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  1. Hello, and welcome to LSP! Gentlemen, we have been infiltrated!! Just kidding, glad to have you join us here! Cheers Alan
  2. Wow, very nice work! I like the wheel well plumbing. Cheers Alan
  3. Ha! An old friend of mine who did my Night Rating back in the day flew the A-26 Retardant Tanker for Canadian operator AirSpray, in Red Deer Alberta. I remember when “Always” came out on VHS tape... my buddy told me he and his crew watched it in the tanker base in High Level, Alberta, Canada during a yellow alert and after the film was finished they re-named the film: “Never”... Cheers Alan
  4. Looks close enough for me - I’ll be doing a post war Canadian Retardant Bomber anyways!! Cheers Alan
  5. What an awesome video, loved to hear the sound of the engine growling away!! I do believe that this FW-190 A8 is a FlugWerk reproduction that uses the Russian radial engine AsH 82T. Correct me if I’m wrong! Cheers Alan Post script: this is the rebuilt FlugWerk Fw-190 that was bellied landed on a beach in France in 2010, after the engine quit and it sank as the tide came in. A german investor has paid for the restoration and it is now part of the Hangar 10 collection in Germany. Very nice to see her back flying!
  6. I’ll gladly add another face palm to Jennings comment above - one of my best friends just retired from the Snowbirds and we recently toured Moose Jaw, Sask. together and we had this very discussion... the CT-114 Tutor jet aircraft are relatively low hour airframes that are meticulously maintained with a huge spare inventory and finite amount of airframes - some of which are stored in Mountain View. The fleet has provided decades of initial pilot training and aerial displays and unfortunately one day the fleet will be retired. My buddy told me that the CT-114 is still being used because the aircraft design is uniquely Canadian. Replacing them with a foreign designed aircraft may be an option but the Dept. of National Defense (DND) will make that decision in the future. Cheers Alan
  7. Revisiting my photos today - can somebody please explain to me WTF Photobucket has done now?? Why are the images blury? Cheers Alan
  8. Me-262: The step at the rear of the leading edge slat seat is negligible in terms of aerodynamics - the speed regime where the slats are deployed due to gravity up to the point where aerodynamic forces cause the leading edge slats to retract is not negatively affected. It actually aides in re-energizing the boundary layer air flow in the low speed regime up to the point where the slats are fully retracted - at that point all parasitic drag such as landing gear, flaps and full scale control surface deflections (elevator etc). are no longer part of the aerodynamic equation as the aircraft is accelerating into the high speed regime. During deceleration for approach and landing, parasitic drag is introduced again into the equation when the landing gear and flaps etc. are selected down... and at a precalculated airspeed the aerodynamic forces allow the springs to deploy the slats. The major problem experienced during approach was when a slat failed to deploy due to a mechanical issue with the roller bearings. The pilot normally had to react quickly due to the imbalance of lift being generated by using aileron. The so called “step” in the seat of the slat on a 1/32 scale model is almost not noticeable - however due to the limitations of IM - it is slightly over exaggerated. Doesn’t bother me one bit... Happy modeling, Cheers Alan
  9. Amazing work so far - nice to see such a different subject!! Cheers Alan
  10. Really awesome work Iain!! Very beautiful build!! Cheers Alan
  11. On a slight tangent to what Radu mentioned above - please read Alexandr Solzhenitsyn - “The Gulag Archipelago” to gain a better understanding of what living life under Marxist rule was like during Soviet times... eye opening. And for those who do not know about this book - it is a publication that helped bring the Soviet Union to an end... When we spoke to our elders who fought the Russians and were later imprisoned by them and released - they were very clear about the intentions and the reasons the Wehrmacht was fighting in Russia. It is a very multifaceted point in history. The biggest open ended question was asking why the Western powers decided to support Stalin and everything he represented... my grandfather always told us about the hundreds of thousands of young Russians who when given the opportunity took up arms against Stalin - they are forgotten to the World forever - yet mentioned and honored by Solzhenitsyn. For a very clear first account of how history can be distorted and life under Marxist rule could be - read the above mentioned book. The Austrians on the other hand are very good at portraying themselves as victims and erasing any trace of that conflict - to the point that one is left wondering if it even really did happen... I recently spoke with a Japanese roommate I am temporarily living together with - she visited Hiroshima three times in her young life - when asked what it meant for her and what significance it holds in the Japanese collective mentality her answer left me wondering if they (the Japanese) have a clear understanding of World history of the 20th century... Cheers Alan
  12. Nice work so far mate! Cheers Alan
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