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Everything posted by 3DStewart

  1. Retire! Me!

    I'm rising 59, with state retirement still 7 years away and two children of school age to support, so no chance of retirement yet. But I enjoy my job (mostly) and I'm looking for a promotion before I retire, so still firing on all cylinders. Interestingly, I'm the youngest in my team, so my employer is going to have a succession problem if it doesn't take action soon, as I keep on pointing out to them. It seems like most of my university friends are now taking early retirement, so I do wonder how society can afford able bodied people having subsidised lives of leisure.
  2. Notifications - topics, PMs, etc.

    I haven't signed up for any, but I was sternly warned with big red alert to check whether I was receiving any and if not to report on this thread. I wasn't getting any, so added my comment to this thread.
  3. Notifications - topics, PMs, etc.

    I've had nothing, but I'm delighted with that as I don't want emails about stuff I don't need to know!
  4. " A badly made Airfix model"

    I'm not convinced preserving it in its crashed condition would have been a better option. At least now it's not going to be stolen or wrecked further by souvenir hunters.
  5. A great model, which bears witness to your skills and Airfix's. Remarkable since it's a kit of the 60s.
  6. I don't think it's got the right number of wheels. You might want to check your references. And the proportions look wrong. I'm sure the turret is too big.
  7. not one for petitions but this situation doesnt sound fair

    Here’s why you shouldn’t sign this petition or others like it. In this country we have laws that are carefully considered and designed to treat people fairly and proportionately. Immigration laws and asylum law are no different. The man in question has had his application for asylum rejected, not only by the normal asylum process but also the High Court. There will be good reasons why they reached that decision, but you are only being presented with one side of the story. By participating in this petition, you are attempting to use weight of numbers to influence the course of justice in favour of one individual, and all based on the internet equivalent of something you’ve heard from a stranger down the pub. This is not right. How do you know he is what he claims to be? What do you know about his behaviour since he came to this country? What do you know of the information about him that may be held by the police or security services?
  8. not one for petitions but this situation doesnt sound fair

    This is inevitably political. I'd also make the point that since this is the internet it's very hard to know how much of it is true.
  9. Crimbo banner

    The text is white, as you would expect and my monitor is colour calibrated, but the snow flakes are cyan with a black outline.
  10. Crimbo banner

    I don't mind the banner, but do the snow flakes have to be blue?
  11. Do we need an army?

    Reasons for an army: Deterrence of hostile neighbours. To support the civil powers. A flag for the nation; i.e. a visible expression of its pride and values. To exert diplomatic influence. To find a constructive use for citizens with energy and aggression. To seize and hold others' land and property.
  12. Vintage Airfix Kits

    Going back to the OP question, I think that almost any Airfix kit from the mid 70s onwards is still worth building. Recent kits may be more refined, but the Airfix kits of this era are generally accurate, straightforward to build and satisfying if done as an out of the box build. I think the late 70s Airfix Spitfire Mk I is still the best there is; it's not quite as chunky as their new kit and the fine raised panel lines look more realistic.
  13. Vintage Airfix Kits

    I'm surprised at that as it was re-released about 10 years ago and included NASA and Austrian colour schemes as well as the original Olympic Airlines.
  14. Martin I was being humorous. As a plane that never existed there can be no photos and no incorrect colours. You could paint it in red and yellow camouflage and it would be correct. Nice model, but I wonder if the two early jet engines would have enough power to make it effective. It looks like it would have been much heavier than an Me 262.
  15. Great model, but I'm sorry to say the colour scheme is inaccurate. Have a look at some photos of this aircraft in operational service to see what I mean.
  16. Best BP Defiant in 1:72?

    I had an interesting discussion at SMW about which 1:72 kit of the Defiant is 'best'. We were comparing an modern Airfix kit with another (not sure if MPM or Pavla) side by side and there were differences in cowling shape (not length) and length of u/c and gear doors and the corresponding sit of the aircraft. Let's say best means best overall shape and dimensions.
  17. SMW 2017 Telford 11th & 12th November

    In my experience kit swap problems are rare. One form of protection is to check the completeness of your purchases before you leave the site, as it's much easier to get things sorted on the day. Sometimes kits are sold on behalf of dead members and the person passing them on may have no idea what's in the boxes or what complete should look like. Others may just be due to scoundrels so check before leaving. Regarding theft, remember that the kit swap is open to the public as well; though I wouldn't be foolish enough to think that the IPMS membership is made up entirely of angels. Mistakes can also be made at the desk. If someone buys your kit and it isn't crossed off your list then it will appear to have been stolen. What I'm trying to say is that while these incidents will always be frustrating, but they aren't necessarily malicious.
  18. Best BP Defiant in 1:72?

    Modelling is a subjective activity where we create an image of what we perceive reality to be, so people will always want to discuss their take on it. I don't think that is going to change. In any case I have presented evidence, in the form of photos, that Airfix may have given the nose of their latest Defiant kit a shape it didn't have in service. Whether that evidence is sufficient is for the reader to decide, as is whether they care or not.
  19. Best BP Defiant in 1:72?

    I notice that photos of the recent Defiant restoration do seem to more bulbous than those of it before restoration or when in service. Does anyone know if the cowling panels are replacements? That might explain a lot.
  20. Best BP Defiant in 1:72?

    I agree that looks can be deceiving and multiple views are necessary, but I remain of the opinion that Airfix got the nose too narrow in their first kit, but have now gone the other way with their new kit and have a nose that is too bulbous and too straight. I don't think it looks like this: But I appreciate the comments made by others and may just take a file and some milliput to my Airfix kit, rather than looking for better elsewhere.
  21. Best BP Defiant in 1:72?

    Looking at the photo of the real one at Hendon I think Airfix got it wrong: Compare with: Nose too bulged by exhausts and probably too long as well.
  22. Best BP Defiant in 1:72?

    Yes, I meant the new Airfix Defiant, the old one has some hideous shape problems, apart from it's general crudity. Does anyone know if Airfix LIDARed (is that a word?) the real one at Hendon. If they did that would pretty much end any worries about dimensions and shape.
  23. MiniArt Model Kit Jagdpanzer Su 85

    Is this in the right section? It looks like an AFV topic.
  24. SMW 2017 Telford 11th & 12th November

    She had just been told that Airfix weren't going to scale down their 1:48 Walrus to 1:72. Seriously. I don't know as I wasn't there when it happened, though someone on our club stand said she appeared to have a grievance about something.
  25. SMW 2017 Telford 11th & 12th November

    Queuing seemed to be a problem this year. I heard stories of over two hours for the public to get in. Don't know how true though.