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marty_hopkirk

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  1. The irony of this, the British Government is still in denial about the RB-45 and Canberra overflies of Soviet territory - whilst the Russians will give one the serial Nos of the aeroplanes involved and the US administration will do the same. Marty...
  2. I had similiar issue BBC Radio 4 researcher contacted me with respect to interviewing my late father about what part he played in Cuban Missile Crisis (he was Chiefy of 617 at the time). But, he was far too ill at the time - I'm not sure what he would have told them as he was always very tight lipped had he said had he been fit enough to speak, possibly mindful of the OSA. It is pretty clear from what the researcher told me in conversations with him, that the Squadron ORBs from the time had been santised Marty...
  3. The programme is "Timewatch: Spies in the Skies" and originally aired on BBC 2 in 1994 - an edited version has done the rounds on cable TV through the years. Not sure the crews were overflying Moscow, they were looking for far more sensitive sites. Marty...
  4. Thank God Airfix did not choose the US of A to manufacture their kits - they would be worse we all know that America does not care about QC and goes chasing the dollar and will skin anyone to to get that last cent. Marty...
  5. But, why is that an overseas issue? One could design a project in Truro and it be manufactured in Dumfermiline? Why the abroad reference? That was the baffling point. Marty...
  6. Why is this an issue? Are not Hasegwa, Tamyia, Special Hobby, Eduard et al produced overseas? Marty...
  7. What is wrong is with weighted tyres, explain yourself. Marty...
  8. Urban myth methinks. I have the book "21st Visions" and don't recall that passage. Gerry Anderson in his theatrical show did mention about Fireball XL5 being picked up as the basis as HOTOL design - not sure that is true either. Marty...
  9. I have dug both my Doves out, here are my observations: Rareplanes - Injection moulded u/c and props. - One sheet of styrene - Decals - Clear styrene browned and probably unusable. Hannants - White metal u/c and props - Two sheets of styrene (one large sheet same as the Rareplanes, second small sheet with the asymmetric tailplane) - No decals (possibly lost?) - Clear styrene, is fine and useable and includes two sets of both canopies options Both have the same set of instructions (photocopied) - other than the clear styrene the Rareplanes styrene has aged better. Marty...
  10. Thats good news. It's akin to some one tipping up and over painting the Mona Lisa - well done Warner Bros and the Kubrick Estate. Marty...
  11. That is a huge assumption, nothing in the book or film suggests that - that scene I venture is put in as a little bit of humour around the mundanity of space travel. Marty...
  12. The word here is 'whim', a product will not be cancelled on a whim. It will be thought through and if the losses through sales and production are thought to be greater than the cancellation losses there is no reason why it could not be cancelled. This is of course is hypothetical, as the posters further up stream suggest this particular product is just running a little behind schedule and has not been cancelled, thats all. Marty...
  13. I have both the original Rareplanes bagged issue and the later boxed Hannants version - I'll check later. Marty...
  14. From memory the Rareplanes Dove has the option for the asemetric tailplane. Marty...
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