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  1. I sleep in my loft...... My house is a standard semi-detached, however, it was built from the get-go with a loft conversion by the developers for the main bedroom. So no chance of having the opportunity to be able to have anything as esoteric as models for loft insulation! When we moved in, I was able to snag a cupboard in the bedroom that was going spare as my stash store. It's not that big, there's only about 200 kits (or less) in there. But... There are a number of 1/24 & 1/32 Airfix & Revell kits, so some very large boxes, which are taking up quite a lot of room, Without them, I would probably be able to get a lot more in there. Temperature wise though... It's like a damn oven at night in the summer, and a bloomin fridge in the winter!
  2. Final update on this one: Delivery date changed again to the 19th August so it more or less looks like this particular laptop is definitely not going to be delivered to the retailers any time soon! Have spent the last few days looking at reviews, and technical specs for dozens of gaming laptops. I had a budget in mind that I was working to, but sadly, I've had to go somewhat over that budget to get a laptop that has enough grunt to be able to play the games I have that they don't end up looking like a slideshow! Should be delivered in the next couple of days. https://www.acer.com/ac/en/GB/content/model/NH.QBREK.003
  3. All hail king @Mike. All hail the omniscient one!
  4. I think if it had been a short shot part, our illustrious leader @Mike, would have said something in the review! As nothing was said, I'm inclined to go along with @AntPhillips assertion that the part has been rotated slightly that just gives this impression. Will be ordering mine at the end of the month when I have a few more pennies in the bank account!
  5. Have you contacted Airfix to report the problem? At present, there do not seem to have been many other reports. I'm sure if you report it, they would be able to replace the offending sprue.
  6. Update 08/08/2022 - I've had to cancel the order - item was on back order with an original eta of 01/08/2022. Sadly this was delayed until 08/08/2022, and has now been delayed again until 12/08/2022. With no realistic due accurate due date I've had to take the decision to cancel the order. Shame really as for the money, I was getting a really decent, and high specced gaming laptop! Now got to start the search again - may have to go with my second place machine instead!
  7. Not modelling related - but a significant purchase none-the-less! For more years than I care to admit to, my other main past-time is PC-Gaming, playing everything from strategy games to FPS to RPG's - this has been exclusively on desktop systems that I have built myself over the years. My latest rig was built just over 2 years ago, literally just before the first main Covid lockdown and is a fairly beefy rig and allows me to play pretty much all games at max fidelity and resolution. One massive drawback... When we go on holiday I need to keep myself busy and fairly well occupied but can't exactly lug a massive tower-system, duel monitors, surround sound system etc around in the car with us!!! I know going away is about getting away from it all, but... It's not a case of having a shot attention span or anything like that - I have a brain that needs constant stimulation, and constant feeding to keep it "nourished". Whether that be reading, or doing something etc. I find that I can get bored very easily on holiday Still getting used to the fact that this part of me is autism related! I've always need to keep "busy" and now I know why that is! To that end, I've been trying to save up for a mid range gaming laptop. One that will allow me to still play the games in my various digital libraries (Steam, Origin, Uplay etc) but would also allow me to play them at some sort of reasonable level of graphics with a decent spec. After lots of searching, checking reviews etc, managed to tie one down that was also on a special offer from one of my favourite retailers (been using this company for all my components for nearly 30 years!). https://www.scan.co.uk/products/156-msi-gf66-katana-12ug-404uk-fhd-240hz-i7-12700h-16gb-ddr4-1tb-nvme-8gb-rtx-3070-win11-home Basic gist - just as good as my desktop system, (slightly less storage) but in a portable package! Normally retails around the £1300(ish) mark, but reduced to under £1100 at the moment. More than I wanted to pay, but for such a decent gaming laptop, a pretty good price! (Being a typical geek, I'm already looking at how to upgrade the built in storage!) (I should add that I do have a cheap laptop already, good enough for basic stuff, got from wifes place of work when they updated their laptops... It's just not up to playing any games! But I will strip it of any spare parts before being got rid of though!)
  8. Those are pretty good ratios to start with, and are about what I would use. Even within the same brand (mainly a Tamiya user myself) some paints are thicker in consistency than others, and some thinner, so I adjust accordingly, more or less thinner as required. I usually have my airbrush somewhere around 15-20psi. I would also agree with using the manufacturers own brand of thinner. Might seem a bit pricier, but it's been formulated specifically to work with that paint! So you shouldn't (!) have too many issues (Famous last words....)
