Okay, thanks :o)
It was available so soon after the incident (100 days) it was hard not to
believe it wasn't already in production.
NB: My only souce of modelling news at the time was an aviation weekly
Japanese were pretty quick to get kits out, still are.
Revell and Monogram used to be almost as fast. Not to mention Aurora,
there were kits of an F-107.
Testors even had that really bad guess of what the F-117 looked like.
Went well with my photo of the 'Stealth Fighter Pilot' when I was at
Edwards (a pair of boots - common joke at the time at AF airshows).
I doubt Hasegawa was allowed access, there was enough of a Russian
flap that US intelligence was given access to the aircraft 'to
determine customs duties'. The general layout was known, what wasn't
was internal electronics (vacuum tubes) and how bad the reliability of
the engine was a M2+. There were lots of press photos taken of it
before they were run off. It was returned to the USSR in pieces.
Or even if you don't - the Chernobyl (or rather Chornobyl, as the
Ukrainians prefer) complex continued in use as a power plant for
another 14 years after the accident to unit 4, with the operators'
doses remaining within internationally accepted norms. It still has a
large workforce involved in decommissioning operations. The
difference is they now have a 60km round trip commute, rather than a
It's true of most nuke sites - they tend to be fenced and secure, and
occupied by people not interested in hassling the fauna.
I had access to the UK Low Level waste Repository on several occasions
in the 1980s, and although limited in area it then supported a small
herd of deer.
The big surge was in childhood thyroid cancers, due to intake of
radioiodine and the thyroid of children being more vulnerable than
that of adults. The sad thing there was no immediate issue of iodine
tablets - in the UK it is the norm for all households within a certain
radius of operating Nuclear power reactors to have iodine tablets
(potassium iodate?) issued to them in case of an incident. IIRC, the
thyroid soaks up the iodine from these and then doesn't absorb the
radioactive stuff, but they're not too good for you in other ways...
There is a resettlement programme for a large part of the former
exclusion zone, and there was always an unofficial population within
it. For the most part these were older members of the rural
population who had returned to their homes and were tolerated by the
authorities as both parties had correctly determined they were likely
to expire of old age before any radiation-related problems arose - I
understand many actually lived to a ripe old age.
Conversly, there are several upland farms on the western perimeter of
the English Lake District where it is safe to live but the sheep that
graze there arn't allowed to enter the food chain - the air mass that
carried the Chernobyl contamination west hit the maritime weather just
above them, and the resultant downpour dumped a lot of crap on them
(and, ironically, the Sellafield nuclear complex!).
Same in the UK - I can remember as a child (between the ages of about
5 and 9) being allowed to go and play in a disused quarry, with the
the admonishment to stay away from the "cliff" (the old working
face). Plenty of cuts and grazes, but no real damage to anyone.
Nowadays it would be irresponsible parenting at the least...
Ah childhood memories... running bare-footed (and bare chested, nothing
on but a pair of shorts) through sugarcane fields that contained a
multitude of poisonous bitey things (snakes, spiders), as well as the
sharp edges of the cane leaves. None of us ever died. Or even got
injured, come to think of it. And we'd stand on the side of the field
and watch the harvesters at work, with the same result - no-one was
gobbled up by the machine.
Riding our bikes to school, no helmets, no flags, no shoes, no high
visibility vest - we were taught to stay the hell out of the way of
cars, or we'd get run over and die. Yes, we were told about dying,
unlike today were kids are shielded from that. No wonder that they all
need therapy after an event, they haven't been accustomed to real life.
Meh, I'm old and grumpy, and don't have enough time to build models.
Which makes me grumpier.
(the Aussie one)
Axe or hatchet? They're all potentialy dangerous but anything smaller
than a 3/4 axe is just asking for trouble. Heavier pack weight yields
an order of magnitude in usefulness and with some training and
practice is safer than a hand axe. Tends to go where you put it rather
than ziping off sideways.... With sharp things, bigger is often
better. A 7" Ka-Bar beats a Swiss army knife all to heck....
On 23/09/2011 8:25 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Unless what you actually need are tweezers. Or a corkscrew, or splinter
pick, or a magnifying glass...
Sometimes, you don't need to be able to stab Godzilla to death, you just
want to peel an apple. :~)
Correct tool for the application wins every time.
Has anyone seen the Swiss army knife/French Army knife cartoon?
And then there's the (genuine) Roman army multitool
Damn, the stuff you can find on the internet...
(the Aussie one)
On Friday, September 30, 2011 6:48:45 AM UTC-4, RobG wrote:
This is strange, I ~thought~ that forks as eating utensils only dated to about
the 1300s, prior to that were the five-tined forks at the end of your arms....
Hey, my Mom used to peel apples with a butcher knife, fast as hell,
and one strip of peel. She was scary in a good way.....
One good knife is all you need but you never have the right
'Flying Restaurant" because of its 500 liter tank of alcohol, used for
hydraulic fluid, cooling the radar and warming the ground crew.
The engine was originally intended for a cruise missile.
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