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  1. Hi, beautiful kit! Well done. I have never seen photos of this plane with yellow nose and tail. Looks good though. I suspect that the small hole at the base of the canopy is for the support of the gun sight. Great show. Congrats. JR
  2. In true Scottish fashion, have they stopped the trains crossing? JR
  3. Ah, the elusive glorious shine! I will see a unicorn before I achieve a shine, even half glorious. Beautiful kit, that puts the Heller one to pasture. And a great build. Good luck with the window cleaning! JR
  4. Hi Pat, nice progress on you cat. Re your al fresco modelling time I am, for once, jealous! Here it has been dark since 6 PM, and it is freezing ! No Highland cow would survive it! Modelling "inside" when we have no windows on our home is a mission, especially with skying gloves! I suspect though that the bottle of single malt is just outside the photo... You forgot to remove the glass from the table. Great show mate, and enjoy your two hours of summer! JR
  5. Hi, I did manage to give the body a second coat of grey primer before the spray can died on me. As Sod's Law would have it, in its last splutter, two small blobs of primer landed on the outside of the front left door.... Rats! I nonetheless resisted the impulse to remove them there and then, knowing it would be a total disaster if I tried. So now that they are dry I can attempt to do something with ultra fine sand paper and polishing cloth. No guaranties, but that is the only way forward.... Here is a photo of the body. Work in progress and really fun. Cheers everyone. JR
  6. Hi, your greyer blue is so much better and looks just the part. Great progress. JR
  7. Bonsoir Patrice, your little diorama is superb, and your build is fantastic. Congratulations! I see that you do not use gloss varnish before and after the decals, with the mat varnish last. Do you have any problems with decals cracking with age, or turning yellowish? I know that here I have had that problem until I started using gloss varnish.... Great show. JR
  8. Hi Pat, great choice! Is there a single FROG kit that you do not have in the mine dump-sized stash of yours? It took me all these years to finally understand why FROG kits were always in short supply in France... They kept blaming Scotland... I was too stupid to understand... Now I know. Beautiful plane and I shall definitely follow your progress. Have fun. JR
  9. Now, @Max Headroom, David Gilmour, that I like very much! I was getting worried. JR
  10. Hi Trevor, I did see a J-M Jarre light show at Paris la Defense in the mid-1980s, for a "Fete de la musique" evening. Surprisingly fabulous for me, who was staunchly anti-electronic music (when one is young, one has to be stupid... I sure was!). Anyway, with Peter Gabriel, you are in the same groove as my wife. She loves his music, his voice, etc. Me? I hate his music, his voice, etc... Rather conflictual. For a while now, I have been feeling very romantic: Beethoven (overdosing on his 7th), Mendelssohn (overdosing on his Octet!), Schubert (13th and 14th Quartets. Overdosing on them, of course). My wife hates them all with a passion! So I switch to my beloved Carla Bley ... My wife wants to vomit when she hears her and her "big band" At the end of the day, who needs politics and religion? Music will do the trick. Cheers JR
  11. Hi everyone who knows how to read, Something unusual has happened to me. A good friend of mine had taken over the farm of Ian Smith, the last Prime Minister of Rhodesia, after working for him as a manager. Obviously the farm in Shurugwi was "liberated" as a result of the land invasions that raged through Zimbabwe from 2000 onward. My friend Owen was given most of Ian Smith's possessions when the latter left for South Africa a sick, old man. Recently we visited Owen in Harare and he offered us to choose whatever we wanted out of a big pile of memorabilia having belonged to Ian Smith and his wife. Now, for those of you who do not know, Ian Smith joined the RAF while studying in South Africa, in 1941. He became a fighter pilot, first flying Hurricanes with 237 (Rhodesia) Squadron in North Africa. then Spitfire Mk IX in Italy and all the way to Germany with, if my memory serves me right, 130 Squadron. He even survived a terrible accident in North Africa and was shot down by flak in Italy. So he sure did his bit for King and Country. Anyway, beside a beautiful white metal Spitfire IX mounted on top of a Spit cylinder head, I found two books, which I am finding rather fascinating. Here is the first one: and the second one, which is a limited first edition, and written by one of my "heroes": The cherry on top of the cake is what I found, once back at home: So I have become unwittingly the custodian of a very small piece of history, meaningless but for a very few of us. Have fun and never stop reading! JR
  12. Hi John, I have been lazy and not checked all the threads I had promised myself to keep an eye on... Shame on me. Your drummer is fantastic and looks the part. His face is really well painted. Congrats. I would suspect that you are painting frescoes on chapels' ceiling in your spare time... This is the boost I needed to finish my own drummer. JR
