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Ray Zdybrow

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When I was a very young child (3-6 so 60 odd years ago) I lived in the midlands of England and our house must have been under the flightpath of some RAF base or other because I remember Vulcans flying very low overhead. They used to terrify me. They seemed to be going so slowly I thought they were going to fall at any moment.
Was this in Lincs by any chance?
 

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Some further searching and it seems that none of the originals exist any longer. However, many groups of WW1 and bicycle enthusiasts are working on recreations of both the machine gun and cannon tricycles from old photographs, and that the Bicycle Museum of America has a replica of the 1901 Vickers Machine Gun Tandem Tricycle.
 

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Those were the days... when the future really was looming over us....
 

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My wife says I need a hobby, I doubt she had meccano in mind. Seeing James May drive a meccano motorbike around the TT track whet my interest.
 

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My advice: get the planning permission sorted out before you begin your Meccano project...

...which reminds me of the guy who was in dispute with Croydon Council Planning department during the 1990's after he put the 14 foot-long Marlin that he had caught up on his roof. I always wondered how the roof could take the weight of the thing. When he was told he had to take it down he instead, doubled down and placed a 25-tonne tank to stand guard in his front garden. I would deliberately drive past his house in St Oswald’s Road, Norbury, just to see what he would put out next. There was military hardware, netting, barbed wire and defused land mines, with plans for a Spitfire and an inflatable Winston Churchill. Then it all suddenly stopped after a year or so.
 

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