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Old 24-12-2007, 09:23 AM   #1
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Win Our 500th Alphan!!!

A warm welcome to Timeranger - the 500th member of Alpha!

As a special thanks, you've been sent (via PM) a $50 Virtual Gift Certificate (Discount Code) to use at FABGearUSA!



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Old 24-12-2007, 09:29 AM   #2
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Welcome !

And well done for winning the voucher...that's gotta be a new Eagle for the fleet
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Old 24-12-2007, 10:11 AM   #3
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Wow... that's fantastic... cool Christmass gift. Welcome
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Old 24-12-2007, 10:39 AM   #4
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Default Timeranger, a warm welcome..... (more)

...to your new home (you will soon see why) and many congrats in beeing the 500.
BTW nice xmas gift you got....

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Old 24-12-2007, 11:02 AM   #5
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what a lucky guy ( odds on its a guy ). great welcome to the forum.just make sure it's an eagle you get with your voucher
cheers Paul
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Old 24-12-2007, 02:12 PM   #6
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Old 24-12-2007, 03:11 PM   #7
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Default Wow, thanks!

Now that's what I call a warm welcome!

I can assure all present that this gift will be well enjoyed. It has landed in the hands of someone who will fully appreciate it. FABGear--yes! The voucher might indeed go toward the purchase of an Eagle.... To whomever I owe my gratitude, I cordially thank you very much. Cheers!
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Old 24-12-2007, 03:22 PM   #8
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As long as you don't coincidentally share the same surname as our commander, that's cool.

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Old 24-12-2007, 04:44 PM   #9
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Wow, I want to be the 500th member!

Welcome to the forum, and congratulations! You'll have to let us know what you bought with that voucher.
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Old 27-12-2007, 03:08 AM   #10
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At least as cool as the gift is the unexpected welcoming committee. Tony42, as long as we are shaking hands here in the reception sphere, I'd like to say that you are a large part of the reason I joined the group. Your commentaries on watching UFO for the first time have been great reading. I am a stories guy at least as much as a models guy.

I have never participated in a discussion group before, so as needed sing out to square me on Standard Operating Procedures and I'll appreciate it.

My work gives me very irregular access to e-mail, so if I go awhile between posts it only means I'm out in the field.

Looking forward to talking with you guys. I'll let you know what the voucher buys!
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Old 27-12-2007, 04:39 AM   #11
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Thanks for that. I have often wondered how annoying it must be for people, but I've found it very helpful to think out loud about S99 (there's a thread about that too somewhere) and UFO because the people who actually know something about them have all chimed in with really interesting info. I must finish the last few from UFO. One notices a lot more about the shows the second time through.
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Old 27-12-2007, 07:20 AM   #12
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...it only means I'm out in the field.
If you're comfortable with it, do tell us about your work (sounds interesting!).
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Old 30-12-2007, 10:53 PM   #13
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Is this sort of thing appropriate? You guys will have to help me get a sense of what counts as on-topic and what doesn't.

My work involves scientific field missions with a team of consulting specialists in different areas. We go wherever the projects take us. In October we were on an icebreaker checking out the arctic melt and sizing up the strategic situation. Tech projects may have us observing space launches, doing policy analysis, or examining edgy equipment like the radar-invisible Navy stealth vessel. Dinosaur excavation and ancient Vatican manuscripts on the paleo-archaeo side. We have a range of guys so we can work in these areas. I do some publications along the way.

A few times I have gotten to work on models for projects. But that has been awhile. I am out of practice and really need to get back in shape. I am hoping that hanging out with you lot will encourage that.

Sorry for the long explanation but it is kind of hard to describe in brief. I don't often really say what I do. I think it tends to sound a little weird.
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Old 30-12-2007, 10:56 PM   #14
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Wow what a boring job ....... You lucky thing, you must have some incredible experiences while out there.
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Old 31-12-2007, 12:15 AM   #15
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I fell off the damn scout copter on the Arctic mission--that was "interesting." I was shooting video out on the skid and the pilot pulled a high-speed turn that picked me up and threw me against the aft fuselage. The slipstream ripped off my headgear, headphones, goggles, and glasses, which went spinning down into the arctic ocean. I was pinned against the back of the skid looking down and thinking "well either Matt has my safety line rigged right and I'm perfectly fine, or else all my troubles are about to be over." Gotta love that stuff.

But the range of work affords me a great perspective on "edgy gear" like the Sea Shadow, and the people who operate such things, and that's part of what makes me really appreciate the impressive degree of realism in UFO, both emotional and technical.

I watched Rutan's White Knight carrier plane taxi not 200 feet from me on its way to takeoff for the first space launch of SpaceShipOne, and I couldn't stop thinking of SHADO's Lunar Carrier the Lunar Module the whole time. That cool concept I'd seen on my TV screen as a kid really was a feasible space launch system, and I watched Rutan's team prove it.

I love it when sharp, knowledgeable designers like Mike Trim come up with stylish sci-fi ideas that nonetheless display the restraint imposed by some degre of practicality. It's a lot harder to invent things that are both cool AND practical. UFO has crazy tech elements that are JUST cool (like SkyDiver), but a lot of the show's hardware expresses cutting-edge aerospace (and automotive) thinking of its day. It takes a lot more work to research and create designs like that, designs that really give you something to think about, and can offer valuable inspiration to real engineers. In my opinion you don't see that quality of imagination work very often these days, unless I'm missing something. Anyway I enjoy the real aerospace history that UFO's designs are part of, and I like using model projects to get myself into that stuff.

(But I still want to build a cutaway SkyDiver, because it just looks so wildly cool.)
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Old 31-12-2007, 12:19 AM   #16
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"Weird?" Are you nuts? That stuff is awesome! (Well, it sounds that way to someone on the outside, at least. I'm sure that it's like any job, with bits that are incredibly tedious or boring.)
Trust me, your explanation was hardly too long! Thanks for sharing.
By the way, I didn't mean anything personal with the "Are you nuts?" comment. It's just an expression, and an attempt at irony, since 'nuts' and 'weird' are kind of synonymous.
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Old 31-12-2007, 12:22 AM   #17
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That's a very good point. It would be interesting to see if SkyDiver would actually work... it would add a whole new dimension to the idea of aircraft carriers. It is not within the realms of fantasy to get Sky1 airborne, but how it would re-dock is another matter.

You're right about the Century 21 craft, there's very little that, while pushing the boundaries a little, doesn't still fit within what is "possible" A claim, things like ST, cannot so easily make.
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Old 31-12-2007, 12:42 AM   #18
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I think the difference is that Mike Trim and Derek Meddings were both aircraft enthusiasts and both had at least a modest awareness of aerodynamics and engineering whereas a lot of stuff that gets designed today is designed by people who copy the style they've seen but don't have any idea why something is shaped the way it is. Skydiver pushes the boundaries a bit IMHO but not so far that I can't accept in within the context of the entertainment. It's also wise to never say never.
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Old 31-12-2007, 12:47 AM   #19
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DX said "...designed by people who copy the style they've seen but don't have any idea why something is shaped the way it is."
In other words, "because it looks cool" has become the standard, instead of "because this might actually work in real life."
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Old 31-12-2007, 12:56 AM   #20
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To recover Sky 1 is easy,
It "lands" on the water and the “Diver” section basically, runs into the back of it, job done!!!


HOWEVER, , , , ,

Even to this day, I worry and wonder how Virgil would manage to pick up Thunderbird 4’s pod, on the sea? While it was bobbing up and down and also directly under TB2’s VTOL thrusters!
I don’t know how he did it but it just goes to show how good these INR pilots are trained
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