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  1. done
  2. Here here
  3. Stunning, love the night time shots, very atmospheric . I would put this down as a definite winner.
  4. for fish and chips, Yorkshire or Scotland. Anything else is generally a soggy pale imitation. (runs for cover)
  5. Last night was appalling. Young children going to see their idol, having the time of their lives to be cut short in the name of what?? My thoughts and condolences go out to all the victims, their families and friends. I would like to thank everyone who helped from first responders to the hotels who provided safe havens and the taxi drivers who switched off the meter and shuttled people home. I am proud to be a Manc. We are strong, we will overcome, we are Manchester.
  6. I am no expert, but using word might be your problem as it is not designed as a picture editor and probably is creating its own format which is not being recognised. Can I suggest trying Paint or another art programme?
  7. should be a giggle, all we have are the scented candles that SWIMBO gets.
  8. I think a lap belt might produce some interesting cockpit effects during combat. I like the idea of adding a bit of structure as I usually only build out of the box so a simple introduction to scratching.
  9. The glacier (like the turtle), moves. I have finally managed to make a start, and must say, on the whole, that I am very happy with the way that Zoukei Mura have packaged and designed this kit. So far, each basic section is held in a single sprue, so there is no need to open each bag as soon as you open the box. On the down side, the plastic feels slightly odd, and doesn't seem to want to react to liquid poly, so I have resorted to the Humbrol in the applicator bottle which seems fine. After beating the engine into a fair resemblance I moved attention to the cockpit. After undercoating, I decided that the Luftwaffe would not want the cockpit to be in the same colours as the IJA, and as I had a premix of RLM2 I chose this as the base colour. Most of the sprue gates seem to be on the the glue faces which means that painting on the sprue is a practicality. Unfortunately, this means my painting skills . After a few hours stabbing a paintbrush at plastic under a magnifying glass, I ended up with this. Emboldened by my apparent ability to acting do something, I thought I would go as far as to cutting off the sprue and wave the glue needle at them. Must un-lemur like And looking into the box I found another big bit I could cut out and stick on Unfortunately, there are no straps in the kit, so I need to get SWIMBO to drink a bottle of wine so I can Nick the foil. The question is, where can I attach them? I have ruled out the roll cage, and suspect the seat is not good eitherr. Any suggestions?
  10. Thanks for the encouragement guys, I managed to stick something together already. So this WIP lark might give me the push I need. So, page 1 of the ZM instructions start with the engine. The omens are good as all the engine parts are on one sprue, so, no need to open every bag at the off. Detail is very good, and the parts almost fall together, so I am feeling quite hopeful for this. This is the end result of a couple of hours work, including painting. So far, paints have been Vallejo air which give good coverage and are a nice representation of the metallic effect. A quick black wash to bring out the detail and here is where I am at. I noticed in the photos that some paint was missing, so that kept me entertained for a further few minutes. In case you were wondering why I called this an FW201 this is because this looks like a 190's engine copy to me. Ergo, they would a be better placed to work on it. Anyway, next up is the cockpit and internals and once again, all the bits needed are on the next sprue, so let's see what happens next. More soon.
  11. Hi guys, I have never tried what if before, mainly because I was worried about ruining a model. However, having purchased a J7W1 Shinden, I thought that as it only ever flew a couple of times, and schemes are limited to say the least, I would have a go. I understand that the normal starting point is to make a back story, so, with apologies to any colonial members I knocked up the following. Feel free to criticise my attempt at rewriting history. Following the attack on Pearl harbour in December 1941, the previously neutral Americans were drawn in to WWII thirsting for revenge. This single event effectively made the Second World War truly global. The Japanese military then began a series of strikes and invasions across the Pacific, quickly taking Singapore, Guam, Borneo, and on into the Philippines. By the end of 1941 the Japanese had taken Hong Kong, and Manila. 