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  1. I was in the process of booking a trip to Krakow to visit this museum the day Lockdown was called last year. I can't wait for normality to return. Its nice to see the museum hasn't wasted the Lockdown. Having been involved with a revamp of an aviation museum here in the UK I know what a closure to the public can mean for a museum's finances.
  2. My avatar is an egg plane Slingsby Venture T Mk 2 drawn by me shortly after the first egg plane kits appeared in the 1980's I was an instructor on Ventures and one nickname for them was 'the clockwork mouse' which is why it has eyes, ears and teeth exhaust pipes. Its the most artistic thing I've ever done before or since.
  3. General Aircraft Ltd were designing a glider to replace the Horsa when the project was stopped in 1950, it could best be described as a two thirds scale enginless Beverley.
  4. The 'Gifting' date was put back to 2023.
  5. The museum was going to get an Apache (Wattisham's hangar queen) as the centrepiece of the Attack helicopters display until just before Christmas when the MOD announced they were keeping it to turn into a AH Mk 2 ground trainer.
  6. A similar state of affairs occurs at the Army Flying Museum where there is a Huey Cobra on display. Despite photos of a prototype being evaluated by the AAC at Wallop in the 60's and again in the 90's the museum still gets complaints about its relevance. As far as the museum is concerned it fits the story of the Attack helicopter, it bookends the (ex Argentinian) Huey at the other end of the display and above all, where else in the UK are you going to see one.
  7. These aircraft must have been difficult to keep clean. Not only would the engine throw oil everywhere but according to the C30 Owners manual I have in my collection, there were numerous grease points that had to be greased every flying day.
  8. That was a technique used at 613 VGS RAF Halton. We instructors developed a number of such phycological tricks; OK most were downright lies, but if they worked......
  9. Sorry for the delay in replying. When this Covid nuisance is over you could visit the Army Flying Museum at Middle Wallop. They have in their archive a collection of photos from the Joint Helicopter Unit that flew the Sycamores and Whirlwinds. The museum's Sycamore (XG502) is a Musketeer veteran (although its paint scheme isn't original) and there are a number of Muskateer photos on display. You could contact the Archivist (Archivist@flying-museum.org) but don't expect an instant reply (possibly slower than mine) as she is on reduced hours due to Covid.
  10. I've just been watching the film 'The Great Waldo Pepper' on the gogglebox and this kit would be a simple modification for the Chippie used in the film (wire wheels and leave the canopy off). Converting Airfix's Tiger Moth into the two Curtiss Jenny replicas used for the film's crashes would be harder but not impossible
  11. The beauty of the side by side arrangement of the Venture, Vigilant and Tutor is that the instructor could recognise the signs of an 'unwell' cadet BEFORE the cadet realised it himself. So we would try and get them back on the ground before the bag was used, Because believe me its not easy/pleasant flying an aircraft wreaking of vomit. We were not always successful and any gathering of ex instructors in the bar will always have a conversation along the lines of "remember when that cadet threw up over the Adj".
  12. I hope they have correctly captured the spelling mistake on the canopy. The transfer (yes its official parts description is 'Transfer') used reads "EMERGENCEY RESCUE OTHER SIDE"
  13. Having watched the You Tube announcement and their obvious delight about the silhouette stands for the starter kits, I just hope, as a fan of Dr Strangelove, that if Airfix ever did a B-52 the stand would a silhouette of a B-17. As for the new kits like others the Chippie is the one for me as I have easy access to both WD 325 and WG432 , so that's two kits I'll need for a start.
  14. The Bronco Horsa Mk I is far from perfect with inaccurate canopy glazing, landing skid shock absorber, excessive fabric sag on the rudder and absolutely none on the wing, plus lots of other minor niggles. As for their Mk II apart from all the previously mentioned faults carried over from the Mk I the landing skid shock absorber is now completely wrong rather than just inaccurate, but the biggest error is the whole nose shape - you can't just put hinges on a Mk I Horsa nose and call it a Mk II they were totally different shapes. I look forward to ICM's Gotha its a glider I've studied less
  15. Having watched the drawn out waffle that was the Hornby new release video I wouldn't get to excited.
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