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Paul A H

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  1. What kicked off the 'modern world?'

    You mock, but many a homo erectus was glad to while away the winter evenings fiddling with an Airfix Yak 9 while browsing cavemodeller.com :-)
  2. Road rage

    First rule of driving: anyone who drives more slowly than you is an idiot. Anyone who drives faster than you is a maniac. And yes, cars are so much safer now than they were back in the day. The list of safety innovations is stunning: Seatbelts Airbags Collapsible steering columns Radial tyres High strength steel Crumple zones Safety cells Traction control ESC Anti-submarining seats Safety glass Emergency brake assist Disc brakes (ok, not just a safety feature but most cars can stop on a sixpence now). Not to mention unleaded fuel...
  3. Game of Thrones: recommended?

    Get it. I had reservations on the basis that it looked like it could be daft, low budget sword and sorcery nonsense. It isn't. What it is, is fan-bloody-tastic.
  4. De Tomaso Pantera

    Excellent. I wish someone did a kit of the Mangusta.
  5. Letov Š.328v “Czechoslovak Floatplane” 1:72 Special Hobby Letov was one of the most important manfacturers of aircraft in pre-war Czechoslovakia. The Š.328 was a development of the Š.28, a multi-role biplane which entered service in 1935. Until the occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1939, the type was primarily assigned to reconnaissance and light bomber units. Despite its obvious obsolescence, the type remained in service after the outbreak of the Second World War. It was used in a variety of roles including reconnaisance, bombing and anti-partisan activities. Four Letov Š.328 were used as target tugs operating in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. These aircraft were fitted with a metal floats, but could be converted back to standard undercarriage for use in the winter months. Special Hobby's Š.328 is one of the Prague-based firms more recent offerings, having first seen the light of day in 2015. This, the third iteration of the kit, comes with extra plastic parts for the floats, as well as resin and photo etched parts for the target winch system and float rudders. The other three sprues of grey plastic parts are the same as those supplied with earlier versions of the kit. Construction starts with the winch system and engine before moving on to the cockpit. The interior part of the target winch is cast as a single piece of resin, while the exterior part is a mixture of resin and photo etch. The cockpit comprises the tubular framework of the sidewalls, as well as the usual control column, seats and instrument panels. The small observation windows on either side of the fuselage do not need to be fixed in place before the cockpit parts as they are thankfully fitted from the outside. Once the fuselage halves have been joined together, the flying surfaces can be added. The vertical tail is moulded as part of the fuselage, but the rudder is a seperate part. The elevators are moulded in place with the horizontal tail, with a pair of extra support braces on either side. Both wings are moulded as solid parts. The lower wing fits into the underside of the fuselage, while the upper wing relies on eight struts for its strength. I don't imagine it will be a particularly easy job to align everything correctly, but those practiced in the dark arts of biplane assembly shouldn't find it too challenging. The floats fit onto the fuselage by virtue of four struts. As with the wings, care and patience will be needed in order to ensure everything lines up nicely. interestingly, Special Hobby have included a note explaining that all of the aircraft featured on the decal sheet can be fitted with the standard wheeled undercarriage if desired, as the four floatplanes were converted back to conventional use during the winter months. A couple of rigging diagrams are included. Although the target tugs were unarmed. twin machine guns are included as one aircraft had these fitted specifically for the 1937 national aviation exhibition in Prague. The decal sheet provides for four aircraft, all practically identical apart from serial numbers and minor differences between the pennants. They are Š.328v 18, 19, 20 and 21, all of the Czechoslovak Air Detachment, Kumbor, Bay of Kotor, Kindom of Yugoslavia (modern day Montenegro), 1936. The decals themselves are nicely printed, with bold colours. Conclusion Special Hobby's Š.328v is an interesting kit of an elegant interwar biplane. In floatplane guise, it looks very similar to a Fairey Swordfish, albeit slightly more slender in the fuselage. I can just picture them cruising lazily around the sin-kissed Adriatic coastline in the years before the outbreak of war. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  6. That's absolutely fantastic! What a talent. I can't wait to see what's next
  7. Pet hates.

    It's hard to say. I think it's mainly the way they suck things up, but he quite likes the white noise too. He doesn't like the really noisy ones though. His idea of a good day out is a trip to Currys to try out all the cleaners on display. Let's just say they've got used to us now Our son was diagnosed at 4. If you can get them diagnosed before they start school, the process is so much quicker. If the process doesn't start until after they begin school, it takes forever; another quirk of our dysfunctional system. Then you get a diagnosis and it turns out that the cupboard is bare anyway. What you say about Aspergers chimes with me. Most people tend to think of autism as a scale, with Aspergers at the higher functioning end. Autism isn't a scale, it's a spectrum disorder. Even if you are higher functioning, you can be beset by terrible problems with sensory processing that make leading a 'normal' life impossible. Our son had delayed speech, but with a good degree of catch-up. He is very articulate now, and that misleads people because much of his speech is learned response, so he sounds like a little adult. His profile matches what they call 'Pathological Demand Avoidance', so most of the proven autism interventions either don't work or make him more anxious. This has completely wrong-footed his school, who have done so much damage to him (although his TA is fab). He will start again at a special school in January, but I'm not looking forward to the transition because I feel we are betraying his trust in uprooting him from everything he knows. Good luck with your son Steve. My wife's niece was diagnosed with Aspergers at a young age. She had lots of struggles but completed her qualifications at college and now works as a professional chef. There are understanding employers out there
  8. Pet hates.

