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  1. I have a similar looking set - except I only use them when working on really fine detail in 1/72 (well at the moment anyway...) or when wearing my contacts instead of my glasses. Cost me a little more than £9.00 though. Mind you, came with a very nice set of precision tweezers. Threw out all the ones I had and now using these. This head set came in very handy doing all the hundreds of tiny decals on the Airfix FGR2 Phantom I did recently - absolutely blooming miniscule....
  2. What is the current fad amongst postal workers, delivery drivers & shop workers for calling customers "mate" or by your first name as if you are a long lost friend! It's something I personally detest and would never have dreamed of using in any customer facing role that I have been employed in! Recently the DPD driver that seems to be dedicated to our area has delivered a number of parcels, several of which have been for Airfix. One of them was my Airfix Club package (which included the kit). On the day in question, both myself and my good wife were both upstairs working in our respective rooms - me in my study, SWMBO actually at work (she is working from home due to C-19 and her employer is in no rush to get them back to the office as they are working quite efficiently from home as a company!) Door bell & letter box went (another of my pet hates...) and less than 20 seconds later the wife got to the door only no one there. The driver had decided we had not been quick enough, and went down the car port. Next thing I knew, the parcel came flying over our 7 foot car port fence, onto a concrete path..... He was challenged about it, and went off on a frenzy of verbal abuse to us. Was reported to Airfix for the abuse, and the treatment of the parcel - he was representing their company at that point in time, and DPD have the contract to deliver their parcels! Fast forward several weeks and I have now placed my order for "free" flying hours kit. Same driver turns up, I answer the door - "here's your parcel John"..... Sorry I'm a customer not your friend, I don't know you please show some respect and do not use my first name. He then start off on a torrent of verbal abuse, swearing at me; telling me to "go away" and that I'm "(nasty swear word) gone in the head" and that I've "(nasty swear word) lost it". Now If he reacts like this, to a simple request, why is he driving? I was literally shaking I was that upset - My wife heard the tirade of abuse - she was listening in from our landing window upstairs above the front door. I actually do have something "wrong in the head" I have high Autistic traits, which means I have a neurological condition, so something very wrong in the head. However, this does not give the driver, or anyone in fact, to shout that sort of abuse to anyone else! A further formal complaint has been made. But at the end of the day, why use a customers first name without permission, show no respect to the customer, and treat them in such an appalling manner over such a simple request? The same driver had a problem understanding the following delivery instruction - he got confused... "Please DON'T ring the bell and knock at the same time. Use either doorbell or knock only. One household member has active autistic traits and too much noise can upset customer. Thank you" (Our local postie has taken to calling people mate... Again, why? They are an employee of a company proving a service to us their customers. We are not their friends or pals or mates. I've never invited you out for a drink, or round for a BBQ so please stop calling me mate, I'm a customer, please deal with me accordingly and with respect)
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    Model brands

    I have Revell, Airfix, Eduard, Italeri, Academy, Kinetic, Kitty Hawk, Hobby Boss, Trumpeter & AFV in my small stash of kits awaiting building. I certainly don't stick to just one brand (or scale!) - if a kit I want is in A N Other brand, I will try and go for it. Similarly I don't always stick to the same paint brand. My main go to is Tamiya Acrylics, but I also use a few Vallejo, Humbrol, Revell & Xtracrylix where Tamiya don't have the correct colour match (I hate having to mix paints to colour match - just in case I run out mid spray and have to mix another batch, and unable to get the shade exactly right again!) For metallic, I use a mix of the Vallejo acrylic and K-Colours. I discovered these at the Frome model shop - they are an alcohol based product, but the metal pigment is super fine. They are an Italian paint imported my Model Innovations in the UK, found them at SMW last year. Here's the link http://www.modelinovations.co.uk
  4. I posted the question in the Humbrol section on the Airfix forum. As yet, no response. But I think it will be a case of wait and see how they sell, and they may expand the range.
