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  1. Stunning and well worth the wait. An immensely captivating and educational WiP too Tony. Thanks for sharing
  2. Great to have you on 'the team' Terry! I'll look forward to the WiPs
  3. 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…
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. Marvellous pair Johnny, looking forward to the RFI shots when you have time
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. Very nice finish on the tail end Giorgio, very nice
  11. Great stuff Johnny. That prop looks good - great tip on the Seraphim!
  12. Strange looking pair, beautifully finished - great job Heather
  13. Nice one Stew Despite all the trepidations she's turned out beautifully. Great job.
  14. You're very welcome Terry Thanks Melchie Great to see you again too - now I just need to try to reach that high bar set by you and others. Gulp. There will be more visits I'm sure; the museum's getting bigger! Necronomicon? Gracious… Mr Lovecraft* has a lot to answer for. * He's the author. Behave yourselves Thanks Erwin - too kind There will be a short intermission while I try to cope with this heat.
  15. Bit of time this morning so I started practicing the masking on mine: Tools all over the place. This is the bit I'd been dreading: I may use Oramask on the anti-glare I think. Later.
  16. I'd never thought of that John (said nicely) Have a good day at Drayton. Thanks johnny - absolutely! Models? Here you go: Woody's I think. Fritag's Spitfire Johnny's Mustang, Giorgio's Mustang and I think Woody's? The General's Lightning and Tom's B-17s. Most have been RFI'd here (except perhaps Tom's two B-17s in the last pic) and I wasn't watching who brought what so if I've mis-labelled them, sorry.
  17. it did Giorgio, it did Thanks Terry Thanks Ian Sorry, for 'fuselage' read 'fin'. I found a great cutaway diagram here. I'm out tomorrow so no, or little, progress will be made. Watch this space!
  18. Masking. Again. De-icing boots on the fuselage (the wings were done some time ago) then on with the rubber black: Brushed on. Well, more 'dobbed' really because I was worried that the XF-85 would 'activate' the Mr Hobby X414 red underneath. I think I got away with it Once that's dry I need to remove all the masking then mask the currently painted areas ready for the AK True Metal paste. Great.
  19. More gorgeous stuff Tony; those tiny details are really raising the bar, again 1/24 scale? Too much man for me Sir, I like little and often (snurf).
  20. Thanks Johnny - a few pints were bought! Protective coats eh? Hmmm. Thanks Rob If you're using decent tape it'll probably be fine We will be having another visit I'm sure so don't worry! Here's a shot of the team at the museum: Left to right: Jim the curator/owner, Spadgent, Fritag, The General, Tomprobert over my hat (!), Woody and giemme. A great time was had by all. It's not over. I picked up this: …and this: Better get on with that masking…
  21. Thanks James, and lucky for the early birth Thanks Tom, very kind I bought the tape from Amazon, sold by 'DUSSAL' but they don't seem to stock it anymore. I wonder why? I left it on for over a year, so probably not a practical option. Looking forward to seeing you too! Oh har har. I do need to sleep you know, and paint takes times to dry Thanks Bill Thanks Ade - I shall get it right from now on Cheers Terry. I may review the red and see if 'weathered' works for me!
  22. Thanks Giorgio Nice to know it's not just me… I have plenty of Oramask (including 'offcuts') so I'll use that to fill in for future masking. Write that down someone. Thanks Bill I find the Tamiya acrylics a bit weird to be honest, but I know some people swear by them and they do cover pretty well. I find they drag sometimes when brushing though - thinners I hear you say… Ah, Cedric/Cerdic; you're quite right that Sir Walter apparently mis-spelt Cerdic, the Anglo-saxon king, in 'Ivanhoe' and the name was born. Dammit. My Dad's favourite book. Lucky for me I suppose, it could have been 50,000 leagues and I'd have been Nemo… As you know I was only ever called Cedric when I was in trouble and I'm just about over the panic feeling when someone uses my full name instead of 'Ced'. "Only my Mother called me Cedric, and only when I was in trouble" I say. Ah Johnny… 'top coat'? That's that thing patient people do isn't it? Protective coats and all that. Requires more patience, something I'm short of Thanks for the hair dryer tip - I've used that before on (real) car stickers so I'll try to remember. Looking forward to seeing you too, although I fear the B-17 won't be ready. I could blame this masking issue but, to be honest, I slowed down in June '21 (I blame Tilly the dog's op) and only restarted on May 4th (oooh, Start Wars day, "May the fourth be with you" ) I think I need to stop trying to rush things - Jim has made it clear that the project is ongoing so there's no rush. So, Micro-mesh out and over the remaining glue: I love this stuff; removes the bumps without scouring the surface. Magic. First coat of red on: And relax…
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