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  1. Question: Are you planning for some sort of interior partition (say, of card) to prevent it being see-through? In looking at other pile lighthouses, some of those photos seem to be very see-through; others less-so. Architectural fashion of the day was to enclose every room, "open concept' would be years later. Could go either way and not really affect the build at all. And naturally, the build is the thing.
  2. In the early days, too, that Cyclic was a big honking beast, too--just the right height to clout you in the ankle or the side of the knee. There was a time, a very brief time, where Doctrine said a/c Commander sat to left so that the Co could focus on the driving. Brownshoes never grokked that, so, it faded away, just like yesterday's crayons.. Early days of fixed wing, the throttle was on the left, so, that's where OIC sits.
  3. Don't forget to double check the AE-35 unit before installing it. [:)]
  4. Because that means he does not have to climb over the cyclic to the left of the seat.
  5. Such a gorgeous build, and that paint job is superb. Does make me miss the old Air Superiority scheme with light & dark gray (if not the painting of all the soft edges :) ) Although that does bring up an issue when you get to the Tomcat. Of whether to go with one of the original production paint schemes, or to go with the LoViz (also known in the fleet as "easter egg" as the precat paint never color matched, ever). Outstanding build--just needs some scruffians in ABU to pre-flight it.
  6. May have been French practice. British practice was the minimum number of guns mounted. That is, if I'm remembering rightly.
  7. Yeah, those are big birds. Mind, that Tomcat will be bigger still. The more fair comparison a/c would be an Su-27 (also a big bird). Luckily, these a/c are not often seen with "drooped" surfaces, which makes for a simpler build. About the only thing seen drooped are the intakes, but, that's not consistent. One of the better am items to get for Eagles are the FOD inserts for intakes and exhausts--they are a prominent part of the experience of seeing them on the ground. You are best placed to decide on RBF flags (heavy duty foil--the restaurant supply house stuff, not grocery store--is your friend if you select the decals rather than PE. These are more fun with a weapons load, even though they are most often parked with nothing but tanks on the stores points.
  8. It was common, during that time, to "classify" ships by a certain number of guns. Which was not necessarily the number of guns fitted. The classic British "36" typically carried 42 to 44 cannon; typically 20 or 21 per side and either 2 or 4 bow and stern "chasers." (Or, just two more per side, through ports made by the Carpenter's Mate.) In much the same way the American 44s often had 48 guns aboard. Carronades were not generally counted as they were point-blank range weapons. I remember reading--far away and long long ago, a supposition that the British "under-counted" the guns to appease a parsimonious Parliament, that they were not "wasting" tax money on 'superfluous' cannons. I'm not sure how accurate that would be; naval vessels were built "green" in those days, and were rebuilt on a pretty frequent basis, so the Exchequer was constantly building ships.
  9. When they made the sequel, one of the big issues was that A, Kubrick had all the studio models destroyed (so they'd not show back up in cheap scifi)., and B, Kubrick only ever intended to use the ship[ in some long, specific shots. Which is why the thing is long and linear and repetitive, yet has little detail. It was a narrative placemarker, not an actual part of the narrative. Especially as it was the internal nature of the ship, the ship as a character, that was the production intent. So, for 2010, they actually rebuilt Discovery from scratch.
  10. Locomotives are marvelous things. There are engineering considerations in almost all the moving parts. So, things like bearings, bushings, journals, and the like have to either be durable and replaceable, or require considerable lubrication. Preferably while not stopping, or without needing oil sumps on every single thing, too. The solution was to install an oil tank and either pressurize the lines with steam, or to use steam to power a pump to keep the oil moving to all the appropriate parts. It was middling common on US steam locomotives in the 40s & 50s. Especially the big "western" locomotives.
  11. The yellow, along with being true to the movie, is such a nice change from the reflexive use of ion blue all too common in h'wood of late. (Even if the physics of using a reactor to accelerate water as reaction mass suggest the result would be a neon magenta color high in the violet end of the visible spectrum--which would be a modeling nightmare.)
  12. So, not quite as long as a 1/48 U-Boot--if a similar sort of linearity. 😀
  13. Keeping a boat's spars less than the boat's LOA is why so many were rigged with lug sails and various fors of gunter/dutch gaffs. Thas, as so many of those rigs featured sails with "club" spars to extend their height.
  14. And, there is a US Patent for a "no tip" shipboard inkwell (had a very wide conical base) circa 1908. Ink was very much a part of maritime life. The Disbursing Officer had a knock-down desk with a double-acting drawer that was set up where appropriate. The Pay Book, showing earned pay and all debits against that pay listed out, per sailor. The Sailors, each in their turn, then approached the DO who pointed out the amounts for the concurrence of the Sailor. The Sailor then "made his mark" in ink, in the paybook. The DO placed those funds paid out on his side ofth drwaer, and the sailor then opened the drawer from his side and drew his pay. Since pay might be in specie or bullion, this is why the Disbursing Officer, at least until electronic debt/debit cards were introduced, wears a side arm as badge of office on payday. (They also accompany bullion or specie paid out to draw fuel or supplies in foreign ports.)

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