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I don't recall defence ever being a Monster Raving Loony Party priority? Not in their 2017 Manifesto:
Tax payers to receive Nectar Points from HMRC

The Loony Party will Nationalise all Political parties.. and if they don’t keep their manifesto promises.. we will sell em off.
We will nationalise crime to make sure it doesn’t pay

Due to the fact that the Government have made cuts in almost everything around. the loony party proposes to cut the letters of the alphabet..
Starting with the letters N. H. and S

Educational funding
The Loony Party proposes that all Schools would have a Jumble sale or fete or other fundraising event at least twice per month to help raise funds for those little extras.. such as Desks, Books, paper, pens etc.

Electoral Change
The Loony party propose that voters will get a 30 day cooling off period during which, if you change your mind, didn’t like the result, or didn’t know what you were voting for, you can get your vote back.

Reduce the voting age to 16 (carried forward from our 1983 manicfesto) ..(nicked by labour))

Imigration policy
One in one out (carried forward from our 2015 manicfesto (nicked by UKIP))

Pensions or How to get the grey vote…
In keeping with the Labour Party’s latest bid to get one or two pensioners to vote for them they have brought out a new policy guaranteeing the Triple lock on pensions until 2025 if they get voted in..The Loony party of course will go one better and buy a very large padlock,

We shall replace the Trident missile.. with a three pronged fork

Economy & Pensions
We will further complicate the UK tax system so that large companies can no longer find loopholes.

We will change the English symbol of three lions to 3 badgers. How often do you see lions running round the countryside?
All Food sold in fast food establishments should be clearly marked “May contain traces of real food”

Social Media
All Social Media sites to be taken down for one day a year for a “Remember when we used to talk” day.

We will only paint yellow lines where you CAN park,
We will rename the current Oyster travel cards, ‘Sardine Cards’ to better reflect the experience when travelling on public transport

Seems a rather far-fetched scenario.
Modelling Forum / Re: B-29 model
« Last post by Jemiba on Today at 09:08:04 am »
As I understand, the size of the drawing is the problem ? There should be accurate 3-views on the net, but
scaling them to the 1/14 scale actually may not be the best solution.
But from wiki, you can download a 3-view as a svg- (vector graphic) file (,
which can be enlarged without loss of quality. And modifying and improving it, is quite simple, too. And you
probably don't need the postion of every rivet, do you ?
There are commercial drawings available, but I don't know, if they really are better.
What year?

If it was today you might run into problems sourcing CPUs...
Trying to see how fast the mods can ban an abusive idiot?
Modelling Forum / Re: B-29 model
« Last post by Tonton-42 on Today at 05:51:23 am »

Hi !

My first model was a CL-215 (it still exists but does not fly any more) motorized with 2 OS .20 Max and at 1/14 scale (ws = 2040 mm). It was not under powerred because very light (styro + balsa wood + Kraft paper < 3500 g) and I would build the B-29 with same materials.

Modelling Forum / B-29 model
« Last post by Tonton-42 on Today at 04:51:37 am »
Hi !

The B-29 is my favorit plane and I would like to build a 1/14 model. Is there someone who make it ? My project is whith 4 electric engines for propulsion and approximative scale propellers (dia 14"). I have made an ugly draft for the forward cabin from some revues and internet plans because nothing does'nt exist on this subject with good accuracy ( only Tu-4 drawings have great dimensions !) ... May be someone could tell me if something exists for a better result ?

User Artwork / Re: Motocar's Cutaway drawings
« Last post by Motocar on Today at 04:30:02 am »
Palette Trautmann Roadair, 1959 flying car project, author Motocar
Quite interesting reading with this regards :
"Warriors and wizards : the development and defeat of radio-controlled glide bombs of the Third Reich" by Martin J. Bollinger.
Successes and limitations on both sides are shown very well. E.g., when the principles of the German glide bombs already were
known to the allies during the first phase of its use, it nevertheless sometimes was diffcult to equip even just one convoy escort
with a jammer.

