Those magnificent men and their flying machines

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  1. Bengt F

    Bengt F Active Member

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    Contact With Chip At Long Last!

    Well, that worked!

    (it must have been the crossed fingers) Here´s what Chip has to say:

    "Bengt,
    We´re going to be offering Dad and Lad Cd in a month or two... after things settle down more with our new FG. .../"

    What does that mean? English, please, anyone???
    Bengt:razz:
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    Waiting for the "LAD n´DAD" CD by Jim & Keith Fainges

    Hi all you Magnificent Men (and Ladies),

    While we´re waiting for Chip to release the vintage aeroplane CDs from Jim Fainges & Co (it isn´t possible to order it from him - I´ve tried twice), in the meantime we can learn some more about the early birds and their pilots:

    http://www.thosemagnificentmen.co.uk/tmmitfm.html

    all the best,
    Bengt

    :grin:
  3. Bengt F

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    Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

    Hi all,

    Yesterday, this fabulous film was sent to me on a DVD from a good friend. It was great fun to watch again after nearly 40 years.

    For the film production in Britain, 17 aeroplanes of 9 different types were constructed and flown, in about six months time.
    The most prominent of them being: the Bristol Boxkite ("The Curtiss Flyer"), The Léon Levavasseur Antionette VII, The Blériot XI, The A. V. Roe triplane
    and the Santos-Dumont Demoiselle.
    None of them were actually flown over the English Channel, but they flew out from Dover and returned again over a beach that simulated the French coast.
    In this DVD, British film director Ken Annakin (famous for "The Longest Day") gives a detailed account on a full lenght commentary track, which is very interesting.

    This is highly recommended for vintage aeroplane enthusiasts!

    best,
    Bengt:grin:
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    Magnificent Machines

    Hi all,

    The movie mentioned above has inspired me to start building Fiddlers Green´s version of the Léon Levavasseur "Antoinette" type VII.
    In my opinon, it is the most graceful and beautiful aeroplane design to date - just look at those lines:

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    Ain´t that something?
    Bengt:grin:

    PS. I have also ordered the book "Models & Methods" by Bill Hannan, incorporating a plan for the Antoinette as a stick & tissue model . . .
  5. Ashrunner

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    Bengt

    Definitely a beautiful aeroplane. And part of a gorgeous opening scene in the movie...outside of the introduction clips. 8v)

    Keep us informed on the progress of the build.

    Ashrunner
  6. Ashrunner

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    3D photos

    I came across this site a few minutes ago and the first thing which popped into my head, was this thread. The two links in the lower part of the page when it first opens leads to pages with some wonderful photographs from the early day. The left side link requires 3D glasses of red on the left and cyan on the right. The image a nothing short of great. The link on the right side leads to normal photographs...also great images.

    I hope everyone enjoys them:

    http://past3d.free.fr/

    Ashrunner
  7. Bengt F

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    Aeroplanes etc, in 3-D

    Hi Lauren,

    Wow - what an amazing find!
    I rummaged through my desk drawers and finally found my old 3-D glasses, coloured red/green. Works like a dream!
    Those pictures of the Antoinette are just fabulous. Btw, the inventor´s name is obviously spelt LevaVAsseur - I´ve seen it elsewhere (e. g. Fiddlers Green) but I thought it was mis-spelt.

    If you don´t have any 3-D glasses, just take any kind of red and green/cyan coloured foil and hold them in front of your eyes, or make your own glasses.
    Photographic filters will do very nicely.

    Have you tried the link to the Zeppelins in 3-D? They pop right out of the screen! Try this:
    http://www.3d-historisch.de/
    There are also two historical pages here with a description of how the stereo cameras work, which is very interesting. Remember the "View-Master"? I still have a couple of them, with discs: http://www.3d-historisch.de/Geschichte_Stereoskopie/Geschichte_Stereoskopie.htm
    Here´s the other one, on the "Stereo-Colorist" camera: http://www.3d-historisch.de/Bodenseewerk/Geschichte-BSW.htm

    Good work, Ash!

    best regards,
    Bengt:smile:
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    Léon Levavasseur Antoinette VII Model

    Hi all,

    Here´s a magnificent little flying model of the Antoinette, which I found on the web. It´s a stick & tissue model, but Fiddlers Green also have an amazing large card model, which has the same amount of detail.
    It can be found here:http://www.fiddlersgreen.net/AC/aircraft/Antoinette/antoinette.php

    Here´s the model made by Mr Scott Christensen, who won a prize with it in an indoor flying competition:
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    Enjoy, everyone!
    best regards,
    Bengt :smile:

    PS. Btw, I just received Bill Hannan´s fine book "Models & Methods" - it features a wonderful plan of an Antoinette model and an interesting article. Recommended!
    Visit http://www.hrunway.com/
  9. Ashrunner

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    Bengt

    I thought you would find those Antoinette images interesting. It definitely is beautiful aircraft and those photos just enhance its beauty.

    I haven't checked out the sites you presented here, but will tomorrow when I sign back on. Getting late here now though. 8v)

    Ashrunner
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    More Antoinettes

    Hi Lauren,

    Yes, those pics are really fascinating!
    Here´s a link to another fine Antoinette model, in 1/10th scale (Air-Loisirs in France):http://www.air-loisirs.com/en/cadrepreavion.htm
    They also have a model of the Santos-Dumont Demoiselle (1/6th scale) and the Louis Blériot XI (1/10th scale).
    All models are intended for flying, mind you. Electric motors are included in these model kits, and in some cases also a R/C transmitter.

    And, an interesting web page on early aviation (Early Birds):
    http://www.mfarchive.modelstuff.co.uk/earlybirds/earlybirds.htm

    best,
    Bengt :smile:
  11. Ashrunner

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    Bengt

    The site listed above I found about week ago. There are aircraft on that page I never knew existed! hehehe I did request a copy of the Curtiss Rheims Racer and got them yesterday. I plan to design of a model of it off and on over the next couple of months. The plans are of the racer and not the "Golden Flyer" everyone seems to think is the aircraft Curtiss flew in the race. However, his racer was actually a similar aircraft with a clipped wingspan. I don't have the dimensions in front of me, but I think the span of the racer if I remember correctly, was 28 feet. Anyway, the aircraft represented in the plans has a shorter span than the "Golden Flyer."

    Thanks for links. The 3D airship link is great!

    Ashrunner
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    Those are some great pics. I got out my trusty 3-D glasses to look, too. Very impressive. I checked out the zep site too. Equally impressive.:)