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  1. That's a smart little Scout, Colin, and a kit that I've never built. That's also the first time in years that I've seen/heard anybody mention 'sosaties'!! (Kebabs on skewers, for those not in South Africa ) Jon
  2. That is brilliant; very unusual and nicely made. It looks completely terrifying, speaking as someone who has spent about 5 1/2 hours strapped into the front of a 10 tonne helicopter today! I don't think I would be too happy about flying with a rotary engine tucked up between my legs... Jon
  3. Brilliant! A very nicely made, tiny model and a genuinely worthwhile story to re-tell. I read Rick Jolly's book a long time ago, but must read it again sometime. Not a problem: the centre of the downwash is only directly below the rotor hub when there is no wind to blow it away. Helicopters - at least those with tail fins and traditional tail rotors (or NOTAR, or fenestrons...) - are generally hovered pointing into wind, which blows the downwash behind the helicopter. I'd say your Wessex is hovering into a 5-knot headwind! Jon
  4. Sitting down to a little bit of modelling for the first time since last November, as I've been working away and have had very little time at home...and that has generally been spent catching up with the domestic jobs. I'm still working away, but I'll try to keep chipping away. Nothing too dramatic or adventurous, just some small steps on a 1/72 Blue Rider Nieuport Nighthawk vacform. The interior isn't to my usual self-imposed standard, but I've decided not to use up my limited time obsessing and to just get on with it. It could take a while, but that's nothing new for me! Jon
  5. Brilliant: a great model, a quirky (understatement!) subject which is right up my street, and a very interesting and entertainingly-written description of the aircraft. Thanks - very enjoyable all round! (I bet the test crews didn't say that...) Jon.
  6. Good skills! I thought I was doing well with only 7 (and 2 of those are old-ish vacforms).
  7. Very nice indeed, and a striking colour scheme. Jon
  8. Very tidy! I went on my first air cadet summer camp to Colt in 1987, so I probably saw this machine. Mind you, we were under canvas, it rained and we didn't get close to a real Jag.
  9. Chris - check PMs. I can help there. Nice refurb, and I'm envious of you having flown in such a charismatic old aeroplane! I've explored the interior of a museum Varsity, which is as close as I'll obviously ever get. Jon
  10. Tony, that’s a fantastic presentation of that Campbell VC story and a typically superb model. Thank you for putting the effort into both. I’m a former 22 Sqn pilot and once had the privilege of holding Campbell’s VC. The courage and sense of duty that were shown by all of the Beaufort crew members on that day is astonishing; that the three who didn’t have ‘hands on sticks” got no official award is grossly unfair. I can’t imagine being in their position. Jon
  11. From what I remember reading, the bonkers central collective was only fitted to the Mk14 and added an extra 10 hours to the Central Flying School course to enable instructors to fly 'cack-handed'! My reference was an old Air Historical Branch publication on the history of the British helicopter, written by Basil Embry, who was the mustachioed Belvedere pilot who put the Coventry cathedral spire in place (as seen on the recent TV documentary).
  12. Hiya Tony, Your situation sounds very familiar! On the one hand you get really involved in an interesting hobby that provides mindfulness, intriguing research, a creative result and a link to like-minded others. On the other hand you end up feeling guilty about not making enough time for the exercise that you know does you good because you're getting bogged down by tinkering with bits of plastic and indulging in a hobby that most people seem to think adults should have grown out of in their early teens. The more frustrated you get with the conundrum, the more dissatisfied you become with your own efforts until you start to think that you are incapable of producing results to justify the time and commitment and really would be better off simply not bothering. I've been through that cycle a couple of times and simply decided to stop modelling for a while. On the last occasion I even packed everything away - tools, paints, 'bits' - for a few months. After a while something inevitably spurred my interest and, almost before I knew it, the enthusiasm returned. Right now I'm in the middle of an enforced absence from modelling. I've taken on a temporary work role a long way from home and hobbies (there are many!), and the necessary travel doesn't lend itself to taking my modelling with me. My role can be both physically and mentally tiring so, when I finish work, getting motivated to pursue my planned 'away-from-home' hobbies (drawing, languages, even trying to hand-sew a Victorian waistcoat!) is frequently difficult. What little time I have at home is mostly spent doing all those jobs that get stacked up while I'm away, or simply doing the family things and giving my wife a break from the domestic workload instead of (selfishly!) hiding myself away with hobbies. I've also reluctantly had to suspend my role as a museum volunteer for the duration. I'm normally a runner, but motivation even for that has been difficult lately, not helped by tiring shifts and a couple of calf strains. On the other hand, between work shifts I manage to get out walking and exploring - not quite Pen-y-Ghent or Ingleborough, but it's exercise! While I'm going through this phase, regularly looking in on BM keeps me in contact with modelling and also reminds me that there are plenty of other grown men and women whose modelling didn't end with fixing a Bonfire Night rocket to a Matchbox Sabre in their parents' back garden to see how far it would 'fly'... In due course my temporary role will end and I'll be able to be back at home full-time, resume my modelling and other hobbies, spend time at the museum again and wave goodbye to the travelling. I'll be less tired and consequently my motivation will return. I'll go back to making models of unusual subjects that won't win prizes (not that they'll be entered for any!), but which will provide enjoyable research and creativity. I know this because that's exactly what happened after my deliberate modelling breaks in the past. So, please don't be afraid to take a break and walk away from the bits of plastic, but don't bin them. As for "not good enough": what on earth does 'good enough' mean? Who is going to see them? Will each creation be chasing a Telford Gold, or will they be 3D representations of something that piques your interest at the time of building? From your RFI posts, I think I can guess! Apologies for being a bit long-winded, but hopefully some of what I've put down might be useful. Jon
  13. Another thing to consider, albeit a rather trivial consideration: if you choose to build your bulged-windows model as a HR14 I'm pretty sure I remember reading that that variant had a single central collective lever in the cockpit. That obviously meant that, when flown by a second pilot in the left seat, eg for training, that pilot would have to fly 'wrong-handed'. Speaking as a 20-odd-year helicopter pilot, I'm pretty certain that Bristol didn't take pilots' opinions into account when making that decision! Jon
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