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Mike

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  1. So.... gibberish? I'm sure Julien will have a shufti when he gets home.
  2. Mike

    Workshop Project

    Chat is probably the closest section... if you think about it, there's the Modelling section, which has lots of areas in the Tips & Tricks section that could be suitable, as chats about modelling usually have a theme
  3. Mike

    Oh look, a Tempest

    ...and moved to the correct place. Which muppet started a thread about a new real(ish) aircraft in a modelling section?
  4. Mike

    What is this, please?

    It shouldn't have any negative impact that I can think of, so what's the worst that can happen? Your air might get a teeny-weeny bit drier!
  5. Mike

    Oh look, a Tempest

    Well spotted - merged down
  6. Mike

    Horsefly bites?

    Clamps? Trouble is, you end up rattling when you walk, and these things cost money I'm gonna give Vit B a go, and for reference, it's B1 (Thiamine) that's supposed to have positive effects on your tastiness to midges/mossies, according to some Googling. I'm ordering some shortly.
  7. Mike

    Horsefly bites?

    I'll check what I'm taking at the moment, and if Vitamin B isn't in there somewhere (I'm permanently vitamin D deficient for some reason), I might give it a go If I don't get bitten again, I'll be very happy & grateful for the tip
  8. Mike

    Horsefly bites?

    I think so, but it's so long since I tried it I couldn't say 100%. Does that mean you'll now start laughing at me because people who hate marmite are untermensch?
  9. Mike

    Horsefly bites?

    I'm a biting insect magnet, as I must clearly taste a lot better than I look I invariably end up with a purple lump after a bite, which takes months to go away, leaves a horrible scar, and flares up again if I get bitten again elsewhere, even 6 months to a year later. The best salve for the itching I've found is Eurax cream, which I call Earwax for obvious reasons (I'm childish and it's spelt similarly). Takes the burning itching out of them for a good number of hours, long enough for a night of sleep if you're lucky
  10. Mike

