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  1. 9 points
    Hello friends It has been some time. I hope that you are all well, or at the very least getting along fairly tolerably well. I have missed you all. I think maybe most of my followers/friends here know that my recent almost annual attempts to get back into modelling, into regular posts, have not worked. Short spell of normality: silence. The Internet is a place where one’s data and words are harvested and used in the strangest and most mystical ways, therefore I was previously reluctant to explain a lot. However, now a person involved in what is being referred to as the largest scandal in NHS history, I have waived my rights to privacy via my lawyers, for the class action. This was my choice. I’m no spring chicken any more, there aren’t that many of us old bleeders left (I’m not swearing here), so I feel fine writing about it here. Around 40 years ago, along with around 2500 or so other Haemophiliacs, other recipients of blood based products; I copped for a couple of very nasty infections. Ones that can kill and have killed many. I’m one of the U.K. ‘survivors’. I have been sort of ‘stuck’ in Australia. Following what was intended to be a far shorter trip; my health, related to my Haemophilia and liver infection declined and I ended up stuck here. There are far worse places to be stuck. I have been very kindly looked after, especially following my move to the lovely and friendly, very civilised city of Canberra. The capital city. A couple of years ago the U.K. government finally opened an inquiry into the way so many became infected by blood products. Shortly after that I asked a U.K. lawyer to represent me in the class action currently underway. Writing a witness statement spanning almost 40 years has been a harrowing and demanding task. At over 10,000 words, thanks to the help of my kind and supportive wife, to the help and support of some members of Britmodeller past and present, to a wonderful team of lawyers and a wonderful team of Haemophilia and liver nurses, doctors, support workers, counsellors and a superb GP, the support and help of my home MP in Argyll in Scotland and more; I am almost there. Also with many thanks to the support and kind words of an old academic friend of mine; Prof. Danny Dorling, currently of Oxford University. Reading thought provoking books by Danny and others, researching all kinds of things, from conflict history to geopolitics and social geography (I’m a geographer by the way, it probably shows ), Audiobooks, encouraging emails and text messages have kept me (fairly ) sane and determined. I went on a kind of targeted chemo/anti viral medication last November and that appeared to be the point at which my get up and go for model making, for most leisure pursuits, got up and went. However, it appears to be working . Moreover, I saved enough Virgin Velocity points (92,000) make the journey to the U.K. in a few weeks time, at the end of October. This will be in time to attend a few days of Inquiry hearings in London, ponder whatever the B word throws at us on Haloween and to enjoy Guy Fawkes night too. In model making terms, I appear to have branched out into restoring old die cast and tin plate toys; trains, aeroplanes, automobiles, motorcycles and so on. My plastic modelling interests have really narrowed down to ‘Golden Age’ aviation and most things from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. I also appear to have acquired a piano, another guitar and number of classic cars in need of a little love and attention; all British or European, although my Australian built 1973 Ford Cortina Mk III with a 200 cubic inch engine and three speed manual gearbox doesn’t quite fit the classifications. The others are Audi, Rover, Mercedes. SAAB, Volvo, Peugeot, Simca and so on. I will need a few quite large shipping containers and an old barn to move this lot to the U.K., hopefully Scotland, and keep them safe, protected from the elements. Should anyone wish to meet up for a chat, cup of tea and so on; I will be in London the last week of October, Oxford the first week of November, then Birmingham, then Glasgow and Argyll. Please send a message if interested, it would be lovely to meet up with anyone. I hope to more carefully heed the advice of a friend from my last attempt, and slowly ease myself back into some model making and sharing of experiences; rejoining the good people on this great forum again. Have a great weekend TonyT
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    I feel the need to tell you all I actually built something today, in fact that’s not accurate! Somethings! they are nothing special but I got them buttoned up... not my finest work but fun! I’m back in the game!!
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    Happy Christmas to all of Britmodeller! My life is greatly enriched by all of you and our wonderful shared hobby of buying kits, putting them safely away, and idly speculating about building them.
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    Yay it worked!! Thanks for the hint @modelglue
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    Not dead, just devoid of mojo and overworked.
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    I have been debating with myself whether to post this or not as it might be considered political, if so I will remove it. However, I could not resist it!
