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    Too many to list, but these days cycling, astronomy, model railways and plastics modelling take up much of my time.

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  1. Beautiful! Takes me back to late childhood/early adolescence. Only place I could buy Heller was one more adventurous hobby shop "in town", and only from about 1969. Prior to that it was Airfix in the suburbs, with a smattering of FROG available in town too from about 1967. How I longed for so many of those types done by Heller overlooked by Airfix.
  2. Gotta' love the unfairly maligned Bf 110. Nice ZG G-2. Hats off for the build in 1/72. I have two of them in 1/48 (Eduard G-4 & an Eduard E), and they're quite the challenge building. I have an Eduard G-4 in 1/72, but haven't been brave/masochistic enough to tackle it yet.
  3. Important VVS aircraft of the period, so I'm glad Zvezda reboxed the Accurate Miniatures kit. Have it, fingered over but haven't built mine yet. Thanks for the build report, and I have to say the finished result does look great as things always do to the outside observer who hasn't gone through the "Arrrgh!"moments with fit etc.
  4. Nice job Zigomar. Love the Ki-46. In my eyes Tamiya's kit is still a beauty despite being a quarter of a century old. (I have the kit). Along with Hasegawa's Ki-45 & Ki-61, three of the most aesthetically attractive aircraft produced by the Empire of Japan. It's my age of course, but '97 doesn't seem long ago, nor that kit like an "old stuff" kit to me although I totally take on board your perspective. Personally, much as I do like detail, these days that's only if it's (slide?) moulded in, and find detail which will be hidden once the kit is built somewhere between superfluous and inane. Probably the best part of kits today is the ability to reproduce accurate scale, lines and surfaces thanks to modern technology, yet often manufacturers don't get that right either. e.g. Meng's Me 410 series spinners, propellers and oil coolers. Personally, and aware that plastic kit model building today is primarily the territory of adults, I do think kits have swung too far in the other direction too far today so often reflected in their pricing. I think Eduard have the right formula offering their kits as either-or Weekend Editions or Profipacks as their standard issue editions, with select Limited Editions for the more obsessive.
  5. Love it. I've their F1 (6315) in the stash. You've given me inspiration.
  6. Good job! Hetzer isn't a testing build in terms of wheels. Only a single track return idler per side, and apart from the idler and drive sprockets, a single row of large road wheels of which there are only four per side which makes fitment a super easy. I don't think an AFV build gets any easier than that does it? Anyway, nice kit and for a first armour build you've done yourself proud. Couple of questions though if you wouldn't mind? Airfix's rebox of Academy's Hetzer. What are the Airfix decals like? Options? Cartograph or like quality?
  7. Thanks for sharing. Comprehend the nostalgia. Evokes similar memories of many happy hours fighting imaginary childhood battles in miniature with Airfix armour and figurines in the 1960s. I had built that StuG, possibly my favourite available Airfix AFV of the time. Of course, like the much desired "Russian T34" their "Panzer IV" hadn't released back then much to my -and the lovely and patient Mrs. Scott behind the LHS's counter, mutual frustration. According to Scalemates, I see that the T-34/76 apparently released in 1968. If so, Presuming it so, I never saw it appear on shop shelves here in the antipodes until circa 1970, by which time I'd grown to an age where I had transitioned to other activities. There's a story associated with Airfix's unavailability of the Panzer IV until moulded in 1971. I think I must have been about nine (1964) when I went to the LHS 'confronting' Mrs. Scott wanting to buy a "Panzer". In my mind's eye I knew exactly what I wanted. Then ignorant of the finer technical details or discrepancy in size and familiar only with the general similarity in shape, I was after either a late PzKpfw III or IV upgunned to their respective 50mm and 75mm long barrel versions. Of course not knowing at that age that "Panzer" was the ubiquitous equivalent for tank in German. I knew only that I wanted a German "Panzer" (III or IV) from their distinctive shapes in images in the extensive