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About Astro32

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  • Birthday 05/10/1965

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    Southern Weyr, Pern
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    Gardening, high-end audio, 1/32 scale aircraft kits

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  1. Last I heard they were going to make one flight and save it for posterity afterwards. The engines have been rebuilt and have been run on a test stand. I believe many issues with the originals' durability problems have been resolved. And to clarify about the replica 262s with modern engines: the dummy engines WERE intended to look like the original 004s, at least from the forward access panels when removed. Tischler's team replicated the outside of the main turbine casing of the 004, but smooth on the inside of course. That huge aluminum casting formed the counterweight needed to keep the aircraft balanced properly. The modern engines sit quite far back in the cowling.
  2. Even though it's a hairdryer with wobbly exhausts I'd love to see an F-22 in 32nd scale, simply for the fact that I've seen the Raptor in flight and it's something I'll never forget. Too bad the demand isn't there. Maybe that'll change some day.
  3. So sorry you had that experience, Jennings. Could be worse though. I had the misfortune of flying Laker Airways many years ago.....
  4. I pointed that out to those who needed to know and got laughed at. One of the responses was "the aircraft will never fly in turbulent conditions" when I expressed concern about torque on the main spar/box section when the fuselages would start moving independently in such conditions. I'm sure they can predict the weather and clear-air turbulence with 100% accuracy. Sarcasm aside, I'm sure they ran the numbers for the stress loading on the wing. However I've heard that sort of arrogance in reply before and witnessed tragedies as a consequence. I hope it'll never be an issue. Maybe they don't know what an HE-111Z was or why their engineers had to connect the rear fuselages together. They lost a couple of aircraft before they figured it out as I recall. But the Stratolaunch is a composite structure and can probably handle it no problem.
  5. Came in awfully hot. And did some of the engines keep running afterwards? Sad about the crew needless to say.
  6. You're correct. You'll need to shorten and modify the new kit's wing root fairing to match the -B wing.
  7. Graft the upper fuselage of the -B to Revell's new -D along with the -B's wings, canopy, and vertical fin. I've got both kits and that's how I'll do it. Best solution IMO for a -B if you don't want to wait for the ZM release. And a nice challenge.
  8. Same here. I could probably wing it with basic dimensions and clear photos, but I'm hoping somebody somewhere has a good set of drawings.
  9. Greetings all! Been really busy with a lot of stuff in my life so I haven't been around here too much lately. With the HK Lanc finally out, I had a good look at one in my LHS and I'm impressed! But it figures it's finally out when things slow way down in my business, but that's life. Many of you may already know that I plan to convert one into a Lancastrian, Aries specifically. My father and his maintenance crew serviced her during the Karachi layover on the famous proving flight she made in 1946. I have a few photos Dad took of her at that time. When the time comes that I have one in my grubby paws, I'm debating whether to wait for a conversion kit & markings, or to get out the carving tools and make the nose & tail cones, and other specific bits, myself. With the latter in mind, are there any good accurate plans for the Lancastrian out there? With the former, I'm wondering if I should wait. Given the very little spare time I have nowadays, it's obvious a conversion kit would be the way to go. Then I'll have to figure out how & where to display it! Advice and commiseration would be greatly appreciated.
  10. Actually, plastics of many types did exist back then, and the photos that have been shared here bear that out. Various types of vinyls existed as did polystyrenes, cellophane, Lucite, Plexiglass, etc., as did silicone rubber. As an example I'm restoring a Motor-Dictograph one-way intercom from 1926 that's got all sorts of plastic in it; the microphone switch for example is made with a plastic very similar to polystyrene for the body of it. It reacts to solvent in exactly the same manner. The internal wiring has vinyl & cloth insulation too. Back on topic: many of the instruments didn't have any electrical wiring at the back of them at all; many instruments were pneumatic, or needed an outside atmosphere reference for airspeed; the photo Ringelheim shared shows this, specifically the reddish-colored lines are air lines in all probability, or they could be for oil pressure gauges. Some had Bowden cables going to them, which is what we know commonly as a speedometer cable. Basically a spiral-wound cable inside a housing. These could be for radio or intercom controls, angle or frequency indicators, etc.
  11. Stunning Iain! I could see Trumpy's 24th Spit on floats done up as a 2-seater. A neat what-if idea!
  12. I went to high school with Dan. A great thinker.
  13. The issue I had came with smoke tinted canopy & windscreen, but as I recall, not all the issues of this kit came that way. And good luck with it! Both versions of the -15 from Revell are pretty good; they just need refining in the usual areas.
  14. Actually it's oxygen that is the outgas. Plants take in C02. Anyway, I'm really curious about C02 for airbrushing. Might have to try it some time.
  15. Greetings all! Insanely busy starting a new business, but of course, along the way an opportunity arises that I can't ignore; a job offer in northern Idaho. So after chatting with them on the phone they asked me to email them my resume. So I went to my saved files and it wasn't there, and neither was the template I used to create it, and I can't remember where I got it from! Does anyone have any recommendations for a Linux compatible template? I see a million advertised online and I don't know where to start. Thanks very much in advance for any suggestions or advice. I'd really appreciate it!
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