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  1. This will be first SMS since the first one I went to where I'm not sure I want anything from Hannants! I need some generic FAA/RAF serial codes in white for a build now, so will order those (with the black alternatives) to come in the next week or so. I have a feeling that I'm going to just wander and pick up things as I go around. To be honest, I kind of went post lockdown crazy at the Avon show, picking up quite a few kits, and having spent so much at the last few SMW's with Hannants, I think I should share some of the money around a few more traders.
  2. I was at a show by Bruce Dickinson in Birmngham last night and you had to show your covid passport there. No exceptions. YOu're going to get these variations from place to place.
  3. Frasier. Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister. Hill st. Blues St. Elsewhere Porridge. there are so many others I decided to be ruthless and just pick 5.
  4. While I criticise the instructions, you get a very good choice of operators in the decals; French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Australian, British and two American schemes. I’m pretty sure the other builds here I looked at to see if my guesses on paint and decal placement were right are mostly the British option.
  5. As the decal sheet for this kit includes decals for an Italian operated reaper, I could have done that and said it was the Italian Job - the remake, but I decided to stick with the British markings (When I get around to making the F-35B in the stash, I'll do that one in British markings, too) Interestingly, this is probably the most recent purchase in the stash that I've made! I hand painted the white discs, then cut the decals for the red only. This doesn't show particularly well that I used bare metal foil and then clear green (Tamiya) over it for the front sensor glass. You can just about make out the hellfire sensor, I used a drop of glue and glaze and then painted it clear orange (Tamiya). This is the aerocraft brass undercarriage. I painted the oleo in the front leg with a molotow chrome pen. The aerocraft undercarriage is certainly sturdy ! I also painted the propellor spinner with the molotow chrome pen, it doesn't look too bad compared to the picture in the walk around. I pinted the model with Halfords rattle can grey primer, then Tamiya Rattle can light compass grey. I think this might have been a touch dark. Overall, the kit itself was a pretty good build. It went together fine, I did have to use some filler on a couple of gaps but nothing too bad at all. I put 20 grams of fishing weight in the nose, it certainly isn't a tail sitter !! The aerocraft undercarriage is really sturdy, priming them with Mr Metal Primer they took the halfords primer and then the tamiya compass gray well, but the instructions called for the nosewheel to be black, and that (tamiya flat black) is prone to rubbing off. Let's hope the coat of Galleria flat varnish stops that. I decided to go for only two hellfires on the pylons, painting them yellow first and using masking tape for the 3 bands and then nato green. Looking at the walk around photos, it seems a pretty clean plane so I did no weathering, washing, or pre shading. The decals went on okay. They also came off okay, too; one decal disappeared, only to resurface in my little water bath! Nope, I have no idea how that happened. I wasn't sure about whether the propellor tips were yellow; the instructions didn't show it, and one or two walk around photos didn't appear to show yellow tips, but then going through the decals I found decal blade strips. I decided to leave them off because I thought they'd be too much of a faff to put on. Overall, the instuctions and painting call outs are a dogs dinner. I have parts on the sprue that weren't mentioned in the leaflet (maybe they are intended to be left off, maybe the leaflet writer didn't put them in); some of the instructions wrongly numbered parts, and the painting call outs leave a lot of areas unidentified; it was down to guesswork or the walk around photos! Oh, and some other builds I found in Britmodeller had some good photos which I used as the basis for my guesses. Overall, this was a nice kit to make, but oh dear, let down a bit by Kinetic's poor instructions.
  6. Thanks for the kind thoughts, all. @S. Uehlinger, If the two Supermodel kits I did are like yours, you'll have some work, but you'll enjoy them!
  7. Thanks for the kind thoughts, all. @jean, it won't take a moment with a fine pair of tweezers to restore the natural air conditioning in the cockpit!
  8. That's a lovely build, too! Nice to see these somewhat old and quirky planes modelled so well.
  9. Thanks. Fortunately, I decided to simply cover the gaps with glue n glaze, and left it at that. I am still amazed that of the four, the 2 Supermodel, the oldest - I think '70's kits - were the best fitting kits. In fact, for such an old kit, the supermodel Macchi c.205 has clear nav light inserts.