  5. This is ONLY for the new Acrylic range and not the enamels as well. I have the colour chart in front of me as i type - and yes it does seem a small range : 44 matt, 9 satin, 19 gloss & 9 metallic colours (none of the RLM colours are on it)! It could be that this is the initial range, and they could expand it over time. This is the front of the new colour chart that no one has shown yet, which clearly shows that it is for the acrylic dropper bottles ONLY!
  6. I raided Hannants Colindale on Friday (31/07/2020) (Along with a collection order from Lowestoft - half of the paints, tape and one lot of decals. The kits, rest of the paints and the RAF & RN update bought from Colindale) (I think I have enough tape to mask a full size Aircraft now...)
  7. Help.... Just picked up one of the Revell 1/48 "Special" Typhoons, but.... I actually want to do it in RAF Colours and not the Luftwaffe "Baron Spirit" special decals that are provided in the kit. I have picked up (finally) a set of Xtradecal's with the 2015 specially painted Typhoon in the colours of Flt Lt Eric Nicolson (GN_A), however, what is missing is a set of stencils. Does anyone know of any decal producers that do a set of RAF Typhoon stencils? I hope to pick up another in the next few months to utilise the additional markings on the sheet, so in addition to this, does anyone know of a source for the stencilling on the weapons as used by RAF Typhoons? Many thanks
  8. @SeahawkDoes this help? http://search.bl.uk/primo_library/libweb/action/display.do?tabs=detailsTab&ct=display&fn=search&doc=BLL01019210604&indx=1&recIds=BLL01019210604&recIdxs=0&elementId=0&renderMode=poppedOut&displayMode=full&frbrVersion=&frbg=&&dscnt=0&scp.scps=scope%3A(BNB)&mode=Basic&vid=BLBNB&srt=rank&tab=local_tab&vl(freeText0)=9781472833716&dum=true&dstmp=1596207211322 British library catalogue reference for the publication. Every publication issued within the UK must be registered with them (similarly all in the US must be registered with the library of congress), so hopefully this may put your mind at rest. Doing a google search also shows available at WH Smiths, Foyles, and several other book stores.
  9. Built in 2013, and moved in October 2013. First and only Occupants. Annoyingly I have bought from them before, and not had a problem. This time, didn't recognise my address for shipping details, so had to go via another address to be forwarded on. I would have understood if it had been a brand new house (which for the first 18 months, we did have those issues) but not after 7 years!
  10. Several lots today: Kits, Tamiya paints, Thinner & Glue, Paint Brushes all came from the Model Shop, in Northampton. Ultimate products came direct earlier in the week. Meteor FR9 decals & Tornado GR4 stencils from Fantasy Printshop All the rest from Hannants. Also got home to find a Royal Mail missed delivery slip - Signed for parcel. The only other thing I'm expecting is from Airfix, but they usually (in the past) have used a courier not RM, so very intrigued as to what I missed. I'm also waiting on some Airbrush spares to arrive, but have to send via a relatives house, as for some reason, my house not recognised on suppliers website!
  11. I'm sure there is an alternative communication method to find out what's happening... Why don't you ring them!? (I had a call just before lunch from a young lady from Airfix, regarding my Flying Hours Passport, to take the £4.98 P&P payment which is in the process of being sent out. She's advised that they have closed their phone lines this afternoon, as they have been inundated with stuff and have closed the lines to catch up with work.)
  12. According to "McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II Air Superiority Legend" by Mark A. Chambers (The History Press 2018), in the chapter on foreign operators it states: "The United Kingdom purchased two Phantom II export variants from the United States that utilised the US Navy F-4J as their base design. The first variant, the F-4K (also known as the Phantom FG.1)... was intended for.. FAA use. The second variant F-4M (also known as the Phantom FGR.2), was intended for use by the RAF". It then goes on to detail the engine changes and weapons changes between the US and UK versions. Sadly the majority of the book is about the US usage of the aircraft and so only covers the absolute basics of the UK usage and design changes of the Phantom, but I did remember that the above info was given about the basis of the US variant used for the UK aircraft.
