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  1. Today me and my wife will start the journey to build a house.

    This is awesome, and scary!

  2. Thank you for the kind messages back in August.

    You’re a great bunch and BM is superb. Thank you Mike.

    Absolutely the best community on the Internet.

    Two months have flown by. Another short stay in hospital. Then my wife and stepdaughter did amazing work packing books for study, inspiration, to help my own writing, masses of medication.

    Clearance letters for vast quantities of very valuable clotting medication arrived just 3 days prior to departure.

    a380’s on the two Long hauls. 
    Perhaps the civil aviation modellers and staff here can tell me why the older A380 was far more comfortable than the newer one?

    Cheap seats on both, but utterly agonising on the second one. I have a fracture in my right elbow and Spinal work that cannot be effectively addressed in my remaining practical working lifespan (unless I win the lottery or crowdfunded *a lot*) in Australia, so in many ways, this was a civilian medevac.

    These Osteo issues are regular NHS work here. 
    I have never been so happy to hear British trains and be drenched by British rain, to breathe in the cool air, full of Carbon Monoxide or not.

    Suit  and symbolic yellow tie provided for the hearings by the lovely people at Haemophilia ACT.
    My first new nice pair of shoes in 13 years provided by careful saving.

     

    Entire flight paid for myself by extremely mindfully collecting 90,000 Virgin Velocity points over an 8 year period and $85 in cash.

    Quite proud of my tenacity there :angel:!
     

    Currently in London recovering from the long haul.

     

    Off to the hearings on Monday. Fleetwood house. I’ll be the portly chap in charcoal suit, tan Oxford style Hush puppies 👞 and a yellow toe, in a wheelchair sometimes, walking stick other times.

     

    We had to concentrate on books and medication (30Kg of books). 

    Thetefore, sadly, not *one* single kit, paintbrush, knife, pot of paint here with me 😢.

     

    I tried to bring some vintage Shuco clockwork cars to refurbish, but they have apparently been posted back to Australia, in the same box as my old computers. ‘Too many batteries’ apparently. All dead as dodos; I just wanted to keep the moulded shells to try and re-cell. If anyone has any ancient PowerBook 500 series batteries, please let me know. I need to get data off of those machines. Only place my Masters degree and one old book I started in 1991 (transferred from Amiga) exist.

     

    Oxford  next to meet a valued good friend, then the midlands to pick up the trusty Volvo 920 Estate.

     

    The AA wouldn’t insure it as they say it’s too old and a ‘Classic’. A classic car company rep almost died Laughing when I tried to insure my life beloved brick through them

    as a classic. Still don’t know where to go to get it insured. Got to get it done very fast.

     

    Flew through its test after years of inactivity. Winscteen wipers, a battery, handbrake adjustment. Job done.


    They don’t make them

    like that anymore (stop sniggering you at the back, it may be ugly but I love it).

     

    Im off North of the border to live near Dunoon for a bit after the hearings. Would love to hear from nearby Britmodellers. Any advice on good local GP’s most welcome.

    I’ll be mainly reading and writing and having my body repaired bit by bit, but a Britmodeller is a Britmodeller.

    Nothing. To. Build. Alone, A bit skint 😔 
     

    If anyone has anything unwanted in 1/72, let me know. I will buy or send swaps. I mainly like aircraft pre 1970. Above all 1930’s to 1960’s.  I like submarines and WWII Arctic Convoy ship is too.

     

    Vac form, resin, plastic, any old thing. Unwanted paints, brushes, scalpels etc also welcome.

     

    I’ll be as skint as a skint thing until late November, so all unwanted/second hand stuff welcome and will be lovingly built.

     

    Look after yourselves. Keep muddling.  Can’t wait to get to Dunoon 😊🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿⛰.

    All the best

    TonyT

    1. rob85

      rob85

      Tony! It sounds like you have been having quite the journey! Good luck with the hearing, and with getting treatment etc. Scotland is lovely so I hope you get to settle down and enjoy yourself.

       

      PM me your address I think it’s time I returned the favour and sent you some bit! More than happy to get stuff post up there.

       

      Rob

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  3. Sunday tickets to Fairford booked for the kids and I, their first proper air show!

     

    Rob

    1. rob85

      rob85

      Duxford is amazing I love it there but never been to a show!

