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  1. Generally just stuff going well is a nice change from the norm. Usually that has significant overlap with stuff I do which has as few outsiders involved as possible. I'm liking building my sailing dinghy, for instance.
  2. It's about escalation potential. Most hazardous goods materials aren't especially lethal on their own (but some clearly are), but unknown combinations of them packed in close proximity can lead to significant escalation of what would otherwise be a nuisance type event. The exploding silver paint tins, for example, is well known but the term "exploding" is relative and perhaps even hyperbole (no criticism intended Graham) as in reality it wasn't a Hollywood style explosion based upon igniting 500 gallons of petrol but rather the lid popped off and the paint made a mess. However, the paint could make very viable fuel for a fire (as could all alcohol based acrylics etc - this isn't just an enamel "problem") as could deodorant aerosols, hairspray, lighter fluid or practically any other liquid or solid that will ignite and self-sustain a fire without needing large and prolonged heat inputs. An aerosol deodorant can with its lid squashed in an over-packed suitcase venting over e.g. a battery operated electrical device of questionable quality could start a fire in flight. On aircraft especially the flash points of most liquids will reduce as the cabin altitude decreases, making ignition easier (see TWA Flight 800 which exploded in 1996 for example - that took an empty kerosene tank and a spark - something which would not cause ignition at sea level but which did ignite violently as it climbed half way to cruising altitude). International Air Transport Association (IATA) https://www.iata.org/en/programs/cargo/dgr/
  3. If interested: https://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk/pages/where-to-buy
  4. Those who are actually going to buy this are going to find the money anyway and those who will only talk about it wouldn't have found £500 for it either. Any price a state of the art injection moulded 4 engine heavy bomber is offered at is going to be an extravagance which makes no objective sense. It'll be an emotive purchase. These things are huge and take up an obnoxious amount of space even in large houses so even money aside the market for 1/32 4 engine heavy bombers is very limited. I wouldn't be at all surprised if Border has taken a more conservative view on the number of units it can realistically sell and set the price higher on that basis. Let's also not forget that WNW's pricing was wrong, because they went bust which very simply means they spent more than they earned. I think it's wonderful, but I admit I'll never buy it. I'd rather spend that time, money and space on other stuff. Speaking purely for myself models are nice but when they get to a size/cost/time investment that rivals a real thing I can actually use and interact with I'd rather do that. I'd rather buy a classic car project than a Pocher car kit. I'd rather build a sailing dinghy than build a 10ft long model ship that just sits there taking up space. YMMV.
  5. If it's half as good as their 1/700 ships it will be the definitive SBD kit in this scale and possibly in any scale.
  6. Strange colour. The CIELAB data makes it actually more green than blue.
  7. It certainly has some novelty factor but I'm not sure LtCdr Peter Scott would agree that they understood the essence of the Western Approaches scheme.
  8. Kits sell better than anything else at model shows so the answer from a kit retailer may be different. Whilst I understand that shows want a balance of kit retailers and those with some sort of unique stuff e.g. cottage industries, small shows offer nothing to those making the specialist stuff. There might be one or two who come for a nosey but basically it's a tumbleweed day in the main. Frankly you'd have to pay me a healthy hourly rate plus expenses to turn up at a small show because even if the tables were free it wouldn't be worth my time* and the logistical costs. *as Duncan explained above, there is much more work for us mess up our well-set up main operation to take some stock to a show, drive to, set up and attend the show, tear down, drive back and un-mess up the main operation. Someone who makes a dozen types of resin casting may just need to grab 3 or 4 of each and put them in a box so maybe their milage is different. The nature of a paint range though is well north of 400 discreet products and a guesstimate at how many of each may be needed. Sometimes you might think 6 of 'those' will do then the first customer in the morning scoops up all of them and we spend the rest of the day apologizing that we're sold out of it and could have shifted 36 during the show - but we can't practically carry and display the full inventory.
  9. Hi Jon, I don't as it happens but I'm thinking along similar lines. I think for the sketch I knocked up for our modern RN colourset graphic I used our ACRN36 - DuPont 71-021 US Equivalent Sky Type S Gray - which definitely isn't the specification used on radomes but seems to look that part on the picture...?
  10. Stewart I noted you commented on our FB blog when it was posted. I obviously have no idea why 3D-Kits didn't work out but I think you've been misinterpreting what we've been saying all along. We also have/had entirely different businesses and products. We have stuff that appeals to enamel users worldwide and is a consumable so we have many repeat customers. Your products were conversions which a single customer will want one/few units of before they've done that and wants to do something else. I'm not suprised that struggled at shows - you could only sell to people who specifically wanted that Spitfire or Hurricane conversion set - that product I would only consider selling online. We can make a profit at shows, just not a very big one, and the same stock selling to UK retail customers and to our international dealers gives a far superior financial return for us for both the capital and labour investment in making the stuff than shows do. As I said above - I don't care if shows happen or stop happening and I don't care whether they change or not. I'm not crying out for change. Honestly - I don't care. I'm merely trying to dispel the misapprehension that I must be falling over myself to trade at shows due to whatever benefits they bring me because frankly they're not good benefits. I may be a spoiled brat or whatever but I work very hard and enjoy a good income from my day job, as well as running a successful but throttled paint business on the side. My free time is absolutely precious to me, and if I'm going to hose a whole weekend up the wall, potentially spaffing limited annual leave Friday and Monday for travel with it then the results need to be *stellar* to attract me. They're not stellar. They're at best lukewarm, and the right thing to do for me and for my business is not to attend many shows and sell the stock to webstore customers and our dealer network - the latter category historically tolerating long lead times to replenish stock to go into a large order which needs to be consolidated due to international DG shipment pricing structures. My reasons are entirely personal and are advertised to apply only to my wife and I and our business. The reason the blog was written was because people seemingly can't get their heads around the fact that our webstore is busy enough and the stock sells steadily. We can monetarily afford to do shows, but shows do not enhance our business and are not good use of our finite time.
