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  1. Thanks Brian. I take it that you also test drove these cabs? Must be a joy to drive I'm sure. I envy you there. The internal details were quite good, with all the storage areas on the dash and above the driver and passenger seats. I was thinking of opening them up to show a TV and microwave but decided against it as they could not be seen from the outside. I did add a built in Sat Nav to the dash though and made a large storage box (that could be pulled out) which went between the seats but under the bed as shown in a video that I saw. The kit just had a big open hole there, which looked awkward. With the top bunk bed, I added a false bottom to the bed and fixed it raised from the front supported by straps. To the underside of the bed I made a small folding ladder for use in climbing onto the bunk bed when it needed to be used. Lastly I added curtains to the interior to create some realism, seat belts and a picture to the rear of the cab. It's a pity that more detail is not included with the rear of the cab but they seem to concentrate more on the dash, etc. Regards Kevin
  2. Thanks for the information. It is much appreciated. Not being a trucker myself I was unaware of these regulations, except the rear warning plates that are always displayed. Before starting the kit I did study hundreds of pictures but did not pick up on that particular rule. After doing a search on the Internet I was actually amazed at the amount of regulations that cover what these trucks carry. It must be a nightmare for haulage companies. Dare I say that I found it all so interesting? I will definately update my build and post a picture on here as soon as I get time and am grateful for the heads-up. I've always been in awe of HGV's since I was able to walk (over 55 years ago) and my dream was to get my Class 1 (at the time) and drive them. Alas, life doesn't always allow us to follow our childhood dreams and I never managed it, but I have always kept the facination. Unfortunately I have never been able to actually sit in one of these cabs and could only rely on video's or pictures online. The way the internals have changed over the years is incredible. Thanks agian for your guidance. Kevin
  3. I've done some of the Dapol kits when I had my model railway and they are really decent kits. I seem to remember that they had a big fire many years ago and most of the moulds were ruined but they rebuilt most of them over the years. They have a good range too for railway connected things. I think you're right about getting both kits from different era's and mixing them. Mind you, with modern technology now, you could probably run off some decent decals.
  4. Thanks Billy. I feel guilty now about moaning about it so much. Never expected such good comments from everyone. I must admit some of the figures have dodgy eyes but I say that is down to riding in an open top bus through the streets of 1910 London. Cheers Kevin
  5. Actually Chimpion, you have a good point there. Though you would need a lot of patience, it would be a good starter kit as you would sure learn a lot from correcting the imperfections and could carry that experience on to future builds. I think my problem was that I expected it to be a simple relaxing build and was not in the right frame of mind. People say I'm temperamental. I don't really have a temper so I must just be mental...........ha! ha!
  6. Thanks. Appreciate your comment. As I mentioned before, I think weathering could spoil this kit. I tend to go by memory and experience with the kits I build. Alas, I cannot quite remember seeing these on the roads in London.............. ha! ha!
  7. I've seen some of those 'wordy' instructions on the net, Alan. I have tried several times to read through one of them but kept dozing off before I get halfway through.......zzzzzz ha! ha! Gawd bless for pictures
  8. Thanks, Gerrard Actually, once built it is a nice clean looking kit and one that may not look so good if weathered in any way. From memory Hornby took over Airfix years ago and a lot of their kits were built in China and India before being brought back to the UK for manufacturing. Now that Hornby own it I don't think they would spend too much money on building new moulds, though they are bringing out new one's gradually. The problem with Revell is that most of their kits are of German/Russian/European items. I think there would be a huge market worldwide for kits of historical buildings, vehicles, etc, from the UK and it is a shame there is not a British company willing to act on that.
  9. Thanks for your comments. I see that on Ebay they are selling the old red plastic kits of the bus and fire engine. I have an old Kitmaster 1961 Evening Star kit stored away and the plastic seems to be in top condition with no flashing or anything. I look at building it but then decide not to because it is such an old kit and, once, built, it will just be another kit on display and will lose that special appeal. Too sentimental? Sorry about that, ha! ha! I even bought the Dapol Evening Star so as not to have to build the Kitmaster one.
  10. Wow! BB. Now you're showing your age, ha! ha! I used to love watching those programs as a kid. They reminded me of when I used to stand outside Brixton fire station all day long waiting for the engines to roar away (slowly).