       

      i remember going once to fairford with ATC to ‘support’ but only really remember watching the planes! Every other time my mum and dad were taking us on our holiday on that weekend, it’s like it was planned! And adding insult to the injury we used to drive past the air balloon pub to get to the ferry, which always had a huge poster advertising it!

       

      They appear excited, lets see if it lasts a whole day of looking at aircraft!

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  4.  

    turns out we just need noodles, who knew

    1. rob85

      rob85

      Must do! Worked on a 1:1 sink. One one way to find out, I look forward to your next build and the sanding back of a few pot noddles when filling a wing root!

       

      Rob

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  5. I’m in Duxford! 😃

    1. rob85

      rob85

      Just missed the bootlebee spitfire taking off as I was in the American section 🙁 but it been amazing to walk round, especially the aircraft being worked on! Loads of activity.... and of course pictures taken!

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  6. How is the gang doing?

    1. rob85

      rob85

      Well enough to be fair! But no where near enough modelling 🙁

       

      Hope you and the family are good?! 

       

      Rob

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  7. I have been gifted a Airfix wellington for my birthday from my lovely children! Gosh it looks a highly detailed and beautiful kit! Shame it’s in my stash and not someone else’s 😂

     

    text from ex wife on my birthday:

     

    hi, your daughter has informed me we MUST buy you an ‘Airfix wellington’.... how do I do this, she won’t let it go.

     

    I of course sent her a link within seconds.

     

    good to see my 8 year old has my back, though it’s noted my son (turned 7 five days after me) remained quiet about the whole thing  

  8. I feel the need to tell you all I actually built something today, in fact that’s not accurate! Somethings!

     

    they are nothing special but I got them buttoned up... not my finest work but fun!

     

    I’m back in the game!!

    1. rob85

      rob85

      @Biggles87 ha, yeah will that might still be my next problem.... or just trying to finish everything I started over a year ago e.g. the 9 spitfires!

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  9. I feel the need to tell you all I actually built something today, in fact that’s not accurate! Somethings!

     

    they are nothing special but I got them buttoned up... not my finest work but fun!

     

    I’m back in the game!!

    1. rob85

      rob85

      Stew! That’s very kind of you to say. Hopefully get some paint on them next week after a sand.

       

      it helps having a modelling dungeon set up!

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  10. Learning to walk again.

    I had my partial bionic knee fitted on Tuesday, and after a short hobble yesterday we got onto the serious stuff today.  They have to be sure that I can manage stairs before I can leave, so we went to the nearest stairwell ( about 25m ) and went down a short flight of eight steps and return. When we got back to the top I was absolutely knackered and light headed so they took pity on me and wheeled me back in a chair, how pathetic is that?

    When everything is sorted I should be able to leap small buildings with a bit of a run-up.

     

    John

     

    1. rob85

      rob85

      Cheers it’s good to be back browsing, I’ve missed it!

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  11. Learning to walk again.

    I had my partial bionic knee fitted on Tuesday, and after a short hobble yesterday we got onto the serious stuff today.  They have to be sure that I can manage stairs before I can leave, so we went to the nearest stairwell ( about 25m ) and went down a short flight of eight steps and return. When we got back to the top I was absolutely knackered and light headed so they took pity on me and wheeled me back in a chair, how pathetic is that?

    When everything is sorted I should be able to leap small buildings with a bit of a run-up.

     

    John

     

    1. rob85

      rob85

      Hope the recovery goes well! I’m sure you will take it in your stride 😃.... seriously though hope they look after you and it’s all ok

       

      Rob

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  12. My greatest achievement as a father so far: I've taught my twenty-one-month-old to exclaim "By Jove!" Next: introducing him to pink gins.

    1. rob85

      rob85

      That PC is some fine work... with our first she picked up a habit my ex wife and I would have rathered we avoided... especially while laura couldn't find what she wanted in Waitrose, Q small angel of a 20 month old child "what's wrong mummy" mummy: "I can't find your yogurts!" Small beautiful daughter: "oh... (drops head) FFS" (forum rules do not permit me using anything but the abbreviation). She is a sharpe cookie and, as we found out, a very quick learner! 

       

      Looking Ng forward to the pic of him with his pink Gin :) 

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  13. Phew, what a scorcher!

    I hear that it's a bit warm over there in Blighty, I hope you're all drinking lots of water and not spending too long in the sun.

    This morning at 0600 the temperature here was 20C and at 1300 it was 38C in the sun, so we're hiding indoors this afternoon with all the shutters closed.

