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  1. Even the plate warming setting on my oven is far too warm for polystyrene. The usual recommended temperature for working it is to run the hot tap just about as hot as you can bear it. It might survive a little more than that, but only with very brief exposure. Your plan to apply weight will probably squish it flat before you can drag it out again. If I were you I'd just try again - possibly with heavier-gauge polystyrene if you can find it, or laminating the thinner stuff. The real secret to keeping it square is to be utterly precise about your cuts and angles, and with practice you'll find that easier.
  2. Spot of the Day Part 2

    Yesterday I saw a dark green AC Frua outside Westminster Abbey. It was on a recovery lorry, which is plausible, but I prefer to think he was delivering it to some lucky bleeder.
  3. Short Jokes II The Sequel

    I was driving home last night when, in a moment of inattention, I ran into the bumper of the car in front. I hopped out to take a look, and so did the other driver, and I couldn't help noticing he was very short. He looked up at me, and down at his bumper, and back up at me. "I'm not happy," he said. "Well, which one are you then?" I replied.
  4. And Kent, please, in case we've not sorted this out already.
  5. Farewell to the Lynx

    I read in Flight International this morning that the Army's Gazelles, all of which must be older than the Lynxes, are due to be retired in 2025. Funny how it goes, ennit?
  6. Which glue for rubber tracks?

    Two-part epoxy will do it for you. You do have to be careful with it, of course, and weighting the tracks while it sets is a good idea. However you'll find that any gluing will give you only an approximation of the true sit of the tracks. They hang in a curve; gluing a portion to a wheel tends to produce straight lines. The more points you can glue, the better it looks, but it's still a series of straights joined together. The same will happen if you use brass rods as advised above1 - although you can at least give some idea of the curvature in areas where the tracks aren't yet in contact with the wheels. This is especially a problem with, say, the Panther, whose tracks have to hang neatly back to the third, sometimes the fourth, road wheel. And it's worse with a Scorpion, whose tracks barely touch the wheels on top. I'd give serious consideration to some nice heavy metal tracks, like the Friul jobs, or DS tracks if they're available for your model, or even single-link polystyrene ones. 1brass rods! In my day you were advised to raid your mum's sewing box.
  7. Short Jokes II The Sequel

    After many months the police have finally closed down an illicit circumcision operation. They got a tip-off.
  8. Does building a model infringe copyright?

    That's not how you claim copyright. In fact, you don't claim copyright, it's automatically inherent in your having created something. You simply enforce it. The (c) symbol only puts readers / viewers on notice that someone has copyright, and it's usually accompanied by a name to tell them who. As to whether Mancunian airman has a claim, that depends on who owns the copyright in the book. Check the page ahead of the title. If it says "(c) the publishers", they're the ones with a potential claim. If you have proof that you didn't assign them the copyright in your plan, you retain it, and it's you who have the potential claim. Black Knight is of course right: making a claim will cost you nothing if you win (providing, of course, the other side coughs up). But you can't know beforehand whether you'll win, which is why you have to be prepared to risk a fair chunk of money beforehand.
  9. North Surrey Military Modelling Group 3 February

    Well, you'll be welcome, of course. Less than a week to go now.
  10. HMRC scam

    Alas, this is true when it is official, too. I'm fighting a losing battle against crap writing. But as I was once told when pointing out that someone had mis-spelt their own name in a letter, if we pay the same as shelf-stackers at Tesco, what can you expect?
  11. Does building a model infringe copyright?

    Absolutely do not panic. If building models from the box were an infringement of copyright, it would have been stopped years ago. The same goes for commercially available decals. The crucial thing to remember about copyright is that it's the owner's right to commercially exploit what they've designed or made. That does include the right to make miniature copies of it. John R is right that some companies have sought to enforce this, and the bad news is that it worked, which is why you see licensing notices on some kits. So far they seem to be exclusively American types, which suggests (i) that the rules are different elsewhere (or at least their enforcement is), and (ii) that America is indeed over-endowed with lawyers and with people who will listen to them instead of showing them the door. The good news is that these arrangements aren't ruinously expensive after all and we remain in the golden age of modelling. For your own purposes, even less need to fret: any legal niceties have already been taken care of by the time you start gluing your fingers to the kit. The manufacturers are the ones commercially exploiting the original designs, and they've paid for it; and you're not, you're just building it for fun. They tell me it's fun. As for plans, the copyright is only in them. If you sell flat paper copies of flat paper plans, you'll be in trouble. But if you create a 3D model from them, you've done something new in which, if anything, you would own the copyright. You might start to close the loop with having created a miniature version of the original manufacturer's design. But were they ever to find out about it, you'd fall back on not doing it commercially and would be fine. You say you've been led to believe that we can't assume permission has been given. Until we hear of some significant change, I think we can assume either that it's been given, or that it's not an issue. I suspect there's a more relaxed attitude to legal rights in some parts of the world, which might eventually lead to enforcement action. But there are much, much bigger fish to fry, such as the market in knock-off tablets or cars. Even though the companies whose products are possibly being exploited improperly are quite large, the amounts at stake are trivial and so not worth the effort.
  12. Bombardier win against Boeing

    Highly unlikely, as the trade commission isn't a court. They'd need to start by challenging its decision in a court. I'd never underestimate the willingness of an American aerospace company to litigate the wossname out of an issue, no matter how weak, but from the very start this one has struck me as "haven't a leg to stand on". I hope they see the sense in losing so comprehensively. Wonder what will become of that new relationship between Bombardier and Airbus ... ?
  13. North Surrey Military Modelling Group 3 February

    Are you thinking aloud there, Chris, or can I help you with something?
  14. This is a bit different

    Here you go, more proof that the 737 is aquatic, as one is caught trying to return to the pond where it was spawned.
  15. Ooh crumbs! I make that something like 1/62 scale ... so presumably all the aircraft are scratch-built as well?