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  1. Or, as is scrawled more succinctly on one of the M1 motorway bridges: "Home rule for the English" ;)

    The BBC had an excellent interactive map of the May local elections where you could zoom around and see which party controlled each council, but they seem to have pulled the plug on it or I'd paste the colour picture up here to illustrate my point.

    Ahh, .......... The BBC Eh?

    No political motivation there then ?.

    Mike :)


    Apart from the copmpany and the entertaining and informative lectures/talks

    you missed out on this !!

    The food was pretty darn good.

    ( Mind you at one time I thought that was 'A long drive for a salad' when we suffered a power cut ! )

    Y'All better come next year !


  3. Agreed, Gordon Brown will be the best thing the Tories have had in years. Can't wait for these self serving ingrates to implod.




    after Gordon has bled the English white with additional taxation and then scuttled back to the safety of his constituency.........

    The same taxation does not apply to Scotland in many cases. I consider it must be revenge for all the swashbuckling and derring do of the sixteenth century !

    Mike .

  4. Hippies dont or wont realise that some of us are obliged to run vehicles because of our occupation.

    I do not even begin to understand what makes any one want a People Carrier, why not buy the real deal and get a Transit which is one of Henry's finest achievements ( after the GT40 of course)

    If I had a choice, I would favour any hot hatch rollerskate that handled well. Economy, performance,parkability and fun to drive.

    This trailer would look pretty damn stupid behind a certain politicians Prius.


  5. Thanks for the details Simon.

    I would like annodised alloy ends in the traditional blue and red colouring, if possible.


    Mike S

    Just one small query.........

    Are we OK with alloy unions ( Threaded male fittings ) going into an ultra hot iron ( steel ?) turbo housing ?

    Or should we be looking at SS fittings for compatibility ?

    Any metallurgists out there ?


  6. I would also be interested in a proper set of braided feed/return pipes - this was on my to-do list :thumbsup:

    I have a complete new set of brand new turbo feed/return pipes for oil and coolant and I would be happy to send these to Simons guy, so that he could run-up a number of sets.

    @Simon: Can you ask your guy if he is happy to provide his address and I

  7. Crosby Stills Nash, what an album add Young what an outfit, suite judy blue eyes ,,,oh major nostalga trip

    Too Right Howard,

    Still some good stuff coming from these guys........Stills 'Man Alive' a recent recording shows what an enduring and ecclectic musician he really is .

    Check also David Crosbys 'If only I could remember my name' Not recent but showcases the compnent part of the quartet.

    I will put those CDs into the car this very day.....



    Ahoy Bibsy ,

    What about a 'sampler ' facility so we can upload soundbites of our faves ??

  8. I used to like his Jeff Beck Band/ Rod Stewart stuff , but TBH havent given him a listen for years (I will now)

    Whatcha think of This?

    Right On Wayne, ( Thats sixties jargon to you young poeple!)

    Cannot top that .......ONLY by the other two magicians being present, Stills and Crosby.

    What an inventive era the seventies were .

    Is Coldplay really the natural successor to the the heights of musicianship and songwriting ?

    Perhaps I just dont understand the poor dears, it all sounds too wishy washy and poncey to me .

    Maybe I should be shootin or snortin something in order to get me depressed enough to listen to the genre.


  9. I had V8 leather comfort seats in my GT3 and found them very comfortable although an 'acquried' taste. but as I loved the car I learned to live with them .

    When the first stirrings of interest in the sport 350 came to me I studied the seats and thought I would have to change them for the type I had in the GT3 after Dave Oneshot kindly let me sit in ( not drive ) his 350!!

    Jeeez I thought, I will never be able to get in and out of this car over those bolsters let alone live with the vice like grip across my ass and thighs. But again I wanted that car so badly that I was prepared to swap the seats for non standard.

    In time I again learned to live with the seats and they became 'Normal ' to me . and yes there may be a little stiffness of the back after 3 or 4 hours in the car but what the hell there aint no drive like it and I may look a little geriatric getting out of the car ( I am probably the oldest 'Old Git' on the forum ) car cos it it aint easy over THOSE bolsters .

    I spent 5 hours at the wheel apart from a fuel stop yesterday and after the initial 5 minutes felt ok.

    Perhaps back strengthening / loosening excercises would help those with back pain?

    I certainly lead a very active life and I am sure this has helped me.



  10. Hi Guys,

    Has anyone replaced the turbo oil feed and cooling pipes with s/s items?

    It seems a simple thing to do but as yet it would appear no one has them tooled up.

    Pete at PNM was going to have them available last year and after a few reminders still no word from him.