    Yesterday a Canicule ( heat wave ) was declared which is due to last for a week.

    Brings back memories of 1976.

     

    John

    1. rob85

      rob85

      Hope your keeping safe in that kinda temp! Supposed to stay hot tomorrow and break for a thunderstorm at school pick up time .... about right... my only days off this week are tomorrow and Saturday, heat wave over by Saturday and thunderstorms tomorrow... I must have annoyed a weather god somewhere!

       

      Rob

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  14. My life has been royally screwed by two people I trusted with my life

     

    in taking a time out 

    1. rob85

      rob85

      Thank you for your thoughts all. Possibly need to not post things when drunk. That said it doesn't make the comment any less true.

       

      My wife that I recently separated from had been having an affair with one of my closest friends when we were together so I have hit a very low point. I will get past it at some point but will probably not be posting on here or doing much with the little bits of plastic while I get my head round this and a number of other things. 

       

      Again thank you for the support and kind words.

       

      Rob

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  15. My life has been royally screwed by two people I trusted with my life

     

    in taking a time out 

    1. rob85

      rob85

      Don't think it will any time soon Jeffers, but thank you all the same

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  16. Hello all,

    In the absence of other 'Social' networks that I would feel happy using, I think this BM personal activity feed suits me just fine :).

     

    "Suits you sir"!

     

     

    This week I have been mostly unpacking boxes.

     

    My aim has been to try to establish a new modelling/study/Mancave area.

     

    As of this evening, it looks diabolically bad, but at least all the boxes are unpacked:

     

    Mancave mayhem

     

    Mancave mayhem

     

    Mancave mayhem

     

    Mancave mayhem

     

    I've put these pictures here as, for my own sanity, I need to build something. If I focus on that, I'll clear the bench (self psychology going on here).

     

    The thing is, understandably, I'm overwhelmed by all the kits.

     

    I had alluded to this a little before. I have a few ideas but; looking at this pile of sh... :poop: , sorry, kits, does anyone have a request for any of them?

     

    I'll go along with it and do a WIP. 

     

    My brain hurts just trying to decide.

     

    All the best

    TonyT

    1. rob85

      rob85

      Again Tony give me a shout if you want anything, I have a fair few mk VB transfers

       

      Rob

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  17. Hello all,

    In the absence of other 'Social' networks that I would feel happy using, I think this BM personal activity feed suits me just fine :).

     

    "Suits you sir"!

     

     

    This week I have been mostly unpacking boxes.

     

    My aim has been to try to establish a new modelling/study/Mancave area.

     

    As of this evening, it looks diabolically bad, but at least all the boxes are unpacked:

     

    Mancave mayhem

     

    Mancave mayhem

     

    Mancave mayhem

     

    Mancave mayhem

     

    I've put these pictures here as, for my own sanity, I need to build something. If I focus on that, I'll clear the bench (self psychology going on here).

     

    The thing is, understandably, I'm overwhelmed by all the kits.

     

    I had alluded to this a little before. I have a few ideas but; looking at this pile of sh... :poop: , sorry, kits, does anyone have a request for any of them?

     

    I'll go along with it and do a WIP. 

     

    My brain hurts just trying to decide.

     

    All the best

    TonyT

    1. rob85

      rob85

      I'm sure stix built it not long ago, very nice it was. Why not have a relax and build it!

       

      Rob

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  18. Hello all,

    In the absence of other 'Social' networks that I would feel happy using, I think this BM personal activity feed suits me just fine :).

     

    "Suits you sir"!

     

     

    This week I have been mostly unpacking boxes.

     

    My aim has been to try to establish a new modelling/study/Mancave area.

     

    As of this evening, it looks diabolically bad, but at least all the boxes are unpacked:

     

    Mancave mayhem

     

    Mancave mayhem

     

    Mancave mayhem

     

    Mancave mayhem

     

    I've put these pictures here as, for my own sanity, I need to build something. If I focus on that, I'll clear the bench (self psychology going on here).

     

    The thing is, understandably, I'm overwhelmed by all the kits.

     

    I had alluded to this a little before. I have a few ideas but; looking at this pile of sh... :poop: , sorry, kits, does anyone have a request for any of them?

     

    I'll go along with it and do a WIP. 

     

    My brain hurts just trying to decide.

