Thursday, 14 June 2018

Premium Bonds

Opened my mail this morning to find I had won another prize of £50 this month. It is normally a £25 prize most months, so am well pleased. Of all the safe investments I think that Premium bonds pay out more than any savings account or bank account interest, well worth the investment.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Moustache

Earlier this year I decided to regrow an old friend from my days in the RAF and beyond. I was surprised at how quickly it grew and seems to have taken over my face recently. I have proved that it can grow and although I liked it in the beginning, I think it is time to shave it off, maybe in a week or so.

Forgotten

Dug out this tie the other day, it was a gift from my younger brother Chic when he worked out in Saudi at Tabuk, a RSAF Lightning tie with logo. Over the years whilst in the RAF, I collected pin badges from units either stationed at or visiting stations.


Thursday, 24 May 2018

First cycle ride this year

Dusted off the bike, pumped up the tyres, and went for a run round the block to test out my Strava app. A bit windy, but enjoyed the ride.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

What if

Messing about in P3D flight sim and created this shot of what it was like at RAF Binbrook in it's heyday. XS904 back where used to fly from.


Sunday, 13 May 2018

Windows 10 update

Very large windows 10 update yesterday, had wondered why my PC was running slow all day, due to the downloads. The only thing that usually gets messed up is that my sound settings get altered ie: no sounds from the front headset ports, and the sound manager does not work. Eventually reinstalled the realtek sound manager and sorted out connections which now work.

The biggest annoyance is that all desktop shortcuts have returned with arrows on the icons, so, again had to download the latest Windows Tweakui program which gives the option to remove the arrows, saving having to edit the registry to do the same job.

All back to a working system now.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Real Flight Sim

Last Thursday was a special treat, my son in law Matt shared a Xmas present, 2 tickets to fly a 737 at a proper flight sim in Peterborough.

Loved every minute of it. we each had half an hour and I managed to not crash land it. Quite an experience. Have now loaded a 737 model in my own flight sim, to have a bit more practise.


Sunday, 29 April 2018

Dual monitors

Stuck in the house due to the foul weather, got to thinking that as I use a flight sim program, it would be good to have a second monitor set up to spread the screens for easy viewing. Remembered that I was given a spare monitor years back, got it from the loft, and spent the day setting them up. Took a while to get the drivers sorted out, but now have a dual display.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Another Lightning

 Decided to build my 4th English Electric Lightning this one for a friend. Have never made a flying model before, so something new. The aircraft will be of XS904 BQ which is based at Bruntingthorpe. Will be using silver leaf for the underside. Progress is going well so far.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Flight Sim

My old flight sim joystick has been playing up for a while and getting a bit old for modern sims, so have just bought myself a new Joystick and will collect tomorrow from Argos. Will report back on how good it is later.

All set up and working, amazing bit of kit for the money and what a difference it has made to my flight sim experience, very smooth. I have only pre-programmed a few buttons and this has made a huge difference from having to use keyboard presses.

Have decided to keep the throttle and joystick together and build a sliding shelf under my desk to place it on, but highly recommended.


Saturday, 10 March 2018

Bruntingthorpe Cold War Jets days for 2018


Snow

Well we had a week of snow and ice which now seems a distant memory, nights are getting lighter too, so will get out and tidy up the garden in a week or two. Looking forward to getting back out on my bike as it has been ages now.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Squadron Plaque

For some time now I have been thinking of designing and making a Squadron plaque, so have got some air drying clay to model a maple leaf for my 5 Squadron plaque which will be made from solid oak wood. Now to get the design drawn.

First attempt using DAS clay, easy enough to work with and at the minute drying out, progress.

I found the clay easy to work with, a finger moistened with water helps to take off any sharp edges. Drying took a few days and I found it is best to turn the object over each day, as it tend to warp from the flat whilst drying, luckily I made a couple more and learned from the first one.

Project on hold for the minute as am busy building an Airfix F6 Lightning, but will return to the project when the Lightning is finished.

Demise of our Hoover

Our Hoover decided to pack up yesterday, stripped it down and found the motor housing where the drive for the belt was had broken away, no way of repairing the plastic part unfortunately. Time for a new machine, duly selected by my wife and being collected today, it is a Dyson this time round.




Hopefully this one will do the job and last as long as our old upright Hoover, time will tell

Friday, 9 February 2018

Binbrook Q Shed vandalism

Just read that the Binbrook Q shed accommodation buildings have been vandalised, the perpetrators using a stolen fork lift truck smashed the brickwork and virtually demolished the building.   


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

P3D Flight Sim

Like to fly the English Electric Lightning model designed by Dave Rowberry and bought the F6 package from Aerosoft. Incredibly realistic and a far superior sim to Microsoft FSX which has now been abandoned, with no further support for the program. I have most of the models I like to fly apart from XR728 which was the mount of Gp Cpt John Spencer and alive and running at Bruntingthorpe Airfield where as one of the Lightning Preservation Group team work on occasionally. 

Managed to find a really good model repaint of Xr728 and XR713 yesterday and have added them to the sim, making my collection more complete. Dave Rowberry also designed the F3 and T5 models which are available to buy and at present is designing the F53 model which will be out soon.


Friday, 19 January 2018

New Boiler

After many months of our old central heating boiler not performing as it should, decided to invest in a modern more efficient boiler. Had a few quotes from local plumbers and chose a worcester/bosch condensing boiler. With twin controller and a water filter, which keeps the water clean.
This was installed on 16th January and am really impressed at the efficiency and quiet running also opted for a remote thermostat which is easy to use. Just wish I had had this done years ago, but considering the old boiler was 16 years old, had done a reasonable job.