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  1. It's unlikely that Airfix will go down. It seems to be doing well and if Hornby is in trouble. Airfix could be sold off as a going concern. I'd buy it (if I won the Eurolotto this Friday ) . First thing I'd do is commission a 1/24th F4U, Corsair. In FAA colours of course!
  2. But Brits do play the villain very well. Comes easy to them. But joking aside, aeronut is right and in fact there has been a lot of grumbling in the American acting scene in that there seems to be a disproportionate number of British and I'm pleased to say Irish actors snapping up all the juicy roles on TV and movies in the US. I think it's something to do with the way actors are trained. I don't think it's that actors on this side of the pond are better but maybe more versatile and better character actors. Good at accents too. When I watched Band of Brothers first. I had no idea Damien Lewis wasn't American. Also the likes of Hugh Laurie in 'House' who is rather posh chap was able to carry off the role of the dour Dr House in a perfect American accent. So in a way it's a compliment. Most actors love a juicy bad guy role.
  3. YouTube? Bit out of touch there. Have you watched any popular YouTube video lately? Many start with an ad, which you can click off after a few seconds and many of the more popular videos are actually interrupted by many familiar TV ads. Some of the modern breed of youtubers are making millions from their videos and most of it comes from advertising. My kids barely watch conventional TV anymore. They watch things on TVs and they play games on the same TV. This trend has not gone on unnoticed. I don't understand why people say they never watch TV. Why not? Particularly these days when there always something that reflects your interests on somewhere. Not to mention the afore mentioned YouTube and all the other streaming services available. I've subscribed to Netflix for example. Lots of stuff there,including documentaries going back to the forties of interest to modellers, no ads and it keeps the wife and kids absorbed too on their respective gadgets. As for ladies hygienic products they do tend to feature frenetic activity something that's been parodied a few times. One recent one irritates me though. It features young sports women saying something along the lines 'People told me I couldn't play this or that sport because I'm a girl'. Instantly I think what people? Who are these people? Is the ad set in 1957? The days when 'people' say to girls they can't do something are long gone. Not only that the 'sporty girls' are clearly actors. So the whole ad is fictional and misleading. Ridiculous. I do firmly believe that many ads are designed to be memorable, even irritating so you remember them. The proof is the fact that many of you have accurately recounted them here. I've fallen into that trap. An ad with a woman with an irritating accent for a certain washing product. But there it was on the shelf in the supermarket, soon it was in the trolley and actually it's very good. The marketing worked on me. If people don't remember the commercial it hasn't worked. Another ad lately is for a certain brand of chewing gum completely confuses me as it seem hard to know what the point of it is or indeed what it has to do with chewing gum. You know the one where the bride drives away from her intended wedding chewing gum chased by the puzzled groom. He's not the only one puzzled. But I remember it.
  4. Ah young men tanks, cars, vans. Any excuse to drift. I once drifted a Ford Transit on a frosty ramp at Dublin Airport one night. Totally disgraceful, great fun though. The bigger the vehicle the better.
  5. Obviously you never heard of Aardvark inflatables Ltd.
  6. Well the Wellington is a must have in the Airfix range. Aircraft are the backbone of their output and I do have to say that they really can't match other manufacturers when they tackle anything else. Stick to what you know I say. Leave the cars, bikes and AFVs to the Japanese. Yes but the Air is nothing to do with aircraft. They just wanted to be first in the directory and anyway made inflatables.
  7. Your day will come muhaha It's hard to avoid Ryanair. Me and 130 million other customers think otherwise. I once saved 700 quid on flights and car hire by flying with them. The economic logic can't be avoided. This year I'm off to Italy for the holidays. After extensive research, it came down to Ryanair at the nearest airport, Ryanair at next nearest airport or paying silly money at an airport further away at a seriously inconvenient time in the morning. Game over. Besides I never had a problem with Ryanair and now with it's new cuddly friendlier image it should be better.
