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Member postings for Phil Brooks

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Thread: Insanity seems to be setting in
10/03/2020 13:47:29
Posted by Peter Miller on 10/03/2020 11:25:47:

Eric Robson has just reminded me on another thread of a memory from my RAF days.

When I was in the RAF at St Mawgan in the late 50s, we did some control line flying. Now we didn't have a lot of money then so anything that might save money was tried out.

This chap turned up with a combat type model which he had covered with toilet paper (RAF issue) These were pretty small sheets in a hard glossy paper with "Government issue" on every sheet in green letters.

He had covered it with the paper at different angles and then doped it.

The first landing and it shattered everywhere.

Never forgotten that.

In my time, many years ago, as a member of the territorial army, I was told by the regimental quarter-master that the toilet paper ration he was allowed amounted to three sheets per man per day. How many men were denied relief and suffered in the interests of the hobby? From memory, I'm surprised that it needed doping, it was naturally impervious to anything!

Thread: On a lighter note
02/02/2020 12:08:36

I went to work on Ascension Island in 1972. I bought a brand new Cortina MkIII, sans purchase tax, planning to bring it home after two years, and to use it as little as possible whilst on the island. To this end, shortly after arriving we acquired a Fiat 500 to use as a runabout. Among its peculiarities was a tendency to shake the exhaust manifold studs loose. This then meant that I had to get the cortina out of the garage and retrace my route to find the missing studs. This was essential as there were no spares available, and metric taps and dies were just non existent. Remarkably, I always found them. No amount of threadlock would keep them in. On returning to UK we bought our first house, then the bills started coming in and the cortina was traded in for something cheaper to release some equity! I learnt my lesson, on returning to the Island in 76 I took a MkI cortina that cost me £50. At the end of my tour I had it resprayed at a cost of £90, then sold it on the island for £450!

Thread: 6 Turning 4 Burning
22/01/2020 10:37:36

Why not have a go at the (suggested, but never implemented) nuclear powered version? I'll get me coat.indecision

Thread: Prostate Cancer
15/06/2019 12:07:59

Double joy! Went to hospital this morning for my latest PSA result. Undetectable, "see you next year" and we were in and out so quickly (<20mins.) we didn't have to pay for parking! Just can't help thinking it could have all been very different if not for catching it early. If you're in any doubt at all, GET IT TESTED.

14/06/2019 08:45:32

It's almost exactly seven years since I started this thread. My PSA began to creep up four years ago, but a course of radiotherapy soon put a stop to it. I now have it checked every six months, due to get the result of the latest test tomorrow, but I'm still here and enjoying life. I've even started flying again! The moral is, get it diagnosed early. Don't die of embarrassment!

08/04/2019 10:05:04
Posted by Robin Etherton on 08/04/2019 08:30:17:

If you are going to get a rectal examination try to get a lady doctor. They have smaller hands and it’s not so painful.

Having watched my brother-in-law die slowly and painfully I would advise anyone to get tested and if necessary get examined, even if the doctor is built like a gorilla. A few minutes of discomfort does not compare with the pain and suffering he went through. I took the advice he gave me, had the PSA test and the examination, and my cancer was discovered and removed early. That was seven years ago, and I still think of him every day.

Thread: Southport air show's unsung heroes.
18/09/2017 09:44:14

Not forgetting these!




18/09/2017 09:32:30

I went to Southport airshow yesterday. I haven't had time to sort and edit the photographs, but I really don't want to lose any time in thanking the guys who put on such a great display of model flying during the morning. For some four hours before the full size show started they kept the growing crowd entertained with a superb display of flying. Jets, i.c., and electric power all featured in a fast moving and varied show over a wide range of disciplines, with several well flown formation displays. There was hardly a minute in the entire four hours when there wasn't a model in the sky. There were a couple of minor incidents, an electric flying wing spiralled in after going into a series of uncontrollable rolls (servo failure?) and a superb tiger moth suffered what I hope was minor damage from an unscheduled meeting with a planet, but the level of flying throughout was tremendous. Sadly, at the end of their display the event commentator did not thank them nor call for the round of applause they so richly deserved. In front of what must be one of the biggest non-model aware crowds to watch such a display they did much to raise the profile of the hobby and to show the general public that it's not all "drones over airports". Thank you gentlemen. Sadly we were not even told who you were, but as ambassadors for our hobby you did a great job. Once again, thank you.








