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  1. Here you go: http://www.scalemodelersworld.com/online-scale-converter-tool.html#aEnlargeBy Third item on the list. Anthony has it right
  2. Thanks Tony, Terry, Simon, Jont, Giorgio, Bill, Pete, John and Navy Bill. The masking is off and I'm generally happy: The demarcation needs a bit of sanding but that's fine. Pleased with the very thin line down the fin: Oooh look, I glued something: The exhausts, of course. Now I need to go back to my Memphis Belle build to see how I got the wheels up.
  3. Thanks Giorgio Now then, there's a thought! Not masking is not an option I guess Phil? I admire your patience Great to see you as well Ian. I won't be polishing - I'm after a sort of worn look… hopefully. Thanks Pete, you're a star! Well, modelling has been delayed again. Guess what I've been doing. As the weather turned cold the heating went on - as did the cardigan. Then the heating wasn't on. Rats. Called our heating engineer (who's really good) and he was, of course, busy but he diagnosed a faulty 'zone valve'. This I know from nothing. Not so now. I've had it apart and, sure enough, the gears have gone - they're not activating the microswitch: I didn't know but what happens is (skip this if you're not interested) the programmer doesn't control the boiler - it turns on the zone valve and THAT opens the water valve for that circuit AND then turns on the boiler by closing that switch. The motor and gears hold the valve open and springs close it when the programmer stops the current. Who knew? New valve purchased from Amazon and now fitted. That gave me some time to 'paste' the fuselage: I'll leave that overnight and take off the masking in the morning to see what sort of mess I've made.
  4. Thanks guys, you're all so kind I shall attempt to keep the mojo stoked and get these damn things off the bench. Another wing done: Now, off to catch up on some posts…
  5. I'm in, hopefully for the long term… I was still in short trousers but remember the funeral and the effect it had on my parents. Sadness is not the word for it. The man that had led them through very hard times of which they spoke little… Ah, Lightnings. I'm of that age where it was the dream of every boy to fly one. Of course I'm too tall. As David Gunson says in his classic 'What goes up might come down' if I'd had to eject from one the dashboard would have chopped me off at the knees. Not so an old colleague, 'Bang Out' Benger, who ejected from his over the North Sea after both engines caught fire. Months in hospital and now two inches shorter. Those were the days… Onwards Edward!
  6. Wow. I aspire to that finish. Great job Egbert, you haven't lost your touch (fnaar!)
  7. Hello? Anyone there? Apologies first. Flickr tells me the last photo I published was in June. Yes, this year, cheeky. I have excuses. Two new grandchildren, one of each. A recruitment push for the Police Independent Advisory Group I took the chair of, foolishly. Observing police training and visiting the control room. And life. But the main reason is I found this intimidating: All that MASKING. I hate masking. A bit. But meeting the chaps at Telford has given me a mojo boost and, using the 'how do you eat an elephant' solution, decided to treat each bit as a separate model. So: Now it's Spitfire sized, sort of, if you ignore the extra engine. Masked up and AK paste out: Progress! I've also been snooping 'Content I Follow' with some embarrassment. Hopefully I can keep going now and get things swinging again. Fnaar!
  8. Great to see you all chaps. A mojo boost it was!
  9. Stunning and well worth the wait. An immensely captivating and educational WiP too Tony. Thanks for sharing
  10. Great to have you on 'the team' Terry! I'll look forward to the WiPs
  11. Another skill mastered Steve - admirable stuff. St John eh? I think that's the location for the TV cop drama 'Hudson and Rex'. Rex is a dog. A very clever one. Love it. Recommended, if you like that sort of thing…
  12. Ah, there you go again with that 'patience' stuff. I really must get some The ferry was great Bill - loading in the evening so time for a beer in the bar before kip and then, lo and behold, waking up in St Malo. Drive to Bléré to find 28º temperature and warnings of a heat wave - they cancelled their music festival even though the stage had been set up Next day to Amboise - 39º with a 41º forecast so drove around in the car with the a/c and only occasional trips out. On to La Loge to the next hotel but then back to Le Château du Clos Lucé for Parc Leonardo da Vinci to see all his great inventions. They have 'full sized' models in the grounds: Great fun! Visit the Chateau at Chenonceau, built impressively across the river. Next stop Fontvraud-l'Abbaye to see the the Abbey, founded in 1101! Impressive building to say the least. And that weird kitchen! Bought some wine in Samur - nice! Final night closer to St Malo at a great hotel in Chateaubourg. An old mill with huge grounds only open to guest and full of sculptures. Recommended. Lunch in Dinard, mooch around St Malo and then back on to the ferry for the overnight back to Portsmouth. Nice trip, and no airports! Rats, if only we'd known! Thanks John Thanks Cookie Not much more will get done for a week or so because: …we've got the painters in and we're off to Devon with the family. Then I must get on with the masking!
  13. Amazing recovery there Johnny. I bet you said 'whoops' or something similar I sympathise dear boy, believe me This is going to be very special - nearly there.
  14. Marvellous pair Johnny, looking forward to the RFI shots when you have time
  15. Thanks Ian! Looks like a Windows feature… on my Macs, there's a couple of methods. The easiest is to hold down the key to accent and choose one from the pop-up menu. So you can à é ī ö ū č to your hearts content!
  16. Very slow getting back in the masking groove: In my defence, life has been getting in the way. I've picked up my new specs which are making a huge difference - the cheap ones didn't correct my astigmatism apparently, but these (more expensive) vary-focals are great. I can see! Had a trip to the Roman Villa at The Newt - amazing. They found a villa in the grounds, had archeologists document it and then built a full sized 'replica'. Stunning! Hot though - 28º, phew. We grabbed a quick break too - overnight ferries to St Malo and then four nights looking at Chateaus in the Loire. Very relaxing, if not a bit hot one day - 38.5º! Leonardo da Vinci moved there for the last three years of his life and there's a great museum at Chateau Clos Luce (sorry, can't remember how to accent 'e's) Also found a great hotel in Chateaubourg; Ar Milin stands across the river and in large grounds with art works scattered around. Worth a trip. Police Advisory Group taking my time trying to recruit. Eldest down for the weekend with connected grandchild care. Old Theatre - my first tour, went OK. No more excuses. I shall continue to mask. Slowly.
  17. Well, er, hot for England! Shorts on (you have been warned!) Thanks Steve You need a 'Baby Boa Constrictor Strap Wrench' (posted above) to hold the jars. Make sure you get a small one. Cheap as chips. Ah, FaceBook. I came off that as I was fed up with being tracked and sold to. I may need to re-activate Thanks Rob - it's a trial to be honest… Great news Terry
  18. Very nice finish on the tail end Giorgio, very nice
  19. Great stuff Johnny. That prop looks good - great tip on the Seraphim!
  20. Strange looking pair, beautifully finished - great job Heather
  21. Nice one Stew Despite all the trepidations she's turned out beautifully. Great job.
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