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  1. BBC reporting here https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-60148482 Given it’s a landing mishap they presumably know exactly where it is so why not park all that hardware of their battle group on top of it until the salvage boys arrive while making it very clear any attention is unwanted
  2. I always thought the one with a young Melanie Sykes was a bit tasty too. Young Melanie that is. Never tried the beer
  3. I found it a year ago and thought the first episodes were very well done and was really looking forward to future episodes. For me though the plot lines got through unlikely and implausible and cantered on into bordering on farcical which I though was a real shame as it had the potential to be a cracker. James Spader’s performance was excellent in all episodes though I must say. Sorry to be odd one out but I find a great many dramas start out with promise and interesting plot lines and it’s like the writer does not know how to keep a good plot going or how to wrap it up in a sensible logical conclusion far less what to do for a sequel/ series 2
  4. Lovely and ingenious work there my Martian friend. I was very relieved when you posted the last two photos though. When I saw the first two I thought "Wait a minute. The silly interstellar chappie has allowed Baldrick to hold the plans and instructions upside down again. The last time Baldrick did that he had The General making a full frontal assault on the French Riviera. Or do Martians design Zeppelins with conning towers?" I was dreadfully confused for a while and thought I'd need to go back onto the stronger medication again but after a proper reading of the entire post and photos all became clear. Mind you clever chappies the German scientists. Wouldn't put it past them to have gondolas on top to confuse our Ack Ack boys on the ground.
  5. Bertie, nice idea there. I am pretty sure that somewhere a USN bird will have had battle damage that would make an over water return and landing on a carrier an unappealing prospect so the intrepid aviator took the option of landing at a South Vietnam airfield as a better option.
  6. And a second sold on a well known auction site for just over £300. Price dropping £80 on the one at Christmas
  7. According to the BBC the same chaps toodled around Glasgow and the Scottish Central Belt between 500-1000 Thursday night making a fair bit of noise and disturbing the populace whe made the usual insightful comments about being bombed etc. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-60082431 Bit odd they did it over such a populated area. Much better over my house down in the country Great photos and thanks for sharing
  8. I recall the sheer excitement of going into the shop in 1968 and the unexpected surprise when the first boxes hit the shelf and there it was. A Hampden, just like I’d seen in some “Commando” style comic books. Who would have thought a model would appear in 1968 before the current proliferation of more types? Gleefully purchased and straight home to build in a weekend. My nostalgia recalls Airfix did an early RAF bombers kick around then? Stirling, Battle and Blenheim as I recall with Frog doing the Whitley. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the old girl.
  9. JohnT

    RIP. Meatloaf

    Oddly for some reason I was put off listening to his music by the famous album cover. Then one day I was made to listen to it through and I was ensnared. The combination of his voice and Jim Steinmans lyrics were and are sensational. I managed to see him in concert in Edinburgh and was enthralled by the performance. Sadly another great passed. I’m pretty sure though he won’t be finding himself a bat out of hell but up at the pearly gates instead Thanks for the music Meat
  10. My original post was of course made in jest and not to be taken seriously. The report on the accident will no doubt reveal all in due course. You can take the press reports with a shovel of salt. The good news was pilot safe and now airframe recovered and presumably of some future use as well as removed from prying eyes
  11. And a national pride reason to get it right and make a stunner of a kit to put out on the hobby shop shelves. The Italian designers did make some nice looking designs
  12. possible future use as a ground instruction airframe? Right chaps. Lesson 1. Before flight remove all these red plastic things and tags
  13. Now that’s not a half bad idea there. It could have some interesting outcomes and be a huge bit of entertainment as well. Prizes for best and worst in show as it were
  14. Graham - you forget aftermarket to fix manufacturers errors in the list Duncan - all very true. HPH stuff for a start. Mind you as retirement beckons I look at the stash and think its at a size where I will never build them all and I wont have the build time left to me being SABLE so why not flog off 6-8 larger value kits and get a 1/32 Border Models Lanc after all? I think the problem is that as technology progresses what we see and therefor expect becomes more sophisticated and therefor more expensive. The "wonder" kit of today hugely surpasses the wonder kit we all gasped at of twenty years ago. And how many of us would convert an old 1/72 Airfix Defiant into a target tug version using a block of shaped balsa and dope and talc mix as filler? I tried that following Alan Halls article in Airfix magazine way back when. Didn't work but didn't stop me trying to make an F8 meteor from the Frog F3 (IIRC) using the same technique. Was I happy - yes. Would I be happy with that today - no way. cest la vie PS Dont worry Duncan. Your lusting secrets are safe from Mrs Duncan with us on here
  15. I too remember seeing the re-enactors at Warwick Castle. The chap on the horse as a knight jumped on and off doing forward rolls pointing out that they were mobile while in full armour. He also said that knights did not charge as seen in the Henry V movie. Rather they rode the horses towards the opposing mass at walking pace until quite close. Just distance left to get up the horse to full gallop. Also each horse was hard up against the flanks of its neighbour to it was one solid wall of charging horse meat coming at you. Finally a neat touch was that the guys on the reciving end of this did not get to see the knights faces. Their visors were kept open until the charge started when a quick nod on the head brought their visors all crashing closed in unison - just for effect on the opposing peasants. Same trip an archer down by the river shot his first arrow while moving on a turning movement and took out a water melon on a stick on the other side of the river. I say "took out" but rather it went straight through the water melon which exploded in small bits and the arrow then buried itself in the earth banking on the other side in a cloud of debris. I'd hate to see what it would have done to a human being at that range. I went away with a revised notion of the medieval warrior. Mind you even guys who trained day in and day out would have found 20 minutes on the battlefield exhausting. I've heard it said that medieval battles were usually not of long duration for that reason though some did go on all day.
