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Mr T

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  1. Thanks for the very informative post and pictures. I remember the first time I saw the F15, it was at RAF Binbrook at an airshow in 1978, I think it was a Bitburg based aircraft. Another bit of my aviation interest life has passed away. On a slightly different note it appears that the new F35A is out and about from Lakenheath as they have been seen over North Yorkshire, where the F15Es often play. Hopefully the E will be replaced by the EX at Lakenheath.
  2. It is a big beast, I built the Rareplanes 1/72nd kit in about 1984 and it drawfed all of my WWII single engined fighters including the Thunderbolt. I have the CMR resin kit that beckons. It has a one piece wing with undercarriage Bay detail as part of the casting. Might go on build list as I quite like the Firebrand and I used to live near the site of Blackburn's Leeds factory when I was a student nurse (now a Tesco and a Wickes)
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    The Jolly Giant, that's a name I have not heard in a long while. It was in a small retail park along with an MFI and a couple of other shops just off Wellington St. I am pretty sure it was open when I moved to Leeds in 1981. It closed around the turn of the century (I can remember going there when my children were very young) and the retail park stood empty for quite a while before it was redeveloped into offices or flats. For railway buffs it was on part of the site of the Wellington St Goods Yard and Parcel Depot. The Hasegawa F18 first appeared as the prototype in about 1980 and the moulds adapted to represent the production version, so is quite an old kit.
  4. Well worth a visit. Obviously not much to see on the ground, but is a nice walk if the weather is OK and you have a good view, especially to the South. It takes us about 20 mins from Rothwell. Up the M1 to J47 and then take the road that goes past Lotherton Hall. Sign boards are quite informative and apparently the landscape hasn't changed that much (eg no housing or diversion of watercourses). It can be muddy though.
  5. Yep, pretty sure that was one of them.
  6. I thought as much from my reading. The gravepits found at Towton seemed to belong to 'professional soldiers' as several showed signs of old, healed injuries.
  7. The other impression I get from reading about medieval battles as that they were very difficult to control when large numbers were involved. Also thinking about peasantry armed with billhooks, how common were they in reality? Most surviving financial accounts from across Europe tell of money being spent on mercenaries, for example, the French bought in a fair number of crossbowmen in battles against the English (and in at least one case rode them down when things were going badly). Having used a billhook for its intended purpose, it is quite a dangerous piece of kit and I can see why billhook shaped weapons found in museums were not to be trifles with.
  8. When my son was at Leicester Uni, we went to see him when they were moving Richard III's remains. They had a fair few re-enactors, including guys arming up, which as commented was a surprisingly quick process. They also explained a lot about late medieval warfare. I live not far from the site of Towton, reputedly the bloodiest battle in English History, and the explanation boards there give a lot of information about the weapons and wounds they inflicted, not nice. When I did archery, I pulled a long bow. I am not a strong chap and it was hard, although not as bad as I thought it might be, technique is important. It didn't half go through the target though. Sheffield made bodkins apparently had the best armour piercing qualities due to their shape and steel quality.
  9. Both the Spitfire and Hurricane were developed with full knowledge and support of the Air Ministry. Specifications were written around both types well before they flew and sizeable order for both types were placed as soon as a prototype was on the air. The orders for relative out of date types were to enable new squadrons to form and crews trained whilst production started on newer types There seems to be this myth that in the interwar period the Air Ministry did nothing to push forward advances in aviation technology. This view doesn't entirely explain why the Air Ministry bought foreign airframes to examine and learn from and several of the interwar specifications were an effort to encourage manufacturers to develop new airframes (eg F7/30, even if it failed to produce what was really wanted). The economic situation in the thirties was not good in most countries.
  10. I have a portion of a Billy cabinet I can use for display of about 6-8 models at a time. Thus new models go in there on completion and are then transferred to storage boxes. Still working on a better solution, but better than no display.
