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by Dangermouse
Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:43 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Pic of the Day
Replies: 2374
Views: 1418327

Re: Pic of the Day

Today's shot reminds me of an article I read in a classic car mag a while ago about a company which would dip entire bodyshells to get back to bare metal, rather than grit blasting them. It's absolutely fascinating what this turns up. On cars which were originally hand-built you see tool marks, lead...
by Dangermouse
Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:47 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: joke of the day
Replies: 524
Views: 304748

Re: joke of the day

They've got "Male Voice Choirs" in the wrong place there, it's more a South and North Wales thing (as they tended to form around heavy industry and mining).

I think the best label locally would be "Zombies" judging by the numbers of shuffling moaning things in Tesco...
by Dangermouse
Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:18 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 719119

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

I suspect that may be embellishment or misreporting. Apparently it's not uncommon, even if the phone you're calling is switched off. The "ringing" is the network trying to contact the phone, then giving up and diverting to voicemail. It isn't that much of a leap from a tale of a relative calling and...
by Dangermouse
Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:11 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 719119

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

Would love it if Cosford opened all three V-bombers, but I suspect the Valiant is probably pretty stripped inside. I noticed that it had screwed-on plates holding the rudder straight when I visited a few years ago.
by Dangermouse
Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:21 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Nomadic, Titanic & other historic vessels
Replies: 376
Views: 278415

Re: Nomadic, Titanic & other historic vessels

Wonder if the commenter on that blog who claims to have seen her in the Falklands and then in Bristol is winding them up, or just confusing the Cutty Sark with Brunel's masterpiece the SS Great Britain... :lol:
by Dangermouse
Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:09 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 719119

Re: Dick Ransome / pre-crash damage to K7

A bit of a tangent, but does anyone know where the "frozen chicken in test cannon" legend began? I've heard versions in which the users were NASA, British Rail, assorted aircraft manufacturers, various organisations that they borrowed the thing from, etc. About the only constant is the punchline "Th...
by Dangermouse
Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:09 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 719119

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

I've got one of those! Bought it a couple of years ago for the 58mm f2 on the front, which like a lot of Soviet/Eastern Bloc lenses is a cracker. With an adapter ring it fits my Pentax DSLR. It's a clone of a Zeiss Biotar which was presumably grabbed as war booty. The camera seems to work perfectly ...
by Dangermouse
Thu Jan 16, 2014 6:49 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 719119

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

You don't really need a light meter with print film. "Sunny 16" works surprisingly well, and I seem to have got better at it since I last used my Bronica ETR. I just set the camera and shoot, unless the light changes dramatically you just need to keep winding the film on and pressing the button. Min...
by Dangermouse
Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:22 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 719119

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

Reminds me of this XKCD cartoon: http://xkcd.com/1314/
by Dangermouse
Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:33 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Richie's Little Tank
Replies: 279
Views: 171299

Re: Richie's Little Tank

On the subject of these gauges, it seems that as so many people know nothing about the genuine risks many museums are ripping gauges out of historic vehicles to have them destroyed.......utterly utterly foolish ! They pose no risk when sealed behind the glass but as it has the stigma of having an i...