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Black Knight

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  1. well now, there ya go, it is a 12v system. It must have been a military requirement as any pre-WW2 Austin I know is 6v
  2. Its more likely two 6v in parallel, for 6v and more amperage to run a radio and the lights. Through the 1930s right up to the late 1950s vehicles were 6v and positive earth
  3. According to the Reds' website; The Red Arrows’ Hawk T1 jets will be flown to North America over three days. This is because, as primarily training aircraft, they were not intended to refuel in the air and do not have the range to make the transatlantic crossing in one sortie. After leaving the team’s base of RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, UK, they will be flown via several stops, including airfields in Scotland, Iceland and Greenland, before reaching Canada and eventually Halifax – the first major location of the tour.
  4. Hattons Models https://www.hattons.co.uk/stocklist/1000498/1000588/1000729/0/preiser_oo_gauge_1_76_scale_people_civil/prodlist.aspx
  5. Black Knight

    Luftwaffe Tires

    Ford (Germany) trucks can often be identified by the egg-shaped grill. They had other grills, such as the car V8 style as well Whilst US soldiers were drinking Coca-Cola the German soldiers were drinking Fanta, both owned by the Coca-Cola Company of USA. Allegedly Hilter didn't like Coca-Cola, but as he was a vegetarian and health fanatic he allowed the orange based drink, and the name Fanta is supposed to be shortened from German Fantasie (imagination) or Fantastisch (fantastic) ~ depends which history you believe Daimler was building armoured cars for both the British army ~ at Coventry, and for the German army ~ in Genshagen (afaik)
  6. from the previous shut-down to last Thursday night / Friday morning I had maybe 2 or 3 of the '500' but since Friday to last night I've been getting it far more, had it maybe a dozen times about the same for me, I couldn't access from about 05:50 for several hours
  7. So. what have I been doing? Before working on the tunic buttons I used some hot water malleable moulding stuff called PolyMorph to take a couple of impressions of the front and one of the rear of the tunic. Then I pressed Milliput into the button impressions. I now have several 'buttons' and can do more if required Boots painted gloss black, Trousers painted Humbrol RAF Insignia Blue. They are darker than they look in the photo When it comes to the red seam stripe I'll use red decal strip. I've noticed that the width of the stripe depends on rank; vis, privates = very narrow, corporals & sergeants = slightly wider, h'officers = a wide stripe I've been working on the SMLE. I've drilled out the end of the barrel, filed open the end sights, drilled out the swivel link points for wire swivels. Its in matt black undercoat now so there is nowt to see. I might get it painted up this evening and I have a cunning plan for the bearskin . . . . as cunning as a fox who has gone to the University of Cunning and got two 1sts in Cunning and now lectures in Cunning
  8. , they've had their chips (which had been yours a few minutes ago!)
  9. Hannants does High Speed Silver, in enamel only I think X038 https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/X038 A nice silver is Revell 99 Aluminium, in both acrylic and enamel https://www.emodels.co.uk/revell-aqua-color-aluminium-metallic-99.html https://www.emodels.co.uk/revell-14ml-aluminium-metallic-enamel-paint-99.html though I prefer the acrylic version
  10. Add some Winsor & Newton 'Flow Improver' to it. It'll make it far less streaky although it'll make take a wee bit longer to dry
  11. It works on a simple principle of mechanics. The tiller-man pushes his control 15* to the right, the lower part of the control goes 15* to the left and takes the tiller arm with it deflecting the rudder 15*. Up to about 20* was normal, no more than this is normally needed afaik The tiller-man's efforts was supplemented with rope tackle. He's trying to move a rudder weighing several tons Most steering relied on the sails, the rudder seemed not to be too important except in low winds The tiller-man was in small room, or a sectioned off part of a room. All space was valuable on these ships so he got just the space he needed Remember, that drawing is of a 1st Rate. Take off the two decks above the tiller to be closer to your Ark Royal
  12. On the nature of the steering, whipstaff et al; I came across a drawing of a 1st Rate of 1728. I took a section of the drawing to show how the whipstaff lays - outlined in the yellow oval. I left part of the key of the drawing. Look at number 105 and 106. Although 150 years past the Ark Royale of this build it shows that the steering wheel was still not in use by 1728
  13. Very possibly, maybe even probably. Pat could tell us how men standing below that cockpit roof would be in relation to the top of the rudder. For a Whipstaff they would be above the top of the rudder. For direct rope drive they would be below the top of the rudder. On a ship of this size, which was large for its time, a whipstaff would certainly be best.
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