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Andy Robbins

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  1. Victorian submarines Resurgam 1/144

    She was Receiver of Wreck when it was found. She put the Protection Order on it and aggressively enforced it.
  2. Victorian submarines Resurgam 1/144

    Lovely Resurgam! My mum is one of very few people who know where the real one is....
  3. I’ve got a Sealand that I tracked down last year, having wanted one for many years. It really is a nice kit, though very much ‘of its time’. The Rapide is really nice too, really petite detailing. I’ll post pics when I can.
  4. Biplane Wing Assembly jig

    I’ve got one of the wooden ones. They work really well.
  5. Can’t help thinking...

    I’ve got the new Airfix mag, with the calendar. Now, all the pictures are of existing or forthcoming box art, apart from one: a Camel. Given that in last year’s calendar, the pretty chequered BE2 was later released as a kit, could this picture be a clue? When you consider that next year is the 100th aniversary of both the Armistice and the RAF, a Camel would be a pretty iconic choice. The only blot on the horizon is that the lovely picture is of a 2F1, which Airfix first released during the reign of the pharaohs, so they might be reissuing that (I do hope not though). Having said that, next year is the 60th anniversary of that kit’s release, so they might be going for a triple celebration. But wouldn’t a Camel (and SE5a) to the standard of the BE2 and Eindecker be nice?
  6. My grandad built them at Cowes during the war. He told me once they had 3 in the hangar ready for collection when the factory was bombed. The next day they found in the debris 3 puddles of melted aluminium each with an engine sat in the middle.
  7. Are you serious, Hasegawa?

    That’s the point. The Tomcat came out in 1989. I remember going to Hastings to buy one from Maintrack. It’s an amazing kit, but should it really be selling for £60?
  8. New Me-262 Airfix 1/72

    MR Paint is the one I use- I’ve got the gloss, satin and matt. They are as thin as water and spray really well. I’ve not had any pebbling or anything horrible. I used to use the Tamiya ones, but their matt varnish always pebbled to a degree, and then one day wrecked an Eduard EV that I’d lovingly lozenged. I tried the Alclad ones, but I had some that never dried and stayed sticky. MR varnishes are acrylic lacquers but haven’t destroyed any base coats so far. They’re pretty bombproof once dry, as well. They aren’t kind to your lungs, mind.
  9. New Airfix Walrus

    I think the only thing that I don’t like is that the interior walls are Ejector Pin City. The rest is really nice. I think that a trial fit will show how many marks need to actually come out and how many you can ignore. I agree that the wall thickness dictates the size of the sidewall detail, but I bet there will be a lot you can’t see anyway. I have to say that I don’t use tons of Eduard now apart from their masks or sometimes seatbelts. It’s fine for their own kits, because they are made with the details in mind, but some of the rest can be a bit ‘style over substance,’ like their Lynx details that stop the seats fitting, or their massively oversize Gladiator panel. I really like the Walrus kit. You can always find niggles if you look close enough, but taken as a whole, it’s pretty impressive. My grandad built them at Cowes during the war. It’s a funny thought that at least one of the options could be a replica of one that had his fingerprints on.
  10. FOUR better - or worse!

    In lieu of beach
  11. Not sure where to start. Mental illness.

    I really really appreciate your words- in fact I’m quite speechless and humbled by the support. I’ve also got dyspraxia, which affects not only my co ordination, but my processing. When I’m tired or unwell, the coping mechanisms I’ve developed don’t work, and so that affects my ability to create. The destruction is a form of self harm as well- the negative thoughts sort of pull me in. It’s hard to describe. I’ve also got two degrees and an HND, so I know I’m not as dim as I was made to feel in the past. I also do an unbelievably responsible job. However, the past leaves scars, and the feeling of just not quite coming up to the mark haunts it all. However- as I said, it’s very humbling to get this level of support. As Panzer Vor! Said, there are 20- odd thousand of us here. None of us are alone really.
  12. Not sure where to start. Mental illness.

    I'm not alone, I know. I'm married to a wonderful woman who shares a similar past, and also has MH issues. She actually does encourage my hobby, and it breaks her heart when it ends the way it does.
  13. Not sure where to start. Mental illness.

    It did take a bit. I've been under the care of mental health services for about 20 years, since I was diagnosed. It's been a part of me for so long, I just live with it. It's a cyclical thing (bipolar disorder, actually), and so sometimes it's harder to live with than others. Coupled with many demons from the past, it can be hard to manage when they all come at once.
  14. Not sure where to start. Mental illness.

    I'm not sure how relevant this is, or where to start. I've just binned an Airfix 262, as well as my 5th 1/72 Lightning. No reason, but the faults were too apparent, and the thoughts/voices were too persuasive. This year, I've finished an Eduard 190- it's in RFI. Last year, I didn't finish anything. I've got a severe mental illness. I'm functional- I go to work, etc, but it affects my life in a serious way. My hobby wasn't encouraged- it was ridiculed by my family when I was young. My abusive ex was the same. I love being creative, but when I'm ill it becomes a focus. All I see is faults, and it has to go. The voices from the past become too loud to ignore, and it has to go. Destruction of things I'm proud of is a self harm for me. Not a happy man, really. I just need to unload.
  15. Are you serious, Hasegawa?

    This has to be a record. Just been looking on the Big H website, and some new Hasegawa kits caught my eye. Coastal Command Liberator, at £74.99 1/72 Tomcat (28 year old kit) £59.99 And the biggie: 1/72 Avenger £69.99 I'm sure there is a market for limited editions, but really, Hasegawa? Those prices are optimistic to say the least. It does beg the question whether Hasegawa actually want to sell kits.