Thread: The 'share your photos' thread (not model flying)
19/07/2017 10:09:04

Another year, another RIAT. Weather not great, and so far very little time for editing, but here's a few of this year's crop. More may follow.

a lancaster, a hurricane and three spitfires. bliss!.jpg

b17 sally b, also dressed as memphis belle.jpg

britten-norman islander with a severe nasal problem!.jpg

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red arrows pushme-pullyou.jpg

spirit b2 and f15s.jpg

us thunderbirds.jpg

Thread: Cosford this weekend
19/07/2017 09:36:05

Would have loved to have gone, but was already committed to RIAT at Fairford. Guess there are only so many weekends available! Grrrrsad

Thread: You'll always find the tree....
04/06/2017 12:53:41
Posted by Peter Christy on 04/06/2017 12:27:51:

I thought all modellers knew: Trees are MAGNETIC!






Thread: The 'share your photos' thread (not model flying)
25/05/2017 09:47:05

I went to a track day at Oulton Park yesterday, just to spectate and take some photos. Here's a few of the better ones.

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Thread: Help, two speed teapot.
19/02/2017 23:24:14
Posted by PatMc on 19/02/2017 20:59:56:
Posted by Geoff Sleath on 19/02/2017 20:00:01:
Posted by PatMc on 16/02/2017 13:25:11:

You won't get a decent cup of tea using tea bags. Sort the teapot, buy a strainer & use proper tea. smile p

I'm sorry to say this, Pat but, as I'm sure you're well aware, all proper tea is theft.

¿ Que ?

Mr Sleath appears to be employing what Mr Terry Pratchett would call "A pune, or play on words". He is alluding to the extreme left wing slogan "All property is theft", and misquoting it for humourous effect.

Explanation is the enemy of comedy.

Phil Brooks - Pedant's dept. cool

P.S. Geoff beat me to it!

Edited By Phil Brooks on 19/02/2017 23:30:31

Thread: Sign of the times - funnies
14/02/2017 16:42:13

Also said on BBC news that they play four-tree-tree formation

Thread: Can You Name ALL These WW 2 Aircraft?
09/02/2017 16:00:48

44, but several of those were arrived at Sherlock style, by eliminating the obvious wrong answers. I don't see much resemblance between a Bell Kingcobra and a Short Stirling, for examplesmiley

Thread: Confessions of a Bodger
30/01/2017 16:24:04
Posted by Mike Etheridge 1 on 30/01/2017 14:13:01:

Easy just sail the barge into a lock and drain off the water. Then someone should take the wheel!

It ain't a barge, it's a narrow boat!

Phil Brooks - Nit-picking Dept.

30/01/2017 13:10:34

Not sure that this comes into the category of a "Bodge", but I think it's a great example of lateral thinking and adaptation!

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22/01/2017 11:33:46

We recently bought a new washing machine, which of course needed to be fitted under a worktop. The best option for supplying power was a 13A socket above the said worktop. The delivery guy told me that if I cut the fitted plug off to allow the cable to be fed through an access hole that would invalidate the machine's warranty. My only option was to fit a short extension cable from the socket to a flying socket below the worktop, allowing me to plug in the machine's power cable below the worktop, i.e. to bodge the job. angry

Thread: The 'share your photos' thread (not model flying)
14/01/2017 13:54:10

Back around 1964 I bought a Thornton Pickard quarter plate camera, complete with a double sided plate carrier, at an auction for 35 shillings (£1.75). It sat on the shelf looking decorative for 50 years. Put it into another auction a year or so back and got £120 for it. Smug!

14/01/2017 11:42:21

Thanks Ken. Been there, done it! My first proper camera was a Pentax spotmatic, bought in the mid sixties when I was young and relatively rich. Sold it a few years later after getting married and receiving our first rates demand. I remember blacking out the kitchen and setting up the enlarger after loading the developing tank inside the lightproof bag. Went digital some dozen years ago, my last film camera was an Olympus OM10, don't know what happened to it, it may still be in a cupboard somewhere. I must admit that I love the freedom that digital systems offer, would hate to have to go back to rationing exposures to keep processing costs down. Then again, I am a bit of a tightwad!

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