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    Re: Netflix The Vietnam war.

    Disaster all around.

    The mistake was giving it back to the French after WWII. They didn't deserve it. Ho Chi Minh did -- he fought the Japanese. The French made accommodation.

    But De Gaulle...
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    Re: Stuck in Abba hell

    I loathe their music.
  3. Thread: Spitfire

    by Dave Hadfield
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    Re: Spitfire

    Oops. Don't know what to say.

    But I was delighted that you 2 went to all the trouble -- glad you had a good time.

    And that car you drive -- excellent!

    Dave
  4. Thread: Spitfire

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    Re: Spitfire

    Same R-2800 core, but different boost levels, and later models had water-methanol injection for higher power at takeoff. So, an extra blade to harness the extra power.

    Where do you find the...
  5. Thread: Spitfire

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    Re: Spitfire

    And then Paul and Katharine took me out for lunch! What a welcome!
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    Re: hong kong looks fun

    It was a joke -- he didn't use his feet at all to deal with the crosswind, and landed crooked.

    I wince for the pilot -- to think that his screwup is still on display all these years later...
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    Re: strewth Ive missed you mob!!

    Welcome back!

    Quite a story. Strewth indeed!
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    Re: Being Sued by the US Treasury!

    The best thing you can do is waste their time.

    "Right, thanks, I meant to do that. Now is a good time for me. But hang on a sec -- I've got a pot boiling over."

    Then you put the phone on the...
  9. Re: so we lose mdh, bs, and sky blue; and we get back wild dingo

    Where is Shane's thread?
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    Re: hong kong looks fun

    That's the old airport. Doesn't exist now.

    But I hope that pilot's feet are out of their casts.
  11. Re: dyneema rope stropped blocks - larger sizes

    I made grommets from English Braid Buff Polyester, which are still perfectly fine 15 years later.
  12. Re: dyneema rope stropped blocks - larger sizes

    Give these people a call for the tarred nylon seine twine you'll need for seizing, and round thimbles (hot-dipped galvanized). https://www.redden-rope.com/na-180/commercial-fishing-supplies
  13. Re: dyneema rope stropped blocks - larger sizes

    You're going to need solid calluses to make that many grommets.

    Have you got round thimbles?
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    Re: Saddened and humiliated

    It's like he's had a stroke.
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    Re: Metal Plate Centerboard

    I replaced the steel CB on our 40 ft ketch a few years ago. It wasn't a big deal at all. Simple welding job, then it went into a pile of stuff waiting to be galvanized -- which was later all done at...
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    Re: A question about Rock n Roll

    Adornment is not achievement. Volume is not creativity.

    Being shocking will get a person looked at, but unless there is actual talent, it won't last.
  17. Re: Wretched excess with three masts - in wood!

    I don't see anything wretched on this boat, or the other thread. Both done with great taste.
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    Re: Waxwing and Puffin visit Casco Bay

    The Puffin motif sure suits that boat.

    Nice cruise report!
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    Re: Mugabe, hero or tyrant?

    His own people would have had better lives over the last 20 years if Ian Smith had won.

    Mugabe did nothing but expend his country's capital until it was all gone.
  20. Re: dyneema rope stropped blocks - larger sizes

    Impressive!
  21. Re: so many interesting ways this ends badly - lol

    HAH!!!
  22. Re: Did Trump really say this to Theresa May?

    I wondered about that.

    His 1988 interview on the Oprah show portrayed him very well. His thinking was clear and sharp and quick. He expressed himself effortlessly. (look it up)

    He is not that...
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    Re: Pros/cons of all chain

    There are 2 points missing from that article about the kellet/sentinel.

    The first is that the wind is rarely constant. It comes in gusts. In between the gusts, the weight takes the line down. Then...
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    Re: Tips for anchoring out?

    A hanging cot is the logical answer!

    I use a spring on an anchor line quite often to point into a swell, but it only works if the wind is steady. And I sail in Lake Huron -- no tides.

    For a...
  25. Re: Epoxy sheathing a cold-molded Sparkman Stephens - is fibreglass necessary?

