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  1. F-35A Lightning II Update Sets (for Meng) 1:48 Eduard Meng were a little late to the F-35A party, but a late appearance is better than none at all, with a nice kit being the result, as you can see here. Eduard's new range of sets are here to improve on the kit detail in the usual modular manner. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Update Set (49864) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. A complete set of new layered instrument panels and side consoles are the primary parts on the painted set; ejection seat details; coaming instrumentation; rear deck and substantial canopy internal structure also supplied. On the airframe side, tie-downs and hubs are added to the wheels; details are added in the bays; a complex afterburner ring is inserted into the exhaust trunking, and a small number of panels are added to the area on the top of the fuselage where the wings blend with the intake trunking. Zoom! Set (FE865) This set contains a reduced subset of the interior, namely the pre-painted parts that are used to improve on the main aspects of the cockpit, as seen above. Whatever your motivations for wanting this set, it provides a welcome boost to detail, without being concerned with the structural elements. Seatbelts STEEL (FE865) In case you don't already know, these belts are Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting. Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE. As well as the two sets of crew belts, you also get a set of the unusually placed pull-handles either side of the pilot's knees that gets him out of there in case of an emergency, plus the leg restraints that pull tight to prevent flail injuries. Masks (EX567) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, with compound curved handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape. In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for all the wheels (including the out-riggers), allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort, plus the faceted lenses of the sensor under the nose. Review sample courtesy of
  2. There is no such thing as matt varnish.

    I can't remember, as that's now 6 years ago, and I was about to sample the bottle olfactorily but the thing is so tightly closed, I can't open it with my meagre grip I don't remember it being too pungent, but then I don't remember much at times
  3. Cheshire Mosquito

    I have my uses occasionally
  4. Cheshire Mosquito

    If it's this pic here: Isn't that the straight line of the nose glazing under the spinner? Found a larger one:
  5. BV222 - she's a big'un!!!!

    You've made a nice job of the interior, and there's a decent amount of detail in there for OOB. I wish I'd robbed Jockney's spare now!
  6. Can't see the For Sale section (BST)

    Ah... that shines more light on the subject. A restricted member usually gets that way due to a bit of an "issue" in the Buy/Sell area. Have you been involved in one of those? A Mod will usually tell you if you've been excluded from there, along with a reason. Is your memory as bad as mine, or do we have an accident on our hands? I'll have a root round in the background, and if you want to continue this conversation in private, I'm all ears - just drop me a PM
  7. Hello there.

    aboard Darryl
  8. Can't see the For Sale section (BST)

    IIRC it's because you're a new member with 35 posts. We had a few instances in the early days where people were scammed by new members, so we introduced a 100 post rule to at least remove the "short con" artists from the mix, which seems to have worked quite well over the years. Once you've been here long enough to accrue 100 genuine posts (we watch for 100 "That's nice", "I hope mine turns out half as well" and other such meaningless fluff posts), you'll be greeted with a vision, and will be able to participate in the free exchange of models between modellers without fees. Worth waiting for, and it stops eBay from robbing you blind with their fees, and fees on postage charges, and fees on fees etc.
  9. There won't be any if you stop posting though Check the view count to see whether it's being seen, which may give a better indication of the interest. Often it's difficult for people to find something interesting to say, and forget that the Like button is there.
  10. Funnily enough, I was just pondering this one, which pooped up while I was looking at the GreenStrawberry site, as they have an exterior detail set here. Too late for you of course, but looks like a nice piece of kit. I didn't see this one had been released somehow You're making a good job of it
  11. Firefox Spell Check

