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Posted by Braddock, VC | Jan 09, 2014 @ 11:09 AM | 1,128 Views
Having seen all the copies for sale on e-bay I think it's safe to say that my brother was duped.
C'est la vie!
Posted by Braddock, VC | Jan 05, 2014 @ 12:17 PM | 1,104 Views
Knowing me as a jesse james freak, my brother gave me this framed wanted poster for jesse james for Xmas, the man who gave it him said his father had acquired it back in the midwest when he was in the UK mercantile marine when visiting a southern port in the early 1950s.
I don't have anyway of checking if it's genuine othet than carbon dating so could I ask anyone who reads it does it look like the real thing?
Posted by Braddock, VC | Nov 14, 2013 @ 02:56 AM | 1,314 Views
Another one of America's unsung heroes crosses the bar.

Albert Taylor was an expert tracker who brought his skills to search-and-rescue and locating children lost in the wilderness
Albert Taylor
Albert Taylor Photo: NEW YORK TIMES
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Albert Taylor, who has died aged 88, was an expert tracker with the United States Border Patrol (USBP) and helped outline a practical methodology for search-and-rescue operations.
A tall, bandy-legged man with full moustache and melodic Texan drawl, Taylor’s roots lay firmly in the Old West. Like generations of trackers before him, his great skill lay in observing minor disturbances – a broken twig, a half-formed footprint, or scuff marks in the brush – that betrayed the presence of his quarry. “There’s a story written on the ground,” he would tell reporters. “If you can learn to read it, it’s there.”
While modern technology has provided USBP agents with ever more varied and advanced systems for logging the progress of migrants over a large area , Taylor believed that an operation hinged, and would always hinge, on human intuition. “Sheer numbers do not guarantee success,” he wrote . “Neither do millions of dollars or sophisticated equipment.” Small bands of well-trained individuals, able to follow the clues to their source, were key.
To this end, Taylor often worked his team of border agents remorselessly. He would spend days at a time tailing...Continue Reading
Posted by Braddock, VC | Oct 12, 2013 @ 10:28 AM | 1,560 Views
SPITFIRE 944 (14 min 39 sec)

I hope this link comes through OK, really good film and a great color scheme for a topflite spitfire, need to modify the kit a wee bit though.
Posted by Braddock, VC | Jul 25, 2013 @ 01:18 PM | 1,802 Views
Finally finished bar for a few little licks of paint and filling the usual settlement cracks, I'm quite surprised there were only one or two.
We had a new barbecue area laid in paving blocks and a similar parking area for 3 cars, mother in law came over today to act as garden consultant and we spent a bit of time looking at garden sheds as I've decided I want all my stuff out of the house.
I'm feeling a bit sorry for myself as I've just had an angioplasty carried out and my artery where they went in refused to seal when the tube was removed so I spent quite a long time with a pneumatic pressure applicator that's left me with a bruise the size of Cuba on my lower groin.
I'm off work till Tuesday next week but am banned from any heavy work and to cap it all I've acquired a chest infection from my son so that's really peed me off.
I'm booked to go deep sea fishing on Monday with my two sons and some of their mates but I think I'll cry off and let them enjoy themselves without the old man wiping their noses!
Posted by Braddock, VC | Jun 08, 2013 @ 11:57 AM | 2,200 Views
I've been watching the races on itv4 here in the uk, my god those riders are absolutely mental.
Senior TT delayed following an accident in one of the lesser races where the rider and eleven spectators were injured.
This has to be the modern version of Roman Games at the Coliseum.
Posted by Braddock, VC | May 27, 2013 @ 05:57 PM | 2,932 Views
Just an afterthought to P19, I brought all my junk out of storage and to my absolute amazement found that I have the following kits (first) and artfs (second) to clutter up the new part of the house - Flair fokker D7, Marutaka P 51D, Mantua Models Double, veron FW 190 A-3 control liner, Acrowot kit, Wot 4 kit. Now for the artfs, Radian Pro, Radian, ST model Fox, Black Horse midget mustang, world models barbra jean, H9 F - 22, Multiplex merlin. And I thought I'd been ruthless. I also had 2 building boards, half a dozen electric motors and associated batteries and escs.
Also 7 rolls of profilm, 10 assorted rolls of solarfilm polyester and half a dozen rolls of solartex 4 gallons of fuel etc etc.
Posted by Braddock, VC | May 24, 2013 @ 05:58 AM | 2,830 Views
Really on the home stretch now, shower cabin assembled and installed, remainder of bathroom furniture arrive next week and we have had a bit of a windfall so can order up the landscape works.
I hope P 20 will be my last entry (on this particular topic anyway).
Posted by Braddock, VC | May 07, 2013 @ 04:29 PM | 5,444 Views
I seem to have doubled up on the pps 14 and 15 so brought the indexing back up to correctness!!!
The work has now been completed except we have had a change of direction decoration wise, so there are are three more rooms to paint plus one to repaint plus the entrance hall and stairwell.
The kitchen is all we ever wanted and looks great and more to the point is a great family room.
We have also had a change of direction in the garden, instead of a block work patio we are now going for a decked out terrace. Trouble is the money has run out so I'll have to wait until we make a bigger pot.
On top of everything I now have a heart condition and go into hospital shortly for some exploratory surgery.
Posted by Braddock, VC | Apr 20, 2013 @ 05:11 PM | 2,480 Views
Almost there, coming to the really tricky bit. After much deliberation wifey and I (more wifey I must say though it was my suggestion) have decided that timber floors look nice but take too much maintenance so we did what we have done in our work building, vynil floors, non slip in the bathroom and imitation wood in the kitchen and entrance hall. The rest has been carpeted.
This weekend I'm removing the old kitchen furniture. When it was installed, many years ago, the units were built by a cabinet maker and installed very strongly. In many respects it was difficult to replace them they were that well built, I could have had new doors and work surfaces made but we (read she) fell in love with a modern set up.
Anyway the regulations for buildings have changed and there were some features in the house that needed changing so they had to go.
The waste pipe from the upstairs bathroom passed through the kitchen, inside a trunking you understand, so I had to install external waste pipes and remove the internal one.
Because the current building regs require 50mm more cavity insulation in the walls the walls in the new part of the kitchen stick into the room so a man is coming on wednesday to put a plasterboard wall up to take the kink out, before this (remember I said this was tricky) the electrician is coming to rejig the electric points on monday.
The guys who are laying the floor are coming tuesday pm to lay the latex self levelling screed (yes Yes Yes) if they finish their tuesday job early - if not they come on wednesday first thing and I'll have to rejig the plasterer to friday - they are laying the vynil on thursday. The new shower cabins come on wednesday, the new kitchen furniture comes on friday and the kitchen fitter starts on monday.
God I hope it all slots in.
I'll let you know how it all slots in.
Posted by Braddock, VC | Apr 18, 2013 @ 01:39 AM | 2,906 Views
Jake McNiece
Jake McNiece, who has died aged 93, was the leader of the “Filthy Thirteen”, a crack US Army demolition unit that inspired Robert Aldrich’s macho classic The Dirty Dozen.

