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Quiet Mike

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  1. Quiet Mike

    Hello from Southampton, Gateway to the World

    Not plastic, but a recent project with the nipper, which I think you'll recocgnise K5054 Guillows build by Mike, on Flickr
  2. Quiet Mike

    Hello from Southampton, Gateway to the World

    I know so many people with Jim Guard memories! I can't believe I had not heard of him before I acquired the bike. 124 Macnaughton Rd, Jim Guard Cycles by Mike, on Flickr Jim Guard Cycles article by Mike, on Flickr
  3. Quiet Mike

    Hello from Southampton, Gateway to the World

    I visit Calshot a lot over the winter, as my eldest races at the velodrome in the activites centre now there. (For those that don't know, RAF Calshot was a famous RAF seaplane and flying boat station.) The velodrome is inside a massive 1917 flying boat hanger! There is also a 1913 hanger, now called the Sopwith Hanger, which is the second oldest purpose built hanger left surviving in the UK. Hanger F is now called the Schneider Hanger, and was where the RAF High Speed Flight trainied and tested for the Schneider races. So, I am eagerly awaiting the new 1/48 S5 by MircroMir! S.5 at Hanger F, RAF Calshot by Mike, on Flickr S.5 at Hanger F, RAF Calshot by Mike, on Flickr
  4. Hello from another middle aged guy rediscovering modelling after a X decades break ... I'm a Sotonian, moved here from growing up on a farm after studying at art college here in the 90's. Obviously interested in the wealth of aviation heritage around here! I live less than a mile from the old Supermarine Works on the Itchen, and cycle over them every day on the commute to work. Also a keen cyclist, especially vintage lightweight bikes. I love that aviation and cycling cross over. The famous Southampton bike maker, Rotrax, started in 1945, and most of the frame builders, and the owner Freddie Prince, were recently demobbed RAF fitters. And Jim Guard, another well know cyclist who started his shop in '48, originally worked for Supermarine from the mid 30's as an electrician, and dd the wiring on K5054, and watched her first flight from Eastleigh in 1936. (I own a 1950 Jim Guard, and a 1948 Rotrax. I'm currently commuting on Jim Guards own bike, and get a kick out of knowing the same hands that worked on K5054 also held these handlebar grips I'm now holding ... I currently spend more time looking at other peoples kits, than I do making my own, but I'm slowing setting up a little work space in the man cave. 1:72 Supermarine Walrus by Mike, on Flickr
  5. This thread is so good it has forced me out of lurking on the shadows to actually make a comment. Amazing work! I live in Woolston, Southampton, so Supermarines are a pet subject. I remember attempting to make the Stranraer when it was recently released ... late 70's? I was far too young though and made a hash of the wings. I remember my mum berating me for making her buy a kit that was way above my abilities! And then binning it ... 40 years later I've got the kit again, sitting patiently behind me in it's box. I'm hoping I don't make a hash of this one too ... But thanks for this thread, and inspiring me!