Monday, 17 September 2012

The ultimate bird-scarer?

While out for a walk recently I spotted this Bloodhound AA missile in a (large) garden.  As it was behind a high wall one can only speculate about what else might lurk therein.
Interestingly, when I showed this to some of the chaps at the Sheffield Club they were rather less concerned with "why have an air defence system in your garden" and the conversation moved quickly on to what the most suitable system would be!  Leading the field so far is a Bren on an AA tripod.  Worrying really, isn't it?

16 comments:

Soldado 38 said...

The bren is a good choice but really you want a Quad .50cal on an M16 Halftrack. That way you can deal with interloping Huns and then pop down the shops after.

Tim Gow said...

Soldado 38
An interesting suggestion - but sadly a bit of a squeeze in my driveway.

Soldado 38 said...

Oh that's not a problem. Use the guns to create space and the tracks to level the rubble. Easy :-)

All the best
James

Tim Gow said...

Soldado 38
Tell you what - we'll try it at your house first...

Stephen Thomas said...

After hearing automatic small arms fire, my neighbours nervously peeked over the garden fence. They both looked rather puzzled as they witnessed me teaching my 84 year old mother how to aim and fire an MP40. ( airsoft version ). . . . . . . . . Good Morning. Turned out nice again. ☺

Tim Gow said...

Stephen Thomas
Are you forming your own Volksturm unit? I think we need a photo...

Paul said...

I am always keen on mounting a Phalanx CIWS on the back deck.

Not really a AA weapon so to speck, but if it can take out a missile surely a Cessna 172 cannot be too much of a ask.

Tim Gow said...

Paul
Again a bit bulky for my own modest acres. I probably have room for a Landrover with a Starstreak in the back...

Peter Douglas said...


I vote for not having an air defence weapon in my backyard.

BYW, the Rapier has a certain Wile E Coyote look when paired with your suggested (i.e. vs birds). Was there a large packing crate labelled ACME nearby?

Cheers (and keep you head down)

PC

Tim Gow said...

Peter Douglas
I didn't notice the ACME crate, but I expect it was there.

Wg Cdr Luddite said...

I vote for a 20mm Vulcan cannon.

Goodbye vermin pigeons, trees, chimneys, squirrels, etc.

Chris Kemp said...

So far, Uncle Bob (Cordery) has had the closest claim to a real Rapier in his back garden. I expect that now the Olympics is over, the Army have taken it back to their own toybox :O)

For amusement value, I would like a tethered barrage baloon and a basket that can be winched up and down. I haven't cleared it with Suzanne yet though.

Regards, Chris

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

I have missile envy as I only have one in 1/72 scale ;)

Tim Gow said...

Wg Cdr Luddite
Much as I agree with most of your coment, I find myself glad that you don't live next door...

Tim Gow said...

Chris Kemp
At least that would be quieter than the other options so far proposed. I can't see why Suzanne could possibly object...

Tim Gow said...

Geordie
It's not how big it is. Anyway, the real oone probably didn't come complete with a dodgy Landrover and a dog with no tail. Good old Airfix.