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  1. Photos are fine... And it's a great little vignette to place beside the kit. There's a whole different process for painting your figures to actually suit the type of lighting you intend to display them under. Some of the pros just seem to churn their figures out perfect every time, it's a knack you will get if you do enough of them. On an unrelated note... Has anyone seen the tea-towl? S
  2. It's a very different system we operate under down here Smitty... The Police are a State-run entity here. There are no City Police forces as such, and the Federal Police are much like your FBI. So the Police overwhelming do exactly as they're told. Police Chiefs and Commissioners are appointed by whoever's running the State at the time. The Judiciaries are also appointed by the State Premiers, so you tend to get laws passed and sentenced handed down that mirror the political narrative of the people in charge. The State and Federal Governers (the Queen's representatives) are also appointed by the ruling Party at the time they're due to be replaced, about 5 years give or take. In short; apart from elected Members of Parliament, no-one in positions of power are required to justify their existence. They just refer to one another when challenged. Laws that make no sense are enforced without exemption. This is the mantra; we know best, do as we say and be good little Citizens. The behaviour of the Police in Melbourne this week was appalling. I wouldn't put it past the Queensland Police to do the same here if challenged. S
  3. Not only to lose your house and all your belongings, but also your land as well. I can't imagine how devastating this would be. So grateful that your Island was spared this tragedy Doc... S
  4. 77 Squadron jets, probably on O/S detachment to Butterworth... Showing everyone what their butts are worth! S
  5. Say that phrase very carefully when you first meet people... As for the Bf-109 G canopy... The 20kg main cover is held in place with just 4 small rods; two fixed on the starboard side, and two on the port side that extend or retract into the bottom of the frame to lock it in place or allow entry/exit to the cockpit. Remarkably, that's the extent of it. Each side of the front canopy has a compensating hole at the base... Seen at the starboard here, and also visible on the port side in Kai's photo above. The rear canopy has a similar notch at the base to receive these rods. Also note the two circular brackets on the inside of the rear frame and the brace across the base (more about these in a minute.) Now for this portside lock... Shown here on the Erla Haube canopy, but the internal mechanism was the same on the standard frame. The canopy lock on the inside of the bottom rail moves the rods to lock or unlock the canopy (detailed in 'Point A'). Note the hole here in the front of the frame on Theo Weissenberger's G-2 (plus also the hole on the outside to access the lock.) The rear canopy sat atop two small rings at the base of the angled rear shelf. Remember the brace in the photo above? It contains rods within, that sit inside these rings to keep the rear canopy in situ. Above this on the rear shelf, were another two rods fixed in place with small springs inside (that fit inside the round housings mentioned before.) In an emergency when the canopy release lever was pulled; the brace rods withdrew from the rings, the springs on the shelf pushed upwards, and the entire centre and rear canopy sections fell away with gravity or the slipstream... Alleviating the need to open the massive 20kg canopy to the starboard while under duress. Whether you can be bothered to add all this extra detail is a matter of personal taste. But that's the mechanisms at play here for a standard '109 G HTH, S
  6. You could cover the notches with strip styrene on the inside of the canopy, as the bottom horizontal bezels were hollow inside... I have a few photos to explain the Bf109 G canopy system, just checking as I didn't want to dump a lot of info without prior consent. S
  7. Or... The Polly Waffle... https://watsoniabugle.com/2019/01/24/public-pool-lifeguards-across-the-nation-brace-for-return-of-the-polly-waffle/ S
  8. (Or : The perils of operating outside one's own sphere of expertise) Today is Father's Day here in Au, and my Wife was out half the day visiting her Dad and Siblings. At one point in the afternoon, it began to rain a little, so I did the thoughtful Husbandy thing and brought the washing inside, and bunged it all inside the dryer. So Mrs.M comes home; and having navigated the Spaniel obstacle course and after the customary cheek peck, went straight out to check the washing... Which I thought I had taken good care of. Little did I know that I hadn't put it on for nearly long enough. "How long has this been on? It's got 5 minutes left and it's still damp." "Oh, about 45 minutes I guess" was my answer. "OH MY GOSH! There's towels inside. It needed at least an hour or more." "Well, I just turned it to 'Sports Wear' because it has togs and towels in there, and that's what came up" said I. Again. "OH MY GOSH!" A brief and calm discussion then ensued, wherein the two of us spoke of the perils of operating outside of one's own sphere of expertise. So I asked... "OK then... How much oil does it take to fill the engine of your car at the next service?" "One point eight litres. It has a 1.8 litre engine, that's what that means doesn't it?" OH MY GOSH S
