October’s cover: well done Bob!
I was delighted to see the cover photo of Bob Grimstead’s Fournier (known as Wagon to her friends and admirers) in full flight. It was a photo deserving of a big smile and a round of applause from your readers. I’ve read Bob’s restoration articles many times over and learned a lot from them (excellent ‘watching over his shoulder and learning from what he is doing’ articles).
With regards to the mouthheld torch in the ‘haemorrhoid fitting’ photo on page 70, I would respectfully suggest that there are better ways to illuminate a work site. There used to be a soft rubber adaptor (used to be made by a USA company named Nite Ize) that put a soft grip spatula ‘tail’ onto the type of torch in the photo, but that would not eliminate the chore of retrieving the torch from somewhere inaccessible when you inadvertently open your mouth (and if the torch is aluminium then a magnet on a piece of string will be of no help in the retrieval).
My favourite solution when there’s no hand spare to hold a torch is to use a head-worn torch. They cost typically £5-£8 and are widely available. My favourite head-worn torch has Bright, Less-bright and Flash settings and can also send SOS in Morse code. I use it for DIY (which can be surprisingly more relaxing when both hands are free to do the DIY and the torch looks after itself), gardening (well past dusk) and walking (despite my best efforts, my day walks somehow often go into dusk and mid-evening and my excuse is that walking by torch light adds a novel dimension to the walk).
Please may I respectfully disagree with the photo caption which reads ‘friendly rival Flyer editor Ed Hicks’ on p13 of the October issue. I subscribe to both Flyer and Pilot and I wouldn’t like to do without either magazine. In my view it isn’t a case of ‘rivals’ but more a case that you complement each other.
Ian Brothwell, Nottingham