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« on: February 28, 2021, 01:08:12 PM »

 Just aheads up as some of you on here my find this interesting

 The BMFA Scale Technical Committee have been doing a series of Zoom sessions during the lockdown this one is by Gary Haines the archivist of the RAF Museum, Hendon.

It's titled "The RAF Museum, It's History, It's Archives And Research Resources"

It's scheduled for Weds 3 March with logging on from 8pm Uk time

The presentation is about an hour and due to start at 8:30pm with 1/2 hr of questions to follow

For more info and to register if you are not already email - BMFA scale

[email protected]

Heres a link to the BMFA calendar too

https://scale.bmfa.org/calendar




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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2021, 01:59:52 PM »

Thank you Chris, I will aim to join that, I wasn't previously aware of it.
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2021, 03:33:00 AM »

A bit more info about the Zoom Talk tomorrow evening from Graham at the BMFA


"The RAF Museum, Its History, Archives and Research Resources" - Gary Haines

Gary has been Archivist for the RAF Museum since September 2019, but has been a professional archivist with various organisations for over 20 years.

Gary is a military and social history writer for Toy Soldier Collector International magazine and Art UK. He had also published two books about where he lives and was brought up, the East of London

https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/

Let us join Gary for this  fantastic opportunity to understand what resources are available to us as Scale modellers.
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2021, 02:21:22 PM »

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... the RAF Museum, Hendon.
Went there 7 or 8 years ago on the only decent company "away day" I have ever attended.  The work stuff was a boring as, oh I don't know, but stultifying to the nth degree.  However, the coffee breaks and the lunch break were fabulous!
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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2021, 02:56:48 PM »

I've only been to the new revamped RAF museum once but very much enjoyed it The WW gallery with recreated Grahame White factory is excellent. They even have HP0/400 drawings laid out in the draughtsman's office

 I have used their archives a few times and bought photos for model projects. Flying shots of the Hawker Tomtit in its G-AFTA days was a great find so interested to hear what Gary has to say. I suspect there is a wealth of knowledge and information in their archives
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2021, 09:39:59 AM »

Was a frequent visitor when living down that way some 15 years ago so Mr Haines was after my time but the people there were very helpful. 

Some years later I was at an art exhibition in Norwich and there was a painting of the pilots eye view from a Lancaster cockpit.  The accompanying notes said the artist had risked his life to paint that picture.  He seemed too young to have been “there” so I asked the circumstances.  He said he had sat in the cockpit in the one at Hendon and the radiation from the instruments almost certainly meant  he now had cancer as a result!  I found that very odd (although am aware of some of tha theories from the paint used) particularly as apparently the unfortunate Lancaster at Hendon has had its instrument panel robbed for a flying Lancaster I was told by staff  at the museum.  I certainly don’t recall aircrew having had an unusually high cancer rate.  Many have lived to a fair age!
 
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« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2021, 04:24:22 PM »

Was a frequent visitor when living down that way some 15 years ago so Mr Haines was after my time but the people there were very helpful. 

Some years later I was at an art exhibition in Norwich and there was a painting of the pilots eye view from a Lancaster cockpit.  The accompanying notes said the artist had risked his life to paint that picture.  He seemed too young to have been “there” so I asked the circumstances.  He said he had sat in the cockpit in the one at Hendon and the radiation from the instruments almost certainly meant  he now had cancer as a result!  I found that very odd (although am aware of some of tha theories from the paint used) particularly as apparently the unfortunate Lancaster at Hendon has had its instrument panel robbed for a flying Lancaster I was told by staff  at the museum.  I certainly don’t recall aircrew having had an unusually high cancer rate.  Many have lived to a fair age!
 
Some of the instruments were indeed painted with radio active Radium, however it didn't take much to stop the radiation. All that was required was that the glass was intact, and it was reduced to more acceptable level. Prolonged exposure is still not a good idea. Those instrument must not be opened unless in a specialist environment.

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