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  1. Australia's 1929 Federal election sees Labor form a majority government with 46 out of 75 seats. Radical Left elements of the party push for close ties with the Soviet Union. As a result Australia ends up licence building Polikarpov I-15 & I-16 fighters for the newly renamed Australian People's Air Force. If that counts I'm in! DennisTheBear
  2. I seem to remember that the toilet (no Elsan in this British aeronautical marvel) was finished in tasteful fashion but can't rember if it was lime green grushed velvet or a delicate pink died shag pile. DennisTheBear
  3. A sad state of affsirs for historical modellers that is. DennisTheBear
  4. In the hope of having an exiting scratchbuild if I have to be in lockdown again I went searching the pages of BM for the discussion on the (perhaps fortunately) umatched Farely Fruitbat. To my dismay it appears that that riveting discussion across many pages full of facinating and fulsom information has been consigned to the theatre of memory. I stand bereft. Sigh! DennisTheBear
  5. Welcome to BM from Brisbane (that would be way, way, waaaayyyy to your southwest). You'll find that everyone on here is supportive and helpful and will willingly offer you ideas on how to spend even more money on our wonderful hobby. DennisTheBear
  6. 2 x Heller 1/72 Douglas DC-6B. More for my growing 1/72 civvie stash. DennisTheBear
  7. It was the Esci kit iirc. Looking forward to this as I have 5 Daks in the stash. Will it be the military version or will you whack on some airline decals? DennisTheBear
  8. Beautiful work there @Einar! Wonder if anyone makes a kit of this in 1/72? DennisTheBear
  9. "Small Wars, Far Away Places" by Michael Burleigh. DennisTheBear
  10. reservations at Mann's Chinese DennisTheBear
  11. Nice! Obviously that place has seen better days. DennisTheBear
  12. 100 years at a rate of 3 completions a year. I'll be 155 years old then. DennisTheBear
  13. Back in the early 1980s as a young and naive man I wrote to the RAAF asking if they they tracked UAP activity. They very nicely wrote back saying, in essence, no. Somehow I didn't believe the reply. DennisTheBear
  14. Ahh, just want to point out it is 'HMAS' not "MHAS'. Nice build by the way, love RAN subjects. DennisTheBear
  15. I have a, I think, 1962 boxing of this kit with parts galore broken of the sprue trees. Since it is destined to be built as an RAAF aircraft I'll mooch around watvhing the build. DennisTheBear
  16. Can't see the picture, says "spacer.png". DennisTheBear
  17. Thanks for that guys! Alas I have a big house move coming up soonish and won't be able to start any new builds until July/August, but the more I can find out the better it will be when I do start. DennisTheBear
  18. Umm, the serials on the bottom of the lower wing seem to be transposed. That or my eyes have gone wonky. DennisTheBear
  19. Ooohhh, cool! I'll be watching this with interest as I have the same kit somewhere in my stash. DennisTheBear
  20. Mine arrived on Monday. I too had been trying to get a Beaufort for years but had never had the ridiculous amounts wanted for them. Will most definately be watching closely. DennisTheBear
  21. The range and depth of knowledge, and the critical thinking skills, of Britmodeller members never cease to be anything but astonishing! I find this discussion absolutely fascinating and relevant to where I live (northern Australia). Some other items not mentioned in regard to the air campaigns of WWII and for which I don't have figures for but would be fascinated to know if anyone does include: Life jackets/preservers (Mae Wests) Maintainence tools (spanners etc) Books (instruction manuals, fiction paperbacks for entertainment) Wristwatches These things were integral to the war effort and all had to be sourced, produced, and shipped. This discussion would also beg the question of how the education of the millions of men and women into technical fields affected the development of economic and societal change postwar. An air-gunner from the back-woods or slums needed to understand not only how his weapon worked but the turret as an integral of the aircraft and the basic maths of getting rounds from a moving platform into or near another moving object. Not to mention reading paperback novels delving into various philosophical ideas they hadn't been exposed to previously because there was limited or no other entertainment. This mass education program must have had a ah-hum massive influence. DennisTheBear
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