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  • Registered Users Posts: 145 ✭✭ porker36

    just got ghost riders delivered to me during the week, looking forward to reading, which of the three did you find the most interesting?

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,333 ✭✭✭✭ banie01

    I haven't read any of Mark Felton's stuff as of yet. I keep meaning to get his book on the Kenpeitai just haven't gotten around to it just yet.

    Currently reading "Genghis Khan and the making of the modern world" and a little "work" related reading on the side is "The Elliot Wave Principle" and that has me off digging out historical price data and back-testing. Boring and I'm slowly becoming convinced I have bloody ADHD 😂

  • Registered Users Posts: 622 ✭✭✭ IrishPlayer

    I actually found Ghost Riders to be the most interesting of the three. Won't give away spoilers but I had known about the events in the other two.

    Ghost Riders was something I wasn't aware had happened, like what the monuments men did only for.... Well it's on the cover;) Watch Mark Feltons videos and was interested to try his books. Anyone interested in them, send me a PM

  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 12,324 Mod ✭✭✭✭ blue5000

    Just started reading a signed copy of this, maybe some diesel heads on here will be able to put 2+2 together🚳

    If the seat's wet, sit on yer hat, a cool head is better than a wet ar5e.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,333 ✭✭✭✭ banie01

    Not the best photos 😉 but this is a model I've being trying to find in diecast for quite a while.

    It's a Chengdu J20 in 1:144 , smaller than my usual preferred scale but given the trouble I had finding it at a reasonable price? I'll take it.

    I also picked up an Italeri Chengdu J10 in 1:72 that's bumping up my PLAAF contingent 😉

    I really am out of space for any more now tho...

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,588 ✭✭✭ Lorddrakul

    @banie01 That is lovely.

    I'd love to get a nice die cast of the Berkut.

    Love prototypes, me.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,333 ✭✭✭✭ banie01

    I have the ear bent off of Italeri for that one but, it's out of production. I think they also retailed under "Dreamwings" moniker They also have a 1:100 Pak-FA that is very well made.

    The original price of the Italeri version was @€18 and they are now changing hands for up to €100. There are some in the €35 range in Italy on eBay with €20+ shipping. If I could find a seller that a range of what I'm after? I'd certainly buy quickly. Very desirable and well modelled.

    I keep up with their emails and check at least once a week. I picked up their J10 via an Italian reseller and have him on the hunt for more for me. Their Gripen and tbh all of their Chinese and russian stuff are on my hunting list.

    There is a German eBay seller and a couple of Italian and Polish lads that have some of the bits at reasonable pricing but far too rarely.

    Ray in DiecastModels4U in Galway is always willing to try and find bits too but Brexit really has made a dent in what he can lay hands on recently.

    **Edited to add**

    Forgot to say LD, if you want links to those eBay sellers just throw me a PM, happy to share them.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,588 ✭✭✭ Lorddrakul

    My son is currently 3D printing a Mark I Viper from the original BSG series.

    He is also doing a slice on a model of the Galactica to make it easier to print.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,110 ✭✭✭ Thirdfox

    It's a crowdfunded piece and apparently some people have been waiting for 5 years before it got out to them... Apparently the keyboards are supposed to be shipping out by the end of the year. So once it comes I'll let you know how it works out.

    Though currently with my M122 having macro keys programmed on the side are quite useful too (saves typing out Sólás out every time with the fadas).

    I think I'm quite similar in that the research is half the fun of something new. MsThirdfox says I would make a great travel agent - I love researching and planning holidays according to needs/budgets - and for me it' almost half the fun of the holiday itself - by the end all that's left if to go on it - but I've already vicariously experienced it through the research into events.

    There's even planned "no plans" time to account for wanting to explore unexpected things... Otherwise MsThirdfox knows she just needs to bring herself and I'll generally have the week or two planned out between activity days, rest days, travel days... I imagine that might sound horrendous to some - but excel spreadsheet holidays where you have a good idea of activities (paragliding at X location, snorkelling by Y o'clock at Z location, dinner at W scenic beach) can really be quite fun to know that you've got things planned up ahead. Like experiencing a package holiday twice, once for planning/research and once doing the activity itself :D

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  • Registered Users Posts: 15,333 ✭✭✭✭ banie01

    @Thirdfox I'll be sending you my '22 itinerary and you can work your magic 😉

    My input is very much dedicated to selecting the destination and the deal. The planning while we are there is usually left to the Mrs but next year I really do fancy a spread sheet 😉 but no Chichen Itza! Too many yanks 😂

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,599 ✭✭✭ Cyclingtourist

    This is a photo from around 1900 of Blanche Cole née Vernon & her husband Grenville Cole (professor of Geology at the Royal College of Science for Ireland) seated beside two lady's bicycles. Both Grenville and their female friend on the left appear to be getting ready for an anticipated shower of rain.