  9. Sadly, due to a medical condition, that is one thing I cannot do! I am Lactose intolerant, and so cannot drink normal milk! I have to have lactose free milk, which is really quite expensive in comparison. Arla introduced it, and theirs is £1.65 per 1 litre carton, Sainsburys, Asda & Tesco (do not know about other supermarket chains) also do their own versions, at around £1.25 per 1Ltr carton. In comparison, Tesco Whole milk 2Ltr bottle is £1.70 which works out to £0.85 per ltr. I am using 3 or 4 cartons per week! Other than swapping to a plant based alternative (again unable to due to medical issues) there is nothing I personally can do to reduce expenditure in this area! We have recently switched to an Electric Vehicle! No VED (car tax), car insurance has greatly reduced also, no more buying fuel (we had two cars - have also sold one as 2nd car no longer needed), so fuel bill gone from over £100 pm to £0 (apart from the odd bit of holiday charging). Ah, but what about the cost of using your electric at home for charging I hear you ask.... Well, just under 7 years ago, we had Solar panels fitted, and so we can have an EV charger fitted that will utilise the PV panels, and re-direct any excess power being generated from the panels, into charging the car, essentially free energy. Yes, there will be days when we will have low surplus energy, and yes, that will cost us a little extra, but no where near what we were paying in petrol & Diesel costs. In total we reckon that we will be saving in excess of £1500 a year (possibly even more) in doing the switch, and that will be just in fuel costs and insurance.
  10. In Milton Keynes, we can put all tetra-pak cartons in the general recycling, along with empty aerosols, food packaging and quite a few other things that a lot of other councils don't seem to recycle as standard, which (currently...) gets collected every week. On that basis, MK has one of the best recycling schemes in the country... Or would be, except we regularly see the waste operatives (as we are supposed to call them nowadays) chucking the recycling bags into the back of the bin wagon, on the same side as the general waste! (our bin wagons have multiple compartments - two at the rear and one at the side. one is supposedly for recycling, the other is for general waste. The side is for glass. ON a few occasions, I have challenged them about them chucking our recycling in with the waste, and they have become aggressive and told me to mind my own business as I don't know what I'm talking about, and that they (in 1 second or so) can tell if a bag has been "contaminated" and cannot be recycled!!!)
  11. Same here! Primarily Tamiya, with some Revell, Vallejo, Humbrol (all acrylics) and K-Color for metallic paints.
  12. With respect, this is supposed to be a discussion on the upcoming Airfix 1/48 Buccaneer, not a debate about the economy of modelling, or anything else! Can we stick to the original topic please? Anything else, please take into the relevant chat areas. I am personally looking forward to the release, to go alongside it's 1/72nd scale sibling!
  13. Hawker Fury (1930's biplane) Hawker Fury / Sea Fury (Late 1940's Monoplane Fighter)
  14. I should also add that I'm allowed to say that by permission of the household manager... Also known as SWMBO!!!
  15. @Mr T I am also responsible for all messing arrangements in my household (and mess in the household) so those words do not appear until I decide the hour!
  16. Long time lurker in this thread looking at what people have been buying - I can finally admit(!) that the postie has actually delivered an item of plastic relating to Sci-Fi After buying (and wanting ever since it was released) Revells wonderful 1/72 Razor Crest (purchased from of all places The Tank Museum @ Bovington!!!!) I happened to espy, whilst on holiday, a boxing of the galaxy's fastest heap of junk - The Millennium Falcon - in a model shop in Weymouth. Sadly at £73.00 it was just a little bit too expensive at that price to consider getting. Couple of days later, I consoled myself with a boxing of the latest version of Airfix's 1/48 P-51D Mustang. Still wanting the Falcon, I decided to have a look on the website of the model shop I had visited whilst in Weymouth, and up-popped a message from Edge using the shopping component built in advertising a cheaper copy of the same kit at £49.99 from Jedlam! Now I'm tempted! so in negotiation with The Boss it was promptly ordered and I saw it winging it's way to me to finally arrive yesterday! So the negotiations? Well, I've purchased it now, for her to pay me back when it's my birthday in 2 months in essence, her buying the kit for me for my birthday present! Fair deal I suppose. (Reason for buying the Sci-fi... In a bit of a rut with planes, so I thought having a change might do me some good and As I a huge Star Wars fan, why not! The Falcon is not the re-box Bandai perfect grade, there is no way on this earth I would be able to afford that!)
