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Steve Coombs

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  1. Plus 1 for the Buccaneer with a Martel fit. I feel the need for some Vangelis while I work. I feel Airfix dropped the ball not getting a Black Buck out this year to meet the 40th anniversary of its use, but we can be patient.
  2. Ha! I dug my Sword F3 kit out of the stash, where it has lingered in recent years. Taking a look inside the box, it has two, repeat, two photoetch frets with the cockpit stuff. Your need is greater than mine, so pm me with what you want - the spare fret or the kit with two frets - the choice is yours. No money will change hands for this. If you feel the need, contribute to a charity of your choice. Or keep things closer to home and buy the family a tub of ice cream or something (probably not at this time of year; teach the boys about deferred pleasures).
  3. Back when the film was first on general release, I mentioned to a colleague that I'd seen it. "How was it?", she asked. "Terrible", I replied. "How so?" "The ship sinks". Followed by a swatting. Probably deserved.
  4. Avatar frustrated me too, mainly because I spent the entire film identifying where the various plot points had been lifted from. I wonder if Swims With Smurfs next month will be any better?
  5. He might have a good line to the CMDF. Weren't there rumours of a Fantastic Voyage remake a few years back?
  6. I visited the Derwent Pencil Museum in Keswick about 40 years ago. I don't remember buying any pencils there, which was probably remiss of me.
  7. I've just seen on the website of my plastic pusher of choice (MBK, if you're familiar with it) that it will be selling Wingnut Wings stuff in the new year. No details yet. It can't be shifting remaining stock, because they don't have any. As I see it, there are three possibilities: Someone discovered some unsold stock sitting in a warehouse somewhere Someone has taken possession of existing moulds and is in a position to use them WNW is coming back Seeing as several of the old WNW team are now part of Kōtare, I doubt option 3 is realistic, though I'd be happy to be proven wrong. This is in the Rumourmonger section; let the rumours fly!
  8. Port wing, definitely. It's a desert bird and needs to look a touch faded/dusty.
  9. My daughter never showed any interest in actually building kits, but boy, could she mask and paint the things. My elder stepdaughter's partner has a son, and I hope to lead him into temptation soon.
  10. Some parts of Chatham are positively feral, which might explain a few things!
  11. A good job you didn't do option C then! (For those of you unfamiliar with the kit instructions, this shows a particularly filthy plane smothered in oil and soot from the aircraft it just shot down)
  12. Oh, that's nice. I added a kit of this to the stash yesterday while visiting and spending a tidy sum at the D/CDN Maple Leaf exhibition in Bühl yesterday. The first show since 2019! I think I need to spray a few plastic spoons with various metallics first to get an eye for the contrast between shades, and I'm definitely going to use fine decal stripes for the rubber sealant on the underside of the fuselage.
  13. Looking good! I have three examples of this kit in the stash (I have a cunning plan, probably to be realised in the new year now) and every single one of them has problems with the side stays for the undercarriage - twisted and broken, short-shot, or missing. Has anyone else experienced this, or have I been singled out for particular persecution?
  14. Wilkommen an Bord! Schöne Grüsse aus Wiesloch!
  15. Aha! I always attached the keel part (the underside after the wing) first as a backstop for the wing assembly, and wondered if that pushed the assembly a touch too far forward, requiring some scraping of the fuselage at the nose joint. I never got round to it, but I wanted to experiment by following the instructions (heresy!) and trimming the mating edge of the keel as required for a good fit.
  16. Ooh. nice fit of the wing under the nose. How did you do that? My attempts at this kit have required a fair bit of scraping in that area to get it all to fit without ridges.
  17. I was on holiday with the folks at Trewan Hall, St Columb Major in 1976 and 1979, and had a pleasant time spotting the Canberras and Nimrods. In some dark corner of the flat I should have a grossly underexposed slide of some stripy Canberra TT18s flying past from the International Air Day. 4th August, 1976 - nearly 46 years ago! Eek.
  18. Coming along nicely there! I note the short-shot Red Top missile fin on the sprue. I think it's compulsory! Every Airfix Lightning kit I have bought has had this as a 'feature'. This is where I offer my habitual tips of clipping the bulkhead at the inner end of the jetpipes simply to cover the end of them, making the unit a slide-in fit near the end of the build and saving some weight at the back; and to put a plastic tab in each fuselage half where the top of the belly tank is to meet, so the tank isn't able to 'turn in' at all. If you fancy a crack at an F1 or F3 sometime, the Alley Cat conversion is very nice if you can get your hands on it (I think modelsforsale.com stocks Alley Cat stuff these days).
  19. I imagine Xtradecal could do very well by issuing a UAS sheet and an overseas users sheet to cover the bases. XX630, for personal preference!
  20. Very nice work so far. Have you been able to check the fit of the cockpit transparencies? That chasm in front of the air intakes might cause some bother.
  21. I wonder if we will see any Condor planes in red/yellow(ish) stripes? That'll cover all the bases - red/white (ketchup/mayo), yellow/white (mustard/mayo), and then red/yellow (ketchup/mustard). I only tolerate red/white with my Currywurst.
  22. This is a magnificent piece of work. A different scale, admittedly, but I wonder what Wingnut Wings could have made of the Avro 504, had it survived? The Friedrichshafen raiders, Home Defence, training, service in dozens of air arms, and a further lease of life as banner towers and barnstormers. Options galore! Alas, not to be.
  23. The replacement photoetch arrived safely this morning. Thanks for the prompt and excellent service.
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