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Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

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  1. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    A Stuka will fly again: FHCAM finally reveals their project

    I am not a fanatic about German kit, but purely due to the notoriety of the Stuka and its Jericho trumpets during the Blitzkrieg, it is a noise I would like to hear for myself at least once. In the same way that you've never really heard a Vulcan until you've been there first hand, I wonder if the Jericho trumpets have an extra layer of something about them in person.
  2. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    1/350 HMS Imperial D09

    I still haven't touched this again since learning about all the errors I made. I will though. Eventually. The only thing I bought for myself at Telford was this: ...which needs a proper hatchet job to make a Long Range Destroyer Escort - Great Uncle Alec's next posting - HMS Stanley (I73) which was torpedoed and blown in half by Type VII U-boat U-574. Unlike Imperial which was evacuated before being scuttled, Stanley sank fast in combat conditions and my great uncle was one of the fortunate ones which survived. U-574 was then rammed by modified Black Swan class sloop HMS Stork and itself sunk with 16 survivors. This drama is described in Capt. Eric Brown's book "Wings on My Sleeve". He was watching it from the cockpit of a Grumman Martlet.
  3. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    what material were British high speed launches props made of ?

    Cast bronze seems to have been the norm. If your travels ever take you near Portsmouth the Historic Dockyard has a big shed full of boats you can poke around. I even got some 507A and 507C measurements from various sanded back paint layers from one launch from HMS Royal Sovereign sat in there.
  4. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR1 - 1/72 Airfix

    Hi Ced. It's always fun spending other peoples' money but if inclined, I'd recommend checking out Alleycat's replacement clear resin windscreen for this. I'm a bit worn out and can't think of words to concisely describe what's wrong with the kit windscreen, but the panes of glass around the front are the wrong shape along their top edge. The line they follow should go "up and over" but the kit item goes "round the front". A quick look at a photo and the kit windscreen together will show what's up. Alleycat actually make a number of items for this kit including a detailed bomb bay and new intakes/engine areas. The kit intakes, contours etc aren't quite right and the lights aren't quite right, but the resin is a lot of cutting and blending and whilst it does fix most of it, the new engine air intakes are worse than the kit items! Whether it's worth the effort and cost will vary from person to person. The windscreen is a good bang for buck improvement though
  5. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    New Ship Related Releases

    Yep, usually do. I think I'm out of them right now (I'm out of many things now) but they're easy to get. Just let me know when you're ready...
  6. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    USN Hellcat colours - an unexpected query

    Sales of ANA623 have been spectacular this weekend! I reckon 2 tins would do it if airbrushed. Gill and I were talking about this very thing!
  7. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    Airfix announcement at Telford 2018, F6F-5 Hellcat 1/24 scale

    It's not so much a case of how substantial the US market might be, but some time talking with various manufacturers within the modelling industry globally will drive home how small the UK market is. Long gone are the days when something (such as an injection moulded kit) selling well here in the UK is enough to call it a commercial success. It simply must do much better than that. Sorry guys who wanted retooled Spitfires. I will reiterate my previous point though and there was a practical demonstration of my point on this very forum about a month ago. Airfix tooled a new HP Victor in 1/72. It's very nice. Not my scale but I got one anyway. There's a thread up in the aircraft modelling section of the forum asking if the Matchbox/Revell boxed Victor is all that bad because it's much, much cheaper. The thread is full of plucky modellers assuring that with enough work the old one will look good - which is entirely true. Had yesterday's unvailing been a 1/24 Spitfire it still would have been around £120 RRP. Immediately those who wanted a big Spit would pull the 2 old tool big Spit boxes with £25 price stickers on out of the stash and convince themselves that the £25 one isn't all that bad. That thinking would reduce sales a new Vulcan tooling from the off too - and nobody cares about Vulcans outside of the UK which brings us back to the beginning of my post. Airfix does produce UK-centric subjects, but they can't do that every time and remain globally relevant. Outwith the UK the trend is tending towards larger models. It matters little if they ever get built - it's what people want to buy that keeps businesses afloat.
  8. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    Airfix announcement at Telford 2018, F6F-5 Hellcat 1/24 scale

    It's very, very nice. People dropping by our place beside Airfix have been very, very excited. I want one. (And I say "one" like we British mean "one" when suggesting we go for "a" drink) Facebook is crawling with people who do not /have never run a business predicting Airfix's imminent demise because it's not a Spitfire 1a or a new Vulcan. This will be a very unpopular statement I'm sure, but whilst everyone is entitled to their opinion, not everyones' opinion is worth the same nor even necessarily valid. As someone once said to me when I was much younger and spouting off about something I knew very little about from an insiders' point of view "Don't believe everything you think". Of those I chatted with about the big Hellcat today, the feeling was overwhelmingly that Airfix have really knocked it out of the park with this one. It's beautifully executed, it's a versatile subject, it has European and Asia-Pacific appeal alike and it's not a rehash of something already available in the same scale which invariably provokes the "The new one is nicer, but the old one can be had for 1/6th the price" thinking. 1/24 is not my scale. It's not anyones' scale. I really didn't expect to be particularly interested in whatever Airfix announced today but as of just after 11am, I really, REALLY want a new Hellcat!
  9. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    Airfix announcement at Telford 2018, F6F-5 Hellcat 1/24 scale

    Sales of ANA623 have been extraordinary today. 30ml, 50ml or 125ml sizes may be added by next spring
  10. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    Preliminary inquiry - correction for Academy Catalina.

    I agree in principle with you Graham. The trick is getting the right balance of minimised resin and cost versus being easy to install. For every modeller who is nifty with measuring and cutting there are five who measure twice, cut squiggly in the wrong place then glue the new bits in wonky, lather it in filler and decide resin is too much like hard work. "Plug and play" replacement wins there, but the cost can get silly. It's a delicate balance. But, I think that the best resin upgrades find the nearest unambiguous reference points on the parent kit parts and only need straight cuts with a razor saw to make. That usually gives the nicest balance of cost, convenience and confidence.
  11. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    New Ship Related Releases

    We have been stocking Very Fire, but haven't ordered for a while. Their kits are quite nice but the subjects so far have extremely limited market appeal in the UK so I don't plan on sinking money into 1/350 Montanas myself. The 1/700 kits are hard enough to get rid of here.
  12. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    New Ship Related Releases

    L'Arsenal just announced a 1/350 Hunt III destroyer: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2267224329955066&id=974880729189439 Their own website link provided in their Facebook post doesn't seem to work, but the photos look good and Bruno has make a pretty good effort (I could make a couple of nitpicks) at painting guides for every ship in the batch.
  13. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    Preliminary inquiry - correction for Academy Catalina.

    A batch size of around 30 is probably what I'd be planning on, based upon the Mosquito nacelles we've had made using Jason_c's masters. Do you have access to a caster?
  14. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    Airbrushing white paint. How to stop messing it up?

    It's as easy as any other colour once the light bulb comes on and you stop trying to go on wet.
  15. Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies

    rigging wires what thickness thread and original at 1/72 ?

    Infini Model's 110 denier rigging line is 0.121mm diameter. Their 70 denier line is 0.091mm diameter. Infini Model's rigging lines are circular cross section, not flat tape like EZ Line.