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Dave Hunt last won the day on February 20 2019

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    Mainly scratchbuilding S7 Midland Railway and LMS locomotives as well as some industrials. Currently building an S7 layout of a Midland Railway MPD circa 1906 featured on the Midland Railway Company topic.

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  1. The problem with saying that changing a fuse affected the roll rate is that the main flight controls on the Gnat are mechanical-hydraulic and the only electrical input is to the tailplane trim motor. The teaching in the FTS groundschool was that the roll rate was limited for flying training purposes but the Yellowjacks and Red Arrows aircraft were unlimited - nothing secretive or dodging higher authority about it. Dave
  2. If there's a crosswind the ship driver isn't doing his job. Carriers turn into wind before launching or landing on to reduce the groundspeed of the aircraft for a given airspeed as well as dispensing with crosswind problems - it's a difficult enough job without having to kick off any drift at exactly the right time before hitting the deck. Dave
  3. My Dad was asked by a New York taxi driver where he was from and he replied, "Britain." The driver responded, "Well, considering you ain't American, you speak pretty good Engish." Dave
  4. Not quite. When the Gnat was tested at Boscombe Down prior to entering service as an advanced trainer, the test report stated that the roll rate achievable was in excess of that deemed sensible for trainees as it could both be disorientating and if not checked after IIRC 540 degrees could also lead to roll yaw coupling and loss of control. Therefore a limiter was fitted to slow down the roll rate, although it was still very fast. When the first aerobatic team to be equipped with the Gnat, the Yellowjacks, got the aircraft they asked permission to disconnect the limiters and after trials Head Office agreed providing that should the aircraft ever be used as advanced trainers they had to be enabled. The principle was carried over to the Red arrows, whose spare aircraft were very occasionally used by the FTS. Even with the limiters the roll rate was quite eyeopening and I well remember trying it out for the first time. Dave
  5. Back in the '70s when I was on an F4 Squadron in Germany, we loaned one of our aircraft to a recce squadron on another base. When it was returned there was an additional switch on a small panel atop the cockpit coaming with a red light alongside it and a label saying NORMAL and ON. The switch was in the NORMAL position. There was no mention of what it was for so we assumed that it was something to do with the recce pods that the other lot had been using. Naturally, though, everyone who flew it tried turning the switch to ON, whereupon the red light came on so it was hastily returned to NORMAL but without, it seemed, any untoward effect. After about a week one of the engineers came up and asked who had been turning the switch to NORMAL and was met with a chorus of, "Not me," and similar so he said,, "Well it's obvious some of you have as the battery has been used." Battery, what battery? It turned out that the whole thing was a set-up by the engineers of both squadrons to see what would happen and all it consisted of was a switch, battery and red light in a little box fitted onto the coaming. Our engineer then grinned and shook his head, saying, "Bl**dy aircrew," and walked out. The next day the switch had gone. Dave
  6. Managed to get appointments for flu jabs today in keeping with HMG's exhortations to get them done ASAP. The earliest we could get? - December 11th! Now that we have passed the six months since our second Covid jabs, the next thing is to see whether we can book for boosters. Wonder when that will be - 2024 maybe? Dave
  7. It wasn't me what started it m'lud, it was Stephen what mentioned articulated sets. I just sniggered. Dave
  8. Having been severely upset recently by finding a squashed hedgehog on the road outside our house and thinking that it could have been the little one that I found in the garden a few months ago and have been trying to feed up fpr winter survival, I'm a bit more optimistic having found the the food I've been putting out is being eaten and the hedgehog house has had some visits. Of course, it could be a different hedgehog or even a different species, although whatever it is would need to be able to negotiate a tunnel about five inches diameter, but I live in hope that either it is 'my' hedgehog or another one that has moved in. In other news, I've now started ballasting my layout, which is almost making me nostalgic for the years weeks I spent doing the cobbled road and yards. Since it's an MPD layout I'm trying to simulate ash/cinder ballast employing Steve Fay's method using kiln dried sand and boy, is that a bu**er to brush and glue in place neatly enough. I know that it doesn't need to be too neat for a loco shed but it does have to be relatively smooth and getting the right finish takes ages. Another fun aspect of our hobby . Off now to see the scnozzle sister to have things looked at and to try to book flu jab appointments. TTFN Dave
  9. With models like that on display, Stu, I'd expect you to get plenty of business. The best of luck Mate. Dave
  10. I'd rather see the contents as I lift a glassful..... Dave
  11. For various reasons I won't go into, I haven't visited TNM for a while so when I was finally able to have a peek this evening I thought, "Oh, good, something to cheer me up after the recent doom and gloom." But what did I find? Inflated house prices, royal poo, ugly locomotives and poor old Stubby being made redundant. Then just as I was being cheered by the thought of one of Jamie's coaches bumping along on one bogie even that was snatched away. About the only bright spot left is the idea that we could end up with King Polybear the first, which would probably result in the kitchen at Buck House being rebuilt and appearing in RMW. Dave
  12. It's a sobering thought that when taken as a percentage of the aircraft in service, the RAF Lightning had a worse accident record than the Luftwaffe Starfighters. Even the Gnat trainer came close to it. Dave
  13. Went to have my hooter checked and got a clean bill of health from the clinic. The size of the dressing l have now is less than a quarter of the previous one and as a result the field of vision from my right eye is almost normal so that's a bonus. To celebrate I went down to the shed and got on with ballasting, working on one of the three throw turnouts which is an interesting exercise to say the least. So far I've managed to get it about half done without actually gumming everything up. Spent three and a half years at Bruggen 1970 - 74, have landed at Gutersloh and stood Battle Flight from there many times, and since Rheindahlen was HQ RAF Germany as well as having the big NAAFI supermarket and cinema, visited there lots of times - a couple of times to give very senior officers good listenings to when I'd been a naughty boy. 'Night all Dave
  14. You and the Mrs. have my sympathies Andy. However, we have a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer some years ago and is still with us following treatment so I hope that things will turn out the same for you. Dave
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