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PhilB last won the day on January 21 2014

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  1. Around 20 options from Kits-World with a couple more in the pipeline. Cheap too at around £10 a sheet. https://www.hannants.co.uk/search/index.php?product_category_id=&product_division_id=&manufacturer_id=339360&code=&product_type_id=all_decals&scale_id=953&keyword_search=Lancaster&setPerPage=25&currency_id=
  2. The overall white is pretty much going back to the old RAF Transport Command scheme so no real surprises. The tail is very similar to the British Airways Chatham Historic Dockyard livery with the Union Flag. Having personally seen the aircraft that various heads of state turn up with on official visits then I think it was perhaps time we were better than "grey". Don't forget though that it's still an RAF aircraft so when not being used for visits it will still be doing it's "Day" job. It also seems the "Twitterati" who were screaming (as they always do) about it being red all over were wrong.
  3. Well, when the chips are down you might have to make do with a bit of a mash up.
  4. Could see where this one was going very early on. So apparently three factories were doing the manufacture for WNW in China? Ok, so then Meng will release further ex-WNW stuff as they have some of the molds......? Then the "other" factory will release the rest of the WW1 WNW stuff under the name "Mong" models. Then finally another factory will release the Lancaster under the name "Ming" models. Meng, Ming, Mong. There - fixed it for you. Just off to open a new box of straws and do a bit of "clutchin'" .................
  5. The pics are there now and it's a stunner. Lovely build!
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    Mainly from those being hit and the Airline Ops managers who had to explain aircraft being taken out of service!
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    I'd say someone was working on the FlyBe prop and took off the parking brake and it wasn't chocked. Roll roll roll and a gentle but expensive jacking job on the Embraer. Of course it will probably be claimed as a sudden and unexpected brake failure................... During my time at Heathrow there were a few coming togethers, normally wing tip to wing tip when taxying. It's all Very expensive though.
  8. Reminds me of the situation on Malta where there was a very virulent strain of dysentery known as "Malta Dog". Co of squadron visits one of his pilots in hospital with the "Dog". "How are you feeling?" "I'm ok I can last about 40 minutes before I need to go so could still fly" "Can you fart with confidence"? "Er, no Sir" "Best you stay there then"
  9. Nice. Perhaps you should read the info from your own director of Public health about this as they complied with all restrictions your govt put on them. Oh they also travelled via Doha and Brisbane where they could have picked it up but don't let that get in the way of your insightful comments. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-53059633
  10. There was an interesting article I read a while back by a guy who is a recently retired Professor of Pathology and is currently a Consultant Professor of Pathology to the NHS. The base line is that masks do work to some extent depending on the type but mainly in reducing water droplets from breath or sneezing which can contain the virus. To give an idea of the size of the little booger we are dealing with, a human hair has a diameter of around one tenth of a millimetre. A bacteria such as E-Coli is about one thousandth of a millimetre across meaning you could fit one hundred across the width of a hair. A virus such as COVID, is 10 times smaller still meaning you could fit a thousand across the width of a hair. Plenty of testing going on and fabric home made coverings were found to have pore sizes between one to 5 times the width of a human hair. Paper surgical type masks had pores only 3 times larger than the virus itself - so far better. You then have to allow for poorly fitted masks that will allow the virus to enter around the sides or into the eyes which aren't covered at all. It can be an argument that masks give some people a feeling of safety who then ignore social distancing measures. As modellers, quite a few of us use masks for paint spraying to reduce or eliminate fumes. The next step up from a paper surgical mask is a P3 type which I use when spraying and this gives far more protection provided it is fitted properly. However, the argument for or against comes down on the side of wearing them is better than not IF you are in confined spaces and cannot get yourself 2 metres away from other people or in an environment such as a bus or plane where you can't self-distance.
  11. News coming in of a crash off the East Coast of Yorkshire approx 74 miles out into the North Sea. F 15 from RAF Lakenheath. Pilot is missing and search is underway. Prayers and thoughts for the pilot. Live link:https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-suffolk-53051437
  12. Yep, quite right. Just checked my source again and the spit damaged by groundfire was later hit by another Israeli MK IX and the pilot bailed out. The RAF was between a rock and a hard place as they were supposed to be monitoring the conflict between Israel and Egypt and got caught in the middle. My source says that despite the losses, the RAF were forbidden to return fire on Israeli aircraft.
  13. Interesting times indeed. Screwball's aircraft, a Norseman blew up in Italy whilst being ferried. Foul play was suspected but never proved. The RAF still had aircraft in what was then known as "Palestine" authorised by the League of Nations for peackeeping purposes. They were actually attacked by Egyptian Spitfires at the RAF base at Ramat David probably mistaking them for Israelis. Two RAF spits destroyed on the ground and 8 damaged. They also shot down a landing RAF Dakota killing several of the crew. When they returned the next day they were engaged by RAF Spit FR18's and two Egyptian spits were shot down and a third destroyed by ground fire. The last ever spitfire combat was actually an RAF FR18 against an Israeli MkIX being flown by a Canadian called John McElroy. McElroy was an ace mainly from his time in Malta where he flew with Beurling. In January 1949, four RAF Spits were detailed to fly a recon over Sinai and were shot at by Israeli ground forces probably believing they were Egyptian. One pilot was forced to bail out. They were then engaged by a pair of Israeli Mk IX spits. McElroy shot both RAF aircraft down, killing one pilot and the other bailing out. It's ironic that the last ever spitfire air to air combat victories and losses were against other spitfires.
  14. Interesting that a lot of us may still have or had close relatives who were involved in WW2. It is interesting to get their take on their views on those that were enemies in conflict. My late father served in the RAF for 40 years starting as a "Boy Apprentice" and retiring as a Flight Lieutenant. He was an engineer. He was on Malta between 1941 and '43 during the blitz so in theory should have had plenty of hatred stored up . Considering some of the things he told me and his experiences, I wouldn't have held it against him at all. But he didn't, not at all. I asked him once what he thought of the Germans and presumably putting his engineers hat on he said "superb engineers". He was very impressed with german aircraft that he had had a look over after they crash landed. He also said a lot of the pilots were "just kids" who were as frightened as our pilots. I suppose it's down to individuals as to how they view their experiences and any bearing that may have on their personal attitudes.
  15. I have heard pilots saying it handled like a fighter.
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