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Steve Coombs

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  1. Bog-standard pegs or clips with a couple of blobs of Blu-Tack do a similar job. A similar setup also prevents clamps from sliding off if trying to clamp something rounded or a bit on the wide side.
  2. I appalled my mother some 30 years back when I told her I'd thrown a dead mouse out of the flat. I then explained that the left-hand button had stopped working.
  3. Having clear wingtips is a boon to the occasionally ham-fisted like me. It's a sight easier to attach and fair in pieces like that rather than pray tiny wingtip lights don't ping into the wild blue yonder and fall prey to the carpet monster when trying to manoeuvre them into place with tweezers. Then trust they will stay in place long enough to 'lock' into place with superglue or similar so they don't detach when trying to merge them into the wingtip. Of course, the assumption is that the plane will be painted, when the lights can easily be masked and the wingtips are then made 'solid'.
  4. If I were you, I'd get a kit of the F6 and build that, then get hold of an Alleycat conversion to convert the F2A to an F1 or F3! I found the table at the bottom of this page very useful for listing the features that distinguish each particular mark of Lightning: https://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/lightning/history.php
  5. I saw this film a month ago and thought it was magnificent. Then I saw it again last Saturday to check (!), having reread the book in the interim, and it still is. Interesting how some of the dialogue goes to different characters than in the novel, but it works. And the soundtrack is excellent, I thought. I hope the cinema you watched it in had a decent sound system.
  6. Nice to see someone else raids the cosmetics section for multi-grade nail files!
  7. I just added the Hasegawa 305SQ, 40th Anniversary F-15J to the stash. I was very much taken by the markings and got the kit with MBK's 20th anniversary discount. The decal sheet is splendid, but I wonder if anyone has any information about the shades of orange and red-orange used, in case I need to make a touch up here or there? For that matter, is there a modern Japanese equivalent of FS or BS, or does the JASDF use FS specs for its aircraft? Any help much appreciated.
  8. Heat-shrink tubing also does the trick. Paint the bombs yellow, apply a ring of tubing of a suitable diameter and size to the nose of each, and shrink it to a tight fit. Then spray the bomb in an appropriate shade of green. If you're worried about seepage, spray matt varnish before the green to seal the ring. Then peel off the ring when all is dry and ready.
  9. Somewhat more than a year later after making a fool of myself, is there any news of a modern Martel/datalink fit for the new S2B kit, or do I have to source the things under wings from an older Airfix boxing off eBay?
  10. Very nice work so far. Going to have a go at PT879 next? https://warbirdsnews.com/warbird-restorations/the-russian-spitfire-completes-her-flight-testing.html
  11. There's already a B-52 pilot whose father and grandfather have also flown it. This could easily go to another generation or two!
  12. Just a quick thumbs up to Alistair - never mind the possible three weeks or so for casting, the Vulcan and Phantom goodies I ordered a week ago arrived in excellent order today (and I suspect a day or two of that was spent plastering the box with customs stickers en route).
  13. Aha! I meant my Harder & Steenbeck Infinity... I managed to damage the Quick Fix end of the airbrush and have just ordered replacement parts.
  14. Delivery October 2022? Ouch. At least I'll have the replacement parts for my Infinity by then.
  15. This is leading me into temptation! Back in the pre-COVID days, colleagues in the office next door commenced battle at each day at 12 with a range of Nerf weaponry, including a bowcaster for our resident Valkyrie. Sometime in 2022, when we are supposed to be able to return to the workplace, it'd be fun to storm office 37. I'd paint the thing in RAL 7013 first.
  16. Do you think someone watched Firefox back in 1982?
  17. Welcome to the motley crew! Games Workshop's Nuln Oil, Agrax Earthshade, and Athonian Camoshade are just the ticket to make various bits of airframe pop out, and Corax White is indispensable.
  18. A belated report, but I've only just got back! About an hour ago, I was sitting in the market square enjoying my habitual lunch outside the Trattoria in the middle of town, when I heard a plane approaching. Hang on, I thought to myself, that's a Merlin engine. Then a P-51 (bubble canopy, D model?) flew overhead, heading north. I wonder what that was about? Warbirds and other exotica usually fly to or from Speyer, which is west of here. Hah! My powers of observation did not fail me. I just looked this up on Flightradar24. P-51D N51ZW, heading to Egelsbach (between Frankfurt and Darmstadt).
  19. Any opinions on the Reskit Paveway II (UK) bombs?
  20. From personal experience, you need to sand down the roof of the undecarriage bay to the level of the side pieces. Fortunately, the roof is so thick that you won't sand all the way through it and ruin the detail in the undecarriage bay itself.
  21. Absolutely. I still remember the Vulcan at the RAF Abingdon Battle of Britain Display in 1980, when the weather could generously be described as overcast. The Vulcan came in fast and low under the cloud at what couldn't have been more than 300m agl and vibrated everything within range. My jeans fluttered (and they were not flares). That was also the year I got into the cockpit of one of 44 Squadron's machines in the static display. With permission, of course. I found it a bit cramped for my lanky frame. Not as svelte these days, alas... Some years later, I was allowed into the cockpit of one of 55's Victors. I doubt very much anyone's allowed on board the Valiant at Cosford. Does anyone know if there is entry to the Valiant cockpit at Brooklands, so I can notch up the trio of V-bombers?
  22. These are very nice indeed. I've got a couple of boxes of them in the stash, which is all packed up ready for a move in a couple of weeks' time. No active modelling for me now until I'm settled in to the new flat, but I can lurk with the best of them in the meantime.
  23. You are now giving me flashbacks to the summer of 1986, when I spent what seemed each weekend either visiting friends from university days or attendings airshows, with the windows down, the roof back, and Victorialand blasting out of the customs speakers on the back shelf as I motored around the UK. Glorious! I also remember a couple of years earlier, when This Mortal Coil's take on Song to the Siren was played over the PA in Sefton Park in Liverpool just before a fireworks display and reduced spectators to entranced silence.
  24. I've had the Nimrod, Valiant, and both Victor kits in the stash for a while, and shall soon have the wherewithal to display them once built! I don't like to leave my finished builds out to become dust magnets. And I am eagerly anticipating the new Vulcan. My mate Chris the Smurf built a couple of the 1980s kit about the time it first came out, and that was an orgy of filling and sanding. I expect the new one will be user-friendlier.
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