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Paul A H

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  1. Short Jokes II The Sequel

    Why can't Ray Charles see his friends? Because he's married.
  2. Heating the new man cave

    It's not just the fumes I'd be worried about with a gas heater. They're terrible for condensation too. I can heartily recommend one of these: https://www.dimplex.co.uk/product/cadiz-radiators We have the larger version and it's great. You can switch on either of the panels independently (making it a 1kw heater) and it warms up extremely quickly, which doesn't half save energy compared to a slower heater such as an oil filled jobby.
  3. So you want to buy a car?

    I've had two Skodas from the main dealer in Northampton and it has been a painless experience on both occasions. In fact I'd say they have provided by far and away the best dealership experience I've had. Then again, I didn't phone them up giving it the Billy Big Bobbins 'cos they didn't have the exact car I wanted to test drive. The local Fiat/Alfa dealership, on the other hand, is like hell with fluorescent lighting. Couldn't be less courteous, cocked up the order by failing to spec the spare wheel and then, when they finally managed to sort it out, handed over the spare wheel and watched me fit it myself in the rain. No need to resort to sarcasm though, just a polite word with the dealer principal and an apology and full tank of fuel were forthcoming.
  4. GBU-11 1:72 Eduard The GBU-11 is a 3,000lb air-dropped weapon that is part of the Paveway I family of early laser guided bombs. The weapon was deployed in Vietnam before being gradually superceded by more modern versions. In common with most other 1:72 scale brassin weapon sets, a pair of GBU-11s arrives in the usual Eduard blister pack, complete with decals and a small fret of photo etched parts. Each bomb comprises a large resin part with the ballistic tail cast in place, a choice of two seperate seeker heads and photo etched brass guide vanes. The casting is flawless and smooth, with minimal cleanup required thanks to the positioning of the pouring stubs at the tail-end of the weapon. Colours and stencil positions are marked in a colour diagram, with Gunze Mr Color paint references as usual. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Pre-Cut Paint Masks for Special Hobby Fulmar Mk.I/II 1:72 Eduard Although masks won't add any extra detail to your models, they will save you a great deal of time and patience when painting your canopies and wheels, as well as provding you with the certainty of a nice, neat finish. Some modellers see them as a luxury - and I wouldn't disagree with that - but they really are a time saver, particularly for kits with complex canopy framework like the Fulmar. Review sample courtesy of
  6. Kronprinz WWI German Battleship 1:700 ICM The SMS Kronprinz was the last of four König Class battleships, all of which served in the Imperial German Navy during the First World War. Laid down in 1911, the Kronprinz was launched in February 1914 and commissioned just nine months later. She was armed with ten 30.5cm (12 inch) guns and was capable of 21.2 knots. She participated in a number of engagements during the War, most notably the great battle of Jutland, which she survived without damage. In common with most other capital ships of the High Seas Fleet, she was interned at Scapa Flow following the signing of the armistice in November 1918 and scuttled on the orders of Admiral Ludwig von Reuter. Unlike most of the other ships at Scapa, she was never raised for salvage and remains submerged, although she occassionally yields her radiation-free steel for scientific purposes This is the third of ICM's König Class battleships, following König and Großer Kurfürst. This injection moulded kit is a welcome and affordable alternative to the Combrig resin kit, which up until now was the only game in town. The kit represents another addition to the small surge of WWI-era models we've seen released during the 100th anniversary of that conflict, a surprisingly high proportion of which have been warships. Inside ICM's typically robust box are five frames of grey plastic, as well as a couple of red plastic components, a black display stand, full colour instructions, decals and self-adhesive name lables. Moulding is clean and crisp, with plenty of fine detail. Construction begins with the lower hull. The instructions suggest that the outermost propeller shafts and the trio of propellers be added to the lower hull prior to joining it with the upper hull. Personally I would add the propellors at the end, as they are bound to get damaged during the build, but of course it's your choice. You can omit this stage altogether if you want to finish the model in waterline configuration. Once the hull is complete, construction moves on to the deck. The casemate for the secondary armament, along with the fourteen gun turrets, has to be fitted to the underside of the forecastle, before the forecastle can, in turn, be joined to the main deck. The decks themselves are nicely detailed, with chains and planking moulded in place. Construction of the turrets is fairly straightforward, with each of the ten 12 inch guns independently poseable. The squat superstructures are fairly straightforward too, although you'll need to remember to add