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  1. Thanks for the link to that excellent, well-produced documentary. Amongst many other things, I noticed a couple of stills of the above Beaufighter - its name was 'PAMELAMAX'.
  2. I completely agree... BUT, if you take away the hardware, you take away not only the tangible evidence but also any reason for a physical presence of any kind: in the limit, that kind of museum will exist only in cyberspace as a collection of information. The hardware grounds the information in reality and acts as a preserved 'library' of information for future generations. Some years ago, the Science Museum did a sort of 'archaeological dig' on Stephenson's 'Rocket'. In effect, they used modern methods to examine the real artifact in great detail and produced a long paper giving a
  3. I lived in New Orleans for ten years: whats horrifying is that it's completely authentic, in terms of observed detail. I KNEW some of those characters. Possibly the funniest book I have ever read.
  4. Try under the 'Info & FAQ' tab: "sales@hannants.co.uk".
  5. I just tried this to test it. I think that what you're seeing is a Windows 10 screen for login to an email account, not Hannants. The best way to track your order is via 'your account' and 'your order history'. If you need to email them, just do it in the normal way, outside their website, inside your normal email account.
  6. KevinK

    What's your avatar?

    Like Colin, I dislike internet anonymity, so the name's obvious. The photo is me on a launch day at Complex 17, Cape Canaveral: we had just closed out the spacecraft, the fairing access door and rolled back the big red service tower on the left. An hour or two for the VIPs and workers to take pictures, then get ready for an early evening launch.
  7. Not at all, Ray: now I think about it, it's a pretty esoteric piece of knowledge. The advantage of Britmodeller is that we all know something which may be useful to others, and it's a way of passing on these little nuggets which might be lost in time.
  8. No - the Berlin Air Corridors were operational as long as East Germany existed. All allied traffic to Berlin had to use one of the three corridors throughout the Cold War. The dayglo bands were an agreed recognition feature.
  9. Yes, it is Dad! The 47 Sqn aircraft, like most of the UK fleet at that time, had a dayglo nose, wingtips and the fuselage band for transiting the Berlin air corridors, as a recognition feature. Here's another photo of the same aircraft: When on exercises in the desert, the aircraft were pushed hard, hence the non-pristine appearance. They used to go to up-country, semi-prepared strips and exercise with the Army for 1-2 weeks. On returning to Abingdon the aircraft were weighed before and after washing: they got as much as 2000 lb of sand and othe
  10. By the way, if you want to see why the oil pump was needed, take a look top left: It also shows the off-white and blue-grey interior colours. 47 Sqn Bev at El Adem, 1962. Kevin
  11. On a point of interest, Adey, it was actually a Sunderland bilge pump adapted to pump the oil. When my Dad was flying Bevs, one of his most respected colleagues, M Eng Jack MacCallum was the most knowledgeable of the Flight Engineers and had served on Sunderlands during the War and recognised it.
  12. Generally true, but there were exceptions, though, particularly for a wartime aircraft such as a Spitfire. At the end of the war, my Dad's squadron (253 Sqn) had one particular aircraft (the C.O.'s Mk IX) in polished bare metal. Is this the Canadian civil racer in the kit options? If so, it might well have been bare metal.
  13. Apologies for coming to this a bit late, Bill. It's definitely a British "thing" to refer to company, particularly a manufacturing company, by adding an "s" to the name. For example someone might say "I work at Westlands", not "I work at Westland": my theory/guess is that it's actually an informal possessive, a contraction of "I work at Westland's factory". What complicates it in the case of Short(s) is that they used to call the company Short Brothers, then - when ownership changed and it became Short Brothers and Harland - even their own advertising event
  14. No - it's a standard-issue RAF paper cup. If you're going to model it in 1/144th, you need to know it's an RAF blue-grey with white stripes and an RAF crest....
  15. There isn't a 1/72nd one I'm aware of but there is a 1/73rd scale Titan II - don't laugh, but the Estes flying model kit of the Gemini-Titan II does actually fit the Dragon kit! It's not much more than a cardboard tube with plastic display engines, but if you replace the (not bad, actually) blow-moulded Gemini, it can make a good basis for display. It comes with basic decals for the Titan.
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