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As a result of some email issues with the last couple of issues of The Grubby Truth, we are now trialling this new HTML format for distribution. It's not necessarily any easier for us, but it will hopefully eliminate the issues we've been having.

As always, your feedback is appreciated. Let us know what you think of the new format here..

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Temora Sabre Flies Again

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A94-983 once again in the Australian sky where it belongs!
Photo: Temora Aviation Museum.

Temora takes another historic bird back into the air

After a full refurbishment at Temora Aviation Museum, CAC Sabre A94-983 has taken to the skies again! Owned by the RAAF Museum, 983 has been loaned to Temora to refurbish, operate and display. It first took to the air again on 16th July 2009.

In the museum's own words:
One of the Royal Australian Air Force´s (RAAF) most significant fighter jets, the CA-27 Sabre, made its first flight in 16 years today at the Temora Aviation Museum in regional NSW, after a period of more than three years´ restoration and servicing.

The aircraft was loaned to the Museum by the RAAF under an agreement made in 2005 by the Chief of Air Force in an effort to preserve historical military aircraft. The Sabre jet has been restored to flying condition by the Temora Aviation Museum Engineering team and will become a feature of the Museum´s regular Flying Weekends, which are open to the public, as well as select Australian Defence Force Airshows. Sabre A94-983 is owned by the RAAF Museum, loaned to the Temora Aviation Museum and operated by the Temora Historic Flight Club.

Museum Founder and President David Lowy AM said "This is an historic day and I´m extremely proud the Temora Aviation Museum has been able to partner with the RAAF in returning their Sabre to the skies."

First Public Display

The flying weekend of 5th and 6th of September, 2009, will host the first public flying display of A94-983. Temora´s flying weekends are hugely popular and many of the museum´s aircraft are taken aloft and shown off.

You can find out more about the Sabre and view video footage of the first flight, as well as finding out about September´s flying weekend, at the Temora Aviation Museum website.

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Sabre Commemorative Print

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The Limited Edition print available only through Temora Aviation Museum

Sabre First-Flight Print

In conjunction with Temora Aviation Museum, Grubby Fingers Aircraft Illustration has released a special edition commemorative print of A94-983. Copies of the print, signed by the display pilots and the artist, will be available at the Temora Aviation Museum over the flying weekend of 5th and 6th September.

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Elvis Resurrected!

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A small piece of the Aircrane. The whole thing is this busy!

The Erickson Aircrane illustration started earlier in the year has been resurrected and is well underway. It's a big project and will take some time as the Aircrane has all its plumbing on the outside!

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More Mustangs!

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One of the new Mustang releases: an ex-RAAF Korean machine.

New Mustang prints

The onslaught of Mustang profiles is continuing with another ten being added to the range. Check out the website or shop for the newbies.

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Catalogue PDF Now On-line

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You can now download the Grubby Fingers Print Catalogue as a PDF from the website. Simply got to the catalogue download page and click on the image. A PDF copy of the catalogue will automatically download to your computer.

This catalogue gets updated every month or two.

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RNZAF Skyhawk Paper Model FREEBIE!

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Part of the 1:32 scale card model Skyhawk

Free Card Model

Some years ago I found a rather neat card model of an RNZAF A-4 Skyhawk in 1:32 scale on the RNZAF website. I grabbed it at the time and I've been jealously guarding it ever since.

In the intervening time, the RNZAF has deleted any attack capability from their fleet and the Skyhawks were retired and put into storage. I believe they were also getting a bit long in the tooth and maintenance costs were climbing rapidly.

The RNZAF, who owns the copyright on the model, has graciously agreed to let me offer the model as a free download through the Grubby Fingers website. As well as offering it in its original form, I intend creating some RAN versions of it. I'll let you know as they come on line.

You can download the model Skyhawk from the Grubby Fingers downloads page shortly..

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Get your Grubby Fingers on ModelArt!

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Grubby Fingers profiles in ModelArt

ModelArt, Australia´s leading scale modelling magazine has just celebrated with its 50th issue.

ModelArt and Grubby Fingers have struck a deal to include some aircraft profiles in each issue of ModelArt.

The first of the series shows a clutch of Bell Model 205 and UH-1H helicopters in various Australian liveries. Check it out at your local newsagent, or, better still, subscribe to ModelArt!

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Upcoming Mirage Profiles

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Linework for the new Mirage profiles

Mirage profiles coming

The Dassault Mirage is certainly one of the prettier aircraft to wear RAAF roundels and it has appeared in a wide variety of colour schemes.

Grubby Fingers is in the process of producing some profiles of the Delta Lady and prints will be available in a month or so. Look for an update in the next Grubby Truth!

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