    Oh look, a Tempest

    Best thing to do is wait & see. I doubt it'll look much like the mock-up if it survives the political aspect of its development (TSR.2 anyone?), but again - we'll see
  11. Star Wars: Solo – Han's Speeder (06769) 1:28 Revell Star Wars: Solo is the latest SW universe film tracing the younger years of smuggler Han Solo, and his hi-jinks before he hooked up with Ben Kenobi and Luke on Tatooine, which changed everyone's lives immensely. I've not seen this episode, but at some point Han gets chased by Imperial troops on Speeder bikes, who don't have the benefit of knowing how that turned out for them on Endor, but I can bet it doesn't end well for them. This is Han's personal ride, and I think I'm starting to spot a pattern. He doesn't maintain his gear well, or if he does he doesn't give a hoot about the cosmetic side of things, as this big blue speeder has panels missing, and bears an uncanny resemblance to a book, but with echoes of Luke's speeder from back on Tatooine, as well as the look of an American sedan car from the 70s. The Kit Revell have the license for Star Wars model kits in Europe and the West, and it's good to see them back in action after recent problems resulted in a new management as well as ownership of the company. Solo's raft of new ship and vehicle designs have been committed to plastic in the Build & Play range, which my Son is very fond of and he can still be found playing with the originals a couple of years later, with their original batteries still going strong. His eyes lit up when he saw these, so there's little doubt where they'll be going the minute I've finished with them. All three of the kits in the initial launch have standard-sized boxes, with plenty of card inserts packing out the parts to prevent scuffs from rattling around, and parts bagged in small numbers where appropriate. There are twenty nine parts in this kit, and it is surprisingly large, reminding me of the huge cars from 70s shows like Kojak and Starsky & Hutch that wallowed over bumps and round corners. Again, detail is quite good, and this one includes a Han figure, plus a trio of stickers for the asymmetric lining down the intact side of the vehicle. Construction begins with the lower hull, with two flaps installed to give it that "float" from the movie. The cockpit tub goes in next, and on top of that goes the silver lights & sound module, with F-16-style exhausts and clear inners that diffuse the blue glow of the LEDs. Open panels are added to the rear and right side, and the upper hull press-fits on top, with the instrument panel, steering yoke and more greeblies added to the rear. The entire left side of the hull is open to the atmosphere, and a silver insert slots in with the front end of the engine added. The nose is black, with a silver insert, and this clips onto the front of the hull, with another insert in the bonnet/hood, that Lego-style windscreen and a pair of Millennium Falcon-esque seats in the cab. Han is supplied with separate arms, one hand falling to the control yoke, the other to the centre console and he bears a passing resemblance to the real character. The odd asymmetric spoiler slots into a pair of holes in the hull, needing some bending to fit, then you remove the battery isolator and press the button at the rear of the centre console to access the sounds, which automatically activates the blue exhausts at the same time. The two sounds are start-up and running (reminiscent of Luke's speeder), and a general movement with blaster fire accompaniment that's difficult to give a better name. Conclusion I'm still not keen on the design of the prop that this model is based upon although I have to admit that it does look pretty handsom in that top pic of the complete model, but as a toy it's cracking! The fold-out floaters are a good idea, but bit prone to closing when you're handling the model, and younger kids might have trouble getting those stickers nice & straight, but with a modeller nearby to help out (that's you!) they should look just fine. Very highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  12. Star Wars Solo – Imperial Patrol Speeder 1:28 Revell Star Wars: Solo is the latest SW universe film tracing the younger years of smuggler Han Solo, and his hi-jinks before he hooked up with Ben Kenobi and Luke on Tatooine, which changed everyone's lives immensely. I've not seen this episode, but at some point Han gets chased by Imperial troops on Speeder bikes, who don't have the benefit of knowing how that turned out for them on Endor, but I can bet it doesn't end well for them. These Patrol Speeders are more of a sit-in than sit-on vehicle, although the controls seem broadly similar to those used by the Scout Troopers in Jedi. Their riders wear a blend of armour that includes accents from the Shore Troopers of Rogue One, and the familiar Stormtroopers from the original trilogy. The Kit Revell have the license for Star Wars model kits in Europe and the West, and it's good to see them back in action after recent problems resulted in a new management as well as ownership of the company. Solo's raft of new ship and vehicle designs have been committed to plastic in the Build & Play range, which my Son is very fond of and he can still be found playing with the originals a couple of years later, with their original batteries still going strong. His eyes lit up when he saw these, so there's little doubt where they'll be going the minute I've finished with them. All three of the kits in the initial launch have standard-sized boxes, with plenty of card inserts packing out the parts to prevent scuffs from rattling around, and parts bagged in small numbers where appropriate. This one has 40 parts split equally between two identical bikes, both of which have sound effect modules with two sounds at their heart. The figures are made from a flexible vinyl, and sit in a notch in the back of the speeder, with feet on open pedals, and hands on control grips, which they don't quite line up with. That probably won't bother the intended audience however, and they're close enough inboard not to notice. Construction is very simple, as the majority of the hull is already assembled around the electronics, with a small button disguised on the top. Two kick-stands are twisted into place, front & rear detail panels are pushed into their slots, and the seat is installed, leaving a small gap behind it, which