  8. Yes that news just popped into my email account. I like the Wellington. Will definitely be acquiring this one.
  9. Ah Beardie are you like me watching too much daytime TV? Right now my most hated commercial is on. Smart insurance. Always gets muted. I also don't like the Bingo ads because they all promote the idea of it being a community but really it's there targeting low income women sitting at home on their own. But mostly I don't mind ads. I dislike ads that play on emotions, big companies claiming they care for you often showing happy family scenes. Charity ads drive me mad though. A fiver a month, will save the children, leopards, donkeys and the rest. Clearly targeted at pensioners. Sure they need to raise money. But the use of heart rending scenes is pure manipulation. Funeral protection ad really do annoy me. Feeding guilt onto older people to pay for their own funeral. Sod that I say. My bloody kids will get two houses. They can pay for my funeral out of that! On the other hand living in Ireland I get the benefit of two countries terrible commercials. But annoying commercials probably do as good a job as witty ads. They catch your attention and yes I've bought something because of an annoying ad. But there are really good and funny ads. I particularly like some of the Lidl and Aldi ads here on TV. One Lidl series added a camera to the shopping trolley of people shopping. One a harassed Mother with three pestering kids really struck home for me. Very funny and very true. Another was a young sister and rather camp brother with almost inpenetrable County Kerry accents that was almost a comedy sketch. But you can do something about it. I've signed up with a couple of survey companies. Essentially they send you surveys on various topics and best of all they pay you either in cash or vouchers. Many of the surveys ask you to comment on advertising campaigns. I completed one recently on where they asked what I thought of the current Virgin media ad. I liked it as it happens but other times I was pleased to say I hated certain others. So have your say and get paid too. Someone above mentioned multiculturalism in ads. Can't see what's wrong with that. I don't think any company just wants to sell to white people or any specific group, not good for business. No company wants to exclude any group from buying their products.
  10. Well there's the black versions? But what about Gordon Taylor's Frigate Bird? Post war of course and I don't know anything about which version is appropriate.
  11. Brilliantly done, very atmospheric. Proper old school modelling. Of course in real life things would be more spread out but that would spoil the impact. I was concerned about the pilot running towards one of the Hurricanes. The one with the cowlings off. But obviously he's running towards an unseen Hurri off the diorama. But the bedroll? unacceptable. If our old sergeant found a bed roll as dodgy as that in our hut. He'd have flung all the bed rolls into the rafters while using coarse language and impolite expressions of dismay. But apart from that I like it. Protect it now, put it in a display case.
  12. When I first saw the title. I thought it was going to be a confession, well it is chat after all. Anyway you did well. I have six sisters in law, yes six! Talk about being outnumbered. I love them all, well five of them anyway. But none of them ever bought me a great kit like that or any kit in fact. Lucky you.
  13. The USN and Marines used Kfirs for DACT back in the eighties in a very attractive camouflage scheme. I know because I built the Hasegawa version in those very colours. One of my favourite builds in fact.
  14. I don't want actually to be seen scoring points. But most nationalities don't endorse or support terrorism. The Brits are no better or worse than anyone else. The single worst atrocity of the Irish troubles was carried out by Brits in my home city and many supported it. One said he was happy when he heard of it. That guy in Finsbury, scum though he is will have his supporters. "They had it coming is the attitude". The question I have is whether Islamaphobia is the cause or result of terrorism?
  15. Yes indeed, first rule of youtube is to ignore the comments, they really are toxic and you can be sure they mostly haven't a clue what they're talking about. Next time you see one like that you should revert to the riposte beloved of the American equivalent. 'We went over there and saved your asses in two world wars" I too fully recommend Empire of the clouds which I have in front of me. A couple of examples from it. Richard Bentham a Canadian was testing a Shorts aircraft in the morning and was ushered into lunch with the directions, full silver service, waiters, booze the lot. He was shocked to discover this was a daily occurrence not a one off. Another story was how John Cunningham always made sure the aircraft he was testing was on the ground at least a half an hour before the day shift was due to clock off. If they had to work a couple of minutes overtime they were entitled to be paid a full shift of overtime. The book is a great read but depressing. I wonder sometimes if part of the problem was that unlike Germany, Italy and France where the aircraft industry, indeed the whole industry was bombed flat and had to start again. Britain in winning the war kept all the bad habits and the old technology.