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PhilB last won the day on January 21 2014

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  1. Me too. Particularly interesting as the GT40's were designed and built just down the road from me.
  2. I think the title is a little over the top. It didn't "take down" the aircraft - it landed normally. After checking and doing a full power run up it was found to be undamaged and fit for service. This was a good series and I particularly liked how they trialled the rolling landing at around 40 knots to enable the aircraft to land with ordnance and higher fuel still on board.
  3. Just seen this and I'm hoping this might help Paul and other victims out somewhat. It specifically mentions the 2018 fire in Paradise which I believe was the one that destroyed Paul's house. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-50697816
  4. Yep, quite right too ! Your Achilles heel was letting slip you think the Javelin is good looking................................... People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones...................apparently.
  5. Following on, I've always liked this documentary "Spitfire 944".
  6. Looking at my refs, there seems to be quite a difference in schemes depending on it's role. DSG upper over sky for a 235 Sdn aircraft operating over the Bay of Biscay in 1944. MSG and dark green uppers over black underneath for a 23 Sqn aircraft pressed into NF role on Malta 1943. Even a speed silver job operating in Java in November 1945. So there are variations about - best to just pick a scheme and go for it.
  7. I think you will find that's called humour/sarcasm Jennings.
  8. I know some aren't that keen but it's supposedly one of the best low-level strike aircraft ever made. I love the "gear up" on the runway on this.
  9. Is my mind playing tricks or were there pictures of the parts layout on here yesterday? Or was it another thread?
  10. I'm currently reading one of the aircraft of the aces series - Royal Navy aces of WW2 and it was definitely a case of poor/obsolete equipment at the start. But a Skua scored the first British aerial victory in WW2 when it forced down a Dornier 18 in September 1939. The Fulmar was a stop-gap aircraft as it was designed pre-war as a long range reconnaissance aircraft rather than a full-on fighter. Despite that it was pretty successful in the Mediterranean against the Italian airforce and then the Luftwaffe (slightly less-so) with pilots achieving ace with it including one who shot down 2 JU 88's in one sortie. The Barracuda was more function rather than form. In March 1944 the Tirpitz raids were particularly successful when the Barracudas scored 15 direct hits on the ship damaging it so badly it was effectively out of the war. Of course the later Lancaster raids are more famous but the Barracudas did the damage which sealed it's fate. Ugly aircraft but a good one.
  11. I think it's this one: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spitfire-Blu-ray/dp/B07DFRKHTP/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=spitfire&qid=1573476552&s=dvd&sr=1-2 I have the Blueray disc. Crank up the surround sound and it's brilliant.
  12. I can empathise with the disappointment amongst some but this is just a reality check. I remember the posts when the Lancaster was first announced and how it quickly went off into excitement about other WW2 subjects without any form of concrete evidence to back that up. It's a natural thing to do and when things like this topic come to light some might even feel betrayed in some way. It's all of our own making and perhaps things went too far with the dreams of other WW2 subjects. What quickly develops into a "me want" thread can be a big let down if it comes to nothing. Feet on the ground and deal with it I think is the best policy. But it's not wrong to think about what might have been.
  13. I don't have the reference to hand at the moment but I read that it was to do with the bolts and nut types/sizes. US/Whitworth/Imperial etc. I recall the US built engines used a different type so had to have different tools from the British built version. EDIT: Just found the reference as regards the Merlin 266 manufactured in the US and fitted in the MkXVI "The Packard engine was manufactured to American measurements which made it different enough from it's Rolls-Royce counterpart to require separate servicing tools and spare parts". A bit like US -v-Imperial gallons etc.
  14. Yep, oldest resurrected thread of the week award for this one. Plus, I seem to recall a big scrap about 1/35 in amore recent thread on here a week or two ago? People should think about the environment a bit more and not bring back duplicate topics. Think about the amount of paper you are all wasting.
  15. Good! You might finally get to use all those pics I took at Duxford for you........................................... https://www.largescaleplanes.com/walkaround/wk.php?wid=38
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