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Nigel Bunker

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  1. Tamiya 1/72 SU-34 OOTB build

    I'm sorry I missed this thread earlier. The Italeri kit (for that is what this Tamiya kit is) can be easily fixed as shown here by Ken Duffey. I am just finishing one and I also encountered the nozzle problem. I overcame it by clamping the rear fuselage onto the nozzle's flange, cementing it and leaving it overnight which solved the problem. The obvious things wrong with this kit are the tail boom is too long (by 6mm) and the tailfins are too tall (they should be the same size as a single seater). Fortunately both easily remedied.
  2. Sukhoi S-27UB

    Hook is correct. I was referring to the medium blue/dark blue scheme found on some Su-27SMs. Certainly not the aubergine scheme,
  3. Sukhoi S-27UB

    Two questions. 1. Does the Russian Air Force still opertae the Su-27UB twin seater? 2. If the answer to 1 is yes, does the Russian Air Force operate any of them in that interesting 2 blues camouflage that some of the Su-27SMs are finished in? Thanks for looking.
  4. Begemot Decals

    Seconded - they are very good and considering the number of options on each sheet, good value for money.
  5. Maintrack "Project-X" kits

    As I recall, Gordon Stevens (of Rareplane fame) also did some masters for Maintrack and Esoteric - that is the only connection I know of.
  6. Su-30M2 query

    Well Ken I'd love to use Trumpeter kit but it's the Heller kit I have in the loft so that will have to do.
  7. I need an F-4B to my collection

    The Hasegawa kit has all the parts you need to build either an F-4B or an F-4N. It also has Sundowners markings included as one of the options.
  8. Airfix Me262 - a look in the box

    NIMBY obviously
  9. I need an F-4B to my collection

    I think £14.24 plus shipping is for the 1/72 kit. I bought one a couple of months ago, cost was about £19.50 delivered and it arrived via surface mail in about 3 weeks. HLJ are good people to deal with - kits are always boxed and arrive undamaged.
  10. I always wondered why whilst the canopy on the SR.53 was neat and looked like it belonged on a fighter, the canopy on the SR.177 looked as if it had been fitted by the local greenhouse manufacturer. As for whifs, the SR.53 might look good in an early ETPS scheme.
  11. Well I can recall it being avaiable in the sixties - Slater's Plastikard (and Slaters are still going strong). When I started wotking in my local model railway shop in 1970 (EAMES of Reading) they had Plastikard in all thicknesses fron 5 thou to 80 thou in black and white along with a series of brick and sone embossed plastic sheets. There was also transparent in 20 and 30 thou along with Mekpak to glue it together.Most model railway shops and model shops stocked it. Alan Hall seemed to have an aversion to it as in many conversions he would use balsa or obechi when Plastikard would have done equally well.
  12. Su-30M2 query

    I am converting a Heller Su-27UB into an Su-30M2. I have just one query - does it have vectoring exhaust nozzles or the fixed ones as in the Su-27 series? Pictures I have seen don't show the nozzles.
  13. Oh how it comes back! Series 1- 2s 0d, Series 2- 3s 0d, Series 3- 4s 6d, Series 4- 6s 0d, Series 5- 7s 6d, Series 6- 10s 6d and Series 7- 12s 6d. Examples of kits: Spitfire was series 1, Beaufighter was Series 2, Boston was Series 3, Wellington was Series 4, Lancaster was Series 5, Sunderland was Series 6 and Superfortress was Series 7. 2s 6d (half a crown) pocket money was enough for a series 1 kit and a tube of glue (1 tube per model - no holding back then). Bigger kits meant saving up or getting them for Birthday or Chrismas presents. With regard to Alan Hall's conversions, I have a vague recollection of hearing from the horses mouth that Airfix supplied the kits for his conversions in Airfix Magazine. I recall that for his Ventura conversion from a Hudson he used two Corsair cowlings (and lots of balsa).
  14. Aeroplane Monthly and Flypast magazines

    Hello Melvyn I suggest you post this in the "Free to a good Home" which is part of the "Buy & sell" section of this forum - they will probably shift there. Regards Nigel
  15. Supermarkets make a charge for "premium" shelf space. Not paying for this means you get put on the top or bottom shelf, not on the middle shelves where people's eyes normally look. I know this happens on tinned and packet goods, and I believe something similar happens with magazines. To quote the Economist magazine "...... the large and undisclosed rebates that T***o, like many other grocery chains, gets from its suppliers represent another close, long-term relationship whose role in the scandal merits examination. These payments mainly come in two forms. The first type, called slotting fees, are in return for giving the supplier’s products a prominent place on the retailer’s shelves, or indeed any space at all. The second type, called marketing or distribution fees, are suppliers’ reward to retailers when they boost sales of their products by running promotional offers on them. Such fees have been around since the 1970s. But big grocery chains began to demand much larger rebates in the recession that followed the financial crisis. ......... In Britain, by some estimates the big four supermarkets receive more in payments from their suppliers than they make in operating profits."