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  1. See, I could do that, in the context of a squadron history, for example. As long as it makes sense in my mind, I'm fine with it!
  2. I can't speak for others, but for me, if it doesn't exist in 1/72, it may as well not exist at all. It might be because I'm "on the spectrum", but I can't bear the thought of not having things in a constant scale. By putting a 1/48 Spitfire next to a 1/72 Stirling, say, you just don't get to experience the sheer difference in size. That's a big part of sticking to a single scale, and I think it shouldn't be dismissed lightly by those who are only interested in the subject. I kinda get that for some, simply having the subject available is enough, but at the same time if I see models of dissimilar scales displayed together, every cell in my body cringes. I do try to be respectful of other opinions, even though my brain is hardwired to be horrified by them! I've bought quite a few cottage industry, limited run and resin kits of obscure types over the years. I don't enjoy the process of building resin kits, if I'm honest. There's something very comforting about working with polystyrene. It's soft enough to abrade, resilient enough to withstand handling, generally not too brittle (don't think you've got away with it, Airfix!) and, most importantly, incredibly forgiving to glue together. With resin kits, you have the choice of epoxy or cyanoacrylate adhesives. Cyano generally doesn't give you much wiggle room for positioning the parts (which my increasingly unsteady hands need) , whilst epoxy means holding the parts together for a fair amount of time, not always a straightforward task. They also tend to be expensive. I fully understand why, but it still places them out of reach for me these days. Most of my limited run kits are from the likes of Aeroclub (especially for inter-war aircraft), Pavla, KP, MPM, et al. I think I have three Pavla Messengers in the stash, with one at the painting stage. Not the easiest kit in the world to build, but I'm glad it exists and equally glad that companies like these often choose the path less travelled. For the most part, I think they offer a good balance of subject and price (something that's very important to me these days). I don't expect precision engineering from these smaller companies and for the most part, I don't enjoy kits that are too easy anyway. I like to feel like I have put something of myself into a build. Cheers, Mark.
  3. I was aware of that, but they're almost impossible to find, hellishly expensive when they do pop up, and I simply don't enjoy doing vacforms. Plus it's Contrail. May as well scratch one!
  4. One that I’m absolutely certain hasn’t been kitted before in any form is the Southern Martlet. I’d love to see it in 1/72.
  5. There was an old Aeromaster sheet that had Princess Elizabeth on it. I have the sheet, though I already used the decals you’re after.
  6. I’m going to need a few of these for my East Anglian Aviation in WWII project. I just need to find some photos of Battles from Nos. 35, 51, 63, 103, 150 & 226 squadrons during the short period that qualifies. No luck so far…
  7. It would be a shame if the “cigar” drop tank wasn’t included, seeing as it was relatively common on Doras and no one else has kitted it before.
  8. I think I would need to see the contents before making a decision, though given the current public health situation, that's unlikely to be any time soon.
  9. Thanks @Dave Swindell, that's very useful. I was rather looking forward to this, but not sure I'll go ahead now. Not using the correct nomenclature seems to me to completely defeat the point of the articles and is, IMO, an unfortunate and retrograde step.
  10. A few that I've used over the years: Rigid sanding sticks using wet'n'dry glued to lolly sticks. Just sand the sticks flat first. Micro chisels made from cheap and nasty jewellers' screwdrivers. Grind to shape using a Dremel (or similar) and a cut-off disc. Glue and paint mixing palettes using old plastic milk or fruit juice bottle caps. Pringles lids can be useful for mixing or decanting glue too and being flexible, it's easy to remove the dried glue for reuse. Plastic takeaway containers are useful for the storage of parts, tools and decals. Just make sure you've thoroughly removed any traces of the vindaloo that previously inhabited it! Spice jars for the storage of thinners and cleaning solutions for immediate use.
  11. They were just Precision Paints previously, though I don’t know at what point the Phoenix was added. Possibly they restarted? I’d be interested to know more about their history. I have a few of their old paints in the stash. I believe the first paints I ever specifically bought for a model (Extra Dark Sea Grey and Sky for a Matchbox Beaufighter) were Precision Paints. That would have been around forty five years ago!
  12. That's the price without VAT, so it is just under £21. I'm sure it will be nice for those that can afford it, but it's not for me.
  13. I don't believe they did on the (pardon me) 1/48 kit, but seeing as it's less work to not put them on, it kinda seems silly not to. One can hope.
  14. A good point. A really good point. I've yet to find a quick and easy way to fill those panel lines, Sure, the first fill/sand cycle hides most of it, but there always seems to be something that needs attention, no matter how many times I do it. Not one of my favourite tasks, it has to be said!
  15. I’ve just used the Colourcoats matt white for the first time and sprayed with their own thinners, it covers very well indeed.
  16. Not gonna complain about this, though sooner rather than later, thanks!
  17. Seeing as it's 1/72 and therefore the right scale, I wholeheartedly agree!
  18. It's a funny one: while there's certainly a few decent P-51D/K kits in The Only Scale That Matters, it could be argued that all fall short in some way. I *think* that the Hasegawa kit (the newer one) possibly has the best shape (something about the flattened section on the upper nose, IIRC), it's very basic, has shallow wheel wells (that doesn't matter a great deal to me, as once I've finished a kit, I'm unlikely to go poking around in there!) and the flaps can't be deployed. As that's a prominent feature of a parked aircraft, I think it's a shame. The Tamiya one also doesn't have the option to drop the flaps and doesn't have the 110 Gal paper drop tanks, which were a common fit on the D/K. The Airfix one does have the dropped flaps (yay!) but the plastic, being simultaneously soft and brittle, means that many of the smaller parts are guaranteed to end up in several pieces. It also doesn't have the 110 Gal tanks. It is cheap though and although it doesn't quite have the finesse of the Tamiya kit, it's probably my favourite of the bunch. None of the kits have the option of a filletless tail. The Arma kit promises to be the best of the bunch, if the B/C is anything to go by. I suspect the price of the basic version will be around £13-15, which is about as much as I'd spend on a single-engined fighter. If they quit mucking about with rubbish scales and pull their socks up, only Eduard are likely to offer a better quality:price ratio, IMHO. That's a big if, though, and I ain't holding my breath. Cheers, Mark.
  19. I've just seen £20.99 quoted for the price. That's too much for a single-seat fighter in 1/72, IMO. I'm out unless it ends up being significantly less.
  20. Whilst I was browsing instagram, looking at videos of cats and red pandas (it’s what the internet was invented for), a message popped up with an eBay offer. An Italeri Wellington B.X for fifteen quid. Don’t mind if I do!
  21. And speaking as someone who was also an apprentice and has made plenty of his own tools, I also know when a tool isn’t up to the task. Did you actually read what I wrote? The circles on the mat are made of a series of straight lines. It’s simply not good enough for making smooth circles. But never miss an opportunity to have a dig and be snide.
  22. Apparently any noun can be converted into a verb these days. I once saw the sentence “I can’t believe you verbed weekend!” to which I added “I can’t believe you verbed verb!” My bugbear is the use of alternate where the word required is alternative.
  23. Interesting decision not to include any VIII AF options on the decal sheet. I'll be holding off for the cheapest boxings anyway (please don't delay those for too long!) , so not a big deal. It's not like I don't have a metric shedload of decals for Mustangs!
  24. The depth of the grooves I could possibly get used to, eventually, but coupled with the roughness of the circles (they need a laser cutter with much finer control) you're just never going to get anything approaching good enough cuts for masking. It completely defeats the entire point of the thing! I suspect the straight line one might be of use, but y'know, I can use a ruler. Like I said, great idea, just badly executed.
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