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PhilB last won the day on January 21 2014

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  1. Yes, well done Maru. You aren't alone though as I'm sure there are quite a few on here who have taken the oath for The Queen whether that be in Police service or in the military on here. I'm sure we are all sad at this time and like you having met her on several occasions in MY service it makes it even more personal. I served in the Metropolitan Police for 30 years retiring as an Inspector (Lieutenant equivalent in the US) in 2007. A varied life which I fully enjoyed and having worked earlies, lates and nights for all but 2 of those years I took retirement pretty gladly. I don't seek plaudits or any form praise - I did "The Job" as I was expected to do and this is the first time I have ever mentioned my previous police service on here. Like most on here both ex-police and military we did what we did and move on. As has been said in these islands for a thousand years - "The Queen is dead, long live The King"
  2. Tanks ! Tanks a million! What is sad is hovering over the member's avatars who commented on that thread and seeing how many haven't logged in here in years. Also RIP to those no longer with us. We need to get the band back together...................................
  3. In a galaxy far, far away and many years ago I did this conversion using Avionix/Black box pit, Aires exhaust cans and a couple of bits from Wolfpack and others. https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/30336-f-14b-tomcat-vf-103-jolly-rogers/
  4. Nice one Angelo. I wrestled with this one once and I know what a challenge it can be. I had the Flightpath set but it was still a real test of my patience. I know your pain ! Great result.
  5. Unless you order them in Brit or Aussie spec......... One of the best things to come out of Flat Rock, Michigan.
  6. Apparently this is the "showbird" for displays this year. The Italian Air Force have also revealed a new scheme for the "Tigermeet" this year. Very nice. https://www.blogbeforeflight.net/2021/04/italian-air-force-unveils-cool-typhoon.html
  7. I built the elderly Tamiya when it was the only game in town before the Trumpeter version appeared. Sure, there were some raised panel lines on the rear deck but some sandpaper and a re-scribe soon fixed that. AM cockpit and some Aires burner cans as I was doing a "B". No am intakes unlike the Trumpeter but a bit of card and filler had smooth intakes. A good guide is on the Narita Family website: http://www.naritafamily.com/howto/F14D/photo_thumb.htm It is what it is and yes it needs some modelling skills rather than expected perfection OOB. Mine: https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/30336-f-14b-tomcat-vf-103-jolly-rogers/
  8. Apparently yesterday was the centenary of the founding of the RAAF. HM the Queen performed her first public engagement in several months at the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9424795/Queen-94-got-second-Covid-jab-facing-public-without-mask.html Best wishes to all our Aussie Air Force friends!
  9. If any of you have the film "Spitfire" on DVD then Mary Ellis and Joy Lofthouse feature. Mary at 101 was reunited with a Mk VIII that she delivered during the war and which she had signed at the time. It still bears her signature to this day. All now sadly gone but their service should never be forgotten. Couple of vids of them enjoying taking the controls of a Spitfire again before they passed away. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvrlTzeFRKs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwU1HRylERU
  10. Not many products can actually add a phrase to the English language (over here anyway) as Marmite "you love it or hate it" has been used about people. As in "She's a bit Marmite" you lover her or hate her. What it has also done is produce some really funny ads in the UK along the "love it or hate it" idea. Just a couple:
  11. This is veering to the political which isn't really a surprise given the nature of the thread. I'm retired and have been bringing up a daughter on my own for the last 12 years (widowed) and she has just turned 16. I sit at the table on my lappy and she sits opposite me on hers "at school". They are doing full lessons online which is good. I was thinking back to the first "lockdown" in March last year and how different this current one is. With the vaccines rolling out cases are plunging fast although deaths are taking longer to reduce. In the first one "outside" was like a ghost town. A lot more cars on the roads with this one as people are taking advantage to do essential shopping which is allowed. People don't seem so "scared" as there is light at the end of the tunnel. My concern is that we should try and get back to normal when it happens. Not this "new" normal as that's a con. Back like we used to be. I don't think I'm unique in that I sometimes go on You tube to listen to favourite songs and end up spending a long time "remembering" others that appear as suggestions. I was going through ELO tracks the other day and found one which really took me aback. It seemed so strange to see what was going on in the vid. Not something I personally want to do but I hope we can get back to times when we can do this if we wish to and just be with people again.
  12. Most have already been mentioned but an additional vote for "Fury". One that I'd forgotten about but popped up on TV here yesterday was "The Train" made in 1964 with Burt Lancaster. Seen it before but I really enjoyed it again.
  13. I must admit to have become pretty hooked on Greg and Premier1 Driver. https://www.youtube.com/user/gregmink Fascinating to see what goes on upfront and also escape the weather over here and fly around the Us and elsewhere with him. Great at explaining things to non-pilots too.
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