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  1. The range of high quality wood kits seems massive although sadly firms like billings do have some mixed media (metal fittings mainly) that might need the horrible chemicals. Good luck but if PVA is ok then clinker built boats are great fun and satisfying.
  2. Having stepped on my falcon replacement canopy last night intended to replace the cracked (by me) airfix one and having created panel lines deeper than the San Andreas fault during pathetic first attempt at re-scribing I can confirm 1000% the release of a new 1/72 scale hampden by airfix. It’s official.
  3. Dora wings are becoming so dangerous to my bank account. Another wonderful subject. So many options and so much personality.
  4. We must both report back on what we think - as “three corvettes” is his real experiences it makes his role as the senior medical person on board even grimmer than cruel sea IMHO.
  5. I think (correct me please!) “three corvettes” was a compilation of Nicholas Monsorrats actual wartime experience that amazingly were published as a column in wartime paper (telegraph maybe?) and then he wrote Cruel Sea which is full off incidents/people you can see in his earlier work. I actually prefer three corvettes. Really going to hunt the ones you recommend !
  6. Seems very light sensitive as it would be I guess so tough call...smoke or similar on glass if it annoys you?? I think it looks great and shows the construction method clearly.
  7. Thank you straight of to find these as I love Three Corvettes.
  8. What a pleasant debate. Refreshing plus I’m learning so much without feeling bullied by experts. Thanks Greg!
  9. I will I promise especially as I follow this. It feels odd to call him "uncle" obviously we never met. He was my Mums classic "older brother" and she adored him and the impact of his death on her and her father still makes me think about it all the time. A 25 year old post office worker (RAF Reserve) from Gloucester training in "Rhodesia" as it was called and tragically dying after only 1 or 2 missions in a land and in a culture far away. I am currently reading "Fire By Night"..... if you have not tried that yet worth finding but you probably have it. SORRY for thread drift I will shut up now and thanks again for inspiration.
  10. Following. My uncle (George Sinclair Smith) died Feb 1941 and buried in Turkey was a pilot in 37 squadron. They were bombing Rhodes harbour I think clearly had problems and flew into a hill on Turkish mainland. Have all paperwork and aircraft serials ( Wellington IC T2821 ’T’) but never been brave enough to build. This might inspire me so thank you in advance.
  11. Fantastic wonderful. Can’t remember where I park the car but can remember exact place I bought the exact same boxing circa 1973!! Thought it was so exotic and that I was really moving “up market”. Thanks for the wonderful Entertaining build and memory!
  12. Fabulous - would love to see these “live” I think it’s perfect as it is. I think the black finish suits it - you should have not said it was not By design! I have monogram boxed one in the stash can’t think I could ever match this But will bookmark to inspire.
  13. https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/blog/how-an-american-saved-our-german-heinkel-he-111/ amazing story.....great model...love this site as a gateway to often very random events!
  14. So I build the state of the art revell and make it look like a kit from 70s and you guys on this site do the reverse again and again! . Amazing built no idea how you got the transparency’s so “clean” and well fitting. Was it airfix blue plastic by memory?
  15. Beautiful. Something about the hurricane that is tough to capture and no idea what it is but yours captures it perfectly - is it the way it sits or the way the colour falls NO idea but this is wonderful.
  16. Totally agree. When I build a state of the art I look at it and compare it to work on here and think why do I bother! However with older kits I get a real buzz out of my fictitious “busying” of wheel wells and cockpits! However, as you say I am happy with my work if just a bit disappointed with my glacial improvement!
  17. Fantastic - really not happy when you take a basic frog kit and make it look 10 times better than my effort with later revell and sword examples. Fabulous.
  18. Fabulous. A reconnaissance aircraft with appalling visibility! You have to wonder who Blackburn “knew” in the air ministry - so many duds. Stunning model thank you.
  19. Good read here.. https://www.nevilshute.org/Reviews/barneswallis.php comparing Barnes Wallis with his fictional aircraft designers in “no highway”.
  20. It’s also a very un-varnished account of the governments wilful arrogance and stupidity over the R101.
  21. Most secret is also a good read. I don’t know if it’s true but “no highway” and some of his other aviation titles are full of not very well hidden recognisable characters from aviation. Would love to know who Theodore honey is based on!
  22. I’m such a luddite I love the personal service! Thanks for the training!!
  23. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greyhound_(film) Only just seen this. Hope it’s more private Ryan than pearl harbour!! Shame that it is fictional always thought a film about or even based on “Johnny Walker” would be Fabulous and bring a real hero some attention
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