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Thermal Hood, Transpire Fleece Ultra Warm Technical - Reed Chillcheater
Thermal Hood, Transpire Fleece Ultra Warm Technical - Reed Chillcheater
Offered by Reed Chillcheater Ltd
Price: £16.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent design, and their two-eyehole version is even better!, 12 Dec 2013
Reed Chillcheater's Fleece Hood is not very well-publicised, but is an excellently designed fleece balaclava which deserves to be more generally known. Although originally designed for kayakers / canoeists, it is perfect for a whole host of other sports. Horse riders, motorcyclists, fishermen, wildfowlers, walkers and mountaineers can all benefit from wearing one. It can be worn inside a helmet, which helps keep the helmet liner clean.

The "Transpire Fleece" material is warm, close-fitting, warms up almost immediately and keeps the warmth in. Better yet, I found it moves with every movement of your head, just like a base layer / second skin should.

However, Reed's little secret is that they also make a full-coverage, two eyehole version, at no extra cost. If you want to order it from them, use the product code FHSAS. My review is based on this one. It is in my view arguably the best off-the-shelf, two-eyehole balaclava I have ever worn. Although when it comes out of the packet it may look a little tight, it stretches to cover your whole head and neck and once you've got it on, really is a form-fitting, snug fit. Even though your nose and mouth are covered, it's still breathable and easy to breathe through. The double-length neck helps keep everything in place and does not ride-up or pull out of your collar. After a while, you almost forget you're wearing it - it is that good. I was so pleased with it, I bought two more and, almost six years later, have ordered another two.

Whilst £16 may be a lot to pay for a balaclava, this one really is worth it. Worth having more than one.


Great Central Locomotives: v.2: Vol 2
Great Central Locomotives: v.2: Vol 2
by E.G. Johnson
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful continuation of GC Locomotive history, 2 April 2013
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This book covers the latter - mostly Robinson - designs up to 1922, including the "Improved Director" (later D11/1), 9P 4-6-0, and L1 2-6-4T, as well as their service lives after the Grouping in 1923. Very useful histories of each class, including those built after Grouping.

There are a number of engineering drawings covering some of the classes in an Appendix at the back of the book. Good drawings are always welcome - particularly for Great Central engines, which are relatively neglected - but, bizarrely, they have been reduced to wildly differing scales, e.g. 10.5mm scale, 7 mm scale, etc. with no particular pattern. Anyone wanting to use the drawings for modelling purposes will then have to recalculate the dimensions for their chosen scale. In at least one instance, the drawing spreads over a double page which may distort straight lines or curves which fall on the divide line. Simply reducing a drawing on a photocopier may not give you a consistently linear reduction.


Lok-Legende: »Jimmo« und »Schorsch«: Die Stars 18 201 und 18 314 aus Halle
Lok-Legende: »Jimmo« und »Schorsch«: Die Stars 18 201 und 18 314 aus Halle
by Lothar Weber
Edition: Perfect Paperback
Price: £8.82

4.0 out of 5 stars Highly useful history of unique steam locomotives., 6 Jan 2013
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This book (German language only) covers the gestation and performance of 18 201 and 18 314, steam engines created by the former East German Deutsche Reichsbahn as experimental test-beds, using an amalgam of parts from various other engines. This was ingenious improvisation helped to a great extent by standardised parts. Both locomotives still exist today and 18 201 remains at work as the engine with the highest currently-authorised speed for steam, i.e. 112mph, and it has never actually been retired since its construction.

Background, design, testing and service and preservation are all covered here. It is up to TransPress's usual standards: quite excellent.


Irish Enterprise South: Dundalk to Dublin Add-on for Microsoft Train Simulator
Irish Enterprise South: Dundalk to Dublin Add-on for Microsoft Train Simulator

3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but curiously incomplete, 6 Jan 2013
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I bought Irish Enterprise South to be merged with my earlier MSTS Irish Enterprise North. IE South certainly joins well with its Northern counterpart, allowing a seamless journey south from Belfast, or north from Dublin. However, by offering users the chance to drive the DART services from Howth and Malahide, it seems churlish to then cut the line short at Dublin Tara Street, with some clumsy half-finished scenery and buffer stops. In reality, DART continues south all the way to Bray and Greystones. Had IE South offered this, the add-on would have been so much more complete.


Maunsell Moguls
Maunsell Moguls
by Peter Swift
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In-depth study, but lacking in drawings, 10 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Maunsell Moguls (Hardcover)
This is a new book which although billed as fitting into the Ian Allan "Locomotives in Detail" series, does not bear the same style of cover - indeed, were it not for the style of content, it could almost be a stand-alone work.

An in-depth study of the Maunsell Mogul family (including the tank engines) is something that has been long overdue, though, and Peter Swift's work certainly goes a long way to telling the complete story about how this useful group of locomotives were conceived, built and then modified. For the first time, we have tables of the major dimensions and measurements, and an explanation of the subtle differences exhibited between the sub-classes. All this is helpful.

However, the major disappointment concerns the scale drawings at the back of the book. These are a reprint of the late Ian Beattie's old drawings for the "Railway Modeller" magazine and, as such, cover only the "N" and "N1" classes. None of the drawings have any measurements marked on them, and no scale is given - you'd have to be in-the-know to realise that they are intended to be 4mm/ft or 1:76 scale.