the tertiary armament casemate before fixing the bridge superstructure to the forecastle. Finishing details include funnels, searchlight platforms, stairways, davits, masts and anchors. A full completment of boats is included, and very nicely detailed they are too. The display stand will be handy if you wish to finish your model in full hull configuration. Personally I'd be tempted to opt for the waterline option, as part of a diorama with one of Mark One's Zeppelins drifting through the skies above! The colour scheme shows Großer Kurfürst as she appeared in 1915, along with a very basic rigging diagram. The decals, such as they are, look nicely printed. Conclusion We've seen quite a few WWI-era battleships released to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the conflict, so this kit is already in good company. While a nice set of photo etch will be required to bring the kit up to competition standard, ICM have done a great job of providing a platform to work from. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  7. Russian "Bal-E" Coastal Missile System MAZ Chassis 1:72 Modelcollect The Bal-E coastal missile defence system uses an surface-launched adaptation of the Zvezda KH-35 (AS-20 Kayak) known as the Bal (Ball) (SSC-6 Sennight) anti-ship missile system. The system is designed to guard coastal waters, straits and naval bases. The missile itself is fitted with a rocked booster for the launch phase and is designed to engage small vessels up to 5000 tonnes. The system has been fitted to differnet launch/control vehicles. This kit represents the demonstrator/test version of the Bal-E system, which used the MAZ-7910 chassis, while the production vehicle uses the MZKT-7930 chassis. As of October 2016, Russia is believed to have deployed 4 Bal-E units, each comprising 16 launch vehicles. Modelcollect are a Chinese firm who are largely known for their highly detailed and well-regarded 1:72 scale AFV kits. They have long specialised in post-war Soviet/Russian subjects such as their T-62, T-64, T-72 and T-80, as well as the new T-14 and a growing range of missile and rocket launchers and radar vehicles. Many of the kits are available as pre-assembled models as well as conventional kits. This particular kit has arrived direct from China, along with the MZKT chassis version, which we will review shortly. Inside the large,top-opening box are seven frames of parts moulded in grey styrene, as well as a slide-moulded cab, along with a frame of clear parts, eight rubber tyres, two frets of brass parts (one for the vehicle and one for the missiles) and a small decal sheet. The mouldings are clean, crisp and finely detailed. Construction starts with the lower chassis. Two long parts hold the road wheels, and between these the huge V-12 turbodiesel engine, gearbox, drive shafts and various transfer boxes all fit into place. These are covered with small plastic protective plates to prevent damage when traversing rough ground. The eight road wheel hubs fit onto the chassis next, with each made up of five parts, followed by the wheels. The tyres are moulded from a rubber-like material and there are no plastic plastic alternatives. Two large fuels tanks complete this part of the build. Flip the chassis over and the crew compartment can be assembled next. The cabin itself is slide moulded, in a similar fashion to other similar kits from Trumpeter and Hobbyboss. The doors are moulded seperately, while the clear parts are moulded from plastic. I have to say I prefer this way or representing clear parts to the more realistic, but difficult to use, plastic sheet that is often included with kits of this type. Inside the cabin there are the two tandem crew seats, as well as steering wheel and column and a few extra details for some of the electronic equipment. The windscreen wipers are made from photo etched brass and look excellent. Before the cab is added to the chassis, the radiator for that huge V-12 diesel has to be installed, along with a photo etched mesh cover. So far as I can tell, this will be completely covered over by the single-piece cab and the plate that protects the underside of the engine when traversing rough ground. The missile system is identical to that provided with the MZKT chassis version. There are two rows of four launchers, as well as the missile crew compartment. This sub-assembly comprises a seperate floor, walls and roof. The whole thing fits onto a flat platform, which in turn sits atop the chassis. A pair of missile are included, complete with small display stands. The decal sheet is generic and includes a range of numbers and licence plates. The painting diagram shows a single, generic example finished in overall green. Colour references are provided for the Ammo by Mig range only, which is somewhat unusual as there are far more widely used paint products out there. Conclusion Although this version of the Bal-E may not have quite the appeal of the production version, it is nevertheless and imposing and impressive kit. The level of detail is excellent, although the kit looks no more complex to build than any other wheeled vehicle kit. Modelcollect should be congratulated for giving us a stat-of-the-art kit this subject and I can't wait to see what they come up with next. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  8. The Model Market - Sunday 4th Feb 2018

