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Andy Robbins

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About Andy Robbins

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  • Birthday 07/12/1966

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  1. Andy Robbins

    WW1 German UB 1 type U-boat 1/144

    Mum was very tough on what she called ‘magpie divers’ or ‘hammer and chisel divers’, and mercilessly cracked down on those who took stuff from wrecks without disclosing it. At least one diving mag called her a bad name in print.
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    WW1 German UB 1 type U-boat 1/144

    Oh wow! Thank you. I’ve always wondered which it was. The German government have a project which has no end point- Mum told me once that a German official said to her that if it took a thousand years, then so be it. It is to find the location of every missing U Boat and photograph it if possible so that the families can have closure about what happened to their relatives. Anyone who locates a lost boat is officially recognised and thanked.
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    WW1 German UB 1 type U-boat 1/144

    When my mum was Receiver of Wreck, one of the last things she did before she retired was to protect one of these. It’s somewhere near the Isle of Wight. A diver was heard boasting about all the brass he’d taken off it, and saying about how ‘you have to move the bones if you’re going to get at the nice stuff’. Now all the brass is in a museum, he lost all his equipment, it’s designated a War Grave and you can’t dive within a mile of it...
  4. Andy Robbins

    Heller Dewoitine D 510

    I’ve built a couple, and it’s quite nice to build. You need to watch the cowling top and nose front- the best way I found was to fix the nose in place, get it lined up and allow it to set. Then drop the cowling top in place and it just ‘jiggles’ into the best alignment. You can then use some thin cement with a brush to fix it. The underside radiator is a sod to fix neatly, but with some trimming it looks good. The only other issue is the standard older kit one of filling, making neat and preparing for a silver finish without wrecking the surface detail. Heller’s surface details were among the best, and they need careful protection.
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    New kits arrive on the bench...

    All joking aside, wouldn’t the Argosy have been fantastic? Tony’s got that box to an absolute ‘t’. It just screams ‘buy me!’ How many kids in Woolies would there be begging their parents for one in lieu of a month’s pocket money?
  6. Andy Robbins

    New kits arrive on the bench...

    Signal toothpaste works better, and you can thin it with Gunze thinner.
  7. Andy Robbins

    New kits arrive on the bench...

    I remember that one! Dad built it for me. I must have been 6 or 7. Sadly the moulds were wrecked when Airfix tried one of their daft ‘make it easy so kids buy kits again’ ideas in the 80’s. Remember Snap, Glue’n’ Velcro?
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    New kits arrive on the bench...

    The true Holy Grail of many model collectors is the Kitmaster TSR2. I can remember Dad building the Airfix reissue when I was little, but neither of them come up on eBay very often, if at all.
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    New kits arrive on the bench...

    Airfix never corrected the Hustler’s title, I think it’s because the moulds were based on the early prototype. Despite what you see on the box, the mouldings have the bulged observer’s window, fabric covered control surfaces and the Cheyenne turret. A bit like the NA39 becoming the Buccaneer. I’ve got one of the original YB-58 kits in the red/yellow box, as well as the Ferguson tractor in the RAF airfield boxing. And no, I’m NOT selling either of them!
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    New kits arrive on the bench...

    I’ve got no red/ white striped paint, sadly, but I’ve had good results using red/white chequer paint in short vertical strokes. I can swap a tin of it for some 5-colour lozenge paint. My local shop only has the 4 colour and I need some for my SSW. I’ve got an old tin of Compucolour lozenge, but the colours are way off.
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    New 1/72 Airfix Phantom FG1

    Looks really nice. If you look at photos they were pretty monotone. I remember when they were still in service. We occasionally saw them over the Solent. In my mind, they were always glossy. I can vividly remember being 4 or 5 years old and seeing one of them brand new at the HMS Daedalus air show. It was the biggest noise I’d ever heard. I hid in my dad’s legs when it flew over.
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    Victorian submarines Resurgam 1/144

    She was Receiver of Wreck when it was found. She put the Protection Order on it and aggressively enforced it.
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    Victorian submarines Resurgam 1/144

    Lovely Resurgam! My mum is one of very few people who know where the real one is....
  14. I’ve got a Sealand that I tracked down last year, having wanted one for many years. It really is a nice kit, though very much ‘of its time’. The Rapide is really nice too, really petite detailing. I’ll post pics when I can.
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    Biplane Wing Assembly jig

    I’ve got one of the wooden ones. They work really well.
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