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About Coors54

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    Formula 1 cars of the '70's and flying things.

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  1. I'm gathering info and parts to start this model and would point out that the kit primarily portrays the ship after the increase in AA mounts around the catapult so the aircraft were not carried, the catapult was decommissioned (I haven't confirmed if it was totally removed yet) and the hangars re purposed. It's your model of course but detailing the catapult etc you might consider a waste of time.
  2. Blimey, they are some brilliant builds, you have a real eye for detail and your paint finishes are incredibly realistic. My neighbour has a wrecked DS19 in his garden that doesn't look as good as that!
  3. That was a very rare sighting considering the A400's woeful serviceability! The rumour is there are never more than couple serviceable at any one time. I don't think they are very quiet either, they have a very distinctive drone and strangely, at times, an almost helicopter like blade slap. They use Newquay quite a bit for Base training and come over the house as often as they can!
  4. Blimey, what a palaver! Today's 'elf & safety would have a field day, it's a cracking piece of film definitely of its time, thanks for sharing the link.
  5. Now that takes me back! I preferred The Aeronauts to The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe but they both had that slight air of the exotic being obviously foreign and dubbed. For the 12 year old , mad for anything aviation The Aeronauts ticked many boxes. Thanks for poking a memory cell to life! Dave
  6. Hi Graham, it wasn't the chance of the guns firing and hitting the Walrus, more a case of the Walrus hitting the guns/emplacements on launch. The ones positioned around the catapult track seem awfully close, clearance between them and the wings being marginal.
  7. I cannot for the life of me remember the first single, it was probably so dire my subconscious has blotted it out, but I can clearly remember my first album, "Best Band In The Land by CCS" and I went to see them at Birmingham Town Hall shortly afterwards. Alexis Corner, Tap Turns on the Water..... Then there was my unrequited love affair with Annie Haslam from Renaissance, performing at Lanchester Polytechnic 1975(?), why couldn't she see my loving gaze? There should be a separate "Memorable Concerts I wuz there" thread. Dave
  8. Thanks to you both, that settles my mind. I never thought of looking in Squadrons and Units of the FAA! I can understand the AA mounts around the catapult area now. I wonder if the raised track remained? Now to decide on which upgrade set to get or purchase barrels, deck, etch etc separately as the build progresses and spread the cost.
  9. Hi Anthony, thanks for your kind words. Re reading my description in the cold light of morning does throw up a couple of points and in answer to your question, no I don't coat the decals before weathering and (so far) have never had a problem. Giving the decals a quick brush over with Future would provide insurance though, some folks use it to bed their decals down anyway. I have a compressor and airbrush but we have a love/hate relationship, I hate the whole mixing/cleaning/masking palaver, my modelling time is precious and I don't like spending it doing those tasks. I love the effects you can get with an airbrush but I have realised that I will never win competitions or model professionally so I don't lose sleep over not using it. I post pictures occasionally on here or LSP but otherwise my builds go into boxes in the loft. My pleasure is in the build and finishing. I used to be a 1/48 only guy but as you have commented age and failing eyesight made me move to larger scales a few years ago. I sold my stash and reinvested in 1/32 & 1/24 but my head has been turned again by 1/12 scale race cars and I have a yen for a battleship, now that will be a challenge of tiny brass etch! Good luck with your journey into the hobby, just enjoy it, even the frustrations and failures, every day is a school day. Dave
  10. Not sure it's the mainstream film industries aim or need to make you think, surely as a medium it's main aim is to entertain (and make money)? Look back at the history of cinema and the vast majority of films are pure entertainment, fluff and froth, the number of films that made you think or influenced public attitudes are much fewer. The cinema going demographic is a young one, the industry caters to that, they expect a fast moving, loud experience, undoubtedly influenced by their online experiences. Most of us more mature citizens prefer being tucked up with a glass of wine watching our entertainment. "Bond single-handedly fights shadowy, international organisation with a silly name, does lots of things that would kill an ordinary man, shoots some baddies, things explode (big bang-bang at the end to round things off), maybe sleeps with one lady (promiscuity is just not acceptable these days, apparently), has a few pithy, droll one-liners to deliver, etc, etc, etc..." I expect nothing less from a Bond film! Add some exotic locations and sumptuous filming what's not to like? I might go to the cinema to see it but I probably wouldn't bother again when it comes to the small screen, it's usually not good enough to watch more than once. But then isn't that the same with most films? Even the worthy ones that make you think? * *(I exclude Top Gun here - saw it 7 times at the cinema, loads of times on TV and have the DVD, but as for storyline and making you think....fluff and froth)
