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Truro Model Builder

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  1. Putting my tongue firmly in my cheek, I have to ask of those who are desperate to have this kit in their hands, are you intending to sweep everything else off the worktop and crack on with it, or is that Spitfire XIV-shaped hole in your stash collecting too much dust?
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    Italeri 1:72 T-45 Goshawk

    We could do with decent 1/72nd kits of the T-45 and the Hawk 200 to go with the various T.1/100 models that have been released.
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    HAP-Tigre Demonstrator/Evaluation Aircraft

    Isn't the real issue the person who put the model in the competition? Has the perpetrator of this vindictive act been identified? Have they been kicked out of the club as a result? Or even been kicked in with size twelves? I suggest applying rusty pliers to fingernails as an opener when you find them. Good luck with your project.
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    Islanders based at Northolt

    Thanks, Dave. I'd quite forgotten that the Shadow flight had been spun off and raised to squadron status. I wouldn't be surprised if the Shadow does have a secondary domestic role, however. Occasionally one will appear on ADS-B flight tracking websites undertaking a circular flight pattern somewhere over the UK for a couple of hours. Presumably they are doing something Secret Squirrel -either that or the rudder has become jammed.
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    Islanders based at Northolt

    I thought that No.5 Squadron had taken over their duties with their Shadow R.1s.
  6. Seeing footage of it rolling out of the hangar, I find myself humming the Zero-X music from the opening sequence of Thunderbirds Are Go.
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    How do you say in your English?

    Down this way those little arthropods are known as grammersows.
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    Afghan Air Force - $8bn and counting

    I'll go and sit on the naughty step now and just think about what I've done.
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    Afghan Air Force - $8bn and counting

    The use of lighter attack aircraft is possible if, as Giorgio remarks, you do not have to worry about enemy aircraft or the AAA/SAM threat. And even then, NATO employed a considerable number of unsophisticated aircraft with little or no defensive aids on the front line into the late 1980s; Luftwaffe Alpha Jets, RAF first generation Harriers and Portuguese G.91Rs amongst others. In this situation, however, employing the Super Tucano or T-6B or Bronco can be a lot more cost efficient than putting Typhoons or F-35s in the sky. Does it really take a multi-million dollar/pound/Euro jet to drop an expensive piece of ordnance onto a pair of jihadists with a heavy machine gun or driving a battered old pick up truck? And does it require a guided weapon to do the trick when a salvo of CRV7s or even 50-calibre gun fire will do just as well when there is no possibility of collateral damage or civilian casualties -though perhaps that is another argument.
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    UK purchases five Boeing E-7 early warning aircraft

    We originally ordered six with an option for a further two. Ultimately only one of those was taken up. We do seem to have purchased an off the shelf product which has already been through its growing pains and by all accounts the Australians are immensely happy with it. It has also impressed the Americans when it has deployed to the Middle East. More then five would be better, but realism has to kick in somewhere. Like the P-8A the E-7 will benefit from the worldwide logistics chain for the 737, and I suspect daily availability will be higher than the Sentry fleet. It is worth mentioning that the French have managed with only four E-3Fs in service, however. I would have preferred a European option, but there wasn't one and I certainly would not have advocated paying the development and evaluation of one for such a small number of airframes. For once, well done MoD(Air). Now keep it updated and relevant.
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    What on Earth is This.......Thing?

    Somebody was paid to design and build those? Really?
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    Where do i start??????

    I think one or two of those should be left in the darkness.
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    1/48 Hasegawa UK Phanton FG.1 instructions wanted

    You may be able to download the Revell instructions if you visit their website. They tend to have most of their current range available.
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    The rate of inflation

    For three or four years my dentist has been nursing along a dying tooth and a dormant infection. However, a rather painful flare up this week has led to the decision that the tooth needs to come out in a couple of weeks once the flare up has settled, with the clearing out of the abscess sitting behind it. I'm not worried about the extraction, but the big question concerns what happens afterwards. Can anyone tell me the answer to the important question, and that is the going rate from the tooth fairy? It's been a long time since I've had a visit from that particular personage.
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    Airfix 1/48 F.6 conversion

    That would be correct. Underwing serials started to disappear from RAF aircraft in the early 1980s. Looking nice, by the way.
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    "Royal Aircraft Establishment" decals in 1:72.

    A sheet of generic RAE/ETPS/A&AEE etc titling with the attendant badges and crests in different sizes would probably do quite well for whoever issued one. Are you listening, decal producers?
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    Ryanair wipes up 20 seaguls on landing

    Off the top of my head I can think of a Nimrod and a NATO E-3 that were brought down by multiple birdstrikes, both with fatalities. A little googling will bring up many more incidents.
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    RIP Jacques Loussier

    Not somebody I was familiar with, but they played a couple of his recordings on the breakfast programme on Radio Three on Wednesday and I have since sought out some others, A very talented man.
  19. I'm not so sure. It's a conversation that frequently comes up at build nights and the general feeling amongst the assembled throng agrees with the statement. I enjoyed the programme immensely, particularly the Airfix-centred parts. Well done indeed to Jim for his work on the Hellcat, though I still think a Corsair would have been a better choice. I had to disagree with the CEO, however, when he said that Airfix hadn't had any 'wow' products in the last few years. Hawker Typhoon anyone? I thought James May's commentary was spot one, and the gentle ribbing was good natured. A few shots of the make and take table at SMW would have addressed the idea of only older guys being interested however. There are youthful modellers as well.
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    What to do with kit missing parts?

    I was most impressed with your de Havilland Panzer II Cabriolet.
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    regarding white areas on black finished Hawks?

    I'm not sure of the relevance of the white markings, although I believe that the Hawks that featured them often seemed to be on the strength of various Boscombe Down units. For photographic calibration, perhaps? I seem to recall that the Dominie had white areas as well when it went black. Can I question whether the aircraft you are depicting had white areas in its FRADU days? Living near to Culdrose I think I must have seen every Hawk that passed through FRADU/736 NAS' hands and I cannot ever remember seeing any with the white areas. If you are certain, my apologies.
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    Current RAF Typhoon tail codes

    This could be of use: https://www.fightercontrol.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=287&t=160126
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    Italeri IT2792 Spitfire Mk.I 1:48

    I believe that Italeri does not have a distributor in Asia or the USA, hence the reason that Tamiya reboxed some of their products for those markets. Therefore Tamiya may not see an Italeri reboxing of one of their discontinued items as much of a competitor for their new kit -particularly if they negotiated a good deal for the licence.
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    Short Jokes III - Worst in the Series

    I had these people talk to me about bread for two hours at the front door last night. I think they were Hovis Witnesses.