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IainMackayDall

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  1. Hi Just spotted this: I have a connection to a downed Lancaster in the Netherlands, more through a family in StAgnes (my old Village in Cornwall) A tribute to Molenaarsgraaf. https://2ndww.blogspot.com.au/…/what-happened-at-molenaarsg… I know the brothers and family of Flight Sergeant R.G. Watts and I am constantly amazed by their many visits to Molenaarsgraaf to remember. But also to the spirit of those in Molenaarsgraaf to keep such memories preserved and so well tended. https://www.tracesofwar.com/sights/96996/Memorial-Lancaster-ND-559.htm https://www.tracesofwar.com/sights/1612/Commonwealth-War-Graves-Molenaarsgraaf.htm Regards from Australia
  2. I am seriously considering a Lego Titanic build.. but some examples can be huge. It's all because my Grandfather Andrew Dall was a junior engineer at Harland and Wolf (Belfast), set to sail on the Titanic, responsible for the steam engine designs, he would have been in the engine rooms most of the time. All his superiors gave him an option of being the Chief Engineer on a lesser prestige ship, to be delivered to a Greek client, just so that they could take his place on that maiden voyage... My other model would be a scale plastic build of a D-Day LST, the only kit I can find is a Lindberg model. Does anyone have other suggestions? My father John Dall ( Andrew Dall's son ) was a Royal Navy Lt Engineer on a D-Day US built but Royal Navy loaned LST. The closest I have got so far is this CGI model I managed to get of LST 165 built in 3d. https://www.turbosquid.com/3d-models/lst-landing-transport-ship-boat-3d-model/331467 Although technically the Royal Navy LST's had none of the front Bofors/Oerlikon gun turrets that the US operated ships had. The RN ships trained to land as silently as possible, all cables on the stern kedge anchor heavily greased to muffle sound, as they would drop that anchor just before beaching. But the American LSTs on the next beach to Gold would land with all front guns blazing. The RN LST crews would watch them land attracting all the returning fire. A bit off track, but D-Day related. Again my father John Dall was a keen jazz musician and on LST165, he spotted on a subsequent trip to the D-Day landings, that the RAF "Squadronairs" were being loaded on board as part of the troop entertainment bound for Europe. The RAF Squadronairs, were really a rebadged famous London night club Jazz band. as were many adopted bands during WW2. My Father, being a jazz drummer himself, convinced them to set up all their instruments on the deck of LST-165 and just play as they sailed over to Normandy. I think we are all here building these detailed scaled replicas more in respect for what has gone before us, be it for family history or the fact we just had the good fortune to not have our lives ever scared or altered by such experiences. To all, keep safe in these times of "the end of normal".
  3. How about adding in on our lockdown viewing "The wind rises"..
  4. I found these - admittedly colourised images off: https://www.facebook.com/colourbyRJM/ The first image: Leading Aircraftmen Norman Bond of Swindon and William Webb of Addington, Surrey, carry a rocket projectile to load under the wing of Bristol Second image: Five Malta-based pilots sitting in front of two fighter aircraft at Luqa. Third and fourth from the left, respectively are, Wing Commander J K Buchanan, Commanding Officer of No. 272 Squadron RAF, and Wing Commander M M Stephens, leader of the Hal Far Fighter Wing, shortly before the end of his tour of operations. Behind them is Wing Commander P P Hanks' Supermarine Spitfire Mark VC, BR498 'PP-H', which he flew as leader of the Luqa Fighter Wing, parked in front of a Bristol Beaufighter of No. 272 Squadron RAF. Third: Bristol Beaufighter TF Mark X, NE543 'UB-E', of No. 455 Squadron RAAF based at Langham, Norfolk, in low-level flight over the North Sea after firing off its rocket projectiles.
  5. Hell most of the model community is already self isolating. Maybe these shows could go virtual, or cloud gatherings. Each model company could host from home production locations with model walk arounds with show and tell features on demand from cloud audiences.. Yes it seems extreme now, but just think of how many other panics could unfold, what would happened with any future attendee arriving from.. well from any Elon Musk Mars or Moon base complex? As in they will definitely not what to attend and return home with such a riot of new virus potential.
  6. Was there any e-Bay purchase of some Ex-Soviet/Russian cockpit colour for the restoration?
  7. I've just read Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe, By: Serhii Plokhy https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/may/09/chernobyl-history-tragedy-serhii-plokhy-review-disaster-europe-soviet-system 2019 Serhii Plokhy (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd it is also now an Audible book..
  8. I found this from a year ago.. Has anyone heard of any progress on it?
  9. I'd also ask him "how's the progress on that Dambusters movie, did Stephen Fry write the script?
  10. Do you realise how big a Huntsman Spider is here in Australia. ( about a 1/48 scale version, if a Tarantella is a 1/16 scale .. ie I'm guessing but if you are scared of spiders they are pretty big, but less than half as big as a Tarantella ) They are for us humans harmless, but they do like to disguise themselves ( badly ) as hanging pottery, cuts or plates etc. They also travel in pairs.. as in, if you remove one there other partner is close by. Often experienced whilst driving in a car, they may suddenly rush out across your windscreen.. not to bad if they are on the outside, more often than not, they are on the inside !!
