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    Mainly 1/48 WW2, plus naval
    IT stuff (well, a job, not an interest)
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  1. Oooohhh! That's real quality!!!! What make of kit is it, and what scale?
  2. The same 15"/42 Mk1 design was used on the QE, R, Renown and Hood classes (13 ships), as well as some monitors and, of course, Outrageous and Uproarious (sorry, Courageous and Glorious) before they saw the light and became aircraft carriers) More info from IWM: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/30025302 and NavWeaps: http://www.navweaps.com/Weapons/WNBR_15-42_mk1.htm Arguably the best naval gun from the dreadnought era - some would say the US 16"/50 but based on the action they saw, the 15" takes the prize. If you are doing 1/350th, there will be aftermarket brass barrels for the Warspite and Queen Elizabeth kits
  3. Ooohhh... happy memories (including remembering paying the then-princely sum of 50p for it!)
  4. Very nice -- brings back happy memories of the show (and I always wondered how the very square cornered front windows coped with pressure changes - can anyone say "Comet" )
  5. Can't speak for the 16" guns, but the 15" ones outside the Imperial War Museum are about 5-6" thick at the muzzle, so an overall diameter of around 27" (say anything from 23" up -- pictures of sailors sitting on them might give more of a clue). Obviously considerably thicker near the breach: Pictures from a google search -- for fair use only
  6. mmmm -- nice idea -- and a backstory would be fun to read! Will it be bought from Avro or built under license like the B-57?
  7. Very nice -- especially since it is in 1/72 so everything is fiddly (IMHO) Agree, a swastika or two would improve it...
  8. Are we in the same universe? (I know this is quoted from the Italeri catalog, but it is below even History Channel standards of research!)
  9. Mmmm.... lovely And makes me want to watch the film again I always did wonder about the safety aspects of sitting in a low backed chair on top of the fuselage...
  10. Very nice - weathering is brilliant Will it gain a crew someday?
  11. Lovely! Will you re-camouflage it for next month after the snow has gone?
  12. Another lovely collection -- I really don't know which one is best Could we see a photo or two of everything together -- that would be stunning!
  13. I remember reading "Reach for the Sky" (the Douglas Bader biography) and it says that after he was shot down, the Luftwaffe suggested his spare leg was delivered by a Lysander, with a British fighter escort being replaced by a German one in mid Channel. The RAF reply was "no, we'll just drop it on a normal bombing raid" (which they did) This seems to suggest the idea of landing on "the other side" was not unheard of but, like Gruffy, I would like to find out more. The Hill book was published before R V Jones' "Most Secret War" (1978) and not long after Fred Winterbotham's "The Ultra Secret" (1974) so I am not surprised it is not the full story.
  14. Mine is a Corgi paperback, from 1977 Doesn't seem to be in print at the moment, but is available 2nd hand: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=robert+hill+great+coup
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