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  1. Britmodellers' X Files

    Some years ago, my girlfriend at the time and her family needed to move to a bigger house, better suited to their needs. The house they bought was sold by the son of the previous owner, who had recently passed away. Not long after moving in, they decided on modernising the property, new decoration throughout, new bathroom and kitchen etc. A few odd little things started happening not long after they moved in, for example, my girlfriend's Mother was in the house alone one day, working upstairs. She noticed an elderly couple outside, walking past the house, smiling and waving to somebody or something downstairs in the living room. This obviously unnerved her and she had to check she was indeed alone in the house. All went quiet for a while until one day the mother and her youngest daughter had been out, they came back to the empty house and walked into the kitchen/dining room. They both saw, plain as day, a little old lady stood at the kitchen sink washing pots. The lady turned to them and said, "What are you looking at?" She then promptly dissapeared! What was even stranger, where the lady was stood washing the pots, was the position the kitchen sink used to be before they fitted a new kitchen and moved it!
  2. Should tamiya be upping their game?

    Very true, it's good to see Airfix going from strength to strength and Revell also. I can't wait for Airfix's Sea Fury in particular. I see your point about the scale of Improvements, however Tamiya have been at an high standard for quite a while, whereas Airfix simply haven't. Any way you look at it, as it's been said before, these really are good times to be a modeller!
  3. Should tamiya be upping their game?

    Okay, so Airfix and Revell have surpassed Tamiya because the gear doors don't fit in the closed position on their Skyraider? Incidentally, they don't fit in the closed position on their 1/48 F-14 either, but I've yet to see an Airfix or Revell kit that surpasses it, either in engineering or fit and finish. I'll concede one point, Airfix most probably have the edge over Tamiya with their decals. In this day and age, they could and should be better.
  4. Should tamiya be upping their game?

    Not sure what happened with your Tamiya Skyraider, I've built two of them and the fit and engineering far surpassed anything I've built from Airfix or Revell. Ian
  5. Britmodellers' X Files

    In 1991 I was working at my first Job as a trainee/apprentice with British Rail. One evening, after finishing an afternoon shift at a colliery sidings, I was walking home, taking a shortcut on a path between a field and the branch line and cutting into the sidings. It was around December and about 7pm, it was freezing cold with a heavy frost on the ground. As I was walking, I became aware of the sound of what I can only describe as a babbling brook immediately to my right on the line side of me, which i'd never noticed before when walking this path. As I continued walking, I then heard the sound of numerous young children having a right old time, laughing, splashing and playing in the water. My first thought was that they must be mad playing in the water with it being so cold and dark! It was only when I got home that I realised how odd this had been. Where I'd heard the sound of the children and water coming from was a thin hedgereow then beyond that a steep cutting with the railway line in, and the location was pretty remote. I walked the same route the next day in daylight on my way to work, I went through the hedgereow and could find no sign of a river or stream or any running water and I certainly couldn't hear any water either. To this day, I'm still puzzled what I heard that night, or where it came from. Needless to say, I stopped walking that route not long after! Merry Christmas all. Ian
  6. Good for you, but I have.....
  7. You may have to cut out Tamiya paint masks yourself, but at least they fit the kit they're intended for. Unlike Eduard's.
  8. Yep, I and other members on here have found the same problem.
  9. Computer help please

    Hi Ian Once you have the document open, If you click either "File" or the "Office" button, at the top left of your toolbar, from the drop down choose "Save As", you should then get in the options "PDF or XPS". Choose this option and save to the location of your choice. Hope this helps! Ian
  10. Eduard 1/48 Brassin Spitfire Top Cowl

    Many thanks Tony. I'm interested to hear what they come back with. Ian
  11. Eduard 1/48 Brassin Spitfire Top Cowl

    Fully agree, you would have thought they would have tested the fit before release, particularly with it being designed to fit their own kit! I'm keen to hear what you find with yours, Tony
  12. Eduard 1/48 Brassin Spitfire Top Cowl

    I've had a go at shortening one, I actually took too much off and now it's a fraction too short, it's still too wide though. I did notice that the detail on the resin part doesn't match the kit detail, but I assumed this was because the resin part is superior to the kit parts, how wrong was I?!! Looks like I'll be giving a Barracuda cowl a try.
  13. Eduard 1/48 Brassin Spitfire Top Cowl

    Hi Tony That's great, much appreciated. Ian
  14. I've bought three of these to use on Eduard's Spits, the problem is, they don't fit! They are too long and are too wide at the front to match the nose profile. I've offered one up to the Mk.IX, MK.XVI and MK.VIII with the same result. I realise I can sand/trim to fit, but it defeats the whole point of buying them. I can replace the recessed detail, but the raised fasteners won't be so easy. I assumed as they were made by Eduard for their Spitfire, they would just be a drop fit. Has anybody else used these and had the same issue? Ian
  15. Both are really superb, well done. But, you may want to check the main undercarriage doors.......... Ian