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  1. TheLurker

    What's flying over your house? Thread #2

    V22 stooging around over the house about 17:00. On a short hop from Brize to Fairford. Did half a dozen circuits before finally landing at FF and promptly coming back. Think it was waiting for the Italian aerobatic team to finish their practice. Grainy video here and some unimpressive stills in the same album. Am really going to have to buy a better camera cos those images don't convey how low it was.
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    What's flying over your house? Thread #2

    RIAT this weekend. So lots. Got to watch the Italian team practicing as I rode home last night.
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    Model kit box art

    That's the image I remember Thanks very much. I know it was '68 I got the kit because it was a Christmas present (along with a Man From Uncle fountain pen set) and it was our 1st Christmas back in the UK. It's very likely it was older stock from the village post office.
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    Model kit box art

    The one that really sticks in my mind, albeit a bit blurred, is the late 1960s (1968) Hawker Hunter. It was the first kit I was ever given (never got built for various reasons) and my memory says it was shown as one of the Black Arrows in a climb to top RH corner of the box. Am I misremembering? Anyone got a photo of the box they'd care to share if I'm not? The only other one that's stuck is the Cessna Bird Dog which is very, very odd considering the amount of my pocket money that found its way into the Airfix coffers over the years for all sorts of far more obviously militant aeroplanes.
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    What's flying over your house? Thread #2

    Sunday last, about 13:45. Dakota, wearing invasion stripes, northbound at tree-top height. The B1s were back for annual exercises about a month back.
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    If not Modelling.. Then What?

    Haven't a clue. The thing about modelling (styrene or stick & tissue) is that unlike me day job (code basher) is there's something tangible, albeit usually short lived for the S&T flying stuff, at the end of the process. It would have to be something that provided a similar combination of mental stimulation / problem solving and physical end result . Not only that but it would have to be something I could get OK results at given my, at best, moderate craft skills. Ummm.... nope; still haven't got a clue.
  7. I do so like these, "off the beaten track" builds.
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    Hawker Hurricane 1:72 Airfix

    Do so like a Hurri.
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    Worst aircraft ever?

    If it hasn't already been mentioned I think the Flying Flea (Mignet HM 14) must be in with a shout. Eight documented fatal crashes in a year and a design flaw that meant it was easy to put it into an unrecoverable dive. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mignet_HM.14,
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    1/72 Airfix Cessna 0-1D Bird Dog

    I remember building one of these up in 19 seventy mumble and thinking at the time what a lovely little aeroplane it was. Thanks for the memory jog.
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    Scratch built airship

    I like that a lot. There must be an airship meme abroad as only two days ago I was looking at the tissue that I'll be using to cover my current build (a stick & tissue K5083 so not one that'll turn up in RFI here) with and thinking, "Silver tissue, a foil liner and a Helium balloon, hmmm I reckon you could make a flyable R100..."
  12. My, my, my. Airfix kits in a poly bag. Suddenly I'm 7 or 8 years old again. I remember model shops like that. Pegboard displays, yellow "cellophane" in the windows. Who needs a Tardis?
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    F-5E - HobbyBoss 1/72

    Hmmmm, cracking build of the world's best looking jet fighter.
  14. I think someone needs to have a word with the stringbag's armourers. They're getting a bit forgetful eh? Cracking, cracking builds. I am always impressed by rigging on 1/72 kits, but this looks especially good.