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Dave Batt

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About Dave Batt

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  • Birthday 15/11/1956

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    Porthleven, far, far South West.
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    Mainly 1/48 scale WW2 aircraft,

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  1. Trumpeter new tool Avro Vulcan

    I would hope that if it is 1/48 we could regard this as Trumpeter's contribution to re-cycle the plastic of the Maldives?
  2. Commission Builds

    I've built a couple for friends, usually for the income of a slab of beer, and one for a family member which I confess I begrudged as they make no secret of looking down their nose at me anyway. The feeling I get is that non-modellers have no concept of the time or effort it takes (they seem to think it's on a par with making a cake for the office tea-boat on Monday) but they're the lumps you have to accept. I agree with John (post #7) with regard to the hassle of explaining a price, which is why I personally have always pushed them to have a go themselves, they might like it. I suppose I'm not hard-nosed enough to go into business for myself.
  3. More Pet Hates grumble grumble grumble

    Spiralised more like! (You want to see a look of outrage or the face of a 'certain type'? Just suggest that such is an overgrown pencil sharpener . . .)
  4. More Pet Hates grumble grumble grumble

    I have one that includes a rear-view as I was at the time most worried about car-park dings, but am now thinking we need one that has side view cameras as well. I have a particularly nasty T-junction I have to negotiate every day and there would be no way for me to prove if I paid due care and attention if I pulled out in front of some muppet doing 60+ as he came round a blind bend onto the entrance, even though there are warning signs.
  5. More Pet Hates grumble grumble grumble

    I did think it was in the Highway code, something along the lines of not reversing into traffic.
  6. More Pet Hates grumble grumble grumble

    About thirty years ago I knew an old guy in the midlands. He was "accosted" one night after collecting a takeaway in the town centre. The outcome? I leave you with three initials: S. O. E.
  7. A Quiet Place

    It's worth watching. Even if my visit was mildly spoiled by the fact that (being played in almost absolute silence) we could hear the soundtrack of the film in the neighbouring screen, and majorly spoiled by a couple of emmets a few rows back who felt the need to explain the plot to each other at crucial points - even a sotto voce comment would come out like a thunderclap . . . .
  8. More Pet Hates grumble grumble grumble

    What strikes me as odd is that if "The Establishment" within entertainment really wanted to make a point they would cast Elba or someone like Liz Carr as 003, or 008, or whatever (there's an implication of eight other "00" agents) who had to compete with the classic Bond figure who never actually appeared. You could see any number of situations where they were being side-lined: "Q, I need one of your watches with the laser beam." "Sorry, Bond brought the last one back, and you know what he's like with them . . .", or "Moneypenny, I need a word with Q.", "Sorry he's off to the golf course with Bond . . ."
  9. More Pet Hates grumble grumble grumble

    Try explaining how 1/72nd scale came from the use of a 12pt print rule if you really want blank expressions.
  10. Britain`s Biggest Warship

    Thanks for the heads up, for I am sure I'd never have spotted it. Checking the viewing guides for stuff worth watching is getting depressing. I think I could invent a new form of Bingo for tripe films, bit like the BS Bingo we play in offices. . . .
  11. Another Denial of Service Attack

    Reading these last few postings trying not the mention the name that must not be spoken is a bit like watching a re-run of Cissie & Ada sketches. I presume it's nothing to do with Nigel Farage and a SEAC roundel?
  12. War above the trenches

    Watched the first episode last night. "Not bad". Bit too reliant on 'reconstructions' and repetitive CGI but that is the modern way, I suppose. Still, seemed to be strong on it's factual accuracy and was very timely for the centenary so I am looking forward to next weeks' part two of two.
  13. Stash VNE

    I've just had to clear out the loft in anticipation on some restructuring. I'd just about reached a point where I might have got the car in the garage (we all know the old joke; the car's worth £K's and we keep it on the drive as the garage is full of old junk heading for the tip that has somehow stalled en route), now the garage is strangely full again. It's all a bit sobering really, nasty evidence of how things can creep up on you.
  14. The sound barrier

    Something to do with the US grand promises about mutual technology exchanges, until they got what they wanted (all-moving tailplane technology, I think) and then the return dried up. Guilty conscience perhaps?
  15. The sound barrier

    Time for a retune. I think. Talking pictures is about #80 I think.