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A 1/16 Fairey Huntsman 31 from the Dave Milbourn set of plans

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Banjoman22/04/2020 07:53:32
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I forgot to say about the charging and storage charging that the former was done at 1C, so that it took just over half an hour to get the battery up to full charge, while the discharging down to storage level was a rather slower process.

The max current setting for the Storage mode is 1.0A, which is what I selected, but the charger decided for itself to run the process at 0.5A, going down gradually to 0.2A for the final balancing act; that thus took neigh on three hours, but it was a lovely evening to sit reading out back, enjoying the garden, while the book I'm currently (re-)reading is thick enough, too, to last me rather longer than that, so all in all, no worries ...



To be continued ...


Edited By Banjoman on 22/04/2020 08:03:40

Eddie Lancaster22/04/2020 09:57:30
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Hi.Mattias, if you have to be in lockdown you couldn’t have a better place or view, do you get a good dawn chorus there?



Banjoman22/04/2020 10:11:17
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Hi Eddie,

That is absolutely true, and my wife and I are well aware of how fortunate we are; both able to work from home, a comfortable house with a lovely garden (and a nice workshop, too ) and on top of that the village bakery and pharmacy are still open for business, plus we live more or less at the nexus of a network of walking paths that take us straight out into the open countryside whenever we want a constitutional (which is expressly allowed under Belgian lockdown rules, as long as one keeps one's distance to anyone one happens to meet). Here are a couple of photos from a nice 6 mile walk we made last week:



And yes, we do indeed have a lovely dawn chorus! We get quite a number of birds in our garden, and this time of the year they're of course really at it!



Edited By Banjoman on 22/04/2020 10:13:43

Bob Abell22/04/2020 10:31:10
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Hello Banjo

With reference to the US Civil War book cover illustration

I`ve read a lot about this war. I can`t get over the way they used to march into the face of shot and shell, shoulder to shoulder, packed like sardines and suffer enormous casualties!

It seems to be so stupid?

The sad highlight of the war was Gettysburg of course, but there were plenty more

I was in Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and Atlanta a few times in the 90`s and kept a look out for signs of the battles and there were plenty

It took them quite a few years to realise the unnecessary slaughter and adopted WW1 strategy of trench warfare


Banjoman22/04/2020 11:06:53
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Hi Bob,

I remember reading in another book on another conflict (Peter Englund's book on the battle of Poltava in 1709, during the Great Nordic War, to be precise) that the main point of battlefield tactics and behaviour in the era before widespread use of precision, long range, high rate-of-fire and (not least) smokeless fire arms was not primarily to kill or maim as many as possible of the enemy, but rather to get them to break and run by the psychological pressure of a massed advance.

Furthermore, given the lack of workable means of communication, what with all the smoke and noise, dense grouping was pretty much the only way to keep units reasonably together, and may well have helped the individual withstand the fears involved.

In most cases, I think the casualty figures also make it clear that the precision and rate of fire was low enough that you usually stood a sufficiently decent chance of coming through alive and unhurt that the odds would not have seemed too long for those involved.

One my my big regrets from travelling in the US, also back in the 1990s, is that I did visit the battlefield at Gettysburg, but only stayed for about two hours. But I didn't know then what I do now, about neither the battle itself, nor how well-preserved the place is, and we had further to go that day, so basically only saw the museum and the view from the top of Cemetary Hill.

And if you haven't read Shelby Foote's three-volume work on the US Civil War, it is seriously recommended!


Edited By Banjoman on 22/04/2020 11:07:51

Bob Abell22/04/2020 11:46:11
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Hi Banjo

My trips to USA was for meeting customers and machine installation

Visited....Salisbury,,,,Nashville…..Atlanta......Springfield, Gatlingberg

I was with the Boss at the time. but he showed no interest

Pity really


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