This site uses cookies! Learn More

This site uses cookies!

You can find a list of those cookies here:

By continuing to use this site, you agree to allow us to store cookies on your computer. :)


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

74 Excellent

About Hepster

  • Rank
    Established Member
  • Birthday 19/01/58

Contact Methods

  • Website URL
  • ICQ

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Cheltenham, Glos
  • Interests
    Anything military, but preferably British aircraft with roundels
  1. I suspect that the first book is the 1990 original edition, whilst the second is the 1995 'Promotional Reprint Company' edition. Buyer beware!
  2. Just noticed this thread - now that's what I call modelling! I've had two goes at this kit in the past, in its other boxing with the Wittmann decals. I didn't make any of these amazing improvements that you have described, which is a pity. I do recall that the vinyl tracks were so tight a fit that they would only fit if I moved the back wheel in a tad, so replacing them is good thing.
  3. The US does things differently to us. Their carriers are expected to last 50 years or more and (arguably) get worked a lot harder whilst in service. And yet didn't they sink one a few years back to create an artificial reef?
  4. When you say 'the flying example' I guess you mean the real plane rather than the movie props. Just for info, please note that the Vulcan seen in the air has different serials from the aircraft that the crew are seen climbing into.
  5. Thunderball, whilst an excellent Bond movie, really messes about when it comes to Vulcans and the nukes that they carried. The fact that Bond manages to get into the cockpit through a door at the front of the bomb-bay tells you that. In reality, there is no such door in a Vulcan B.1A, and the space between cockpit and bomb-bay is occupied by four substantial fuel tanks. The mockup that they used in the movie has many inaccuracies and the bombs carried follow the same ethic.
  6. You are quite right, my apologies. And I thought the box-art pic was a badly made kit with an unpainted canopy...
  7. I think that there is a cheap Hobbyboss kit in their 'easy assemble' range of the car-door Typhoon, reference HB80232. Might scrub up well...
  8. The photos (there are loads on google images) do show what look like very bright undersides, they must have been overpainted as they would have been messed up a bit when it first belly landed. Also, since the Staffel emblem is still on the nose in the pics, it suggests that the original top scheme has been retained apart from overpainting the crosses, swastikas and codes and adding the roundels. I would assume that RAF colours were used for the painting over of the markings, eg DG.
  9. I'm glad you mentioned the barrel that you replaced, I've been saying it was out of proportion for ages and getting 'Revell can do no wrong' replies. Lovely job on the (arguably) most charismatic tank ever!
  10. How about the world's first Air Force drone aerobatic team! Leading edge or what!
  11. You are probably right, except they would likely lease the Cessna's!
  12. I keep an eye on the local charity shops, and I have found that there is no consistency to the pricing. The same shop that had an incomplete part-started Italeri B-57 for £6.50 (are you 'aving a larf?) also had an Airfix Spitfire 1 starter pack for £1.50. I'll let you guess which one I bought...
  13. Just brilliant, they can wow the crowd with forthcoming releases like this and still continue their age-old fixation with new-tool Spitfires (at least 6 since Hornby took over). This is having your cake and eating it! Must be a big improvement on the 1/48 Smer Shagbat, although I have seen the Smer kit suitably improved by good modellers on occasion.
  14. The fact that Cosford's Mosquito TT35 has mismatched main wheels is perhaps indicative of the poor attention to detail in the restoration of this exhibit. Still, I've seen worse!
  15. In the 1972 episode of 'The Persuaders' 'A Death in the Family', several members of Brett Sinclairs family (all played by Roger Moore) are mysteriously 'bumped off'. One of these, a retired military type, is killed with an exploding remote control Bandai 1/16 Panzer IV. Plots like this make Teletubbies seem sensible by comparison.