    Possibly. I think the awareness of autism is generally much better now that it was 5 or 10 years ago. Unfortunately the understanding of autism lags some way behind. The best snippet I heard from one of these Facebook groups was from a parent who had to explain to the check out operator at a supermarket that her son was autistic (presumably because of a behavioural difficulty) to be met with the response 'I read about autism once. Jamie Oliver used to be autistic, didn't he?' I do get the Bill Gates thing, and that annoys me too. Most of the time it comes from a good place - people just want to try and reassure you - but they don't understand that most people with autism do not have savant abilities and are not going to grow up to lead a successful multinational tech firm! My son is obsessed with vacuum cleaners. Most of the time it is all he thinks about, so we get the 'oh, he'll be the next James Dyson'. He won't, but I can't allow myself to get cross about it because I know they're just trying to be nice. I just hope he doesn't end up rotting away in a day centre. Still, there are positives to all this. It has given me a much better sense of perspective, although in turn I seem to be less tolerant of other people complaining about their minor gripes. Also, the little things that other parents take for granted are major successes for us. When our son reads something - such as writing on the side of a van - it is a cause for celebration, high-fives and copious amounts of praise. I usually say 'the greater the challenge, the greater the reward'.
  9. Pet hates.

    I am a father to a six year old boy with autism. While I recognise some of what you say from the Facebook groups my wife is a member of, I find that the positivity is almost always eclipsed by the stories of frustration, desperation and loneliness. The positivity, I believe, is an simply an attempt to try to bring some balance to what would otherwise be a very bleak reality, should we make the mistake of dwelling on it for too long. Much of the time, this positivity comes from parents who are persistently frustrated by a system that seems designed to ensure they can never get the help they need, or that have made the mistake of trying to raise a child with autism at a time when austerity has stripped services to the bone. These parents usually just want to protect their vulnerable children from an increasingly cruel and callous world, but instead they are faced with incredibly difficult choices, knowing that one day they won't be around to protect their child anymore. If, on occasion, they choose to celebrate that child's differences or delude themselves into thinking that everything is going to be alright, I think they can be forgiven, or at least be spared the judgement of others.
  10. Fw 190F-8 Weekend Photo Etch and Pre-cut Masks 1:72 Eduard Eduard's latest addition to their extensive range of radial-engined Fw 190s is the Weekend edition of the F8 fighter-bomber. Now they have released a set of photo etched details and pre-cut masks, so you can convert your Weekend kit into a Profipack with fewer decal options... Fw 190F-8 Photo Etched Parts The photo etched pack includes two small frets. The pre-painted set includes parts for the cockpit, including harnesses for the seat, a new instrument panel, details for the sidewalls and other parts. The second fret contributes a set of rudder pedals, as well as some aerial and details for the landing gear bays. Being the fighter-bomber variant, replacement ballistic tails for the various bombs are also included. Fw 190F-8 Pre-Cut Masks The masks cover the canopy but not the landing gear wheels. Conclusion This is a sensible and worthwhile upgrade for Eduard's rather excellent kit, although you could save yourself some time and trouble by just seeking out the Profipack version of the kit. Nevertheless, these sets include all of the extra details that you would want. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  11. Great review of what looks to be a really nice little kit
  12. Zeppelin L127 - 1:720 Mark I Models