  9. They can stop when someone finally does them justice. S
  10. Fishing for compliments Carl? I'll get Bach in my box now... S
  11. You have a very good technique for metals Doc. I especially like the burnishing at the ends of the exhaust pipes, not an easy result to achieve. I have the Tamiya Desmo kit, to be used with the Studio 27 transkit to backdate for the 2003 version. The only difficult choice... Whether to drill all the holes in these gorgeous resin parts for the Catalunya GP Capirossi first win bike? S
  12. Maru, This was mentioned back in May... S
  13. Unfortunately with the Delta strain becoming the predominant variant of the Virus, and according to the Medical Journal of Australia, children aged 5 to 12 are at five times more risk of contracting Covid than the elderly cohort that were the early Pandemic concern. https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2021/215/5/covid-19-children-time-new-strategy The other two measures, while seemingly unreasonably harsh under the circumstances, are most likely a function of the extended Victorian lockdown last year... I don't think your Premier wants a repeat of that situation. While drinking in a public space has always been illegal here, I can see how the consumption of alcohol reads to people letting their guard down. Curfews however, are and have always been all about control. Which is what's been sorely missing in New South Wales... Over a thousand cases per day now, and it took them so long to implement consistent restrictions that they've lost control of the outbreak there. The NSW Premier is even talking about easing restrictions before Christmas when the Nation reaches the 80% vaccinated level... Despite possibly having hundreds of daily positive cases still. I can't see it happening. S
  14. Nah Mate, All of my spare and weekend time these days is spent renovating my Daughters' house (along with most of our spare cash!) in the hope of getting it on the market before Christmas Holidays. The timing of the recent Covid lockdown opened up nicely and played well into their hands, it wasn't looking too promising at the end of July. But great to see that it went ahead this year after all. S
  15. A good haul there, and also good to see someone other than the usual suspects pick up an award for a change. S
  16. Henri? Bah... Forget about it! S
  17. Just be careful Harv... If you happen to run into Mike Tyson... Keep running! S
  18. Unfortunately, the Prime Minister has lost control of the situation as regards Covid-19. He has no power over the individual States, who are all following their own rules to varying degrees of success. Couple that with every Man and his Dog blaming him for the Vaccine failures, and he's on a hiding to nothing at the moment. What is becoming clear however; is that there will be no end to lock-downs and restrictions until the people running the particular State you happen to live in decide it to be over. They have complete control of their populations, the ability to imprison or deny entry to out-of-State visitors (in clear breach of the Constitution), and declare emergency laws based on dubious evidence in the name of Health directives. There is no consistency in decisions, nor common sense or reason in many cases. They can do this for as long as they want. They can break Individuals' lives and Businesses with the stroke of a pen, and there's nothing anyone can do about it. So long as there's still active cases; whether vaccinated or not, we'll all be isolating and wearing masks until they decide enough. Every time you enter a commercial Premises here in Queensland, it's compulsory to log onto the Government App and scan in on your 'phone (or sign in if you don't have one). The Government has passed legislation that allows the Proprietor to Barr access should you refuse. There is no choice or other options. If you force the issue, the Police are summoned and you get fined. If you resist further, you get arrested. This also includes your Workplace... My Employer requires me to clock on and off to account for the time to pay me. But I also have to scan into the Government App to first get inside, or Security can deny you access. The Union have been told that everyone must comply, or be sent home without pay... The Union position is that the Employer has the information if and when it may be required in the case of a Covid-positive Employee, in which case we will all be sent home to quarantine for 14 days as the Factory will be shut down for cleaning. Nonetheless, it's now become a condition of earning a wage that you must tell the Government where you are at all times; work, rest or play. As it was in this case... Police at the entrance of the local Hardware store... "Where do you live? Why are you here? Is it essential that you buy a wrench because your kitchen pipe has burst? Where are you going after here? Give me your details." "Why do you need my details? I've already logged onto the App..." "I can ask you for your name, age and address at any time and you must comply." It's becoming a little too Stasi-like for my comfort here. This used to be a free Country. S
