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    Nice colours. Todays' digital is great for colour but if you want real monochrome only film will do.

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    Ta, I'll tell my Dad.

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    Back on the subject of torpeod head colours, a reference I have said that the collapsible heads were painted red. So did this mean the blowing heads were yellow? It sort of implies this and I know that collapsible heads were being phased out mid war. There seems to be a lot of opinion in the modelling world but little in the way of facts.

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    It's just a shame that these lovely old and historical buildings are being left to rot away . I got the distinct impression last time was there ( at a race meeting which ended in tragedy ) that the owners are not really bothered as to what happens to this place.

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    Just watched a programme called Heir Hunters on TV. They were trying to trace the family of a Russian lady who came to Britain in the 1940's. It transpired that both herself and her brother had both taught Russian to intelligence personnel at Crail during the Cold War. They showed a couple of period photos of the interior and exterior of the buildings and filmed one of the chaps that had been taught there looking around the buildings.

    The programme's well worth a look and is currently available to watch on BBC i-player. Particularly interesting from the 28 minute point onwards.

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrooloose View Post
    A few shots of Crail from 1986. We had permission from the farmer to visit the site, but he told us he would have prosecuted if he had caught us on there without asking him first.
    Don't think he could have followed up on that threat. Part of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 translates into statute what people commonly regarded as their "right to roam” in Scotland. It states the rights and responsibilities of those exercising access rights, as well as those of land managers and recreation managers. You have the right to access most land and inland water including mountains, moorland, woods and forests, grassland, fields, rivers and lochs, coastal areas, most parks and open spaces, golf courses (to cross them); day and night, providing you do so responsibly. It also requires access authorities to uphold access rights.

    As long as you were outside the buildings and not causing any damage there is nothing he could do. (In Scotland at any rate). I know that the act is 2003 but there has never been a law of trespass in Scotland.
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    A 'sedate' wee drive round Crail Airfield in a Ka : )
    Funnily enough I have a connection with this family and a house in a lovely setting that is no far from Crail : ) (back in the early 60's)

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    Crail was in the news yesterday with this story in The Courier

    http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/loc...-pace-1.716624

    ""Plans are on the table to redevelop Scotland’s best preserved Second World War naval airfield.

    Houses, a hotel, community centre and shops could be built at Crail Airfield if the masterplan being prepared comes to fruition and could impact on activities held at Crail Raceway.

    The proposal is at an early stage but includes 47 acres of residential development alongside an artisan and craft village, community centre and land for heritage, commercial, light industrial and tourism and leisure uses.

    The airfield, which is listed by Historic Scotland, was abandoned by the military 50 years ago and many of its buildings have fallen into a state of disrepair.

    Former owner Willie Robertson, who died last year at the age of 47, had a long-held ambition to develop the site, which is used for car boot sales and motoring events, but his plans never got off the ground.

    The land is now owned by his sister Victoria and plans are being developed for 50 hectares by Landvest, a company that specialises in buying land and selling it on with planning permission.

    A public meeting is being held in Crail on Thursday at which it is hoped more information will be provided.

    Community council chairman Jack Jarvis said: “If they go ahead with what they are looking at then I think they will need 200 plus houses to finance it.

    “That would have a major impact concerning transport into and out of Crail.”

    He added, however: “There is a desire to see what is perceived by many as a mess to be tidied up.”

    The airfield, which lies just north of Crail, was used by the RAF during the First World War and the Royal Navy as HMS Jackdaw in the Second World War.

    Around 2,000 personnel were stationed there, living at the airfield and in and around Crail. There are more than 130 military buildings there, 31 of them individually listed.

    While some buildings are used for business and storage, others are redundant and in poor condition.

    Landvest has submitted a proposal of application notice to Fife Council and intends to submit an application for planning permission in principle.""

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    The future of Crail is frail.

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    Yes the future of Crail is frail, it would make quite a tale in the Daily Mail.

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