Elizabeth Sea Trials

    So, scuttlebuck has it that HMS Queen Elizabeth will depart sometime between today and Saturday 24th. Same rumour mill says that the carrier will depart around noon, anchor off Rosyth, then sail under the bridges at optimal tide which is around 1800 hours. I`m going on pure speculation in the media and on t`interweb so am happy to be corrected on any and all details. Cheers, Ian
  23. The Ten Commandments of Modelling

    I don`t happen to believe that Tamiya is idiotproof, am I excused morning assembly?
  24. Which 72nd Sea King?

    Hi all Appreciated the help with Falklands helos. I`m now asking the obvious follow-on which is; which Sea King kit/kits best represent both HAS.5 and HC.4 versions in1/72? I know hee-haw about Sea Kings, I`m ashamed to say. Is there a kit that allows both versions to be produced, or do I have to go to two separate kits? Cheers, Ian
  25. HMS Queen Elizabeth Sea Trials

    HMS Queen Elizabeth marks centenary of the first carrier landing by Edwin Dunning. Vid includes the view from a Merlin as it approaches and lands. http://www.forces.net/news/watch-hms-queen-elizabeth-marks-100-years-first-aircraft-landing Cheers, Ian