  11. Hi there, just came across this thread and thought I would add to the discussion. As said earlier there are as many ways to paint as there are modellers, I tend to use only a brush or even rattle cans to finish my aircraft but I generally make 1/32 scale and above. I mix paint types between acrylics and enamel and so far have not suffered any catastrophes. I finish painting the camouflage completely (some weathering in the cockpit, wheel wells etc) then apply a good coat of what was Future with a wide flat brush. This is usually glossy enough to allow decal application. I have used the newer "milky" sort and it dries perfectly clear, be aware it will darken some colours but not enough to make a big difference IMHO. Once the decals are on I then apply weathering and wear, if using pastels I wait until a matt coat is on. The Future coat protects against enamel pin washes etc and general handling. Once I am happy with weathering I apply a light coat of Games Workshop Purity Seal Matt spray, this is great stuff in my opinion. Dead easy to find on the High Street and easy to use. A light coat gives a sheen to the model, great for early Luftwaffe schemes, heavier build up of coats goes much matter Using the spray can help get rid of any brush marks but if there were any heavy ones I would have given them a light sand or buff before applying the Future. As with anything practice makes the job easier and less daunting, don't expect perfection straight off and try to see the progress with each model - it will be there. Enjoy what you make and don't keep comparing with others, Van Gogh wasn't a genius straight off the bat (well, he might have been.....) I hate to plug another site here but this is my 1/32 F-4J(UK) painted as described - https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/65658-132-f-4juk-phantom-tiger-squadron/&tab=comments#comment-859939 This was brush painted with Xtracolour & Humbrol enamel with acrylic used in the wheel wells and air brake bays, Dave
  12. As a bit of a naval numpty I am hoping that the more knowledgeable can help. I am slowly amassing information and parts to build the 1/350 Academy Warspite as she appeared at the time of the Italian fleet surrender in 1943 (or maybe the bombardment of Catania Sicily as this has personal connections) and my question is as the title says, when did she lose her Walrus's (Walri?) I see a lot of built models with the aircraft on the catapult but surrounded perilously close by 20mm Oerlikon mounts, was this correct? It seems there is very little clearance and is an accident waiting to happen. I have the Kagero book of plans but this is a bit inconclusive, I am sure I have read that the aircraft were disembarked in early 1943 before deployment to the Med but for the life of me I can't find where. Dave
  13. Another reason for prohibiting flash photography is that the facility may have sensors for the fire system that are light sensitive, a sudden flash could have you neck deep in suppressant foam which could spoil your day.
  14. I can sympathise with the OP about the prices in the world of automobile modelling, coming from aircraft modelling myself it has been a shock. I can only assume that sales volumes of kits and accessories for cars are considerably lower than model aircraft, also wanting what's current makes a subject hot sales wise for a much shorter time limiting profitability. A bit like the real thing value plummets as a model goes out of currency only to increase when it becomes a classic! on the other hand I'm taking much longer to complete a model to my satisfaction so it's value ratio of cost to time is much better than aircraft, it's ratio of frustration to cost is bigger too as I master new techniques! Good luck with your quest for suitable subjects, it's a whole new world out there.
  15. Nearly at the end of this series and I must say it has impressed me. I'm with Matthew, not a huge fan of modern F1, the '70's and early '80's were my era but this series really brings some of the characters in the middle order to life, the internecine wars, the self-belief (sometimes misplaced) and although some of the "drama" is a little manufactured in the editing for the programme I think the series is a great advertisement for the sport. Even my wife who absolutely abhors anything motors watched a couple and was thoroughly involved. The interviews are a little more candid than the bland corporate stuff you get on televised race days, not truly fly on the wall but the focus on Haas's Gunther Steiner is wonderful, he makes David Brent look positively accomplished! One of the criticism's of the series has been the lack of Mercedes and Ferrari as they declined to take part in filming but this hasn't detracted for me, the middle and tail teams are so much more interesting at the human level, my heart went out to poor Claire Williams seen crying at the end of the Monaco GP, the weight of the teams history clearly weighing on her shoulders. I would like to see a bit more of what a modern pit crew go through each race and maybe this will be something series 2 will show, who are they? What do you need to join the world of F1? Give it a try it hasn't make me pay for Sky's F1 TV package but it has made me pay more attention to the highlights on Channel 4, come on Williams! Dave
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