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Dave Batt

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About Dave Batt

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    Porthleven, far, far South West.
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    Mainly 1/48 scale WW2 aircraft, plus the occasional 'Classic' British jet, 1/350 warship, "anti hero" Revell car kits and British armour.

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  1. And almost frighteningly fast, judging by a recent G.IV order!!!
  2. That was owned by Brian? Used to stop in there just about every other evening on the walk home from work. The bike shop on West End also used to have a toy/model section as well for many years, and the West End department store . . . P.S. and the newsagent at the bottom of Station Hill and the funny 'bargain basement' store in Chapel Street (that later became the Tsing Tao brewery for a few years) stocked loads of Lindberg kits and other oddities. You were right, Martin, kids nowadays just don't know how widespread the hobby used to be,() even if the models being built were not technological marvels that could be turned into museum pieces.
  3. Completely forgot about the CRC (the 'attitude' is a bit off-putting) which makes eight, and your moniker reminds me of one just round the gate which makes nine! None (apart from T-7 of course) are "model shops", just shops that can be relied upon to have a number of kits available.
  4. Eddy's is an estate agent now, even though the original illuminated "Eddy's" sign is still on the wall above the shop (it's protected by one of those funny cultural protection orders!?) but the town centre has been "successfully" destroyed by the local council with their ridiculous rate structures and parking costs. Classiest non-charity shops in the town centre now are Weatherspoons and a tattoo artist. (Sorry, deviating from the topic a bit.) There have been at least four attempts locally to carry kits, all have failed as they're never in touch with the hobby, let alone the local community. However, to correct you about Cornwall, I can think of seven places in Truro and points west that provide an excuse to leave Helston for a day trip. Martin's is always the first point of call if there's anything specific I'm looking for (and he does follow through when a special request is made, unlike some places) as he is a modeller himself and you can have a chat, and while Arcs of Fire/Studio 88 in Falmouth is bubbling over with enthusiasm at the moment their opening hours are decidely uncertain, but the others are always checked out when the opportunity presents itself.
  5. Another vote for ModelToys since the hobby resurfaced for me. However, as a blast from the past from my first incarnation I'd suggest Lawson's in Plymouth from the 'sixties and 'seventies. Downstairs was all cookware and house electriacls etc to keep Mum off my back for five minutes and upstairs was a great old-fashioned hardware shop (power drills and car radios etc) with a big section at the end for 'grown up toys' like Meccano, Hornby and (of course) plastic kits and the simpler KeilKraft type flying models.
  6. If you mention "Airfix" to absolutely anyone they will know what you're talking about. Try that with any other manufacturer. (Mind you, that's in my UK-centric world, I suppose.)
  7. Seconded on that. The thought of working up that turret to the large scale is making me drool. (They might even include the gunsight!) An addition the the list? Westland Whirlwind (fighter, of course.)
  8. Did this kit not get covered as a "Work in Progress" thread?
  9. When I started building up in Whitley Bay they were 1/9 (less than 9p). I remember clearly as I went on holiday to Gran's down in Ipswich where I bought a Wasp and it was the dreadfully inflated price of 2/- (10p). (Great topic, BTW)
  10. Mine was the original A-4 Skyhawk and I all but melted one wingtip off with an overdose of glue. Funny thing was that when my nephews started modelling for a brief period the first kit they picked up (without any prompting) was the Airfix A-4 Skyhawk!
  11. The story I was told was that ships' running lights would have been turned down so low (I believe they were on rheostats) that they could only have been seen from a couple of hundred yards. Bearing in mind the old saw about a match being visible from two or three miles one can quesstimate what sort of wattage was involved. On the matter of radar; just how many wartime radars had scanners that spun round-and-round like modern navigational systems? What sort of speed was involved?
  12. This topic went political very quickly and didn't get closed down. It started out with a question from a customer about why they couldn't get the service they were trying to pay for and ended up a debate on workers' rights.
  13. Many years ago in a previous life I built an r/c WW2 destroyer and in a fit of enthusiasm decided I wanted to put lights in her. I wanted to remain true-to-scale so asked a few experts (historians, not pundits) on what I should do, and to be honest as I cast my mind back my ears have started burning again . Lots of comments about 'wartime' and 'blackouts' etc. I'm sure you get the picture.
  14. I do know what the OP refers to and I've encountered a similar situation several times over the last couple of years while I've redone the house. However, I think the most aggravating example came with the removal and installation of the central heating. I'd done a bit of homework and been open and honest with the installers, particulalry with regard to two factors; I worked full time and was living in the house. Two points I thought were pretty fundamental. The lad who did the installation was incredible, worked like a trojan and finished with an installation that looked like an engineering drawing, it was the company that I am sure missed the point. I took a week off work with plenty of notice so they would have time to get together all the various bits'n'pieces for what was going to be a bespoke installation. The lad couldn't start until the Monday had the ancient microbore system ripped out root and branch in a day or so. The new installation went in with the bigger pipes etc and roared away until Wednesday lunchtime, when he announced he'd done all he could and needed some more bits and should see me again next Tuesday. "Er, no, that's not what we (his bosses and I) had agreed. I was on holiday specially taken to get this job done, etc, etc . . ", Mine was a home installation, not a site that could be picked up and dropped as circumstances dictated with a finish date measured in weeks, not days. It seems the same wherever you go, the salesmen are all charm and efficiency until you sign on the line and then they turn you over to the c- or even the d-team. I swear it's like the old vampire films, you are safe providing you do not invite them in, but once they cross the threshold they go for the throat and (to add insult to injury) seem to be inclined to make fist-pumping gestures behind your back.
  15. I'll have to watch it again tonight (found myself dozing off first time round) but I reckon that for some insame reason they used a CGI Spitfire. I swear that at one point I spotted French roundels (blue and red transposed.) not to mention the odd mix of styles. What happened to the odd 'invasion stripes' seen in the publicity photos as well?