  16. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-60019483 RIP Sir
  17. Very nice outcome there and great finish with that worn black lived in look Only one serious criticism that must be corrected in my view. Nothing to do with the model which is great but in your narrative of the build above you suggest the kit "captures the basically thuggish look of the Hurricane" very well. "Thuggish" ??? !!! Heresy I say !! Its like calling Audrey Hepburn a bit of a dog or Kirsten Scott Thomas a bit of rough. Recant now while you can and before @Troy Smith comes to set about you. Personally I always thought she had rather nice if comely lines. Either way the model looks fabulous
  18. I’m the same generation as Dave and I vividly recall a small calculation. My school in 1966 was at the east end of Princes Street, Edinburgh. Home was a mile and a half away and I was given 3d in old Pounds, Shillings and Pence each day for my bus fare home. I quickly learned that if I walked home instead I saved 1 shilling and three pence by Friday. The large Woolworths store in Princes Street retailed Airfix kits and a series 1 single engined fighter type or tank eg Panther cost 1 shilling and 1 pence increased around then by two pence The same bus fare today is £1-£6 and I suspect the child’s fare is the £1 Now looking on an inflation guide site a £1 in 1963 is the equivalent of just over £22 today. undoubtedly the hobby has become more expensive (that’s in relation to top end kits plus aftermarket etc.) and that is a concern for those on limited budgets.
  19. I had the original Airfix Zero and it was a light grey blue plastic and if I recall it had quite a smooth skin on the wings. Not lots of rivets possibly not Airfix but certainly a Zero. Revell or a Japanese company perhaps?
  20. Ah, an “I was never here” scenario. Sometimes I think there is a really good movie to be made about 1982
  21. Not sure if this has been seen before but the young orangutan reaction to a magic trick is priceless. https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=orangutan+watching+a+ball+disappear&client=safari&channel=iphone_bm&source=hp&ei=VV7gYZehA9mW8gKu-YKADw&oq=orangutan+watching+a+ball+disappear&gs_lcp=ChFtb2JpbGUtZ3dzLXdpei1ocBADMgUIIRCgAToOCAAQjwEQ6gIQjAMQ5QI6CAgAEIAEELEDOgsIABCABBCxAxCDAToFCAAQgAQ6DgguEIAEELEDEMcBENEDOgsILhCABBDHARCvAToOCC4QgAQQsQMQxwEQrwE6BQguEIAEOggILhCABBCxAzoOCC4QgAQQsQMQxwEQowI6DQguELEDELEDELEDEAo6CAgAELEDEIMBOgcIABCxAxAKOgoILhCxAxCDARAKOgQIABAKOgsILhCABBCxAxCDAToGCAAQFhAeOggIIRAWEB0QHjoHCCEQChCgAToECCEQFVC2DFik7AFg8fkBaANwAHgAgAH2AogB6CqSAQgxLjM3LjAuMZgBAKABAbABDw&sclient=mobile-gws-wiz-hp#fpstate=ive&vld=cid:bc85ec27,vid:rNWPqfCJDnc,st:0 To think they are endangered too
  22. Reading the above - and there are some fair points on both sides of the pricing debate - I’d like to mention something on costs inflation generally As some know I’ve just finished a house build that ran from about October last year. I was speaking with the main contractor who said we had been really lucky. To build the same house today identically right next door at same labour rates the increase in material costs would force a price increase on the materials side of 30-35%. It’s down to several factors, shipping costs from abroad being but one. It’s bound to impact the hobby in similar ways. In fact way back in the last century wasn’t there some crisis that hiked kit prices, especially Japanese ones now I think on it? I seem to recall much upset back then too
  23. Typical Airfix. Total lack of attention to the details. My instructions to them clearly said 1/48 Spitfire IX and 1/24 Buccaneers. They had one job, just one job. That’s very reasonable, sensible and well put Mike. Did @Julien write it for you
  24. Silly Question - where does the name Auster originate in relation to the Aircraft or Company? I always wondered. I gather its German for Oyster too
  25. you might find the photos on this site interesting - see Hornet pilots getting ready for a sortie at the aircraft. eg https://www.key.aero/article/de-havilland-100-hornets-malaya
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