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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. That's stunning! Beautiful work. I have season 1 on Blu-Ray and I hope to get more. I like the series overall, but for me the cheesy bad acting is part of the appeal, although some of the episodes make me wince in pain.
  2. They should do a combi kit of the more famous DR-1s and call it Meet The Fockers. Imagine the legal trouble they'd land themselves in.
  3. I might go for the Spud XIII. 24th I believe is the perfect scale for WWI subjects. Just call me Tater Salad.
  4. Today I was tasked with finishing a prototype power supply that also got pipped for sale to a client. My only involvement in it last year was designing the power cable routing. There have been 24 revisions in the design since then, and I've never built one from the ground up, never mind a hacked & whacked prototype they suddenly sold to a client, AND is to be the Golden Sample for production of further units, and it was to be finished today. Four more revisions came down the pipeline today. It didn't happen. While on lockdown my equipment, tools, supplies, etc had disappeared from my bench
  5. This time it's for real! We're restarting tomorrow! Of course I'll have a lot less time for building, but the saving grace for my sanity is that I've done more building in the last three months than I have in the last decade. Soon I'll be back to 12 - 16 hour days but I'm going to try harder to make the time to keep my projects going. Both my Komet and my '104 are close to finishing and I don't want to stop.
  6. The Komet had an even more curved windscreen than the Uhu, yet it had a very thick armored glass panel behind it. I suspect that, given the aircraft's role as a nightfighter, it was as much for protecting the pilot's eyes from flash if the target exploded. As fitted that panel doesn't look very thick at all from the photos I've seen.
  7. The above two videos are a treasure trove of details for the Wildcat.
  8. Are there any known wartime photos of Komet W. Nr. 191659, the one that was captured by the British and flown by Captain Eric Brown before being shipped to the UK? I'm not sure if it's been repainted in it's wartime configuration, as it's displayed today. Thanks!
  9. Today while working on my Komet, I remembered having a roll of copper snail barrier tape, so I tried it instead of my usual aluminum duct tape. I found that the copper is a little more forgiving, almost like lead foil. I recommend it for just about any area aluminum duct tape would be used. And it has a very good quality adhesive. Most nurseries or garden centers will have it. But these days it's a bit expensive since copper is in so much demand. And I'll sleep better knowing maruading snails won't attack my Komet.
  10. The double-breasted Bearcat. A favorite of mine.
  11. "I'm paying the rent. Now feed me, human." - Cat. Slight aside, but mice are involved: The best mouser I ever knew was my pet rat I named Ben, because he looked like the rat in the movie Willard which was a bit of a cult movie; wild rat colors but with white socks and belly fur. He was so determined, and smart, that he learned how to pick a miniature suitcase padlock I had on his cage door, in a futile effort to keep him in his cage at night. Somehow mice were getting into the house for whatever reason mice do that, and he knew......... he'd track that mouse effortlessly and dispatch it a
  12. My own love of aircraft of WWII is purely technical. Yes for me there's a bias, slightly, towards German technology, but it's certainly not ideological. My own mother, for example, from her family's flat in Glasgow, near the Clyde, watched an FW-190 make a bombing run on RN warships. The bomb it "pickled" went down the gangway of an RN cruiser but didn't go off. My grandfather mentioned later that if that bomb did what it was supposed to do, nobody would've survived in her neighborhood. But she described the Bf-110 as the most beautiful WWII plane she'd ever seen. Probably from other raids or
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