Just finished watching the History Channel Modern Marvels Remote Control.
There is a interesting segment on RC aircraft including some early shots of the
Good Brothers. They do go alittle extreme in describing the cost. The only
future listings I could find on the show is for 6PM eastern time tonight the
15th. Check it out or got to the history channel to see some video.
Yep, the same Mig 15 over and over. It's obvious the people involved in
making it know nothing about the hobby. To an outsider, the cost is a
big surprise, so that's going to get attention. Same with miniature
jets. As technical as they got with the flashmatic, they never described
any detail of the working of the planes, or even showed a servo or
receiver. They also said something about multi-channel becoming possible
with FM radios in the 60's.
My only beef is that somewhere along the line, someone said the jet
pilots are the best of the best. All these types of shows now repeat
that over and over. While I'd say they are in general above average,
I've seen many that make me find a good roof to stand under.
(trolling license applied for).
Yeah, that was a ducted fan. They missed the best part of a turbine;
winding up and taking off. They demonstrated that with a ducted fan!
If you extrapolate such goofs to other shows of the History Channel it
makes you wonder how accurate history is being depicted in other ways.
My pet peeve is them showing telegraphers or radio operators pounding
out Morse code using an index finger. Never done that way. Operators
always grasp the key between thumb and middle finger. The index finger
rests on the top of the key. Not a big deal, except they always use an
extreme close-up to show their ignorance. I also get a laugh out of
the grainy, black and white, scratched, spotted, fast motion, "film"
from the Civil War. Obviously recreated for visual effect, but how
many TV viewers today realize that motion picture film was not
invented until well after the war?
Another way the demands of an "info-tainment" viewing public and
producers blur the reality of history. Who wants to look at a boring
photograph? No way to depict a chase scene...
There's plenty where that came from.
In a program in their "barbarians series" they where talking of the vikings
as being nothing but ravenging hordes doing nothing but pillaging and
robbing and then towards the end of the viking ages when many vikings turned
to cristianity they turned into peacful farmers.
Then in the very next hour (?!) there was another program who again told of
the vikings but this time it was told in a whole other light (and more
historically accurate I would say) that they started out as farmers and
seatraders who occationally went on raids and waged wars.
So I would say that history channel tries just as hard as any other channel
to tweak everything into a viewer catching mush of reality and fiction. One
just has to learn to sift through to the real facts.
I'm all with you there :)
Even though there are as many way to grasp a cw-key as there are operators,
using the index finger alone is by far the least accurate way.
Exactly, one can only hope that watching history channel may make someone
interested enough in the subject depicted to actually go out and find things
out for themselves (like reading a book or visiting a model airfield) and
not just get it fed from "the tube"
Reading a book? Yea, good idea. At least it's a little more accurate than
the Internet. :-)
"When the age of the Vikings came to a close, they must have sensed
it. Probably, they gathered together one evening, slapped each
other on the back and said, "Hey, good job.".
"I bet when they weren't fighting, Vikings with horn helmets had to
stick potatoes on the ends of the horns, so as to avoid eye-pokings to
fellow Vikings and lady Vikings."
Being a vikes fan myself I am forced to live with that logo :-P
Atleast the logo sports some nice braids, which was not all that uncommon
since hair does not grow less when at sea for a long time and shears might
not be available for cutting the hair.
I guess we will just have to live with the fact that football is a sport of
fantasies and that the Washington Redskins have slightly less native
americans playing for them then the name suggests just as real vikings did
have far less horns then the vikings logo suggests :)
Probably just went by MSRP's.
I liked the $15,000,000.00 all solar powered R/C plane.
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