  11. Hi Neil, honestly it makes no measurable difference. Online sales are vastly better commercially, since pricing doesn't go up at shows but a very large overhead cost applies to trade at a show which doesn't exist when distance selling. Revenues will be well up compared to a weekend not trading, but net profit is murdered on those sales as a result of the overhead to trade there. Our business is capacity constrained rather than sales constrained - by that I mean we're perpetually out of stock of something and we could definitely sell more if we could make more. We do not actively seek trade sales, for example, due to our production capacity constraints. The result of all this is that when it comes down to brass tacks the only thing shows excel at is offloading lots of stock. If you then have to replace that stock for almost the same amount (net) that you sold it for at the show once the van hire, accommodation, sustenance, trader table fees and insurance (for those who don't have it anyway - but we do) is subtracted from the revenue then all you've done is deny yourself the potential for profitable online sales because the stock is gone until you've done dozens of hours work to replace it so you can start selling it online again. Sure, we'll get one or two people who have never heard of us before wander up at a show and buy 1 or 2 tins to try it out, but almost all sales are from people who already know about us. We do like to see some people, and I can "press the flesh" as you put it by just turning up as a punter which I did at SMW in 2019 to see some people. Honestly though, I can draw up another battleship in Adobe Illustrator, post it to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and get more of a profit boost to the bank account over a weekend than any show has ever given us. We are going to trade at Perth again next year, but that's only because we have a good relationship with the organisers and many of the people there. It's more an emotive driver and a desire to support it than a commercial driver. We've never made a loss at Perth so we do that, but as a general rule shows degrade our business model, not enhance it. Shows will really have to offer me something tangible that I can't do better online to attract us. Duncan and I sponsored our local club's first show some years back in our enthusiasm and naivety by paying for their venue between us. Setting aside the ire of them thanking everyone down to the hotel catering staff but forgetting to promote the two idiots who made it possible, the show would have been a financial failure even if we hadn't paid for that because ultimately there was insufficient footfall and not enough catchment to sell to. I really think the benefits to traders are assumed rather than observed. The question needs flipped round then critically evaluated. What does a trader get out of this? That guy with all the 2nd hand stuff shouting "Grab a kit, grab a kit" all day long will probably not have a viable alternative. That's not true for all of us though - especially manufacturers. My time is better spent making stuff and drawing infographics. That's what actually improves our finances and gives us capital to do something new.
  12. The Scottish Nationals show at Perth is our best performer but the data is the opposite way around. The large majority there are already established modellers and very few turn up out of curiosity and "to be inspired". Unlike your good self Duncan I'm not passionate about model shows. I couldn't care less about them. I've been to a fair number now and even went to Telford without a stall in 2019 but that was with Stew as a social thing to meet some specific people including some travelling American BMers but I honestly couldn't tell you what was on display or in the competition because I didn't so much as glance at them. If every show in the UK never happened again it wouldn't sadden me in the slightest and my sense of loss would be zero. All our blog post was intended to say was "We get nothing out of this, we don't owe shows a thing and we aren't going to fund them any more". What they do instead I am indifferent about
  13. Yes the B.35 and PR.34(a) were pressurised also. Your synopsis above is correct - you'll be very hard pressed to find a pressurised cockpit with teardrop blister side windows. However there were a few exceptions the other way round in terms of armoured windscreen types. Those never used teardrop side windows and were normally flat. The exceptions were variants such as the Mk.XVIII Tse Tse which, for example, had one blown side window on the Observer's side.
  14. Your paint consumption is transformational compared to most in this scale Guy. Most use much more but I perceive it's your preparation which is reducing your usage - most aren't working from a uniform colour undercoat and need to lay much more on to hide the bare brass and filler etc etc
  15. If you'll excuse the apparent pun, it does seem to be all the rage with governments now but it's not particularly scalable a process for small enterprises. I'm sure we all have opinions what's best for the local, national and global economies but I shall refrain from voicing mine here
  16. Hi Guy, it's VAT. Many small businesses flat refuse to collect taxes for British and European governments and all the administration that accompanies that.
  17. I've mostly been day-jobbing and car-maintaining but I finished the 5-S Sea Blue today including the fading effect evident in photographs which I think is either chalking or just plain old salt, which I applied using the salt chipping technique again. This time I ground the salt down in the mortar & pestle from the kitchen It's time to remask then apply 5-O Ocean Gray from the level of the hangar deck upwards next.
  18. Nice start. Since you're clearly willing to cut plastic in pursuit of a better job, you may be interested to know that the find and rudder would benefit from being shortened a little, which will help the look of the model overall in side profile
  19. The AAIB report into crash of Pratt & Whitney R2800-powered Hawker Sea Fury G-INVN on 4th August 2020 as a result of engine seizure shortly after takeoff has been published: AAIB Report Link Here The bearing in question is the master connecting rod bearing on the crankpin for the rear row of cylinders.
  20. Definitely greenish though, but towards yellow-green rather than blue-green. I perceive that the words "warm light grey" conjures up a mental image somewhat 'round the corner' and distinctly yellow-grey if not brownish/khaki leaning. 71-021 definitely is not that.
  21. The 71-021 CIELAB coordinates provided to me by Nick Millman are most like FS36622 of the standards I gather you have. Quite a subtle colour.
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