library of books I'd read, and the many documentaries and films seen on television. Poor old and ever patient Mrs. Scott. I recall I kept repeating in abject frustration that I wanted a "Panzer" as she showed me consecutively and I rejected the Panther, the Tiger -she must have been out of stock of the "75mm.Assault Gun", presumably neither of us being aware that at that time, Airfix didn't offer a Panzer III or IV. And of course, this was before the time of the emergence of and proliferation of similar scaled models from Matchbox, Fujimi, Hasagawa et al. In the end, disappointed, I think I went home with the Panther as best I recall. Some short time later their Tiger was also added to my armoury as was the StuG when spied in stock on the LHS Airfix display hanger. Along the way, the "Stalin Tank" (JS III) -gotta' love the marketing to baby boomer kids as was of the 1960s, "Sherman Tank", & "Churchill Tank", Airfix's "Armoured Car 234" variant of the "Puma" were added, as well as their "1916 Mk.1 Tank" (1967), which I recall being super excited about when I first saw it on the hanger having an extant collection of all of Airfix's then fairly new mould and glorious WWI figurines. The WWI German and French sculptings in particular were magnificent, and Brits not too bad either. Sadly, Airfix's "Crusader Tank" and Matilda Tank" moulds didn't make their debut until 1971 and 1973 respectively, by then too late for either my playing or modelling days. The only one of the armour catalogue available in (near the end of) my time I didn't own and build at that time, and never have since, was the "Lee/Grant Tank". It must have been because it released in 1969, very late in the day for said period of interest and activity. Unlike their T-34, I do recall seeing it in shops, although obviously it would have been 1970 or later, which turned out to be later than nostalgia tinged memory recalled without the aid of Scalemates. Well done. You've sent me on a nostalgia journey with your own. Thanks.
  8. You've certainly done this kit justice with your paint job! Very nicely done. I have (and have built) this kit. Something to be said for simplicity. But then, Otaki's Bf 109G-5/6 kit from the 70's looks the part on display too.
  9. Nice. Always pleasing to see another IJN type, particularly the less usual like your Nakajima C6N1.
  10. Nice. I have to admit I've come of an age now where along with never having enjoyed the tedium of applying it, PE is both too much of a challenge to the eyes and fingers so as to make using it for detail doubly unenjoyable, somewhat alleviated by the fact that the level of detail available OOTB with slide moulded kits these days suffices to satisfy my need in a model (vs extremes of a precise replication in miniature). e.g. Scale dependent of course and not for this old mould kit in particular, but for 1/35 and especially Dragon armour kits, parts have become so fine that slide moulded barrels today generally render the purchase of a metal barrel unnecessary. Similar with moulded grilles & latches where weighing up the PE parts supplied and the moulded part, to my eye & for my pleasure it's just not worth my time bothering with the supplied PE alternative.
  11. I have a Dragon StuG III Ausf B bought in the Orange Box rebox deal with a Dragon figurine set which I suspect is the same vintage mould? Overall dimensions are accurate. Incredible value, or was when I bought. Despite the mould's age, it scrubs up very well OOTB, and with a little evergreen sheet to the shot trap and some cutting and drilling of the hatch hinges for those who just must, doesn't look too shabby alongside the Tamiya offering once dressed up in its warpaint. Mine came with Magic-Tracks too! Very nice for the price, particularly as it included a figurine set too, which although Gen 1, are rather nicely sculpted. Was an enjoyable build.
  12. Yes I spotted that too Troy when I went to Scalemates to check out the provenance of the Academy kit. Although SCM mentions a 2006 release, My interest in plastic was rekindled circa in 2009, but I've never seen Eduard repop another batch since that sole (?) 2006 release. Surmising that like most Soviet WWII air or armour subjects, it jus t didn't sell well into western markets where every second sale must be of some variant of Spitfire, Mustang or Sherman -German armour subjects dominating overall notwithstanding in that genre.
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