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bootneck last won the day on January 14

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    Somerset, UK
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    1/144 scale aircraft; 1/350 & 1/1200 scale ships

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  1. Now, why didn't I think of that? What a great excuse way of explaining an order to swmbo.... "I'm just going to order a tin of paint from Hannants dear"; however, trying to explain the heavy, metre-long box it arrives in might have its problems! Mike
  2. Flickr to be taken over by SmugMug

    On a slightly different note, but similar in some aspects; it was in the news yesterday that we are beginning to see the end of 'ownership' in media matters and moving towards total subscription based licencing. In effect, it sounds like the media producers will keep the ownership of media in-house and people will download/stream all content via subscription services. Many software and music titles are purchased this way already but I can see this happening more and more with those platforms that host your content. The servers that the hosting companies own and have to maintain are not cheap so we could be expected to contribute, via subscription, in the near future. Mike
  3. eBay rant.......not the usual

    Those guidelines are not just ebay's but all companies that have similar financial dealings, including banks and building societies etc. It is to prevent malicious intent by outsiders, or someone wanting to get revenge etc. These establishments, including ebay, don't know you and, if they acted on your behalf and it was later found to be malicious intent, then they could be sued. As an example; imagine a split up in a relationship and ex-partner contacts a company saying the owner is dead and cancel the bank, savings, ebay account. Your intentions are good but take a moment to consider the greater risk, and impact, of ebay closing someone's account without proof the owner wishes it to be closed or is unable to continue. You don't have Power of Attorney so therefore you will need documentation, and permission, to action such requirements. Mike
  4. The hours we had to stand, in the same position whilst those sections were sewn, was indescribable! I'm 79th from the left, or is it 80th?
  5. I'd like to but it would be difficult finding images of anything to build..... we didn't have cameras back then!
  6. T1 Auction

    Don't forget to take pictures and post them here! Mike
  7. Short SC.5/10 Belfast

    It is now time to add the undercarriage however, being a vacform kit, there was nothing on the inside for the oleo's to attach to. To overcome this, I added 'wings' to the cargo deck which protruded out the sides of the fuselage. Because there were no locator holes, pre-cut to a specific depth, for the wheel assemblies to sit correctly; I had to think of a method to ensure that the wheels all touched the ground evenly. The solution was to add blocks of plastic strip, which had been cut to match the floor-to-underbelly height, and tack them to the model with paper glue. I used Pritt because it sticks quite well and holds firm, but can easily be removed with a damp cotton bud afterwards. Once that was done, the model was inverted and I drilled locating holes for the wheel struts. Next came the task of inserting the wheel assemblies and ensuring the bottoms of the wheels aligned with line of the plastic blocks. I decided to use G-S Hypo Cement, which is a slow-drying clear glue, normally used for attaching fine P.E. railings to ship models. The benefit of this was that, after glueing all the wheels into position, I could turn the model over to the upright position, back onto the blocks again; then let the wheels lower under their weight to settle on the ground while the glue dried. I left that for about 24hours and then went over the attachment points with superglue, just to ensure strong attachments. After everything had set, I then dampened the plastic blocks and removed them, followed by a wipe with a damp tissue to clean off any paper-glue residue. The model now sits correctly and evenly. Further work to do this weekend: 1. construct and add the wheel bay doors, fuselage hatches and the rear loading ramps. 2. continue working on the decal for the cockpit glazing. Thanks for looking. Mike
  8. Model shops in Hong Kong and Taipei?

    I visited those shops only two years ago and I wish I was able to go there again now!
  9. T1 Auction

    Hear hear!
  10. 4 years of pics down the pan

    My understanding is, if the images are stored on PB, you can't just bulk move them or re-link them. I think you have to download each image back to your own hard drive; then upload each one to whichever new hosting site you choose. I also believe that is why very few members have re-visited their old threads to re-link them, it's just so time consuming. Having said that, I would like to send a really, really big THANK YOU to those who have taken the time and made the effort to do just that. Mike
  11. Flickr to be taken over by SmugMug

    As already mentioned by @Graeme H, in the Photo-Image thread, Flickr is to be absorbed into SmugMug. I don't know if SmugMug's Terms and Conditions are any different from Flickr but, if you don't want your images transferred, you have until May 2018 to advise them of that. "We think you are going to love Flickr under SmugMug ownership, but you can choose to not have your Flickr account and data transferred to SmugMug until May 25, 2018. If you want to keep your Flickr account and data from being transferred, you must go to your Flickr account to download the photos and videos you want to keep, then delete your account from your Account Settings by May 25, 2018. If you do not delete your account by May 25, 2018, your Flickr account and data will transfer to SmugMug and will be governed by SmugMug’s Terms and Privacy Policy."
  12. Save the Elmdon Terminal Building

    I spent many a happy day or weekend plane-spotting at Elmdon as a child. This was a time when you could walk through the terminal building to the cafeteria at the air-side (The glassed rotunda shape jutting out in the image below), without any restrictions. Having a picnic on the grass, beside the terminal, was really good as the aircraft would taxi in from the runway and just stop right in front of you! I've signed. Mike
  13. Boeing 737 STGB chat

    You are right about the airliner experts and I've been following their WiP's avidly. Never too late to learn. Mike
  14. Dornier Do 17Z-2/3 (14463) 1:144

    Update: Sun Details(Aircraft detailing) have produced a set of vacform canopies for Mark1 Model's Dornier Do-17z. They can be obtained from Hannants. Mike