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  1. The Eduard kit is decent and good value. I've no accuracy complaints with it. The -3 engine cowling takes a bit of fettling to fit properly but otherwise save a bit of parts cleanup it goes together well. The Hasegawa kit is also nice and builds very well too. For £12 though I'd go Eduard.
  2. This is exactly our understanding of the situation. It appears that imports are not checked especially rigorously for DG content. Customs will pick up tax opportunities and contraband items like ivory but should be destroying all packages coming into the UK containing incorrectly labelled restricted and prohibited items. Since they don't, the carriers such as Royal Mail end up carrying things they expressly prohibit because of deception and concealment on the part of foreign senders and frankly a disregard and/or ignorance on the part of the UK purchaser. Of course there would be hell to pay if some accident befell a UK aircraft which was attributed to carrying undisclosed dangerous goods "How can this happen? Someone should do something about it" etc etc etc but the fact is that flammable liquids are illegal to send without LQ diamond stickers on the outside of the package. If there's an LQ sticker, then it has to go either by road under ADR rules (with ADR trained drivers) or packaged and certified for air transport under IATA rules by IATA certified persons - which costs hundreds. The long and the short of it is that if you buy flammable liquids from someone who isn't paying a tenner or more for DG postage in the UK, your package will be almost certainly be in the post illegally and exposing someone, somewhere to a risk that they are taking either unknowingly or unwillingly. As Jetblast says, anything without an LQ sticker is likely to find itself chucked onto an aircraft for inter-city transport which it should absolutely not be under any circumstances. Unfortunately too many will just shrug their shoulders and justify their actions to themselves on the basis that they feel a bit skint and consider that it's the sender's problem if their purchase is sent illegally.
  3. On the basis that my name is already out, I submit Eric for consideration. I am proud and feel priviledged to have met Eric Brown, who was a clear, intelligent, very mortal, level headed and modest man who endeared me greatly. Some other famous war time sorts give the impression of having a huge deal of admiration for themselves. I found Chuck Yaeger's Facebook page to be unsufferable for example and unfollowed after a few weeks of self-lauditing. Eric Brown on the other hand was possibly the most personable and unassuming gentleman one could hope to meet.
  4. If you do find someone selling without similar postage costs, it's probably illegal.
  5. Absolutely magnificent Peter, and an inspiration to follow. It's still a bit sickening to consider the talent gap between you and I though!
  6. Ours does, because the paint on the lid is the paint in the tin and the colour renders on the webstore are rendered from the mixing computer's colourspace values.
  7. If guesstimating (which is fine ) then ANA623 gives a visual appearance of being less saturated than the fairly intense "midnight blues" that many use on models. It looks to the eye to be a bit more grayish than the fairly bright colours many select from the generic model paints shelf.
  8. I put the decals on this. They were a bit naff to be honest.
  9. Hi Jack, our Italian air force range in enamel is as follows: ACRA01 - Giallo Mimentico 1 QUICK VIEW ACRA02 - Giallo Mimetico 2 ACRA03 - Giallo Mimetico 3 ACRA04 - Giallo Mimentico 4 ACRA05 - Verde Mimetico 1 ACRA06 - Verde Mimetico 2 ACRA07 - Verde Mimetico 3 ACRA08 - Verde Mimetico 53192 ACRA09 - Verde Oliva Scuro 2 ACRA10 - Nocciola Chiaro ACRA11 - Marrone Mimetico 1 ACRA12 - Marrone Mimetico 2 ACRA14 - Grigio Mimetico ACRA16 - Grigio Azzuro Scuro ACRA17 - Bianco Avorio
  10. Gill found these online and bought them for me Apparently there are 3 sprues of enlisted sailors and 4 frets of officers.
  11. Well it's in now. That was a lot of work.
  12. Flying scale model competition judging is performed against a documentation package presented with the model. The static judging this is, the flying judging is scored separately. The onus is on the entrant to support the accuracy of his model. It is assumed wrong until proven right. They provide scale drawings to compare the model to, photographs to justify details and markings etc. The thing is that judges know lots about modelling but often very little about the subjects themselves - more than someone not interested at all, sure, but very little terms of what there is to know about a particular type of aircraft, a particular national service and their paint colours etc. Rather than expect or allow judges to judge accuracy on something they are almost certainly totally unqualified to judge, the judging of accuracy is performed against the documents. If the model matches the scale drawings and photographs supplied, it's a good'un - otherwise, it's unsupported and can't be scored for accuracy.
  13. Thanks Rob, It's nothing fancy - I sprayed it cream first then drew vaguely rectangular lozenges in with the airbrush to suggest at some "oil canning" between frames etc Then blended it in with more red until I got something that looked half-way credible I suppose? I think it looks better than solid red.
  14. There's always Infini Model's set for the Hasegawa kit that includes barrels, wooden deck, stronger brass masts and lycra rigging line too.
  15. As above, you can build whatever you like - but - it isn't detracting from anything, art or otherwise when other modellers choose to try to get things accurate. The tolerance and acceptance has to go both ways