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    I'll leave my discussions of the special effects...

    I'll leave my discussions of the special effects on the other thread.

    I didn't expect to like the new "Midway," but I did. There are lot of aspects I thought they did real well, from uniforms to...
  2. TV Series with Vintage Century-Series Fighters

    Stumbled on re-runs of the old "Steve Canyon" series from the late '50s on cable TV. It's on the "Decade" network.

    Nothing much to praise about the story lines or acting, but the episodes feature...
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    System Problems on EAA Forums?

    I've been getting a lot of "System Unavailable" responses when trying to access the EAA forums lately. A lot of time, I can hit "reload" and it processes normally.

    Haven't seen this on any other...
  4. Heh. Joe's post reminded me... I'm a retired...

    Heh. Joe's post reminded me... I'm a retired space professional (40 years in the space biz) and ALL of the space movies I've seen are models or CGI.

    So maybe I'm a bit more tolerant of CGI. :-)...
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    Front Row: Turner T-40, Bowers Fly Baby, Treft...

    Front Row: Turner T-40, Bowers Fly Baby, Treft Contestor
    Second row: Speizo Tuholer, Lacey M-10, Nesmith Cougar.

    October 1962 issue of Sport Aviation covers the contest aircraft starting on...
  6. I appreciate folks' reluctance to accept CGI in...

    I appreciate folks' reluctance to accept CGI in aviation movies. As I've mention several times, I don't like how they use it for battle scenes.

    However, there were some scenes in "Midway" I...
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    I noticed my write-up wasn't too clear, and have...

    I noticed my write-up wasn't too clear, and have added more detail.

    Anyway, Loving's pusher was at the 1960 convention, when the decision was made to push the judging back two years. However,...
  8. Saw the new "Midway" today. Surprisingly, I...

    Saw the new "Midway" today.

    Surprisingly, I liked it a lot. Yes, they used CGI to overly-dramaticize the combat sequences. However, for the most part, the CGI is *very* realistic. The in-flight...
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    Getting access to these pictures inspired me to...

    Getting access to these pictures inspired me to do a bit more research into the conversion of N13P to N500F, which Pete Bowers discussed quite fully in the December 1962 issue of Sport Aviation.
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  10. 2020 Fly Baby Calendar Available for Download

    You can download a 2020 calendar, featuring a different Fly Baby every month, at:

    http://www.bowersflybaby.com/calendar2.html

    There's also a version that marks Canadian holidays.

    Ron Wanttaja
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    There are some oldies on Amazon Prime; movies...

    There are some oldies on Amazon Prime; movies from the '30s that feature flying.

    Note I'm not saying "oldies but goodies," some of these are pretty bad. Though the flying scenes are mostly real. ...
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    I have all the structure in place for searching...

    I have all the structure in place for searching the downloaded NTSB database. It took me more time to convert the output to something sort-of-usable as a PDF than it did to run the original search....
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    The databases are searchable; how simple/easy the...

    The databases are searchable; how simple/easy the task is depends on how unique the brand name is. I thought "Facet" would be a relatively rare term, but I find the accident reports talking about...
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    I looked through the October 1960 issue of Sport...

    I looked through the October 1960 issue of Sport Aviation, which covers Rockford and the attempt to hold the contest that summer. A LOT of airplanes have hand-drawn two-digit identifiers at the top...
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    Blast from the (Fly Baby) Past

    I was emailed several days ago, a woman whose husband recently passed away. He had known Pete Bowers in the '60s, and she said she'd found some old Fly Baby pictures in a photo album and wondered if...
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    "Flyboys"....? Well, that one makes me cringe. ...

    "Flyboys"....? Well, that one makes me cringe. My wife still laughs about how I was so excited to go to it, then started grumbling. It's not just the airplane stuff....I have a lot of tolerance...
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    The US Army used watercolor paint on aircraft...

    The US Army used watercolor paint on aircraft used for the 1941 war games in Louisiana. IIRC, they had trouble getting it off.

    Ron Wanttaja
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    Dunno, Floats...I seem to recall pretty general...

    Dunno, Floats...I seem to recall pretty general smoking in the theaters, when I grew up. Clouds of smoke lit by the projector.

    Sure looks like the guy to the far right of the second row is...
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    This cadmium-plated bolt was installed through...

    This cadmium-plated bolt was installed through the wooden structure of my Fly Baby in about 1978. This picture was taken ~35 years later.
    http://www.bowersflybaby.com/bolt.jpg
    So, yes, you need to...
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    I suspect he's trying to get the original-style...

    I suspect he's trying to get the original-style bolts on the car he's restoring. Will get docked points at car shows if it's unoriginal.

    Ron Wanttaja
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    One of our Fly Baby crew painted his plane with...

    One of our Fly Baby crew painted his plane with latex, and is very pleased with the results, even after ten years.

    http://www.bowersflybaby.com/tech/drew_paint.html
    ...
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    I'll say. And it's hard to put on Bactine when...

    I'll say. And it's hard to put on Bactine when you're sitting down..... :-)

    Ron "Ouch" Wanttaja
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    How about telling us what you think the problem...

    How about telling us what you think the problem is, instead of making us waste our time watching someone else's video?

    Ron Wanttaja
  24. It's been since pointed out to me that the EMAIL...

    It's been since pointed out to me that the EMAIL functionality of Yahoo Groups is being retained; what's going away is the online storage of user content. So it's not as key to get a dedicated forum...
  25. Request: Aircraft Type Sub-Groups under "Homebuilders Corner"

    Many mailing lists dedicated to specific homebuilt types have been hosted by Yahoo Groups, and Yahoo has announced they're getting rid of Groups.

    The sub-description under the "Homebuilders...
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