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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 wo
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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 un
  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
  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
  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
  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 ver
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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
  14. @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)
  15. 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
  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
  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
  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 ba
  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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