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About JamesP

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  1. Warpaint

    Will be ordering a copy as soon as I finish typing this post!
  2. Do the wings differ from GR1/3 to SHAR2? As the horrible trenches on the Airfix SHAR2 could be replaced by attaching the newer wings to the SHAR2 fuselage and avoid any tricky fuselage surgery.
  3. Lovely warn and faded look without been "weathered" to death. I did the ol' Matchbox SHAR1 as a Falklands veteran and also hand painted over the markings, similarly my brush work was "too good"
  4. I agree with Mike's and other comments in addtion I think some companies churn out aftermarket (usually PE) regardless of whether the kit benefits from it or not. The latest tools have a very high standard of detail and are closing the gap to what some AM offers. Secondly some modellers feel that because a specific piece of AM exists there must be something wrong with the kit and lack of experience drives them into perceiving the hobby is more expensive/fiddly than it is. This is exacerbated by the "immediate gratification" that some of the younger generation have.
  5. Yes it will be nice to finally gets ones hands on those Lynx conv sets. I remember fondling the master a few SMWs ago. The Wasp is a nice surprise too as the Freightdog one appears to have stalled.
  6. The problem is that a few bad eggs ruin a thing that the majority do in moderation. At a recent show a club had a box nearly 1m square sat squarely in front of the table. Even worse that it was pretty much empty when I passed it mid-morning. Some I'm sure are profiteering by buying up on sale kits like Airfix and recently Lindberg from places like Home Bargains with the express purposes of flogging them at shows and even the national's kitswap
  7. Fair enough, I wasn't denying they were copies. I just just not that bothered about how good the wheels are when looking at a kit. For me the legs are too short on the built model and that is something I would focus on correcting, but again it's not a deal breaker.
  8. The most annoying thing is the plastic tube as it doesn't collapse as the filler gets used up and so fills with air. Unless you are using it by the bucketful you'll end up with most of it going off in the tube. It is far from perfect though works well for some jobs but not enough for me to buy more
  9. "Appalling" really? Look close enough to me Every cottage industry producer (and AFAIK it is a one man band) has borrowed wheels and other tricky to scratch build parts from something else.
  10. I hate to put this in anyone's head but if you painted the fuselage yellow you could whiff it as a Tie Minion!
  11. Half way down this page is a photo of built Lotus 30 with the included figure of "Jim Clark" next to it. Nice innit, I know I built it. My build thread: I don't mind the guy using it if I get a credit. Has he replied to my polite emails, has he heck-as-like. Worse thing, I'd linked to his website and mentioned how nice it was!
  12. She's a beauty. I started my first ever ship model proper last year, Combrig's 1/700 HMS Canada I've basically stalled at the coming up to the painting stage due to lack of time. I agree with your comments about enjoying the challenges at this scale. I've enjoyed the whole different way of working from aircraft models.
  13. Beautiful. Is that prop real wood?
  14. When I lived there ('81-'93) an Alfred McAlphine quarry had been developed adjacent to it, I don't know if it was used directly by the company but I'm sure light aircraft did use it. It appears to have obliterated by the quarry now. We used to cycle to this spot where we could just see the end of the runway. Google Street map
  15. Interesting as Tamiya is just diluted IPA with some retarder/flow enhancer added.