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  2. The Pz.IV STGB is now underway and can be found here.

    Why not come and join in the fun!

  3. Last week
  4. Only a few hours until the Pz.IV STGB starts!

  5. This is what happens when you argue with a horse!



    We've just had a fun weekend. One of our horses went badly lame on Saturday,and the other one did this to me on Sunday morning as I was giving him some hay in his stable. It's only the second time it has happened in 25 years but the last time I ended up in hospital with concussion. The damage was mostly done by my glasses being smashed into my face which also cut my eyebrow in couple of places and removed some hair. The glasses survived and the lame horse is getting better, so must n't grumble.



    1. Stew Dapple

      Stew Dapple

      One of your horses punched you in the face? While you were wearing glasses? That's pretty harsh John :( 


      Hope it doesn't hurt as much as it looks like it ought to...





  6. Just five days until the Pz.IV STGB starts!

  7. Hi JWM:


    I stumbled across your Blackburn Shark MK III model which is wonderful. My uncle flew #546 when he was in BR 7 in British Columbia in 1942 and 1943. If you are interested I can send you a page from his flight log with a few entries from flying #546. I was in touch with one of his crew members about ten years ago. John Moyles (wireless /air gunner) was the editor of Short Bursts ex air gunners newsletter around that time and he had posted a photo of Gerald's shark on lake Else in BC (a back-up landing spot inland up the Skeena river) where he , Gerald and one other crewman spent the night because the base at Prince Rupert (I think) was fogged in. John also sent me a short note about a particular incident associated with one of Gerald's 546 flight log entries and I can share that as well. (Gerald crashed in Iceland in 1944 and didn't make it back from the war. It was quite haunting to speak to John on the telephone).



    Stefan M

    1. JWM


      Hi Stefan,

      Great! Thank yoiu for your letter. I am very sorry that your uncle Gerald did not returened home from war... The whole story is very interesting not only for me but I am sure for more BM fellows. Such testimonies are always very moving and bring life to the model, which is then more then just a piece o painted plastic :) 

      So please post it for example in WWII section, or as a comment to my Shark in RFI - just to give chance to others to see it.

      Thank you good words about the model (Shark). 

      BTW - your name is written by "f" not "ph" as in English. It is similar like in middle Europe languages...

      Best regards


    2. StefanM


      Hi Jerzy: I'll try to figure out how to add an attachment. Yes Stefan is because my parents had Polish neighbours in Toronto. Dad was stationed at RCAF Downsview (a fighter base in the 50's) .





    3. JWM



      Nice story with name. I have two, since my parents could not agree which is right :)

      If you have account on Flickr (or similar server) you may upload it and then copy-paste the link to photo.

      The more detailed instruction is here

      If you do not your account on Flickr (or similar) you may sent PM to me with this attachement and I will send you link to it for copy-paste



  8. Having moaned about the way the after market business is changing modellers to assemblers how happy it made an 'old' modeller when I saw your innovative approach to the engine nacelles for you RB 57 project. I have long wished for a model of this aircraft but having experienced mach 2  products before I would rather scratch build. Off into the loft where I find the Matchbox PR9.  An Italeri B57A and a B 57 G as well as usable bits of an ex frog re-badged B1a. I cobbled together a 1/72 plan from the internet some years back which I managed to find so its down to the DIY store tomorrow for a couple of light fittings. Thanks for kick starting my modellling interest and you also prompted me to join Britmadeller.  I watch with interest your progress and look forward to your next posting. When I start my RB 57F I may post progress but as a newcommer I might just walk before I run.!

    1. canberra kid

      canberra kid

      Hello Austing


      Thank you I'm glad you like my efort, I've always enjoyed the challenge of trying to work around problems, the RB.57F has always been one I wanted to have a go at in 1/48 but I couldn't see a way around the engine problem until, urica! a true lightbulb moment! I'd already found a work around for the wing on my RB.57D build, so no excuses. It's not been easy but, hell I'm enjoying it! Any help I can offer please get in touch. Have you had a look around my site? IPMS UK Canberra SIG    


      Kind regards



  9. The Pz.IV STGB area is now open for business down in the GB section. You can start your build threads now - but not your actual Pz.IVs yet! The kits can be started from Saturday December 15th.

  10. Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
    Of sun-split clouds, --and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of --Wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
    I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air...
    Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
    I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
    Where never lark or even eagle flew --
    And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
    The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
    Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.


    John Gillespie Magee, Jr

    9 June 1922 – 11 December 1941

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  12. Hi Paul, I don’t suppose you have any plans to print more Ruskin decals in 1/72nd scale? Regards, Colin

  13. As fundamental a song for my own adolescence as it was when it came out twenty years before. So long Pete:




    1. Stew Dapple

      Stew Dapple

      I hadn't heard :( 


      RIP Pete

    2. 06/24


      A great song, and sad news

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