1942 began much the same way, with Japanese forces seemingly invincible as they expanded their grasp over the pacific rim islands. A joining of forces with the Germans and Italians strengthened their cause. In response, the American forces started to grow in strength, and pledged to stop this expansion. Acceptance that the Pearl Harbour restricted immediate actions, the Americans relied heavily on their carriers, and set about finding the Japanese carriers in order to wrest control from the Japanese. In order to boost morale, and to demonstrate to Japan that America was not impotent, a raid on Japan was planned. The “Doolittle” surprise raid on the 18th April achieved this objective with much praise and rejoicing in the US. The Japanese responded by accelerating planned point defence fighters. May 7th saw a pivotal battle in the Pacific Theatre with the start of the Battle of the Coral Sea. This was the first naval engagement conducted purely by airpower from carriers. As the Japanese moved their naval forces in preparation of the invasion of Port Moresby, the intercepted communications allowed the US forces to react by sending Yorktown, Enterprise, Hornet and Lexington into the area with the intention of sinking the Japanese fleet carriers. Japanese scout submarines in the area were tasked with supporting and protecting the Japanese carriers Zuikaku and Shōkaku and the light carrier Shōhō. Both forces sent out scout forces to locate and identify the enemy forces. Mid morning of the 7th saw Yorktown aircraft identify Shōhō and her destroyer escort. Despite almost suicidal attacks, the SBD’s were unable to broach the shield, losing one third of the force for one destroyer sunk and one damaged. Shōhō sailed on unharmed. In response, the Japanese fleet armed for immediate launch of strike aircraft. Half an hour after the attack, the submarine I-21 spotted the returning Americans and relayed their position and direction to the main fleet. Angered by the American assault, Shigeyoshi Inoue demanded immediate response. The Imperial Japanese Navy prepared to launch its own strike, and started with scout aircraft. Following the lead from I-21, the search concentrated on the northern approaches whilst the strike force assembled. A stroke of luck occurred when the Kawashina floatplane from the Furutaka spotted the American fleet and radioed their position. The American fleet, recovering their strike planes were caught in the open. Twenty minutes later the Japanese Val and Kate strike force began their assault. With limited defense, there was little the Americans could do, and in short order Yorktown and Lexington suffered catastrophic damage. Hornet managed to avoid the torpedoes aimed at her, but suffered from the Val dive bombers. Twenty minutes after the attack was instigated, the Japanese aircraft withdrew. In their wake, Yorktown had been sunk, Lexington was irreparably damaged, and Hornet had received sufficient damage to need to withdraw from the area. Enterprise left the battlle area and steamed towards the mainland, eventually arriving at Alemeda base near Los Angeles. Two weeks later, Hornet limped into the dry dock area fro repair. This setback had a profound impact on the American war machine. Suddenly vulnerable, Germany first seemed nothing but words in the wind. A lip service was paid to the British in the supply of fighters and AFVs, but the bombers were being held back to the west coast in case the Japanese invaded. Urgency was given to any project which could bring the striking force to the Japanese mainland, and eyes were drawn to the new B29 from Boeing. One year earlier than planned, the B29 took to the air, albeit in a less developed form. Despite warnings from Boeing and the war ministry, the new B29 was ushered into service despite known shortcomings. The first raid took place against Tokyo on September 15th 1942. Extensive damage was caused by this raid, prompting the Japanese to bring into service the J7W1 Shin Den. Very quickly, this new design started making its effect felt amongst the bomber streams. The heavy firepower, incredible agility and speed made it an unwelcome introduction to the US airmen tasked with the destruction of the Japanese war machine. Within weeks, the Shin Den had gained superiority over the home islands. Meanwhile, in Germany, the RLM were struggling to stem the British night intruders. The Lancaster and Halifax bombers were adequately being fought by the BF110 and JU88 night fighters, but the Mosquito menace was becoming uncontrollable. In desperation, the RLM looked for inspiration from their new allies in the east. As a result, twelve Shin Den airframes were dispatched to Germany and equipped with the defense forces to the west of Dortmund. Their task? Find and destroy the Mosquito intruders. Not the best introduction, but I have decided to join the dark side and dip my toe into the murky waters that seems to be known as WHIF. For your delight (or other wise) I will be attempting to build the SWS 1:48th Shin Den as a Luftwaffe “Defense of the Reich” machine. All marking will of course be fictitious, so ya boo sucks to you to all the Luftwaffe experts out there. Enjoy. Starting point is the box shot Most of my work is glacial, but I shall try to progress this.
  12. 1036 squadron. .303 shooting, night exercises at camp, flying, solo gliding, but most of all, the friendship.
  13. I will be there with the Bolton IPMS crew in our usual place under the dark and draughty wing of the Lincoln. On the plus side, they have moved the Zeke (which I kept walking into) and replaced it with something new to bang my head on. Please feel free to pop along and say Hello!
  14. Best news ever. I am so pleased for you and your family. All the best for the future
  15. I would love to see a Hawk, but which one? T1 has a lot going for it, including the Red Arrows and anniversary schemes, but a T2 might give more options for export types. As long as they keep aerials, wing tips, instrument and side consoles as inserts on a separate sprue they could reissue in various guises.