    I'm currently writing an online article about a book of essays they published in 1902 about cycle-tours they did together from the year of their marriage (1895) to the end of the 19th century.

    She was a member of a branch of the Vernon family of Clontarf Castle but she was born and reared in Mount Merrion where her father appears to have been a land agent or superintendent on the Pembroke Estate.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,588 ✭✭✭ Lorddrakul

    I may have mentioned before, I'm a bit of a motorsport nut. I love the stories of derring do, technological wizardy and mercurial talent.

    But, there are also some mad stories from the early years when some people still weren't sure that things with wheels and engines were actually going to catch on.

    This is wonderfully characterised by the origin story of what used to be the national racing colour of British drivers: British Racing Green.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,588 ✭✭✭ Lorddrakul

    My son is starting to get proficient enough to do his own designs for a 3D printer.

    He has created base plate to make one of the swords from his favourite animé, Attack on Titan.

  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 59,829 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Wibbs

    This is wonderfully characterised by the origin story of what used to be the national racing colour of British drivers: British Racing Green.

    It's an interesting story alright. From what I recall the original Britsih racing green was much lighter. Also if I remember correctly Ireland's national colour is actually blue(which was France's racing team colour, QV the various Bugatti's of the 1920's). The green is a later notion. Red was Italy, of course. Then later advertising on race cars first rolled out by Lotus(Chapman was always the boyo for extracting a crust) turning them into high speed billboards killed the national colours, though Mercedes has flirted with their national colour silver on occasion. They were originally white, but changed to silver. Japan took white with red accents to reflect their rising sun flag. Honda's Type R road cars were originally all white with red badges to reflect the first Grand Prix win by them wearing their national colours. These days they're more likely to be red or black as white isn't a fashionable colour of late. Then again these days they're heavier than the base models so...

    Rejoice in the awareness of feeling stupid, for that’s how you end up learning new things. If you’re not aware you’re stupid, you probably are.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,599 ✭✭✭ Cyclingtourist

    Just a re-print but where you going to get the original? 103 interesting pages of cycling history and advertisements.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,333 ✭✭✭✭ banie01

    A gift from my MIL that I am very taken with at the moment and that's ahead of the book the Mrs got me in the reading list 😉

    "Duel for the Sky" by Christopher Shores, this is one of his more accessible books IMO. If one isn't into military history and aviation in particular this book is very easy reading. His usual style is far more technical and detail orientated.

    Some lovely airframe views and beautiful paintings. A gift that is very much appreciated and will join my aviation library 😁

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,599 ✭✭✭ Cyclingtourist

    When I was in the merchant navy I worked on Shell tankers for a number of years (1970s) and remember people from head office talking about Douglas Bader who apparently worked for Shell after the war, just that the general impression I got from what I heard was that he was a bit of an asshole.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,599 ✭✭✭ Cyclingtourist

    Effortless Italian style. 1920s/30s postcard.

    English publication 'promoting' cycle touring in Ireland 1990s.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,333 ✭✭✭✭ banie01

    I have a few of those in other editions. One of the very 1st autobiographies I ever read were Boy and Going Solo, they have a very sure place in my heart, Going Solo in particular tbh.

    I'll keep an eye out for that collection tho. I keep meaning to head up to Dublin for a visit to Chapters before they close down, but health-wise I probably won't make it up before Feb. I really want to get a pile of aviation books in their sale and I'd advise anyone oval to get in there for a browse before they finally close.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,333 ✭✭✭✭ banie01

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,333 ✭✭✭✭ banie01

    Picked up a few ebooks of stuff I planned to get in the "real" form and one of them,

    75 years of the Skunkworks, by James C Goodall is a veritable treasure trove of wonderful photos of some of Lockheed's finest work.

    The joy of ebook is portability, but I look forward to my hardback being delivered. There is allusion to management structures and project management systems that is unfortunately not really filled in upon in this tome. That's not to detract from what is a wonderful and sometimes personal insight into the Skunkworks, it's just that some of those aspects in particular hold a professional interest for me.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,599 ✭✭✭ Cyclingtourist

    I'm not particularly interest in aviation but I have a few National Geographics from the late 1930s and early 1940s because they have articles related to cycle touring.

    'Looking Down on Europe' is about a journey round Europe by air. Although this article was published in June 1939 from my experience normally articles in NG lag actual events by about 12 months.

    This photo supplied by Lufthansa appears showing Tempelhof Airport with one Polish aircraft (SP) of American manufacture surrounded by German civil aircraft. The twin-rotor in the foreground is a Junkers JU86b and the others are JU52 tri-rotors. I'm open to correction as I'm no aviation expert.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,963 ✭✭✭ 893bet

    And special it will be given what went the other way! Need pics.

    I am buying a tonne or so of second hand rubber for my cows to sleep on tomorrow. It’s the little luxurious things….