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THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: White Elephant?
« on: March 28, 2017, 03:33:24 PM »

And still it gets worse:

I had overlooked that that troublesome cannon has less than 200 rounds at load-out - ridiculous, you'd go through those in no time flat. Then what do you do in a close in fight?

Oh, and it has also been revealed it can't currently fly in rain and is a ludicrous amount over-budget.

Piece of garbage but I am going up to take a look end of April, my doc might even clear me for flying by then :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Thinking of using a cutthroat razor?
« on: March 10, 2017, 01:17:11 PM »

I typically only use disposables when I travel and that is usually because I get yanked somewhere at five minutes notice and forget to pack the razor :)

I really don't like them much, but I dislike two day growth more...


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Thinking of using a cutthroat razor?
« on: March 08, 2017, 05:24:31 PM »

Yeah, I picked up some of the Nivea Gel the other day, it's not bad but it's not great either - unusual for that brand,

When you next need blades though try Fusion, really good shave in my opinion :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Thinking of using a cutthroat razor?
« on: February 13, 2017, 10:30:30 AM »
Yes, in the UK badger is definitely top of the line and done very ethically.

I'm not aware if badgers exist in Australia so you are probably looking at an import.

Cute creatures, had one in our garden for years when I was growing up, they just sort of bumble around and sleep a lot :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Thinking of using a cutthroat razor?
« on: February 12, 2017, 02:53:28 PM »

I gave up using them years ago, just use gel but this is a pretty good site from another forum I hang around on

Mine is still in the cupboard and it was my dads, second one down on the list, not horribly expensive :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: My friends are having a great end of year...
« on: January 17, 2017, 02:10:39 PM »

No argument from me, except I've never flow one, which annoys the hell out of me - came just after my era, and I could not give a toss about stealth :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: White Elephant?
« on: January 15, 2017, 11:37:04 AM »
Doesn't seem to be getting any better:

A mate is part of the first deployment, told me last week he hates the thing.


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Is a war coming ?
« on: January 10, 2017, 09:46:24 AM »
Seems I'm by no means the only one concerned:

Actually that's not quite fair, a report of mine had a tiny bit to do with this summary, but to me it is pretty much on the money.


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Anyone Prep?
« on: January 03, 2017, 07:05:25 PM »

I guess I never really worry about it in an Armageddon sense - I'd survive that. more a temporary collapse of society or in my case "we need you there yesterday." ;)

Thank God I do not go that so much any more ;)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Anyone Prep?
« on: January 03, 2017, 11:16:59 AM »

I never worry about fuel, because I hardly go anywhere any more but food... ask Middy, we have a large fridge, a big freezer, two big cupboards, and they are all full :)

If ever the power vanished I'd just be rather busy on the Weber for which I keep stacks of fuel,  for the disposables and go grab some ice quick but actually I REALLY need to clean out our main freezer - been a while :) I have no idea what is in there really :)

Probably take me a minute or two to put the totally legal gun together - I keep it in pieces because of kids, but there is a LOT of ammo in the house, then there are the knives...

 I'm just a very, very dangerous bastard whom it is best not to fuck with - even if right now the bloody cat might beat me at arm wrestling :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Doesn't fit.
« on: January 02, 2017, 03:42:43 PM »
In the words of Donald Trump,,, Your fired  Mrs.Wallacey.gif


I'd prefer to fire him - about six rounds of twelve gauge I think :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Anyone Prep?
« on: January 02, 2017, 03:39:54 PM »

At the moment I've been let off the hook but yep, go bag is in the office, had one most of my life :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Wakiigg up I guess..
« on: January 01, 2017, 01:34:56 PM »

I really. really do not like snakes but i go shopping come back  and there is three feet of dugite sunning itself top of my driveway....

They are protected and honestly I hate killing anything much anyway-Very dangerous snake though so threw it into the park , head and tail method - It'll  be fine,

 doubt my wife would have been if she had see it ;)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Doesn't fit.
« on: January 01, 2017, 11:25:50 AM »

That could have been expensive -ground crew get drilled and  drilled but often never understand just how big the intake pressure of a big jet engine is.

I learned early the hard way - was walking past a Lighting when a mech fired up the Avons but with his head down, doing something. I wound up hanging on to the gear leg until someone came and ordered a shutdown and rescued me.

Dangerous beasts sometimes....


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Mystery Illnesses
« on: December 29, 2016, 12:43:10 AM »
Yeah, I would not argue with the average ED nurse and I used to teach unarmed combat :)

Goes against my ethics to hit women any way :)

She'll be fine man, lots of fluids and lots of Vitamin B, I'll give you a call in the am :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Is a war coming ?
« on: December 29, 2016, 12:35:47 AM »

I'm a very strong supporter of Israel, but I wouldn't piss on the Yahoo if he was on fire and the fundamentalist settlers need a good hard kick in the ass.

All they ever do is incite more tension - idiots one and all...


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Why I just happen to be there just bemuses me...
« on: December 27, 2016, 05:40:32 PM »

99% 0f the time I don't, but the damned thing had gone flat overnight and it was just a two minute trip :)

I checked, he's fine, well, bit of plaster or whatever it is they do these days, I've no idea, busted so many bones I don't even bother to look - hopefully I'm over those years. otherwise my wife will probably try to kill me anyway :)

(I do keep telling her she is not fast enough, but I do sleep sometimes :) )

Good outcome overall but yeah, he does have a cardiac issue.

