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I wouldn't say no to a Mark IX Hawk to the same scale as the MPC Eagle.  Such a pity they were only seen in one episode - what a waste of a great looking design.

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On 23/02/2021 at 00:30, 33C said:

And these are my favourites, models and prototypes....20210211_154829.jpg.25d172f52092eaf080c2698692e5d9f9.jpg20210211_154658.jpg.183aac7acf6daea52bb0af906bedde9a.jpg

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I recently watched an interesting film on you tube of some "urban expolrer" type guys who found a field full of those MIG fighters just left to rot, possibly in Hungary. They had a good poke round and had a sit inside etc !

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6 hours ago, Porkscratching said:

I recently watched an interesting film on you tube of some "urban expolrer" type guys who found a field full of those MIG fighters just left to rot, possibly in Hungary. They had a good poke round and had a sit inside etc !

It must have p!ssed off the Russians mightily when their satellite states threw off the shackles and some of them even joined NATO with all of that Soviet equipment some of which was likely secret.

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1 hour ago, PhilJ W said:

It must have p!ssed off the Russians mightily when their satellite states threw off the shackles and some of them even joined NATO with all of that Soviet equipment some of which was likely secret.

They were "Capitalist hyenas" no doubt.!...:D

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4 hours ago, PhilJ W said:

It must have p!ssed off the Russians mightily when their satellite states threw off the shackles and some of them even joined NATO with all of that Soviet equipment some of which was likely secret.

Why do you think countries like India, who despite HUGE armed forces budgets and which we are quite friendly with, the UK exports almost no arms?  It's because they also buy Russian arms, hence there's a lot of Russian military engineers always hanging around military bases.....

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4 hours ago, PhilJ W said:

It must have p!ssed off the Russians mightily when their satellite states threw off the shackles and some of them even joined NATO with all of that Soviet equipment some of which was likely secret.

And it gave everyone in the West the chance to marvel at the quality of the welding on Russian armoured vehicles. 

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On 23/02/2021 at 17:50, 97406 said:

Why thank you! They normally crashed when flown by Alan Carter, if I recall correctly. There’s some great renders on the Scifi Airshow site along with other vintage space vehicles https://www.scifiairshow.com/

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Cheers for that link- a fascinating concept and very well executed with the model shots!

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Keeping up with the Gerry Anderson theme, I've done a fair bit more on the Zero-X I started in January.

 

I've added a wrap of plastikard around the engine group at the rear:

 

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The main body has been reprofiled to get it to the right shape all the way along, and then panel lines reinstated.

 

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Where the body tucks in and out, below, there's a recessed detail which needs to be added. I cut away a series of 8mm wide grooves and then have begun laying in plastic card (the same stuff as at the rear).

 

I've also sunk a mounting screw into the body as there's no provision for fixing the wings on.

 

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A screw goes down through the top of the number 1 wing. When fully engaged it's recessed into the wing so won't be too visible. i 

considered using magnets but worried that it would only take a knock to dislodge the wing. The other one will be secured under the body by similar means.

 

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Once I'm happy with the main body, I'll move onto the scary part of sawing off the whole front part to make the Mars Excursion Vehicle detachable!

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23 hours ago, Porkscratching said:

I recently watched an interesting film on you tube of some "urban expolrer" type guys who found a field full of those MIG fighters just left to rot, possibly in Hungary. They had a good poke round and had a sit inside etc !

 

Found a hangar full of MiGs in Reno, NV, back in 1997....

 

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Several more outside as well!

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6 minutes ago, Porkscratching said:

Those are in top condition by the looks of it they'd fly !

 

 

It was the first "organised" (in the loosest sense of the word) aviation tour that I had been on so wasn't too clued up on the Aviation scene at that time, having lost interest for several years after being taken to airshows in the 60's and 70's. Appears someone in the US had decided to cash in on the free market in sales of such things post 1990 and had bought a squadron of ex Czech MIGs after they were withrawn from service!

Lots of the older variants there as well...

 

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Another trip to Hungary later that year produced similar hordes there, but particularly of ex Warsaw Pact military vehicles, just lined up in fields!

 

There was a company here in the UK who did something similar with former Warsaw Pact tanker lorries that assembled en-masse at the former Eye Airfield in Suffolk awaiting sale. Don't know how many they actually sold though....

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Having got back into 1/35 modelling after a gap of about 45 years as the result of buying a few Tamiya tanks from what used to be termed "pawnbrokers" in past years, I'm currently working on a (peacetime) diorama of a Munich streetscene with a tram and a few road vehicles.

 

Apart from being amazed at the variety of kits now available and their rather detailed nature compared with what was available in the early 70's, here are a couple of kits I've completed awaiting the full diorama to be constructed...

 

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What is more amazing is the fact I can still paint insignia/buttons on uniforms some 45 years on!!

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55 minutes ago, Johann Marsbar said:

 

It was the first "organised" (in the loosest sense of the word) aviation tour that I had been on so wasn't too clued up on the Aviation scene at that time, having lost interest for several years after being taken to airshows in the 60's and 70's. Appears someone in the US had decided to cash in on the free market in sales of such things post 1990 and had bought a squadron of ex Czech MIGs after they were withrawn from service!