  19. I am in complete agreement with Brad. He's talking about having to show that you're Covid vaccinated to access a shop on the local High Street, not to travel abroad. Vaccine Passports are an unnecessary form of segregation. Some in the Community aren't eligible to receive vaccinations yet, or live in a regional area where they aren't available. Until we get to 80% community vaccinations, everyone is subject to lock-downs and restrictions whether fully vaccinated or not, as apparently you can still carry and pass on the Virus through breakthrough infections. However, once we reach the 80% mark, which is the level of coverage the Authorities here are promoting, it won't matter who's vaccinated or not as this is the level they're telling us we need to get to to lessen the severity of the Virus. This of course will all change at a whim, as is their wont. S
  20. The slow vaccine roll-out here is a combination of three factors Rob... Poor choices, apathy, and the Tyranny of Distance. About the middle of last year, the Federal Government decided that they would hedge their bets and secure vaccines from a number of different Manufacturers. Key to this strategy was having some independence because of our position way down here at the bottom of the World. Researchers at the University of Queensland were making headway on their own vaccine, and a licence was also granted to produce the Astra Zenica at the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories in Melbourne. Despite the early promise of the UQ vaccine, it turned out that it also unfortunately gave recipients false positive HIV readings, so it fell by the wayside. This left the AZ as the only locally produced vaccine. To back this up, in November last year, the Feds secured 10 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and 40 million of the Moderna. This combination alone would have been enough to easily cover the Adult component of our 26 million population. However, when the vaccines were finally approved by our Therapeutic Goods Administration (ATAGI) for use in March this year, the Moderna vaccine was not ready. As of this date, it still has not arrived in Australia. So this left an initial trickle of the 10 million Pfizer and the initial doses of A/Z that Oxford provided until our production started, when vaccinations began in March. This wasn't overly concerning at the time, because the initial vaccines went to the elderly, vulnerable and Emergency workers, and there were hardly any active cases here. But soon after, the EU blocked supply of the Pfizer vaccine to Australia, supposedly because we were doing so well with the isolation strategy, and other places needed the supply more that we did. So instead of only 18% of the population fully vaccinated to date, it would be 30% if we'd had those 3 million doses as promised. Again, this wasn't deemed to be a problem, as the messaging from both the Federal and State Governments was 'It's not a race'. There was no urgency shown, as the Authorities relied heavily on the isolation strategy. We'll all get our turn once it's available. Apathy. Than as Gaz says, opinions started to turn against the Astra Zenica. There was a death of an otherwise healthy A/Z vaccinated person, then another. To date there has been 7, with many more deaths of people with co-morbidities that are considered to have contributed to their clots. The Media latched onto these deaths, highlighted them to create fear in the community, then criticised the Government for not having clear messaging around the issue! This feeds the ani-vax component of the community, who go out and protest on the streets. The Queensland Government have abandoned A/Z and won't administer it. Our Chief Health Officer says it kills healthy young people, and to follow the Science. The Federal Government says that ATAGI recommends it, and to follow the Science. ATAGI has changed it's stance on A/Z half a dozen times; first it's safe, then it may kill random healthy people (but that's OK because it's highly unlikely), then it's good for everyone, then it's no good for people under 40, and finally now it's better you have it whatever your age because cases are increasing now. The Federal Government has indemnified Doctors from prosecution who administer A/Z and their Patients have a bad or fatal reaction; but there is no support offered to the individual if it's you or your loved-one who's life is ruined by submitting to a medicine that the Government encourages you to take while knowing it can kill or disable you for the rest of your life. So which Science should you follow? We are a large Country, over two-thirds the size of the United States, but with only 26 million people and not a population of 350 million. The Pfizer can't always be kept in the temperatures required to be effective once it get to Outback locations. We have so much Astra Zenica product now that we're giving it away; to Indonesia, Vietnam, PNG and Polynesia for instance. But for some in Regional Australia, A/Z is the only option available. I'm not Anti-Vax in any way, shape or form. My Mother's twin died of Polio in the 1940's before a vaccine was available... Had fate decided differently I would not be alive today. I just believe that the Government should not be approving medicines that they know can kill otherwise healthy people. And I know that many other Australians agree with me. S
  21. You're welcome Gaz, Good luck with that wing join. S
