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TonyTiger66

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About TonyTiger66

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    Clearing the path with a teaspoon whilst it still snows.
  • Birthday 03/05/1966

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    Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.
  • Interests
    Spanish, Polish, FAA, Early Jets, Record Breakers.

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  1. I just found this via your Caudron 366 thread Moa. I think that I have this kit. Is this the one that has the Gypsy engine? You have done a lovely job. I was never sure of the colours if these. I wanted to make one that was sometimes used, I think by journalists, in Spain. If you have any tips on making this one; or any WIP photographs, they would be very appreciated . TonyT
  2. I just caught up with this Tomo. Lovely work on the interior . I have the old Azur kit, it’s a little different to this one. Unusual and worrying things like the attachment points at the base of the rotor blades being tiny pieces of resin . I have never dared to start it. I will watch carefully and try to glean some clues to help me build up the courage. I’m looking forward to seeing you do the shiny bits on the cowl . I hope you’re having a great time in Gran Canaria. I went there in 2004 and completely fell out with the lady I went with. The first relationship after my late first wife passed away. My nightmare holiday from hell was saved halfway through due to a young lad of about 17 that had similarly fallen out with his mum and sister, that were, as such things work out, spending the time with my now ex and her daughter. I had a grand time with the lad on the airgun range and tennis courts of the place we were at. He made superb model aircraft, motorcycles and cars out of aluminium drinks cans and a pair of scissors and had a fairly endless supply of rather superb Gran Canaria cigars too. I felt like Hugh Grant in ‘About A Boy’ ! Holiday completely rescued, much to the chagrin of the now ex. It’s a good place for a holiday; with the right company Best regards TonyT
  3. It’s still my Birthday in the good old U.K.. 5th of March. Another one achieved. I don’t think my Birthday is famous for much, although I think maybe Stalin kicked the bucket on one of the fifth of Marches before I was a glint in anyone’s eye . I’m 53. My body feels like it has been dug up and buried again a few times, each time jolted into life using the coil from my Dad’s old Riley and a damp rectal probe ️. My brain is getting progressively younger. Recently I remembered the smell of the Stickle Brick box at my primary school. Then again, that was when I was in my mid twenties, I was a late starter . Best regards TonyT
  4. I’m absolutely with @Filler here. Your Italeri looks perfectly suitable for finishing and putting on display. Maybe take some hints from the Kittyhawk on final details like the wheels, but honestly; your Italeri looks grrrrreat! Finish it off, sell the Kittyhawk and maybe buy a nice 1/48 Tarangus Lansen as a historic companion to place at the side of your Gripen Best regards TonyT
  5. Another little beauty Moa. Thank you for sharing and well done . I’m looking forward to reading the WIP. I was, I still am, a huge fan of the late Mr. Dujin’s kits. For those that like something a little different, his range could not be beaten. Yes, scratchbuilding was usually required and some would include air bubbles, but we all knew this when we bought them. One did not blunder into a Dujin kit by accident, expecting Tamigawa. These were labours of love, from the master kit builder to the modeller. I recently bought a Dujin Potez 56 from Marc in Monaco. A lovely remake of the kit; I’m looking forward to it. I had not noticed this little Caudron 366. Now I see yours; I must have one. Gorgeous ! I can also recommend the current Dekno line of similar Golden Era little 1/72 racers; also quite gorgeous . Best regards TonyT
  6. This is a superb and fun, if not rather worrisome idea, when one considers the real life devices represented, for a group build. I hope that I can be considered with the Blohm and Voss BV 40? I have two of these in 1/72, both vac form kits. One is lightly started but not yet basted, certainly not cooked to within 25% of a tasty finish . The tiny BV 40 was a glider, built in Germany in World War Two. It was so tiny that the pilot had to lay down on his tum, with his head faced forward looking through a tiny window. Each side of him, at the stubby wing roots, was a 30mm cannon with very limited ammunition. One would imagine that a positive attitude would be required of the pilot. Or perhaps mild to strong insanity, maybe aided with an in flight flask of Schnapps and a long straw . To quote Wikipedia; “By eliminating the engine and lying the pilot in a prone position (i.e. on his front), the cross-sectional area of the fuselage was much reduced, making the BV 40 harder for bomber gunners to hit.” Well, that sounds ok then . Very reassuring. Any volunteers? The intention was to be towed up, set free, glide into a formation of bombers; all armed to the hilt, pop away with the cannons, glide away and land safely. With no undercarriage. Yes. No undercarriage. No engine. Probably no ammo left. Probably quite in need of the loo. Brengun make far nicer injection moulded kits than my old vac-form ones now, but I have been wanting to build these tiny models for years. In real life, just five were flown, all were prototypes. Am I in? Best regards TonyT
  7. I really can’t write much here. Surely I will not be the only one knocked for six to hear the news that Mark Hollis of Talk Talk has died? . We all like different kinds of music. I realise that some here may not have heard of him, or may not like the music. I, for one, thought his music to be an important contribution. ‘The Colour Of Spring’ album by Talk Talk was years ahead of its time. Maybe it hasn’t found a time yet. Truly beautiful music. Bless you Mark. Life was what you made it. Thank you for your sensitive and inspiring music. My sympathies to his friends and family. Way too young. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/feb/25/mark-hollis-lead-singer-of-talk-talk-dies-at-age-64-reports-say?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other TonyT
