Tuesday, June 21, 2011
A friend of mine sent me a link to modeling website which released a new decal sheet for a Spitfire Mk.VIII. This sheet contains specific decals for an RIAF aircraft from No.2 Squadron , "MT841" and features a pin-up model. An accompanying 'guide' sheet shows how the Spitfire looks (See below right).
"Pauline My Wee xxxx" as the Pin-up goes was designed thanks to in no small measure to this photograph from late Fg Offr O D Agnihotri's Photo Collection (As generously shared by his son Arun on the Bharat Rakshak Website )
At that time (2004!), I had asked around on the KeyForums on whether an 'original drawing' was available of the pin-up.
Seven Years later, we now have a decal sheet by a model decal manufacturer... The enthusiasts with an Indian interest benefits out of this.. .. We, the research blokes get a 'colour artwork profile' of how the Spit Looks.. .. The RIAF gets a wee bit more publicity.... and.. Everyone benefits!
Monday, June 13, 2011
Pic Copyright: Peter Arnold
Monday, April 04, 2011
Once in a while I have to make a non-defence related post - What best than to post one related to the spectacular match yesterday in which India won the World Cup playing against Sri Lanka? Colleagues from Work gathered at another colleaugue's house where he had a projector system showing the match live.. We had been going crazy for the past few overs with all the boundaries - Trust Dhoni to deliver the Pièce de résistance
I had this camera running near the corner of the room facing us and it did the job just right - captured the moment! The Clip was even featured on CNN in their ireports segment of CNN News Hour on April 3rd
Friday, February 25, 2011
Amazon Kindle e-books opens up some great possibilities of 'publishing' ebooks to niche audiences. One can get to write and publish stuff that normally would not get done so by traditional publishing houses - yet at the same time may hold the interest of the audience out there.
Kindle gives an opportunity to put these ebooks out for those who are interested. Now that they are not platform specific - they can be read not only on the Kindle, but also on iPads, iPods, PCs - it makes sense that this new market should be tapped. Two of my ebooks are out there now - Westland Lysanders of the Indian Air Force and Westland Lysanders of No.28 Squadron, RAF . Now if I can do the history of the aircraft with No.20 Sqn, RAF and No.357 Sqn RAF (whose ORBs incidentally are available at http://www.rquirk.com/357.html ), then I will have completed the history of one aircraft type in India across all squadrons! That would be something