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Rob G

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  1. councillor to educate the (yes, I know, too many v's.)
  2. and start behaving themselves (rebellion is the new normal, isn't it?)
  3. That's a bit of all right, that is. I must finish my Italeri boxing of this kit, just have to conquer the complete lack of mojo. Nice work!
  4. Not joining the GB, but I have seen this. It's impressive.... https://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2015/08/19/4296075.htm
  5. I've done the same with cheap Chinese dropper bottles. While the bottles will last and seem to be impervious to most thinners, the pointy bit on the top of the cap will crack off given a bit of time and pressure. Also, they don't seem to seal all that well - a long term storage option they are not, the paint dries out in a couple of months, but for mixing up a batch to use while working on a project, they're OK. I am in a hot tropical part of the world, yon cooler climes may (I stress 'may') be different, and the seal may be sufficient to keep long term. I have AK and MIG bottles that seem to seal, at least the paint in those is still good - do those guys sell empty bottles? The OEM bottles seem to be of a better quality than the Chinese ebay version. Might be worth chasing some down.
  6. and a large pavlova (mmmmm, pavlova...)
  7. Shades of Mad Max. What is actually sad is that not one of those motorists noticed that they were following a cement bulkie, which doesn't look at all like a fuel tanker. There's all sorts of hazardous goods warning signs on a fuel tanker, for a start, not to mention prominent branding. Desperation, ignorance, or lack of observational skills? Also, an explanation of the Giles cartoon (shouldn't need to log in/have an account to view the page) https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=4296869863699758&id=279164765470308&__tn__=*W-R
  8. They're not numpties, they just don't know any better. The answer is right there in your comment, where you say "It was the first thing I was taught". Most of those using CAD and printing at home haven't been formally schooled in 'the right way' and are either learning via YouTube or making it up as they go along, and are not receiving a sound base for further progress. Hence, we get the confuzzled mess that we see. I'm a photographer, and I see exactly the same thing. It's one of the downsides of affordable technology, I guess.
  9. 1 cent each - looks like the US taxpayer got value for money from that transaction. At that rate, they would've been better off sinking them as artificial reefs.
  10. I've avoided this topic since it was first floated, but in for a penny... At my current build rate (c.1/yr), and discounting kits that would take most people substantial time (1/12 cars that want detailing, 1/32 airyplanes etc), and assuming no long hiatus due to health &C (and also not counting the kits already in the 'to be sold off' pile), umm... if it all went right, and if no one ever issued any more kits that I'd want (yeah, right), I'd clear them out by around 2400AD. Seeing as I won't make it that far, I'd better get my A into G and make a serious effort to sell off those that aren't priority, or else whoever I leave behind will have to deal with a mess such as I have recently faced when a friend died. Sigh.
  11. day, Monday, so good (sing it with me lads!)
  12. Revell have done a sterling job on these little kits. I've nearly finished the D model boxing, and it's amazing, despite my fumble fingered mistakes and the loss of a couple of bits (it's been a long term build). Decal sheet by DACO, with full stripes for the ordnance... I'm looking forward to doing the A model in grey and white.
  13. That's a sweet little kit. With a bit of modification of the main gear mounts on the boom sudes (or possibly the tops of the legs...), you can avoid having to insert the legs early in the build, although I can't now recall exactly what I did - but if I figured it out, anyone can. The booms align flawlessly, but do take a bit of time to make sure that mould lines and flash are removed, or there will be pain later on. That goes for the whole kit, actually - clean up where needed, and it's just about Lego. Enjoy!
  14. A bit of searching found this https://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/65786 which has a photo (#28 in the carousel) of Gabreski and his ground crew, which has the following caption "Lieutenant-Colonel Francis S. Gabreski, ace pilot of the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, stands with the ground crew who keep his P-47 Thunderbolt in fit shape for combat. They are, from left to right, Crew Chief Staff Sergeant Ralph H. Safford, Assistant Crew Chief Corporal Felix Schacki and armorer Sergeant Michael Di Franza. Printed caption on reverse of print: '53456 AC - Col. Gabreski poses with his ground crew for a picture just after returning from a mission over France. The Col. is commanding officer of his squadron, is the leading ace of the USAAF with 38 German planes to his credit. He holds the Air medals with 3 clusters, DFC with 7 clusters and the Polish Cross of Valor. He formerly flew with the Polish Squadron of the RAF. Left to right: S/Sgt. R. H. Stafford, Ionia, Michigan, crew chief; Cpl. Felix Schacki, Gary, Ind., Asst. crew chief; Sgt. Michael Di Franza, East Boston, Mass., armorer; Lt. Col. Francis S. Gabreski, Oil City, Pa. England" That may or may not be of use.
  15. There is a USAAF manual for it, but I can't find a copy online. However, here's a flight sim tutorial on how to use them. It's a sim, so he's dead accurate; I imagine that doing it for real was a bit more demanding (not to mention ze Germans shooting back...) https://youtu.be/qKqe0HNYqmU
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