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Plastic Bonsai

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  1. Revell Under New Management after Hobbico Bankruptcy

    That is understood but does the licensing cover re-boxing? I'm probably not the sharpest tool at the picnic but if Revell reboxed and sold them in Europe then Bandai would benefit from the deal, if the licence is a percentage of the sales they would benefit, Revell would get a cut of the sales and we get the SW kite of our dreams and support 2 fine companies as well. The irony of the company now failing in such short order after it trumpeted it's take over of Revell to foist more of their core business to a wider world is not lost on me either even though I am one sandwich short in the kitchen drawer. Likewise a similar deal on the Japanese Anderson models.... I know I know.... ITC or whoever will not sanction the sale of anything related to the series that would boost interest in them and lead to more sales for them.
  2. Revell Under New Management after Hobbico Bankruptcy

    Remind me again, which bits are in trouble? Revell Germany have done some very nice kits for a good price in recent years but a lot have ended up discounted. There seems to be a lot of Star Wars kits coming from them at the moment but are they selling. If bandai had unfettered access over here ..... They coudl do no worse re-boxing them like the Zvede Start Destroyer - hoping thst will get discounted.
  3. Airfix 2018 range announcement due 10.00 09/01/2018

    There seems to be some interest in one of the Airfix pages about a Hampden restoration at Cosford using parts and original drawings. Meanwhile in my whiling away the dark milennia moments until their announcement i think a new P-47?Yak-9 would be logical Reusing existing research : 1/48th Swift 1/72 Sea Vixen,Javelin 1/72 SE5A/Camel as its 2018 next year isn't it? A new Buccaneer in 1/72 or 1/48th or a Phantom FGR2 1/72 because I'm biased Some revamped tanks in 1/76 to the Cromwell standard for a change.
  4. Paper Falcon Cockpit

    Because he can, he does and the templates are free to download for a limited time. http://uhu02.way-nifty.com/ Have a look at some of his other models whilst you are there.
  5. 72nd New Tool Vulccan - Airfix 2018?

    I sure it already has. He is still waiting ... A new Vulcan? it's a possibility. My local plastic pusher sells a couple every week so it's popular already I for one am sure that all sales forecasts are pure guesses and how any creedance can be placed on any of them I'll never know. All you can do is pick a good subject and do it well and Lord help you if there is a signifcant error in it. Mind you with the RAF centenary next year we could be in with a chance of several new RAF airframes. They have the main ones covered already though a bit lite on the pre 39 so bring back the Sopwith Pup and the AW Bulldog. They never did an SE5A did they?
  6. 1/144 Roden BOAC Super VC10

    I love a classy bird and that is a very nice model too! - especially the gold foil decals.
  7. A Blonde death

    My intro to Eric Bogle and my favourites. Two moving songs.
  8. 3D printing, anyone tried it?

    The printer has a 15cm cube area to print in but so far it has issues getting above about 10cms before something happens - when I am out of the room of course. That nosecone is 11cms. I think the reel fouls the drive at height and I'm going to do a stand alone reel holder. Fortunately the printer preparing code lets me sink components through the table so I can finish such interrupted prints. I believe it is possible to extend the table laterally so longer pieces can be done but it does take a long time to print. There should be no reason why the whole printer concept cannot be scaled up. You just need the patience to print it out. It does do detail but how much and how well I have yet to find out. i'll be doing some test pieces but if you have any test subjects I'm willing to try them for you. I think it can be relied upon to do the basic shapes well but you would have to see to the surface finish and detailing yourself. In 1/35 it might do oil drums and crates etc but not small delicate stuff like sign posts etc. Maybe a concrete bunker building? Currently layer thickness is 0.1cm and it is visible as you can see in the photos. You can get a smoother finish with ABS - like Lego plastic but it smells bad and the smooth finish involves acetone fumes so not for the home. Another trick is to cast in aluminium from PLA master using the lost wax process. It sort of makes you think "Oooo!" and then "Erm,,,," Due to the warping the model bits I have done so far will need some filling but I have many many years of doing that. I have enjoyed messing with it and it's cool to make something and get it printed but then find it's wrong and doing it again. i made a case for a Raspberry Pi for a colleague over Christmas and the stress was very high at times. I can see this getting better and more practical and in the end model work may loose it's value when it can be just printed out just like music, films, books etc.
  9. 3D printing, anyone tried it?

    Actually I acquired one cheaply just before Christmas off a colleague. It was a steal as he's done all the setting up. I've only printed in PLA and it produces stuff slowly with a finish that should sand and paint up OK. I charged in and started printing out parts for a model before I realized some parts were too big for the printer bit I'm finding ways to trim them down. It's a slow process to fettle the parts and get them printed but I've started so I'll finish. I can knock up simple shapes myself to print out - there are several free CAD and mesh modelling programs out there which can generate wavefront .obj files which it will accept.I think it can generate accurate shapes but the finish needs working on and I haven't tried any surface detailing yet. It was originally thought that you didn't need a heated base plate to print in PLA but it does distort very easily if you haven't. I have one coming but it's in the clutches of Parcel Farce and they are to issue me with a customs ransom note somehow soon.
  10. More on Airfix 2017

    Not a problem as far as I'm concerned! B-25 is a nice choice, many air forces and the Doolittle anniversary next year. A 1/48th model of the Grob Tutor would be nice too.
  11. Airfix 1/24th Mosquito Instructions

    Thank you very much!
  12. Airfix 1/24th Mosquito Instructions

    Finally treated myself to one of these and i have one slight problem. The instruction manual has a blank page so I am missing steps 62-68 (tailplane) and 144-157 (central wing tanks). Any chance some one could e-mail me a scan of these 2 pages or point me to somewhere on the net please?. The Airfix Tribute Forum one's link is dead. This is the first missing item I have had in an Airfix kit in 20 years.
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    Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 615 Sqn Kenley 1940