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    I haven't commented until now on this. I've not been to many "nationals" and have only been to the shows held at Telford, since 2012 and have only been an IPMS member for a couple of years or so. BUT.... Surely what we should be doing rather than second guessing what the management of the TIC or the IPMS(UK) EC are discussing around the show (and not least forgetting that members of the society are also getting regular updates from John Tapsell via the IPMS blog), we should be letting the show committee get on with what they have been doing for a number of years! That is, liaising with the TIC, and the relevant bodies in regards to the organisation of the show. It has been stated that as yet, no major decision needs to be made until the end of August. By which time further restrictions on daily life may or will have been lifted. And in fact, it is noted that "In a further easing of Covid restrictions, indoor event venues and conference centres are being permitted to re-open for business. There are some provisos to that announcement such as organisers and venues being able to ensure a ‘covid-free environment’ before events can go ahead (exactly what that means is anyone’s guess at this point). Nonetheless it is an interesting move." (quoting the IPMS blog). I personally think that it's a wait and see. (one last comment from John T - What does it mean for IPMS (UK) and Scale ModelWorld? Virtually nothing at this stage. We’d already been planning for a range of scenarios and although this is a change of policy on venues, it has no immediate impact. With three months still to go until the Scale ModelWorld dates, there are far too many variables in play for us to be able make a final decision on whether the show will take place. There will be those who say that we should have cancelled it already but you must remember that IPMS (UK) has a contract with The International Centre (TIC) which imposes a number of obligations on us around early cancellation, not least of which is a hefty financial penalty if we do so. Conversely, if we don’t cancel at this stage, the contract gives us much greater flexibility in terms of the size and format of the show we can plan for.") Whilst this may not suit a lot of people, I think this is what should be happening. Believe me, I currently hate going into busy environments, and am not looking forward to next Friday (24/07/2020) when masks need to be worn in certain environments - Asthma and I have a massive rise in anxiety when anything is covering my face (high ASD traits), bordering on panic attacks. I can normally cope with SMW as I know what to expect. But in current circumstances it will be an unknown factor. But we need to play a waiting game, and allow the organising committee and the EC of IPMS(UK) to do the job that the membership has elected them to do.
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    Model Shops UK

    @Avgas I asked mike about it some time ago - every so often they have a cull of old chat messages. They clog up the system otherwise, and sadly this was one of the casualties of the culling! (I was using it to look for shops and needed it for an address - couldn't find it and messaged mike)
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    Model Shops UK

    Here's another: The Model Shop 230 Wellingborough Road Northampton NN1 4EJ Great selection of kits. I managed to track down a kit that I'd been after for quite a while in there, one that everywhere else had been out of stock for a couple of years. (@Mike could we have this thread as a pinned post possibly? This could be a good resource especially at the moment!)
  16. This has been my lock down WIP... Not really had much mojo for modelling really - so i decided for a complete clear out and change round - this is end result. New desk, and drawer unit from Ikea. New shelf, also from Ikea. New lamp off Amazon New storage units off @Andy G @ EBMA Finally put into frames and up on the wall, two Eduard prints that I've had for a few years. All in all - way too much money spent - but... has definitely given me a boost - two models finished this week that have been sat around for far too long (one started just before lock down and completely ran out of steam and passion to complete it!) The other, startyed as a mojo boost, just after getting the new desk sorted to get the modelling juices flowing again. (and a close up of the planes) (But not too close - don't want any flaws to be seen now do I....)
