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  1. I'm sure I've asked this before and I should have kept the original e-mail, but ... Does anyone know the best contact point for this year's Brampton show? West Kent went for the first time last year and we'd like to go again, and I've foolishly forgotten to check the arrangements.
  2. I've always said, if everyone got exactly everything they said they wanted, someone would still complain that it didn't happen last year.
  3. I think we may be using different definitions of "mainstream". I meant (and I think most people do) a company that makes injection-moulded kits with long-run moulds that aren't 90% flash. Hobby Boss / Trumpeter may not be very long-established, but it would be hard not to think of them as mainstream now, with the size of their joint catalogue and the professional way they package their wares. Kinetic may be smaller but every company was small once and, again, they're of the same standard as some older, better-known manufacturers. (Note I'm not claiming they're free of errors or build perfectly - no company's range is perfect in those respects.) I raised Italeri only because, as much the largest Italian manufacturer, it seemed odd that they hadn't built a kit of one of Italy's few (part-)indigenous post-war designs. Especially as they were touting for new subjects at the time. I have plenty of other examples of stuff that I never thought would appear and is now mouldering in my stash, and they come from all sorts of companies. This is why I live in hope.
  4. Here's a funny thing. A few weeks ago I was poking through my old content looking for something completely different. I came across a thread about the AMX in which a number of people said, definitively, that we'd never see a mainstream kit of such an obscure type. I was interested in it myself and thought, hey ho, that's probably true, if Italeri can't be persuaded to make one, what hope is there? We now have four AMX kits on the market: two single-seaters and two trainers, from two companies. This tells me two things: 1 We don't really know what calculations are going through tool-makers' heads. 2 And anyone who claims to be able to say what will and won't happen is not necessarily right. So, I remain hopeful. But I do wish people would stop abusing that poor little word "need" ...
  5. Another cracking show, thank you to all involved.
  6. Amplifying malpaso's reply: 1 Generally with a brush. Liquid masking is basically rubber dissolved in ammonia, so it will quickly ruin the brush; be prepared to sacrifice one or two. It's also pretty coarse, so it's tricky to make straight lines, clean angles, small shapes or narrow areas. You'll want to practise with something like a cocktail stick. 2 If it's in the wrong place, wait a bit then left it away. It's chemically safe so nothing underneath it should be damaged. 3 It will indeed peel away - an ordinary pencil eraser is fine over large areas. Smaller bits can be plucked off with tweezers as well as with tape. 4 As malpaso says. It will often lose a bit of colour, but otherwise the way to tell it's dry is by touch. 5 It depends on what use you plan for it. Personally I wouldn't rely on it for straight or precise lines, but it's a quick way to cover areas and (if you can master the cocktail stick) a lot quicker than mucking about making masks for canopies. Copydex is good value; many artists' masking fluids aren't a bad price either. Humbrol's Maskol differs really only in that it's purple and that it's a swizz. One other thing to watch for: if you don't use your bottle a lot, it can go off very easily. The neck will bung up with rubber, and the rubber and ammonia can separate. If they do, they'll never mix again. A handy tip is to give it a shake every few weeks to keep things proper.
  7. Wandering around the supermarket, I see hens' eggs, duck eggs, and now mini eggs. I didn't even know Minis laid eggs.
  8. The main physical difference is that Metalcote is enamel, while Mr Metal is lacquer. Mr Metal also has more colours (though few are really what it says on the label, least of all "Alminume"). As for use, I used to be a Metalcote man and now use Mr Metal whenever I can. However, that's probably because I brush-paint, and I've found that Mr Metal goes on better and is less prone to lifting if you add another coat. With care you can polish out brushstrokes with Mr Metal; not quite so readily with Metalcote. One final point is that you have to wait only five minutes or so, not 20, to polish Mr Metal - although that can be a drawback if you have a large area to cover.
  9. Funny thing, how it's got longer and longer over the years. I'm the same age and I've only got wider.
  10. Another factor is how bad your eyes actually are. I'm getting to the point where I have to remove my glasses for close-in work, so I wondered about varifocals. But my left is so short-sighted (paradoxically) that the optician told me it's impossible. So it'll have to be bifocals once the special ones made from the bottoms of jam jars wear out.
  11. Ah, now, that could be it. Where I see them is DC supply so the pantograph is never raised, so I do wonder why the light isn't set to come on only when it is.
  12. Not really a modelling question, and I wouldn't normally ask this sort of thing, but as I see the things daily on my way to work ... The new Class 700 that Thameslink uses has an odd feature that I've never seen before. On the roof of the second and eleventh car of each set (PTSO if you speak train) there's a bright white light, facing towards the middle of the set and mounted at a slight up angle. As the train comes towards you, you see it first as though another train is following on a different track, and then as a spare light above the group around the driver's cab. It clearly can't illuminate the way the train is going, and both are always on, so you see another as the train recedes. Whatever is it for?
  13. Which brings us back to what makes kits popular. It clearly doesn't depend on how ubiquitous the subject is, or there would be no kits of the SR-71. Or, in the motoring world, we should be knee-deep in kits of the Mk.3 Cortina, instead of all those Ferraris and Lamborghinis. And I reluctantly have to conclude that my interest in the Scimitar and F2H-3 must be lacking a certain something, too. Just don't get me started on the Vicker MBT or the Pz.68.
  14. Hang on, eight plastic kits in three scales isn't exactly underdoing it. That's nearly as many as all the Scimitar and F2H kits put together.
  15. To quote the red button: "The BBC had been informed by a member of Matthew's family that he had died." What were they meant to do, ask for a second opinion?