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  1. It's not a visual meme, but a viral joke I spotted: Putin dies and goes to hell, but after a while, he is given a day off for good behavior. So he goes to Moscow, enters a bar, orders a drink, and asks the bartender: -Is Crimea ours? -Yes, it is. -And the Donbas? -Also ours. -And Kyiv? -We got that too. Satisfied, Putin drinks, and asks: -Thanks, how much do I owe you? -5 euros.
  2. Yes, I have seen the same images of destruction too, But there was a second Antonov-225 under construction before Putin's stupid special operational mistake. A clone 225 could be part of a Ukraine resurgence. There also the odd support groups like this Lego https://www.brickmania.com/an-225-mriya-strategic-airlift-cargo-aircraft/?mc_cid=6d65613b42&mc_eid=f747a183e1 as well as: https://www.brickmania.com/ghost-of-kyiv-mig-29-fulcrum-ukrainian-twin-engine-jet-fighter/ and https://www.brickmania.com/bayraktar-tb2-ukrainian-unmanned-aerial-combat-vehicle/ not to mention the minifig lego legions with: https://www.brickbanter.com/post/citizenbrick-sells-out-of-president-zelensky-minifigures
  3. The only problem in getting up early to make tea for your wife, is leaving your warm patch up for grabs.
  4. Ernie, glad to hear you are ok, sorry that I cannot help with any cold weather advice here from Sydney, although its not all hot and sunny for us this year. It's a "La Nina" wet year, one that's getting yearly more frequent ( almost Monsoon like ). Just like to add that seeing all LSM's site models in build stages is so inspiring. Regards Ernie, and all with LSM from Australia.
  5. Yes, I found Gladwell's narration ( and writing ) really informative and diverse, covering details in length like the Norden bombsight and various operations in Europe and Japan.
  6. Just saw your post of the 1:35 DKM TYpe VIII-C U-Boat! All we need now is a boxed model of a 1/32 scale Sunderland flying boat, for something like scenes created by modeller Lee Won-hui https://imodeler.com/2017/11/1350-u-boat-viic-the-beginning-of-the-end/ Regards Iain
  7. I've been listening more than reading these days. my most recent narrated book in My current distraction are the memoirs of Maj. Gen. Charles W. Sweeney. The last military officer to command an atomic mission. Oh and the previous AudioBook was Bomber Mafia, Written and narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  8. Found these on a Facebook group Short Sunderland "Flying Porcupine" Apologies if you already have these as reference, Regards Iain
  9. All the best from Australia Harv, get well soon
  10. Some recent SR-71 postings from Hyperscale Australia http://hyperscale.com/2021/galleries/sr71arevell48dw_1.htm
  11. On an update.. has anyone seen this long and detailed B-52H walk around video? https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42703/this-is-the-most-incredible-tour-of-a-b-52-stratofortress-we-have-ever-seen Has anyone built ( or received ) that 1/48 scale B-52, or has there ever been a 1/32 version!!
  12. Heat exchange, without any diplomatic acceptance.
  13. I like the choice of Doom Bar for a beer, although growing up in Cornwall is probably a factor here. Fantastic work watching this build. Regards Iain
  14. Pity most are in resin, but then, we are now getting more used to wearing ppe masks and hazmat suits.
  15. Has anyone build any of these resin models? https://www.redironmodels.com/EN_models.html I've only just come across this model website after seeing a review on the 1/24th Sputnik ( in plastic ) https://www.redironmodels.com/RIM24001_EN.html
  16. Yes you are right.. It's an oddity that was probably never going to find a role other than high altitude research. Saw this pic on a Facebook blog, of the Westland factory at Yeovil in Somerset. ..the Luftwaffe stopped high-altutude Ju86 flights over the UK in 194r2 or 1943 following a couple of interceptions, so the operational need for the Welkin vanished. Add to that some hairy flying characteristics at high altitude, and you're running out of reasons to use it very fast.
  17. Would this model work as a base for a high altitude Westland Welkin? re ( apologies to Brent Green ) for the comparison shot borrowed from a 2003 page at http://hsfeatures.com/welkintc_1.htm
  18. My son in law, ( pic attached below 3rd from left next to Tower Beefeater ) has had a busy two weeks at the Honourable Artillery Company in London (HAC) If you ever wondered how they go about all these salutes, this was posted back in 2018 Regards to all, Iain
  19. Has anyone built a 1/32 RAAF Mirage III? Just chasing these google leads Built in Australia as a Mirage IIIO(F) and delivered to the RAAF on 1 Aug 1966. Served with 75 Sqn at Butterworth, Malaysia, then 77 Sqn whose 'Grumpy Monkey' Korean Lion markings it presently wears. Retired with 4015 hours Oct 1987 to RAAF School of Technical Training, Wagga Wagga. Became part of the Museum collection at Wangaratta, then to a private owner at Essendon for restoration to fly. In 2015 to HARS for restoration to taxying condition. Being positioned here for static display at WOI 16. and http://www.grubbyfingersshop.com/walkaround_galleries/Dassault Mirage IIID Walkaround A3-102 RAAF Fighter World 2014/content/index.html Did Australia ever build them locally under licence ?
  20. Just to compound the Aussie stereotype comment.. "Now this is Truck".. it helps having a UHF radio in the ute when overtaking, as in..
  21. I've just got around to reading this book, its not huge, its probably not widely available but Chad could have been my Uncle. https://www.chadburn.org/squadron-history/chadburn-squadron/the-angel/
  22. We all eagerly await ( actually envious of your scratch building skills ) just to see how to build a Stiriling in 1/32
  23. There would be no off the shelf parts to model this monster. If you have a look at the images taken by Lanasator https://www.instagram.com/lanasator/feed/ and find her shots of the Ekranoplan she took beached on the shoreline. There are also interior shots ! Looks like this was the MD-160 Lun-class ekranoplan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lun-class_ekranoplan
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