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About KevinK

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  1. I believe that these AE-35 units have a known reliability problem.... Otherwise, very impressive work and photography.
  2. Blackburn Kangaroo, Lincock, Shark, Skua; Armstrong Whitworth Ape; Gloster Goldfinch; Hawker Cygnet, Hart, Hind, Heron, Tomtit, etc; Sopwith Pup, Camel, Cuckoo; everything by Beagle ..... and the Sea Slug missile! I'm interested.
  3. Simple - just build a Swedish Navy Lancaster!
  4. You just might get a chance to see one in the next couple of days: the Silver Spitfire has reached Padua on its round-the-world flight. Their website shows France next, then meandering around Europe - including back to France before arrival back at Goodwood. Unfortunately, there are no specific locations listed, only countries... Kevin
  5. ...and then...and then - as Smithy says, do some research. A few years ago, I was going through some of my Dad's very few wartime photos with him. He flew Spitfires with 253 Sqn in Italy and Yugoslavia and I noticed on one photo - which showed four pilots at readiness on the island of Vis in early 1945 - not one was wearing the same kit: indeed I thought that most looked like varieties of army uniforms. When I asked Dad, he said that - yes, they habitually flew in army khaki rather than RAF blue because they knew that if you came down in enemy-occupied territory, your best bet was to join up with the Partisans, who eventually might be able to get you back out. This wasn't altruism by the Partisans: they would expect you to fight for them while in their care. This meant that you needed to blend in with them and khaki was better than blue for this. Similarly, no sheepskin flying boots, the best hiking/walking boots you could find were what you wore. Additionally, they would expect you to have a weapon with you so you would be useful to them: some flew with a service revolver but Dad said he always flew with a Sten gun in pieces stitched into his jacket so he could be really useful. Kevin
  6. Don't forget that the Flycatcher was an Inpact kit originally, so not really representative of the traditional Lindberg kits.
  7. Very well put: my thoughts as well.
  8. It generally is, Adam, but there are always 'quality escapes'. Anecdotal events like the debris left in KC-46s may seem to be extreme, but did you know that there may be at least one 'remove before flight' banner fluttering in the breeze on the surface of Mars?....
  9. It's amazing the touching faith some have in the powers of glue! This reminds me of a similar issue I came across on a spacecraft build about 20 years ago. One Friday afternoon, I received a request for deviation/waiver from the spacecraft Prime Contractor: I was a technical advisor to the spacecraft customer, so I was the last formal engineering approval in the chain, the manufacturer having signed it off. The request was to approve the gluing of 200 rivets in the spacecraft primary core structure: these rivets had been found to be loose on a vibration test of the spacecraft and the proposed solution was to glue them in place to prevent movement. I pointed out to the manufacturer's Chief Engineer that while this would certainly secure the rivets, it would do nothing to the security of the structure, since rivets work by clamping action, and I suggested remove and replace was the correct course of action. To his credit, he immediately agreed and fixed the problem. I think that this sort of issue happens more than we like to admit, where a problem is caught far along the review process, and sometimes by less-than-formal review, such as 'watercooler conversations'. The advent of ISO 9000 inadvertently made things worse by implicitly - in some organizations' view - giving all the responsibility to the Quality element and lessening the informal paths. In the end, as an industry, we try to apply multiple screens and levels of review to catch errors but some will get through: even six-sigma quality isn't 100%!
  10. It's not the direction of rotation that's the problem with the Airfix Bulldog prop, it's that the blade aerofoil section is the wrong way round: the forward-facing surface is concave rather than convex, as can be seen in the photo in post #10. It can be fixed by filling the forward face and hollowing the rear face, with the observation that it's a fiddly job with a fair chance of breaking the prop. It can also be ignored, but it's one of those things that, once seen, will draw the eye every time...
  11. I hope they also pick up on the "AB1-1" RAAF serial evident on the decal sheet.
  12. More importantly, who will be the first to find fault? Answer:
  13. Graham, A slight mix-up here. I think you mean Flamingo rather than Albatross? Also, there was only one DH Herefordshire, which wouldn't qualify for your list, being a 'one-off'. Kevin
  14. Yes and no. The RAF bought a dozen new in 1934; later, several more civil a/c were impressed.
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