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  1. Tony Hill

    Tony Hill Well-Known Member

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    Well, I needed an answer to an obscure question, posted here and got most of what I needed in 12 hours...can't complain about the service..!!!!!

    Glad to be here.

    I first got hooked on aeroplanes when I was 7 years old. We moved near to a small regional airport. After a short while I got the opportunity to go for a joyride. I was hooked.

    Reading about them was the most I could do for years more. In the mid 70's when the 30 year rule expired, all sorts of interesting information started to flow. "Biggles" had whet my appetite on WW1 aviation but I strayed to the Battle of Britain as my first real love in history. AND of course, the Spitfire.

    The 1976 series "The Secret War", four parts, on the tech side of WW2 got me interested in that side of things. Dr RV Jones, with his dry wit and talent for classic understatement, always appealed.

    I collected as much as I could in the way of books on that Secret War and the Battle of Britain, given my "pocket money" budget.

    Then real life got in the way for a few years. The birth of the internet, the old Sierra Red Baron "Hangar" days, seduced me back to WWI aviation and for 10 years I specialised in Sopwith Camels, Fokker Triplanes etc with scant time for my first love. I researched for authors and built up quite a library. I still do a bit for a couple of authors.

    I also realised my dream of learning to fly and spent more and more time flying aerobatics. I now have aerobatic time on C152, Fuji, Super Decathlon, Tiger Moth, Nanchang, and Extra 300L.

    Then after the loss of my best mate, some responsibilities made me give up aero's. I built a flight simulator (F-16) for three years and have now started a Spitfire.

    I have also developed a passion for extreme trekking and have crossed Kokoda 4 times on the longer, wartime track including Myola and the eastern side of the range. (155km or 97 miles). One trip was a double stretch out and back.

    I still fly occasionally and fly a few aeros whenever I get the chance.

    I am looking forward to getting back to the WW2 airwar and particularly the PRU, technical and performance stuff.

    I have now officially bored you all long enough!!!



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  2. 109ROAMING

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    Welcome

    You'l fit in well

    any possiblity of some photos of the Simulators you've built/building??
     
  3. Tony Hill

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    Thanks mate,

    Your avatar looks much like my rear view mirror in BOBII !!!

    I'll organise some photos of the '16. The Spitty is still a collection of bits, switches, Sutton harness, starter button, gunsight, globes, Spade grip etc.

    Thnaks for the welcome.


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    Better his than mine! LOL

    Anyway, glad to have you aboard, and I'd sure like to see some photos of those simulators too! :thumbright:
     
  5. Airframes

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    Hi again! I second the above!
    Terry.
     
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    Welcome Tony!:D
     
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    Sounds like you would fit in here rather nicely!! Welcome from the Right Coast!
     
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    Welcome to the hell Tony :lol: .Greetings from Poland.:D
     
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    Welcome to the forum.
     
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    hi and welocome tony
     
  11. Tony Hill

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    Thank you all for the warm welcome and espcially to Terry for the details of the PRU Spitfires.


    A couple of photos (not sure if this is the right place, sorry to the moderators if not)

    The F16. basically complete and flyable.

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    As I said, the Spitty is a collection of bits ATM but I will post in the applicable section when I have something worthwhile to show.

    Thanks all again
     
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    Nice work, Tony!

    Awesome job on the details!
     
  13. Tony Hill

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    Thanks mate,

    I am just waiting now to get some night shots with the NVG lighting cranked up and all the warning lights turned on.

    My estimate in 3 years' building is 2000 hour's work, 5000 soldering connections and I only went over budget by a factor of 3.5 !!!

    She is fully functional except for the classified ECM stuff and the HUD is "on screen" not "live".



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    :shock: (censored) :shock: Awesome work buddy, impressive and all that! Welcome to the family and enjoy the ride... The bar's opening hours are....oh h*ck...it's always open, ask Njaco for details... :lol:
     
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    I'm with lucky i.e. a whole lot of expletives followed by amazing. Where in Aus are you?
     
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    Welcome.

    Awesome work!
     
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    Er........Blimey! Only just spotted your sim pics Daryll, b****y marvellous!!
    Terry.
     
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    WOW! Drinks are on the house!
     
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    Looks great, Hill. Keep 'em comin'.
     
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