  13. Good day all, glued the steering column, and it fits nicely. I was worried as the shaft was broken in the box, being so fragile. Two attempts with Tamiya green top sorted that out. This pretty much ends the interior of the car. Now all is left is the painting and detailing of the body. I guess I should try and scratch build a pair of wipers... As if life was not already difficult enough. Here is a pic of the finished seats on wheels. Have fun with your respective models. JR
  14. Good evening neighbour, great progress! Your take on the roundels/tail colors is pretty good. I am just a bit suspicious of the blue, which should be a tad greyer. But South of the Limpopo is a long way from France, so leave it as it is. It will be just great. As a brush painter, I have very little idea of what the Tamiya paint references are like... Great show. JR
  15. Another great kit, and I would find it very hard to resist the Lafayette squadron! Cheers JR
  16. Hi Wellzy, IMHO, this is the most sexy of the Mirage 2000 family, especially when it sports the humongous underwing fuel tanks. I do hope you will fit them on your model! Have a lot of fun! JR
  17. Hi everyone, still progressing with my Deuche. I have glued the dashboard/"glove compartment"and made and fitted a gear stick and a hand brake. Just felt like it, but nobody will see them! I decided against the floor pedals... Just need to place the steering column, then all the work will be on the body. Re the body, I am almost finished painting the canvas top in darker grey. Some bad news though: -it would appear that my spray of Tamiya grey primer is almost finished! Rats! I hope it will last for the last coat... -and I just realized that one of the lights has disappeared!!! Now that is going to be fun finding it, what with the carpet monster, the thousand of spider webs and the mongoose... Rats again! Anyway, here is a photo of the chassis; Have fun! JR PS: After 30-odd minutes on all four with a spotlight, I have found the missing light! A chance in a thousand. Smiling again!!!
  18. Hi Jon, Absolutely smashing Bearcat!!! It looks real down to the smallest details and the paint job is perfect. Congrats JR
  19. Hi all, last night I glued the front lights, minus the lenses, and this simple add-on made the body really look like a 2 CV. So today I sprayed some light grey Tamiya primer, and looking at the result, I had an epiphany. Why not leave the body in this color, as it is pretty much the grey of many 2 CVs of my youth? Plus there is no way my brush painting can be as smooth as that. I will paint the fabric roof in dark grey, as that was often the case. So all I have to do is micromesh the body and give it another coat of primer. Easy! Anyway, here are a couple of pictures. The body is not glued to the chassis, just put on top for the photo. Thanks for watching. JR
  20. Hi Pat, just to confuse matters a bit more, re the interior blue I use Humbrol 104. Very happy with it. It is dark enough so that you can lighten the sharp edges with a light grey. Anyway, you choose and as long as you are happy, it is good. Cheers mate. JR
  21. Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen, well, I have glued the wheels, which means that the collection of bits looks almost like a car! A great sense of achievement as I have never glued four wheels on a kit before in my life... Next will be work on the dashboard, steering column, etc. and finally the painting of the body. Here is a photo of the progress so far: So yes, @JOCKNEY, I may well finish this one before Xmas 2021.... Maybe I am a closet car modeler... Should I come out? Have fun! JR
  22. Hi Clive, this is a great Karas! The weathering is a bit heavy, but very realistic. Congrats!!! JR
  23. Hi Ian, I agree with you. Being inside a 2 CV during a roll would have been a very bad idea. The canvas top would not have shielded your head very much! Now, I never qualified a Reliant Robin as a car, but that is just me! "Only horses and fools", as well as "Mr. Bean" are enough to confirm my feeling! Having said that, in a tight turn the 4 wheels of a 2 CV would still be on the ground, while the body would be tilted at 45 degrees outwards (or so it felt)... Real fun! Cheers JR
  24. Hi @johnlambert, I m fully in agreement with you. As you rightfully say, the seats elasticated fabric was hung on a basic metal frame. You could see right through underneath the seat from the sides. I debated trying to modify the seats to something closer to reality, and then decided that once the body and the transparent parts have been installed, the sides of the seats would become totally invisible. So, I'm afraid they shall remain a they are. But I shall make amends to the gods. The 2 CV has been omnipresent through my youth, along with the Panhard, Simca 1000, Peugeot 203, and many more... It is impossible to remain insensitive to the Deuche. Thanks for your comment. JR
  25. The Historex figure I am finally trying to finish is missing pockets on the back of the jacket... a real pain to correct. So despite their precision, they seem to all still have shortcomings... But I guess that perfection would be a bore. Or would it? Have fun! JR
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