    Zeppelin LZ127 1:720 Mark I Models The LX127 Graf Zeppelin was a German passenger airship designed, built and operated in the interwar period. At the time of its completion, it was the longest airship in the world at 236 metres and was surpassed only by the USS Akron in 1931. The Graf Zeppelin enjoyed a relatively successful commercial career, flying over 1 million miles prior to its retirement in 1937. Most of its commercial flights took place between Germany and South America, as the development of fixed wing passenger aircraft made it too slow and small (in terms of passenger carrying capacity) for regular operation between Germany and the USA. The Graf Zeppelin was retired following the Hindenburg disaster in 1937. Attempts were made to secure a supply of Helium - a much safer lifting gas - from the USA, but the annexation of Austria in 1938 put an end to this, and with it the German airship programme. Mark I announced their intention to produce a series of 1:720 scale airships some time ago. They have covered the WWI era P and Q class airships via several different boxings, making this the second all-new kit in the range. Inside the box is a single frame of grey plastic, with the two halves of the hull seperated from the frame, presumably in order to fit them inside the box. The kit is limited run in nature, with the moulds manufactred from hardened resin. The plastic parts are nicely moulded, however, with crisp detail throughout. There is no flash present and the sprue attachment points are reassuringly fine. As you might expect, construction is fairly straightforward. The main structure of the airship is split vertically down the middle, with the gondola moulded in place. The hull measures out at just under 330mm, which is pretty much spot on. Aside from joining the fuselage halves, the only real construction work involved is assembling the flying surfaces and engine pods. There is a choice of two or four-bladed propellers depending on which scheme you want to finish your model in. A stand is included to display the finished model, along with a decal to identify the finished model. The finished kit is an impressive size for the scale, comfortably rivaling or eclipsing most naval warships of the era. Mark I have included decals to finish the Graf Zeppelin at four different points during her career: Zeppelin LZ127 'Graf Zeppelin' First flights, 1928-29. This is the scheme she wore during her first commercial crossing of the Atlantic in October 1928; Zeppelin LZ127 'Graf Zeppelin' Round-the-world flight, 1929; Zeppelin LZ127 'Graf Zeppelin' Propaganda and commercial flights 1933-36. This scheme features painted flying surfaces, with the imperial German flag on the starboard side and the swastika on the port side; and Zeppelin LZ127 'Graf Zeppelin' Last flights, 1936-37. This scheme features the Nazi party flag painted on both sides of the vertical tail. Conclusion Just like their P/Q Class Zeppelin, the LZ127 is a really appealing kit. It should look great on its display stand and will make an ideal companion for Revell's LZ129 Hindenburg in the same scale. Construction is simple and while the level of detail is slightly basic, it is as good as it needs to be in this scale. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  13. Car insurance

    Find someone with a Bentley Bentayga and drive into it. Don't forget to claim for whiplash
  14. Car insurance

    Quite. Now they've cracked down on whiplash claims, the crooks are all going down with the Calcutta Splutter on their all-inclusives instead...
  15. Gloster Meteor Mk.IV 'World Speed Record' 1:72 Special Hobby The twin-engined Gloster Meteor was jointly developed by Frank Whittle’s Power Jets Limited and the Gloster Aircraft Company. It was first flown in March 1943. When 616 Squadron commenced operations on the type in July 1944, it became the first jet fighter to enter operational service with the Royal Air Force. Forbidden to fly the Meteor over occupied territory, 616 Squadron used the new aircraft to combat the threat of V-1 flying bombs, eventually accounting for 14 of them. The design evolved considerably in the post-war period, spawning night fighters, reconnaissance aircraft and target tugs among other variants. The Mk. IV was the first major post-war variant. It was powered by Derwent 5 engines, housed in elongated nacelles. Additional wing strengthening was incorporated into the design, but was found to be insufficient. The clipped wing was introduced in order to reduce stress on the airframe, resulting in improved maneuverability but reduced rate of climb and service ceiling. The type was used to set a number of speed records, a fact which this edition of the kit celebrates. Special Hobby's Meteor is a tried and tested kit, having been released in multiple guises by Special Hobby themselves, Revell and (briefly) Airfix. The cockpit is well detailed for the scale, and there is a decal for the instrument panel. Nose weight is an absolute must, and there should be enough space for this in the area of the nose in front of the cockpit. The lower wing is moulded as a single span up to and including the engine nacelles, with seperate outer wings, while the upper wing is split into four parts. If you want to build the overall blue aircraft, you'll need to use the clipped outer wings, while the other three aircraft all have the regular MK.III style wing. The landing gear is nicely detailed, but joins to the landing gear bays by way of a simple butt joint, so watch out as it could be easily broken off once fitted. The canopy is pretty good, and Special Hobby have included masks for all of the different marking options provided on the decal sheet. This is handy as some of these machines had specially adapted canopies. The decal sheet provides for three options: Meteor EE455, a Mk.III converted to a Mk.IV and flown by Gloster Chief Test Pilot Eric Greenwood OBE, who achieved a speed of 603mph on 7 November 1945. This aicraft is finished in yellow, with silver outer wings and horizontal tail; Meteor EE454, another Mk.III converted to a Mk.IV and flown by Wing Commander Hugh Joseph Wilson, AFC and two Bars, who achieved a speed of 606mph on 7 November 1945. This aircraft is finished in standard Ocean Grey and Dark Green over Medium Sea Grey camouflage; Meteor EE549, an adapted Mk.IV with modified canopy (for which paint masks are included), flown by Group Captain E.M. Donaldson, who achieved a speed of 616mph; and Meteor EE549, another adapted Mk.IV with clipped wings. This aicraft established a new Paris-London record of 520mph on the return from the 1946 Parish Air Show. It is finished in overall pale blue. Conclusion Special Hobby has the day fighter Meteor market pretty sewn up, but it's still good to see them using their tooling to release some special scheme boxings like this. The overall package is pretty complete, partcularly with the addition of paints masks, decals and full-colour painting diagram. Overall, this is a nice kit an can be highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of