  17. Sorry @Mike, until your post had not even heard of them....
  18. I've never really considered them as toys. Even building models as a young teenager, or more mature adult, they've always Ben a representation of the plane or item (have also built sci-fi when younger) that I'm building at that time. That doesn't stop the better half calling them toys though....
  19. I came across a certain type of snobbery today. I called into a LMS whilst on holiday, in the South of England. I was trying to help a lady and (I assumed due to the conversation) her grandson with some information on choice of kits. Which were the better ones to get over other manufacturers, planes over targets... oh sorry, AFV's, and had commented that the Revell Lancaster that they had hold off was known for having dimensional inaccuracies, but a simple build, as opposed to the Airfix was better dimensionally, but harder to build due to tighter tolerances due to the way it had been designed. They also asked about Tamiya kits. All of a sudden, some other, older gentlemen piped into the conversation that Tamiya was the best, as they are known to be "shake and bake" and to get that - Airfix are rubbish, full of pin holes, mould mis-match etc! He just was not for having the fact that other brands are just as good, or can be better at things, or that Airfix (when they get things right) are good at what they do. His attitude was that Tamiya are the Dogs whatsits...... I have a feeling that this put the lady off a little bit as at that point they started to get a little dis-interested and just picked up an AFV and left! Whilst I appreciate that Tamiya kits can be of excellent quality, I have had a few older kits that were definitely not "shake and bake" and have had to dispose of one or two in the past as they were so badly warped that the fuselage parts would not even go together properly! It could have been how they were stored, but the plastic was very warped and mis-aligned.
  20. Can't find any in Dorset..... Been into the Swanage, Dorchester, and Weymouth branches over the last 3 days and none of them have any copies of any of the magazine's (PAM OR PSM). Off to Poole tomorrow so will have a look in there. Failing that, will have to place an online order. ***Edit :Happy to report that PAM is available in Poole Smith's, but no evidence of PSM sadly.
  21. I've been hunting for a Revell Razor Crest for a while... Every time I checked with Hannants, they were out of stock (Revell seem to be getting quite bad at shipping to the UK these days for some reason.....) However, I managed to pick one up in the most unlikely of places a couple of days ago (28/06/2022). Currently on holiday in Dorset, and popped over to The Tank Museum at Bovington. After spending a few hours wandering round looking at a few target things (usually prefer winged flying objects) , popped into the museum shop to have a look around. Not expecting to find anything that flies, to my surprise there were a few Razor Crests on the shelf!!!! One of them very quickly left with me
  22. WH Smith's incompetence.... My understanding from talking to one of the editors is that they have the same publication date!
  23. According to their Facebook page, from 30th June.
  24. As promised - here's a couple of pics (tried taking pics of the HUD in operation - it's a no go! They all come out blurred, and tiny, and yet in operation it's clear, bright, large, and very sharp and in perfect focus.... Must be something that happens when trying to photograph the projection! Very wierd)
  25. 64Kwh version we managed to get (about 300 mile range - depending on driving style and road conditions). Due to the fact that we have family in the North West, and in the South West, there was no way we would have gone for the 39Kwh battery version as it would never have had the range and would have meant stopping probably at least twice on the journey - especially on the trip to see family in the SW! That journey alone on a good run is over 220 miles! We had the option of a PHEV, but decided no, due to the fact that if the battery runs out, you are stuck with dead weight, and the petrol engine then has to work extra lugging around the electric motor, and batteries! Our other car is a Hybrid, but its a self charging hybrid, Toyota Auris. Nippy, and well balanced between the petrol and electric motor (again all depends on driving style and road conditions!) Whilst we love our little Auris, sadly we are having to sell that as well (cost of fuel etc). We will be grateful not to be putting £120+ of fuel (total) in both cars or having multiple fuelling's when on holiday that will put probably £1200 a year just in fuel costs alone back in our pocket! Then there's the VED (or car tax) £0 on an EV, halving the insurance cost, so quite a lot of money to be saved overall!
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