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  1. This movie is worth seeing, mostly as a technical display -- it makes grainy photographs and jerky, old-style film look much better and therefore more understandable. It is very British-centric. There are some nods to the Canadians and other Empire forces, and there is quite a bit about righty-ho-the-Jerries-are-rather-cracking-fellows-after-all. The only French people depicted are prostitutes. This is a film that makes its viewers identify with ordinary soldiers. Most of the film -- presumably because the camera equipment used at the time was cumbersome and had limited capabilities -- shows camp scenes rather than combat. You therefore see lots of guys with mustaches eating from tin bowls, which is an ordinary, human thing to do, and so makes those men understandable. The British Dentists' Association will not be using this film to promote the work of its members. This is not a historical documentary, in that scenes of battles are not identified by place or date. It's about the words and images of ordinary British soldiers. The weakest point was a sequence in which the film attempts to depict a (generic) battle using newspaper illustrations. Surely, colorized photos would have fit better into the style of the film. I paid to see the film in a Dolby theater, hoping to understand artillery bombardment terror in a new way. The filmmaker didn't explore that. There are some carefully colorized images of Mark I tanks (I think at Cambrai) and some artillery pieces, but it's not hardware porn. I am aware of a scandal among tank nerds about how some of the tanks were apparently colorized incorrectly. Nothing is shown of the Eastern Front, the Middle East, aviation, or naval subjects other than cross-Channel ferries -- just ordinary Tommies living in the mud of the Western Front, and They Shall Not Grow Old is remarkable for its depiction of that.
  2. Some more thoughts on this GB: There are pilots who capitalised on their fame as aviators by writing books. The Lindberghs, Chesley Sullenberger, and Chuck Yeager are among these. There are people who served as pilots in wartime, then went on to work as writers, recounting their wartime experiences in some cases. Roald Dahl, Joseph Heller, and Robert Mason are examples. Some people, such as Geoffrey Wellum and Bert Stiles, wrote just a single memoir, with no eye toward personal gain or a writing career. People like Nevil Shute, J.G Ballard, and Ernest Gann were truly double-gifted, having had full careers in both aviation and writing. Of course, I am considering only aviation here.
  3. Thanks, guys. My modelling skills are still developing and resin presents its own special challenges, but I am glad to have modelled this unusual subject. Thanks to the hosts for leading this group build.
  4. Okay, all done. I ended up rebuilding the canopy because of some glue fogging that occurred. Aerotech was nice enough to include two canopies. Thanks for watching my build. Gallery entry here.
  5. This is the former G-ACSP "Black Magic," later purchased by the Portuguese government and renamed "Salazar." The build thread is here.
  6. Sign me up. I'd do either an Ernest Gann DC-2 or a Robert Mason Huey.
  7. Just a few days to go. Here's a progress pic. I believe I will finish in time.
  8. I'm obviously still cleaning up here, but the engine nacelles can be improved with the addition of a couple of pieces of tubing:
  9. Sydney came through with damp and cool weather today, so I wasn't tempted to do anything outdoors. I made some progress on Salazar! Please forgive the purple. I'm at the point of spraying, filling, and sanding, and I thought I'd use up some of my obscure paints in the process, as it's going to be black anyway. The props are just Blu-Tacked in place, and the gear isn't glued yet: The landing gear were scaring me, but they went together pretty well once I got going. I used blobs of clay to position everything for gluing, and just took my time. I hope to have the first black coat on tomorrow, and also to give some attention to the vac-form canopy, which looks like a weak point in this kit.
  10. Sorry guys! We have had some unusually good weather here in Sydney, and I took the opportunity to put some miles on my bicycle. The weather may be getting back to the chilly damp that is typical of this time of year, so I plan to get some bench time in this weekend!
  11. Here's a quick update. I've started to form the four quarters of the envelope: These quarters aren't done. I'm still closing those gaps and getting the curves right. To close the interior parts of the seams (where I can't reach with a clamp), I am using neodymium magnets and large hex nuts, sandwiching the paper between them. It's an effective clamp that can be positioned anywhere. As for the scale, I don't really know. That's a 15 cm ruler there, so the whole thing will be maybe 45 cm tall when finished. Looking at the illustration in the first post of this thread, the balloon appears to be roughly 10 times the height of the guys. So, figure 20 meters or so. That would make this roughly 1/45 scale.
  12. Thanks for all the advice. I've made a little progress: That's the bottom of the balloon and the gallery, where the aviation pioneers stood.
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