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    Just a reminder that the Pz.IV STGB poll will close on SUNDAY 31st MARCH at 18.00 UK time. You have just over two days to vote!! Kind regards, Stix
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    I have been gifted a Airfix wellington for my birthday from my lovely children! Gosh it looks a highly detailed and beautiful kit! Shame it’s in my stash and not someone else’s text from ex wife on my birthday: hi, your daughter has informed me we MUST buy you an ‘Airfix wellington’.... how do I do this, she won’t let it go. I of course sent her a link within seconds. good to see my 8 year old has my back, though it’s noted my son (turned 7 five days after me) remained quiet about the whole thing
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    "Approximately seven minutes after the attack had begun, I noticed a single Spitfire arriving over the base at 2000 feet height in a port turn. Three Fw 190s were just coming in to strafe. The Spitfire, marked ZF-P [and] piloted by F/Lt. Chojnacki [of 308 (Polish) Squadron] noticed these enemy aircraft and while still in the turn fired at the rearmost from about 800 yards range, [shooting the Fw 190 down almost instantly]..." --Sgt Strobel, 308 (Polish) Squadron, recounting events of January 1 1945. Flight Lieutenant Waclaw Chojnacki proceeded to engage four more Fw 190s at once, drawing them away from the airfield, but lost his life doing so. Shortly after Chojnacki was shot down, 308 (City of Krakow), and 317 (City of Wilno) squadrons returned to the airfield from their fighter sweep and shot down twenty-six more Fw190s, effectively annihilating II/JG1. Chojnacki is buried in Grave IC1 in the Polish War Cemetery in Lommel, Belgium, a thousand kilometers from home. http://www.polishwargraves.nl/lom/0575.htm
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    Hello everyone, Just a quickie. After my quick toe back in the water here on Britmodeller a few weeks ago, I unfortunately went AWOL again. As life, the universe and everything would have it; just a few days later I was put on what should be a very long term course of chemotherapy. I didn’t know that chemo could be administered by tablet, but it can. My late first wife had it administered by drip (many drips) evey two weeks or so. I know that there are many here on Britmodeller on chemo, and many that will know a lot more about these ‘targeted chemo’ pills than I do. One thing that I do now know is; by crikey they’re powerful. Theyve absolutely knocked me for six; I have an even more profound respect for those here (everywhere) that have been on these for years. Imagine the worst, mist diabolical hangover you’ve ever had, multiply it a few times, add a bit of a feeling of rampant glandular fever and a smattering of galloping hepatitis into it and that just about sums up the mornings. Anyway, enough whinging. Suffice to say, I’m starting to get used to it now. A big shock after it really kicked in after day 14 or so, but now the shock value is diminishing. Righto. It’s already 2019 here in Canberra. Mrs. Tiger had to fly to Auckland four days ago as her mum, my mother-in-law, was found in the kitchen. She has had a stoke. I’m pleased to report that this 93 year old lady is currently really very strong and stable. Trying to get out of bed and denying that she’s had a stroke. They don’t make them like this anymore. Scottish ancestry . Mrs. T arrived home just a few hours ago. The delayed flight touched down at 11.59pm, last year. We had coffee in a Thermos (expertly made by yours truly) to see in the new year, in a very deserted airport. Quite fun really. Safely home, we will hopefully now sleep for the next day and a half. I’m sure that this will be the hope of many a new year reveller, albeit based in needs for recuperation stemming from altogether more traditional forms of annual celebration . I just wanted to wish all Britmodellers a very happy new year !! I do hope to make an appearance or two, perhaps a bit of the old ‘modelling in bed with a tray’. The latter having nothing to do with anything related to Marianne Faithful or interesting Swedish ‘art house’ movies; but more along the lines of a thirty pence Revell Brewster Buffalo, tube glue and a pot of Airfix Silver Fox G8. Happy modelling Britmodeller folks, have a lovely 2019, thanks for being you, thanks to Mike et al for this great forum . TonyT
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    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.
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    5,000 POSTS!
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    How is the gang doing?
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    Got a couple of mid Eightie's boxing's of Airfix's Bristol fighter and Sopwith Pup given to me today,clean molding's and good decal's time for a bit of fun I think!
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    Just a quick heads-up - we have started a Panzer III STGB thread in the GB section. If you are interested in taking part you can sign up here.
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    Only a few hours until the Pz.IV STGB starts!
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    In two weeks from today - on 15th December - the Pz.IV Single Type Group Build starts! Hope to see you there! Kind regards, Stix
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    After more than three years and several setbacks with the decals, I finally finished my Royal Navy Phantom!
