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About spruecutter96

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  1. "Only Two Days To Go" SON-OF-BUMPY...
  2. Afternoon, All. Last year, Italeri said they would be producing the above figure set (but didn't). Hannants have had it listed as a "Future Release" for some months now. Does anyone have any more information about a release date? Many thanks. Chris.
  3. What have I bought and later regretted? Well - if I'm honest - probably 50% of my stash.... I have every intention of building all of them, but - somehow - it never quite works out that way. I guess the last ever Kit Swap at Telford that I attend will be at least 30% made up of my old stash... I don't know if that will please Aflie Bass or not. Still I would only have spent the money on other stuff, so I'm not going to regret the kits. Cheers. Chris.
  4. Afternoon, All. Interested to read the comments regarding the thefts from dealers. At the Cosford Model Show last year, I was told about a charming fella who put a large back-pack with its top open on the floor at a couple of dealers' tables and - when he thought no-one was looking - was scooping small items into it. As someone commented earlier, there's always someone prepared to ruin a good show for other, honest punters... Chris.
  5. Lil' Old BUMPY......
  6. Hi, All. If you think UPS are bad, check out some of the on-line user-reviews regarding Hermes Couriers. Whilst reading the comments, it wouldn't be a bad thing to remember that their delivery folk are paid a PATHETIC amount of money for each delivery they make. I believe the figures are in the region of 45 pence for a small parcel and 55 pence for a large parcel... How is anyone supposed to make a living being paid such a ridiculous rate? What if it takes the courier 45 minutes to drive to the next delivery? It makes some of the horror stories a little easier to understand, but it is no excuse for some of the worst tales. Cheers. Chris.
  7. Sorry to anyone who is a fan of the latest incarnation of Sherlock, but I thought the last episode was trash. The show is not nearly as clever as it thinks it is and is in danger of disappearing up its own bottom.... Chris.
  8. Greetings, Folks. The Shuttleworth scale model show is on Sunday 19th February. If you're not familiar with the show, it's a thriving, annual model display with a good number of traders, held in Shuttleworth's main hanger. The site's cafe will be open to provide good breakfasts and a very welcome, warming drink (or three). Cheers. Chris.
  9. Hi, James. I certainly wouldn't described myself as a Starfighter expert, but here goes.... I recently bought a copy of the DACO Publications photo reference to European F-104's and it's an truly amazing reference work (I would recommend begging, borrowing or stealing a copy to any F-104 fan). If I remember correctly, there were three Euro air-forces which outfitted their aircraft with the Martin-Baker bang-seat later on in their service (I THINK Germany was one country that performed the upgrade, but my memory t'aint what it used to be...). I also seem to recall that the longer tail-pipe arrangement was introduced from the "S" model onward (again, my memory on this is fairly wobbly). Sorry I can't be of more help. There are members on here who will be able to tell you anything you want to know, I'm sure. Good luck, my friend. Chris. PS: Have you looked at the F-104 "walk around" reference sections on Britmodeller and also at "Prime Portal"? Both are worth a look...
  10. Hi, Paul. I'm looking forward to the show already..... I think it's something a bit out of the ordinary and so (hopefully) that will be an attractive aspect to entice the punters in. Cheers. Chris.
  11. Hi, Paul. Unfortunately, I don't know anyone myself who's into heavy-duty weathering of their kits. Would the Milton Keynes show be good place to try and recruit some folks to do demonstrations? If people are in agreement, I could film the demos and we could put them on YouTube, to get some more interest going. I have all the gear I need just sitting at home (cameras, lights, mics, etc, etc.) Obviously this aspect would have to be negotiated with the people doing the demos well before the time. Cheers. Chris.
  12. Hi, Paul. Glad you took up my suggestion - hopefully it will be a very popular show. I appreciate that not all modellers go in for loads of weathering on their kits, but maybe a show like this will give some folks the inspiration they need to get into the "dark art" of making their subjects look like they've been through the wars.... As for the demos that folks would like to see.... How about talks on how to do chipped-paint, battle-damage, rust, dust, mud, heavy scratches, mouldy / wet effects, realistic water and anything else we can come up with? Cheers. Chris.
  13. Hi, Paul. The AFV show sounds like it could have some legs.... Alternatively, how about a show devoted to the extreme weathering / battle-damage of military gear and very heavily-used civilian equipment in any genre? If we keep it as "non-genre specific" as possible, it might encourage people to bring a larger number of kits than they normally would. Cheers. Chris.
  14. Call me somewhat biased, but I would hazard a guess that the market for this will have trouble hitting single figures.....? But - for all I know - this may be a "cult favourite" in the market it's aimed at. Who knows? Chris.
  15. Excellent build and painting skills on display here, my friend. Thanks very much for sharing with us. Chris.