  11. Visiting Cookham with Mrs T and daughter and saw a Mk1 Standard Vanguard in a yellow-brown shade, drove past us and then saw it with the bonnet up in a garage with a 2CV for company. Also in the same village what looked like a Triumph Mayflower in black (like most of them seemed to have been).
  12. Just in case anyone thinks I have forgotten about this kit, I haven't. It is a bit slow at the moment as I have just finished a Bristol M1C and finishing off a Harrier. So far I have drilled a lot of the holes for rigging in the wings and tailplanes, that are not going to make a good photo and the next job that will be done soon is shortening the undercarriage leg to loaded from the static position as provided. Away for a long weekend to visit our daughter in Windsor. She lives not far from a pub called the 'Duke of York' which is currently boarded up. Must be some kind of metaphor.
  13. Are they producing a DH9 or 9A? Despite the designation, they are quite different. Different wings and a different engine and cowling. My guess is that they will do a 9A, given that the R1 is a copy of the DH9A.
  14. Some good choices there, although I reckon the O2 mould might not be in good condition. I built one from an early seventies moulding and it was a bit of trial. If I could add to your list, The Lynx brushes up well, although it needs production intakes. The SRN-1 hasn't had an outing since the seventies.
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    Lived in Yorkshire (Sheffield and Leeds) for fifty years this years and married to a North Yorkshire lass for 32 years and so no, not a real Tyke.
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    You are quite right, I have worked with loads of folk from Barnsley. As an accent/dialect it is quite individual, a bit different from Sheffield and West Yorkshire. It is interesting that you don't notice an accent when you grow with it. When I go back to Nottingham, I notice the accent much more.
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    In a similar vein, why do TV channels (Channel 4, I am looking at you) feel it necessary to subtitle local dialects? It seems to affect northern English accents most. I know the media exist in some sort of bubble bounded by the North and South Circular roads, but they are not that difficult to understand (OK Barnsley English can be a little more taxing). As a non northerner living in the midst Yorkshire folk, I have been OK.
  18. check Yes, it has the separate sprue. I have the overseas boxing and the contents are identical, just different decals and instructions. There were no warnings with the Leading Edge decals and do keeping fingers crossed and I will check on them. Thanks for the heads up.
  19. My entry for this GB is the rather nice looking Academy F18. I am using the F18A+ boxing that has all the bits for a CF1, and plan on using PE meant for the Hasegawa kit for the wing tip missile rails, as the model will be unarmed. It is going to be finished in a Leading Edge Decal sheet for the RCAF 75th Anniversary colour scheme, which was bought at a Duxford Airshow some years ago. Just finishing off an Airfix Harrier GR1 and so full steam head with this and a Siskin for the Matchbox GB nest week.
  20. Interesting, that after years of saying they are not going to scale down 1/48th kits, that is exactly what they do. Might lead the way to a decent Javelin.
  21. Out for a walk yesterday at RSPB Fairburn Ings, which is a few minutes drive away when a Jet Provost Mk5 flew over. Surprised to say the least.
  22. The one I built about four years ago had a similar problem with the fuselage insert. I built one years back when it first appeared and the fit was a bit naff even then. It gave me the impression of being a kit that was rushed into production before the bugs were ironed out. Having said that, it doesn't look bad once finished.
  23. Given the overall state of Hornby Hobbies finances, this seems like a fairly safe bet. I built the 1/24th Spitfire 1 in about 1972, even added some detail like boxing in the wheel wells and although a well detailed kit at the time, it is probably a bit past it. I am sure that there are lots of other nice aeroplanes around Airfix could have done, but they are there to make money and a Spitfire is going to be the easiest way of doing that in very difficult market conditions. I am unlikely to buy one, but best of luck to those that do.
  24. What Heather said is accurate. It was made up for an article written when said person was working for a newspaper. Given the uses of IPA in the electronics and medical industries, I cannot see a blanket ban. The articles' only reference to IPA comes in a quote and implies that the directive is in relation to substances used in tattooing. Not going to make any further comment as I would like to avoid the ire of the mods.
  25. Having got the Blackbird Models conversion, I shall watch this with interest.
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