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Chris Jephcott

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Chris Jephcott last won the day on May 12 2013

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    Stoke Golding, Hinckley
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    Flying, SCUBA Diving, Skiing, Modelling, Music, Guitar, Running.

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  1. Hi everybody, Just a quick one as I've tried searching the forums but didn't quite get the answer to what I'm looking for! I'm making the Tamiya 1/32 Phantom at the moment and the horror that is the intakes has come to my attention. I was wondering if anybody could advise if I can get a set of seemless intakes anywhere for this kit? I can't work with the ones in the kit already, and I'm sure a milliput layer would end up in much more swearing that I intend to do! Thank you very much, Chris
  2. So, I got back from work at around 3:30 today and found a huge box had been delivered and was waiting for me in the hallway. The kits are everything that I had hoped for - as always with WNW, a state of the art kit with great instructions and beautifully crafted pieces. Thank you to Duncan for a brilliant service. However, the main reason for writing is the wonderfully personal touch that Duncan and his packing VP (as he lovingly calls her!) provided. As some of you will know, me and my wife are expecting our first Baby in September. It's a very exciting time and neither of us can wait to be parents. But on top of the very well packed kits, there was a separate little paper envelope - which I proceeded to open and found a wonderful hand knitted baby cardigan. An amazing gift that took me very much by surprise. I've been told by Sophie to say that if all goes well with the remainder of the pregnancy, we will send over a photo as soon as our little bundle has the Cardigan on!! Such service is virtually unheard of in these times, and I was incredibly touched by this gesture. So thank you very much Duncan for the incredible service. I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone and you've got my future business guaranteed now. Superb in many many ways. Thank you very very much.
  3. I think mine will be with me on Monday now - made it to Coventry but hasn't made it out of the hub yet! probably for the best - I've got plenty of other things to finish first!! Chris
  4. Blackmail! I call foul and charge you with buying me the Duallists Boxing as it's my birthday in 2 weeks! 😂
  5. Thanks Duncan.... i can only hope none of our respective wives/girlfriends read this thread now! chris
  6. Duncan, after all this excitement, I'd totally forgotten that I haven't told the wife that I've got 5 on order. What would the readers of this thread recommend as the best way to get this rather large package past a pregnant (and emotional!) wife?
  7. Likewise! It's coming soon!!
  8. Guys, Can I make one rectification on Clarke Gable? He flew 5 missions in total, with the 351st bomb group personnel, with 4 out of RAF Polebrook and the first out of RAF Molesworth. 1) 4 May 1943, when Gable accompanied 351st group commander Lt. Col. William A. Hatcher before the 351st became operational, on 303rd Bomb Group aircraft out of Molesworth to bomb the Ford and General Motors plants in Antwerp. B-17 was The 8 Ball MK II (s/n 41-24635). 2) 10 July 1943, flown out of Polebrook, flying with Second Lt. Theodore Argiropulos of the 351st's 508th Bomb Squadron in Argonaut III (42-29851) to bomb the airfield at Villcoublay, France. 3) 24 July 1943, in Argonaut III as the lead aircraft of the 351st, with group executive officer Lt.Col. Robert W. Burns. Target was the Norsk Hydro plants in Heroya, Norway. 4) 12 August 1943, target was a synthetic oil plant at Gelsenkirchen, joining 351st operations officer Maj. Theodore "Ross" Milton and Capt. John B. Carraway's crew in Ain't It Gruesome (42-29863). They group bombed Bochum in Germany, Due to bad weather, 11 b-17s from the 351st suffered battle damage, one crash-landed on return, and the group's crews suffered one killed and seven injured. This mission provided Clarke's famous anecdote when A 20mm shell came up through Aint It Gruesome's flight deck, cut off the heel from Gable's boot, and exited one foot from his head, all without exploding. Afterward, the crew noticed the fifteen holes in the aircraft, and Gable noticed his boot. Brushing off concern with reporters, Gable claimed, "I didn't know it had happened. I didn't know anything about it until we had dropped eleven thousand feet, and could get off oxygen and look around. Only then did I see the hole" 5) 23rd September 1943: Gable's final combat mission was an early morning strike to the port area of Nantes, France, on 23 September 1943 out of Polebrook. He flew with Lt. Col. Burns and 510th Bomb Squadron commander Maj. John Blaylock, leading the 351st in The Dutchess (42-29925). it was in the during this mission that Gable manned a gun in the nose. The footage from these missions was edited and used in the film "Combat America", a propaganda tool to recruit air crew, but if you get the chance, it is an outstanding piece of colour film and well worth a watch. Gable had wanted to do more than 5 missions but orders from above sent him home, to protect him. He had also been waiting on a 2nd assignment but it never materialised due to D-Day. Hope this helps someone somewhere, But my point is that on the sheet above with Clarke Gable's aircraft on, I cannot find any reference to any further missions being flown anywhere aside from the 1st with 351st personnel out of Molesworth, and the remaining 4 out of Polebrook with the 351st bomb group. Chris - grew up in the village of Polebrook!
  9. Are they here yet? Are they here yet? Are they here yet? Said in the true manner of an excited child!
  10. I'd never deal with those magazine part build kits - but - that looks superb.
  11. Wahey! they are nearly here now - and I really cannot wait! Duncan, thank you so much for keeping us so well updated.
  12. Hi John, just a quick message - is this set still available by any chance? I'd be very interested in purchasing a set! Thank you very much, Chris
  13. I really love those photos. Will be checking out your website. Thanks for these! Chris
  14. Wow. Duncan, any chance we could arrange to get an escort for these kits please?? I'll have a dig down the back of the sofa to see what I can find to help raise the money!!! Chris
  15. Although I don't actually fulfill the role of slave to any cats at the moment, I do miss the little furry gits. It's an ongoing joke in my life that I've lost more cats to ex-girlfriends than I've had girlfriends. Thankfully the wife isn't a slave to one, but her family are the proud servants to a particularly daft one called Murphy. Murphy is scared of everything - pillows, cushions, carrier bags, shoes, plates, cutlery, the cat flap, his shadow... recently I yawned and it caused a mad scurry and a cat, crouching very low to the floor, running out of the lounge as fast as his crouching legs could take him. the list goes on and on. He's recently taken to pooing on the in-laws landing... not that he's ill, next door have got the builders in and it's just too much for him to take. We have a few cats on our road though, one particular grey and white one is the friendliest little one I've ever met. So friendly that it is continually performing invasions into our house. Much to the absolute dismay of my OCD suffering wife! Cats eh? Don't you just love them?