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About Tarkas

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  1. I think some wascally "creature" has stolen it; that's why he's so angry. And yes, he looks very good -- angry, but good.
  2. Well, his website says that his online shop is closed. Apparently, he had a stroke and his right-hand side has been affected; so, as much a shame as it is (I wanted some decals from him, too), I don't think you're going to have any luck. JBOT Decals appear to be gone for good.
  3. That's Soup Dragon (unless you were making a pun ).
  4. My latest package in the post is a real blast from the past -- the subject, not the kit, which isn't very old at all. It's the Starduster from one of the earliest (1962-4) TV SF cartoons, Space Angel, courtesy of the perople at Fantastic Plastic. I loved the series as a kid, far too many years ago, and I'm really glad to have a kit of the hero spaceship. I'd put up photos of the box and its contents if I could figure out how to do it! It must be possible, but every method I have tried has failed miserably. Still, you can look at the kit on the FP website here. My kit has rather more flash than their illustration, but that's hardly surprising, and it shouldn't take too long to clean up. No (obvious) signs of bubbles or pinholes, so the flash is the only casting flaw -- I hope! I'm looking forward to making this one, and it's about as simple as you can get, even for a resin kit.
  5. I'll go you one better... er, weirder. I showed both Scott and Alan video clips of the Schlieren wave patterns around their respective Thunderbirds at supersonic speeds...! I think they were both impressed and baffled at the same time, but I suspect that they were used to that. Oh, and it was in the Cold War Exhibition hangar at RAF Cosford. RIP, Shane. You will be sadly missed.
  6. It really depends on how much you want to get into it. The original Aztec pattern on the large Enterprise miniature for the first movie (ST:TMP) used 5 or 6 different shades of pearlescent paint in a highly complex pattern, plus a number of other colours for things like the secondary hull strongback and details around the upper primary hull, main deflector and engines. You can find (or buy) details of the Aztec pattern and even paint masks -- I know, because I've got them -- but it's a very complex and time-consuming job to recreate what Paul Olsen did. Later Aztec patterns weren't as complicated, and even the Big E got a re-paint after the fun and games of ST III and IV. The idea was to reproduce something like the Olsen paint scheme, but with less hassle -- and, I suppose, cost; Paul really did go to town originally, but that's what he was asked to do, and he did it very well. To this end, interference paints have been used, as have varying shades of grey with a glossy overcoat. They all work more or less well, so there's not a single, simple answer. As regards references (including paints) , I can only suggest that you look at sites like this one and CultTVman's, and/or YouTube, for articles, videos and build threads describing what people have done on their builds, and also what the original SFX people did when making the models in the first place, and then decide what you want to do. I can recommend Paul Olsen's book Star Trek: Creating the Enterprise if you want to go the whole hog, but I warn you, it's not gonna be quick.
  7. They haven't arrived yet, but I've been told that mine are on the way... (we need a rubbing hands in anticipation emoji <g>)
  8. You'e thinking of the infamous "Black Ship" story, one of TV21's best XL5 tales, and brilliantly illustrated (as usual) by the late, great Mike Noble. The Black Ship itself was a great design, one that I'd love to see someone make a model of some time -- especially if they could re-create its home base, hidden inside a volcano (! ). I also remember the Fireball production line; think Mike had taken inspiration from pictures of one or other large aircraft factory, probably during WW2, so it could well have been a B-29 line. As for the big battle, it was a bit of an anti-climax: Steve Zodiac managed to pass a message to one of the captured designers, telling them to use ordinary metal instead of special alloys like the amazing Cahelium X (TV21's wonder heat-resistant metal), so when the pirate fleet went to full power, they blew up! The WSP didn't have to do a thing except get the original XL5 back, which Steve and co. did in their usual heroic fashion.
  9. Looks very nice, though a little strange to my eyes to see an RAAF Macchi in grey . As to why the kit is moulded in orange, I think it's because the Italian MB.326's were painted orange (and the RAAF orange and white) -- kinda like Red Arrows Hawks from any manufacturer being moulded in red. Any other colour scheme is the responsibility of the modeller, to their minds.
  10. Looks very good, but I have to ask: how are the lights in the warp nacelles connected to the power supply. If this is the same kit as I have had in the stash for nearly 30 years (I know, I know...) the pylons are both part of a single piece of the secondary hull, and there's nowhere to hide the wires. I remember seeing a description of a build in which the modeller carved a trench into the (rather thin) pylon to run the wires along and then cover it over; didn't really like the thought of that. What did you do?
  11. They were, and they looked great -- both lots. Nice work.
  12. That looks brilliant, Karl. I've been following this build from the start (well, from when you started posting about it), and the Hawk has come out a treat! Bravo!
  13. It's looking good. The older pre-low-vis grey schemes, whether RN or USN, just look so much better on a Tomcat. For that matter, the 1940s memorial schemes of recent years also look great on RAF aircraft. I loved that Typhoon in BoB camo, and the other aircraft in similar paint jobs (Hawk in 19 Sqn livery, c.1938, and a Tucano celebrating 100 years of 72 Sqn) looked great as well. And Vitaliy, if the RN bought Tomcats, I could easily imagine the RAF getting them in place of Tornado ADVs (F.2 and F.3 versions). British Aerospace, as it was then, would have complained bitterly, but the Treasury would have argued that a larger Tomcat buy was cheaper than developing the ADV solely for the RAF. Given the timescale, they'd have likely been A models because the F110 engine hadn't been developed yet, so they would have been known as the Tomcat F.3 in RAF service. The RAF would have wanted the Phoenix from the outset, as the aircraft's primary role would have been bomber-busting. They might have been upgraded to F-14B standard later, and could have been equipped with the TARPS pod and possibly fitted with the AN/APG-71 radar as well, in which case the Tomcat FR.4 would have been a very useful aircraft. The FGR.5 version, equivalent to a late service "Bombcat", would have been even more so. Nice dream...
  14. Other way round! The British system doesn't allocate a designation to each aircraft type the way the US one does (e.g., F-14, F-18, A-6, B-52, etc.); the code letters are descriptors showing the role(s) that the aircraft is used for, and the name comes first! Different types can have the same descriptors because they do the same job, as in the Harrier GR.1, the Jaguar GR.1 and the Tornado GR.1. So the name of the RN F-14 aircraft would be "Tomcat FRS.1". The Phoenix-armed version would either be Tomcat FRS.1A, the A indicating a systems upgrade but no major changes to the airframe (as in Tornado GR.1A and Jaguar GR.1A) or Tomcat FRS.2. Actually, depending on exact timescale, the FRS.2 could have become the Tomcat FA.2 by now, just as happened to the Sea Harrier FRS.2. And it could well have the unofficial designations of F-14K and M just like the Phantom, which were given the F-4K and M designations by McDonnell-Douglas. But, regardless of what it's called, I look forward to seeing the beast when it's done. Keep up the good work.
  15. We didn't really have a choice, and frankly, were glad that someone had actually made a kit; it wasn't likely that there was going to be another one (the idea that there might be, somewhere else in the world, was simply outside of most people's experience). Some of these toy/kits were worse than others, The Seaview doesn't look too bad -- is it me, or is it a bit on the short side? My idea of what a model should look like comes from the old Aurora model, so it could be out just as much. Regardless, you're doing a good job here and I look forward to seeing that excellent base with the Seaview on it.
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