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About Hardcastle

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  • Birthday 30/04/71

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    1:76 and 1:72 British RAF/Army/Navy

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  1. MMS models: End of an era

    Hi all Any chance someone will take over his moulds? This is indeed a sad loss for us 4mm crowd. I only ever got to order a few of the solid resin vehicles, but they were superb. Tim
  2. Somewhere in England, a WW2 Airfield.

    Looking good sir!
  3. RAF Catalinas

    No way the Double-sunrise could have been Perth Johannesburg as Johannesburg has nowhere to land an amphibian - maybe Perth to Durban! Tim H South Africa
  4. Humbrol help!

    Hi The "tubs" are acrylic and indeed very small. They are not the same as the tinlets of Humbrol enamel. They are in little plastic tubs and I find they dry out in there often before the box is opened. Can thin with water. Tim H South Africa
  5. Britmodeller has changed!!!!! (again)

    Mike and Simon Sorry to take so long to post - I really like the "new" layout - very modern! Tim H South Africa
  6. HMS Sunflower

    Hi Stu Try http://theflowerclasscorvetteforums.yuku.com/topic/569#.WUdG82iGNPY or http://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Chrono-20Cor-Flower-Sunflower.htm And image: https://www.google.co.za/search?q=HMS+Sunflower+corvette&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiNn7fI_cjUAhUoKcAKHblhCpEQsAQIKg&biw=1536&bih=735#imgrc=EX25zR3_TY75wM: That was just with a quick google search. Regards, Tim H
  7. What is this?

    This may be a converted 72ft MTB - the planking and rim fits for that too. The bridge being extended backward as a cabin. What was the length? RAF launches were 60-65ft, while mtbs or mgbs were longer in general (70-72ft) Tim H
  8. Revell/Matchbox Leyland Retriever questions

    Thanks Mike Feel free to send to me at traumadoc2 AT gmail.com It was because I have read your posts that I asked Ian the questions that I did. Not being in the UK, with ZA having its own schemes during WW2 (mainly Desert Sand and then plain dark brown, still used today, I have limited references of actual vehicles, none really of soft-skins, to work with. Tim H South Africa
  9. Revell/Matchbox Leyland Retriever questions

    Hi Ian Cool - so in reality a little leeway is allowed. Tim
  10. Revell/Matchbox Leyland Retriever questions

    Hi Mancunian I notice you paint most of your vehicles in an apparent dark earth / light green (or maybe slate grey?) scheme. Yet my recent reading suggests the mickey-mouse and other camo was a darker colour, namely a "tarmac" green that is almost black. Since I am not in the UK and you may well have seen preserved vehicles at local museums, please educate me as to which is more correct. I have just completed constructing (not yet decal-ling) the RAF ground support set from Airfix in Dark-earth/black as per the instructions. Thanks Tim H South Africa
  11. Royal Navy B5 and B15 blue paints

    Thanks Tim H
  12. Revell/Matchbox Leyland Retriever questions

    Hi Ian This kit is the only one of a Leyland Retriever. There is very little to improve on in this scale, as these trucks were kept basic - Les Freathy is probably the man to ask for detailing advice here. There are a number of old Airfix Magazine articles with examples of GS bodies (they were standardised so the ones used to modify the Aifrield Rescue Set kits would apply. I am not aware of anyone doing a kit/resin body, although Trux (now defunct) did some bodies way back when. Not sure who took over their moulds. Matador Models would be my next try along with Milicast from Wales (I have purchased from the latter - good service). WESPE do a complete resin Retriever with GS body. RAF Retrievers are most commonly seen with Coles Crane or Workshop bodies. GS was less common in the images I have come across A skim through the manufacturers list from Henk of Holland is the next best option to see who makes such upgrade kits. Hope this helps Tim H South Africa
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    Hi Tiger Surely this would be a better fit in the Maritime section? Also, do you ship outside the UK? Tim H South Africa
  14. Airfix Bomber Command Resupply

    So Mike How does one explain that? Was it possible that some "less risky" airfields kept the original schemes (say Western UK, rather than Eastern side of the country due to less risk of attack? Just a thought - orders may be orders, but if the paint was in short supply??? Just asking. Tim H South Africa