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  1. I'm after some opinion please. In your opinion, which is the better aftermarket cockpit, the Aries one or the Wolfpack? I can get the Aries one locally and I am using one in the basic AV-8B kit where I know I had to grind off a lot of resin to make it fit, but Aries make beautiful stuff!! Its also cheaper than Wolfpack! Thanks
  2. Lovely looking model - and the autogyro ain't bad either!!
  3. I'm looking to get hold of one of these, either new or second hand, even part built, it doesn't bother me that much. Consequently I have added it to my roiling thread in the 'Wants' section. I'm starting this thread here because I wonder if anyone knows where I might get hold of this kit, even if they don't have a copy? I think that H-K Models now have a dealer in Germany and I suspect thats where the currently available kit - a B-25H with gun nose - is coming from but in the past I've found suppliers in the EU who have been very well priced, even including the additional shipping charges because RRP's aren't the same worldwide. I have to say that I may have found a kit in the USA at the right price, even including the horrendous shipping, but I am concerned that a parcel so large may be a magnet to the Revenue whereas an EU import would attract no attention like that. If you can give me some suggestions then I would be grateful! Antics On line list the kit but I've asked them and they have no idea if - or when - they may get it and Hannants are also listing it (but not actually in stock) but at £199 !! They recently hiked some of their HKM prices so I wonder of Antics may do the same? I know that this is not strictly the right place for the thread but there doesn't seem to be a suitable 'Chat' option to talk about kit availability - or is there? !! Thanks Simon
  4. I wonder if anyone might have a set of the instructions and drawings that should accompany this kit? If you could PM me then I can give you my e-mail address so that you can send me a scan, or even post the originals if you have already built your Tutor? Thanks Simon
  5. I know he's not been very well recently - see his website - although Alleycat were at the Cosford Shropshire Modellers show last weekend so you should be able to get Alex now I would have thought Simon
  6. I picked one up and wondered a bit about the tailplanes as the elevators are on the same sprue but are of the later, larger area variety. I haven't looked at a MkIIa kit, were the earlier elevators on a separate sprue? The one thing that disappointed me slightly with both this and the Mk IIa kit are the radiator baths as they are just 'scabbed' onto the underside of the wing with no attempt to make the proper intake and outlet. Consequently the radiator matrix is around half depth and is not subdivided to include the oil cooler part. But then this is almost a quarter of the price of the Tamiya kit and I expect Roy Sutherland will trot out a correction set soon enough! It is a clever kit though, with the potential for a further release with Vokes filter chin cowl. I totally agree with Tony though about the much better wheels - but not weighted (again!) an opportunity lost which Airfix would not have missed. Also includes both original and 'pointy' rudders. Pity the cannon bulges aren't separate to allow an 'e' wing but thats something else I expect will rapidly become available! Simon
  7. Oh yes - with the Harrier SIG - this time we're planted next to the starboard wing of the Kestrel, not the GR9, which itself has been moved to a dark and drafty place next to the Lincoln so the Kestrel represents a good move this year!! Simon
  8. That is really interesting. I will put my two bottles of zap a gap into the freezer now. I'm dubious about using the fridge as there gets rather more damp in there than you might imagine - in my fridge anyway and thats probably what causes my C A to go off - hence a sealed container may be a good idea. I like the idea of a bit of pet jelly as well. Many thanks for this - we never stop learning! Simon
  9. I use Ikea Dotolf display cabinets and insert extra shelves so that I have 12 in each case. Overall cost about £100. I am thinking about buying a professional display case but the question is the floor footprint. I'm thinking virtually 600mm shelves from front to back and 1000mm width - I like 1/32nd Aeroplanes and something like an F-15 has a wingspan getting close to the 600mm!! I am also thinking about, maybe an HKM Lancaster and the span is about a metre and I suspect 60cm may not be deep enough but when you think off something that sticks 600mm into a room, that's an awful lot of floorspace!! I am also toying with the Billy bookcase idea with glass doors and glass shelves but that might be just as expensive as something bespoke. Maybe I should just build in 1/72nd !!
  10. That's just what I wanted. Ordered a bottle for £2.68 - worth taking a flyer!! How do you get superglue to last that long in the fridge? I thought it absorbed water in there and that caused it to to go off! Do you have all of yours in a tupperware type container? Also, I am using a bottle of Zap-a-Gap Medium CA and I always get trouble with excess adhesive running down the side of the nozzle and drying. I can still use it because I use a pin to open it up again but I can't get either the inner cap or outer cap back on because of dried on glue build up. As you can't wipe off any runs - otherwise you will stick to the bottle - do you have any ideas about keeping the top of the bottle clear of excess adhesive? Any ideas welcome!!
  11. Thanks guys, my interest is in CA gel. I've had a look at DeLuxe and they don't do a gel but Gorilla do and that seems to widely available although I'm not sure what the going price is yet!
  12. Thanks guys - are there any other manufacturers of gel, apart from Loctite? Thanks
  13. I see no heading about adhesives so I hope this slot will do? My question is about CA gel - is it the same as thick CA ? Can anyone suggest a brand please? I am looking for something thick enough to support a piece of photo etch standing on its edge and not pulling it flat through capillary action. Any advice appreciated, Thanks
  14. I thought they had just re-sparred a load of Eagles? Doesn't make sense to send them to the boneyard!
  15. Its interesting that we were still talking at the Stoke show about the excellent catering at the Nantwich show only a few weeks previously! Obviously this is a key factor for all show at all shows - quality at sensible prices = happiness!!