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  1. RAF CC Liberator rocket installations

    In the early 80s I worked with a chap who had been a RAF Thunderbolt pilot in the middle and Far East and after the war had been stationed at the College of land air warfare Old Sarum. He told me of a number of experiments that they had carried out, air burst 4000lb cookies etc but the one that amused me most was the rockets fitted to the mid-upper turret of a Lancaster. The story he told was that the worst case considered was a beam launch so this was the case used for the test, however what they weren't expecting was that as the rocket left the rail it did a smart 90 degree turn and took the fin and rudder with it. An experiment never tried again. I've always thought this might be a tall tale but having found original source evidence that the UK had been developing a parachute delivery system for a submersible, rockets on Lancasters sounds almost sane.
  2. KP/AZ central discussion, questions & answers

    As an internet follower of the chap who is working on the restoration of CSP and building a Replica of CSR I might just have to get this kit.
  3. The science library at work used to have a book of English transcripts of WW2 German rocket research. (I wish I'd grabbed when they closed the library) It contained the descriptions of ram jets such as in the Lippisch where powdered coal was pumped and burned like a liquid. The rocket that intrigued me most was the lump coal rocket which required lumps of coal that wouldn't look out of place in the Flying Scotsman's tender to be piled on a grate in a rocket chamber and there have pressurised , heated, Nitrous Oxide flow over the coal igniting it and producing thrust. As you say, they were desperate but they were also imaginative and today the process the Germans developed for producing jet fuel from coal is again being looked at as the price of oil rises.
  4. Airfix

    I'll tell take to the old boy I know who as a soldier put his Beaver AC1 down on a carrier because a General needed to talk to the Admiral on board. As he puts it "considering the size of some of the strips we operated out of, the boat was quite large"
  5. I have this kit and apart from an inspection of the sprues I haven't got much further than considering how I'm going to replace those rotor blade root spar tubes - they are so thin I don't think they'll have a long life with my clumsy handling.
  6. D-Day Double build.

    Go easy on the interior green in the Horsa main fuselage. It only covered the floor and fuselage side up to seat rail level, the rest was unpainted apart from the odd spot of yellow indicating where to cut escape exits. Another point is to ignore the instructions about the two entrance doors, they didn't hinge down (they slid in, up and over) and they didn't have steps. The Horsa can be made (with a bit of work) in to a respectable Mk 1 but don't even contemplate a Mk 2 unless prepared to scratch build a whole new nose. I can supply details of the previously mentioned arrestor parachute installation if needed.
  7. Airfix

    As did the Frog Wellington via a number of Russian labels
  8. Airfix

    All nice logical suggestions chaps but I'm hoping that lightning (the weather sort not Lockheed or EE) doesn't strike twice. The Wellington Mk 1c was the last mould produced by Frog but they went bust before its release and what aircraft are we expecting from Airfix in June?
  9. British bomb colour query

    There were yellow but it was not a bright yellow, it was closer to a buff. They certainly did stand out against the black of a night bomber and as a result occasionally some were roughly painted black with those in a bomb bay having only their lower halves painted black.
  10. I'm sorry but in a world where money is made by counterfieting car and aircraft parts, DVDs, software and many other things why should plastic kits be immune? Short shot parts or extra parts as seen with the latest Airfix Phantom is incompetence, a box full of cheap tat is criminal. Maybe having been born on Police property has made me overly suspicious.
  11. The description of the kit makes me think it could be a fake product and it should be the local Trading Standards that will need to be involved.
  12. SW Model Show at The Tank Museum Feb 2018

    I went on Saturday as a punter, arriving at 11:00 I was parked in a car park that was ankle deep in a light coloured liquid mud that could've doubled up as a weathering wash. I visited all the displays (even you boys in the 'naughty corner' although I did get somewhat distracted by that Silver Ghost chassis) but I also spent (wasted) some time looking behind tanks for the rest of the displays until I realised that there were fewer than I was expecting from experiences of previous shows. As for the traders I also thought some were being deliberately hidden (rather than just not attending). This was the first show where I didn't meet a trader I know personally and I actually wandered around thinking that he wouldn't be happy with his location before it dawned on me that he just wasn't there. At least the lighting is (on the whole) better than Yeovilton but the entrance price is a bit steep when some of the museum's exhibits are un-viewable due to traders/displays/public, for this reason alone I prefer the show at Middle Wallop where the museum actually lowers its entrance fee for the show which is concentrated in an area with fewer exhibits .
  13. ww2 glider training vancouver island canada

    Jed, you have me intrigued now. The one structural weakness I knew about on the Hotspur was with the tailplane which resulted in the noticeable difference between the Mk II and Mk III, the externally strut braced tailplane.
  14. Losing respect

    I make it a rule not to read histories written by American authors especially if the subject involves nations other than the USA, they can be somewhat biased.
  15. I'd think its more to do with the commonality of software Hornby (ie Hornby, Scalextric, Corgi and Airfix) designers use to design the moulds for each arm of the company.