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Alan R

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  1. I am sure that until very recently, DUKWs were used as water buses on the Thames. There was an issue when one of them sank, I believe. I have some recollection that someone operated one in the harbour area of Bristol some years back. Cheers, Alan. Great build by the way!
  2. My SAAB 9-3 was the Saloon version. 2.2 TiD. Loved it. Engine was a bit of a bucket of bolts, but utterly bullet-proof! Cheers, Alan.
  3. Hello All, I finally got this beastie over the finish line before the end of 2020. It's just that the pictures were languishing in my Camera until a day or so ago! This one fought me to the end. There are a number of faults. The boot-lid doesn't fit properly and the rubbing strips brightwork didn't come out as I had hoped, but I am reasonably happy with the outcome. I think though, that I should have polished the paintwork a bit more. If I do, I'll post some more pictures. Thanks for lookin
  4. SAAB 9-3 SS (2003 + models) Had one for eleven years. Superb car. Built like a tank, even though it was a Vectra underneath (well, sort of) Mechanically sound, Body was still immaculate. Chassis still good. What finally killed it was the EMU! Rubbish GM electronics! Cheers, Alan.
  5. Hello Chaps, Another update on this. We are nearly there. So here we go: All the engine room ancillaries, apart from the brake servo have been fitted. I can't remember whether I said before, but I used a high-tack PVA glue to fix the glazing to the body shell. Seems to have come out OK. The brake servo. Obviously, I could have added more details (like pipework), but decided that I wanted to get this guy finished before the end of 2020. I painted the whole thing grey as a primer coat, then coated it the Tamiya X-11 in several thin dilut
  6. Finally, I have got round to doing some more work on my models. I decided that in order to get something done, I needed to push a couple over the finishing line. I selected the Nissan GTR Nismo and the Beemer. So, without any further ado, here we go: I have fitted the 'chrome' trim. I decided that the Revell chrome was a bit too 'shiny' , so I stripped it and repainted it with Molotow chrome. Then repainted the rubbing strips with 'tyre black' To be honest, it's a little messy. However, the camera is being kind here. This is what it looks like
  7. Alfasud (Ordinary 4-door model) - Preferably 1/24th scale I had one in the late 70's/early 80's Please, please ... Pretty please?
  8. Hi Aymer, Those big exhausts are gonna burn holes in the tarmac! Lovely piece of work. Cheers, Alan.
  9. Just a thought, could you heat treat the 'springy' wire to make it more pliable? Cheers, Alan.
  10. Evergreen is a brand of polystyrene sheet, strips, tubes and pipes in various sizes and thicknesses. It's a US product, but there are many shops in the UK where you can source it. It's not too expensive, either. Hope that helps, Alan.
  11. I find that chamfering the pins helps a lot as well. never thought of using liquid soap to ease putting the wheel on. I'll remember that for my next projects (More later, I hope!) Cheers, Alan.
  12. I have distinct memories of both my Dad and Grandfather wearing ties whatever they were doing. I guess that was the culture of the time (1950s - 1980s) ... My dad carried on like that until well into his seventies until I bought him some Polo shirts for Christmas. He loosed up a bit after that. Cheers, Alan.
  13. I should have done that, but my electronics skills have always been sketchy at best! Cheers, Alan.
  14. I owned a 'sud from new and it never liked cool (or cold, for tat matter) damp days. Just wouldn't start. I think it was the distributor was plonked on the top of the mill near the back and all the crud just accumulated on it through daily use. Still loved the car and still my all-time favourite of all the cars I have owned... Cheers, Alan.
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