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Archive for October, 2007
Posted by SPasierb | Oct 18, 2007 @ 09:48 PM | 6,954 Views
Those magical black and white stripes. They look great and are a breeze to do on wings, but they can sometimes be tough to paint on the compound fuselage curves of our models. Somewhat easier in applications where iron-on covering is the order of the day. Always worth adding to scale warbirds. But how many and how wide? Where do they go? How do they space in relation to insignia?

Occasionally folks post questions and have entertaining debates about order and such regarding invasion stripes. Quite some time ago I had tucked this photograph away in some dark corner of my hard drive and just stumbled across it again tonight. It is a Great Britain teletype from June 5, 1944 and provides an excellent reference.

By clicking on the photograph below it should open large enough for all to read. I hope you enjoy it.
Posted by SPasierb | Oct 18, 2007 @ 01:02 PM | 3,982 Views
I hope you enjoy these. Some fun stuff. And, many still quite applicable to our hobby -- especially the first one below. If you have a favorite that's missing here, PLEASE CLICK COMMENTS and add to the list.

A fool and his money are soon flying more airplane than he can handle.

Helicopters can't really fly - they're just so ugly that the earth immediately repels them.

No matter what else happens, fly the airplane.

Forget all that stuff about thrust and drag, lift and gravity; an aeroplane flies because of money.

It's better to be down here wishing you were up there, than up there wishing you were down here.

If you're ever faced with a forced landing at night, turn on the landing lights to see the landing area. If you don't like what you see, turn' em back off.

A check ride ought to be like a skirt, short enough to be interesting but still be long enough to cover everything.

Speed is life, altitude is life insurance. No one has ever collided with the sky.

Always remember you fly an airplane with your head, not your hands.

Never let an airplane take you somewhere your brain didn't get to five minutes earlier.

If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger; if you pull the stick back, they get smaller. (Unless you keep pulling the stick back-then they get bigger again.)

Hovering is for pilots who love to fly but have no place to go.

The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.

Flying is the second...Continue Reading