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  1. A bit left field, but Tamiya surprises with kit choice as often as not. I can see this quickly become the F-35A of choice amongst modellers
  2. There's quite a lot of glare in that cine film screenshot, but the top of B turret has me unconvinced that it's G45 - especially B-turret gunhouse roof as compared to the tops of the B turret gun barrels.
  3. Indeed - they'd be rigged up like this for crew members to climb up and down into and out of the boats. When not in use they'd be de-rigged and stowed either on deck or more usually lashed to a bulkhead out of everyone's way
  4. Image 5 https://www.navy.gov.au/history/feature-histories/british-pacific-fleet ... seems to suggest a darker tone on top given the difference in angles to the sunlight. Image 2 https://ontheslipway.com/hms-king-george-v-visits-melbourne/ ... not so sure.
  5. I've got bad news for you - there's probably even less colour than you think. https://www.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/rmgc-object-67362 https://www.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/rmgc-object-67361 In common with many Royal Navy large ships around WWI, the lower half of the hull was probably grey as depicted on these contemporary models. Ultimately it's a warship, and they didn't paint bits pretty colours to brighten them up. What does distinguish these warships during WWI and the inter-war era from their WWII successors is that there was a degree of brightwork kept. The gun muzzles were polished rather than painted and exterior timber such as ladder handrails and spars used for boat booms etc were varnished wood rather than painted grey. Much of the steel deck area was laid with Corticene lino. There was a certain latitude to painting boats, but typically these would never be gaudy. Remaining Navy-like was the wish of the overwhelming majority of sea captains since looking like a clown was not the way to career advancement. Green paint was reserved for an Admiral's barge generally too. If there was some large inspection with pomp and ceremony, ratings may have been given the opportunity to perform some tiddly-work with rope and paint the exposed lengths of anchor chains white on the whims of some officer.
  6. Cracking job Stew. This one would have been finished at least a week if not two sooner had I not - ahem - kept forgetting to actually cut out and post the markings stuff
  7. I checked back through our records. It used to be labelled as Light Compass Gray by WEM but they changed it to Light Ghost Gray before we became the owners. No idea why...? As to colour, ours matches our FS595C. There is a very, very slight difference in CIELAB values shown on e-paint.co.uk for 595A but it's nothing a human eye will perceive in >99% of cases.
  8. If the guns are fired much then the paint scorches fairly quickly on barrels so even if just doing some firing exercises and stuff between refits I'd expect a repaint or 4 to have been needed. When the G&B series paints replaced the MS&B paints from May 1943 onwards we know the KGV sisters in the Admiralty Disruptive class design replaced MS4 with B30 which was the same (approximately) 30% RF - there are those nice photographs of HMS Howe in colour on the Suez Canal showing it so. Ultimately where I'm going with this is that I really doubt whether anyone would have had any wet MS4 left by mid-late 1944 and the original paint from 1942 wouldn't/didn't survive that long anyway. I think B30 as a mid tone on the counter shaded barrels is probably the most logical / easily defensible idea unless the barrels used some sort of mixed grey.
  9. They're fantastic but she has been repainted with some different details. The hull paint is different in lining out and e.g. the 14" gun barrels are G45 overall in Melbourne.
  10. The barrels were counter shaded in 3 tones still too. The bottom of the barrel appears to match the G45 turret face. The top appears to match the turret tops. The sides of the barrel are something in between. There are a few colour images from Tokyo bay and I have them but they're taken on cameras not designed for colour film and show the common tunnel vision effect and the colours all look rather washed out. I think they may have been what drove Tamiya to suggest the light grey and dark grey hull but there's no particular reason to think KGV wouldn't have been Scheme A like the other BPF vessels captured on colour cine film or on cameras designed for colour film.
  11. There, umm, have been fake devices uncovered by a watchdog in the USA. Walmart has been found to be selling multi-TB hard drives which appeared to work but cacked-out at rather small storage volumes. Cracking the plastic case open they were just cheap little SD cards stuck in a board. The computer could recognise it as a storage device and even fool the system as to its capacity but ultimately it was just a plastic box with a little SD card inside. If you're feeling brave with one of your eBay purchases, maybe have a look inside it https://www.vice.com/en/article/akek8e/walmart-30tb-ssd-hard-drive-scam-sd-cards
  12. I'll follow this with interest. Kotare's product looks great. The modern global market does allow international reach for a business with a strong enough brand identity. Maybe Kotare have decided that they'd prefer direct sales. It's nice when stuff is on shelves more locally to buy but it's debatable how the total sales figures and total margin will shift going from B2B sales to B2C sales. I did have an absolutely absurd debate with some people on Facebook about Airfix Buccaneers direct from Airfix versus from a 3rd party reseller. Several of them simply couldn't get it through their skulls that Airfix made much, much more on a direct sale compared to a trade sale on the same kit. Their logic was that Airfix wouldn't sell at a loss which is true, but they couldn't understand that developing an item with RRP of £75 including £11.67 VAT meant a gross selling price of £58.33, and if the reseller needed 30% margin to consider stocking it then Airfix had to sell it to them at £44.85. If Airfix needed to make 30% gross margin on the kit (total guess - I suspect it's higher) then it can't cost more than £34.50 to make. Going backwards again then, if Airfix sells to a reseller Airfix makes a £10.35 gross margin on that one kit. If someone orders it online from Airfix's website for RRP then Airfix makes £23.81 gross margin on it - or 69% rather than 30%. It's clear then that % margin is far, far healthier without resellers involved who have their own need for a healthy gross margin to have a hope of achieving a positive net margin. The dilemma is whether it's better to do more product manufacturing and sell it at a (much) lower margin to resellers in larger volumes or do less product manufacturing and sell it at a (much) higher margin in lower volumes. There are a whole heap of circumstantial factors which would drive a business which makes stuff one way or the other. I suspect from the above that if Hannants aren't in a position to offer a meaningful trade discount unlike their normal practise it could either be a one off on the initial launch shipment due to having been stung with exchange rates so they've nothing left to play with, or that Kotare themselves just aren't interested in selling to resellers at a huge discount - I suppose we'll see how things pan out over the coming months. Those people aren't daft and I'm certain lessons have been taken from their time at WingNutWings and how that was run, both things they do want to do again and things they want to do differently this time around. More generally, as much as it's going to pain most of us, I think it's going to be fairly unrealistic to expect discounts given the UK economy's performance relative to the global market and US dollar in particular which is the currency of preference for many international modelling manufacturers.
