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  1. More Pet Hates grumble grumble grumble

    Had that experience with an acquaintance of mine who fully embraced the anti-vaxx movement a while back. When I let it be known I had actually been involved in vaccine manufacture, and have worked directly and indirectly for "big pharma", and knew from firsthand experience that what was being stated about vaccines and the industry was uninformed nonsense, they took it as a personal insult . The great irony is that such people usually want you to question everything and everyone except them.
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    Having been on one and gotten close to being on another, and knowing others who have done the same, it is a VERY different experience between answering questions on set and doing the same in the comfort of your lounge. Also producers are selecting people who will make for good television, they aren't necessarily keen on only using people who will win the thing.
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    Lol, here we go
  4. More Pet Hates grumble grumble grumble

    Indeed. Reminds me of the reaction I saw on another forum (and in real life) to some of the female characters and plot points in "The Last Jedi". Then add the tendency of the term "PC Madness" to arise when privilege (or in some cases people's self perceived right to be jerks) is seen to be even remotely threatened. Some PC stuff is over the top, but most of it is simply about recognising the need to be considerate to others.
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    Interesting, I was watching the exact same journalist (if it is who I'm thinking of) last night and got the exact opposite impression - anything requiring legal or police involvement would be discretely and appropriately directed, and that was made very clear.
  6. Weathering heresy

    I don't indulge in it much because it seldom matches the real-life subject, and that's my issue with the style. It's become fashionable however, and a standard of "good" modelling - I've seen realistically finished models dismissed as "bland" at contests in favour of unrealistic models that look like they have been in a scrapyard for years. What it means though is that many modellers are now very skilfully recreating other models rather than anything resembling the real-life subject. I also think some of it comes out of modellers simply not using appropriate references and understanding that yeah it looks really cool, but doesn't look like the real thing.
  7. Moebius 1/32 BSG raider with a Tyridium Models lighting kit. Painted mostly with Tamiya rattlecans and a bit of artistic license.
  8. I found not having the "bin" (for empty ammunition magazines?) installed at the rear of the cockpit enabled it to flex a bit more. It was a snug fit but eventually it popped into place more or less (meaning I'm not totally sure of how I sorted it!).
  9. Yes, I came across it a few times while researching this build. Thanks, I'm not the most prolific builder but I'll do my best
  10. Thanks Marc. Note that while the aerial wire is fixed in these pics, if you look closely you can see where I reattached the forward part of the pitot tube after breaking it during the photo shoot . . .
  11. Reminds me of a slightly under-equipped NZ Army unit in Vietnam that was supposely nicknamed "the hydraulics", because they would 'lift' anything they could
  12. Thank you Here is a pic of the original machine just to prove I'm not making it up .When I say "stolen" in the OP it's because it wasn't captured so much as deliberately appropriated. Apparently it was spotted on the ground in no-mans land by 73 Sqn RAF (Hurricanes) pilots after force landing due to fuel starvation. Having ascertained it was unattended they loaded a truck with fuel and went out and acquired themselves a Stuka.
  13. New tool Airfix 1/48 Stuka B-1 finished as an Italian R-2 captured/stolen by the RAF in 1941. The B-2/R-2 propellor, exhausts, and bomb rack are all in the B-1 box. The B-2 engine cowls though are not, which is why they aren't on the model The guns were removed from the captured aircraft, so the wing gun fairings were drilled out to remove the barrels, and the mount and ammunition cans left out of the rear cockpit. Decals by LF Models (which turned out to be a little too thin, I'd probably paint the white cross on the tail if I did this again), and some of the more prominent piping added to the engine with solder. The kit is mostly brilliantly engineered (there are poorly placed sprue gates and ejector pin marks in a couple of places, and a few sink marks) and is one of the best fitting kits I've ever built. There are a couple of missing instructions though. There is no instruction to add the rear gunners back support strap despite it being included as a part and shown fitted, and there is no guidance at all on fitting the bomb cradle with the cowls off. Aside from those minor criticisms it was a really enjoyable build.
  14. I'm in the middle of building the new-tool 1/48 Ju-87B from Airfix, and noticed from reference pics (all B+W) that that the piping and some accessories appeared not to be in the tones listed in the instructions. On comparing with builds and instructions for the Airfix 1/24 Stuka a different set of colours is specified. Which one is likely to be more accurate?
  15. Pet hates.

    Funny, one of my pet hates is suits and ties full stop, and the ridiculous "thou shalt wear a suit, and only a suit if thou is a western male" requirement of certain occasions and settings, whereas women get to be comfortable and look good at the same time . I feel like I'm in a straightjacket every time I'm forced to wear either. And what is the purpose of a tie exactly?