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  1. Nothing for Linux users? Oh, dear...
  2. The Takom kit is available on EvilBay.
  3. The Royal Navy and the Trent Powered Meteor In 1945, desperate to get a jet powered aircraft aboard their carriers, the Lords of the Admiralty undertook trials with a Meteor I it was used for deck-handling tests aboard aircraft carrier HMS Pretoria Castle in late 1944. Flown by Captain Eric "Winkle” Brown in March 1945, a hooked Meteor III made the first jet landing and take off from an aircraft carrier on HMS Ocean. The results from these trials were such that they decided to order 200 Meteor IVs, a version which utilised the Derwent V engine. This new engine provided 3,500lb o
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    Chengdu J-10

    The Chengdu J-10 in Indonesian Service In 1965, when the Communist Party of Indonesia overthrew the Sukarno Government and created the Peoples' Democratic Republic of Indonesia (PDRI) under President Untung bin Syamsuri who had lead the Revolution on 30 September 1965. He replaced President Sukarno soon afterwards. The Indonesian Air Force, became a largely Soviet equipped one. When the Soviet Union dissolved at the end of the Cold War Indonesia was left without a backer. They turned to China. China was quite prepared to support Indonesia. The first Chinese aircraft tha
  5. The Nakajima Ki-87 The Heinkel He 119 was an experimental single-propeller monoplane with two coupled engines, developed in Germany. A private venture by Heinkel to test radical ideas by the Günter brothers, the He 119 was originally intended to act as an unarmed reconnaissance bomber capable of eluding all fighters due to its high performance. Developed to utilise the combine engine of the Daimler-Benz DB601 engines mounted above the wing centre-section within the fuselage, mounted together within a common mount (the starboard component engine having a "mirror-image" c
  6. Unless you extend it with plasticard...
  7. That is your choice. My choice is to basically accept what I am given and be thankful for what I receive. Depending on price, I'll more than likely buy either the Tamiya or the Airfix kits. As I primarily build "What if" models, the number of wheel nuts doesn't worry me. I think you and other "Rivet Counters" expend an awful lot of hot air over basically nothing. As I have suggested, if you don't like it, then either don't buy it or procure an aftermarket set of wheels.
  8. Saving Private Ryan had more than it's share of errors/mistakes/what have yous. Overall, the first third is OK as a good depiction of what it was like on Omaha Beach. The middle third was bullshit and the last third was crap. It was basically a War Comic put together by a director more interested in telling a story than actually showing the detail that was possible. I enjoyed it but I've only ever seen it once. Once was enough. I can watch "Odd Angry Shot" time and time again. I can watch "Long Tan" time and time again (even with the errors in those movies). It all depends
  9. Not quite true. Hollywood has pushed historical research on certain topics which was lacking in Academia. George McDonald-Fraser wrote an interesting book on how accurate Hollywood had been (up until it was published in the early 1990s) and his conclusion was that generally they got things right. He particular praise for their work on Biblical Epics which had pushed research a lot in that area. We moan and groan about the little details but when you look at the broader general scheme of things, most Hollywood movies are OK IMO.
  10. Many years ago, in a country, far, far, away, there was a book published whose name I have forgotten which compared the F-104 versus other current fighter-bombers. The F-104 came out near the top because of it's lack of gust response at low altitude. The other aircraft such as the Hunter and the Mirage had poor gust response because their wing area was considerably larger than the F-104s. The pilots of the F-104 stated that they had a lot less windy of a time because of that.
  11. The Luchs downunder In 1986 the Dibb Report was issued by the Australian Government on Australian Defence. It detailed the idea of “fortress Australia” rather than “forward defence” as the basic strategy to defend the Australian continent. “Forward defence” was the idea that Australia needed to be defended, “over there” in Asia, well forward of it’s national boundaries, in case of the Domino Theory being correct. “Fortress Australia” had it that only the continent and it’s territories needed defending. This was a consequence of the failure of “forward defence” with the end of t
  12. The Saladin Downunder The Saladin Armoured Car was a British multi-role vehicle appearing in the post-World War 2 years. It was brought online after a lengthy development period to replace the outgoing 4x4 AEC Armoured Car that was used throughout the British campaigns of World War 2, first beginning in North Africa, and went on to serve for a time thereafter. The Saladin was named after the Kurdish Muslim warrior Saladin who led campaigns against European crusaders and was ultimately ruler over what is today modern-day Egypt, Syria and Yemen as well as the regions consisting of Mesopota
  13. Why are you mixing the RAAF up with the RNZAF and the USAF/RAF? The RAAF used Australian vehicles. When on joint bases, they'd have used their own vehicles along with a mix of the other sides. The RAAF used ACCO truck chassis, just as did the whole ADF (Australian Defence Forces) during the 1960s-1980s. These were either Mk.II/Mk.III/Mk.IV or Mk.V versions. The major differences between the Mk.II and Mk.III was the engine, they were both 4x4 vehicles. The Mk.IV were exclusively 6x6 gun tractors. Mk.V were specialised versions of the Mk.IV, often fitted with wrecke
  14. In the Australian Army there was a device, shaped like a funnel with a wide open end and a narrower end. This was lodged next to the thunderbox in the sandy soil. I have witnessed a young, female soldier being instructed in it's uses as a loudhailer. She literally put the narrow open end to her lips and shouted out a command. Everybody who witnessed this fell around laughing. She was naive enough to believe us and spent about half an hour washing out her mouth after she realised what it's real use was. It is a familiar piece of equipment widely used.
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