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  1. So sorry to hear Ross has passed away. His passionate, good natured character will be missed.

  2. Ross, you will be greatly missed by ME.I hope you are at peace...REST IN PEACE mate.

  3. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families and friends. This should be the time to unite agaisnt terrorism wherever it rears its ugly head. Good people everywhere should unite and show these people that we won't tolerate this nonsense anymore. This is how evil grows, when good people do nothing to stop it. This is an evil that is affecting every nation, even those in the former eastern bloc. The rest of the world must forget our political differences and send these types a message they can't help but understand. I personally don't like killing but I'm prcatical enough to know that sometimes there's unfortunately no other way to get the message across to some people than by aggression and violence. Ross.
  4. :D, Hi Andrey. There's plenty of my native land I've never seen either. Something called work always seems to keep getting in the way. , Ross.
  5. :D, Hi Dean. I've already given an answer in your other thread. The best advice I can give now is to keep experimenting until you find something that you think looks right. , Ross.
  6. :D, Andrey, your English is much better than my Russian, although I'd certainly like to learn Russian as I want to travel there in 2017 or 2019 for the MAKS show and some sight seeing. I'd like to fly to Seoul and then to Vladivostok and catch the Trans-Siberian Express to Moscow. I guess I should start learning now. , Ross.
  7. :D, And then there are tolerances in the production of any real aeroplane, car, truck tank or wigwam for a goose's bridle so it doesn't matter how "accurate" the drawings are the real thing might not conform exactly to the specified dimensions. In a drawing an edge may have a length of say 100mm +/- 0.05mm. I once borrowed a book on the Lancaster from a mate and in it was a story of a brand new Lanc that from memory crashed on its initial service test flight killing all on board. What happened apparently was that during a hard left turn as the aircraft was straightened up again the dinghy panel on the starboard wing about 2'6" forward of the trailing edge and about 1' outboard of the fuselage opened uncommanded and the dinghy suddenly streamed out over the trailing edge causing more drag on that side. The dinghy caught on some part of the structure of the dinghy compartment and continued to cause drag which caused the aircraft to yaw to starboard and then roll to starboard (further effect of yaw) and before the pilot could correct this the aircraft had flipped onto its back and because of a high power setting and its low altitude at the time, it plunged into the ground. The investigation found that the panel opening was caused by a build up of tolerances in both the panel itself and the surrounding structure allowing the panel to flutter during the turn thus weakening the fasteners which failed allowing the panel to open, the dinghy to stream and catch on the surrounding structure and it was all over red rover. Was there anything wrong with the drawings in this case? No. Was there anything wrong with the dimensons of the parts of the aircraft? No. They were all found to be within tolerances. But a build up of those tolerances cost 7 young men their lives. Was anyone in particular to blame? No. Not really. That's just the imperfect world we live in. , Ross.
  8. :D, Um, somehow I don't think duct tape (or instant airframe as we Aussies call it) is the right tool for that particular job. Screwdriver; quick and easy to swing the mount out of the way to unload your human cargo and then slip it back into place. Duct tape? Slow and messy to remove and slow and messy to fix the mount back in place when you go to take off again. For this particular job in this situation I don't think even the nut and bolt originally supplied with the mount would be the right tool. , Ross.
  9. :D/>, G'day again David. I've just done a little digging and I've managed to find a few photos of that Lancstrian, both while pregnant and before/after pregnancy. It was nick named The Pregnant Lanc by Qantas crews. It was registered VH-EAV and somewhere on the net is a detailed article of how the pod was designed and built. if you google avro Lancastrian VH-EAV you'll find a few photos of. It shouldn't be too hard to design and build a miniature pod for your Lanc. If you're looking for something real but unique this would have to be it and at one time Hawk Eye Models printed decals for it in 1/144 and 1/72 scales but they seem to be sold out or unavailable at the moment. :cheers:/>, Ross.
  10. :D, G'day hooknladder, I just noticed your post when I was looking for something else. Qantas modified a Lancastrian with an under fuselage pod to carry Wright R-3350 engines for their Lockheed Super Constellations to aircraft that required an engine change overseas. The pod was designed and built by Qantas engineers and was used a number of times and made the Lancastrian look as though it was heavily pregnant, but then airlines implemented the practice of sharing engines and the Lancastrian was no longer needed for that purpose. There was a non-fatal crash of a Qantas Lancastrian at Dubbo in central western New South Wales during night flying training after the pilot attempted a flapless landing in unsuitable conditions but I don't know if it was that particular Lanc. You could change your Lanc to that one. All the details used to be able to be googled but at a quick glance I can't seem to find them now. I'll keep looking trying different search terms. , Ross.
  11. :D, The Jag was a nice bird that I like a lot but I think the Viggen was even better and I'm glad the Swedes have had the sense to preserve in flying condition at least one Draken and one Viggen, unless that has recently changed. Did they also preserve in flying condition a Lansen and/or a Tunnen? We have a Sabre in flying condition but sadly no Mirage IIIO or IIID even though rumours persist that "someone somewhere in Australia is planning to get a Miracle flying again someday. Now that will be as we used to say in the RAAF ground crew world "if it flies it's a bloody Miracle". Personally I can't see our current government putting up the money to get even the best of the museum birds back in the air. The Sabre is to the best of my knowledge still owned by the RAAF but operated on their behalf by the Temora Aviation Museum. , Ross.
  12. :D, I remember a Volvo being shot off a carrier deck years ago in an advert. Was that your volvo Aigore? :lol: :lol: , Ross.
  13. :D, Have you thought about using aluminium foil for this purpose? If there's a pattern on it that can be burnished off and the foild becomes flat. Just cut to shape and size and hey presto. One sunshade to scale. , Ross.
  14. :D, G'day Dean. Perhaps you could try wood with a flat reddish colour with a drop or two of white or light grey mixed in with both and then straight clear over this. Did those early Cadillacs have real or faux wood on the dashboards? I know a lot of American cars had faux woodgrain on the dash. I guess it doesn't really matter what the real cars had if you can make your model look authentic. Or is it a real one you're doing? There are a whole lot of you tube videos on different methods of faux woodgraining. , Ross.
  15. :D, Maybe the moose had a heavy landing too Ken. :lol: :lol: , Ross.
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