    Well it turns out that Mel had a good number of Canberras, now depleted by one. I would have had more, but I've had a mini-spurge on models this month, thanks to the Creative damaged box sale and my birthday
  9. The Model Market - Sunday 4th Feb 2018

    You blighter!
  10. The Model Market - Sunday 4th Feb 2018

    I'll be banging on the door at 9.58am! Hoping to pick up a Canberra from S&M
  11. Off to Hannants

    Presumably the caravan is for storing the kits, while the kids sleep in the car?
  12. Sd.Kfz. 261 German Radio Communication Vehicle 1:48 ICM The Sd.Kfz. 260 was part of the Leichter Panzerspähwagen (light armoured reconnaissance vehicle) series of armoured cars. Unlike the Sd.Kfz. 221, 222 ans 223, the Sd.Kfz. 261 was unarmed but featured a radio set and roof-mounted antenna for battlefield communications. It was powered by the same Horch 3.8 litre V8 petrol engine, coupled to a four-wheel system for off-road performance. Almost 500 examples of the Sd.Kfz. 260 and the similar 261 were produced by the end of the War. 1:48 is still rather a niche scale for AFV modellers, but it has been around for a lot longer than you might think. The scale was first popularised by Bandai, who developed a fairly good range of vehicles and figures in the 1970s and 80s, before pulling out of the market some time in the 1990s. Tamiya picked up the mantle in 2006, and have steadily built up a good range of kits, focussing mainly on WWII subjects, but adding more modern subjects such as the recently announced M1A1 Abrams. Other manufacturers such as Ace, AFV Club, Airfix, Italeri and ICM have also released kits along the way. It is the latter manufacturer with which we are concerned here, as they have just released the first Sd.Kfz 261 in this scale. Inside ICM's typically robust box are five frames of grey plastic, as well as a set of rubber tyres and a small fret of photo etched brass. Full colour instructions and decals complete the package. Moulding is clean and crisp, with plenty of fine detail. Just like the Sd.Kfz. 223 released last year, this kit borrows the moulds from ICM's earlier Sd.Kfz. 222 and adds parts for the 261's radio gear, as well as the option of rubber tyres. There is no interior to speak of, so construction kicks off by joining the upper and lower sections of the hull together. A quick dry fit of the parts suggests the fit might not be world-class, but I'm sure it can be made to go together well enough with the application of pressure (and a bit of shouting) in the right places). Crew access doors are moulded seperately, but the lack of intereior means most modellers will simply glue them shut. The axles, drive shaft and transfer box are all moulded as one part, which is good for ease of assembly. As mentioned previously, there is a choice of plastic or rubber tyres provided, which is a smart move on ICM's part as it caters for all tastes. Small details such as headlights, mud guards, and stowage bins are next. As this is one of the unarmed variants of the Leichter Panzerspähwagen, there is no turret to assemble. Instead, the semi-open crew compartment is covered by a mesh roof constructed from three parts which need to be carefully folded in order to create the correct shape. You can finish the model with the two mesh hatches in the open position, although the instructions don't mention this - perhaps because no crew or interior detail is provided. If you don't have a dedicated etch folding tool, it might be a good idea to invest in one prior to begining work on this kit. The delicate but perfectly useable bedframe radio antenna provides the finishing touch, along with a few tools which have been moulded seperately to the rest of the kit. Decal options include: Sd.Kfz. 261, Ukraine, Summer 1941 (finished in overall grey); Sd.Kfz. 261, Russia, November 1941 (finished in overall grey with a temporary white camouflage); Sd.Kfz. 261, Tunisia, March 1943 (finished in overall dark yellow); and Sd.Kfz. 261, Belarus, October 1943 (finished in overall dark yellow) The decals, such as they are, look nicely printed. Conclusion Any new 1:48 AFV kit is welcome as far as I am concerned, and this is no exception. It is small, fairly simple, yet well-detailed and goes together without any major problems. Even though it is based on the older Sd.Kfz.222 kit, it shows that ICM are keeping the faith with the scale. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  13. Sukhoi Su-24M Fencer D - 1:72 Trumpeter

