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Everything posted by Gorby

  1. Always love to see a good 262, and that is a fantastic one.
  2. Tamiya Tyrannosaurus Rex

    Never done one, but I've always had an itch to build a dino, so I'll be watching with interest.
  3. Buffalo Bill's stagecoach.

    You can put text either before or after any of the pictures in the same way that pictures can be but one after another. Fantastic model - what scale is it?
  4. Buffalo Bill's stagecoach.

    Do you know it's possible to put all this and multiple photos into one post.
  5. With the caveat that I'm not a car modeller/collector, I can see that 1/8 will be very big (incidentally, what dimensions would 1/8 be?). But as it's a one off, does it have to be a standard scale? If a serious collector wanted it, wouldn't they want it because of either it's uniqueness, beauty or quality of workmanship, not because it was a particular scale? It seems odd to me that if the model is as stunning as I suspect it will be (judging by the workmanship I have seen so far) that a car nut wouldn't want it even if it was 1/11 scale. I would also have thought that the bigger it is, the fewer collectors would have either the money or the space for it. So I would say if it's unique and quality, collectors are going to want it whatever the scale, so you are best placed to decide the sweet point between cost and the size at which it's practical to do the detailing.
  6. More Pet Hates grumble grumble grumble

    I like that people on this site use their imaginations and try to come up with unique and unusual titles. The more imaginative, the more I'm likely to look. Another site I frequent, has titles that are 95% of the time the name of the kit, and it gets very repetitive and boring. Long may Britmodellers individualism reign.
  7. I'm wondering if the searchlight beams could be improved a little. I've Just have a look at photos of WWII searchlight beams and they seem to fade significantly along the length of the beam. They also, very slightly fan out from the source, unless of course they are pointing away from the viewer. (Incidentally, I did try to use a link to the photo, but couldn't find the photo on the page it sent me to. Mods, please remove if this breaks any rules). I know, now that you've done the hard work, that re-positioning the aircraft is relatively easy, I think it would make for a more dramatic picture if the 110 was seen from the rear three quarter view, as if it is turning to join the bomber stream. At the moment it looks too much like a profile picture to me. Other than that, I remain in awe of the process and the result – fantastic stuff.
  8. From Failure to Failure

    Although it isn't about historical events as such, I would recommend 'Medieval Lives' by Terry Jones (of Python fame). It pretty much turned my ideas about that period on its head – not so much the 'dark ages' after all. It concentrates more on the stuff that most history books leave out – the lives of ordinary (and some not so ordinary) people of the time. I found it a very interesting, informative and entertaining read. £2.45 second-hand, it was a bargain as well.
  9. From Failure to Failure

    Nooooooooooooo!!!!! Get a dog instead (not a puppy, they're just hairy toddlers). Dogs are better then kids, pro's: Dogs give unconditional love and affection. Dogs won't demand the latest iPhone (That might change in the event of Apple releasing an iBone). Dogs are a great excuse; “I'll stay to look after the dog”; “I would love to do that unpleasant thing, but I need to walk the dog (for the exact amount of time it will take you to do that unpleasant thing)”. You can get them neutered - legally. Dogs are better then kids, cons: Dogs wouldn’t be good at choosing your old peoples home. Can't think of any other cons.
  10. Road Trip! Visiting Coventry from Oklahoma

    That's a wingy-thing heaven holiday. You must have a VERY understanding wife. If I were to suggested to Mrs. Gorby that our holiday would entail four aviation museums and two aerodromes, I would be getting a letter from a solicitor, and one of those looks that could stun a rhino. I hope it turns out well for you.
  11. Road Trip! Visiting Coventry from Oklahoma

    Unfortunately not close at all, over a three hour drive each way, so I'm not sure why it was mentioned. The address is : Unit 35, Harbour Road, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 3LZ, England. Greg, out of interest, why Coventry? It's not the usual destination of choice for most tourists.
  12. (Apologies if this in the wrong place, but I didn't know where else to put it.) I don't like the word 'workspace', partly because it includes an offensive four letter word. But mainly because it doesn't feel like work that I do in this space, so it's more of a Gorby sanctuary. Mrs. Gorby has issued threats about decorating “that doss-hole”, so I thought I would record my current haven for posterity. On Scalemates it seems to be quite popular showing of their often huge workspace, so I thought a bit of 'show and tell' may be nice on BM. Although I won't be bragging about size here. My man cave is a small box-room, 7' x 8', but there is a large built-in wardrobe which reduces the usable area to 7' x 6'. It's small, but has pretty much everything I need, and I like it because the one advantage is that EVERYTHING is within easy reach. It normally doesn't look this organised, and the Guinness isn't a permanent fixture (it's often a bitter, or whisky or rum or wine…..). This is my 'build area' – an A3 cutting mat, it's on drawer runners and can be pushed under the desk when not in use (but it normally is in use). The tool tray at the back under the shelf, hinges up when not in use (but it's also usually in use). My spray area, is directly behind the build-area – just swivel the chair and I'm in paint mode (after untangling my headphones). As before, it isn't normally this tidy. Other than the rare occasions I use a little Alclad (I don't like the smell), I only use Tamiya acrylic. The shelving on the left stores the full 'XF' range, and about 2/3 of the 'X' range, the bottom shelf is my own mixes. As you can see, entertainment is within easy reach. With either black velvet or a large sheet of card, the spray area also doubles as a photo area. My models are stored in large drawers in the built-in wardrobe I mentioned earlier – not ideal, but it protects them from dust (mostly). Currently there are three drawers, but I've run out of space so I've just bought the stuff to build three more drawers. It has taken me two and a half years to fill the first three, but my build rate has reduced from one model every two weeks to about one per month. That's partly because of the extra detail I do now, and partly because of the time I spend on Britmodeller. So the three new drawers should give me some breathing space for a while. My stash…. Sorry that's the consumables. The wardrobe also stores my vast stash – all ten kits of it. Four of them (the Swordfish, Me 410, Pe-2 and the Sea Vixen) are waiting for when I'm better at this modelling lark. That leaves six models to choose from for my next project. I have difficulty choosing when there are only six kits, how on earth do you choose the next build, from a stash that is a few hundred, or in some cases thousands? Incidentally, Mrs Gorby thinks that my stash is excessive! Thanks for looking – comments welcome. You've seen mine, now show me yours.
  13. First time with resin...

