Misguided Article in a Model Magazine? Jan 8, 2017 14:33:53 GMT
Post by spined on Jan 8, 2017 14:33:53 GMT
Years back when I did subscribe to ME someone wrote in and complained about the magazine advertising plans/drawings for a scaled Gatling Gun. The complainant thought this to be counter to the aims and objectives of a magazine that from my point of view was dedicated purely to the recurring theme of knackered old models of long gone locomotives. The possibility that some old guy would buy the drawings, build it, somehow source a load ammunition and then go hold up a Post Office made me smile. Happily, I've seen a number of beautifully made model Gatling Guns at MEXs, perhaps two fingers to the PC brigade and the then ME editor.
I for one would have been very interested in a set of drawings for a Gatling Gun and I wrote in an said so. I didn't really want to build one, just see how all the tricky bits got solved. A couple of other brave souls also wrote in supporting me. Unfortunately the old lady in editorial charge capitulated to political correctness supported by another old lady from Somerset and the cause was lost. The correspondent also put the kiss of death on ever seeing articles on building atomic bombs appearing in ME. Poor chap. That one is well out of the bag but like sourcing ammunition for a scale Gatling Gun, plutonium doesn't grow on trees and is becoming tougher to get than rocking horse poo.
Interestingly, I see all sorts of non-locomotive items in really old ME magazines. Would be interested to know when 'Model' became locked to steam locomotives, similarly for 'Engineer'. Somewhere between then and now the term "Engineer" ceased to described someone who had to wash his hands BEFORE using the loo because he had to. Now, "Engineer" is restricted to folk that wash their hands AFTER using the loo because someone told them to.
ME has sort of been hijacked by nostalgia for old steam locomotives. Perhaps there is space for someone's reminisces of times long gone when this country had a truly independent missile capability along with all the other long lost engineering successes of times past. Do not forget, it was someone's skill at making actuate navel gun barrels that made steam engine cylinders possible. Should be we also remove the Spitfire from our history because it was made to kill Germans? I think not. However, lets have more engineering.
Just for accuracy here. ME carried small ads for drawings from the US for a Gatlin gun. The Home Office asked for that to be stopped. It was stopped. As you would expect.