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  1. Pictures taken with orthochromatic film could darken the yellow to the point that it was indistinguishable from the black of the blades. Lovely models. John.
  2. Good, glad this one is getting done. I built one of these in a holiday camp on the Isle of Man in the late 1960s, great fun though I remember the silver bleeding through my nice green blotches and annoying me. John.
  3. Oh good, glad this one's back and running. Looking forward to seeing the Kate built. John.
  4. I must admit to being inspired by a mix of laziness and a desire to avoid messing up the fix so I haven't checked out the location of spars or internal wing tanks. Whether the fully laden with fuel claim is correct or not though, it does appear that the dihedral is greater when the aircraft is in flight. John.
  5. Regarding the wing dihedral, I recall that in the debate that followed the kit's release, it was claimed that the dihedral as supplied was correct for an aircraft that was on the ground and fully fuelled. It wasn't disproved as far as I remember so that's my plan if I ever get round to building it. John.
  6. That's my experience too and is why I've only built one of the four I've bought John.
  7. I'm sure there'll be a late surge of joy. Hang on in there. John.
  8. There are some building hints here that may be of use. John.
  9. Exellent, as ever. Like others, I'm reviewing my decision not to buy Arma's IIc because of the number of others I have waiting. It also hadn't occurred to me that I could do a IIc outside of the Far East in Dark Earth/Dark Green as by 1942/3 I'd assumed they'd be in Mid Stone and Dark Earth. John.
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    Lock Down.

    The suggestion that we should just crack on, take the hit and lose a few from our population to preserve the economy and way of life, overlooks those people who don't actually make a full recovery. The stats I read suggested that the death rate is 3-4% and 80% make a full recovery, leaving 16-17% with long-term damage. Bearing in mind that, extrapolating from the current death figures and assuming that "the curve" is symmetrical, adds up to about 150,000 people with a lasting problem and that there are still about 64 million who haven't had it yet, it seems a little rash. Not much good for the economy if growing numbers of formerly healthy workers are now walking wounded in need of health care and of limited productivity. John.
  11. johnd

    Lock Down.

    The problem with 'herd immunity' appears to be that in the case of this virus there is no evidence that once you've had it you're immune. John.
  12. johnd

    Lock Down.

    I just felt it was unfair to single out footballers when, as Bullbasket clarified, the same criticism applied to big business and other areas of life. I'm aware that some football clubs and players are not beyond reproach. John.
  13. johnd

    Lock Down.

    Fair enough. I agree with your summary of the modern game at its higher level, it's why I have nothing to do with it and watch non-league instead where the players have their feet on the ground. Hopefully it'll still be there when the lockdown ends. John.
  14. johnd

    Lock Down.

    Why pick on footballers? I don't see many rich people dipping in to their fortunes to help. There seems to be an agenda to pick on them, maybe because most of them are of working class origin and have actually got their wealth through having an in-demand skill rather than through privilege. Also, not all pofessional footballers earn tens of thousands a week, only those at the very top. John.
  15. johnd

    Lock Down.

    A virus is detected by the body's immune sytem through its spikes, the ones it uses to gain entrance to a cell. I read last year of one which could hide by turning itself inside out, i.e. moving the spikes to the inside. Tricky little buggers. Also, most of us catch a coronavirus every year in the form of the common cold. We're not immune to that and nor is there a vaccine because it mutates so much. John.
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