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Eric Mc

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  1. I remember reading that Fonda and Stewart used to make RC models more than scale models but they used to go off together to fly them.
  2. The surviving moonwalkers are - Apollo 11 - Buzz Aldrin Apollo 12- Al Bean Apollo 15 - Dave Scott Apollo 16 - John Young and Charlie Duke Apollo 17 - Harrison Schmitt
  3. I'm a bit older so remember the Apollo missions with the distinct clarity of an 11 to 14 year old. I never thought we would get to the point where humans still hadn't gone back after a gap of 45 years.
  4. First thing that crossed my mind. I think it is highly unlikely now that any of the original moonwalkers will last long enough to see another human kick up lunar dust with their boots. I never really thought that would happen.
  5. James May is the ideal presenter for showcasing models. There's no doubt he's an enthusiast but his delivery also contains the self effacing mocking that removes any sense of "undesirable nerdiness" from the activity. Indeed, he has gone a long way to making "nerdiness" cool - in the UK at least. Youtube presenters take note. As Frank Sinatra once said, you've either got or you haven't got style.
  6. Eric Morcombe built a 1/24 Airfix Spitfire on an episode of The Morcombe and Wise Show. There is a sketch from A Bit of Fry and Laurie set in a model shop. There is a also a character ion the film The Thing (remake version) who builds models. In real life I know Andy Williams, Dick Emery, Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda all built models.
  7. On the contrary - forget the De Lorean and pick up some plastic car kits. It'll be far cheaper.
  8. I'm a bit dubious about starter kits too - mainly because the paints supplied aren't great.
  9. What subject matter are you most interested in - planes, cars, trucks, sci-fi, real space, fantasy, ships? What scales would you prefer to build in? My advice would be to start with the simplest kits in whatever genre you like. In other words, don't spend too much money at first but use these easier models to pratice the basics in assembling and painting and decalling. There are lots of "how to" videos on you tube (some better than others) and there are many books out there which cover the basics. Magazine articles can also be helpful. The other area is gathering together a set of basic tools, brushes, paints and glues/cements. Again, there is a lo of material out there to guide you through what you need to get started.
  10. Would a Falcon Vac canopy sort the canopy problem? I'm interested to know as I have the Valom kit too.
  11. Interesting resumé with quite a few areas of interest that I have too - including classic British TV series.
  12. Ahh - AMT.
  13. Nice to see another real space builder on here. It's a pretty niche area of kit building but the choice of kits is growing. I'm not familiar with the AMC Man in Space kit. What does it include and what scale are we talking?
  14. By the 1970s they were at the top of their game. Their 1959 routine wasn't anything like as good - although it was certainly the best act in the 1959 Christmas "Good Old Days".
  15. Didn't watch a huge amount of TV over Christmas - which is normal for me as I actually work quite hard over this period and generally play music (radio or the internet) when working. Last night I caught up with the edition of "The Good Old Days" that was shown on BBC 4 on Boxing Day. It dated from 1959 and must surely be one of the oldest surviving video recorded programmes from the BBC archives. The content wasn't that great but it was a bit of a window into a past age (not just Victoriana but 1950s TV) and as I result I found it fascinating - if not really that good. It was interesting to see an early TV outing for Morcombe and Wise. It just shows that rubbiish TV over Christmas is not a new thing.