The “Thirteen” was an unofficial unit (in fact consisting of up to 18 men) within the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. It was parachuted into France hours before the D-Day landings to take and hold a bridge over the Douve river, in a bid to prevent German reinforcements from moving into Normandy.
The group derived its nickname from the fact that they showered just once a week and never washed their uniforms — as well as from their insubordinate attitude to authority. “We were absolutely undisciplined,” McNiece recalled. “We did not greet the officers and we did not speak to them by saying the traditional 'Sir’. We used to call them by their nicknames.” Following the example of McNiece, whose mother was a Choctaw Indian, the men prepared for their mission by shaving their heads into Mohican haircuts and smearing their faces with war paint.
Shortly after midnight on June 6 1944, McNiece and his men parachuted behind enemy lines. By the time dawn broke, they had destroyed two bridges and had taken up positions on the bridge over the Douve. They held it against German counter-attack for three days until the structure was bombed, apparently in error, by the US Air Force. “I was submerged by anger,&#...Continue Reading
Posted by Braddock, VC | Mar 12, 2013 @ 04:22 PM | 3,061 Views
Had the heating installed at the back end of February, an unmitigated disaster. Left for 3 days without heating in a real cold snap, shoddy workmanship wouldn't do what I wanted and left without finishing really peed me off.
I think I'm going to sue them.
Got it all working but unfinished and the heating parts work great, the boiler rarely goes above half throttle except when the water heating goes on for the showers, great but the installation is absolute crap.
The builder has one more day to fit some of the timber mouldings round the doors and two loft hatches and then it's the serious work of painting and decorating.
Oh and the heating people are coming back Thursday pm to complete. I wish.
Posted by Braddock, VC | Feb 22, 2013 @ 02:45 PM | 3,371 Views
Most of the plastering done, last night my daughter came home from university for a long weekend and slept in her room, partial electrics, completely undecorated and with no door into her bathroom where there was no wc, shower or wash hand basin and she loved it! She's off out now to round up her friends to show them. I love it, makes it worth every penny.
The plasterer did the whole of the kitchen ceiling today and had to finish early, just too much for him. I'm really getting my money's worth out of him. Just two more rooms to have their walls plastered, two rooms to have the floor screed done then it's heating, ventilation and final electrics then I get let loose on the place to fit the floors, showers and wall tiling. Aiming to hit my completion date before the wife's birthday on April 8th!!!!!!
Posted by Braddock, VC | Feb 13, 2013 @ 08:32 AM | 3,207 Views
All the internal construction is now complete and the walls have been rendered with cement. The plasterer is putting the first coat of plaster on and the central heating is to be installed on Feb 28th.
After that I have to prime the plastered walls with a mixture of 50/50 water and latex paint then a good couple of thick coats. I intend to spray this on as I have a big compressor and a one litre capacity touch up spray gun.
The whole family is really excited now the end is in sight.
Then it's back to making and breaking models or should that be breaking then making models?
Posted by Braddock, VC | Feb 06, 2013 @ 08:28 AM | 3,135 Views
Work is really accelerating, all the internal walls have been built, ceilings installed, ventilation fans and electrical cables installed, really taking shape now looking forward to the finish in a couple of weeks time.
Posted by Braddock, VC | Jan 31, 2013 @ 03:00 PM | 3,572 Views
Very productive week so far, dust, dust and more dust. We've got the wall knocked down to extend my daughters bedroom and the wall knocked down to extend the kitchen. Lifting the beams in to hold the structure up were extremely heavy there were three and the lightest was 260 pounds, which took 4 of us to lift the beam 8 feet.
Never mind it's done now and there'just one more hole to cut ou then it's on with the finishing!