    I'm heading toward the conclusion that something somewhere is purposely switching off my spell-check from within FF. I've checked the element picker details, and it is being switched off by a spellcheck="false" switch in the HTML, but I don't yet know what it is that's causing that. I guess the next step is to go through and switch off all my plug-ins to see if it's one of them, which will be time consuming, as I have quite a few. If anyone has any short-cuts up their sleeve that can diagnose the issue quickly, I'm all ears. I've even been into the text-based settings and checked that too, which all says "on"
  12. BTL-A4 Y-Wing Upgrade Set (01515 for Bandai) 1:72 GreenStrawberry Hot on the heels of the newly tooled X-Wing came the lesser known "Hurricane of the Death Star Battle", the Y-Wing, which to me is cooler than X-Wings in some ways. The Bandai kits are snap-together, but don't let that fool you. They are the pinnacle of the injection-moulded art, and you'd wonder initially how they could get any better with the addition of Photo-Etch (PE) parts. If you don't have one already, rectify that immediately! These sets from GreenStrawberry are engineered to appeal to the more advanced modeller who will end up painting their creation, and you WILL need Super Glue (CA) to attach the parts to your model. The sets arrive in a flat re-sealable pack, with a black themed backing card, a chunk of thick cardboard to keep the PE safe, a set of instructions (both of which are hidden within), and the sheet of PE brass on display in the front. They are designed to improve both detail, accuracy to the scale/CGI models, and add a scale-thickness to otherwise over-scale parts. The contents includes a fret of brass PE, a sheet of acetate with glazing and instrument panel details printed on it, and a sheet of white paper with the outlines of the panels and the instruments prints on it. The cockpit is first to see the improvements, with a choice of paper or acetate backing to the PE panel, and PE side consoles with paper underpinning that have more instruments printed on them. The three-part canopy is also completely replaced with PE parts that are folded into shape, have the aforementioned glazing acetate added, and then another skin added to hold everything in place. Additional details are then added to the roof panels. Externally, the nose gear bay door slides back like a Herc, and the interior is skinned with more detail and a pair of hinges are added, while the main gear bays on the engine nacelle are given a complete overhaul with a one-piece skin inserted, and the remaining wall detailed with another part. Moving aft, the interior of the exhaust is detailed with a single sheet of PE that is rolled to size and glued into the aperture, with a ring adding a neat edge to the job. The exhaust ejector is also removed and replaced by a new finer part with spokes and holes between, which lends itself nicely to lighting. The final parts are a choice of either a narrow crew ladder or a wide gantry, both of which are folded up from a single part each. Conclusion The upgrades lend themselves perfectly to lighting the cockpit, as the light will show through the instrument panels and the exhaust ejectors, but even if you don't plan on lighting the model, the detail improvement is well worth the effort, and having crew ladders is a boon to the diorama modeller. Review sample courtesy of
  13. Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Upgrade Set (02917 for Bandai) 1:72 GreenStrawberry One of the first of the new range of Star Wars kits from Bandai, this and its 1:48 scale sibling set the spanner amongst the pigeons, mainly as it wasn't easily available in Europe. The Bandai kits are snap-together, but don't let that fool you. They are the pinnacle of the injection-moulded art, and you'd wonder initially how they could get any better with the addition of Photo-Etch (PE) parts. If you don't have one already, rectify that immediately! These sets from GreenStrawberry are engineered to appeal to the more advanced modeller who will end up painting their creation, and you WILL need Super Glue (CA) to attach the parts to your model. The sets arrive in a flat re-sealable pack, with a black themed backing card, a chunk of thick cardboard to keep the PE safe, a set of instructions (both of which are hidden within), and the sheet of PE brass on display in the front. They are designed to improve both detail, accuracy to the scale/CGI models, and add a scale-thickness to otherwise over-scale parts. Oddly, the set starts off with the construction of a crew ladder, which has separate tread-plated steps and platform, plus a hand-rail on the top section, which sets the theme of the upgrade, namely opening up areas for diorama purposes. The cockpit has its moulded-in side console details and a portion of the instrument panel removed before being replaced by PE, and in the case of the instrument panel, a choice or two paper inserts that fit behind the panel and a decal for the instruments. The canopy is completely replaced by a PE sandwich that holds the pre-printed acetate parts between the layers, with both the opening and fixed sections included. It also has a pair of actuator rams that are made up of a triple lamination of parts each. The nose cone is also affected, with a fine cut made at the first panel line, leaving the small curved section at the rear attached to the spaceframe. The two cuts are given a rib-like skin to cover the edges, and a set of hinges and their actuators are added between them so that the nose cone can be folded up and over the fuselage. When installed, the moulded-in greeblies (radar?) will show through the aperture, and the additional detail on the side panel will be visible. A small drop-down panel on the side is also filled with a bay insert, with a ribbed door fitted to the top edge and folded up for access. Underneath the fuselage there is a stowage bay that is seen briefly in Empire as Luke is packing to go to Bespin, which requires the modeller to remove the moulded-in panel. Care must be taken here however, as the removed material will be reused as the door once the attachment points have been removed. A bay is folded up and slotted into the new hole, with an extra skin in the roof for additional detail. A framework takes up part of the rear of the bay, and an access ramp with triple-laminated actuator rams is attached to the bay floor that was cut out earlier, obtaining the correct angle by attaching the rams to the edges of the bay. The final parts are used provide extra depth to the engine intakes, and to augment the detail in the gear bays, providing actuators for the gear bay doors that are missing from the kit. Conclusion If you're planning a Dagobah or Rebel Base diorama or vignette, this set will be hugely useful. An in-flight model will leave some of the details in the bag, but the cockpit and engine details are still well-worth having, especially if you plan on lighting the cockpit, as the light will show through the instrument panels. Review sample courtesy of
  14. Firefox Spell Check

    Funnily enough, I've just downloaded that very thing, and its first attempt to correct an error I made on purpose didn't go well! It is highlighting words it doesn't understand, but isn't being very helpful with replacing them. It also keeps having a go at me for using too many commas (in its not-so humble opinion).
  15. Firefox Spell Check

    vote then chap! Also, can you find out which version of FF you're using?
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