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pigsty last won the day on April 3 2015

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    give peas a chance
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  1. I didn't think I was doing that. I was asking for help because I'm interested in this stuff. I've always enjoyed SF, my favourite film remains Blade Runner despite a lot of competition, and I've just watched yet another episode of Voyager on Channel 70. But you have to admit, it is made up, even Star Wars, and a lot of the physics is pretty unlikely. That's why it seems strange, to me at least, to produce kits with an eye on scale fidelity of something that doesn't and couldn't exist. Sorry if you found that uncomplimentary, but it wasn't my intention.
  2. IPMS Farnborough Modelfest 2017

    Indeed, an excellent show as ever, and I even managed to get in and out without being rained on.
  3. Generic Dot / Solid circle decals - does anybody make any?

    Isn't that what 1/32 is for?
  4. Blimey, that's comprehensive! Thanks! (Destroids ... that's the chaps.) I hesitate to pile on more, but can you give any idea of how big the various scales come out when assembled?
  5. When I was much younger, I found a couple of weird robot kits in the Hobby House in Truro. I was faintly aware that Macross meant something, having spotted the word in Japanese companies' catalogues, but that didn't matter. These things were just interesting heavy metal, strangely appealing in an ABC Warriors sort of way. Not having a clue about the "real" Macross, I wasn't interested in the official cartoon colours, and I built mine in what I was sure were more realistic military camouflage schemes. I was really rather proud of them (wouldn't be now!). Earlier this year I saw a Regult on a table at a show and it brought all that back to me, so I did some poking around on the interweb. What an absolute minefield. I had no idea how widespread those things were in Japan, and the range of scales and manufacturers is bewildering. I mean, scales? Really? For made-up silliness? Never mind, though, it's still great fun, and I recall my original kits were pretty easy to build; so I thought it might be nice to have another go at it. Then I saw the prices. I have no idea what I'm looking at. Something supposedly in 1/72 comes in at three times the price of the same thing in 1/100 from a different company. Some of them are well north of £200 and I can't tell whether they'd be a foot tall or hang on a key ring. And it's impossible to tell which are the better kits. Going purely from the box art, I think the ones I built were from Bandai in 1/72 - but I'm absolutely positive they didn't cost me fifty quid, which is about the least I can find for anything on eBay at the moment. (Thirty years have passed, but that's still excessive.) So, can anyone help with a guide to subjects and scales, the best kits, the best companies - and most of all, a way of buying one without having to sell a kidney? If it helps, I'm not interested in the Transformer-style VF-1 and such, that look like people dressed up as aeroplanes. The really appealing ones are the walking tanks with the big feet and guns like sewage pipes; they go by the names of Regult, Phalanx, Monster, Tomahawk, Glaug, and Defender.
  6. IPMS Chiltern Show 3rd Sept 2017

    Another very pleasant show, in a good venue with plenty of space and with beer on tap. Thank you to IMPS Chiltern for organising it, hope it continues to do well.
  7. Hats & Caps

    At the last count I owned four fedoras, three flat caps, two Bretons, two straw hats that would like to think they're Panamas, a fleece beanie, and some sort of imitation drover's hat. The straw ones come out in the summer, the rest in the winter, and until then the fedoras are tucked away neatly with foam rings to keep them apart. I never go out in the winter without a hat. I wouldn't mind one of those very wide straw hats like 18th century parsons used to wear - would be very handy in the garden. I try never to wear baseball caps. The nearest I'll allow is a forage cap.
  8. Too close for comfort

    That'll buff out.
  9. Short Jokes II The Sequel

    In case anyone missed this on the news ... I don't like this new pound coin. But then, I hate all change.
  10. Short Jokes II The Sequel

    New figures show that Oregon has the highest rates of both clinical depression and marital infidelity. That's a sad state of affairs.
  11. Oh, it is. A park where a lot of dogs have been exercising ...
  12. HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Portsmouth

    In nearly every one of those pictures, I can't shake the feeling that there are in fact two ships coming into Portsmouth ...
  13. I couldn't believe my ears