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    Many thanks getting there slowly. However I expect the fine detail toward the end will slow things up
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    Greetings Dennis. Thanks for welcome,i,am a bit of a technophobe but the site is giving me new standards to aim for . cheers Brian
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    Can anyone suggest another photo hosting platform? My Flickr is messing me around saying I have too many uploads Rob
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    Hi just finished the diorama for the F-100 if your intrested.
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    Hia all. The Poll in the Panzer Single Type Group Build is now open and can be found here: Please come and see all the excellent models and chose your favourites! Kind regards, Stix
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    Feeling a weird interest in that vacform Vickers Windsor.
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    Super job on the AV8a real nice version and you have made the Matchbox version look just as good as the modern Airfix version. Regarding your sea harrier ...they never used BL255 only 1000Ibs with retarded or ballistic tails ...won't worry about fuzing (note the Z) at this scale. Clearly there are other loads ....sidewinders, Sea Eagle,,CBLS (practice bomb carriers) or even a bucket of sunshine should you wish to go up that route ...(ex 801 and 899 before I went Sea King Mk4 and Apache Regards JR
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    Take me back to beautiful England And the grey, damp filthiness of ages, And battered books and Fog rolling down behind the mountains, On the graveyards, and dead sea-captains. November can't come soon enough.
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    Note, the Italeri Il-2 Shturmovik, is a reboxed of the Accurate Miniatures kit, (and has been reboxed by Eduard, Academy and Revell) Not as good as the Tamiya, but pretty good nonetheless. It can be tricky to assemble, see here some of the scheme in the Italeri kit maybe cobblers too, the kit is this variant but metal winged, https://massimotessitori.altervista.org/sovietwarplanes/pages/il-2/il2-camo/il-2m3/il2m3-camo.htm note both @Massimo Tessitori and Jason Moore aka @Learstang are members here. HTH
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    Thanks for the pick up I didn't even notice it lol. Should be corrected now.
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    Happy holidays everyone, whatever, wherever you are celebrating have a fantastic day and best wishes for 2019
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    Hi, mate....Thank you very much for your kind offer. I planned to build the Monogram kit as a Coastal Command example, but I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to it that way without some modifications. My acces to information about them is very limited, and don't want to build an inacucrate model. If you're willing get rid of those leftover decals, I'll gladly take them, and build an 8th AF example. Of ocurse, I'll gladly pay for them and the shipping costs. Please, note that I'm from Tenerife, so please tell me how much must I pay for them and, of course, a paypal account to send ou the money. Best regards and, again, thank you very much for your kind help. Arturo.
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    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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    On E X T E N D E D absence...
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    Hi guys, I do not normally enter new status updates, but as we have just had fun since last Thursday night with cyclone Idai, who had the good idea to pass over our heads in South Eastern Zimbabwe, I decided to share a couple of pictures. This is the Turgwe River, that flows just beneath our home. Normally a couple of fairly narrow channels' The other bank is about 350 meters away. Thanks to the rains Idai brought along,the river went berserk. After this photo was taken, it raised another 2 meters... So yesterday morning we decided to see if our only dirt road out of here was usable with a 4 x 4. We drove 10 km with the Land Cruiser and stopped when we found a river running across the road. I went to walk into the water to see whether it would be still possible to drive through, but after the next bend, some 20 m further away. the water was reaching my waist and the current was becoming quite strong. So discretion became the best part of valor and I got back to the car... Which I got thoroughly stuck in mud while attempting a U-turn. No comment. It took us 1 1/2 hour to get out, with yours truly lying in the mud in bucketing rain, while attempting to jack the stuck rear wheel up... No success doing that as the mud was too thick, But we got it out eventually. So no driving out for a while! Who said Africa was not fun? JR
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    So that was Christmas 2018! knocked for six with a bug on Christmas Eve,in bed next day, struggled to work boxing day just had the first thing to eat since Monday and nearly a stone lighter! Merry Christmas indeed!
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    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. John
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    As fundamental a song for my own adolescence as it was when it came out twenty years before. So long Pete:
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    Morning WV908, Re your question about the price of the C-47.. I emailed HPH last week as I was also curious. They came back today and it's 750 Euros!! That's about twice what I thought it might be. I've PM'd you as maybe they don't want it announced before Telford. I was really looking forward to one but not at that price. I shall still go and have a look tho'..... Anyway hope that helps.. Regards Keith
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    Arrrrgh: https://blog.flickr.net/en/2018/11/01/changing-flickr-free-accounts-1000-photos/
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