  17. So I have 2 x 36 ml paint drawers, 2 x 36ml paint stands, 1 x 9 drawer unit, 1 x tool stand . @Andy G all arrived safely this afternoon. Thank you very much! Already in the process of being built And now completed (11/07/2020)
  18. I placed my order about 1pm on the day that the club relaunched - I thought I had a problem in that when I got to the payment page, it didn't respond when I clicked on the appropriate button - and seemed to hang saying processing. However... I received a confirmation email within an hour or so, and the payment showed as pending in my bank account - so all well and good. Friday just gone (03/07/2020) I received an email advising that delivery of my Hornby Hobbies parcel would be on Monday 06/07 by DPD. Well today this little lot arrived And it would seem that I was one of the lucky first 1000 new members as I have received the book! (mind you, lucky the kit is still in one piece, DPD did a Hermes and chucked it over a 7ft fence onto a concrete path as we didn't respond to the doorbell quickly enough - within 10 seconds!!!!!!! Both of us upstairs working at the time)
  19. I started with a reclaimed office desk (which was 3rd hand when I got it about 3 years ago), before that i was using an extremely old kitchen table. I have just redone my modelling area - which happens to be in my dedicated man cave... This is the space I started with. I was looking for some 2nd hand furniture, but none available in the area I live. Contacted a few stores, and all said the same thing - sold out at the start of lockdown to people setting up offices due to working from home! Now no option but to buy new! This is what I went with. Ikea desktop, legs & drawer unit. The top white unit I already had from my computer desk - but had decided it was taking up too much space, so was repurposed for the modelling desk (this is mid set-up) This is where we are now - still a little bit of work to do, a couple of shelves to be put up, and have decided to get some of the EBMA drawer units and paint racks from @Andy G at some point in the next 6 months or so (money permitting) - or Telford permitting(!). They will replace or be in addition to the white Ikea unit. The desk is 2m in length so have plenty of working space (and I wonder how long that will last.....). But this is what I have gone with as a setup having been forced due to damage to the old desk to update my workspace.
  20. If the paint is the same stuff that was in the new style flip top lids, the paint was quite good. I'd started buying it again, just before the lockdown - but only in small amounts and only in those specific colours supplied in the new style bottles. But.... brushes well, and more importantly, seemed to spray well also!
  21. @Andy G Apparently 613 (City Of Manchester) Sqn had an Army Co-operation role, and the Panda was the insignia of the 9th Armoured brigade. They were tasked with the job of working out how to use the new mustang in the tactical reconnaissance role. Hence the Panda! This is not from personal knowledge, just a quick 5 minute google! (Believe it or not, not based in Manchester, but on the wrong side of the Pennines in Doncaster or even at RAF Ouston in Northumberland!)
  22. Joined as soon as I saw the email in my inbox. Hopefully was one of the early ones as well... Now I'll try and get the use out of the flying hours I've accumulated, as it now goes up series 9 kits, there are a few I've got my eyes on that will do very nicely indeed (especially just for the cost of postage!)
  23. Back in the Late 80's, I went to one of the Air shows at RAF Mildenhall (in fact one of my first...) organised when I was a member of 80 Sqn ATC (Bolton). It must have been in 1989, as I was definitely 18 at the time, I was one of the eldest Cadets there, but legally old enough to be drinking. The reason I remember so well, it was the first time that I tried Budweiser, not the stuff that you could buy in British shops, but imported American Bud..... It was the most awful tasting swill I had ever tried! I took a couple of swigs from the bottle and threw the rest away it was that bad! Mind you, to make up for that, we had parked the mini bus we had hired, near the end of the runway, when it came the turn of the Blackbird to take off (full power take off....) the power of the engines, managed to set off all the car alarms, all you could hear for ages was the shrill noises of alarms going off!!! What a wonderful sound that aircraft made as it got airborne. I have adored the SR-71 ever since!
  24. 3 X 1/48 Masking for Eduard Tempest Mk V 2 x 1/24 for Airfix 1/24 Typhoon 1 x 1/72 for Airfix 1/72 Typhoon And all credit to TopNotch - this was the second lot sent out. The first lot went missing in the post, and they sent out a second batch last week (Friday 19/06/2020) and they arrived this morning. Communication was really great, and they sent them out without any prompting. Would really use them again. I have used these types of masks before for a previous project, and they worked really well, so have no hesitation in using them again!
  25. Yep - got mine last week, no problems this month... Had to chase up Model Airplane International from ADH (Doolittle Media) though this time round. Paid for on release (as per the website) nearly 3 weeks before it was received!
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