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About MadNurseGaz

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    Primarily fighter aircraft of WW2 and the Cold War

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  1. MadNurseGaz

    Typhoon Tragedy?

    Is it possible that the aircraft's throttle has just been opened and torque reaction has rocked the 'plane on its undercarriage?
  2. According to W. Green in Warplanes of the Third Reich the 109 development for Spain was the 109J, to be licence-built by Hispano, but with DB605s supplied by Daimler-Benz. But DB605s were not forthcoming from Germany, who couldn't meet their own needs, never mind supply Spain! 25 partly-completed airframes were supplied to Spain without engines. Hispano converted one to use a H-S89-12Z engine in a lash-up mounting, which flew in March 1945. The remaining 24 were completed during 1947-49, but were never operational. These were the Ha1109-J1L. In May 1951 a developed version, the Ha1112-K1L, flew with a H-S 17-12Z engine in a proper installation, with gun and rocket armament. 65 of these were built, gaining the nickname Tripala (three-blader) due to it's 3-bladed d-H Hydromatic propellor. 1954 saw the purchase by Spain of Rolls-Royce Merlin 500-45 engines and Rotol propellors, from UK government surplus stocks, which allowed the development of the definitive Ha1112-M1L, armed with Hispano 20mm cannon, and rocket packs. 172 were built, these were the Buchons, and the last of them endured in Spanish service until December 1965.
  3. Thanks, O Great & Glorious Leader, I will do so . . .
  4. That would be der Grashuepfer or die Heuschrecke. I can't find these for sale anywhere. My Google-Fu is letting me down. Anyone any clue?
  5. My first single was in 1959 (I was 5!) It was Whaddaya Wannna Make Those Eyes at Me For? by Emile Ford & the Checkmates. I don't remember my first album, but the first albums I remember owning were The Beatles' White album and the Motown Chartbusters Volume 3 compilationwhich I still believeto be the best introduction to Motown's music ever . . . My little sister (9 years younger) swears I kickstarted her musical education by buying her James Taylor's Sweet Baby James, but I have no recollection of such an event, and it seems far too generous an act for big brother Me to have carried out. I do remember introducing her to the music of The Eagles . . .
  6. Attila the Hun! Yes really! I'm a Scot, of a clan founded just after the Norman conquest of England by a Hungarian sea captain who rescued Harold Godwinson's children (Edgar the Atheling and Princess Margare from the Normans, and conveyed them to safety with the King of Scots, Malcolm III. Malcolm married Margaret, and Magnus, the Hungarian sea captain, was granted lands near Crieff in Perthshire, where he settled, married a local woman and founded the clan that became known as Drummond. Magnus is known to have been a grandson of King Arpad II of Hungary. Arpad's pedigree could be traced back to Attila the hun, so he is an ancestor of the Drummond clan! Which explains a lot about my sons . . .
  7. The real question here is whether anyone would be able to call you out for the wrong Watts Airscrew in 1/72 if you didn't tell them! Just say it's "from the spares box"! Of course, you've already given it away, and now every Britmodeller and his dog will call you out on it . . .
  8. Thank you all. I know from seeing the experience of others, how supportive this fine forum can be. We have a funeral to attend next Tuesday, which should help with some closure, and then maybe we can begin to pick up the threads of everyday life again. I'll be back to building when the mojo returns . . .
  9. Ladies and gentlemen, It is with deepest regret that I must withdraw from this GB with immediate effect. My stepdaughter has passed away after a short illness. Her death was expected, but has occurred far sooner than anyone foresaw. I'm currently on compassionate leave from work, as I've been unable to concentrate on the job. I can't get focussed enough to work on models either. The Shack is partly painted, and will remain as it is for the foreseeable future. It will get finished (I hope), just not now. I leave you with a picture of the model as it stands now.
  10. White Spirit is the name used in Great Britain for Mineral Spirits. It's sold as a brush cleaner and paint thinner (for oil-based enamels).
  11. After a long and varied career-pump attendant, fish delivery driver(!), trainee computer programmer, Coal mining management trainee, coal miner, motorbike salesman, electrical appliance salesman, coal miner (again), Registered Nurse, Care assistant,- I now work nights as a warehouse operative in a distribution centre supplying clothing, sportswear, footwear, and sports goods to a chain of stores that now has branches worldwide. It's 4 nights on/4 nights off, so I get a long "weekend" every break- that's the best thing about the job! The years spent working in mining and Nursing have taken their toll, leaving me with arthritic knees and hips, and chronic sacro-iliitis, which shows up as low back pain. I have 18 months to go till retirement, so I'm cruising to July 2020, at which point Mrs. Gaz and I will hitch up our trailer tent and take off into Southern Europe for extended periods. Dream job? Working in a secondhand bookshop, especially one dealing in transport and aviation books . . .
  12. Thanks for the comments, guys! @Ray: Since finding that the movable parts are actually more like removable parts (flaps keep falling off!) I am fastening them in place "fixed" when they are repaired. @Pat: Nope, no SAAF decals in this release (I was disappointed, I'd have built that one!). Just 2 RAF choices; XF730, 'B' of 120 Sqn at Kinloss, 1965 or XF704, 'F' of 201 Sqn, same location and year. Sorry to hear about your FROG Shack, we've all done it at one time or another, but it's still a haemorrhoid. Progress has again occurred, after much fettling of slots, tabs and wing spar the wings are on! As can be seen in the pix, work is ongoing building up the engine nacelles, tip tanks, etc as sub-assemblies before attaching them. Soon be ready for paint!
  13. Gosh, I'd best get on with this, people are showing finished models and I haven't reported any progress at all! I have actually made progress on this, and here it is! As is usual for me, a start was made by way of some pre-assembly painting: I don't know if those colours are right, They are my interpretation of what I've seen in Shackleton walkarounds. Aaand, the fuselage is closed up! I've not added any of the fuselage windows, I intend to use KrystalKlear after painting . . . This is an interesting kit. Movable control surfaces abound, including flaps, and while no attempt has been made to preserve the feature, all that are installed so far work fine!
  14. OOps, no that isn't quite all for this year! How I forgot to include this I don't know- only just completed, a vintage FROG kit, their 1/72 Fairey Barracuda And since my desk is now clear, I'm about to start a Revell (FROG) Shackleton for the Maritime GB, a Mistercraft Aichi "Val", and a HobbyBoss Dewoitine D.520, all in 1/72, but I don't believe any will be finished by Hogmanay.
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