  22. You just can't trust restorations... The Eduard photo shows screws. These really should be M6 x 18mm bolts, according to Messerschmitt documents, but ten per wing is correct. One of the weaknesses of the Bf109 design was always the single wing spar, and with the introduction of the more streamlined F series variants, speeds and aerodynamic loading increased. Subsequently, some airframes began to lose wings during combat (and others their tails, but due to other issues). The solution was to strengthen the wing at the top interface with an additional brace (part number #9, 'Anschlussbeschlag' on the list) attached with hexagonal bolts, washers and crown nuts underneath (parts 10, 11 and 12). This arrangement continued for the duration of production throughout the War. Werner Molders' F-1 variant. No bolts visible, and no bulge on the otherwise smooth wing fillet cover panel. G-6 variant in the AWM... The fillet panel is distended a little here, but the bolts are visible. And finally the famous G-2 variant Black 6... With the fillet panel removed, showing the attached bracket position and the wing bolts. HTH, S
  23. Wumm


    According to the Advice (although it's not been updated since late April), entry from most of Europe is verboten unless exemptions are granted. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html That is of course; not to say that Eduard, S/H, et al can't simply ship their wares across the Pond and have US-based representatives run their stands? S
  24. Well done Martin! I am also double jabbed with the Pfizer vaccine now; fortunately, while waiting for my Wife at a local Hospital for a procedure she was having in mid-June, a Nurse was doing the rounds at 2:30 in the afternoon asking random people if they wished to be vaccinated... There had been a few cancellations at the vaccination Hub, they'd made up too many batches and didn't want to see it go to waste. She had a queue of people in tow, it reminded me a little of the Pied Piper of Hamelin! The cases in Sydney have continued to rise in the last fortnight, to the point where there were 112 Community cases today. Remembering, this all started from a single individual not doing his job. Authorities expect that the lockdown there will continue for the next 6 weeks at least. There are concerns that people still aren't isolating when directed, as many of the new cases announced daily are later found to be out in the Community while infectious. Meanwhile, here in Queensland (touch wood) the Delta variant can't seem to take hold for trying. There were two confirmed Delta cases in the last month, but the only others it spread to were their respective Spouses. The larger Alpha outbreak was traced to a single individual who tested negative on day 12 of quarantine, but tested positive after being released on day 14. These cases mostly involved Portuguese and Greek community centres, before eventually reducing to the status quo of zero infections that has been the case for a week now. The following graphic shows the tracing: Again, we are extremely fortunate here that the cases are low enough to effectively execute tracing. In the middle of this, we were treated to an extraordinary statement by the State's Chief Health Officer that did serious damage to Vaccine confidence. In response to the Prime Minister's statement that people under 40 who were not yet eligible for the Pfizer vaccine could choose to have Astra Zenica instead with their Doctor's approval and have coverage earlier than they normally would have, and therefore increase Community immunity, Dr Young said (and I quote): "We've seen up to 49 deaths in the UK from that syndrome. I don't want an 18-year-old in Queensland dying from a clotting illness who, if they got Covid probably wouldn't die." https://amp-abc-net-au.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/amp.abc.net.au/article/100256022?amp_js_v=a6&amp_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQKKAFQArABIIACAw%3D%3D#aoh=16250767327291&amp_ct=1625076872268&csi=1&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From %1%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.abc.net.au%2Fnews%2F2021-06-30%2Fqld-cho-rejects-morrisons-astrazeneca-comments-covid-vaccine%2F100256022 The Queensland Premier then followed, telling the public to ignore the Federal Health advice, listen to the State Health advice instead, and for under 40's not to consider the A/Z under any circumstances. Meanwhile, the actual advice from the State Government is that the A/Z vaccine is safe, and has no higher risk of clotting than the Pfizer (as shown on the waiver I was required to sign to receive my jab). To even suggest that an otherwise healthy young individual might die from a vaccination is extreme rhetoric. Young people see this, are fearful of the A/Z jab, and wait until later when the Country gets more Pfizer. Older people with co-morbidities see this, and think 'If young healthy people can die from this, what hope have I got?' and don't get vaccinated at all. It's an unbelievably damaging statement from someone who purports to have the best interest of the Community at heart, and should know better. Meanwhile, the State Premier calls for the quota of returning Australians to be halved... While still intending to fly to Tokyo for the Olympics, and take someone's place in quarantine after her return. You seriously can't make this sh#t up. S
  25. Unless they're a Gigolo. Now there's a job your Wife would want you to retire from. S
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