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Eric Mc

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  1. Eric Mc

    British Airways 100th anniversary retro colours

    I kind of like the Chatham scheme - which is not too far removed from the original 1974 scheme. I actually was not a fan of the Landor scheme to be honest as I thought it was rather dull and, well, grey. And I thought that the Utopia project was ill conceived (to say the least).
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    British Airways 100th anniversary retro colours

    It's over 20 years since the Landor scheme was dropped in favour of the infamous Utopia scheme(s) of which the current Chatham Dockyard scheme is the sole survivor.
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    British Airways 100th anniversary retro colours

    I was thinking more on the lines of "Oh What a Circus, Oh What a Show".
  4. Eric Mc

    British Airways 100th anniversary retro colours

    Won't be at Yeovil this weekend as I am helping with a production of "Evita" at Princes Hall, Aldershot.
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    British Airways 100th anniversary retro colours

    Looking forward to seeing that in the flesh in the not too distant future.
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    Old models

    Don't you have any sort of garden?
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    Old models

    Shed. Have a mini-shed museum.
  8. Eric Mc

    Southern Expo 2019 Hornchurch 16th & 17th March

    Went as an ordinary punter with a mate. Enjoyable day out and I spent far too much money.
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    Olympic: B.707

    When dealing with 707s you need to be sure of the version of the 707 you intend to model. They vary massively from each other. The Heller 1/72 is a Boeing 707-320B/C and, as that is the version used by Olympic, so the Heller kit should be OK.
  10. Eric Mc

    British Airways 100th anniversary retro colours

    What's in a name? My stepson is an AFC Wimbledon fan too.
  11. Eric Mc

    British Airways 100th anniversary retro colours

    Exactly. No harm in celebrating a genuine 100 year anniversary. They didn't need to mangle history to suit their marketing needs.
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    British Airways 100th anniversary retro colours

    Erm - there is. a definite date that the present BA came into being. That is the legal date of birth of the current entity. And it is 1 April 1974. My mum was born on 21 June 1924. She is a direct predecessor of me. That does not make me 95 years old. I love the retro schemes. But I'm not impressed with the pretence that lies behind them.
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    British Airways 707

    You can, in theory, build a 707-436 from the Heller kit but there is an awful lot of work involved over and above sticking a set of Conways on it. The wing is very different for a start and there are differences in the tail area too. The best option is to stick with the basic Pratt and Whitney JT3D 320B/C that the kit reflects and build one of BOAC's/BA's 707-336B/C instead.
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    BA Negus Viscount query

    Vickers went very conservative with their aperture design for their first pressurised airliner - hence oval windows and doors. By the time they switched to the Series 800, they realised that oval doors were a bit excessive and rather impractical - so they switched to something a bit less unusual. The Valiant bomber also had an oval door.
  15. That looks really good. In a way, the "What-If" you envisaged did come true - kind of. After BA bought out B Cal, they rebranded the BA charter subsidiary (previously known as British Airtours) as Caledonian and painted the British Airtours fleet in Caledonian markings. British Airtours had received some British Airways Tristars so these ended up carrying Caledonian colours - and very handsome they looked.
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    BA Negus Viscount query

    Brilliant and useful stuff chaps.
  17. Eric Mc

    BA Negus Viscount query

    I always though they were natural metal.
  18. Eric Mc

    BEA: Red One to London

    I remember watching it in period. These clips from 1970 which may have been shot as stock footage for this programme are pretty neat too -
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    BA retro colours

    Of course, the initial 747-436s were finished in the Landor scheme when they were originally delivered - so these are the first retro schemed aircraft to be painted in a scheme they originally carried (ignoring the "one-off" 757 that received an original delivery scheme to commemorate the types retirement).
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    British Airways 100th anniversary retro colours

    I thought it was appropriately "retro" given the topic title. More of same - I say.
  21. Eric Mc

    British Airways 100th anniversary retro colours

    The family tree is missing many, many branches. Where's Air Transport and Travel? Where's Railway Air Services - a really significant pre-war airline (and an important precursor to what became BEA)? Did you know that Aer Lingus was started as a joint venture between the Irish government and Railway Air Services and that BEA later inherited the Railway Air Services shareholding. Therefore, Aer Lingus should be part of the BA family tree as well. Indeed, now that BA and Aer Lingus are part of the IAG, they have rejoined the fold, so to speak - so they should be in the tree between 1936 and about 1961 and then back in again from the 2014.
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    British Airways 100th anniversary retro colours

    It can all get a bit technical. BA as an entity came into being on 1 April 1974. Before that it simply didn't exist at all. However, in 1969 a review board had been set up to ascertain if the amalgamation of BEA and BOAC would be the right thing to do. The other area they were looking at was co-ordinating and streamlining the affairs of Cambrian Airways and Northeast Airways. This committee was called the British Airways Board and they presided over discussions with unions and management prior to the actual merger which eventually happened on 1 April 1974. Of course, between 1974 and 1987 BA was state owned. It was (eventually) privatised in 1987 after 6 years of wrangling and false starts. The switch to the Landor scheme happened in 1984 in anticipation of the move to privatisiation but that was delayed for three years.
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    British Airways 100th anniversary retro colours

    I expect the reason why BA hasn't indulged in retro schemes before (apart from one 757 ) is precisely because of their fairly short existence and dilemmas as to what schemes they should pick to commemorate. I would love them to select a few Imperial/Cambrian/BKS/Northeast schemes as well. To me, the BA 100 anniversary should not be so much about the celebration of 100 years of BA (which is nonsense) but 100 years of the start of the BA family tree. In a way, the fact that they have chosen BEA and BOAC schemes as part of that celebration is a nod in that direction and I applaud that.
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    Dragon is back!

    Or even the last return of the previous Dragon capsule a few weeks ago (yes, I know, the previous capsules weren't man rated). I noticed they need four chutes to lower it. I assume it much be a heavier piece of kit than the Apollo Command Module - which only needed three (or 2 1/2 in the case of Apollo 15).
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    British Airways 100th anniversary retro colours

    No need to be aggressive about it. BA didn't exist until 1 April 1974. That is the legal birth of the entity that we know as BA. That is a fact. It can trace its ancestry further - as can I. But it doesn't make me 250 years old. And it doesn't make BA 100 years old. I like the retro jets. It's a great dose of nostalgia for me. But even BA would struggle to find a 100 year old BA colour scheme (unlike KLM).
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