    Coming back to the point briefly, as Troy Smith asked, did matey explain his view? He is indeed entitled to it, after all, and people on this forum simply bellowing "NO!" at each other is hardly an answer. It's groupthink. If you learned what he thought, who knows, you might even hear something that makes you think again.
  14. Thank you all, you're too kind. They're in the kit. One of the changes between the original (RAF) kit and the RN/SAAF boxing was a few new bits of plastic with Navy-specific pylons, bomb door etc. There wasn't nearly enough weaponry but the standard is quite a bit higher than the rest. They're from one of the Hasegawa weapons sets. With that and a Grand Phoenix FJ-4B, I have a terrible surfeit of the things so, as nothing else in the kit was suitable, I thought they'd make a change. The Bullpup was occasionally seen on Buccaneers and Sea Vixens, and I have one picture of an 800 Sqn Buccaneer carrying them, so I know it was issued to my model's squadron. It was nearly as unpopular with the Fleet Air Arm as with the US forces, and lasted a lot less time. Not once. But it took nearly eight months to build. In effect, my workbench acts as a Shelf of Doom for as long as some pile of dross is occupying it.
  15. If I’d wanted to do so much filling, I’d have trained as a dentist. This is Airfix’s venerable quarter-scale Buccaneer, still the only game in town until Tanmodel’s comes through. Then its frankly silly second-hand value should go down the tubes, as it really ought to. This is not, on balance, a good kit. I bought the RAF version when it came out and, thanks to a complicated trade with Muzz of this parish, have built it as the Fleet Air Arm version. The colours and markings are for 800 Sqn in 1966, though they will have lasted only a few weeks, if that, before the overall grey scheme was adopted. Hence the light weathering. Plus points: good shape, OK surface detail (though some of it seems to be made up), some quite good RN parts. Minus points: fit. And fit, and fit, and fit. How to describe the fit? Well, it rhymes with fit … Many have noted that the fuselage parts are warped and have to be coaxed together an inch at a time. Friends of mine have said theirs fitted OK but, because the top-bottom split makes it all a bit floppy, still had to be assembled carefully. Others have said one half was wider than the other. Mine was different again: the bottom half was shorter than the top, by about 1½ mm. I’ve included a couple of pictures of the airframe before painting so you can see the effect - and all the other points where I needed filler. I realised this problem only after I’d glued everything aft of the wing. The only way to make the nose parts meet was to force the bottom half forward. It would never have survived the stresses. But, luckily, I’d have needed at least three extra hands to glue it and hold it and clamp it, so I had to abandon that idea. Instead, I cut off the lower fuselage forward of the engine fairings (nerve-wracking with the cockpit already installed), glued it in its correct position, and filled the gap with a slab of plastic card. That’s the white bow behind the nosewheel bay. This made all the panels line up, and closing up the front end became much easier than I’d expected. Another bonus was that splitting the nose end left a hole through which I could fit a spreader bar behind the cockpit. Adding the weapons bay door helps, but a spreader is the best way to stiffen the fuselage, and it’s a sod to fit one before closing up. Mine is completely solid. I then noticed that the leading and trailing edges of the wing were both slightly further forward on the top half than on the bottom. This led me to think the whole bottom half was in fact underscale - yet it fitted in width, just not in length. My conclusion: every single one of these things is bodged, each in its own special way. You can only dry-fit, identify the problems, and hope to find a custom solution. The main change on the intakes is to bring the compressors further forward, as the kit mounts them far too deep. This is easy: cut off the bulk of the intake duct and the rest will fit comfortably. The compressor should be in line with the first panel line back from the intake lip (the large rectangular panel with the fasteners is the engine access door). I didn’t enlarge the bullet fairings, but I’m told it’s also quite easy. Apparently, somewhere on the sprues there’s a couple of bits of plastic that are the perfect size and shape. Shame they aren’t on the parts themselves. I’ve built the kit to display the Buccaneer’s shape, so the wings are extended and the airbrakes closed. Neither outer wing panel is the same depth as the matching inner wing, each (again) in its own special way. You can see how much filling was needed to fair them in. But that’s easy compared with the airbrakes. Bash, bash, bash, is all you can do, but they end up quite solid. A common trick here is to remove the strakes from one half to make them thinner. But as each side has its own strake I wanted to keep a panel line all the way down the middle, so I kept them and thinned them a bit - probably not enough. The tail goes together tolerably well and the way it breaks down makes it quite easy to get a level tailplane. But the forward end of the fin’s root fairing is much slimmer than the spine, hence another great amount of work on the starboard side. I used filler, but a better idea would have been to put a small shim between the two parts. A couple of small points to note. First, the early naval fit didn’t include the aerials on the sides of the fin, though the instructions aren’t too clear on that front. Second, I’ve added a small antenna to the fin cap. Hanged if I know what it is, but it appears on a few British aircraft of the time and it’s in all my reference photos. The worst parts of all were the slipper tanks. I don’t want to talk about them. With the tanks and the airbrake, the corrective work took out some or all of the rivets. That was good, as they’re far too prominent anyway. The canopy is too wide for the sills if you have it fully forward. The NeOmega cockpit was up to their usual high standard for detail but not for fit, leaving me gaps along all four sills. So my compromise for both problems is to have the canopy slid halfway back. This was a fairly common position when the aircraft was being deck-handled. Weight: not mentioned, but there’s plenty of room in the nose. Adding a slab of plastic card helps too. Decals: commendably thin, which brings with it fragility and a nasty habit of curling up irretrievably. Other problems are fuzzy printing and poor registration, although luckily the effect was mostly on white bits, which is easy to handle with this colour scheme. Armament: the kit’s bombs are gash and the rocket pods, for some reason, are SNEB units on RAF pylons. For a laugh I’ve used Bullpups. I also moved the outer pylons inboard slightly, a very useful tip from the late Ted Taylor (and still visible on his old website). Other little details: in the earlier versions the two antennae on the spine and the two under the chin are identical. So you need four; Airfix helpfully give you three. You can hack the other aerial into shape and, unlike me, you may even get it right. naval Buccaneers had no landing light on the nosegear. the pitot head and the tip of the refuelling probe are from Master. Their usual excellence.