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Re: Model Train Wheels & Heflin - Balaskas

From: Nick Balaskas <Nikolaos.nul>
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2007 23:49:19 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
Fwd Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2007 08:23:50 -0500
Subject: Re: Model Train Wheels & Heflin - Balaskas


>From: Michael Tarbell <mtarbell.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2007 14:18:52 -0700
>Subject: Model Train Wheels & Heflin [was: Dan Aykroyd Has O'Hare...]

>>From: Nick Balaskas <Nikolaos.nul>
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2007 22:34:28 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
>>Subject: Re: Dan Aykroyd Has O'Hare Footage & Photos?

<snip>

>>Good work John for identifying the latest UFO hoaxed pictures
>>and showing that hoaxes are the correct explanations for many
>>important UFO sightings. As I write, I have beside me a set of
>>large "G Scale" metal wheels for model trains that I recently
>>tracked down and purchased out of town which have the same
>>shape, ratios of thicknesses and diameters and even the angles
>>of the rims with the famous Rex Heflin UFO - but that is a
>>different investigation of what may prove to be yet another UFO
>>hoax!

<snip>

>I have examined images of G-Scale (1-inch diameter) wheels
>manufactured by Bachmann. While they are decidedly similar to
>the Heflin image, the match is by no means precise.

>The ratio of the diameter of the outer rim to that of the inner
>cylinder  - 'dome' - is noticeably larger in the Heflin image.

>Also, the Heflin image shows an angular 'taper'" from the outer
>rim of the object to the base of the dome, while in the model
>wheel this region is quite flat.

>Upon examining the UpDates Archive, I see I am by no means the
>first to notice these mis-matches.

>Nevertheless, perhaps there is more geometric variation in these
>model wheels than one might expect. If you can provide an image
>- e.g., via ImageShack - of a model wheel that is as precise a
>match to the Heflin image as you indicate, I would certainly be
>interested in seeing it.


Hi Michael,

Earlier this evening at work I took several snapshots of one of
the "G Scale" model train wheels I purchased from Credit Valley
Railway Company, one of Canada's top stores that specializes
only in model trains. As you requested, you will find five
different images of one these train wheels at the website below.

http://profile.imageshack.us/user/ufophotos/

Although the shape, thickness, ratio of diameters and angles are
very similar to the flying saucer image in Rex Heflin's polaroid
pictures, they are clearly not identical within our measuring
uncertainty.

The very dark black and featureless underside of Rex Helflin's
flying saucer is much too dark. One would expect the underside
to be somewhat brightened by reflected sunlight off the ground
below it. Since the underside is also darker than anything else
in the background of these polaroid pictures, this suggests to
me that the saucer is a smaller model closer to the camera.
Compare the saucer's darkened underside with the bottom of my "G
Scale" model train wheel which was darkened by applying flat
black tape to achieve the same effect, and also cover the wheel
axial hole.

I am still looking for the larger 1/32 scale model train wheel
from the 1960s that Anonymous mentioned in his e-mail to the UFO
UpDates list (see below). Once I do, I will do a comparision
with the flying saucer image in Rex Heflin's polaroid pictures
and make the results of my analysis known to the UFO UpDates
List. Until then, we cannot yet rule out the claim that this
flying saucer image is really a model train wheel.

See:

http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/updates/2006/jun/m16-019.shtml

Nick Balaskas

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