Ah well, one of these days I hope no one needs to rescue me, I prefer to be the the rescuer :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: My friends are having a great end of year...
« on: December 27, 2016, 01:31:34 PM »


So far three friends who have been re-assigned to -16s have reported back on how much they love flying the little bird.

Apparently she is a really easy aircraft to adapt to and the handling even exceeds the -15.

I don't think some people are going to be terribly happy if/when they get re-assigned to -15s.

Apparently Boeing are sufficiently embarrassed, not that it is really their issue, those are McDonnell builds, that they are renovating 50 plus air frames at their expense.

It's not an easy task according to a guy I was chatting to this morning, basically they have to break the airplane in half, replace a key piece of structure and then stitch it all back together.

Might be simpler to just offer up some -15 late builds at a deep discount, but Boeing never seem to think that way and I suppose the most profitable part of the business is military - in the civil market they compete so hard with Airbus that the margins are razor thin. So, you look after your prime margin customer :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Why I just happen to be there just bemuses me...
« on: December 26, 2016, 02:15:32 PM »
I had to go out today, kinda hate driving over Christmas but we needed a couple of things.

I'm coming back down Marmion Ave, locals will know or Google it and there is a quite large roundabout at Craigie Ave.

About 50 meters in front of me a not young, not old guy on a Harley just loses it...

My first thought was "oh fuck, not again" but of course I pulled over.

Lucky bugger, despite being in T shirt and jeans he only had a couple of minor scrapes, but, he had busted a leg, fortunately not compound.

I didn't have my cell on me but his had survived so I called 000 whilst straightening out the fracture, it's always best to do it quick.

Ambos were there very quickly, took a look and asked how I knew how to do that. Well, I was a para before either of them were born...

His bike looks a bit second hand, but repairable, bent bars really, but I'm still trying to figure out how he fell off in the first place.

I told the ambos to get him cardio checked at the hospital, I rather suspect he had an attack, looked to otherwise be a fit enough guy and his bike showed he'd been riding a lot of years if you understand.

I'll call later see if he's ok.

Maybe I should stop leaving the house... :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: White Elephant?
« on: December 26, 2016, 01:46:34 PM »
Yes, very likely.

I don't talk to him often but I had a Christmas call from a guy I know at Lockheed - he's been lurking the thread for a while - wondered about that IP.

I asked him about the -35, he doesn't work on it, busy with -22 upgrades but his opinion was somewhat unprintable :)

I dunno, apparently there are now two due up the road at Pierce in the next few weeks - I just requested and will receive this week the interim manuals - maybe I'll go con a ride, curiosity might yet kill the cat but not if the seat works :)

I really am getting way too old for this, and my body keeps telling me that, but as my grandfather used to say you keep on living until you die, you do not wait for it to happen :) He made it to 96, so I have quite a bit left in me.

Being I'm supposed to fly a Mirage in a few weeks I guess I better go do a bit of revision - been a while :)

Now to figure out how to hide that from the wife - she already thinks I'm crazy, no need to confirm it :)

Eh, a Mirage doesn't scare me at all, love the lady, -35, hmm, we'll see..


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: My friends are having a great end of year...
« on: December 23, 2016, 02:30:55 PM »

He's fine, bit annoyed with the USAF, that aircraft was apparently supposed to have been grounded some time back.

The -15 fleet is big, some of the ones that have the faulty beam have sneaked back onto flight lines. They have ordered a complete check - that's going to fuck up some Christmases.

The Es are fine, it's the early -Cs that have the problem and they really are not worth repairing. USAF did the right thing and surged a bunch of -16s out of Masdic.

Strange, when the little electric jet first deployed a lot of my pilot mates were really skeptical, then they flew it - I never have. Instant love affair and it never seems to let them down :)

The only thing is they better surge some more tankers as well, -16 cannot patrol unrefueled for anything like the time of a -15.

I think he's a full General these days, left a message for him to that effect just in case he overlooks it - Generals make things happen :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / My friends are having a great end of year...
« on: December 22, 2016, 01:38:03 PM »

So a guy I used to fly with was at 30 odd thousand feet over Arizona in an F-15 yesterday and basically the aircraft fell in half... Not the first time that has happened, the early ones are fatiguing out.

He banged out of course, and sort of face-planted in some farmer's field - he'd never heard that term before -farmer was a bit startled apparently when two rescue Blackhawks appeared, the Americans do not mess around.

He's fine, didn't even break his nose, -15 is in two different states apparently :)

Military flying - sometimes I really, really miss it, sometimes not so much :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Merry Dudemas
« on: December 22, 2016, 12:01:49 PM »
Eh, we'll be around :)

If you get those 1911s hit me up, mine is off-shore atm but I spent over 20 years optimising it, best automatic ever made in my opinion :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Mystery Illnesses
« on: December 22, 2016, 11:54:52 AM »

I think it was '76 for me, then again April this year, but I'm being told this time it is a new strain of Epstein Barr.

Unless you get massive complications, which is rare, it is not going to be fatal, but damn it is debilitating.

Something over 80% of the population actually carry it and never show a single symptom. I think it quite possible I should be in hospital but I hate the places...


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Mystery Illnesses
« on: December 22, 2016, 12:48:22 AM »
Hmmm turns out she's got glandular fever. I brought her this morning and took her back tonight so she's spending a second night in there. She's a very sick girl and being in hospital is the right place fore her she can't even hold water down. I just got home from tonight's stint in ED.


Not much fun, there is no real treatment, I've had it for months and so have a number of my family that I haven't seen for years so I'm not the vector - lots of B
vitamins, Cenovis do a complex, just bought some today.

Bastard of a thing and definitely out there right now big time.


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