    Unfortunately the nose section is different in the MR kit because he MR variant omits the Orion attack radar in favour of the RDS-BO Shtik SLAR. I think your best options would be: 1) Sell your MR and buy an M instead 2) Buy this correction set and build your MR 3) Don't buy the correction set and build your MR as it is and pretend you didn't read this review Paul
  14. German WWII E-100 panzer weapon carrier with Flak 40 128MM Zwillingsflak 1:72 Modelcollect The E-100 was a super-heavy tank, designed as the Second World War drew to a close. It was to be the heaviest of the proposed Entwicklung (E) series of armoured fighting vehicles, the aim of which was to simplify tank design and production around standard components. The chassis was intended to serve as a tank, mobile artillery system, anti-aircraft vehicle and heavy tank destroyer, although ultimately just a single prototype chassis was manufactured, and this was captured by American forces a month before the end of the War and then scrapped following evaluation by the British Army. The Flak 40, on the other hand, was a tried and tested anti-aircraft artillery gun, over 1000 examples of which were produced. The twin-gun Flakzwilling weighed in at 26.5 tonnes, which made it very difficult to move across country, hence the idea of mounting it on the large E-100 chassis. The guns were most famously deployed in static mountings such as on the flak towers of Berlin, Hamburg and Vienna. Modelcollect are a Chinese firm who are largely known for their highly detailed and well-regarded 1:72 scale AFV kits. They have long specialised in post-war Soviet/Russian subjects, but have more recently shown a flair for producing kits of the prototype tanks and associated vehicles that were in the design stages at the end of the Second World War, or which could conceivably have appeared had the War lasted longer than it did. This particular kit uses Modelcollect's existing E-100 and 128mm Flak 40 kits as the basis for the Zwillingsflak E-100 platform. Inside the top-opening box are eight frames of parts moulded in grey styrene, along with decals, rubber tracks and a fret of brass parts. The mouldings are clean, crisp and finely detailed. Construction starts not with the chassis, but with the zwilling gun mount. This comprises the rotating ring mechanism, crew platform and guard rails, stowage boxes and the mount for the guns themselves. A pair of Flak 40 guns is included (obviously), with each barrel split lengthwise and a seperate elevation mechanism. the guns themselves are nicely detailed, with each made up of well over twenty parts. A couple of 128mm shells are supplied and are shown fitted in the breech loading mechanism in the instructions. Once the hefty Flak 40 Zwilling has been assembled, it's easy to see how it would have taken a tank chassis as large as the E-100 to move it anywhere. Once the gun mount is complete, assembly turns to the hull. The E-100 design was essentially mid-engined, with the engine positioned forward of the turret but behind the main crew compartment. The engine deck is moulded separately to the roof of the hull, as are the crew access hatches. Photo etch parts are used to depict the grilles on the engine cover. The running gear is next, and the road wheel arrangement will be instantly familiar to those who have built a Tiger or Panther tanks as it comprises overlapping wheels with steel rims (great if, like me, you find painting sixteen pairs of rubber tyres a tiresome task). The tracks are manufactured from a flexible rubber-like material, which isn't my preference, but they look quite decent for the scale. The decal sheet is generic and includes a range of numbers and licence plates, although the instructions do not show any arrangements for the placement of decals. The painting diagram shows two examples, one with a dark yellow hull and grey Flak 40 Zwilling, the other completely dark yellow with patches of camouflage on the lower hull. Of course you are free to paint yours in whatever scheme takes your fancy as this is essentially a paper panzer. Conclusion Builders of 1:35 AFVs have had a range of kits in the E-5/10/25/50/75/100 series to choose from for a few years now, so it's good to see builders of the gentleman's scale being afforded an even better choice of subjects thanks to Modelcollect. The kit looks as though it will go together with minimum fuss and it will certainly be a talking point when built and painted. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  15. Modelling Magazine

    Done. Good luck with your studies. I wish I'd had the foresight to create a modelling magazine at school. My geography project was about supermarket catchment areas. No wonder I turned out so dull
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