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Dave Hunt

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  1. I don't suppose it would faze you whichever phase was connected........ (see what I..........) Well, it's been a slow morning so far. Dave
  2. To quote Eccles in the Goon Show, "I can't live on nothin'." Dave
  3. I vaguely remember that in Germany in the '70s some p!ssed army guys decided it would be a great idea to go down an Olympic ski jump on tea trays with predictable, and fatal, result for the first one to try it. I think that the rest of them sobered up rather quickly. Dave
  4. Talking of cutting off car roofs..... When I lived and worked in Singapore back in the dark ages late '60s there was a bloke on the Squadron who used to buy old bangers that were in even worse condition than the old bangers the rest of us had. He'd get one for a few dollars and run it until it failed then flog the scrap and get another one. Anyway, one day he said that he would really like to get a car with a sun roof so when a short time later he went away on leave or detachment or something (can't remember exactly what) we decide to do him a favour and fit a sun roof to his current old wreck. The conversion consisted of simply getting a pneumatic chisel and cutting a large hole in the roof then gaffer taping a sheet of polythene over it. His face when he saw our efforts on his return was a picture. Dave
  5. The other day I was driving to Shrewsbury and on a longish stretch of road with a 60 mph restriction the numbnuts at the front of the line was doing between 40 and 45 but traffic coming the other way was annoyingly sufficient to prevent safe overtaking. When we got to a 40 mph restricted stretch he accelerated to about 50! Dave
  6. Thanks Winslow. Does that mean that I should resubmit my application to be the next James Bond then? Stitches now out and schnozzle hasn't fallen off yet so all appears well. Dave
  7. Off to get the stitches out of my hooter this AM. Possibly some workshop time later today. TTFN. Have a good day y'all. Dave
  8. Having just watched the tail twitching clip, I now know what the phrase 'When the sh!t hits the fan' really means. A mate of mine was once en route from Cyprus to Coningsby in an F4 having had a kebab and several glasses of Kokinelli the previous evening. Passing Nice he got the green apple quicksteps but as he was wearing an immersion suit it was, shall we say, contained. When he taxied in at Coningsby he was met as he descended the ladder by a customs official. "Anything to declare?" asked the official. "Yes, I've [email protected] myself; you really don't want to speak to me," our hero replied and walked like a cowboy without his horse to the back door of the flying clothing section, outside which he stripped off and was literally hosed down. Laughed? I nearly bought a round. Dave
  9. I agree with all the above comments, Derek. Although I have painted and lined 4 and 7mm locomotives, it's the part of making a model that still causes me the greatest angst and I've never had the courage to attempt a fully lined Midland carriage. All power to his (obviously steady) elbow. Dave
  10. When I was in the sixth form we were taken on various trips to see industries in action. One was to a Yorkshire coal mine (to my shame I can't remember which one) and actually went underground. Although what we experienced was interesting it also instilled in me, and I think all my classmates who were on the trip, the idea that to earn a living in such surroundings, given the choice, was probably the last thing that any of us would contemplate. I also got to know a chap from Lanarkshire who was a mine safety official and some of the things he told me about simply reinforced my view, so thank God I was never in the position of the unfortunate men who had little choice other than to go down the pit to earn a living. In some ways I think prison would be on a par with mining as a way of life. Dave
  11. I was at a model railway exhibition with a pal and we were having a coffee in the cafe area when one of the chaps from a Liverpool MRC layout came and sat with us for a chat. He had the thickest Liverpudlian accent I think I've ever heard and when we left to go back to our own layout my pal asked, "What the hell was he talking about, I couldn't understand him." I replied that I couldn't help as I hadn't understood most of what he'd said either. "But you're from Liverpool," my pal protested, "You're supposed to understand him. What chance have the rest of us got?" I refrained from saying that since he had a fairly strong Brummy accent, the answer was probably nil. Dave
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. It wasn't me what started it m'lud, it was Stephen what mentioned articulated sets. I just sniggered. Dave
  19. 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
  20. With models like that on display, Stu, I'd expect you to get plenty of business. The best of luck Mate. Dave
  21. I'd rather see the contents as I lift a glassful..... Dave
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
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