  10. There are no minis in this Italian job, just 4 Italian fighters from the second world war. I started one, then began another, ran two build simultaneously, discovered the third kit was a pig, concentrated on that, and then found the fourth kit was an even worse pig and almost chcked it but perservered. All kits are 1/72. Building these caused me no end of frustration, annoyance, even wonderment about the mind set of kit instruction drafters. All will be revealed. I had picked up on impulse a Fiat G55 at a show made by a firm I'd never heard of, Supermodels. I then picked up on impulse at another show, a Macchi c.205 by Supermodels. I then thought about building them, left them, and then saw an RS models Reggiane 2006, bought that, and finally a Special Hobby Reggiane 2000. Here are the four kits as made; From left to right; Supermodel Macchi c.205, Supermodel Fiat G.55, Special Hobby Reggiane 2000, and RS models Reggiane 2006. The two supermodel kits went together well.The new RS model was awful. WIngs to fuselage, fuselage together. Much putty, sanding, pimer, sanding, putty - and the canopy shape is completely wrong at the rear for the fuselage it butts onto. Similarly the Special Hobby. Fit was awful. And the same problem for the canopy as the RS model - the canopy shape is different at the back to the fuselage it butts onto. Painting; well these are my fault, not the kit or the paint. The Fiat G 55 is painted with Halfords rattle can Nissan leaf silver, control surfaces with Tamiya flat aluminium for a bit of contrast and looks decent enough. The Macchi 205 was brush painted Italian mottle. Never again. I will learn lessons. The Reggiane 2006; A Hycote yellow rattle can that didn't cover well in the first 2 coats, the third coat went on like a lake. I had so lost interest by then I just left it. The yellow scheme is used as the plane was a prototype. The Reggiane 2000; I probably shoudn't have used NATO green for the uppers, it looks to dark to me. All brush painted. All gun barrels and pitots with brass tube, and aerials with Uschi van der Rosten thread. Oh, if you are wondering about the lack of weathering, Pilots Carlo, Giovanni, Mario and Guiseppe took the planes to the local hand wash before returning to base. Can't fly over their Carissima's homes in a dirty plane, what? Onward and upward
  11. I left the show today feeling quite pleased with myself. I had anticipated a fairly small, well organised show, and goodness me that's just what we got! Well done to the "Blue Lamps" for organising such a well laid out show. As I said, not the biggest by any means, but plenty of good models, those I saw in the competition were all serious contenders, I saw - and was suitably taken aback - a Wingnut wings model for sale - more later - and if you'd been there, you'd have felt that frisson of fear as the stormtroopers of the Empire patrolled the venue. I confess that when they reached me, I managed to avoid inspection by saiyng in a cheery voice Up the Empire !! And the tie fighter pilots accompanying the storm troopers were just as menacing. Of course, when the sand people appeared, I started to feel things could get ugly, but a cheery smile and they left me alone, Phew !! One thing that really stood out for me with the Stormtroopers and the tie fighter pilots was they had the radio voices to a T. Whether it was clever use of walkie talkies or mini tape recorders, I don't know, but the comms were authentic! The really strange thing though, I saw just one Star Wars theme model ! Among the many excellent models on display were a completed HK models lancaster. Seriously, it is a big, big kit !. There was also a well done little egg plane diorama, set as a Roy Liechtenstein pop art picture. You'll have to see it to get the flavour. While viewing the goodies on offer, I noticed one trader had a WNW Junkers J 1 model for sale; for £300 !! On the price tag it also said (£ 500 on ebay). I looked at it, I thought about the debit card, I thought about SMW, I thought about Christmas - so I didn't buy it ! A nice coffee and breakfast bap refreshment area, cashless but I can live with that. I did buy some goodies, mostly in the paint and bits n pieces line; we'll have to think about Christmas; maybe at SMW .... I also met Perdu, nice to see you again !
  12. Nice to hear from you Ced, good to hear from you! As for the Heimlich manoeuvre, are you sure it wasn't the red life jacket you were wearing that wasn't the problem? It sounds like you remembered to arrange the Italian trip after SMW, if you're going, that is. Good planning!
  13. John, thanks for this. I shall check the web page between now and 13th!
  14. John, I echo the sentiments here thanking you and the "committee" for the hard work ou have put in so far, but there is one little thought I have. In the list of traders attending you kindly gave, I didn't see the name Airfix. Are we to understand they'll be a no show this year, or are things in motion? imilarly, I didn't see Little Cars aka modelling tools; again, are they a no show, or are things in motion? I know you said things will change between now and 13th November, but if Airfix aren't there, will that be a very noticeable absence?
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