  11. RIP to a C-130 crew here in Australia, these experienced volunteers, flying a Coulson C-130 water fire bomber during our unprecedented conditions, would have had to battle severe flying conditions, flying so low over such targets this season is bravery in itself. All of Australia has realised this tragic crew loss. Today, we still have US and Canadian volunteers firefighters arriving here to battle our conditions. I do so hope we can return the same when needed. The NSW RFS mourns the loss of the three crewmembers, killed in yesterday's Large Air Tanker crash. Our thoughts are with their families, fellow crewmembers and the broader emergency services family that knew and worked with them
  12. never realised that the 6 engined Nakajima G10N has contra rotating props!! an demanding resource for them to build, did any other Japanese aircraft use such engines?
  13. Has anyone modelled, or is there a ever a 1/32 build of the larger Japanese medium bombers, like the ones that Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto flew in (Mitsubishi G4M Betty) 1/48 ref URL: https://hobbycom.jp/my/351c960165/diaries/31268 plus an obvious pairing for a P-38 out from Bougainville. The documentation at https://www.pacificwrecks.com has always tempted me to try to visit some of the forgotten airfields in the Solomon Islands. ( although not to collect anything there, just witness what's been left for so long ) I've dived on wrecked ships with that incredible water visibility in the Solomon Islands, but never realised when I was there, what was still hidden on these islands. https://www.pacificwrecks.com/airfields/solomons/ballale/salvage.html and http://warbirdsnews.com/warbirds-news/wwii-japanese-aircraft-wrecks-salvaged-at-balalae.html
  14. Hi, i'm assuming that there are no production versions of a 1/32 Hercules? I did find some custom builds online like these http://uncleles.net/2018/05/08/1-32-raaf-c-130h-hercules-maybe-a-redux-is-due/ Also, Lockheed seems to be sprouting a range of uses, other than just palette haulers ie: http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/naval-exhibitions/dsei-2015-naval-show-daily-news/3113-lockheed-sees-its-sc-130j-sea-herc-as-the-affordable-solution-to-answer-uk-future-mpa-needs.html A C-130 gunship would be great to build, or even a palette hauler, modellers could combine armour with aircraft quite justifiably here. On modelling big, even a 1/72 C-4 Galaxy or C-17 would fill a shelf, and I have yet to see any accessory models like an Oshkosh 40K Air Cargo Loader However, I did find a 1/9 scale C-17 (R/C) http://www.gsal.org/Photos/c17/c17.htm that would require a double garage to house
  15. il-28 Beagle I've not seen anything bigger than 1/48. Although I do remember building one from an Airfix kit in the UK ( see era box lid )
  16. Good suggestion, making the point that, one could be a serial philanderer chasing multiple girls in bars and clubs, or alternately one could be a serial collectors not going out frequenting bars but frequently chasing model kits from the shed / basement or garage.. I'll have to try that one.. but may need carefully re-wording.
  17. Here you go, not forgotten, but the accents are almost unrecognisable now. Regards Iain Moustaches combed √ Pipe tobacco check √ Tea and biccies √ Russian phrase book if shot down √
  18. If anyone is into 3d printing I have a great model I commissioned from Milviz https://milviz.com/flight/index.php it was not built for any flight sim, we could not get anyone into a cockpit back in 2010, and the model did get used in a 2011 publication front cover by Andrew Brookes. (The 3D model copy I have is in .FBX, .max, .DAE .c4d )
  19. Yes wing root intakes, must be a pain to build, but they look so streamlined and still futuristic. There are some on Facebook making 1/48 3d laser print builds of various V-Bombers, and showing their work at https://www.facebook.com/groups/vulcanvictorvaliant/ Rikki Wolfe
  20. You either hate it, or love this one, for me it's the latter, even after they added all those refuelling pods and Küchemann carrot bulges on the wings.
  21. In Particular any of the Caspian Sea Monsters.. The video ends in an ad, but the content is intriguing.
  22. I've found some links online, but there are only a few still working from when I first looked. If anyone has any more they would be most appreciated. http://www3.sympatico.ca/angels_eight/421black.html https://electricscotland.com/history/articles/ruckbie9.htm http://aircrewremembered.com/thorne-edward-lefferts.html https://www.chadburn.org/squadron-history/wing-commander-chadburn/ this last one has a video buried at the end of the page that shows at the end Chadburn as the middle of 3 pilots. Chadburn-Video.mp4
  23. Surely your tracking should have first included Pine Gap in the southern hemisphere, as Santa had delivered almost a whole day award of your Norad early warning sightings, we are all already eating leftovers down here.. Regards to all in the North from sunny ( if not smokey ) Manly beach, Sydney. PS: you have to remember that Santa requires a change for all six power plants before heading North
  24. Any idea what the big tractor vehicle is towing this B-36?
  25. I've always found this one a small but uniquely versatility system. http://www.aussiemodeller.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=15392
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