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ian buick

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  1. Dynamite With A Laser Beam...

    https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/fire-phasers-new-dragonfire-laser-turret-unveiled-dsei/ Cheers, Ian
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Portsmouth

    Some nice time-lapse on the arrival. Cheers, Ian
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. The Ten Commandments of Modelling

    I don`t happen to believe that Tamiya is idiotproof, am I excused morning assembly?
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. HMS GLASGOW 1st T26

    HMS Montrose shows off new Sea Ceptor silos on 28th July tweet. https://twitter.com/HMS_MONTROSE Compare with Sea Wolf. Industry vid of the Mk 45 gun destined for T26. Cheers, Ian
  17. HMS GLASGOW 1st T26

    Latest BAe video. Seems to show a forward Sea Ceptor of 24 VLS, 24 strike length VLS, and a further 24 Sea Ceptor aft of the funnel (although I stand to be corrected). Cheers, Ian
  18. Hermes Air Group

    Hi all I`m researching the air group of HMS Hermes during the Falklands War and am in need of some assistance. Harrier serials are no problem; various sources can provide a wealth of serials for Sea Harriers of 800 NAS, the lighter grey Harriers of 809 NAS flown onto Hermes, and the Harrier GR.3 of 1 Sqn RAF. Problems begin with the helicopters. I appreciate the movement of Sea Kings was fluid so I`ll list what I have. I`m really only sure of the first Sea King in each squadron. 826 NAS Sea King HAS.5 XZ578 (21) XZ571 (43) (40) (22) (82) (42) ZA132 ( ) - lost 12/5/82 XZ573 ( ) - lost 18/5/82 846 NAS Sea King HC.4 ZA298 (VA) ZA311 ( ) -lost 23/4/82 ZA290 ( ) -lost 18/5/82 ZA294 ( ) -lost 19/5/82 (VT) (VC) I`ve also read that both carriers had a pair of Lynx embarked for countering Exocet, but have no idea of serials, or how they differed externally from standard Lynx, if at all. I appreciate any help that can be offered in advance. Cheers, Ian
  19. Which 72nd Sea King?

    Thank you all, plenty info for me to chew over there. Cheers, Ian
  20. Hermes Air Group

    This has been excellent help, thank you all. Fascinating shot of 97 in high-vis markings Mike, thank you. The Falklands Air War book from Osprey shows a black number that `may` be 97 (first digit is rounded and may be 8 or 9, but is partially obscured) landed on liner QE2. A date is not given, but safe to assume after the 28th May if it is `97`. This info has helped complete my choices Rod, thank you. As was Scimitars` info on Lynx, and jungliereatings` too. Cheers all, utterly priceless advice. Ian
  21. Hermes Air Group

    Thank you all, this has been invaluable. All I need now is a single HC.4 of 846NAS to accompany ZA298(VA) and I`m good to go. Cheers, Ian
  22. Hermes Air Group

    Thanks Rod. There are plenty of pics of Sea Kings on Hermes, it`s just trying to tie down which were reasonably described as being based on Hermes during the conflict for modelling purposes, give or take the odd aircraft that may be cross-decking etc... Is there details of the Lynx on Hermes; any pics, any serials, any special external fits that would require modelling? Cheers, Ian
  23. HMS GLASGOW 1st T26

    I get, and agree, with what you`re saying; I would have liked Warspite etc.., and maybe even HMS Jellicoe. But what`s nice must give way to the realpolitik: that keeping people onside by naming ships so that local communities have a `local` vessel can help counteract those commentators who say `everything is on an internet now, why do we need warships?`. I saw a journo seriously propose this on Sky News recently, without contradiction. Some people actually believe this nonsense. I don`t know if you saw the same reports in England, as they were on Scottish regional broadcasts, but there was a tangible morale boost on the Clyde, what with guaranteed work for twenty years, and the lead ship being named Glasgow. I have to say, in this instance, a `political` decision has had some value for the project. Especially if they spread the love around the UK, which I`m sure the beaks will do with subsequent names. But yes, I do agree it would have been nice to have something evocative like `Dreadnought`, which was a good move for next-gen Trident subs. Ultimately, huge sigh of relief that this is going ahead, regardless of names. Hurrah! Cheers, Ian
  24. HMS GLASGOW 1st T26

    Vid of the deed. Agreed. Fitting first name of class as well. The city that produced six T45, carrier sections, OPV, and now eight T26, not to mention the long history of RN ships built on the Clyde. Giving ship`s place names is outreach to communities across the UK that are paying for them through taxes . Pretty good move I`d say, along with `about time to` regarding construction, of course. Happy Days Cheers, Ian
  25. HMS Queen Elizabeth Sea Trials

    I wholeheartedly concur with these wise words. Fifty years worth of multi-role capability that will be needed in peace as much as wartime. Those bemoaning the carriers often describe replacing them with ships capable of multiple missions, including disaster relief. Y`know, like an aircraft carrier does. Cheers, Ian