    Geoff at Esprit Eng. has asked his local supplier of Aeroquip to make some to a set of pattern parts . result zilch in the progress dept.

    Looks like we could do with a friendly aero engineer / V8 owner to pattern and tool up these items. who do we have 'On the Books' ???

    I am rather loathe to replace them with the standard short life plated items.


  11. Mike - I only understood 1/2 of that :unworthy:

    The cat is one of my favouritest of aircraft, the Sunderland also used to be moored not far from here at Chatham / Rochester docks before it was sold over seas. There was a cat at Duxford but someone said it had been done in 'Greenpeace' colours now (WTF ?!?)

    Pete - thanks for the info. I was very suprised to see the specs on brushless stuff last night when I did some research, electric subs for .60 engines with direct prop to rotor, amazing !!!

    MK1 is going to be 58" span, about 1.5kg flying weght to get a rough wing load of about 17oz/sq ft which seems to be a nice balance between dosile trainer and manouverability.

    200 watts is spot on actually - I done the calcs earlier and it came to 192 watts.

    Good call on the engines, but running them in series wont that cause a larger volt drop across them and make them slower ?

    I was more tempted to buy 1x 60 amp speed controller and run them off that in parallel

    I saw a guy make a BEAUTIFUL P-38 lightning and the engine splutter on take off causing the plane to slew around, the tip stalled on the slow wing and the thing spiralled into the ground :wallbash:

    I was going to go for something like an EMAX 2810/20amp with 1100 rpm/volt and a 7x4 3 blade prop for looks.

    Not too fussed on the flyability, I just love building the things - when I build the 80" span one I need to work out how to make the retracts.


    let me explain to a young man about seamed stockings ........................!!!!!!

    No forget that . ............................................ Schneider Trophy races held inthe Solent in the thirties were very hotly contested by many technically advanced nations especially those wishing to gain a military advantage in the air. The Italians and Germans were very keen to compete. I wonder why ?

    Also in the Solent area in Southampton Water a few years ago the only Cat in Europe made a bad landing and unfortunately killed the mayor of southampton amongst others. I understand the cat involved is now flying again and maybe the Greenpeace cat that has been mentioned.

    Actually I think I misinformed you , it was the Princess and Empire flying boats that had those 'Hostesses' Sighhhh !

    As far as elegant flight is concerned , the interface between air and water that is bridged by flying boats , floatplanes and amphibians is just so beautiful , so elegant , so intrinsic as to defy description, spesially as I feel a dwunkon evring about tu kreap up on me,

    Thank you Mr Carlsberg , for your fine medicinal products !

    Mike .

  12. So what electric motor might be best suited for my next project which is a 50-60" span PBY Catalina ? (twin engine if anyone's not familair)


    It's going to be ply / balsa airframe with GRP to seal the hull for possible water landings (hand launch) and to make moulds for MK2-3-4-5 etc

    Was going to run a pair of .15's but I much much much prefer the ease and clenliness of electric flight. No aerobatics just a scale flyer.


    Now you are torkin' Jono.............. Surely the most graceful of all aircraft ?

    Schneider trophy class, Catalina, Spruce Goose, Sunderlands . Real Hostesses with seamed stockings ??? The mind Boggles.

    Just love those steps........

    ( Thats on the hull, for you land lubbers !)


  13. Took the 350 for the MOT today and the Old Barge sailed through,

    One point of concern was the trouble the MOT guy had to get the emmissions readings for the Lambda.

    It ended up with an assistant shoving the probe indelicately up the old girls pipe and caulking the straight through tail pipe ( no box) with an oily rag.

    I could hear the revs climbing and when I looked it was if her Knickers were on fire , with clouds of smoke from the back end luckily from the oily rag which was putting out a smokescreen that Alistair Campbell would be proud of !

    It turns out that with 'Big pipes there is not enough back pressure to get an accurate reading and register a 'Green'

    Any one else out there experienced this phenonema !!


    cant wait til July the first ............


  14. Apparently this is a guy from India. He's a bit warm on the old guitar and you can download his album in Mp3 format for free, and I have to say it's bloomin' good.

    The albums called Knights in shining Karma, have a listen to "Blues for Gary" :thumbup:

    That is good ......

    If I may say it owes a lot to seventies Jeff Beck in particular the album recorded by George Martin 'Blow By Blow'

    which has some fabulous string arrangements that are so at one with the laid back feel.

    Any other Jeff Beck fans out there in addition to Mark Blanchard and myself?

    Reminds me also of Justin Hayward and Lodges 'Blue Guitar' ( which I can never play just once , always have to repeat that one )


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