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Tony Read 230/03/2017 13:42:42
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For Christmas my wife bought be the Wings DVD box set. It was first shown in 1977/78 and ran for 25 episodes. It concentrates on the early period of WW1 when aerial combat was in its infancy.

I loved it! The flying sequences still stand head and shoulders above much of the CGI rubbish in recent years. The excellent model flying was done by David Boddington and the replica BE2 and Eindecker looked good to me. The 'runabout' BE2 had a bit of a floppy tail, but still looked the part.

Some of the acting was a bit over the top (Triggers could certainly chew the scenery!) and shouty, and one or two of the home front scenes dragged a little bit, but I would highly recommend anyone who has not seen it before to get a copy. I'm going to watch it all again very soon!

Tony Read 230/03/2017 13:58:54
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The 1977 RCME article on the models used can be read here

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator30/03/2017 17:25:31
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Yes, I have this box set as well - it is excellent.

BEB

J D 830/03/2017 23:17:37
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I wonder if any of the models from Wings survive? I have a Bleriot from the Flambards series.

When visiting Old Warden in the 70's I came across the abandoned airfield set that was yet to be cleared and still have a section of canvas with the War Department crows foot symbol on it.

Tom Sharp 230/03/2017 23:27:27
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They even had a competition to win one of the giant models used in the series with Boddington giving lesson on how to fly it. laugh

Ian Jones30/03/2017 23:57:16
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I remember it first time round but couldn't remember what the series was called. The naem Farmer rings a bell, was it a character or an actor?

Armed with this info I will get the set too. Ta very much.

G194031/03/2017 00:42:54
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Is there a link to where it can be bought? I've had a look at the list of box sets at the BBC and it doesn't appear.

Geoff

Dwain Dibley.31/03/2017 01:00:09
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Heres one place Geoff.

D.D.

Martin Harris31/03/2017 01:05:14
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It's a very long time since I watched it but IIRC the central character was named Farmer and was played by Tim (son of Edward) Woodward.

G194031/03/2017 01:14:32
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Thanks Dwain. I did a Google search rather than look at the BBC site and found it complete on YouTube.

Wings on YouTube

I suspect neither the sound nor image quality will be up to a DVD set but it's all there I think. I had difficulty following the speech but that's probably because my hearing isn't what it was - I use sub-titles when they're offered when I watch programmes on the iPlayer or films on Netflix.

Geoff

David Davis31/03/2017 04:32:13
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In "Wings," Tim Woodward plays the part of a blacksmith who becomes a pilot in 1915.

In "A Piece of Cake," he plays the role of a wealthy aristocratic squadron leader who commands a squadron of Spitfires.

Tony Read 231/03/2017 13:09:57
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Looks like quite a bit of research was done before they made it. The accent of Alan Farmer (Woodward) struck me as odd for Sussex, but a search on the WWW seems to indicate its a reasonable stab at it. Bet not many people from Sussex way have that accent any more though!

The model flying sequences are very good, as you would expect, and stitch in with the replicas making it hard to tell one from the other. One of the Eindeckers even appears to do an Immelmann turn!

reg shaw31/03/2017 13:45:47
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I know one of the 'models' is still in existence. We rebuilt the Pup a few years ago and its now on display at Stow Maries WWI Aerodrome in Chelmsford, Essex. They also have the models from Aces High, the Eindekker from the opening dogfight and crash I restored a few more years ago.

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Tony Read 231/03/2017 13:50:25
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The pup was called 'The Viper' is the TV series!

Kim Taylor31/03/2017 20:58:05
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Posted by Tony Read 2 on 31/03/2017 13:09:57:

Looks like quite a bit of research was done before they made it. The accent of Alan Farmer (Woodward) struck me as odd for Sussex, but a search on the WWW seems to indicate its a reasonable stab at it. Bet not many people from Sussex way have that accent any more though!

There are a few - mainly 'oldies' though.

My daughter had a lovely 'burr' when she was younger, mixing mainly with the local farming community.

Unfortunately lost it when she went to college.sad

Soon we'll all speak estuary english innit.

Kim

PatMc31/03/2017 21:04:50
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Posted by Kim Taylor on 31/03/2017 20:58:05:
Posted by Tony Read 2 on 31/03/2017 13:09:57:

Looks like quite a bit of research was done before they made it. The accent of Alan Farmer (Woodward) struck me as odd for Sussex, but a search on the WWW seems to indicate its a reasonable stab at it. Bet not many people from Sussex way have that accent any more though!

There are a few - mainly 'oldies' though.

My daughter had a lovely 'burr' when she was younger, mixing mainly with the local farming community.

Unfortunately lost it when she went to college.sad

Soon we'll all speak estuary english innit.

Kim

Not up here bonny lad. wink 2

Phil 931/03/2017 21:08:48
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Posted by Tony Read 2 on 30/03/2017 13:42:42:

Some of the acting was a bit over the top (Triggers could certainly chew the scenery!) and shouty, and one or two of the home front scenes dragged a little bit, but I would highly recommend anyone who has not seen it before to get a copy. I'm going to watch it all again very soon!

I liked Capt Triggers. I love his enthusiasm for everything

G194031/03/2017 21:09:23
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Or here in Derbyshire.

Geoff

David Davis31/03/2017 22:43:06
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Posted by Kim Taylor on 31/03/2017 20:58:05:

My daughter had a lovely 'burr' when she was younger, mixing mainly with the local farming community.

Unfortunately lost it when she went to college.sad

Soon we'll all speak estuary english innit.

Kim

Dunner be daft mon!

Tom Sharp 231/03/2017 23:09:55
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The featured actors (though now 40 years older) are still cluttering up our TV screens

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