Tonight was the last day of our inland duck season and so I took youngest son out to demonstrate how to call ducks in, he had my winchester 23 and I used my darne V19, both side by side 12 gauge.
I managed to get six or seven flights of duck in range but our shooting was c**p not even a feather to take home. First time he's been duck hunting and he really enjoyed it, would have been better to have ended the season with a couple of birds though .
Posted by Braddock, VC | Jan 27, 2013 @ 03:35 PM | 2,887 Views
Long Lay off, work starts again tomorrow at 08.00. Have to install HT steel beams to replace existing wall structure to give us access through to the extended portion of the building.
Once those are in place the brickwork can be removed, the new internal dividing walls constructed, electrical wiring installed, walls can be plastered and the new heating system installed then the floor can be screeded and the new timber flooring laid, kitchen installed, new fence and driveway made and Bob's your uncle.
Completion mid march I hope and we'll have a big spring barbeque to set things off!
I have a feeling that the fence and drive may be delayed but not the barbeque!!!!!
Posted by Braddock, VC | Dec 26, 2012 @ 03:18 PM | 3,946 Views
Charles Durning Dies
Charles Durning, who has died aged 89, was a prolific American character actor in roles ranging from a wartime Nazi colonel to the Pope, but his most celebrated film part was as a comically corrupt state governor in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982).

Stocky and heavyset, he nevertheless demonstrated some nifty footwork in the film’s show-stopping Sidestep song-and-dance number, a legacy of his early career as a dance instructor. Durning was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor on the strength of this, and year later received another nomination for his portrayal of a bumbling Nazi officer in Mel Brooks’ To Be or Not to Be. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe as the harassed police lieutenant in Dog Day Afternoon (1975).
Durning started his career on the stage, and appeared at the New York Shakespeare Festival. But his breakthrough role was as a small town mayor in the award-winning play That Championship Season in 1972. The following year he made his film debut as the crooked cop stalking two con men, played by Paul Newman and Robert Redford, in the Oscar-winning comedy The Sting.
Dozens of notable screen roles followed. Durning was the would-be suitor of Dustin Hoffman, posing as a female soap opera star in Tootsie (1982); a purveyor of frogs’ legs in The Muppet Movie (1979); and Chief Brandon in Warren Beatty’s Dick Tracy (1990). He also played Pope John XXIII in the made-for-television film I Would be...Continue Reading
Posted by Braddock, VC | Dec 15, 2012 @ 04:44 PM | 3,542 Views
Windows and doors all fitted today, will have to clean out the floor tomorrow as I've decided to speed things up and get the screeding done so we can push on as I'd like to get the builder's work completed by mid january.
We'll just leave the wall in my daughter's room till last so she can at least enjoy her Christmas.
We've had a good two months in work so I have a lot more profit to play with than I'd hoped so the build may continue with a large outside workshop for me either that or a new Audi TT!!!
Posted by Braddock, VC | Dec 12, 2012 @ 05:09 PM | 3,675 Views
Things are accelerating now and the damn weather caused problems, even with cement accelerator the temperature was causing the mortar to freeze and so the tiler had to quit. But the scaffolding came down and for the first time I can see the outline of the new part of the house; it really is everything we wanted, the shape is great not like some wart grafted on.
Tomorrow the utility people come to excavate the drive so that the gas and electricity meters can be moved outside, the gas tomorrow and the electricity on Friday. A registered plumber is coming tomorrow to join my existing gas pipe to the meter and an electrician on Friday who will install a new consumer unit to distribute the power and then he will run the cables for all the electricity points and return when the walls have been plastered and the internal partitions erected.
On Saturday the new windows and multifold door will be fitted then we take a break for the christmas holiday, can't proceed as the next phase involves knocking down some walls into the existing kitchen and then a doorway at the other end of the extension plus knocking down the existing wall in my daughter's room and also a doorway into the new, 4th bedroom.
As my daughter is coming home from university for christmas we decided that we would not remove her wall!
We start again on January 7th and when that work is done and the first floor joists installed the walls can be plastered and the ceilings too.
I can then have the new heating system installed and fit out the two new showers and toilets plus the downstairs utility room and then do some painting.
Getting ahead of myself but then the downstairs floor can be screeded, and a new floor laid in the new kitchen area then our $26000 kitchen can be fitted. Hopefully by the end of february. Then its on to the outside for landscaping etc.
Happy holiday to all my readers. See you in the new year!!!!!