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  1. Great build - I have this one on my workbench, currently stalled by mojo issues. Glad to see the decals are workable!
  2. Sorry about the hijack but what did you think of the book? It looks fascinating but quite pricey when its printed on demand and, according to reviews, not very well. Great build so far BTW - I like the way you can see the genesis of the Eagle in the design. Maybe make the landing pads square to provide another hint?
  3. I have this in the stash - any chance you might bundle up your upgrades and sell a few? I think there are sites were one can post files for others to print and get a cut of the proceeds. Also as you are probably aware the propeller is wrong - IIRC the blades are reversed.
  4. Sounds like you are planning a few 1:1 builds. It will be interesting to see how this will go, the Astute design would seem to be the logical starting point.
  5. Does anybody know if any extra goodies are available or planned? yes I'm making up an order for you-know-where and need to get to the free postage limit. Some glazing masks and fiddly resin bits would be nice. Are the Arctic decals still available? Thanks
  6. Lets face it, Airfix think this one's been done and won't re-tool. But is there any chance somebody else will produce a competing TSR-2? Pit Road did a 1/144 and I bought most of them - how were sales outside the UK?
  7. Paddle wheel day tripper/minesweeper - interesting wee tale https://www.deeside.com/discovery-of-world-war-ii-minesweeper-ship-aided-by-bangor-university/
  8. Marconi in Edinburgh (I think it was) had an EE Lightning on a pedestal as a gate guard. I was unaware of this until meeting it one foggy night at 2 in the morning, which made me think that I'd definitely had too many light ales and also, time appeared to have stopped. Most perturbing.
  9. Because they both topped the hard FAI definition of 100km - they had to, or the Soviet Union would have died laughing. In fact they did 100 miles just to be safe OK there is debate about where space physically starts, but spaceflight is 100km. Unless you are the US Air Force, for the usual political and parochial reasons (and the X-15 is one of my all time favorites, I have the books and models to prove it). I have slightly less issues with Virgin/Branson than Amazon/Bezos as businesses and human beings, but if I was to take one of their flights (and yes, I can afford one - but just one) it would be Blue Origin simply because they go into space, no arguing. If VG could top 100 miles with passengers they would.
  10. Very nice - just the right amount of gloss too. I've built the same kit, same boxing and it was a bit of a battle, not helped by blue-tack masking pulling off the Xtracrylic paint. The tooling is ancient, 1960. Maybe they tweaked it in 1983. My decals had better register but were just as bad. Still, its a Hunter. The Revell kit is much better I hear - so little chance of Airfix retooling anytime soon .
  11. That livestream was excruciating, but congrats to VG on nearly, but quite, going into space. Or as the BBC diplomatically puts it, "going to the edge of space".
  12. Sometimes with these partworks the publisher/manufacturer offers spare parts (for a price). Could be worth a try?
  13. My W4 had even more flash than that. But cut it off and its all fine. Personally I rather enjoy removing flash, maybe its a nostalgia thing.
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