Remembrance Sunday at IWM Duxford - Sunday 9 November 2014 - Free admission for all

31 October 2014 by Rod Carruthers
On Remembrance Sunday 10am to 4pm, IWM Duxford offer free admission to all as we remember members of the Armed Forces who lost their lives in active service. At 11am, a two-minute silence will be observed across the museum. There will also be a traditional service of Remembrance. They will also be giving families the opportunity to learn about remembrance together, with hands-on activities throughout the museum. IWM Duxford is Britain’s best-preserved World War II airfield, with a fascinating history that dates back to the First World War. Its story reflects the landmark achievements made in aviation history. Historic buildings sit alongside their striking contemporary exhibition halls; AirSpace and the American Air Museum. Through the rich displays of iconic aircraft and the powerful stories of the men and women involved, they show the impact of aviation on the nature of war and on people’s lives. With one of the finest collections of tanks , military vehicles and artillery, in our Land Warfare exhibition, they show how technological development impacts on war and conflict. More than simply a remarkable museum, IWM Duxford is an fascinating and hugely enjoyable experience for all the family, and especially poignant on Rememberance Sunday.
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Remote Control Boat Catches 4lb Bass in Florida USA

23 October 2014 by Rod Carruthers
Hobbies customer Bill King from Florida USA supplied this remarkable photograph of his radio control model boat complete with fishing line after catching a 4lb Bass. Mr King has been buying model boat fittings from Hobbies and now using our EM850 electric motors .
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Hobbies goes over to the Dark Side

17 October 2014 by Rod Carruthers
The Metal Earth range of 3D Laser Cut Models just keeps getting bigger and better. We are thrilled to be stocking the Fascinations range of models from the Star Wars movie series, which are officially licensed by LucasFilm. The 3D Laser Cut Models are different from any modesl you are used to building. They feature amazingly detailed laser etching and are laser cut from a 4" square metal sheet. Being made of shiny metal gives this model a really cool look. Fascinations 3D Metal Models are Easy To Assemble, Simply pop out the pieces with the aid of wire cutters, then bend tabs to connect at the attachment points. Simple to follow instructions are included. Because these model kits are small enough to pop into an envelope they make a perfect gift solution for any Star Wars fans or anyone that loves to make models. Why not collect the full range - Choose from R2-D2 , Millennium Falcon , AT-AT , and Darth Vader's Tie Fighter . Keep an eye on the website as there are more models due to follow soon.
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£3 Million Spitfire Restoration - a thrilling Boy's Own Tale and unmissable TV

06 October 2014 by Rod Carruthers
Channel 4 on Sunday 12th October at 7.30pm sees presenter Guy Martin join a team during a two year and estimated £3 million restoration of a Supermarine Spitfire that had been buried in a French beach for decades, and tells the Boy's Own style story of its pilot, RAF ace Squadron Leader Geoffrey Stephenson. Spitfire N3200 was part of 19 Squadron that was based at RAF Duxford, and that's exactly where the restoration project was based. While covering the retreat from Dunkirk in 1940, the Mark I Spitfire was shot down and crashed on a beach in northern France, where it sank into the sand. Squadron Leader Stephenson escaped and headed for Belgium. The wreckage was finally recovered in the 1980s and stored in France for more than 20 years until it was bought by an aircraft restoration company a few years ago. As well as showing the incredible engineering skills involved in building the aircraft, the program also celebrates the lives of the factory workers who risked their lives building the aircraft and the mechanics who worked around the clock to repair the planes and send them back into the skies defending Britain. The program shows the restored Spitfire...
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