  13. Pfft. Fork out a grand in liquid cash for ten of them, sell all ten and you've got £100 gross profit before business running costs. You'd be better applying for a job at the local Tesco than dealing in these
  14. I wish people would stop releasing stuff I want. Alas, as a child of the late 1980s and early 1990s the Sega MegaDrive videogame "LHX Attack Chopper" firmly cemented the Mi-8 in my imagination, so I'm going to have to get one of these I think.
  15. Ooh this is nice. @Stew Dapple recently bought me one of these and hopefully your very nice turnout here is indicative of a painless build and not the result of a tub of Isopon and a Black & Decker power sander I like the colour scheme you've chosen too. Well done.
  16. You'd have to check the judging guidance for the specific competition but all I've seen (and certainly on the one occasion I judged at Telford) the guidance is to steer well clear of historical accuracy and concentrate on the quality of the work. Most will put whatever they know in a box, dismiss it from their mind and work through the scoring criteria which almost invariably focuses solely on objective model making skill. Probably the only place in 2022 where you're going to find someone foolishly digging a hole about number of wheel bolts or exactitude of colour under the sodium orange lights of the sports hall is in some local rinkeydink club competition where they haven't bothered with any wisdom from more serious competitions. You'll be hard pressed to find something big and prestigious which doesn't help the judges protect themselves by staying well away from accuracy. There's hardly anyone here who doesn't know someone who claimed that some evil rivet-counting competition judge marked them down on some detail or other about their build only for our plucky hero of the story to bang them to rights by producing <insert unimpeachable evidence here> which made the rivet counter's jaw drop and the crowd clapped and cheered etc. Honestly though - >99% of it is the same fantasy some people indulge in when fancying how they'd conduct themselves in a multitude of challenging situations that never really arise. The only time I've been aware of accuracy judged well, incidently, is in things like F4C radio control aircraft competitions where the static judging is performed against a dossier submitted by the entrant and nothing else. The dossier will contain photographs of that entrant's specific aircraft and it starts at full points and loses points for anything which deviates from the evidence in the dossier supplied by the builder to show what they've made a model of.
  17. The good news is that the S and T class submarines are already available from Starling Models and the Leander is available from Atlantic Models. Both I'd suggest are better and more complete kits than anything Airfix is currently capable of producing.
  18. You'd need an etch primer to make a meaningful difference here. It is available as an aerosol can, but you must be careful a) because the stuff is quite evil to health (definitely a mask + out doors job) and b) because aerosols have very poor control and you could easily apply a very thick coat to the P/E metal parts.
  19. I'm inconsistent in what I will or won't accept, but largely it's a case of ignorance being bliss I think. I'll tolerate greater sins on worse kits, as psychologically I'm happier taking a saw to something not that good to begin with.
  20. An expectation of losses I'd expect, both on the ground and in the air. These orders were before ICBMs of course and there was a lot of Soviet Union to cover. Unlike Japan where two bombers enjoyed a greatly diminished Japanese air defense capability, it was expected that the B-36s, B-47s, B-52s and Valiants, Victors and Vulcans would be tracked by radar all the way deep in to Russia and attacked by large numbers of jet interceptors. The starting number then would depend a lot on how many you thought would make it through to reach and attack the targets.
  21. Whilst I'm not about to die on the hill supporting £100 for a 1970s tooling, the 10% inflation figure is average across the entire UK economy and not useful to compare any one specific thing. Regardless who is to blame in the end, it costs me 50% more to drive my car to the post office than it did last year on fuel alone, and as we posted in March, 3000 empty tins from Germany this year cost 50% more than 3000 empty tins from Germany cost the same time last year - plus of course the Brexit gift which keeps on giving i.e. the requirement to finance VAT on top for up to 6 months depending on timings of invoice receipt to quarterly VAT returns to receiving VAT relief. Let's not talk about the cost of power to the business... 10% increase as a guide price? You're dreaming...
  22. It shouldn't be, as BS381C-285 NATO Green (on Chieftains) is almost identical to BS381C-241 Dark Green (standardised RAF Dark Green). If anything it's a sniff more yellow, not more blue.
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