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  1. Bit late to the party, but I too love my a612. Thousands of rounds through it now and absolutely no complaints. Another chalk farm regular....
  2. I work in F1. Been working with composites (mostly carbon fibre) for years. As to the original question, there are many expensive cleaning agents you can use, but we often use isopropynol or methylated spirits to remove heavy soiling. If it is lacquered, this might not be appropriate, but carbon will stand up to vigorous scrubbing, so as also suggested, warm soapy water will do a job. The dust (not just from the carbon but also the resin) is highly toxic. When I first started in the industry, trimmers would often work all day with flimsy paper masks on, no gloves and wearing housecoats.
  3. For any of the pw crew in the mid Norfolk area, I'm seeing large flocks now on the rape and new drilling, near Dereham I saw upwards of 300 get up off a large field of poor looking rape, and just north of Wymondham at least 200 on some spring barley drilling. The birds are about in bigger numbers than I have seen for a long while.
  4. I could have bunged him a couple of boxes of record instead...
  5. I remember these. Years ago, Dad had a couple of boxes left over which he was saving, along with some winchester gbs and some other odds and ends. They were his favourite carts by a mile and one of his most cherished possessions. So obviously, he kept them separate from the rest of the ammo, in a safe place of great reverence. Or not. So when I grabbed a couple of old boxes of carts from the back of the cupboard to go and shoot crows around the farm one afternoon, I got quite a haul and thought he would be pleased. When he saw the empties, he was strangely miffed. My offer to replace with a co
  6. Thanks Jim. Not a keeper or farm worker, just lucky to have a couple of very good permissions with understanding owners and good keepers. We have shot on into March some years when conditions are right, but this year isn't one of them. I think the other guys who roost shoot have decided to knock it on the head, I'm just unlucky I missed the first half of the month. It's not really about being seen/heard, I think it's more about disturbing the woods and the wild birds. Switching to decoying isn't too bad, and I might have a go on some of the remaining maize strips later on in the mo
  7. Back by popular demand for one week only... The merest hint of a breeze from a south easterly direction and bright sunshine do not make for the best roost shooting conditions, and it didn't look promising on the approach to my favourite wood as there were no pigeons to be seen. A nearby maize cover strip had been half flailed and earlier recon with my binoculars had shown a few grey blobs in amongst the flattened stalks so hopefully they were still in the area. Pops joined me on time this week and decided to cross the river and occupy the 'new' (now nearly 40 years old) plantation where
  8. Let's just say that he's been doing it a lot longer than me and leave it at that....
  9. So after two aborted attempts on the last two Saturdays, I finally managed to get down the wood, where I was assured by the keeper that the grey hordes were massing. The adjacent rape, looking exceptionally poor had been attracting reasonable numbers, bolstered by the ivy laden trees in the woods edge. All the ingredients were there then, so how did it pan out? Arranging to rendezvous at the wood with pops to abide by the current rules and regs, I arrived on time to find no-one waiting for me. I unpacked dog and gun in a leisurely fashion and took a quick walk about. Lots of small flocks
  10. There's frequently topics come up on the farming forum about bridges of all shapes and sizes. Might be worth having a look on there.
  11. I had a ranger for work. I think it was an 05 (this was 10+ years ago now) thunder, 2.5 had all the leather interior, big truckman canopy. It was not bad to drive actually, even on longer journeys. Towed OK. Main problem was rust, especially on the body panels. Farmer mate had a 09 plate 3.0 wildtrak, same problems with rust, his was chassis rust. I think it's fairly common with them, but if you can have a good look before making an offer, an easy problem to screen for, and a good one looked after will give you years of service. As far as I know, the fl2 is a good all rounder. The engine
  12. If it helps, subarus do sound a bit diesel like on cold start up! Soon start purring though.
  13. Suspension was good on mine. I know bushes can wear on the much older ones (the >2010 type and before) which can make for interesting handling, but over the years of owning my various models I can't recall them being any worse than other makes for suspension wear bearing in mind mine got a fair bit of off road use. Never had a single problem with the glow plugs, but the engines are a ****** to work on so can understand the worry. Mine did have a gasket leak transmission fluid at the driveshaft but was replaced under warranty, that was the only mechanical problem in over 2 years ownership.
  14. I've had mk1 forester turbo, impreza, legacy outback (diesel) and now have an XV. As far as I'm concerned, they can't be beaten. I know you are only interested in the diesels, so I shall let you know my thoughts. My outback was a 2012 manual. Absolutely huge inside. Slightly agricultural handling on road, but with a good set of tyres it would match almost anything off road. The very early diesels were a bit suspect but most of the problem ones will have been sorted under warranty by now, and the 2012 onwards were much stronger. The auto box (cvt) is a good match for the engine, and I wis
  15. I'd avoid them until you level up a bit. Concentrate on wolves, bandits and skeevers until level 10, or as smokingdragon says you can try sniping at them from a safe place. Do it in sneak and level up your stealth at the same time.
  16. Good shout on the controller.
  17. You'll have no trouble with that rig! Hope you got the special edition, graphics are absolutely superb.
  18. Even though its a relatively old game, you will still need a pretty high end pc to get it to run properly. Plenty of sites on the interweb discussing the minimum/recommended system requirements. Absolutely brilliant game. Played it for a long time on xbox, then switched to pc to enable modding. As Peter Henry said, all the elders scrolls games are good. Have fun
  19. Winchester or miroku. Probably a much longer list of makers I don't like.
  20. I think up to around 2017, roughly half of all petrols sold were manual. So you shouldn't have much trouble finding one. That does include the early 1.6s (which is the only model in the range to have the hi/lo range box) but are best avoided because they are badly underpowered. The auto (actually a CVT) works well with the diesel because it has much more torque, but is not a good fit with the petrols. My best mate is a Subaru mechanic so we spend a lot of time talking about them!
  21. Yes I have one (a petrol manual 2014 2.0) and I like it. It has nearly 11" of ground clearance and is robust enough to tackle moderate terrain without too much effort, in fact the angles are slightly better than the bigger forester, and it's lighter weight makes it arguably the better proposition for muddy bits. Boot big enough to hold two labradors in comfort. Not overly quick, but it will keep up with traffic. I average 38-40 mpg mixed driving over maybe 8000 miles a year. It's comfy, and most have climate/heated seats/sat nav. Owned it just over 3 years and it hasnt needed anything ot
  22. Absolutely not. Whizzing around in glorified milkfloats, the loudest sound coming from the tyres, not exactly glamourous is it? Formula e is a dead end, much like electric vehicles are only a stopgap until the next big leap forward. I don't think we'll see loads of innovation come out of electric racing cars like we did with the world of formula one. I've sadly watched the decline of rallying which was also a brilliant proving ground for some outrageous technology since the end of group b and I think all motor racing is dying a slow death. Who knows what will take its place.
  23. And it's also a handy way to offset profits made in road car manufacturing. Formula e is where the action will be in future.
  24. We have an industrial laser engraver at work and that makes a high pitched noise. You have to be standing in the right (wrong) place to be able to hear it though. It varies in pitch and intensity depending on what material you are engraving.
  25. Subaru forester. Upgrade from the standard geolandar tyres and you won't be disappointed.
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