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  1. Nice coverage of the event and well done for for the time and effort made in getting a viewing spot in a crowd that size. All valid points about the BBC reporting , better than some BBC aviation coverage but a bit disjointed considering that it was hardly a spur of the moment decision although that was perhaps down to the commentary team following their script while the live footage was cutting back and forward between formations past, present and future in rapid succession. Nonetheless far better than their coverage a few years back of a D-Day commemoration flypast over Britannia in the Channel where the commentator described each formation which could be heard passing overhead as the camera stayed firmly focused on the oohs and aahs of the great and the good on the boat. Thank goodness that auntie Beeb is not involved in my three days of live streaming from RIAT this weekend.
  2. An Arnhem commemoration would have been something else to have been on, well done. Longest stick I was over on was as 13 in a Sim 22 during that final night jump , went down the Herc and out the door like a train and as we had taken recruits with us to clear up the abandoned chutes et all on the ground were able to walk off straight into the exercise without the usual carrying on while you trekked miles to dump them on the transport and back again. The film was a late 60s early 70s training film to inspire or terrify recruits as the case might be. Saw it a couple of times usually to a ribald commentary from older heads present and once part of the introduction to the TA Para Course at 1PTS when it was at Abingdon , they followed it with a film of the landings during the Rhine Crossing with typical wartime commentary with no regard whatsoever for the Fallschirmjäger Feldwebel doing the course before an attachment to the Parachute Regiment. Later in the course same guy got a bit worried as an RAF Loadmaster conducted us through a foot stomping English rendition of the Engelandlied on the way to lob out over Weston-on-the-Green , muttering loudly about it being verbotten in Germany until an RM Sergeant with typical tact shouted across to ask why if was so ******* verbotten how did he know what it was. Probably have to spend weeks in diversity training these days.
  3. Thanks for posting , 45 years since my last step out into the wild blue yonder which was into the pitch black dark in the UAE but with time you tend to forget the noise and the organised chaos of it all until it was time to stand up. We still had the post-war variety of Dennison Smock back then a bit classier than DPM and never the luxury of a Herc without the centre rows of seats. Cannot find the video on You Tube but do you remember Red On ... Green On .... Go ?
  4. There was a post on another forum regarding one of the other titles from the same publisher saying that there were problems with the printer which have now been resolved but everything is running a little late as a result. Personally I always though the content of MAI was a bit thin and gave up completely when they stopped running Richard Caruana's artwork.
  5. Des

    RAF 100 Years Flypast Over London July 10th

    Looks like the adults have caught up with it as the sentence now includes 'and' and concludes ' in recent times ' to qualify the matter somewhat. Not quite on a par with previous anniversary celebrations but no doubt will be televised with the cameras focusing on the oohs and aahs of the great and the good rather than the flypast. Don't suppose facts actually matter that much to the general public as long as it has the Red Arrows and some pretty smoke.
  6. Unlike yourself I have no experience of 3D printing but very much share your thoughts regarding its potential and your reasons for supporting this venture. If it expands the envelope a bit that will be great and if an even halfway presentable kit results that will be even better.
  7. Cannot find any either although I have an idea that they may have been overall white with a thick blue band along the line of the cockpit and cabin windows but memory but be confusing them with something completely different. From what I can find it looks as if they were not in service long , November 1971 to September 1972 , were ex-Avianca who had operated them from new , were allocated the civil registrations D-ABWA and WB although these were later also carried by Condor 737-330s , and were returned to Boeing before re-sale to Aloha and subsequent operators.
  8. You are quite right , retired a while back but I had been misled by looking at a page of image thumbnails and having my hopes raised by the date an image had been posted rather than the date it was taken.
  9. Rather hoping that Mexico will get round to painting their 100 series aircraft in the same overall grey colour scheme as their later 737 variants, makes a very nice contrast with the full colour national markings.
  10. Just back and had my cuppa (and pie and very nice sponge cake with raspberries), good displays as always and am now a Corgi Saab Police Estate diecast , 1/48 AMT ES-3A , Revell A-37 and Trumpeter T-38C kits to the better.
  11. Just about to head off , who can resist 45 miles each way for a complimentary cuppa!
  12. I have just signed up for this, don't normally do civil subjects but looks like a venture well worth encouraging and perhaps a way to see subjects produced that will never be covered by mainstream injection-moulding manufacturers and surely any cleaning up of parts cannot be harder than the Merlin Models TSR2 for those with long memories and recurring nightmares.
  13. Des

    KittyHawk Voodoo! 1/48?

    Not particularly looking to buy the Kitty Hawk F-101B as I still have a pair of the Revell/Monogram kits (Texas ANG and CAF when if I ever get the chance) but looking forward to their RF-101A/C as I have had the Check Six decal sheet for years which includes the all black RF-101A with red lettering/numbering and TAC badge on the tail with red edged yellow lightning flash and I never got round to getting the Koster conversion.
  14. Des

    Norwegian Starfighter

    The howl and the smoke , takes me back to airshows in the late 60s. If you want a closer look someone posts videos of the test flights taken from the ramp where it is parked quite regularly on the Scale Aircraft Modelling Facebook page , think there was one in the past week or so , although I imagine that they are probably on You Tube as well. The losses while in service with some air forces were indeed a mix of inexperience meeting new technology for both air and ground crews coupled with a lack of proper heated covered storage especially during the European winter although compared with losses among other users Norway fared quite well and only lost six.
  15. Des

    Mirage IV seat

    Martin Baker Mk.4 I believe initially but have read that the 1980s airframe upgrade included bringing the seats up to Mk.6 standard.