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About upnorth

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  1. Northrop's AX Contender, the YA-9

    Those pictures really show how crude the YA-9 design was, even compared to the Sukhoi Su-25. The more I read about the AX competition, the more I'm convinced that the YA-9 was only created so that there could be a competition at all. Apparently around 12 companies were invited to submit designs for the competition, but only two ever did. Fairchild designed the YA-10 like they actually cared if they won or not while Northrop designed the YA-9 as if they said "Yeah, whatever" on a Friday afternoon. Mind you, the fortunes of the two companies couldn't have been more different at the time. Northrop could afford to lose while Fairchild had to win or die.
  2. I just saw a small spot on the Czech news about the impending retirement of the last remaining Czech Mil Mi-2 helicopters. the type left military service proper quite some time ago, but a couple have been soldiering on as training aircraft in the hands of CLV, the flight training arm of state owned company LOM Praha. The replacement machine will be the Enstrom 480. I have to admit that I'll miss the Mi-2 at shows, it's an unmistakable looking little beast while its replacement is a decidedly pedestrian looking design to my eye. I just hope they keep the Mi-2 around until the annual show in Pardubice this year. I'd like to see it one more time in "living" form.
  3. Jonathan Ross the Modeller

    "Black Cowboys" and "The Last Carnival" both make references to rail.
  4. Jonathan Ross the Modeller

    Apparently he is a model railroader, not a scale modeller: https://www.nmra.org/beginner/why-model
  5. Don't be so quick to divest yourself of that already started kit. Given a current trend I've seen in Czech model manufacturers, the "new tool" kit will likely be nothing more than the existing plastic and the addition of a new runner with parts to replace the resin and PE of the original release. Any shortcomings in the kit's original styrene parts will likely still be there.
  6. Czech Republic wants UH-1Y's

    They already have both those things with the Mi-35 and Mi-171. However, I suspect NATO would prefer the Czechs divest themselves of the remaining Russian made gear regardless of its age or reliability. As I said in an earlier post, I'm surprised the Sikorsky Blackhawk didn't get the nod for the job as Aero vodochody has been deeply involved in many aspects of that aircraft since 2010.
  7. Special Hobby future releases

    Normally I put little faith into Special Hobby's announcements for forthcoming kits. They havea reputation for announceing a lot of stuff that never comes to fruition or is substantially later to release than they anticipated. However, a lot of stuff on this list should be largely rereleases of existing kits. Going by a trend I'm seeing in Czech manufacturers these days, I would not at all be surprised to see the "New tool" FMA Pucara be only the existing styrene with a new runner to replace the resin and PE parts of the original kit.
  8. UK importer of Tally Ho! decals. Is there one?

    Yes, Tally Ho! is long gone. Not sure of the circumstances of their demise though.
  9. Czech Republic wants UH-1Y's

    Just an update for those interested. It looks like the new multi-role helicopter and several other Czech defense tenders have been put on hold by the new defense minister. Going by this, she has good reasons for putting it on hold and sounds like the sort that might give things a good shake up: http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/czech-defence-minister-battles-to-make-best-use-of-boosted-budget
  10. Most memorable film scenes..

    The helicopter scene from "Apocalypse Now" where "Gimme Shelter" was playing in the background never ceases to give me chills. I don't know of too many film scenes that had a better fit of imagery to music than that one.
  11. How about a "What makes you happy" thread?

    Over the weekend, members of the Czech biathlon team took a bronze and a silver medal at the Olympics. I was quite happy to see it and happy for them. It's been a rather rough season for the team and they deserved a reward for their perseverance.
  12. Fairey Gannet...I had no idea..

    I'd love to know the current status of this aircraft. The last I heard, there was some plan of bringing it to Europe for a series of show performances in 2017. However, that came to nothing. There hasn't been much action on the aircraft's dedicated Facebook page since last year and the website for the aircraft seems to be no more.
  13. Intros that grab you......immediately.

    I can't deny the influence of Chuck Berry, but when it comes right down to it I'd rather hear most of the material he wrote performed by anyone but him. I feel that way about a lot of the stuff put out by those considered to be pioneers of rock n'roll. Eddie Cochrane might have given us "Summertime Blues", but I'll take the Who's version of it any day of the week over the original. If I had a time machine and could set it to go back to any live performance from before I was born, the Who's set at Woodstock would be where I'd go.
  14. Intros that grab you......immediately.

    I'm going to put Pink Floyd's "Run Like Hell" into this mix. The live version from "Pulse" is particularly grabbing. I remember seeing them live in 1994; when they started playing "Run Like Hell" to close the show, it was an amazing moment and I don't think a single person in the arena was sitting down through the whole performance of it.
  15. Intros that grab you......immediately.

    For maximum goosebumps from that song, you really need the helicopter scene from "Apocalypse Now" where it plays in the background.