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James White: Four Novels

I usually respond well to editorial criticism, and I invariably take notice of a constructive review. Generally speaking, however, those people who like my stories show great sensitivity and intelligence—those who don’t, don’t. James White, quoted by Graham Andrews James White was a Northern Irish science fiction author, who deserves to be better known than … Continue reading James White: Four Novels

Revell 1/72 Supermarine Walrus: Whale-Spotting in the Southern Ocean – Part 1

This the old Matchbox kit, reissued by Revell. I’m using it as a basis for a model of an unusual Walrus—one of two that were carried by the S.S. Balaena factory ship during the whaling season of 1946-7. Named “Boojum” and “Snark”, these yellow-painted aircraft could be catapult-launched, or lowered into the sea for a … Continue reading Revell 1/72 Supermarine Walrus: Whale-Spotting in the Southern Ocean – Part 1

Revell 1/72 Junkers F13W: Two Builds – Part 4

At the end of my previous post, I’d got my two Junkers models as far along as I cared to take them before applying decals. And, after two months in some sort of Covid-plus-Brexit-induced postal limbo, my decals from Mika at Arctic Decals finally arrived. These featured the typographically correct letter “N” for LN-ABH, as … Continue reading Revell 1/72 Junkers F13W: Two Builds – Part 4

Why Does The Illuminated Side Of The Moon Sometimes Not Point At The Sun?

I took the above panoramic view, spanning something like 120 degrees, in a local park towards the end of last year. The sun was almost on the horizon to the southwest, at right of frame. The moon was well risen in the southeast, framed by the little red box in the image above. After taking … Continue reading Why Does The Illuminated Side Of The Moon Sometimes Not Point At The Sun?