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Procopius last won the day on September 14

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  1. What have you purchased 9

    Browsing the Mirage GB is a dangerous thing. I ordered the Cocardes Mirage F1 book/magazine thingy, after seeing it in every Special Hobby Mirage F1 build. I don't speak a lick of French (unlike you fancy foreign types, I restrict myself to mangling my own language and nothin' else), so I may have just sold the baby, but anything for the hobby. I don't even have a Mirage F1 kit.
  2. Building a wartime Watch Office

    Peter Scupham wrote a great poem about a disused Observer Corps bunker: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse?contentId=36195 "...a summer where the bad light stopped..."
  3. Hello chaps! I've taken the plunge and bought a 1/32 scale kit, the Special Hobby Tempest V. I didn't mean to do it, but there you have it, it's happened, and perhaps it will even be built (in the markings of "Foobs" Fairbanks' aircraft). More importantly, I did some more work today: I added the shoulder belts to the cockpit. Perhaps it's the annealing, but this PE is unusually well-behaved for me. I started work on adding the ailerons to the wings; I think I cut the notches slightly wrong (for the middle one, I believe the inner notch should be attached to the wing, not the outer one), and I'm toying with the idea of just using small strips of plastic card, sanded to shape, and cutting off the wing mounting points. It's been a looong day here, as I have a cold and have to sit downstairs when I cough lest I wake Grant. I had about two hours of sleep last night, and then five when Mrs P took mercy on me and let me sleep while Winston was at school. Winston is taking the whole thing about as well as you'd expect, shouting "NO! MINE!" a lot. This morning he clambered into bed with Mrs P, Grant, and myself, and informed us helpfully that the baby has a penis (big thanks to my mother in law for teaching him that one*). * I particularly enjoy how when I ask her not to say things around my children, she tells me I shouldn't worry about it, as if they weren't my kids and I didn't have perhaps some ideas on how I want them to speak. Ho ho ho, what a lark.
  4. Dynamite With A Laser Beam...

    My personal experience with lasers is limited to having outpatient laser surgery on one leg for ten years, but my understanding is that sufficiently powerful lasers are more likely to create a jet of steam when they hit water, rather than go bouncing around like blaster bolts in the Death Star trash compactor. I imagine it's much like firing any other weapon in proximity to other ships.
  5. What have you purchased 9

    It is, and I don't plan to use the engine, so if you wanted it, I could send it your way. It might be a while, though...I had it posted to work, for my own safety.
  6. What have you purchased 9

    I feel your pain, my smooth-cheeked brother.
  7. What are you reading?

    Yes, I think that looks just the ticket.
  8. What have you purchased 9

    Well, I'd about talked myself out of it, fiscal discipline, not my scale, no spare time, but then I saw "Foobs" Fairbanks, probably the person I most wish I could be, was a decal option, and... 1/32 Special Hobby Tempest V "Hi-Tech" kit, with Barracudacast resin nose correction and Eduard mask because I don't trust Montex.
  9. What have you purchased 9

    It worked for the late, great David Foster Wallace:
  10. Not to be confused with the afterbirth, it's where I spend money foolishly and freely on toys.
  11. Ah, Jointery strikes again! Thank you all, gentlemen. Right now I'm trying to decid on my post-birth splurge.
  12. Dynamite With A Laser Beam...

    Hopefully HMS Queen Elizabeth gets one or two, so we can do the next part of the stanza.
  13. Sorely tempted by the Special Hobby 1/32 Tempest, though it's far from my scale.

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    2. Stew Dapple

      Stew Dapple

      Well unless you plan to build it straight away, I'd wait to see if one turns up in your (our) scale. I can't (won't) believe Eduard, AZ or Airfix won't bring one out in the next couple of years. Also the older Heller kit isn't bad, if you can get it... :)


      Alternatvely, buy the SH kit, I'm sure it is a beauty :D



    3. jrlx


      I have the 1/72 Academy, which I intended to build in parallel with Academy's Typhoon. They're both waiting for other builds to be completed first.

    4. Procopius


      @Stew Dapple, you handsome man, I believe you're right; Eduard plans on doing something in that line. The Academy Typhoon is a pleasant build but a tad short (I've built two and have two to build, as well as a Heller one).

  14. Happy to inform you that Grant just has hydronephrosis in one kidney, and no cysts -- stuff is just backed up into it. This can fixed with surgery, and sometimes it even goes away by itself, but he'll grow up with two kidneys and he should be okay. Huge, huge, huge relief.
  15. Yesterday, on 14 September, we welcomed Grant Douglas into the world. It wasn't an easy delivery, I'm sorry to say, he came out diagonally and it all looked pretty excruciating. Here he is with Mrs P, and Winston, who has the haunted look of a man who knows when the jig is up: 2017-09-15_01-27-04 by Edward IX, on Flickr Very sad to hear of what appears to have been a terror attack on London on Battle of Britain Day. Clearly they don't understand who they're dealing with. I hope the injured can be helped, and the guilty caught and punished.