     

    All the best

    TonyT

    1. rob85

      rob85

      I didn't notice the corsair was 1/32! Far too big.... no, in that case I vote spitfire VB, best to start with something gentle 

       

      Rob

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  19. Hello all,

    In the absence of other 'Social' networks that I would feel happy using, I think this BM personal activity feed suits me just fine :).

     

    "Suits you sir"!

     

     

    This week I have been mostly unpacking boxes.

     

    My aim has been to try to establish a new modelling/study/Mancave area.

     

    As of this evening, it looks diabolically bad, but at least all the boxes are unpacked:

     

    Mancave mayhem

     

    Mancave mayhem

     

    Mancave mayhem

     

    Mancave mayhem

     

    I've put these pictures here as, for my own sanity, I need to build something. If I focus on that, I'll clear the bench (self psychology going on here).

     

    The thing is, understandably, I'm overwhelmed by all the kits.

     

    I had alluded to this a little before. I have a few ideas but; looking at this pile of sh... :poop: , sorry, kits, does anyone have a request for any of them?

     

    I'll go along with it and do a WIP. 

     

    My brain hurts just trying to decide.

     

    All the best

    TonyT

    1. rob85

      rob85

      Also I love a fast show reference me! Nice work

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  20. Hello all,

    In the absence of other 'Social' networks that I would feel happy using, I think this BM personal activity feed suits me just fine :).

     

    "Suits you sir"!

     

     

    This week I have been mostly unpacking boxes.

     

    My aim has been to try to establish a new modelling/study/Mancave area.

     

    As of this evening, it looks diabolically bad, but at least all the boxes are unpacked:

     

    Mancave mayhem

     

    Mancave mayhem

     

    Mancave mayhem

     

    Mancave mayhem

     

    I've put these pictures here as, for my own sanity, I need to build something. If I focus on that, I'll clear the bench (self psychology going on here).

     

    The thing is, understandably, I'm overwhelmed by all the kits.

     

    I had alluded to this a little before. I have a few ideas but; looking at this pile of sh... :poop: , sorry, kits, does anyone have a request for any of them?

     

    I'll go along with it and do a WIP. 

     

    My brain hurts just trying to decide.

     

    All the best

    TonyT

    1. rob85

      rob85

      I would love to see the b-29 built.... however that would be asking a lot.... unless you want too! 

       

      I would vote for the revell corsair, nice starter. And as for options! Let me know! I have a lot of transfers for the FAA, RNZAF and US aircraft.... I will pop them over with the RAAF Lib transfers if you like?

       

      Rob

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  21. I'm slowly realising why there aren't any WiPs of the Sword Spitfire XIV... it's one of those kits that looks good on the sprue but doesn't go together well.

    1. rob85

      rob85

      Well in that case Simon, I'm sold.... nothing like a punishing build to blow the cobwebs away!

       

      Rob

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  22. I'm slowly realising why there aren't any WiPs of the Sword Spitfire XIV... it's one of those kits that looks good on the sprue but doesn't go together well.

    1. rob85

      rob85

      That's a shame to hear, I have always wanted to buy a sword spitfire 

       

      good luck

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  23. A Vote! What to build! 

     

    I know now I have unfinished work I should really just finish, but my head is not in that place right now.... so here are some options for a quick build.

     

    - airfix spitfire mk XXII (race scheme as I like it more than the silver)

    - airfix dauntless

    - hase p-38

    - airfix mustang p-51d (RAF option off the med fighters sheet)

    - academy p-40, (either with the tiger on or cresswell's AC)

     

    the choice is yyyyyyyoooouuuuurrrss....

     

    Rob

    1. rob85

      rob85

      So I went for the p-38 and I am nearly at the transfer stage! So it is a quick build.... I may do another quick one before getting stuck into my lost souls from 2016....

       

      Rob

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  24. A Vote! What to build! 

     

    I know now I have unfinished work I should really just finish, but my head is not in that place right now.... so here are some options for a quick build.

     

    - airfix spitfire mk XXII (race scheme as I like it more than the silver)

    - airfix dauntless

    - hase p-38

    - airfix mustang p-51d (RAF option off the med fighters sheet)

    - academy p-40, (either with the tiger on or cresswell's AC)

     

    the choice is yyyyyyyoooouuuuurrrss....

     

    Rob

    1. rob85

      rob85

      And that's 3! I started the p-38 last night so will start a WIP as soon as

       

      cheers all

       

      Rob

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