Here is a list of all the postings Daithi O Buitigh has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Battle of Midway|
75 years on and I discovered a (legit) download site for the John Ford documentary (he did a lot of the filming himself and collected a Purple Heart and a Legion of Merit)
Quality isn't great (but hey, it was shot on a 16 mm hand held camera while dodging bullets and shrapnel).
Get a copy here
|Thread: Kit builders, what would you like???|
I agree Richard - we should all go back to building with boxwood and bamboo
Dig out your glue pots and start heating it up (and don't forget to get in a supply of silk and banana oil):D
Now where can I fit a radio in that A frame pusher????
|Thread: Passchendaele 100 years on|
Before I start, I also lost a grandfather in 1918 - not in action but 8 days after trhe Armistice while a PoW in Meschede. He had survived Gallipoli, been wounded in the Balkans and returned to Active Service just in time to be captured at Saint Quentin in March 1918.
Anyway, regarding 'democracy' as it existed in 1914, it's important to keep a couple of things in mind about the British system. Firstly, until 1902 the Prime Minister was a member of the House of Lords and it was that body which had control - not the elected Commons. This continued until 1909 when the veto powers of the Lords were restricted (but not abolished) so they still had a fair bit of clout. In effect this meant that any suffrage had a very limited degree of control of Parliament (if any).
Regarding Belgium: while there was a treaty, the use of that was cynical (remember the British Government castigated Belgium over the treatment by their king of the Congo) and was merely an excuse as Germany was expanding its Empire and with the growth of its navy and manufacturing output was becoming a threat to Britain in the commercial sphere.
It is also worth remembering that King George V's mother (Queen Alexandra) was Danish and hated the Germans (they had taken over the German speaking province of Holstein which had, until then, been part of Denmark)
France was smarting over the 'loss' of Alsace and Lorraine (and everyone overlooked the fact that both of those 'French' territories were, in the main, German speaking provinces that had been annexed by France). One interesting point regarding Alsace/Lorraine is that, under the Treaty of Versailles, all German provinces were to have a plebiscite as to whether or not they remained part of Germany. France refused point-blank to implement that.
No doubt a lot will disagree with my assessment, but some facts have been overlooked (by all sides)
|Thread: Proposed new drone legislation/registration|
As I see it there are two problems that could possibly arise:
1: With the rush to Brexit and the repealing of almost every EU legislation, the chances are that the EASA regulations will be swept aside and we will have a 'domestic' version in its place.
2: Registration, if it's implemented, will, almost certainly, become a money tree for the government with an annual fee.
One problem with registration though would be the ability to read a 'registration number' on a model in flight (whether it be a 'traditional' one or a multi-copter). I honestly can't see P.C. Plod chasing across several fields looking for the guy flying that noisy thing over his patch, which would be the only way to check on any registration.
One possible reason for a very poor response is that most of us simply didn't know about it until well after the consultation period ended, by which time it was too late to say or do anything
OK - the article does say 'drones' but, technically any remotely controlled aerial vehicle is a 'drone' (and has been since the days of the De Havilland Queen Bee) so action needs to be started now before some civil servant insists that all flying objects over 250 grammes will have to be registered. This happened in the uS (although I believe that has now been rescinded - maybe one of our trans-atlantic cousins can give us an update on that).
The article was in the Independent and does appear to be using the usual 'scare tactics' of claiming that they can be used by terrorists, people smuggling drugs, etc into prisons. What we need to be careful about is that it's made abundantly clear that fixed wing models are very unlikely to be used to drop supplies of whatever into Dartmoor.
|Thread: Ebay sellers...|
In fairness the Kadet is also an original from Sig and their price is $150. Add on the 20% VAT on both the original cost plus the post and packaging it does make it a lot more expensive (especially if the 'extras' are included)
Now let's be fair: it might just be able to hold an Allbon 'Bambi'
For those sprogs who never came across this - lookee here
|Thread: Aeromodellers or model flyers?|
I agree Brian - I sat the RAE way back and do get a shade annoyed when I consider that they handed out full access to all bands (the old 'novice' license did restrict their band usage). Alright, I never did get round to passing the Morse test but I did hang on to my GI7OMY callsign when the rules changed (still doesn't make me like the new setup). Just for fun though (and something all those M3/M6 and 2E callsigns don't realise) - those licenses are invalid outside the UK (they aren't CEPT). I can operate as EI/GI7OMY with no problems (well with the local border it's needed) but I have been informed (unofficially) that anyone with one of those bits of paper are not to be replied to on air in EI land (they don't have reciprocal privileges)
Aside from that, I'm definitely a dinosaur in the modelling and electronics game, having been building since the late '50s and being trained in maintenance on the Early Warning radar systems in the early 60s (that's the Type 80 search head at RAF Trimingham n my av). I'm that much a dinosaur that I can recall Keil Kraft Junior Scale kits for the princely sum of half a crown (12 1/2 pence in newby language)
Oh and on that subject. KK kits were never die crunched - they were always printed on sheet balsa and you had to cut them with a razor blade (I couldn't afford a proper modelling knife back then but, as we had a shop, I could get my hands on single and double edged razor blades )
Really CNC cutting is just an improvement on the die-crunched sheets of balsa from years back - not really 'new' (just a better technique)
Phil, way back we made horns from scrap plywood - scrap pieces of fibreglass PCB work equally well. You just glue them in place. I've never known a control horn on a control line model to come out, no matter how violnt the manouevre (even one that landed nose first up to the wing roots on the ground, but that was some idiot who shall remain nameless forgetting that, when inverted, 'up' is 'down' )
As I pointed out in another thread, the Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers transmuted into the British Model Flying Association.
That should answer the question I suppose
|Thread: Spitfire IXc|
It's accepted nowadays that the maple leaf on JE-J was green. He based it on the funnel markings of Canadian ships.
This from the HMCS Sackville website:
" In 1939, at the time of World War II, many Canadian troops used the maple leaf as a distinctive sign, displaying it on regimental badges and Canadian army and naval equipment. Later in the Second World War someone painted a green maple leaf on a funnel to signify that his ship belonged to Canada. The practice spread and was at last authorized by Naval Headquarters and adopted by the whole fleet. Naval Headquarters files only disclose the date on which the maple leaf symbol as formally introduced into the Royal Canadian Navy. This was in a Naval order in September 1944, which followed a recommendation dated June 15, 1944, by the Canadian Naval Mission Overseas. The practice of painting a maple leaf on the funnel had, however, already been put into practice unofficially by Canadian warships. After the war, for the sake of contrast, the colour of the maple leaf was changed from green to red and this it remains to this day. "
The story was quite simple really: after the Battle of Britain, which was fought mainly over land, the switch to offensive sweeps meant flying over water - so the brown was replaced by grey as a better camouflage over the Channel.
One thing that even the memorial flight gets wrong though - the gunports weren't painted in neat squares of pillarbox red - they were simple patches of 4 x 2 slapped on with red primer and normally not very neatly either
This from Profile Publications 204 (note the maple leaf on Johnny Johnson's Mk IX should be green - the 'red' maple leaf wasn't adopted by Canada until some time after WW 2)
|Thread: Sign of the times - funnies|
The Ministry of Defence announced that they received a squadron of stealth aircraft last month.
However, they're still trying to find them.
|Thread: FrSky Taranis - user chat|
'SQL' Structured Query Language (the coding for the database). It sounds like somebody has messed something up on the site
You could also try the links in .co.uk site
|Thread: Sign of the times - funnies|
Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition (you're a very naughty boy)
I was trying to think of a poltical joke - then realised that all political parties are already a joke
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