is filled by the two rear cowling parts that are added next. Each side has two detail panels that allow some of the moulding underneath to show through, and are moulded in a slightly contrasting grey to accent the detail. The foot pedals and controls fit into holes in the sides, and a probe is fixed to the left of the hull in a large hole, which completes the bike. The rider has separate arms that are moulded with the chest and shoulder armour, which pushes into the front of the body, and is topped off by a head part, which makes it ready to play. Repeat that process for the other one, and then pull the little tabs out of the bottom to complete the circuit and set the 3 x LR44 batteries live and able to make sounds when you tap the button – which happens a lot during construction, just so you don't freak out the first time it happens. They're quite loud! The two sounds are startup and drive-away of the bike, plus a fusillade of blaster fire. Conclusion Marvellous! Two bikes to play with, or to chase poor old (mostly) innocent Han in his "Lego speeder" as I've taken to calling it. More on that shortly. Very highly recommended, and lots of fun! Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  13. Star Wars: Solo Millennium Falcon 1:164 Revell Star Wars is back again after the disquiet caused by new sequel trilogy film The Last Jedi, this time with an origin story of possibly the saga's most popular character, Han Solo, smuggler, ladies' man and all-round scruffy lookin' nerfherder, this time played by some young gentleman for obvious reasons. I've not seen Solo yet myself (things get in the way), but it's supposed to be another good film that's only occasionally corny, pleasing more of the fanbase than expected, especially after the negative press that it was receiving before release from the more vocal "fans". I'll hold my opinion until after I've seen it, but the toughest part will be wraming to the new guy, as Han Solo is Harrison Ford for me (should that be the other way round?). Some of the vehicles looked a bit odd when I first saw them, but this Lando Calrissian era Falcon kit has grown on me, and although I initially found it a bit weird-looking, I now quite like it. The Falcon's loading mandibles finally make sense with the addition of the cargo pod, and where there are open panels and greeblies all over the Star Wars era Falcon, this newer Falcon has the majority of them still in place, giving it a sleeker look, which is accentuated by the cleaner paintwork that hasn't yet acquired that lived-in, bodged-together patchwork texture and battle damage that we all know so well. The Kit Revell have the license for Star Wars model kits in Europe and the West, and it's good to see them back in action after recent problems resulted in a new management as well as ownership of the company. Solo's raft of new ship and vehicle designs have been committed to plastic in the Build & Play range, which my Son is very fond of and he can still be found playing with the originals a couple of years later, with their original batteries still going strong. His eyes lit up when he saw these, so there's little doubt where they'll be going the minute I've finished with them. All three of the kits in the initial launch have standard-sized boxes, with plenty of card inserts packing out the parts to prevent scuffs from rattling around, and parts bagged in small numbers where appropriate. There are only 21 parts, but detail is pretty good considering, even within the single part cockpit that could be painted up before installation if you're so minded. The scale is an odd one, but we have come to expect that from Revell who seem to have adopted the old "box scale" for these kits to an extent. That said, there was plenty of space in the box for a larger scale (say 1:144), but I guess they're not aiming this kit at the purists and modellers, but as the range already makes clear, the kits are designed for kids to build up in a few minutes (it took me less than 5), then play with for months or years with little chance of it falling to bits. When taken for what they are intended to be, I think they are awesome and my son would agree whole-heartedly! Building the kit is simple, and begins with the five gear legs that clip firmly into the lower hull along with the crew access ramp. The central gun port is next, with an insert for the faceted glazing, and just one solitary cannon for the operator to pew-pew-pew with. The cylindrical ports on the sides are fitted next, and the fun part that is the light and sound module slots into the aft portion of the lower hull, with perforations to allow the sounds to escape and two blue LEDs that light up the clear exhaust letterbox, which is fitted next after the cockpit part. The other gun emplacement and close-fitting dish are installed in the top hull, which is then pressed into the lower, and the canopy added. The cargo pod is two simple parts with nice detail in the rear, which clicks in and out of the mandibles with a friction fit holding it in place. The landing gear can be posed up or down, with small finger notches either side of the bays to allow little fingers to pull them down from their retracted position just proud of the surface of the hull – not accurate to the original, but it's a concession to the play aspect and totally understandable, as is the choice of more sturdy and robust plastic, plus design tweaks such as the top and bottom cannons being captive to their ring to save them from being bent and broken off. The lights are quite effective, and there are four sounds that play in sequence whenever the rearmost middle exhaust port is pressed, which are roughly translated, start-up, firing weapons, light drive/leaving the atmosphere (I'm not sure which), and another more staccato round of cannon fire. To the grown-up ear the cannon fire is obviously a short sample that is looped a few times, but kids just won't care and rightly so. Conclusion A cool addition to the Build & Play line-up, and one that will be popular with the kids, with enough detail to satisfy some modellers that can either live with the more play related features, or have the skills to make the alterations so it better reflects a model. Very highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  14. Mike

    The Alien 1979

    Nice finish - you've nailed those brownish tones too
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