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About Tarkas

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  1. Very nice, and I like the backstory, particularly the involvement of Apollo 13 -- very creative. All the "other" Spectrum aircraft are fun, and I remember seeing a Harrier GR.3 in Spectrum livery at the Cosford show one year -- the A was on the upper surface of the wing rather than underneath, which would also work for the TSR.2. I have a Chengdu J-10 that I'm going to do in Spectrum colours. That aircraft is about as close as you can get in RL to an Angel Interceptor, except it lacks that bl**dy awful T-tail (and thank Finagle for that). I'm still working out whether to build it OOB or droop the wingtips and move the canards forward along the nose. Another Angel-like aircraft would be the Typhoon -- sort of the J-10's big brother. I remember seeing a photo of the EAP prototype when it first came into public view, and my immediate reaction was, "That's a twin-engined Angel!" And it pretty much is, save for the undercarriage and the lack of the stupid T-tail.
  2. What a shame to lose my favourite TV astronomer. It's an even bigger shame that series like The Planets and The Stars aren't available on DVD or Blu-Ray. Oh, well, we shall remember her and what she did to bring the universe into our homes -- and make it interesting to everyone. ObModelling: I have a 1/3788 wargaming model of a Federation Galactic Survey Cruiser that I named after Heather years ago -- an insignificantly small tribute, but who better to name such a ship after?
  3. Fantastic work! Looking at all the photos brings a silly question to mind: did the Lynx have a name? I mean, I know that HMS Brazen had a Lynx called the Brazen Hussy, ans ISTR that HMS Broadsword had a similarly-named helo (but I can't remember what it was known as), so did HMS Westminster? And if it did, what was it called -- the MP?
  4. According to the link, it's not that much smaller than the Revell 1/144 kit -- 703 mm long vs 765. That would make it about 1/157 scale -- typical FTB sort of figure. Nor was it cheaper, from the figures I saw -- £65 vs £45 - 50. Of course, these days, the kit goes for insane collectors' price ten times as much, so yes, the Lego version is a lot cheaper, It makes a reasonable model if you can accept the quirks of Lego, and it's also a lot less work, what with no gluing, painting, decalling, etc. I can think of worse representations of the station to have on my shelf, and this one could easily be reassembed after the cats knock it off!
  5. Cats #3 and 4 look to be clear, so some aircraft can at least get off the deck. Maybe if enough of them do, there'll be room for a few to land back on! It'll help if they can strike a few below too.
  6. You asked for it... Altitude = distance above Mean Sea Level (AMSL) Height = distance above ground level (AGL) Elevation = Altitude - Height (effectively, the altitude of ground level) Flight Level = altitude measured in units of 100 feet -- so FL 60 = 6000 feet Separation Distance = how far one aircraft is required by law (regulations) to stay away from another aircraft or something on the ground, both in the horizontal and the vertical. The important thing to remember about the above is that while it is possible to fly at negative altitude at places like the Red Sea, you should never try to fly at negative height! Indicated Airspeed (IAS) = what you read from an airspeed indicator Calibrated Airspeed (CAS) = IAS corrected for things like instrument and position error; in theory, a more accurate version of Indicated airspeed. I presume that this is also "rectified" airspeed, which is a new one on me Equivalent Airspeed (EAS) = either CAS corrected for compressibility (high speed) errors or True airspeed modified to remove the effects of altitude True Airspeed (TAS) = the actual speed of an object relative to the air through which it is moving, or vice versa. That simple enough (I won't claim elegance) for you?
  7. Thanks for that. Local suppliers seem to still be waiting, and Round 2 hasn't got the metal set listed -- or didn't when last I looked.
  8. Hmm.... I was under the impression that the SD was a mile long -- that is, about 1600 m. If so, that would make this kit around 1/1500. Either way, it's going to be impressive when built.
  9. What he said! This ought to be a monster -- but if it lives up to its current promise, a fantastic model. Could we please have some details of the build -- what's in it, what you've done so far with what, etc.? Inquiring minds would love to know.
  10. The shuttle on the left-hand side is from the first movie -- appropriate, as this variant of the Enterprise is the movie version -- and, IIRC, was also seen in the fourth film picking up the crew of "HMS Bounty" from the sea after the BoP crashed in San Francisco Bay and released the whales. The other shuttle, on the right, is the type seen in the fifth movie -- and yes, it is rather TNG-ish to look at.
  11. The manufacturers are doing it on the cheap. There are plenty of 50th anniversary models, but they're just re-releases of old kits, possibly with new decals and paint schemes. This kind of makes sense from an anniversary marketing point of view -- build the same kit you/they did 50 years ago -- but given the limitations of every kit that's been released since the 60s, it's not very satisfying for those of us who would like an accurate model without resorting to major surgery and custom 3D printing. Unfortunately, space is a niche market, or so the kitmakers say, so the odds against new toolings are pretty high. Of course, if they'd done it right the first time, we wouldn't have the problem, but they didn't, and they haven't revised the kits over the years -- also on the grounds of cost -- so we're stuck with what is available. Shame, that.
  12. Have to agree. It does look great. I only have one question: which Angel is in the cockpit? My best guess is Rhapsody -- am I right?
  13. My, Grandma, what big teeth you have... Seriously, that looks good. I suppose it'll lose a bit of impact when painted, but it certainly is an improvement on the original doors. Nice work.
  14. Is there going to be anything else? I presume they're not going to produce full-size memory banks, etc., so without any further info, I'm wondering what's going to be in kit other than the lighted eye...
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