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Glenn Philbrick29/05/2018 11:53:00
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According to the Saturday times C4 are producing three programs of a reenactment of the Battle of Britain using model aircraft. I have not been able to find anything further as to timings or where it might take place. Does anybody know more about it ?

http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/c4-and-love-productions-recreate-battle-of-britain-like-never-before

Jon - Laser Engines29/05/2018 11:57:09
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yea there was a request for pilots sent out a while ago.

If its the same one I think it is then its not likely to end well. Trying to get 20+ 1.4m foamy warbirds in the air together and in formation is not likely to work very well.

Oh and you also have to dedicate a week to the event so RIP holiday time.

Cuban829/05/2018 12:56:29
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I know that I'm being premature, but I have a feeling that what's being organised could be frivolous and might be considered disrespectful. There are ways and means of using serious aeromodelling to raise awareness of the Battle of Britain in context and either through static displays or with the flying of suitable models, (e.g The Dawn Patrol and LMA among others) what's put before the public is perfectly good and valid.

Having a bunch of small models being flown about by what sounds like anyone who fancies having a go, sounds terrible and I really don't think will add anything to the story, indeed it risks trivialising it. My opinion and I hope I'm very wrong, will just have to keep fingers crossed and see how the programmes turn out (if indeed they ever make it to air). Brickbats or bouquets will be forthcoming, of that, one can be sure.

To quote their press release.

"Sara Ramsden, Executive Producer at Love Productions said: ‘The average age of a Battle of Britain pilot in 1940 was 20 years old. I hope we can bring the story of their achievement to a whole new generation of younger TV viewers. Their stories will be illustrated by the many young modellers of the same age that are coming to take part in this audacious TV experiment."

John Lancaster 201/09/2018 16:26:15
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Definitely going on air...

**LINK**

Alan H01/09/2018 17:17:21
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Thanks for the link

Cuban805/09/2018 15:41:47
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My concerns above are still worrying, but I understand that the well respected historian and broadcaster James Holland is associated with the production, so that's one thing in its favour.
Nigel R05/09/2018 16:09:52
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Tony Bennett05/09/2018 16:12:35
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i just hope they focus on the aircraft and not on "personalities" like most tv shows do these days.

 

fingers crossed for a great and interesting show.

 

Tony B

Edited By Tony Bennett on 05/09/2018 16:14:20

Tony Bennett05/09/2018 16:12:55
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i just hope they focus on the aircraft and not on "personalities" like most tv shows do these days.

fingers crossed for a great and interesting show.

Tony B

Nigel R05/09/2018 16:14:01
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It might be quite lively. We shall see!

Trevor05/09/2018 17:05:31
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I was one of the ‘rent a crowd’ who went along to the last day’s filming and, talking to one or two of the pilots, I got the impression that they are aiming to tell the stories of some of the pilots involved in the battle, from both sides. They have a series of three 60min programmes to fill so quite what the people/planes ratio will be is anybody’s guess!

Trevor

John Lancaster 207/09/2018 12:59:18
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Interview on BBC this morning...

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Robin Mosedale 107/09/2018 19:32:40
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Cringe

Tim Hooper09/09/2018 11:47:37
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A couple of my clubmates are involved - one of them specialises in FPV using warbirds;

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Tim

Stephen Smith 1409/09/2018 18:35:06
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Posted by Robin Mosedale 1 on 07/09/2018 19:32:40:

Cringe

I'll second that, no wonder everyone out side model flying thinks where anoraks.

cymaz09/09/2018 20:15:58
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So far so good! Spotted Sharon !

Edited By cymaz on 09/09/2018 20:23:02

Phil 909/09/2018 20:23:02
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Posted by Tony Bennett on 05/09/2018 16:12:55:

i just hope they focus on the aircraft and not on "personalities" like most tv shows do these days.

 

fingers crossed for a great and interesting show.

 

Tony B

they seem to have found suitably diverse group of modelers. some of them don't seem to have flown a model before ie the Navy full size pilot.

Edited By Phil 9 on 09/09/2018 20:33:39

Phil 909/09/2018 21:00:31
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some very good inflight footage I thought

Kevin Fairgrieve09/09/2018 21:01:52
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The history side of it. Excellent.

The rest............not so sure.

Peter Miller09/09/2018 21:03:05
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That was brillianty done. What more can I say.

Great that the lady shot down ost of the Me 109s to.

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