  8. Hello Monsieur Le Baron Its good to see that you are in fine modelling form. Not quite as fine as Twiggy used to be, it has to be said, but relative to, for example, late era Bernard Manning or Benny from Crossroads, absolutely radiant. I’m very, very slowly catching up on this, and a number of your builds right back to the Dornier. The same applies to builds by the tentacled one, the lost one and many others in the cast of thousands that go to make Britmodeller the epic that it is . It may be mainly silent-era, but it’s a wonderful mix of Battleship Potemkin, Voyage a la Lune and Harold Lloyd that has no equal. I keep running out of likes. Rather like an Arctic explorer, I then have to bash a pole into the thread, hang a pair of unwashed but bright red long johns from it and trek back to base camp for more likes. I usually stock up on Bovril, Goblin Meat Puddings and Horlicks tablets whilst I’m there. I then begin the long trek back to my flailing long johns and begin following the thread again, carefully distributing likes, mindful of any crevasses or unknown perilous creatures along the way. This is, of course, native Martian habitat. I am always fully armed with the latest weaponry. Keep up the good work Mr. Baron. How you solder these tiny parts, I do not know. I suspect that you May have grafted on a Martian hand, comprising of 15 fingers, all a foot long and a quarter of an inch thick . Ok, back off for some more likes. Just strapping my undies to the pole. Best regards TonyT
  9. Thanks Dave, Its very hard for me to phrase this correctly, ‘in for a penny in for a pound’ as they say; That really is a nice neat clean little Beaver Dave. It looks superb in the yellow, pretty stunning to be honest. Is it in 1/72? If so, based on the Airfix or Hobbycraft kit? Both are tricky to get (for me) here down under. I often just miss them in that auction site. I love the tent; is it completely scratch built? An Auster would look superb. I know that the Airfix 1/72 kit needs a few alterations to make it more accurate, but it’s surely a good starting point? It’s still one of my favourite Airfix kits, as it was when I was a child. Unlike you, clear from the photo above, I was never able to get yellow paint to behave. Many an abandoned Tiger Moth . Shall I stick you on the list Dave, or would you rather me leave you off for now? It would be great to have you on board . Best regards TonyT
  10. Oooo. Cold War electronic warfare snooping thingies ! That would be superb. I think maybe the old B-29’s and B-50’s would qualify for this? I have a set of transfers for the poor Kee Bird, plus an Academy B-29 waiting. I was hoping to build a diorama representing a contemporary press photograph I saw of the C-54 type aircraft that rescued the crew, next to the Kee Bird on the ice. I’m not sure if the now, very sadly (and somewhat needlessly imho) quite burnt remains of the Kee Bird are within the Arctic Circle. One to research. I was recently tempted to find another Arctic related use for the B-29 kit, I should share it as an idea for others; Starting at about 2.09, the Tupolev Tu-4 (NATO code ‘Bull’) Soviet analog of the Boeing B-29. These too flew around the polar skies. An LC130 would be superb. This is a stalled project for me. It’s up there in that box. I look at it wistfully, every day: The reason for the stall is shameful . I don’t feel confident enough to scratch build the landing ski assemblies . There was an after market set once, long ago, but I haven’t seen one on sale for a long time. I know that Airmodel make a vacform conversion set including basic skis. Has anyone had a go with that set? Great choices, thanks for joining in; I will add you in to the soon to be scribbled list . Best regards TonyT
  11. Yes, Absolutely V-P! It’s right there in the title ‘Arctic Challenge’. I would be happy for someone to make a scale model of the best luxury working class British pudding of the 1970’s; the Arctic Roll !! I have an old set of ‘Arctic Tigers’ decals/transfers here that even include a Spanish aircraft. I could be very tempted to build that too. Thanks for helping me to remember this V-P, and getting it onto the thread for others. Best regards TonyT
  12. I have spent a lot of time in your country Nils. It has been a while now. I lectured at university in Oslo, also did research in Bergen, a Hardanger Fjord project from Tveit and then in Tromsø and further north. There are many superb subjects to choose from wearing Lima November. Would you be interested in joining the Group Build? It would be great to have you on board. Best regards to Norway from far on away the other side of the globe, TonyT
  13. That looks superb Dennis. I really like the paint finish. Well worth persevering with; a lovely inter-war aircraft model. Best regards TonyT
  14. Yes V-P, that’s what I was hoping for. My inspiration and enthusiasm for all things cold and polar began with stories from my grandfather. He took part in three of the Arctic Convoys in WWII. The once secret missions, referred to by Churchill as the ‘Trips to Hell’. My grandfather finally showed his photographs to me on the night of my 18th birthday. No party needed for me; that made the night very special. Stunning and in some cases, shocking photographs of extreme oceans, sometimes awash with burning oil. Stalactites of ice hanging down on wires over the icy decks, the potential for an unfortunate slip to an icy death ever present. The size of the waves in some was just unbelievable. After that, I became fascinated to visit Northern Norway, Finland, Finmark, Russia , Iceland, Greenland. Antarctica of course, but the latter is neither easy nor affordable for most people, including me. The potential for military modelling is superb in this GB. Time for us to get out the whitewash and slap it over the camouflage! I hope that I can count you in V-P? Thank you for asking and welcome on board with us hopefuls if so Best regards TonyT
  15. That fat back at least Robert. Maybe that’s the earliest car used there? Thank you, that’s a superb photograph. I wonder what the reliability was like in the extreme temperatures? Probably very good. That very scene would make a superb diorama. What kind of car is it? Maybe a Peugeot? Thank again Robert, I hope that you or someone else is inspired to build this . Best regards TT
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