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  1. pigsty

    A380 end of production

    And the 747-8, which at the last count had about 60% of the A380's sales and has been on the verge of cancellation at least twice. All this is proof that all businesses make mistakes and many are run by twits. I thought there would be crowing the moment I heard about this. Why? How can anyone get so worked up about airliner? Well, OK, an airliner that's not Concorde ... This is probably true, though. When you can build engines so big that you can fit other aircraft through the nacelles, and keep them running for twelve hours, four does seem extravagant.
  2. A little later than it should be, but … here's a plug for North Surrey's annual show. We're at Banstead Community Hall again, since it's a good venue with loads of parking; the address is Park Road, Banstead SM7 3AJ. Show opens at 10am and closes when the traders (we've nine of them) slope off or the bacon rolls run out, which means around 4pm. Hope to see you there!
  3. pigsty

    Hobbycraft 1/44 B-36 - what type of plastic

    Your polystyrene cement is, of course, a solvent, which works by dissolving a little bit of plastic so that the two parts have effectively become one when it sets. A few kits are made of plastics that aren't polystyrene. The most likely is ABS, which is related to polystyrene, but not closely enough - some early Trumpeter kits were made of that. The only Hobbycraft kit I've built, though, was ordinary polystyrene and ordinary glue worked, so I'm not sure what might have happened with their B-36s. However, while straight polystyrene cement won't work on ABS, methyl ethyl ketone will dissolve either of them. Even if it's not ABS it's likely to be something related to it, in which case MEK is suitable, so you could try Pro-Weld or Plastic Weld.
  4. pigsty

    Exploding Nose Weights??

    I've not had the time to find out whether this happens, but I have heard it. I now use candle wax. It's completely inert, so far as I know, and never goes off. So long as you pour it warm rather than hot, it should do no harm to your plastic parts either.
  5. pigsty

    Does Newsweek need to do some homework?...

    I'm clearly seeing the actual subject of the story in the video right at the top.
  6. pigsty

    How do you fix a loose barrel/cannon?

    Almost all guns are held in the turret by a very basic pair of trunnions inside. You can lift off the turret, hold the gun at the angle you want, and dab some liquid cement where the pins on the gun assembly meet the trunnion. This fixes the gun in position, of course, but that's generally my preference anyway.
  7. pigsty

    AIM-9 question

    The AIM-9G and H were externally hard to tell from the AIM-9D, if that helps. Some kits and armament sets will tell you they have one or the other, but either will do for both.
  8. pigsty

    Tamiya Minimum Advertised Price controls?

    I've not heard of it but it's familiar stuff. The general thinking when a company does something like this is that they feel a need to "protect their brand", which amounts to claiming to be so good that they have to be more expensive - and we must agree. But goodness only knows why a model company would do it. Tamiya may have a reputation for quality (deserved, most of the time) but that's not quite the same as, I don't know, Bentleys. This was litigated a few years ago in the UK over the sale of designer jeans at discount prices. The result was basically that the makers can't insist that sellers charge a minimum price; but at the same time, they aren't obliged to supply sellers who do. If a seller can somehow get stock and sell it cheap, the maker hasn't a leg to stand on. There was another example closer to home, where Dragon refused to sell to an on-line shop in Poland because their prices were too low. I've not kept up with how it went. Will that be the effect for Tamiya? Well, I suppose we'll have to wait and see.
  9. It's not, but we can twin the two if you like - you'd be welcome. And maybe we could pop over (but only on one of the three days when Canada isn't eight feet deep in snow or being besieged by midges the size of chickens ...)
  10. North Surrey's next show will be on Saturday 3 February. The venue is as last year, the rather pleasant Banstead Community Hall (Park Road, SM7 3AJ), and the show will open at 10 and close when the bacon rolls run out, approximately. Traders attending: John Pol Models Sovereign 2000 Models Simon McArthur Man Models S & M Models Elan 13 Models MDP Aviation Books And clubs: Aldershot BMSS Bognor Model Club Cambridge MAFVA East Kent Model Club Gravesham Club Hailsham Club Shepway Model Club South Downs Mdel club Welling Club Hope to see you there.
  11. pigsty

    Revell 1/48 A-26B canopy

    They are. The later canopy is on the sprue with the clear nose. The earlier one is on the other sprue, with the opening hatch occupying the same position as the clear nose.
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    UAV/Drone kills....do they really count?..

    It depends what you mean by "count". The practice of assessing kills arose in order to work out by how much your side was degrading your enemy's capability. It was important to know how many aircraft had been shot down, ships sunk etc, to gauge how many were left and how long it might take to win your conflict. As many pilots might be involved in a battle and might all believe they had shot something down, there was always a risk that five people claiming they'd done so would be misread as five separate kills. Hence the care taken over debriefing pilots and ensuring that the actual facts came out. Assigning kills to individual pilots was an inevitable result, with the side-effect of encouraging competition, which boosted both morale and effectiveness. You would, of course, shoot at anything reckoned to be a threat, and not at anything reckoned to be off-limits. (If you were doing it properly, that is.) So, with all that in mind, a manned aircraft's crew shooting down an unmanned drone definitely counts for intelligence purposes. The drone will, at the very least, have a reconnaissance capability that you could do without, and it could be armed too. Even transport aircraft are legitimate targets, as they can be used to carry weapons around. If your air arm wants to continue with ensuring that its intelligence is accurate, it makes sense to carry on with determining true credit for a kill, and with that comes all the stuff about painting kill markings under the cockpit. So it counts for those purposes too. You might think that in the sort of warfare under way these days, there couldn't be much doubt about how many aircraft or drones had been shot down. There aren't exactly waves of the things in the air, and most air arms shoot down nothing at all. Even the US and UK forces measure the intervals between kills in years. But there's still an operational value in maintaining the practice as though it were a full-scale war.
  13. pigsty

    Horrifying Landing!

    I probably wouldn't enjoy a landing like that, but hey, nothing fell off and everyone walked away. They even left with all their tyres intact.
  14. pigsty

    Trumpy Su-9 & Su-11 question

    Why would anyone want to do that? I don't know the Kazan sets, but as they were intended to convert a swept-wing aircraft into a delta and change the nose profiles, wouldn't it mean chucking most of them away? Or are you saying the Trumpeter kits have terrible enough problems to need that sort of attention?