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Re: Model Train Wheels & Heflin - Balaskas

From: Nick Balaskas <Nikolaos.nul>
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2007 14:02:35 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
Fwd Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2007 09:58:17 -0500
Subject: Re: Model Train Wheels & Heflin - Balaskas

>From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2007 18:00:59 -0000
>Subject: Re: Model Train Wheels & Heflin

>>From: Nick Balaskas <Nikolaos.nul>
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2007 23:49:19 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
>>Subject: Re: Model Train Wheels & Heflin

>>>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

>>>>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?


>>>>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.


>The ratio of depth to diameter of the Heflin object is about
>3.8, that of your trainwheel about 4.3.

>The ratio of the "dome" diameter to the total diameter of the
>Heflin object is about 1.45, your trainwheel about 1.2.

>The thickness and angle of the flange in relation to the "dome"
>are plainly different.

>Your trainwheel traction surfaces are exactly vertical to the
>rims, Heflin's object appears to have a slight taper.

>Your trainwheel has a very prominent boss on top which is not
>present on the Heflin object.

>Since your own photos indicate that all your statements are
>untrue, would you like to explain why you made them?

Hi Martin,

The exact type and shape of the Rex Heflin flying saucer is
unique in ufology. For this reason alone it deserves special

Yes, one can argue that the Heflin flying saucer is not unique
by presenting many examples of very similar saucers, nearly all
of which date after 1965 when he took these famous polaroid
pictures. One of these similar saucers to Heflin's appeared in
the popular TV series 'The Invaders' which was first broadcast
in 1967. There are also drawings and photos that allege to be
actual flying saucers by Nazi Germany that also very closely
resemble Heflin's saucer that only became available to UFO
researchers since 1965. Are these simply "copy cats" of Heflin's
saucer that some very experienced ufologists (one with the
initials R.H.) at the time accepted as real?

If you accept these other examples of flying saucers that are
very similiar to Helflin's, then so are my "G model" metal train

Your ratios for height to diameter; dome diameter to the total
diameter; relative thickness and angle of the flange to the dome
and observations that Heflin's dome is not cylindrical are
similar to what I obtained but there are two important but not
so obvious things to consider.

First, there is the diffraction of light effect around objects
photographed in bright light. This effect will introduce
uncertainties in our measurements and will also "round" corners
and is present around all objects. If the object is very small,
like Helfin's saucer, the uncertainties in our measurements are
increased since the measurements will be comparible in size to
the uncertainties.

Second, there is the issue of perspective. Take the saucer
shaped helmet that Canadian soliders wore in combat during WWI
as an example. The diameter of an extended object like the
helmet's rim that's closer to the observer or camera than the
helmet's central dome will be larger in diameter than when the
same helmet is far away (more than a meter or so).

The reason I took and posted the five photos of the "G Scale"
metal train wheel on the ImageShack website was because I was
requested to and so that everyone could see for themselves.
Although your observations and comments are appreciated, you are
mistaken if you think that these photos "indicate that all your
(my) statements are untrue". I also wrote the following things,
among others, which you chose to delete in your reply:

"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." And, "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."

I have been contacted off-list by others who have other model
train wheels that have a much closer or identical match to the
Heflin flying saucer. I too have several other metallic and non-
metallic wheels from smaller gauge model trains that better
match the Heflin flying saucer but until I can track down and
obtain the right 1/32 scale model train wheel (several types
depending on the type of locomotive or car), this remains an
ongoing project for me. If such new material evidence forces us
to cast reasonable doubt about Rex Heflin's UFO account and we
conclude that it was just another hoax, then this is not a bad
thing for ufology or our search for the truth.

That said, I am now very excited about another high profile UFO/
alien abduction case that may too prove to be a hoax - the Betty
Andreasson affair that respected UFO researcher Raymond Fowler
investigated and wrote about in several books. The reason I am
excited is that Betty Andreasson is the only high profile
example other ufologists have presented as proof to me that
Christians (those who will invoke the name of Jesus at times of
trouble and identify themselves as children of "Our Father") can
also be abducted by "aliens" against their will too.

If this 3 decade old case is also shown to be a hoax, then we
will have made one giant step in our understanding of the UFO/
alien abduction phenomenon. These "aliens" who seem to know
about and fear God are not visitors from other planets but very
much from our own world or reality and through their behaviour
can be better understood and identified as "demons", the name
they were known by pre-space age generations.

Nick Balaskas

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