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  1. Another few weeks gone and still no progress. Sorry everyone I have looked at the bench more often of late so, hopefully, the mojo will return. We met #2 daughter for lunch at the weekend. She was travelling to friends so we intercepted her route at a really nice pub in Northleach. I had devilled kidneys and pan fried calves liver - the first offal I've had for ages (if you don't count pate) - delicious. BUT I got pinged by the COVID app on Tuesday. Rats. Test sent off yesterday so I'm now on tenter hooks and staying away from others. Fingers crossed for a negative result and let's hope the double jabbing does its work.
  2. Thanks Giorgio, Steve, Terry, Johnny and Martian - the mojo is slowly re-emerging but, as PE is the current task, somewhat reluctantly Ah, Duxford… if only it was closer I'd be there too! Full English? A very rare treat Bill Mrs B has some strong ideas on 'healthy eating' and, basically, anything tasty is 'bad for you'. I do, of course, rebel! Andy as the Bills have commented that's a great move. Good man Sir. Care for the Elderly is so often passed off to third parties and I hope, when the time comes, our kids are half as considerate as you. I'm sure they'll settle in and be very happy near their loved ones What a year you've had Crisp! Rotten… Get well soon matey Eh what? Me and Fusion have yet to form a relationship I fear - I don't have the arty perspective I don't think. Happy to help with the file format Bill if I can - what's 'summatawkward'? Maybe you should wait until someone who knows what they're talking about chips in! More PE later, maybe.
  3. Lovely brassery Tony and impressive micro-greeblies. Lovely stuff
  4. Big catchup for me Bill - what a ride! She's looking very smart now.
  5. Usual excellent level of Fritag detailing - nice work Have a great break Steve!
  6. No worries Stew - I've had a break too! Enjoy the weather while it lasts It was Cookie, it was! I'll certainly pass on your regards next time I see Jim Another week gone. Mrs B has gone away to play with the grandson and I now have a couple of weeks home alone! What to do… Binge watch Ghosts Series 3. Done. Catch up on developments in energy supply that don't involve ruining the beautiful landscape. Loaf around. Done. Look guiltily at the models. Several times. But today: I seem to remember masking up for the weird bits of Olive Drab and then realising the PE needed to be on first. Now done. I think.
  7. Looking gorgeous Making your own tools now eh? Bar raised, again!
  8. Great to see you back PC and apologies for missing everything during my recent absence - I hope you're all progressing as well as this model, a little beauty!
  9. Great catchup for me Bill after a bit of a break. Pleased to hear you're recovering well and back at the bench producing your usual high standard of work
  10. I'm still here and life is still getting in the way of a mojo improvement. Maybe I'll touch something soon! A quick belated report though on my trip to the Old Buckenham Airshow on Saturday 31st. A great day and well worth the trip. Jim greeted me at the gate and introduced me to his friendly wife before explaining that he was performing multiple roles that day and apologising for not being able to host me better! What a nice man. The event was sold out and very soon the flight line was crowded ready for the display. What a display it was too! Hurricane, two Spitfires, Sally B and the Bouchon / Mustang dogfight provided a suitable Merlin fix. There was also a very impressive display of nine, yes nine, Tiger Moths and a great display by four little Turbulents. My favourite experience though was by the 'Extra Duo' display team. They have a Facebook page that describes them as "The worlds No.1 Little and Large Aerobatic Display Team. Chris Burkett in the full size Extra 330 and Mike Williams flying the 49% Radio Controlled Model." Has to be seen to be believed? OK then: Sorry about the rubbish photography - they were very fast! I was also very interested in Nuncats 'Electric Jeep'. Based on the airfield, the company is developing an electric aircraft that can be used in Africa (and other sunny places) to move medical and other essential supplies about. I had a great chat with Ian, their chief engineer. If you're interested they have a CrowdFunder page that explains what they're up to and gives you a chance to bung 'em a few quid. I have to admit that I dropped out of the display mid-afternoon so that I could get back to the family for the evening. Great day though - thanks Jim! Hopefully, soon, some modelling!
