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About Rumblestripe

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    Early Armour, WW2 Armour and Air, Sci Fi and Railways

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  1. This is a tricky one. Mathy is (from his location) German and the use of the swastika is still at best unwelcome, even in a historical context. I commented upon someone using a Nazi recruitment poster in displaying a model on here as "uncomfortable" I don't think we need to see the Swastika and if it were missing altogether would not detract from the quality of modelling, which is superb. On a slight related question the unusual port side Balkenkreuz, is that accurate for this example? Wonderfully photographed and a master class in finishing. Well done sir!
  2. Airfix 2018

    In the sixties, when I was growing up, Airfix series 1 kits were "pocket money" purchases. Most kids my age would buy a 109 or a Spit then clag them together, daub them with a bit of paint (sometimes) and re-enact dogfights until our "models" fell foul of some evil Boche ace (or a Spit in the sun). They were disposable. I guess they sold in their thousands? These days very few yoofs would think to spend some time gluing together a model. That's just a simple fact. There are other distractions/attractions. So model kits no longer sell in anything like the volumes of yore. Consequently the financial model is entirely different. I think modern Airfix releases are comparable with the best models you can buy (Tamiya, Hasegawa, etc.) Quality costs. It's that simple.
  3. Star Trek Discovery

    We now get a break after Episode 9 and it looks like the story is taking off on a long "arc" and we have been dumped with a cliffhanger to ensure our return. Really enjoyed the nine episodes so far and pleased to hear it has been recommissioned for another series. If you can, give it a try. I wonder whether this will filter onto other channels in due course? It is something of a flagship for Netflix at the moment but perhaps it will be sold on? Anywho, worth checking out if you like your Trek a little darker than TOS/TNG.
  4. Airfix 1/48th Hurricane Mk.I

    I need a jealousy smiley. This will have to do... we are not worthy
  5. I like the model a lot, but I'm not struck on the base. Two reasons,firstly I don't like the fascist imagery (hypocritical I know given I model Luftwaffe stuff and put the swastika on them) but secondly and more pertinently, I find it distracting when trying to look at the model.
  6. These ARE the Star Destroyers you were dreaming about...
  7. Star Trek Discovery

    Anyone else given this a look? If you like Sci Fi give it a go. I won't post anything about the show for fear of spoilers but if you don't know it is set "Ten years before Kirk". Klingon War. Promising first two episodes I'd say.
  8. Tiger 1 initial prod.

    It's the figure that makes the model here. So full of character. Wonderful work.
  9. If there are faults, I can't see 'em! Extraordinary work and top top photography (and Photoshop work)
  10. StuG IV the firs armour

    Hi Egor Nice Stug. I like it.
  11. 1/35 Tamiya M1A1 Abrams

    Great work. It is the "stowage" that brings your model to life. The contrasting textures of the tarpaulin covered items with the cardboard boxes of rations(?) and the leather straps etc.. Superb work. I'd love to see some detail shots of the stowed items.
  12. Trumpeter 1/700 Prinz Eugen (1945)

    Great finish to your model. Fantastic work. Amazingly Prinz Eugen can actually be seen on Google Maps Google Map Link She capsized off Kwajalein Atoll where she had been towed after surviving the nuclear blasts at Bikini Atoll. It appears from photographs on Google Maps that it is possible to snorkel dive onto the wreck and that one of her propellers lies out of the water! I suppose she will have been stripped of most "stuff" before the Operation Crossroads Nuclear Tests and I do idly wonder (as I'm never going to be in a position to visit the Marshall Islands) how radioactive she is?
  13. Pratchett's Figurines

    Ok, so here is Death in sort of a half way state He has had his hands, feet and skull picked out in a bone colour. His robe is back with highlighting in shades of dark to medium grey. I'm not 100% happy with his guitar. I wanted a worn sunburst finish so I painted concentric circles of yellow, orange and red then feathered them together. The neck was painted buff and the whole geetar was then given run over with Vallejo woodgrain, the details then picked out in gold. Hmmm... Next up, boney bits. A wash of sepia ink then drybush bone and white on the knuckles and brow ridge, etc. and I may decide to have another go at getting the finish I have in my head for the guitar. I'm actually being held back by the texture on the guitar body and I'm toying with filling it in to remove the pronounced woodgrain. We'll see. WhenI'm happy he will get an all over coat of matt varnish to reduce the shiny bits then possibly pick up the guitar in a semi-gloss and touch in the gold again to give it back the "glint". Then I need to get on with the base. A tiny little figure but you get out what you put in.
  14. Westland whirlwind 1/48

    Very nice modelling. I'm not a huge fan of chipped paintwork but yours is done very well any criticism would be merely a matter of taste and we all have varying tastes. I will just pass a comment on your photography though. I think that some of the pictures suffer from a very shallow depth of field. You don't mention what camera you are using but it looks like you are opening the aperture wide to reduce the exposure time so I'm guessing it is a DSLR. I would advise you to reduce the aperture and use a tripod or even a cushion or a scrumpled up t-shirt to support your camera and use a timed shutter release to combat "camera shake". My apologies if this was the effect you were going for as it doesn't quite work for me, that's all. Please keep posting.