Lots of the older variants there as well...

 

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Another trip to Hungary later that year produced similar hordes there, but particularly of ex Warsaw Pact military vehicles, just lined up in fields!

 

There was a company here in the UK who did something similar with former Warsaw Pact tanker lorries that assembled en-masse at the former Eye Airfield in Suffolk awaiting sale. Don't know how many they actually sold though....

 

Drifting off topic, but on the "No Such Thing As A Fish" podcast before Christmas they mentioned a fact that had been sent into them, that briefly Pepsi owned one of the largest war fleets on the planet in the 1990's.  Apparently they'd been doing a trade deal with the Soviets, and in lieu of payments at one point, they did a trade deal that made Pepsi briefly one of the strongest military powers on the planet in terms of numbers of destroyers and submarines on their books... 

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48343589

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Ben B said:

 

Drifting off topic, but on the "No Such Thing As A Fish" podcast before Christmas they mentioned a fact that had been sent into them, that briefly Pepsi owned one of the largest war fleets on the planet in the 1990's.  Apparently they'd been doing a trade deal with the Soviets, and in lieu of payments at one point, they did a trade deal that made Pepsi briefly one of the strongest military powers on the planet in terms of numbers of destroyers and submarines on their books... 

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48343589

 

 

 

Interesting article,  also how much bartering goes on, especially with Iran avoiding sanctions. (even more off topic but very revealing).

 

Some years ago probably early-mid 90s, I remember going to traction engine rallies where a few obsolete Warsaw pact tanks had turned up that had been bought and imported into the UK.  Own your very own T54....

 

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There's a T34 on a bit of waste ground in Peckham ( or thereabouts) the bloke who owns the patch of land bought it for his son apparently, and it's a local landmark, it gets various psychedelic paint jobs occasionally.

I wonder how much he paid for it ?

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7 hours ago, Ben B said:

 

Drifting off topic, but on the "No Such Thing As A Fish" podcast before Christmas they mentioned a fact that had been sent into them, that briefly Pepsi owned one of the largest war fleets on the planet in the 1990's.  Apparently they'd been doing a trade deal with the Soviets, and in lieu of payments at one point, they did a trade deal that made Pepsi briefly one of the strongest military powers on the planet in terms of numbers of destroyers and submarines on their books... 

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48343589

There is a story from not long before the fall of Ceaucescu(sp?) in Romania, where they proposed paying for a foreign contract (for something like heavy engineering equipment) in what was virtually the last thing they had of any value to the outside world, which was strawberry yoghurt.

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36 minutes ago, Northmoor said:

There is a story from not long before the fall of Ceaucescu(sp?) in Romania, where they proposed paying for a foreign contract (for something like heavy engineering equipment) in what was virtually the last thing they had of any value to the outside world, which was strawberry yoghurt.

Didn't they try to partially pay for their BAC 111s with vegetables? I'm sure I watched a BBC documentary on Ceausescu that mentioned something along these lines.

 

(I flew into Bucharest on one - the pilot hit the runway so fast the overhead lockers burst open and the emergency lighting came on :unsure:)

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39 minutes ago, Northmoor said:

There is a story from not long before the fall of Ceaucescu(sp?) in Romania, where they proposed paying for a foreign contract (for something like heavy engineering equipment) in what was virtually the last thing they had of any value to the outside world, which was strawberry yoghurt.

Hi Northmoor,

 

That's nothing !

 

I planed a door and reset its hinges the other day for a hand made fruit bowl.

 

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Gibbo.

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15 hours ago, Porkscratching said:

There's a T34 on a bit of waste ground in Peckham ( or thereabouts) the bloke who owns the patch of land bought it for his son apparently, and it's a local landmark, it gets various psychedelic paint jobs occasionally.

I wonder how much he paid for it ?

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You can see an earlier paint job from 2006 here. The location is shown there as well - should you need it!

http://www.ipernity.com/doc/philsutters/25875173#

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Had a bit of fun with this, loosely based on a photograph I found of a Tiger being repaired in Italy...the crew posing for a photo.

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More work on the Zero-X:

 

I sawed through the body to make the MEV detachable:

 

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Screws were fitted to fix it all back together:

 

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Handily, these are in the same place as rocket exhausts, so they can be disguised later on. The cutout shape in the hull also makes it easy to get a screwdriver in, which makes me wonder if this was how they did it on the filming model.

 

I then turned my attention the to the MEV, which doesn't have a front in the kit as it's meant to have the nosecone fitted on permanently. I wanted to make the nosecone detachable so the front profile had to be built up from plastic card, then sanded to shape:

 

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There's still more to be done with the sanding and detailing, but in the meantime I've also begun milling out the solid underside of the nosecone so that it'll fit nicely over the MEV:

 

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Back to the radio control Mustang now. Today we ran the prop for the first time, a big moment! I also worked the control

surfaces. She's not far off flying now.

 

 

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