I was able to finish this yesterday, actually.  Each of the systems deployed prior to early 1944 were capable of jamming only an individual frequency, and there was no way to coordinate in a timely manner among the equipped escorts. The highest number of escorts so equipped in an engagement prior to Feb 1944 appears to be three. Which means if nine glide bombs were launched, a maximum of three were capable of being jammed. It required the manual interception of the signal and manual tuning of the jamming equipment to same.
The location of the antennae on the Hs 293 made jamming from the frontal quarter difficult.  The ideal location for the escort jamming was between the glide bomb and the attacking aircraft. This was difficult when the most frequent use was against picket escorts and stragglers.
The USN decided against jamming the intermediate signal (as the RN did successfully with the type 650) because it was adjudged to be too easily side stepped by a change of the IF, which the Germans did not do operationally but was entirely within their capabilities.

Only one in nine glide bombs launched and observed to be responsive to control hit targets. Including mechanical failure, interception, etc, the number falls to one in twenty-four glide bombs leaving German airfields were adjudged to hit their targets.

Alot of technical problems would've been shared by the  BV 246 (mulitpath interference, weak signal strength at maximum operational [hence frequently terminal phase] distances, stalls during aggressive maneuvering).

Overall the jamming was not considered effective, especially early.  Disappointed that they gave only a brief discussion of EO and wire guidance which were both developed but never operationally deployed.
Theoretical and Speculative Projects / Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Last post by Graham1973 on July 19, 2017, 02:46:23 am »
Frederick Forsyth, The Devil's Alternative, 1979

United States

USS Moran
Warship of unspecified type/class
Only detail provided is that the main gun armament is two 5 inch guns, one forward, one aft. This armament would fit either the Spruance or Kidd Class Destroyers.

United Kingdom

HMS Argyll
County Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author refers to this ship as a 'Guided Missile Light Cruiser' but the limited details he provides best fits the County Class. However at one point he describes the ship as having identical gun armament to the USS Moran, given that the Royal Navy does not use 5 inch guns, nor a fore and aft gun layout, I suspect this is a mistake on the authors part.

HMS Cutlass (P274)
Scimitar Class Fast Patrol Boat
Real ship, details as in service
Ship was sold to Greece in 1981, novel extends the ships service to 1983.

HMS Sabre (P275)
Scimitar Class Fast Patrol Boat
Real ship, details as in service
Ship was sold to Greece in 1981, novel extends the ships service to 1983.

HMS Scimitar (P271)
Scimitar Class Fast Patrol Boat
Real ship, details as in service, novel extends the ships service to 1983.
Ship was sold to Greece in 1981


'Light Cruiser', class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: Name clashes with a  F70 (Georges Leygues) Class Frigate that was completed in 1982, it is possible this was the ship intended, but the author provides no details beyond the name/type to allow confirmation.


'Missile Frigate', class not specified.
No other details provided.


'Missile Frigate', class not specified.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The story runs between 1982 & 1983, the United States and United Kingdom have received intelligence that the Soviet wheat harvest has failed dramatically due to a series of errors of during the production of a seed dressing. Realizing that they have the Soviets over a barrel, they negotiate a hard deal for the wheat needed to stave off starvation in Russia, knowing that as they do so there is a faction of the Supreme Soviet willing to go to war to take the food they need. Then two Jews flee to the west and the Soviet negotiators make their return a precondition of the wheat deal. Before any decision can be made on this unexpected demand hijackers take over an oil tanker off the Dutch coast and threaten ecological catastrophe unless the two men are allowed to go to Israel. Now it is the West's turn to face an agonizing choice...
Alternative History and Future Speculation / Re: High-Speed Horizons
« Last post by Arjen on July 19, 2017, 02:17:37 am »
The cone-shaped aircraft is suspended from the double B-29's stabilizer. 
From the site linked to in the original post:
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