Rissala AB, Finland — May 24

RISSALA AB, the home of the Finnish Air Force MiGs, held its annual open day in May and for the first time the event was extended to include an evening airshow. The static display featured all the types operated by KarLsto (Karelian Wing) HavLLv 31 (Fighter Squadron 31). The Valmet Vinka, BAe Hawk Mk 51 and MiG-21b/s gave flying displays, and during the afternoon — between the open day and the airshow — all those displaying practised their routines.

The F-15 made its debut in Finland — two F-15Cs, 84-0005 and 80-0004, both coded ‘SP’ from the USAFE’s 52nd FW

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Ring breakdown

What are Jupiter’s rings made of, how big are they and how were they formed?

Halo ring

The innermost halo ring stretches from around 92,000km (57,000 miles) to just over 120,000km (78,000) and is the thickest of Jupiter’s rings through the vertical. It’s shaped like a torus and is significantly less bright than the main ring despite being many times wider and thicker. The dust particles that the Halo ring is composed of are less than 15 micrometres in diameter and are mostly derived from the main ring.

Main ring

This narrow ring is just 6,500km (4,000 miles) wide and

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Hop is smashing up the hours and having a ball on the project Suzuki RMX450Z

Talk about extremes — it’s gone from bull-dusty dry conditions to extremely wet in my part of the world. We’ve had some of the biggest floods since 1968. You couldn’t get out for a ride without getting soaked straight off the bat so I just didn’t.

Call me soft but I wasn’t that keen to punish myself or the RMX. It would’ve been just my luck to have ended up upside-down in some flooded creek which wouldn’t have helped keep me on the DA project

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Ricoh GR. More than Meets the Eye.

Since the acquisition of Pentax by Ricoh in 2011, the GR is the very first Ricoh camera to be released. Thrilling aficionados of the venerable series, the new GR (the fifth) now sports a 16.2MP APS-C sensor nine times larger than previous GR editions. In India, the similarly priced Nikon A is vying for exactly the same markets.

The Sigma DP1 Merrill, while falling in the same price bracket, is a very different kind of beast. So is the more expensive Fuji X100S. On the test bench, we discovered that the GR can certainly hold its own.


The sensor

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Richard Sibley visits Pantiles Cameras in Tunbridge Wells, and speaks to manager David Podbury.

‘Being a Sony Alpha Centre of Excellence is a really positive thing for us,’ says David Podbury, manager of Pantiles Cameras in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. ‘It means that Sony recognises our excellent customer service and gives people the confidence to visit us for advice on Sony cameras and accessories.’

Each member of the team at Pantiles Cameras is familiar with the entire Sony range of cameras, which means they can help advise customers on the best camera for them, and help them understand the various features of each model.

A dedicated section of the store allows customers to see the

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Ribbon and bow

This bow and ribbon is an example of what is known as applique work — a posh way of saying ‘stuck on’. The carving can be glued to a fire surround, mirror frame or box, for example, pinned discretely in place through the central knot and the deep junctions.

This is a simple design, especially in its surface treatment. However, it’s worth exploring the many other ways of carving and decorating ribbons and bows; you’ll find them joined together or with complicated rucks and folds in their surfaces.

Orientate the grain across the design; this will give the most strength.

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TНЕ ROYAL International Air Tattoo (RIAT) continues to attract more interest from the military aviation enthusiast than any other airshow in the world. It is also one of the United Kingdom’s biggest public events.

In its heyday in 1995, the International Air Tattoo (as it was then called) attracted over 200,000 people and a massive 300+ military aircraft, even though there were severe traffic problems for visitors and despite the fact that at £20 the admission charge appeared inflated. The show was a financial success, which should have been reflected in the contributions to the RAF Benevolent Fund Enterprises (RAFBFE),

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