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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. Had to give you a Trophy for this one. Love the subject choice. Noted your "overdone it" comments. A tip for future reference if you wouldn't mind? Even with age or neglect, doped silver fabric covering doesn't discolour as you've represented it, and as you've rightly pointed out, that particular aircraft was maintained in pristine condition. Try if you can to get to an aerodrome and have a look at a real silver doped airframe. Ordinarily by the very nature of the tech, and especially during an epoch when labour was cheap and plentiful with no problem giving someone orders/instructions to clean, the covering was (and is still for extant examples IMPE) maintained, hangered and redoped regularly so it never gets the kind of dirty worn look an unpainted alloy skinned airframe can. Difficult to determine from extant photos I realise. Probably better to say, at least I've never ever seen one look like that -from the perspective of someone who's been active at every level of full size operational aviation for > 50 years now, and spent time around that 'tech' from the era e.g. DH.82s, DH.89, DH.84, Austers, assisting with maintenance, ground handling and on occasion flying some of them at aerodromes over those years since the age of 16. Otherwise, love it. More please.
  2. I'd like to see a pic of that Ki-45. Concur re toolings Volksjager. Such a shame about Hasegawa's prices outside Japan though. For a while a few years ago, they were so high in this country modellers pretty much stopped buying the brand, so whoever held the local single line import distro at the time either dropped it or stopped importing them so they became unavailable locally at a (r)etail level -other than extant stock. Only this year, I've seen them reappear to a limited extent on BNA MW's website, but their prices are Eduard Profipack -without the inclusions. Fortunately I bought up on Hasegawa opportunistically amortizing shipping as best I could and import from HLJ (Japan) when they've have Christmas reduced price plus bonus points promos over a the half decade before COVID pushed International shipping rates shipping to 'don't even think about it!' insane. All 1/48 of course except for the 1/35 armour and a single 1/32 indulgence of my favourite Japanese type, their 2007 tool IJA Ki -61-I which builds as a Hei OOTB which I couldn't resist as a treat. Although I picked up a couple of non-IJN/IJA subjects of interest too from their always in batch production regulars, e.g. P-39Q/N, Fw 190A-3, I focussed primarily upon buying the Japanese types, including armour, which none other than Tamiya and Hasegawa do generally. I have nothing but praise for both brands, ...and your modelling skills which do them justice.
  3. Lubbly jubbly! Particularly love the conventional nose Ki-46 I, II & III. Aesthetically, a beautiful looking aircraft. Haven't any IJA/IJN in 1/72 these days, but do have Tamiya's Ki-46 Hyakushiki Shitei III Kai (61056) in 1/48. I suppose now being of an age where 30 years ago seems like' just the other day', where many would see something kitted in 1997 it as old mould, I don't perceive it as such. Typical Tamiya. Crisp mouldings, perfect fit, (relatively low parts count, quality plastic (& colour thereof) to work with, clear transparencies, sufficient accuracy, inner and outer detail for me, and at a very amenable price. Was an enjoyable build. Also have Hasegawa's 'younger' "Toryu" in 1/48. As is typical of Hasegawa, equally tasty but with a higher parts count and detail. I haven't built it yet, although it's been pawed over more than once.
  4. A lot of work has gone into this. Very nice. Ki-46 & Ki-45 are two of my favourite IJA subjects ever since unable to resist Roy Cross' imagination exciting box art, saving up, buying and building my first Airfix "Dinah" in 1/72 way back in late 1966 or early 1967. Seeing more IJA/IJN modelled from the Shōwa Empire era is always good.
  5. Love it. Old as that Italeri mould now is, wasn't when I bought it in 1991, it's still a decent 1/72 standoff representation of the original MiG-29 instantly recognisable as such which scrubs up very well in its warpaint. And nicest of all so very affordable and an easy quick build. Of course, not one for the super-detail fans not in the same class as more recent 1/72 offerings from Zvezda comparing directly with their Su-33 kit, but in 1/72 that does me well enough that I haven't bothered with a Zvezda MiG-29 reboot yet. An aside, similar vintage and again not in the accuracy and detail league of Revell's for those seeking it OOTB, nevertheless Italeri's Tornado in the same scale looks the part well enough in 1/72 too.
  6. Builds into a standoff scale model of the earlier "Hanomag" Sd.Kfz. 251/1 OOTB. Been a while so can't remember the actual Ausf, but a "C" as best I recall -tell being the shape of the horizontal V bulge of the 'tail' superstructure and simplified single piece hexagonal 'nose' armor plate. Like most earlier Tamiya kits from the early 1970s of a time when they were the only game in town pretty much for many types, this one too has inaccuracies and is absent the detail which might be found on a more contemporary tooled model of the subject. But, it still builds into an clearly identifiable model of the subject, and there is loads of aftermarket available for it which with patience and the spend, will turn it into a first rate model of the Sd.Kfz. 251/1. As is my policy, happy to build mine vintage OOTB I didn't go there, preferring to buy the silk purse shortcutting the hard work for pretty much equal to greater spend as necessary from the outset if wanted. A fun kit to build which looks the part in its warpaint with the dynamic figurines provided, mod with Tamiya's inexpensive 1974 (or Zvezda's more recent) towed 37mm PaK 36 kit, or same fitted for a Sd.Kfz. 251/10 if preferred. Heaps of alternative "how to" vids and mod articles on this kit. Do a search. GL. Enjoy.
