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  1. 1/72 Fujimi Sea King HAR.3

    How old are your Fujimi kits? I bought a joblot of seven from the US via eBay a few years ago (even with postage, they were only £7.00 each!), comprising two German Mk.41/Belgian Mk.48, two JMSDF HSS-2B, and three USN SH-3H.... When I started building a couple for the STGB here at the beginning of 2016, I discovered they were all the initial releases with totally incorrect framing for the side windows (and associated lower curved frame). The part was corrected for the RAF HAR.3 release and later Flying Tiger, and subsequently replaced in the earlier issues - but if yours look like these: .....then you'll need to modify or replace them! I tried contacting Fujimi last year in an attempt to get the seven replacements I need, but never got any response.....
  2. Dick Ward

    I had the pleasure of knowing Dick, and the privilege of not only being consulted by him regarding designs for some decal sheets for a couple of the major kit manufacturers, but in also being recommended by him to act as a direct consultant to one regarding the production of a new kit itself - the real honour was that he had recommended me. I always looked forward to and enjoyed visiting his home in Farnborough - my own home town - with its treasure trove of books, magazines, photographs and, of course, decals. There was always something to be had from the 'gash' drawer, and invariably I'd also leave clutching a kit or two where the manufacturer had sent him more than one example of their latest offering for which he'd designed the decals. His knowledge was vast, his expertise freely given, and his advice invaluable. RIP 'Uncle' Dick - you were one of life's true gentlemen.
  3. Malwarebytes messages "Website blocked"

    Just viewed all four pages of the abovementioned thread, and no issues here (or anywhere else on the site) - also running Avast, Malwarebytes and CCleaner on Windows 10, but use Firefox.....
  4. Photobucket fix

    Slow to catch up as usual, but I just installed the Firefox add-on linked to in #28, and it appears to work fine..... ....either that, or the 10-year old WIP pages I viewed randomly all happen to be by people with paid PB accounts!
  5. What's flying over your house? Thread #2

    Following our move to Cornwall last month, have seen a couple of Merlins obviously going to and from Culdrose, and caught a glimpse of what was probably a Wildcat (looked Lynx-like to me) - and this afternoon heard a familiar Wokka-Wokka sound and spotted a Chinook crossing Carlyon Bay, heading in the direction of HMS Seahawk.....
  6. I didn't crash the Victor simulator at RAF Marham during a Families Day back in the '80s - in fact, I was the first person to land it in one piece..... .....on the grass, rather than the runway, admittedly, but landed successfully, nonetheless! There were sound effects but no visuals, as I recall..... ....I'm guessing it was probably this one: http://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/victor/survivor.php?id=1112
  7. Oh yes he has......
  8. As others have said, we all have those phases at one time or another - modelling's always a 'mood' thing for me, as in I have to be in the mood...... ......even back in the day when I wrote magazine articles, and later actually earned my living from it, if I wasn't in the mood, it could be a chore..... Since then I've been known to go weeks or even months without cutting, glueing or painting anything - though invariably I'm still doing 'research'..... .....hence why six of the eight Sea Kings started for the STGB two-and-three-quarter years ago aren't yet finished (though I've finished three others!). Enjoy the mojo-restorer, and return to this magnificent model once suitably refreshed and re-invigorated, to complete her in the style to which we have become accustomed - I'm also taking a break from my latest (the Mk.41), not through loss of mojo, but because we're finishing packing this weekend and moving to Cornwall on Monday/Tuesday!
  9. Slow but steady wins, and all that - as with everything you've done so far, the end result will doubtless be worth the time and effort...... .....hoping the same will be true with my latest SK - been working on a Mk.41, supposedly to unwind after daily dealings with the upcoming house move..... ....except I'm now on my third re-paint of the DayGlo areas - I'm doing the original scheme - the first two caused distinct frustration rather than relaxation!
  10. Airfix Sea King HAR.3 into an HAS.1 or 2

  11. Airfix Sea King HAR.3 into an HAS.1 or 2

    I got a Revell HAS.6/AEW.2 on eBay a few weeks ago for £8.43 post free!
  12. Airfix Sea King HAR.3 into an HAS.1 or 2

    The question's been asked before - the basics would be the same as for the Revell kit, as outlined here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234975759-rn-har5-172-revell-cat1/&do=findComment&comment=1880792 In addition, yes, you'd need to open up the sonar well, which I think comes as a pre-moulded blanking plate in the Airfix kit, and also remove the rear fuselage strake, and nose spotlght. There are currently a couple of Revell kits on eBay: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Revell-Westland-SEA-KING-HAS-6-AEW-Scale-1-72-/222620177417?hash=item33d5325409:g:swoAAOSwcUFZmyIL http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Revell-Westland-SEA-KING-HAS-6-AEW-Scale-1-72-sealed-box-damage-/253114690076?hash=item3aeecfaa1c:g:iecAAOSweQBZoCmQ For a HAS.1 any of the Revell issues could be used, as described here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234961423-early-seaking/&do=findComment&comment=1641571 I used the original version for mine: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235017400-revell-172-sea-king-has1-824-nas-hms-ark-royal-1976/ Andy
  13. Westland Sea King HAS/R 5

    I've been debating whether to go with gold or brass (or both, from that photo!) for mine, when I get around to them - will need to experiment first, but will be interesting to see how your method turns out.....
  14. Westland Sea King HAS/R 5

    Ummmm, I'm going to do the "I do hope you've....." thing again, I'm afraid, Dan! .As in I do hope you've got the appropriate thinners/methylated spirit or whatever medium you need to strip the paint off that hover light..... .....though the natural tendency is to paint the reflective area of a light housing silver, these particular units are gold, as seen here (from the walkaround section):
  15. I hope not, considering how many I've built/am building/have planned to build...... .....then, on the other hand, maybe I do......