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About CharmyDown

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  • Birthday 02/11/1959

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    Bath, Somerset, Blighty

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  1. I've just completed my Eurofighter Typhoon using their nose gear. Excellent stuff.
  2. Good grief! I've been wondering how to do these, I have an Avenger I intend to do as an FAA machine that's crying out for them, and the B-24D when it's out. I'm definitely interested.
  3. An instrument of evil this was not. So wrong on so many levels.
  4. Yes, only works in the dark though.
  5. Mate, it's a 1:32 Liberator; a canvas to do with what ever grabs yer fancy, and at £135 quid here in the UK it's an absolute bargain. I would never have considered this subject matter before in 1:32, but at this price point I'm in. I'm sure it will look quite impressive in its raw state, even more so with a bit of am stuff. I'll hang on for the D version and most likely do a Coastal Command type - after the Whirlwinds and Lancaster etc., assuming I live long enough!
  6. I specifically wanted to do a later Lanc with H2s, paddle blade props and whatnot, I've already done two of the Tamiya Lancs, one as a Dambuster and the other as an early Mk.1, so this looks like the job for me. The HK Lanc looks a good kit, but I first thought it came with all the necessary options to do the later type, also, I don't want to fork out a lot of dosh for all those extra clear parts that I simply won't use. It'll be interesting to see what future boxings will entail/cost.
  7. No, P6968 piloted by P/O Ormonde Hoskins was the Whirlwind that fatally crashed in Saltford station yard. P6999 was the other aircraft involved in the mid-air collision, piloted by F/L Humphrey Coghlan who managed to bail out, landing in Weston village High Street. His Whirlwind impacted north side of Kelston Roundhill. On 28 October 1941 there was eerily a very similar incident when 137 squadron's CO, S/L Johnny Sample lost his life bailing out too low, following his Whirlwind into a barn at Manor Farm, Englishcombe, Bath. The other aircraft managed to recover back to Charmy Down. This, I believe was the crash Wunwinglow's dad witnessed. Hope that helps Rob
  8. I asked my son what he thought, he just wanted to know how much a big Lancaster would increase the value of my stash by for when I kick the bucket! Nice. Courage Best in my local boozer was 27p a pint in 1978 - rough cider 14p.
  9. Good Lord, you must have read my mind - don't forget the Albacore! Whacky Fleet Air Arm stuff does it for me.
  10. Typhoon NLG arrived a couple of days ago, excellent quality. This project has festered for far too long, this'll get me going again. Cheers all
  11. Wow! Close shave, just about to stick the under cart on this thing (Typhoon). The forward LG has given me a great deal of concern, not a fun build to say the least. This will give me the incentive to finish the bloody job. Thanks for the heads-up.
  12. I must qualify this. My Dad never flew Whirlwinds, I refer to the one that nearly killed him! In 1941 he was a kid on a railway station near Bath in Somerset, England when one fell out of the sky and crashed about 50 yards away from him. He copped a piece of saiÄ Whirlwind in his leg, and the ensuing events left him with some pretty dark memories. He has talked frequently about this ever since I was a boy, so a couple of years ago I took him to visit the pilots grave near Salisbury in Wiltshire. A very magic moment for him, putting to rest a few demons. This aircraft was based at RAF Charmy Down (see the connection), north of Bath. Dad is 86 now and not in the greatest oh health, but loves talking about events of WW2 and his service in the Korean conflict.
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