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Andy Robbins

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  1. I've discovered Mr Paint. Not cheap, but thin, dense pigments, dry fast, and bomb proof. They don't lift with Tamiya tape, and don't scratch unless you are brutal. I like the colours too. Some of the German ones are perhaps a bit dark- the RLM 74, for example, but generally, they look good to my eye. You do need a mask though. They are serious lungbusters. I've started to leave aqueous acrylics behind for main colours. I stopped liking the thickness, having to strip the coat if some of it peels because the outline of the scratch shows up. I also found that because they are a liquid vinyl resin, they start to soften with excessive handling, and you leave fingerprints, even when they are long dry. Tamiya and Misterkit are ok, but the likes of Vallejo, AK, etc are bad for it. I still use acrylics for detail painting, but that's about it.
  2. The set was waiting for me last night when I got home after 3 days away. Looking at how to proceed without too much cutting and repainting.... Thank you so much, Duncan. Photos will appear soon... Andy
  3. As any fule kno, the best way to get rid of a hole is to dig it up.
  4. The wreck actually survived until quite recently. Efforts were made to save it, inspired by the RAF Museum's salvage of the Dornier. There were high hopes of a restored example being put on display. When put before the MOD, the campaigners were told 'oh blimey, we thought that whole sorry episode was forgotten. Get rid of the darn thing before any other idiots get on the bandwagon.' The wreck was discretely dynamited, and the remains were used to make a commemorative range of querdling sticks in time for the next St Agatha's Day. Thus, like the last horse-drawn Zeppelin, scrapped in 1973, a chance was lost to save an example of Britain's best forgotten aviation history.
  5. Don't forget the twin triple expansion steam engines fitted to the MR5 maritime patrol version, also known as the Great White Absolute Waste of Government Money. With two marine boilers and an army of stokers they could patrol for as long as coal supplies lasted. Of course, in order to fit all of this into an already crowded airframe, sacrifices had to be made. Once the bomb bay, radio, guns, ammunition, crew, flight controls, and any other items of any use at all were removed, the prototype was launched to great ceremony, sliding down the slipway and sinking like a stone. It was truly the end of an era for the 'flying steamship'.
  6. That's fine, Richard. Do you have your querdling pole ready?
  7. They did the first verse of Rush's Spirit of Radio before going into Motown Junk once, too. Looking at the live video, doesn't Nicky Wire have disturbingly good legs...
  8. But Faster is their absolute classic. Got this one from TOTP. See Vic Reeves digging it. As a lifelong sufferer of mental illness, the line 'I've been to honest with myself, I should have lied like everybody else' has always struck a chord.
  9. But what about: One time I saw them, they started with the intro to She Sells Sanctuary before going into this.
  10. Splendid stuff!
  11. Yes, but that is thought to be the origin of the folk song 'Old Jake's Billhook has a Bend in the End.' Still performed each year on St Agatha's day.
  12. Ah. I flew from Jersey to London to see them in Brixton. And the following day, I got a train to Manchester to meet the woman I'd been chatting to online, who is now my wife.
  13. He is an utterly brilliant guitarist. A fantastic voice too. When I've seen them, he's done Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky, Tsunami and This is Yesterday acoustically. As you say, fabulous!
  14. Was that at Brixton?
  15. I'm rereading Piece of Cake by Derek Robinson. It's one I can read over and over. The humour, cynicism, period atmosphere and incredible battle scenes is an amazing mix. His Goshawk Squadron does the same for WW1.