Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon

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  1. Geedee

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    Today, Rocketeer and I went to the RAF Museum at Hendon, in London. We havent been for a while so it was a quick trip down memory lane and take another slack handfull of piccies.

    The Museum itself has around 90 odd airframes ranging from an early Bleriot Racer (!), through the WW1 lot (12 airframes in a listed building) through WW2 right upto present.

    It goes without saying that for us, the most interesting section is in the Battle of Britain section. Only problem in there tho' is that lighting is ruddy dismal...to help the 'atmospheric' build up to what it was like in WW2, that taking decent pics is nigh on impossible. I was forced to use some horrendously long exposures so the colours arent quite true.

    To start the ball rolling, I'll concentrate on the German WW2 stuff that is there. The darker pics where taken in the BoB hall so apologies for the quality. Rocketeer and I will be adding more pics to this thread over the next few days...Tony's concentraing on the Allies stuff, while I'll do the Axis.

    Amongst the gems here are a twin seat 190, Stuka, 88 ...could probably be made airworthy this one as it was 'handed to us on a plate' when the crew decided to defect, consequently there is no damage to the A/C at all !!!, and the 111.

    Like I said earlier, its just a shame the Museum wont turn the lights up abit, no actually quite a bit more !
     

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    Lovely shots as usual old chap....here is a selection of mine...the Hurricane wreck is very poignant coming from a Battle of Britain Hurricane shot down. The pilot baled out but was sadly killed. The aircraft was recovered from the beach and put back to gether in the 80s.....it is surrounded by the tally board of the Few....
     

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    this is the Hurricane mentioned.....the last post included a Defiant that is going off for a rebuild soon!
     

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    Good stuff Gary and Tony. Been awhile since I have visited there (2006).
     
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    Thanks, Rocketeer. Looks like they've really changed it since we were there in 1990.

    CD
     
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    I am hoping to check out this museum when I go to London in June. Thanks for the pics.
     
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    Gorgeous pics friends!
    Wanted to go there last year when I was at FL at Duxford but no time enough.
    Next year maybe....
     
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    great pics guys, i must get down there this year ! Jan, Terry fancy a road trip ?
     
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    cheers guys, would be great to meet up with some of you chaps at FL or Duxford or the RAFM
     
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    Yup, a must visit and easy to get there by subway. I was there in 2007, took a lot of pictures. Gee, you pictures in the BoB hall are better than mine.
     
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    wish they'd paint that tempest in a better scheme than the the one its in now
     
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    Thanks for your comments guys.

    Heres a few that escaped the first round and a few shots of an absolutely drop dead gorgeous one fifth scale spitfire in Aluminium. this is a work of art !!!
     

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    Great photos guys!
    Gary, thankyou especially mate -that's the first photo of an Fw 190A-8/U1 cockpit I've seen! I'm converting two Revell Fw 190A-8/R11s to an S-5 and A-8/U1 at the moment so those pics will come in real handy! Cheers!

    Evan
     
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    Nice pics there Gary and Tony. I see what you mean about the lighting, the last time I as there, I managed to get some good shots on 100ASA tranny film, back in about 1987! Looks like they've made a lot of changes since then,not all of them for the better.
    Yep Karl, I'm up for that mate - we could meet up with Gary and anyone else interested.
     
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    Great shots Gary and tony!

    I know what you mean Gary ,I was at Wigram museum today and I didn't have a tripod hence my photos were very dark.You did a good job:thumbleft:Looks like a GREAT museum8)

    Thanks for sharing!:D
     
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    Great shots guys! :D...I hope I'll have time to visit the aviation museum around here and I'll be sure to take as many pictures as I can :)
     
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    Great shots man thanks!

    One of many museums I'll get to when I eventually hop across the world :lol:
     
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    Your a really good photographer...what a treat. :)
     
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    Great stuff there guys, many thank!!!
     
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    Lovely shots. That is a very nice Spitfire model!
     
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