    Can't help with the resin stuff myself, other than to say wear a mask as the dust is carcinogenic, and to sympathise. A second hand kit I bought a couple of years ago had an aftermarket resin ejector seat included and it took hours to fit the bloody thing, even though it was intended for that particular kit. I think I read somewhere that this is supposed to be a pleasurable and relaxing hobby and resin seemed to be more like work. Too much of a pain in the rear end, and has put me off using it ever since.
  14. That's coming along beautifully. Unfortunately the second picture is too dark and I can only make out the highlights. Did you create this background as well?

    Although I love aircraft, I'm fascinated when I see crashed or scraped air-frame models/dioramas. My skill and my budget wouldn’t be up to the task, but I think this scene would make a good diorama.
  16. Working Lift Bridge Diorama

    That was quick! I thought you'd need longer to rest. Glad your feeling better and very please to see the dio progressing at the usual quality. Love the little boat.
  17. Road Trip! Visiting Coventry from Oklahoma

    Oh dear, you might be in for a bit of a disappointment, modelling wise. There is a model shop in the city centre called 'Antics' (City Arcade) but as it is a small shop, they have a small range in stock. On the two occasions I've tried to order stuff from them it's taken over a month to arrive, so I don't tend to use the place any more. This is their site (most of the stuff will not be at the Cov branch although it does say which items are where): https://anticsonline.uk/ The other modelling shops are heavily weighted towards remote control stuff, so I won't bother mentioning them. There is one over the other side of the city that I've never been to called 'Kits and Bits', this is their site: http://kitsandbitsmodels.shop/index.php?route=common/home As I said, I've not been, so I cant say what it's like. I usually go to Hobbycraft to get my consumable stuff like paint, thinners etc. as the location is more convenient for me, but it isn't a modelling shop it's a general hobby shop with a few modelling related items. For some odd reason the store doesn't believe in the existence of Tamiya XF-27 (no gap between 26 & 28) and my efforts to convert them have so far have proved fruitless. As Ianx said, The Midland Air Museum has a pretty good range of kits, but they aren't particularly cheap. If you are into aircraft then the museum is well worth a visit, small museum but an excellent collection: http://www.midlandairmuseum.co.uk/explore.php If you have the remotest interest in cars, the Coventry Transport Museum is one of the best in the country and I think might still be free entry. I'm not really into cars, but I found it fascinating. http://www.transport-museum.com/ If you need any more info on Cov, feel free to ask.
  18. More Pet Hates grumble grumble grumble

    Remember it?!! I'm still get over the trauma of owning one. I always tried to park it next to a bloke I worked with. Next to his FSO Polonez, mine looked like a Ferrari.
  19. Amazon UK has it listed (not cheap though) so I think the answer is 'yes'. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B01M0BJ3WL/ref=sr_1_1_olp?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1523985806&sr=1-1&keywords=Arrival+Johann+Johannsson
  20. Recently I've been listening to all my old LP's again. I rarely listen to them these days so the idea was to replace the ones I still like with CD's, sell them to free up some space in my Gorby sanctuary and give me some spare cash to feed my plastic habit. Yesterday I did myself a spreadsheet (I love a good spreadsheet) and went through Ebay 'completed' listings and even though all my LP's are in excellent condition, I noted down the cheapest sale price (excluding P&P) for each one. I don't want to go through the hassle of listing them individually, so I wanted a rough idea of their value and then flog them en mass to a local trader. There are 58 in total and the not so grand total came to £178. If that is their retail value, I'd probably be lucky to get £50 from a trader. I thought that with the resurgence in popularity of vinyl, that the prices would be higher. So now I'm undecided as what to do. It's left me feeling quite deflated.
  21. Visiting one of my favourite sites today, I noticed this fascinating article discussing the pros and cons between CD and vinyl. https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4303
  22. You seem to be pretty good at these now. That would be an excellent result if they were 1/35. Does that mean we've lost you to the dark side forever?
  23. Broken down. Again!

    Statistically, my most reliable cars have been Vauxhalls (both Cavaliers). One got to 180,000 with only very minor problems and never let me down. My Datsun, Golf and Mazda on the other hand…. I'm believe that you can get a duff car of any brand.

    Wow! That's an amazing photo. I'm not good with heights, so seeing those bod at the top of those ladders makes every atom of my bodily-bits clench. Just worked out that if it was done in 1/72, it would be nearly 3.5 meters long and would almost certainly cost your your sanity. Or, you could use this 1/1000 kit. But I think it would still cost your your sanity, and good luck with the ladders. https://airshipadvocate.com/product/graf-zeppelin-lz127-stainless-steel-model-aircraft-kit-11000-scale/#prettyPhoto It would be good to have a virtual 3D model that you could do a fly through the centre of the structure.