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  1. "accident with some alcohol"?? Internal or external?
  2. Springs wrote a book about marketing in the '30s which is hilarious. He was an amazing guy.
  3. Is this Elliot Springs of Springmaid Sheets Fame?
  4. In 1980, I was enroute from Chicago to International Falls in a C-210 when an equipment failure suggested a landing "real soon now. I put in at the airport near Grand Marais, Minnesota, 'cannot remember what it was called at the time. The part required would arrive the next day, so I was left with a lot of time, which I used to talk with the airport manager. He had flown the P-63 as a practice target near the end of the war. I can't remember everything he said about it other than it was very dangerous. They actually shot "frangible" bullets at the P-63s which caused lights on the plane to flash when hit. Wiki reports that these were used to train B-17 and B-29 gunners, but my memory was that he told me that he flew in Texas and Arizona and was "attacked" by guys in fighters. This plane would have been a great candidate for this Group Build, don't you think?
  5. In St Louis in 1971, I worked with a guy who had flown these during the war. Guys in the office were going through a spate of model building including a couple of airfix (IIRC) 1/72 H111s. A series of booklets was then available including one on the H111 which included a review by Eric Brown. I think his review alerted us to the sometimes open cockpit. We asked Ruprect abut this. I think he told us visibility from the cockpit on the ground wasn't great and driving into another aircraft was discouraged. I also think he told us that the perspex could be fogged up first thing in the morning, hence taking off with head through the roof. (I'm not entirely sure about this, it was a long time ago and I may have this confused with another source. Chrish, i have a question. If you wanted to set up the seat and controls for open air operations, did it look like this was possible with the AM kit you used?
  6. I'm not up to it, but if the base kit could be found in 1/32, a P-63 Flying Pinball Machine would be unique. PS: it looks as thought HpH made a resin kit of the P-63
  7. Max, I must say that your exquisite project has deeply impressed some of us here in the colonies with the qualities of this very impressive aircraft. Is one yet airworthy?
  8. Max,, Are you alive and well?? worried.
  9. Did you guys know that the cooling fan turned at a higher rate than the prop?
  10. There is always the possibility of the crack being the result of conflict and requiring a field repair. After all, if you are going to get a new canopy you have no reason not to experiment with what a shell or ack-ack fragment might have done to the one you have.Plexiglas (Lucite, Perspex?) repair on a big plane, assuming a repair did not challenge airworthiness would be to drill small hole at end of crack so it wouldn't get longer. We had a repair like this on one of the planes I flew 30 years ago. I can't remember which one or where the crack was, but inspector said it was ok until next annual inspection when we would have to replace that panel.
  11. I suppose this is a bit off topic, but it would be nice to see more pics of the paint booth, which looks quite clever. Not to mention your marvelous work on the 110.
  12. You seem pretty positive. How can you be so sure? This never seemed a problem to me, although I would concede that the things I flew didn't have panels quite as exposed as this one, but the 109s have similar exposure and no shields.
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