  11. Thanks Alan. Appreciate the encouragement. Alas, as I said before, I think I've been spoilt over the years. Sounds like this would be the prefect build for you and would we well worth a go. The price is quite reasonable now too. I'd love to get hold of the old Dennis Fire Engine that Airfix made They have it on Ebay for about £25 and even that seems to come from a similar mould, as you can see a lot of flashing and warped pieces.........mmmmmm.......maybe......... Cheers
  12. Thank, Celt, The point of view seems far better than I thought it would be.
  13. Thanks AD I think I've been spoilt for far too long and needed this lesson.......ha! ha!
  14. Thanks Gorby That would explain the problems. I used to be an Injection Moulder and some moulds are really expensive so no wonder they re-used them. The cost of repairing them would compare to buying a top range car.
  15. Hi Everyone. It's good to be back. I wanted to have a break from building something and adding lights and so decided to make something simple and relaxing. If any of you feel like doing the same................do not get this kit!!! Before building this I checked out other members builds and saw how amazing they were. I read about the quality of the plastic and the flaws people found so as to learn any lessons beforehand. Why didn't I take more notice? I've been building kits for over 48 years (all makes) and this must be the worst. The injection mould must have been over 100 years old and the operator must have had to use several cans of releasing spray to stop the plastic from sticking to the mould. Firstly, there was so much flashing on nearly every part and secondry, no matter how much I scrubbed the plastic paint just would not adhere. Even primer caused problems. Many of the parts were bent and the moulding marks were in full view so could not be ingnored. If you like a challenge, get this kit. You will use all of the skills you have learned in building it. Anyway, rant over. It was from a Christmas present list that I received from Santa. The good thing is that it was typical Airfix plastic in that it was quite strong and nice to cut and the decals were first class (one of the best so far). Overall it looks pleasant to look at (not too closely) and will go well with my Routemaster Bus. It is not my best but, under the circumstances, I was just glad to finish it and decided to be brave and put it on the RFI forum. If they ever decided to bring this out with a new mould I would very probably buy it again as it is a nice kit to look at. Hope you like the pictures and I salute those who have built it before me. Thanks for looking folks and look forward to any views, good or bad.
  16. Thanks, guys. Really appreciate the good feedback. For anyone wanting to try building a galleon I would definately recommend this kit. The main kit goes together very well, with very little correction required. As for the rigging. The instructions take you step-by-step through sections and with some patience (and the willingness to walk away for an hour when things seem to be getting too heavy) it is a pleasure to build. The size means that there are very few small pieces to worry about. Thanks again guys
  17. Thanks, Glynn. With the amount of switches and accessories on the steering wheel, they probably couldn't find the indicators. Before building this I studied a lot of video's and when you see the luxurious cabins you can understand why they crawl along so slow at times. They just look so amazing to drive and seem so comfortable that I don't think I'd want to get to my destination in a hurry. They have everything inside that you could wish for, TV, stereo systems, microwaves, etc. Home from home.
  18. Thanks, Wayne. Like everything, it you spend some time planning it, it makes it easier. I always used to be a good map reader when travelling all over the UK and that sure came in handy. At times I had to use two sets of tweezers at the same time and I was never any good at holding chopsticks, so I had I managed to get tangled up many times.
  19. Thanks, Guys. I never take it for granted that it would be to everyone's liking but I'm glad of the positive response.
  20. Nice job. I like the details of the padlocks on the doors. Reminds me of when I had an old Ford Escort and used locks and clasps on the doors, boot and bonnet (was a nightmare when I lost the keys).
  21. Thanks Martian. Appreciate the good feedback. I must admit that I was a little sceptical about the flickering lighting but it now seems like it was a good idea after all.
  22. Thanks guys. Really glad you appreciate it. With the rigging, if you can read a London Underground map then you should have no problems and it is not something to attempt after a whiskey or 2 (I tried it and managed to tie my fingers together).
  23. Thanks, Allyby. Much appreciated. Actually it seemed to take ages with the preparation work on the masts, cannons, deck furniture, etc, but when it came to putting it all together it took no time at all. All of the side sections could be painted and prepared before assembly with just a little touching up on the joints when glued and they all slotted into position perfectly. So much could be pre painted before assembly, it was a pleasure to build. The rigging took quite a while but once you got the hang of it, even that seemed to go well.
  24. Hi I have now added a video for this kit which can be found via the link at the top or HERE Thanks for viewing.
  25. Thanks Chris. Appreciate that, especially from a Scale Model Club member.
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