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  1. The glazed nose (forgot about that!) looks like being a bit tricky, as the fuselage doesn't have a separate nose. Other bits are possible with masses of framing and filler, and an old pen barrel or something for the MAD boom, but ... mmm. Unless someone comes up with a conversion, the better starting point might actually be the Bear-H kit. I might park this one.
  2. You probably know that Trumpeter issued a couple of Tupolev Bears a few years ago: the Tu-95MS (Bear-H) and the Tu-142MR (Bear-J). I went for the Bear-J. Leaving aside the possible flaws with both, and the small chance that AModel might one day ask me to part with three hundred quid for one ... what are my chances of being able to convert it into a Bear-F (of any flavour)? Is there a conversion kit out there anywhere?
  3. I'm local to the area and I know the chap who runs the museum, so I'll nip down soon for some pictures. It will be March 25 or thereabouts. I'll also get as much information about its provenance as I can.
  4. Check out your question - the dotted underlines will show you the answer.
  5. Well, I suppose we wait to see what happens. If they do take PayPal he should be protected, and if the kit turns up, so much the better. Waiting with interest, me.
  6. Cheating a bit / lateral thinking*: the BGM-109 Tomahawk. It has wings and an engine that keeps running all the way to the target, so it's an aeroplane as well as a missile. That it doesn't let go of the warhead come the time is a mere detail. * delete according to preference
  7. That being so, has anyone reported them to eBay?
  8. What about the agnostic dyslexic insomniac? He lay awake all night wondering if there was a dog.
  9. Ho ho. Reminds me of the other one: Doctor, if I give up bacon and sausages and white bread and beer and whisky and cigarettes and crisps and chips, and if I run ten miles every day and swim four miles every weekend, and if I always get up early and go to bed early, will I live for a thousand years? No. But you'll feel as though you have.
  10. 1 The likes of Dragon and AFV Club. Although the earliest I can remember handling were by Tamiya on their German half-tracks. 2 Not really, it's more about detail fidelity. There are three main advantages to separate links: each link will be flat. It's surprising how obviously vinyl tracks are bent round tight curves like idlers - not just the whole track, but the individual links. vinyl tracks are often well-moulded but they're always a compromise. Separate links allow you to show proper gaps, hollow guide horns, end-connectors at a different angle from either of the links they connect, etc. Some tracks are complex mixes of materials where mutliple parts show them better. you can get all the curves and sags and such right. Some vinyl tracks are just awful - so stiff that they form a perfect circle when the ends are joined, or so short that the sprockets ping off into the woodwork. Sometimes both and worse. The old Italeri Leopard tracks resemble chocolate bars, in that they're made of lots of squares, they're rectangular, and the only way to get them to bend is to melt them. That's why I'll be buying five replacement sets as soon as I can. 3 I'm with you there. It's worth doing, though. Well, usually. They are indeed. In fact, they're heavily reinforced with steel, but essentially they're an endless band of rubber. The idea goes back to the original Kegresse half-tracks and can still be found on snowmobiles and small excavators.
  11. The last time this problem was aired, the consensus seemed to be that the most inert way to fix your weight - as in, no chemical side-effects at all - was candle wax. That's certainly what I use now.
  12. And reported on by journalists who casually bandy around terms like "throwback". They not considering the Scorpion, then?
  13. License is the correct spelling of the verb (along with licensed and licensing) while licence is the correct spelling of the noun (along with licences). The other one commonly got wrong is practice / practise.
  14. This isn't new. Humbrol Authentics used a label instead of a painted lid, or just printed the name and number on a white lid. Plus, the colour of the lid can't be guaranteed to match the colour in the tin, even with the good stuff. From the dedicated modeller's point of view, the colour of the lid is only an indication, and it's not really vital. I know, for instance, that 123 is Extra Dark Sea Grey, even if Humbrol have given it some rum names in the past, and in the good old days it was HX6. Sites like this are excellent resources to help you consult over colours before you commit yourself, and you can get a lot of help with all sorts, not just the specialist modelling gear. There was one occasion where I chose my colours purely by eye, and that time it was helpful to have painted lids. Mind you, that was to paint an Iranian P-3F, for which there are no definitive references, so the fact that the paint inside wasn't necessarily a perfect match for the lid didn't matter too much.
  15. The legislation you mentioned was absolutely nothing to do with model sales and everything to do with public liability. The issue under discussion in this thread is whether shows are stopping under-table sales for economic reasons. There are venues up and down the country where under-table sales are fine, and they're all in broadly the same public liability boat, so I can't see how that makes a difference. I've no idea, but so far I'm not seeing a major problem. In my view, any barring of club sales is down to economics and the relationship between show organisers and traders. There's no great plot from on high to stop it.