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About Robin

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  1. Hi Tony. Thank you for digging this out of the archives, fantastic piece of history. Robin.
  2. Sadly, it looked so lonely sat in the middle of the window that I had to take pity on it, after all it is Christmas !!!.
  3. Robin


    In the early 70s, soon after I had started my career in the MOD in London, I was working in the RAF Air Movements branch, and I remember that on the wall outside the 'Boss's office was a picture of a group of Concorde aircraft being loaded at a RAF airfield, these aircraft were in full RAF markings with 'RAF Transport Command' on the fuselage, we often used to comment about this, and if it would ever happen.
  4. Some great building here, and quite opportune for me, as doing my shopping in town this morning I happened to glance at the window of one of the many charity shops that we have and there in the centre was a brightly coloured box with a blue and yellow biplane and the Revell logo on it, a closer look showed that it was a 1/48 PT-17 KAYDET kit, so a quick enquiry of the assistant if I could have a check of the contents, the reply was "certainly, I have checked that all the parts are there, as it can be very annoying to find there is a piece missing", the contents were still sealed in plastic bags, so I glanced at the price -, £6.50,!!! thank you. Don't know when I will get round to cutting the plastic, the first thing that I will do is get out the sunglasses to combat the bright yellow plastic. I think that you will agree that £6.50 was a good buy. Robin.
  5. While standing on parade at the War Memorial in Maidstone this morning, waiting for the Remembrance Service to start, we were overflown by a Dakota and three 'little friends' on their way to do a Poppy Drop over the White Cliffs at Dover. Rather appropriate. Robin.
  6. For those of you who are into scratch building, in the Airfix Magazine Annual No 4 (Sept 1974) there is a 7 page article by Gerald Scarborough on converting the Airfix 1/24 scale P51D into a Cavalier Mustang. The article includes 1/24 and 1/72 scale drawings. Robin.
  7. Literally, right over my house this morning was a Kamov 'Helix' helicopter, quite low heading South, I understand that it is owned by a Swiss company and has been working in the Midlands, so I presume it was on its way home. The aircraft is very noisy, and before I sighted it about a mile away, I thought that it was a Chinook. Robin.
  8. Hi Paul. This is coming along a treat. Remember well these aircraft and their big-brother, the B36, operating out of RAF Burtonwood in the late 50s, a fantastic sight and sound. There are some good pictures of the B47 on the Air Britain web site, although there are very few variations in markings. Best of luck with the build, much too large for me. Robin.
  9. Very nice build. Received a kit of the Heller version from the Big H this morning, quite surprised how good the moulding is, very clean plastic with hardly any flash; giver the age of the mould. Robin.
  10. Thank you both. Unfortunately, it was a long time ago that I was a regular visitor to Burtonwood, however RR, your link to the reports from Burtonwood was a great reminder. Although I remember attending the Open Days and taking pictures of the aircraft, (I think it was a Box Brownie type of camera), the pictures have long gone missing, together with my 'spotting' logs, although I am sure that they are somewhere in the house. I do remember taking pictures of the F100s F84s F86s WB50s Hunter Javalin, and of course the Beaver with the notice taped on the side, and of course the rain, the funny thing that sticks in my mind is that the USAF Military Polices wore an elasticated plastic cover over their hats to keep the rain off. My visits to Burtonwood ended in 1960 when I was conscripted into the Royal Air Force as one of the last few National Servicemen to enter the RAF. I spent most of my 2 years Service at RAF Hendon, and as I was still a keen 'spotter' and a member of the MGAE, I continued to provide reports for their newsletter on my very regular visits to London Air Port. That however is another life. Robin.
  11. What an amazing selection of pictures. Realy took me back to the 1950's when I had just started 'spotting'. On a much smaller scale, it took me back to the 'Open Days' that we had at RAF Burtonwood, those realy were the days. Thank you very much. Robin.
  12. Hi Cherry. (Using Google as your friend) The "KD Tunku Abdul Rahman" is a 'Scorpene' class diesel electric attack submarine of the Royal Malaysian Navy. Robin. (who knows very little about 'floaty' things.
  13. Hi Martin. I have the Microscale decal sheet 72-352 for Argentine Air Force, Skyhawk A4B, Mirage 111E, Canberra B62 and F86F Sabre. Unfortunately, the Sabre is in overall natural metal with red wingtips, blue/white roundels in 6 positions and blue/white flag on fin, black anti-glare on nose. Sorry, not a lot of help. Robin.
  14. Also looking forward to this build. In early 1961 I was serving in the RAF and was on a short detachment to the Institute of Aviation Medicine at Farnborough. In April/May, RAE held an in-house display of specialist aircraft that were operating out of the airfield at the time, a mini SBAC show. I remember that one of the aircraft on display was a KV107 type of helicopter in US civil markings, not sure why it was in this country, but that was the only occasion that I ever saw the type flying. Robin.
  15. Robin

    BA retro colours

    I still have my Red Square BEA buttonhole badge from the late 50's, I would fly BEA Viscount from Manchester(Ringway) to LAP. Wonderful times.
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