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GordonD

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About GordonD

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  1. 1/144 Saturn V Options

    If you like Voyage (great book) then you might find this interesting. Might give you a few ideas!
  2. The latest cargo flight to the ISS has arrived safely. SpaceX Dragon CRS-12 was berthed yesterday (16 August) by Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli. Here's a timelapse video of the launch, first stage recovery, capture by the manipulator arm and berthing to the ISS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2od5IRQW8D4
  3. BBMF Grounded

    This article from the BBC News site implies that the Griffon-engined Spitfires aren't grounded but are unavailable "for other reasons". Whatever the problem is, nobody can blame them for taking no chances. These planes are irreplaceable.
  4. 1/144 Saturn V Options

    The engines on the 1/144th Revell-Monogram S-II second stage are a disgrace. If you look closely at this picture you'll see that the nozzles don't extend up beyond the heat shield. This won't show if you're displaying the rocket as a stacked unit. Also the Service Module has the same problem as the original Airfix release - it's much too narrow, so looks totally wrong. For the 40th anniversary Airfix retooled their Service Module and SLA so theirs is now accurate... apart from the Command Module, though that doesn't show under the LES shroud.
  5. Today in (and back from) space...

    I remember reading an SF story (though I have no idea who wrote it) about an alien species which collects space artifacts and puts them on display in their museum. Among the exhibits are the backpacks and other stuff that Armstrong and Aldrin left behind at Tranquillity Base. The story is told in a series of memos between various departments of the alien government. As the story progresses it becomes clear that Mankind is preparing to return to the Moon and due to a Star Trek-style Prime Directive there must be no evidence that the aliens have been there, so the order goes out to create exact duplicates of the backpacks to leave on the Moon in place of the originals. However the story ends with one memo saying that Mankind has revisited Tranquillity Base and all hell has broken out. It seems that there's been a breakdown in communication and the group which created the duplicates didn't realise that although Apollo 11 had a crew of three, only two of them went down to the lunar surface...
  6. Short Jokes II The Sequel

    Something similar happened to me. Apparently all the water drained out before the customer got home.
  7. Short Jokes II The Sequel

    Oh, I've been living in here for years!
  8. Short Jokes II The Sequel

    Apologies to spookytooth, but surely this is more appropriate for this forum?
  9. The ISS residency is back up to six with the arrival of the Soyuz MS-05 crew, consisting of Sergei Ryazansky, Randy Bresnik and Paolo Nespoli. The spacecraft was launched at 16:41 (UK time) yesterday and docked with the space station about six hours later. They are due to remain aboard until mid-December. The existing crew of Peggy Whitson, Fyodor Yurchikhin and Jack Fischer are scheduled to come down at the beginning of September.
  10. Today in (and back from) space...

    They probably will. Unfortunately Neil Armstrong is no longer with us, but hopefully Buzz and Mike will still be around to mark the anniversary.
  11. Forty-eight years ago today the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia splashed down in the Pacific Ocean to fulfil the commitment that President Kennedy had made in 1961, of "landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth" before the end of the decade.
  12. Short Jokes II The Sequel

  13. Airfix Wimpy for 2018

    Sorry if this is in the wrong place, but Airfix have announced a new-tool Wellington IC for 2018: https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/news/workbench/workbench-edition-50?utm_campaign=1825670_Airfix - The WorkBench 50th announcement - Week 11 2017&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Hornby PLC&utm_content=Workbench&_%24ja=tsid%3A71284&dm_i=2DJZ,134P2,230ZMB,39XS9,1
  14. Short Jokes II The Sequel

    Benjamin Button Benjamin who? Benjamin Who's there? Knock knock
  15. Short Jokes II The Sequel

    I met my wife at one of those speed-dating nights. She was supposed to be at home looking after the kids...
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