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  1. Agreed on both counts - these however are all pre-sold It's proving an extremely popular set.
  2. Does anyone want to build a battle cruiser? This is the first load to arrive, a second box is en route ...
  3. The Vickers guns and UP launchers have been painted and installed. The forward Vickers gun placements needed their railings fitted first (or at least I felt that was the best order to do it in)
  4. GCI people and/or the directors seem pathologically incapable of resisting camera view points, panning and animated over-dramatization and playing with time that one would never and could never see in reality, and that for me entirely undermines the credibility of whatever I'm looking at on the screen. Even for those unburdened by having the slightest clue what they're looking at are probably going to have a weaker impression of what they're seeing the way Hollywood does these. An explosion looks more violent and threatening at real-time speed as compared to slowed down. Pearl Harbor, Red Tails, Fortress, Flyboys and that recent Indianapolis - Men of whatever film (I have DVDs of all these except Flyboys) have been badly let down by CGI. I almost feel it's crass and voyeuristic to watch USS Arizona inflate and burst like a balloon in slow motion. The movie would lose nothing for avoiding that CGI nonsense and just portray its destruction exactly as witnessed by those who suffered watching it happen. That's an example but it's how I feel about all these recent war movies which could be excellent and engage the audience, but they all end up being second rate and cringe worthy because of the people who make them.
  5. That little Wasp is looking great with some colour and markings on it
  6. On the recent TV programme "For the Love of Cars" they rebuilt one carefully and used some instrumentation to prove the design of the Stag V8 to be perfectly fit for purpose - cooling system included! The well known problems were concluded to be down to what became fairly typical English/British union driven indifference to quality and sense of entitlement much like that which maligned MG Rover til the end. Whilst the latter day Rovers rolled out with some parts clearly slapped together by some pillock more interested in his next tea break, the Stag V8s were delivered pre-ruined by the assembly line clogging the water galleries with gauchely applied jointing compounds. That work ethic or culture is a direct reflection of the management and the values they pass down the chain.
  7. I did nowt on models this weekend. Tonight I finished assembling the Vickers guns and built up the UP launchers. I did start using the kit parts but they really are dreadful, then I remembered the Flyhawk turret set came with resin launchers. That's what I used.
  8. No, just what's preventing me starting on a Spitfire 6 at present ...
  9. I'm going to do one of those next and do the Spitfire 6 conversion using GT6 bulged bonnet, front uprights and engine as soon as the current one is finished, which it now almost is: I always preferred the Spitfire though, but have equally always considered the minimum number of cylinders any car should have to be 6, and anything less than that is a bit inherently bland. The Triumph Spitfire should have had the straight 6 from the factory.
  10. Hi Graham, thank you for the mention. PB10 isn't actually directly available, but going back to WEM days John Snyder provided a formula for mixing PB10: PB 10 A deep blue worn by RN submarines operating in the Med: Mix equal parts of ACRN 31 Oxford Blue and US 27 Norfolk 250-N Flight Deck Stain.
  11. I think it's as much an issue of it just not being worth the trouble. Even if a little model making company felt they had a strong legal case, why would they tie up all that money - assuming they could access it - over a model kit? I heard on another model forum that the US government was just as bad, having ideas about ALSO demanding gratuities for models of US military subjects or names. I don't know how far that got though - the subject went a bit quiet where I was reading it.
  12. The phrase "by and large" is a sailing term. A vessel sailing with the wind coming from ahead of the 3 and 9 o'clock positions (i.e. a head wind component) were said to be sailing by the wind. If the wind was coming from behind the vessel, it was sailing large. A vessel which performed well wherever the wind was coming from sailed well by and large ... for example a schooner, sloop or similar (normally a fore and aft rigged vessel rather than square rigged which generally did not sail well by the wind).
  13. Nearest FS match is 15042. It's blue rather than brown of course, but not much worse than most other Federal Standard matches to non-Federal Standard colours
  14. Actually I've heard that some little companies have had gratuity demands / cease and desist letters from the legal departments of (mostly American, to be fair) corporations on subjects like this. I haven't heard of any going to court, but rather the little product bearing the name and/or resemblance disappears and the little company goes bust through lack of product or struggles to find something else to make and sell. In my view it's pure greed, but that's the culture. Rather than something to be milked for free money they could look at it as free brand awareness in letting kids and young adults get familiar with the company name and designations, but noooooo.
  15. It does get through the tedious bits (e.g. folding up dozens of ammunition lockers!) rather more quickly with help, so yes it's good It turns out that there are certain transferrable skills between model making and beauty therapy. The former can shape and paint finger nails well (good when you live with a wife and 2 daughters) and the latter can employ dexterity with tweezers equally well on photo etched brass.