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treker_ed last won the day on April 2 2013

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  1. Now on Feet of clay (about 2/3rds of the way through it) - I am somewhat of a speed reader, and can get through each of the books in 4 or 5 days depending on my mindset, and how tired I am feeling when I get to the time of day I have set aside for reading. But most of the books are definite "cant put downs", and you cant say I'll read 'x' number of chapters as good old Terry didn't write in chapters...…...
  2. Re-reading the whole of the Discworld series by the most wonderful, but sadly missed Sir Terry Pratchett. Started with The Colour Of Magic, which introduced us to the inept Rincewind, and through Guards, Guards - with Carrot Ironfounderson and Captain Samuel Vimes. Now on Interesting Times, which has the Silver Hoarde (a group of 70 & 80 year old warrior barbarians) invading the Agatian empire, with help (or is that distraction) from the Wizzard Rincewind (yes he has returned yet again, like the proverbial bad penny)! Brilliant writing, fantastic humour, and very sadly missed as a series of books. Sir Terry, taken too early by the ravages of a dreadful disease Extremely recommended to anyone.
  3. You know full well that there probably wont be - they'll have given you only just enough to do the job in hand.....
  4. I'm going to add my thoughts - but only as an aside. Whilst I appreciate that Airfix can be annoying in that they only quote Humbrol, many others (as noted) only quote their preferred brand of paint - Tamiya quote theirs, Revell their own brand , and a lot of others only quote Gunze Aqueous / Mr Colour - And a lot of times the names given along side those references are wrong and don't relate to the correct colours at all. Consequently, you can spend ages tracking down references to that item you are dealing with whether it be an aircraft, AFV, car etc. My own sphere of modelling is WWII onwards, and yes I know that's a can of worms in its own right. From the right shade of green in the cockpit, to wheel wells, to the right grey/green combinations of camouflage. No single manufacturer can get it 100% perfect, we all have our own preferred paint supplier, type of paint (enamel, acrylic, lacquer) etc. My approach, is to take the paint refs supplied by the kit in question, read through the information supplied, and if anything jumps out as being wrong, look it up. I've recent worked on a Hobby Boss F84-F Thunderstreak, and it identified the cockpit colour as Gunze/Mr Colour H58/C27 Interior Green which is more of a Zinc Chromate Yellow sort of colour. Whilst not a expert, this didn't seem right, so off I went to check references, and lo and behold, not right should be Gull Grey for aircraft built after 1953, and Bronze Green for prior to that. So due to the aircraft code being 51-9484, it has a bronze green interior. My point being, I don't take the information being presented wholly at face value, I look at it, write it down, and convert to my favoured paint supplier. I have done this with all my kits. It helps me to know what I have in my meagre stash (about 100 unbuilt) and also due to my personality traits, I remember what the majority of those numbers mean when I look at them - eg humbrol 74 is linen, 33 is matt black, 22 gloss white, Tamiya XF-21 is sky, XF 63 is German Grey. Revell 88 is Ochre, 99 is aluminium. The one brand I detest is Revell, I hate having to mix colours to get the shade I need. I will look up other references for that model, to find the correct colours, and then look at the paints I have to find equivalents. Mixing colours is not good - trying to get the shame shade in two batches - unless you are doing this with computer controlled precision, it's impossible! (that's my view on that issue...) Sorry for rambling, those are my thought - I personally like Airfix/humbrol - I don't use a lot of their paint, because of the previous problems with the acrylics, however, the newer designed bottles, seem to have a new formulation of paint in them and spray much nicer. So may start to get them again going forward - but only when required for the kit being built and only if available in the new style container. TTFN (oh yes forgot to mention, that on the main painting diagrams, it does state if a paint falls within a specific paint system - eg Swift FR5 - humbrol 164 Dark Sea Grey BS381C 638 which I do like as it points me in the right direction to find a number of matches in other manufacturers paints)
  5. Nothing modelling related but having to update the computer. Finally! The guts of the current PC are coming up to 9 years old this year - Originally built as a state of the art gaming PC in July 2011, with an AMD FX8150 8 core CPU, 8GB RAM, 2 optical drives, a small SSD, a 2TB HDD for games and data, and a 750 GB HDD for Linux. Also had a discrete soundcard (which had to be replaced as the original was not compatible with the version of Linux I was running at the time). I've definitely had my moneys worth out of the old rig, which (I think) cost me about £800 to build - everything was replaced at the time, case, psu, MB, CPU, etc. So I think at a rate of around £94 / PA it has been a good investment . The new rig will still be an AMD based gaming rig. Here are the specs : CPU - AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Max Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper TX3 EVOLN Motherboard - Asus Crosshair VIII Hero Memory - Corsair Vengeance 16GB Case - Corsair Obsidian 750D PSU - EVGA 750BQ (hybrid) O/S - Windows 10 Pro (OEM) Soundcard As Now - Keep what I Have - SoundBlaster X-fi PCi X Soundcard Storage As Now - Keep What I Have - 250GB SSD, 2TBHDD, 750GB HDD GPU As Now - Keep What I Have - Nvidia GTX 970 4GB If this lot last as long as my original rig, I will be a happy bunny (I already know that at some point in the next 12-18 months I will have to replace the GPU as this will be 5 years old this year - not replaced now as on a tight budget and that would have been an added extra expense). Due to arrive on Monday at some point. Hopefully intact Last time, the motherboard arrive DOA with bits broken off and floating round the box..... Rapid return and replacement as I was in the middle of building the new rig! TTFN
  6. Very surprised that the Sabre is in 1/48 - Saw the price and though that this has got to be in 1/48th! Welcome though - the last 1/48 sabre I bought was the Academy with decals for "The Huff"
  7. Mods may have removed due to copyright infringement. Scanning the pages of a magazine or book without the owners explicitl consent is copyright theft. Rather than get hit with a takedown notice, or other legal notice, the mods may have taken pre-emptive action.
  8. I tend to use X-22, And so far no problems. Never had it frost - and that's across about 20 or 30 models! However, I do also use Other Varnishes depending on what I am doing. I have also used Humbrol clear in the large glass bottle - thinned 50-50 with Tamiya X20A, and this also gives a really nice, bullet proof finish. On it's own, it takes ages to dry, thinned with Tamiya thinner, it literally cuts the drying time by over 75%!!!!! I've been able to spray a kit (all 1/48 aircraft) and within 20mins, it's dry enough to handle to airbrush the parts of the model I've had to hold whilst spraying the other parts of the model. X-22 is very similar once thinned. I thin in the same ratios for all my Tamiya paint, using X-20A (all the Tamiya acrylic only no enamel or lacquer paints for health reasons). Personally it's my main go to varnish along with the X-35 satin, and X-86 Matt (or flat as they call it). (I have kits going back 8 years to when I got back into the hobby, and not a single one has yellowed or dulled in that time using Tamiya, or Humbrol Clear - after it was launched.... 137 kits currently on display in the house in various locations. Sadly some have been lost along the way after a house move and natural wastage)
  9. In certain respects you are quite correct in that I could have looked this up - however, I did not want to be mixing batches of paint, and having problems with getting different shades in different batches. I much prefer not having the need to mix a required colour from several other colours, and prefer single colours. However, the question was raised nearly 7 years ago now, and as someone has pointed out, this is rather an extreme thread revival! In Oct 2013, we moved and a few of my models went to be recycled - this was one of them! Cleaners getting the house ready for viewing prior to sale had been told not to clean the study where the models had been on display, sadly they disregarded the instructions, and cleaned anyway! This along with a Sea Vixen (1/48 Airfix) and a 1/72 Revel A-400M Atlas were damaged beyond repair and had to be disposed of. As this thread is no longer of use, I am going to ask the mods/ admins to close it down. @Mike, @Julien, @Greg B Would one of you fine upstanding gentlemen of honour please lock this thread as the question posed was answered many a year ago, and since then, I have indeed found a most adequate alternative to Humbrol 250! Many thanks for your fine work!
  10. Another driving grump . Drivers seem to forget the rule of giving way to oncoming traffic if there are parked vehicles on their side of the road! Driving along a local road, my right of way, two cars started to force their way through. I had to mount the pavement to get past as they would not move. One of them surprise, surprise was a taxi driver who gave me a nice little gesture with two of his figures (with passenger in car!)
  11. @Borisz Not been published yet! Airfix do a public reveal of a major product at 11am on the Saturday of Telford Show (such as is their tradition), the main new year list is published early new year.
  12. Not a new kit, it's a re-issue of an existing kit.
  13. treker_ed