  11. Just back on the forum after a couple of weeks and is it me or is it very slow this morning?
  12. Thanks Terry, John, Ali, Rog, Biggles, Giorgio, Ben, Johnny, Tony (the bot), Cookie and Rob Man cave temperature down to 23º this afternoon and some mojo so, with all the tasks I have to do, what do you think I chose? Prop tip masking? I hate doing that! Weird eh? Hopefully the mojo will be there tomorrow too…
  13. Great catchup for me Tony. Dry casting now eh? Are there no limits to the man's skills?
  14. Nice work Giorgio Looks like you're a convert to sprue gloop now? Certainly sorted out those seams…
  15. Three weeks since my last post and five weeks since the last progress. Five WEEKS! Crikey, what have I been up to? Replies first… Thanks Ben News below. But before that, how are YOU? I sincerely hope the floods didn't effect you. Hi John Tilly didn't have a plaster, just a dressing that came off after a few days. She has metal in her knee so I guess the cast wasn't required? Anyway, stopping her jumping was really tiresome - she had her harness on and was strapped to my wrist most of the time and limited to toilet trips to the garden. I almost got bed sores from sitting on the sofa! Not as tiresome as the fact that Apple have now implemented Command-I as 'email this page' so italic is now a chore. Otto is a delight - more below. So, convalescing dog and low mojo. Then the wedding preparations (Sophie, our younger daughter). She had planned a wedding in Assisi but that has, of course, been postponed. Twice. She decided to get married in Bath and then have a party in Italy at the end of October (should be safe?). Of course we'd have the after-marriage party in our garden. So that needed to be 'pretty'. Luckily Mrs B's domain. Not so the house which needed some bits tidying up. I don't do DIY now so in came the painter. For two weeks. Of course, while he was tidying up the main bathroom we should change the old brass taps for new modern ones. Chrome of course. So the shower had to be upgraded from it's previously-trendy white. Aqualisa are brilliant and provided a list of chrome replacement bits but the control is obsolete. They offered to fit a new model at about 60% of list price including (that should be italic but I can't be bothered) fitting. Result! Sadly the outlet design is outside the tiles (clever) and ours is behind them. Too risky. So we no have a nice new chrome shower fitting with a white outlet. I did try the Molotow chrome but, even with primer, I don't think it'll take the washing. Ho hum. Nice overnight in Henley middle of June. One of my mates has joined the Phyllis Court Club; very nice place on the river. We had a trip on a river boat and, for the first time in years, my arms sunburned. Now I have to splash on sunscreen every time I go out. Ageing eh, but the alternative is worse (as they say). Marvellous time sitting on the lawn drinking beer though. Almost normal. Almost. Mrs B's birthday at the beginning of the month so a nice lunch was called for. Oysters to start - yum. 'Jersey Rock' oysters tried and approved! Elder daughter is easing herself back into work so asked if she could come down from the 8th so that Mrs B could look after Otto while she had calls and Zooms. He's still not Lego-ready so I've been doing the occasional 'Ooochy Coo' but that's it. More or less. A major event for me was a Zoom presentation to the local U3A Science Group on Software. Took me a couple of weeks to prepare and hone but went well I thought. Trouble is with scientists is that they ask deep questions like "What do you think will control the moral and social effects of AI?". "Dunno mate" isn't enough so I had to use my brain which, as you know, is a bit rusty. So, big day on the 17th. I had my hair cut and everything! Lovely ceremony then back to the garden for 'the reception'/after wedding party. COVID meant we had to do a risk analysis of course but all went well, thanks. Son-in-Law is from Dublin and his (small) group were amazing. His Dad has a Citroen service business and a collection of DSs. A lovely crowd. I got to bed at 3:30am, a long time since I've stayed up that late! That's us up-to-date then. The Models are still waiting for the PE to be applied and then engines to be assembled. It's 26.5º in the man cave at the moment. Maybe later…
  16. Thanks Geoff It does indeed! Lots of spare bits - I hope
  17. Thanks everyone I now have Tilly back with us convalescing after a knee operation. You know Spaniels - bouncy little things. She has ‘cage rest’ for two weeks. Oh ha ha. One more week to go…
  18. Lovely finish Stew Envious of the view from the spray booth too, although isn't the tumble dryer a bit hard on the models? All that tumbling
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