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Eric Mc

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  1. You might want to see if you can get hold of a solid colour dayglo decal sheet. You could then cut out dayglo shapes to your heart's content. Hannants have a few choices - https://www.hannants.co.uk/search/index.php?adv=1&product_category_id=&product_division_id=&manufacturer_id=&product_type_id=all_decals&code=&scale_id=&keyword_search=Dayglo&setPerPage=25&sort=0&search_direction=0&save_search_name=&save_search=
  2. Many NCO pilots were later promoted to Officer. I assumed the picture was of him earlier in his RAF career.
  3. Nice tribute. I'd like to build more models featuring Irishmen who flew and fought in the RAF. So far I've only managed one of Brendan Finucane's Spitfires. I'd like to have a go at David Lord's Dakota.
  4. In a very general way. Both the F-86 and the 707 family possess a 35 degree swept wing. With the 747, Boeing went a bit more extreme with a 37.5 degree sweepback. Most modern airliners have much less sweepback.
  5. Didn't realise this was one but went with two of my model club mates to the museum on Saturday expecting a "normal" day. Imagine my surprise to discover a mini-model show taking place. It was great to stumble across this as we are so starved of such events right now. I even picked up a few second hand models at very reasonable prices - Airfix (old tool) English Electric Lightning F1A, a FROG Fairey Barracuda and a FROG Canberra B(I)8. And we got a very informative guided tour of the outside storage area by a chap called Martin. Very pleasant day all round
  6. When Goering told the 109s to stick closer to the bombers, I'm not sure he meant THAT close.
  7. An amazing result considering it's a Mach 2 lit. The Leduc family of aircraft is a very interesting side show in the history of aviation.
  8. Hopefully, these series will eventually wend their way to more accessible platforms - even perhaps DVD/Blue Ray box sets. As I mentioned earlier, the whole ethos of the various permutations of "The Right Stuff" was not to create a historically accurate blow by blow account of the world of 1950s test piloting or the Mercury space programme. It was a cultural event as much as a history and it played a very important role in rejuvenating interest in that period of history in the US. The original film also created a new language of film "clichés" that have resurfaced in dozens of movies since. The most obvious cinematographic cliché used is the slow motion walk by the space suited astronauts towards the camera. That device has been used in a host of movies and TV ads ever since. As for accuracy, I don't expect any rendition of accuracy from "The Right Stuff" to be honest. Even the trailer indicates that there is some deviation from the truth. For a start, I don't think that the "lecture" the astronauts are shown receiving at the start of the trailer ever really happened - at least not in such an "epic" or "mythological" way. And I have never read of actual physical punch ups between any of the seven astronauts. Yes, there were heated debates, discussions and arguments from time to time but none of the biographies and histories I have read have ever indicated that any of them ever resorted to fisticuffs.
  9. One I certainly built in my younger days and one I have been working on in recent times too - although it's currently put away in a box for when I get my enthusiasm back. Your build certainly sets a standard I'd be struggling to match.
  10. Thank you all. I’ve a few more FROGs in the pipeline.
  11. I have a lot of time for the Whitley and those who flew in them. They were the biggest of the early war Bomber Command twin engined bombers and had the longest range - so were given the unenviable task of trying to reach Turin - which meant a laborious and dangerous crossing of the alps.
  12. Inevitable. 2020 is obviously a write off now for shows and it's not looking great for 2021 either.
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