No attempt is made to produce drawings for the new-build "U" class, or those that were rebuilt from the "River" tanks, so here is a major omission and one which will hinder those who want to build an accurate model. Likewise, there are no "U1" drawings, or indeed any drawings covering the "River", "W" class or Metropolitan "K" tanks, still less the engines built for the Irish broad gauge, even though they are all described and photographed fully in their own chapters.

If this book runs to a subsequent edition, one would hope that the omissions would be addressed.


Samsung Ink M40 ( M-40 M 40 ) Black Ink Fax Cartridge For Sf330 Sf335T Sf340 Sf345Tp Sf-330 Sf-335T Sf-340 Sf-345Tp
Samsung Ink M40 ( M-40 M 40 ) Black Ink Fax Cartridge For Sf330 Sf335T Sf340 Sf345Tp Sf-330 Sf-335T Sf-340 Sf-345Tp
Price: £26.36

4.0 out of 5 stars Only the originals last, 20 Sep 2012
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After having had several problems with compatible or refilled cartridges drying up prematurely, I went back to the original Samsung branded product. Suddenly I can get legible faxes once again. There's got to be a lesson in this somewhere....

Only gripe is that, like all original cartridges, they are pricey.


Eisenbahn Journal 3/2001: Dampf-Giganten Baureihen 05-06-45
Eisenbahn Journal 3/2001: Dampf-Giganten Baureihen 05-06-45

4.0 out of 5 stars German steam giants, 17 April 2012
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Eisenbahn Journal's usual well-presented story, this time concentrating on the design, life and demise of the three largest German standard steam locomotive classes - the Baureihe "05" 4-6-4, "06" 4-8-4 and "45" 2-10-2. In the case of the first two classes, these were intended to be the last word in express passenger steam power in the 1930s, invariably used of course for propaganda purposes by the Nazis as a demonstration of their achievements.

There were only ever three "05"s (one being originally built as a short-lived cab-forward engine, before being converted to conventional form), and much of their work could be ably done by the much more numerous "01" Pacifics. That said, they all survived into the West German DB era, with 05 001 lasting into preservation, restored to mostly streamlined form.

Rather more of a vanity project were the two "06" engines. Gargantuan from the start, they proved too expensive and too limited in range for the post-war DB to keep, and had both gone by 1951.

In this respect, the "45"s were relatively successful, though many were withdrawn in the 1950s, their size being against the then DB trend towards more compact and efficient design. Only 45 010 lasted into preservation, during which time it has never been steamed. Its size and cost would appear to militate against a return to working order.

Even if you don't quite understand the German language, this issue is packed full of high-quality photography that all can appreciate. General arrangement drawings are also included, though some conversion would be needed to place them in the popular scales.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent thermal one-piece, 15 Dec 2011
I've had one of these SubZero one-piece thermal suits for a while now, and it really does do what it says on the tin. I've worn it indoors and out, and it's brilliant. You can even wear them as a substitute for pyjamas at night. Superbly warm, and the extended neck contributes to this, giving enough room to tuck in an extra neck tube or a balaclava. The stirrups at the end of the legs prevent it riding up when you've got your socks on - a good bit of design. Criticisms? Well, it would have helped if they'd included stirrups or thumb loops for the ends of the sleeves as well, so that there are no gaps when you're wearing silk or thermal glove liners. The other thing that might put people off is the price - at almost ninety quid, you really have to want one. On the other hand, its nearest rival, which is made in Norway and includes a built-in balaclava, is even more expensive!


Taxi 3 [DVD]
Taxi 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Samy Naceri
Price: £7.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A distant third, 4 Mar 2011
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Having seen (and loved) the first two Taxi films, I bought this one more in hope than expectation.

Having now watched it, I have to say that whilst the underlying story has moved on a bit (two of the main characters, Emilien and Petra, are now married) the plot content has got a bit bogged down. There is an early nod to the James Bond franchise, but there is little else that is new. It is still a "bungling police v. gang of robbers" theme, and it is possible to detect just a bit of laziness this time round. The hilariously incompetent chief of Police now seems to have been reduced to little more than a bit-part.

I found the Chinese villain characters insubstantial and superficial - there could have been a lot more made of them, in the way that Taxi 2 made some effort to explore and make fun of Japanese Yakuza. The stunts in Taxi 3 seemed a bit tired too.

On the whole, they could have made this one even better, but they missed the target in favour of repeat themes.

I see that they have made Taxi 4, but I think I'll be giving that one a miss.


Downfall (2 Disc Edition) [DVD] [2005]
Downfall (2 Disc Edition) [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Bruno Ganz
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Price: £5.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe-inspiring epic, 15 Nov 2010
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I bought this as a replacement DVD for one that I had lost a while ago. Watching it again, the sheer scale of the film - it really is an epic - remains breathtaking in its portrayal of the last days of that infamous regime, and the individual performances of the cast are mesmerising; they really did raise their game to deal with an uncomfortable, difficult subject.

Nothing was spared to convince the audience of the literal "bunker mentality" that Hitler adopted, clutching at deluded straws even when reality meant that his armies were already decimated and, even at this eleventh hour, you very quickly see that none of his subordinates really dared to challenge him, so utterly conditioned as they were to accept his authority over the previous twelve years.

Since the film is in German, some may find the English subtitles distracting. I think there was no alternative; dubbing the film into English would not have preserved the authenticity. This is a thoroughly German effort, and it was right that all dialogue was and is in German.

This film must surely go down as an all-time classic. It is a tribute to the cast and team who combined to make it utterly convincing, and staying true to Traudl Junge's memoirs.


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