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  1. What kicked off the 'modern world?'

    Man's desire to fly resulted in the bicycle as we know it today. Realising he needed to keep the weight down Sir George Cayley invented the Tensioned wire spoked wheel, what today everyone calls the bicycle wheel. Odd then that those famous bicycle makers the Write brothers didn't put wheels on their Flyer.
  2. What kicked off the 'modern world?'

    For a long time I've wondered what came first, the idea, the material it can be made from or the tools needed to make it? I'm sure that the first metal workers were happy to bash their new material with a stone hammer on a stone anvil but wold have soon got fed up with manipulating their hot / molten metal with bits of wood. As a result these metal workers would have quickly come up with the idea of, and made, a set of long handled tongues with their new wonder material to hold the hot metal while they bashed it with a hammer. As a result of this thinking it annoys the hell out of me to see 'Experimental Archaeologists' conducting early metal working experiments using modern tools, that's just cheating. Back to the concept of what came first the idea or the technology, when I do the tours of my local aviation museum I ask the kids "who invented the gas turbine?" and the bright ones answer "Whittle" to which I point out that his patent was for the gas turbine to be used as a Jet engine and the earliest patent for something we recognise as a gas turbine was given in 1791 long before Frank Whittle was born and had the idea of using a gas turbine's exhaust as a method of propulsion. This is a good example of the "what came first?" argument as Whittle could only have come up with his idea because of the advance in alloy steel metallurgy allowed the gas turbine to operate at higher temperatures and become efficient and light enough to go in an aircraft. This advance in metallurgy was as a result of the needs of WW1 - that's of course a whole new argument; does technology cause wars or just get advanced by them?
  3. SMW 2017 Telford 11th & 12th November

    If you haven't got a map do what I do. I just go around the side of the first hall before carrying out a 'square search' of the tables in the middle I then move on to the next hall and repeat. Once all halls are finished I sit down for a coffee before returning to the car to stow the swag. I then return to the starting point and go in the reverse direction- Its amazing what you see on this second circuit that was missed the first time around. That's day one done. Day two is time to look at the competition and go around muttering "that's not worth a gold" and "the judges need to visit the opticians", especially for classes of models I don't do. Before again going around the club tables and looking at the models missed the first two turns around, usually because I've bumped into people I only ever meet at model shows and have stood blocking the view of others while we have a chat. The last action is to visit the traders and empty the wallet by buying modelling Items that I may or may not use , unfortunately I have advanced stash syndrome and its not just kits spilling out of the modelling space. Return home and start filling the piggy bank for SMW 2018
  4. Airfix 2018

    The cost of a range of Airfix loco kits would be tiny compared to that same collection from Hornby as ready to run locos. And there is the commercial justification, railway modellers would buy them a static models for their layouts (and possible motorisation) whilst other modellers would by them just for shelf coverage. The same argument could be made of Scalextric cars and to a lesser extent Corgi.
  5. What kicked off the 'modern world?'

    A little like GMT becoming UTC (to keep the French happy)
  6. Halifax & Lancaster, Radials and Merlins Question

    This is an interesting discussion and it got me delving into my archive for another Lancaster / Halifax comparison. The Halifax is well known as a glider tug aircraft, less well known is the fact that the Lancaster was also tested as a glider tug. The table below takes its information from two AFEE reports AFEE/T1 Halifax II as tug for Hamilcar and AFEE/T11 Part 2 Lancaster R5606 as tug for Hamilcar. I've chosen test points as close as possible for the best comparison. The conclusion of the reports was that the Lancaster was the better tug, but as it was also the better bomber the role of glider tug was destined to be one its not remembered for. TUG Glider Altitude RPM Mixture Boost Airspeed Lancaster I Hamilcar 9000 ft 2650 Rich +5 149 TAS 46000 lb 36000 lb Halifax II Hamilcar 8700 ft 2850 Rich +8.9 149 TAS 45000 lb 34500 lb (undercarriage jettisoned)
  7. Airfix 1/48 Walrus

    I use nylon fishing line which can be shrunk taught by passing the tip of a soldering iron close to (but not touching) it.
  8. Aerospace Bristol Open!

    I've been waiting for this one to open. I have fond memories of going down the escape slide from that Britannia nose when it was at Boscombe Down. (I also had a small part in the collection acquiring it). I like the idea of the projections on Concorde's intakes.
  9. Airfix 2018

    Agreed, it surprises me that there isn't more cross fertilisation between Airfix and Hornby. A state of the art kit of a rail subject like the old Kitmaster / Airfix / Dapol kits is long overdue but they also need to spread it across a range of scales /gauges.
  10. Decisions decisions, will mine be displayed ramp open with an airdrop load of 1 ton containers in the hold or doors closed in the Colonial Policing role carrying 6 x 1000 lb bombs.
  11. Airfix 2018

    Is Gage 1 (1:32) all that popular? Or do you suggest that Airfix (and Hornby) make it their own?
  12. What kicked off the 'modern world?'

    Should we be treating the Industrial Revolution like the Stone age with its distinct early, middle and late periods. We've left behind the coal and iron, the coke and iron, and the steel eras and we are now in the age of the semi-conductor which started immediately post WW2 with the invention of the transistor.
  13. Airfix 2018

    Don't forget the shortened rudder for the glider tug version
  14. Oops I meant Classic Airframes. I must Czech what I type before posting.