    Fix the wood where required, paint it well, stop all deck and port leaks, and go sailing.
  26. Re: You Were Right, Study Shows You Probably Didn't Need That High School Calculus Al

    Dave W, you're probably right. Math in my school was taught as rote-learning inscrutable sanscrit. I didn't learn anything from it. The math-whizzes in the class got it OK, but they seemed to know it...
  27. Re: You Were Right, Study Shows You Probably Didn't Need That High School Calculus Al

    I never had to set up and solve a quadratic equation ever, in my adult life. I benefit from those who do, of course, but in my own life -- 40 years a commercial pilot, amongst other things -- I've...
  28. Re: Lightning protection for a wooden boat with dyneema standing rigging

    Me too, in airliners a few times. Always a bit startling.

    You never knew where it was going to enter, or exit...
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    Re: Darwin Award Contender?

    Every band needs bass.
  30. Re: Lightning protection for a wooden boat with dyneema standing rigging

    A boat to a thunderstorm is like an ant to an elephant.

    Drake is 70 years old, wood, with no lightning protection, always in waters that see frequent lightning in season. No strikes.

    My...
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    Re: Darwin Award Contender?

    One of the first questions we asked my brother when we found out he was going up on the Space Shuttle was, "Has that thing got a set of vise-grips on board?"

    (It did.)
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    Re: Hail To The Queen

    I thought that was humorous fiction from The New Yorker.

    Satire.
  33. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    I often singlehand Drake , which is 46 ft sparred length, 40 ft LOD. Ketch rigged. No roller furling. No fancy gear. I'm 61. No autopilot.

    The big thing is, you don't have to sail the thing to...
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    Re: one tough old bird

    A Stampe. Wonderful aeroplane.
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    Re: one tough old bird

    Amazing that the coolant rad was not holed.
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    Papa's Tomato Garden

    An older Italian gentleman lived alone in New Jersey. He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, as the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help...
  37. Re: Forumites that haven't posted for a while.

    Wild Dingo?
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    Re: We Have Liftoff! A Flexion Thread...

    Just keep moving.

    Stretching twisting bending pulling, but lightly, not harshly, every day.

    I know nothing better than sailing for this. No task is rupturing. Every demand is whole-body,...
  39. Re: A personal challenge to the Hadfield brothers.

    Not a chance. Bud Anderson tested that concept. It's in his book.

    It was doable, but extremely difficult in manual control. It killed a few people and then the program was scrapped.

    But thanks...
  40. Re: The Holding Tank... a place for all the political BS floating about in the Bilge

    I never read any Trump threads.

    I'd be happy if they were flushed somewhere.
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    Re: Big sailboat concept, weird rig

    Is that on-the-wind configuration going to work? Hard to get the camber right, the airfoil, when the leech becomes the luff.

    Very stringent materials specs.

    Has a test model been made?...
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    Re: Polyester resin for plywood boat build

    I've built several canoes and rowboats out of cheap plywood and only epoxy-glassed the bottom. Paint on wood for the sides. They don't fall apart instantly.

    It depends a lot on how you store them....
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    Re: Art Attack: abstractionism

    Looks like Inca stonework.
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    Re: The Harbor Master Called me Today

    Way to go, Jim!

    You've waited a long time, and invested a huge amount of work, to get that feeling, this day.
  45. Re: The Pentagon Is Considering Removing Troops From Germany

    The big change is Germany. It's been 20 years since they unified. Their industrial capability is now enormous.

    They are not imperialistic, and are unlikely to become so. They are not a threat to...
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    Re: Poison Ivy

    The plant called Dock works for nettle stings. You crush the leaves into a ball and rub hard onto the stung area. Even young burdock will help.

    I don't know if Dock will help with PI.
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    Re: Ode To Joy

    The Chinese know that they are the most important people on earth.

    That inner certainty is their heritage, and their understanding.
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    Re: Lost soccer team found alive in cave

    Odd place to play soccer.
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    Re: Poison Ivy

    It grows in abundance along the shores of Georgian Bay. Dense thick toxic beds of it above the beaches and rocks.
  50. Re: This Japanese Start-Up's Rocket Launch Went Terribly Wrong Within Seconds

    Yep. Heavier scantlings below the water line required.
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