    Telford 2019

    Floor plans are out for anyone that's interested! https://ipmsuk.org/ipms-scale-modelworld/scale-modelworld-floor-plan/?fbclid=IwAR3WJCm1rr2iq_cHT9oYPTcJivgjAEaFNMhD-OsSwConTyuY00l-QZdwZuQ
  14. This is a regular thing that has happened with my TOMTOM go 5000. It's a pain, but it is actually easy to sort out - difficult to explain but easy to sort. Goolge search "TOMTOM update corrupted maps" with your model version and you should find the instructions to reset the device, and allow you to reinstall the maps. I've done it a number of times over the last few years - Nowadays with the size of the internal maps, also have a micro-SD card installed as well!
  15. treker_ed

    Telford 2019

    I think I'm lucky..... I always go on the Sunday - it's quieter for a start. I always park in the Asda car park- 5 minute walk from the TIC and only £1 to park all day. My wife generally comes with me, and will spend a couple of hours or so there and then she might disappear off into Telford centre. However, when it comes to the food, that for us both is a massive stumbling block. We both have medical issues that can limit what we eat. I am Gluten and Lactose intolerant (with a couple of other intolerances thrown in.....) which means in all honesty I cannot in anyway shape or form eat any of the food (and have most of the drink) on offer in the TIC. No Chips, no burgers, no sausages, no pizza.... No coffees from Costa (cant even have Soya milk!) So I'm very lucky in not being able to eat in the TIC The wife has Crohns Disease which cuts out a lot of greasy, fried food - which again eliminates most of the TIC food. Off to Telford Shopping centre for us!
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