  7. Don't quote me on the following IanC, as my memory may well be mistaken. I do know there is no extant example of the Stirling, and when I was reading Airfix's stance on not doing new tool kits for which there were neither a surviving airframe example nor original engineers drawings and why years ago, I vaguely recall the Stirling being mentioned as an example of same.
  8. To start with, very nice job. Neglected by modelling manufacturers, I suspect we all understand the probable why it is so. Sadly, the Stirling will never sell in the numbers of its much better known and famous sibling the Lancaster. Notwithstanding Italeri's offering of a few years ago, of course I agree with everyone else that I'd like to see it revisited with a new tool release of the quality of Airfix's Whitley et al by someone, and as most of us would suspect, Airfix of course the perfect candidate. That said, more a comment on your headline to say, only if one permits it to be. I also suspect perspective on the kit (A07002 the current rebox of the original 1966 release) itself a matter of modeller perspective dependent in degree upon age and era of their youth. My own is not to try and turn a sow's ear into a silk purse. It is what it is. Enjoy it for that and enjoy the vintage building experience as was. That's not to say one shouldn't try and turn out the best sow's ear one can by using one's fitting skills and advantage of masking and airbrush available today, but limit the perfectionism to that. I didn't have as hard a time experience with the Stirling as you did, although there was plenty of flash, and a couple of parts like the pitots short moulded. My 1968 mould Airfix Hampden was worse, as was the 1958 Comet mould. The plastic used on the Made in India kits (as was a decade ago) was soft recycled stuff Airfix used at that time, utterly dreadful to work with, although I like the light blue moulding dye of the Stirling. So as I've inferred above, I have the Stirling kit, built about a decade ago in a nostalgic revisitation accomplishing something I wanted to do all those years ago but couldn't then. Ten going on eleven years old I was around at the time of the model's initial release, although I could never afford it then. It was top of the price tier of Airfix's 1/72 kits in 1966, quite beyond pocket money unless saving all for an aeon. Undeniably, the kit isn't up to contemporary standards in company with a quite a few fortunately ever diminishing few others from Airfix's current lineup. e.g. HP Hampden, DH.88 Comet to name but those two. The way I look at it is that they stem from another era when base modeling skills and sanding were prerequisite and airbrushes few. Their target demographic when released were us baby boomer kids and teens who decorated mostly with Humbrol enamels from their near enough limited colour range applied with a hairy stick. The technology used to produce the mould and model along with expectations of everything about the finished result were very different from that of the primary modelling demographic of today. I'd wager most from that time were use as for play fighting imaginary battles with more than a few meeting a fiery dripping plastic end if not blown to bits with a penny bunger. If built with all of the above in mind and expectations of the final result accordingly, the experience can result n enjoyment rather than the frustratingly "hard work rather than fun". That's not a criticism of your personal preference or contemporary expectation perspective BTW, just an observation of how I approach it. All the best. Cheers.
  9. Tamiya's model still appears to hold up well insofar as I can make out from those images with my eyes. I like it! An aside for anyone thinking of building an SU-85, I have Zvezda's more recent iteration, and whilst I can applaud Zvezda's aircraft recent moulds in their popular 1/48 scale for that genre, their 1/35 scale armour is a bit of a mixed bag. It scrubs up well enough with the following caveats. Notably, Zvezda's hull assembly for their whole new T-34/SU-85 series is a PITA. Their brittle plastic quality is nowhere near as pleasant to work with as Tamiya's models, and they come with no superb sculpted figurines as their aircraft kits and Tamiya's armour kits do, particularly aggravating with no interior detail at all provided even in the upper superstructure for the large top access hatch space nor even detail for its inner face if wanting to model unbuttoned. Although they probably compare favourably price wise in Russia and Eastern Europe with alternative offerings, for the price they are exported to my country, unless happy to model their armour kits unbuttoned, this really detracts from any value advantage if being the motivating purchase of those Zvezda kits my view. Wish that it were otherwise.
  10. I had one of these in 1969. Top job! Brought back such nostalgic memories. You've presented it exactly how I envisaged I wanted mine to look, but had zero chance of achieving back then sans air brush, compressor, etc, or most of all aged 14 and with no experience with them even had they been accessible to me, the necessary skills with them.
  11. Top marks -1st Prize- for tenacity in application of that upper and lower lozenge in 1/72 alone!
  12. Although an oldie, it scrubs up well enough & you've done a building and painting. BUT, and not to rain on your parade as I too have that Academy kit (12414 "Special Nose Art Edition"), among other less immediately apparent visually prominent issues of it characteristic of it kits of the era (1988 Miniart repop), it has a problem even Airfix's venerable old mould 1963 kit doesn't. As you can see from the photos its mainplane dihedral is way out of wack needs correction when building, which I found an utter PITA to do. JFI of others who might have one in their stash when they come to building it in the future.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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