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Duxford Imperial War Museum [20080814|16:53]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Le Rhone rotary engine


Last Sunday, the bloke and I visited the Imperial War Museum at Duxford to geek gawk at the gigantic hangars full of military aircraft. We saw a "land machinery" demonstration, which was, as you might imagine, a bunch of overgrown kids (boys and girls, I hasten to point out), gleefully driving tanks through a very big mud pit while a Spitfire and a Hurricane spiraled overhead.

For some reason, though, this is my favourite photo from the day. It's an 80 hp Le Rhone rotary engine, used in aircraft during the first World War. A stark, symmetric form caught in bright cold light. Mmm.
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[User Picture]From: ursarctous
2008-08-14 16:15 (UTC)
that's such a gorgeous picture. ah, i've been past that museum so many times but never been in, and never really wanted to until now!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-08-15 13:58 (UTC)
It's fantastic! It would be an understatement for me to say that "war isn't really my thing", but it's also true that I love technology history and bits of awesome shiny stuff that can whizz through the air at up to Mach 3.

(Be warned: It's expensive. £16 per adult, £12.80 per student/conc. You'll want to spend the whole day there as it's vast, so I advise packing a lunch.)
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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2008-08-14 17:05 (UTC)
I once saw the RAF bomb the Daleks at Duxford
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-08-15 13:54 (UTC)
Now there's something that ought to be on a list of "Things I've Done Wot I Bet You Lot 'Aven't" for LJ.
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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2008-08-15 13:59 (UTC)
It was a very long time ago! The RAF were still flying these:

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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2008-08-15 14:00 (UTC)
Also when I was a kid thy filme the movie of The Battle of Britain pretty much over my primary school. We'd go out and see Spitfires and Me109s and so on doing their thing. Tres cool.
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[User Picture]From: chibaraki
2008-08-14 17:49 (UTC)
That is an awesome engine. Like a crazy steampunk daisy.

Also I want to drive a tank. I never get to drive the tank. Sigh.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-08-15 14:01 (UTC)
Steampunk daisy! Best description yet.

I don't know if they'd let you drive the tank, but they were allowing rides, so you might get to be commander.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2008-08-14 19:43 (UTC)
This picture makes me so happy.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-08-15 14:02 (UTC)
Me too. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: leidan
2008-08-15 00:43 (UTC)
I'd love to go to Duxford one day, it has been on my list of places to visit since I was very small due to it being a Battle of Britain airfield.

I love the way the rotary engines actually rotate the whole cylinders around the main stationary crankshaft. Apparently the gyrospcopic effect of this makes the planes powered by them quite odd to fly.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-08-15 14:58 (UTC)
Yes, a lot of the old hangars have been restored to look as they were then. You & C must visit so you can go yourselves.
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[User Picture]From: taische
2008-08-15 03:55 (UTC)
That's beautiful! I'd be very tempted to see how a focus-stacked shot with, say, five or six exposures with the 50mm would turn out. With such a beautifully-detailed subject, if artifacts could be kept under control that might make for a fun enlargement. Great eye!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-08-15 15:02 (UTC)
I'm having trouble visualizing the effect you describe. I shall have to try it with a more easily accessible subject.
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