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  1. I completed quite a few builds last year before hitting the wall in July and suffering "Modeller's Block" in a big way. After trying for weeks to build anything, in the end I walked away from the hobby for a while. I reduced my modelling forum participation too - even on my own forum (the ATF). I had too much "loft insulation" too that I felt was dragging me down so I sold off over 200 models during the last three months of the year making my bank account much better off to the tune of more than £5,000. I like doing jigsaw puzzles, reading and watercolour painting and while I have been doing a lot of the first two, the watercolour painting was as difficult as modelling during this period so I left that for another time. By December I felt recharged and ready to start modelling again but rather than try to finish my current builds, I decided to do a quick build - the old Airfix 1/76 Tiger Tank. As it turned out, I ended up with a more complicated build that I have really enjoyed doing using a lot of scratch-building and aftermarket stuff. It is almost finished (just waiting for some towing cables) and I knocked out another of the old Tigers over 36 hours as a comparison: Whilst I am back on course, modelling-wise, I am treading carefully and I intend to take things easy this year and try not to sign up for every group build that will be running on various forums. Dave
  2. I am definitely having that deja vu feeling with your builds for this GB. As well as the three previous builds you are doing, I also did Z31 but as HMS Nonsuch: Keep on at this rate and you will be knocking out a Matchbox Bismarck too! Dave
  3. Just heard the sad news that Sylvia Syms has passed away aged 89 years. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-64426891 Dave
  4. Hi @pemodeller I know some people put stubbornly glued parts into a freezer bag and put it into a freezer for a day or two. That makes the glue brittle and allows the parts to be separated quite easily. I have been lucky enough to being able to dismantle my old builds just by using slight pressure or using a scalpel and not needed to do the freezer treatment. I would never add more glue to an already glued join. Dave
  5. davecov

    Airfix 2024

    Closer to the truth than you think. The Airfix Morris Marina moulds were left out in the rain and were damaged beyond repair so you will never see one of these again from Airfix: BTW, this was the most expensive kit that I have ever bought at just over £140 almost three years ago. Dave
  6. Good progress so far @danbuoy I built five Matchbox ships for last year's Matchbox 50th Anniversary GB, including the three you are building for this GB. If it isn't too late, I suggest you put some supports for the deck inside the hull like I did for the Bismarck and USS Fletcher: I didn't do this for my USS San Diego hull and during construction when fitting the forward superstructure to the deck, I managed to push too hard and it split the join with the hull. Dave
  7. A very nice collection of impressive builds, Adrian. Dave
  8. @Ratch Remove the "s" from https to get the correct link - http://upload.forumfree.net/i/ff10407159/HU23.jpg Dave
  9. @bigbadbadge Chris, the base used in the photos comes from Coastal Kits. They also do lots of other bases for planes, cars, military vehicles etc. Dave
  10. My build of the Matchbox 1/76 Sd.Kfz 234 Puma Armoured Car (PK-76) I can't believe that I have never built this kit before now. It was built for the BM 2022 Matchbox 50th Anniversary Group Build and you can read about the build here: My build of the Matchbox 1/72 Gloster Gladiator (PK-8) It was built for the Britmodeller Matchbox 50th Anniversary Group Build and you can read about the build here: My build of the Matchbox 1/72 Hawker Fury (PK-1) It was built for the Britmodeller Matchbox 50th Anniversary Group Build and you can read about the build here: My build of the Airfix 1/72 North American P-51B Mustang (02083) Decals came from the spares box and the XtraDecal 617 Squadron set (X72093) and represents Wing Commander Leonard Cheshire's Mustang attached to 617 Squadron. The "Malcolm Hood" transparencies are from Falcon. It was built for the ATF 2021 Airfix Bomber Command Group Build which I led. My build of the Matchbox 1/76 M24 Chaffee (PK-79) Made for the BM 2022 Matchbox 50th Anniversary Group Build and was built OOB except for the addition of brass rod aerials and a figure from the Airfix Station Accessories set. You can read about the build here: My build of the Matchbox 1/700 USS Fletcher (PK-63) Made for the BM 2022 Matchbox 50th Anniversary Group Build and was built OOB and you can read about the build here: My build of the Matchbox 1/700 USS Indianapolis (40165) Made for the BM 2022 Matchbox 50th Anniversary Group Build and was built OOB and you can read about the build here: My build of the Matchbox 1/700 Z-38 Narvik Class (PK-62) This build shows KMS Z-38 in her post-WW2 guise when she was in service with the Royal Navy as a trials ship and renamed as HMS Nonsuch. It was built for the BM Matchbox 50th Anniversary GB and painted with a hairy stick and you can read about the build here: My build of the Matchbox 1/700 USS San Diego (40163) (PK-163) An OOB build. It was built for the BM Matchbox 50th Anniversary GB and you can read about the build here: My build of the Matchbox 1/700 Bismarck (40355) (PK-351) It was built for the BM Matchbox 50th Anniversary GB and portrays Bismarck in the scheme worn in the Baltic April/May prior to her sailing to Norway for Operation Rheinübung. Since taking these photos, I realised that I hadn't painted the tops of the 38cm turrets correctly. I had slavishly followed a set of drawings which turned out to be wrong when comparing them with real photos. I have now painted the turret tops correctly by extending the dark grey down the sloped sides. You can read about the build here: My build of the Matchbox 1/72 Messerschmitt 410 (PK-113) It was built for the Britmodeller Matchbox 50th Anniversary Group Build. I didn't use any paint, filler, plastic card or aftermarket bits so that it could be built as Matchbox intended - at least according to the illustration on the side of the box. You can read about the build here: My build of the Airfix 1/32 Beach Buggy (A02412V) Having already converted an Airfix Beach Buggy to a six-wheeler, I decided to do another but this time with four front wheels like FAB 1 from Thunderbirds. It was built for the 2022 ATF 16th Anniversary Group Build. My build of the Airfix 1/72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX (02081) I can't believe that this is only the second time that I have ever made this kit. I built one in the Seventies but this is a 2005 boxing complete with dodgy kit decals that were off-register, that stuck to the backing paper in lots of places and were a trial to get them to stay on! It was built for a Spitfire GB over on the Scale Models Forum. Unfortunately, real-life and a serious case of Modeller's Block after the Spitfire build has kept me from my modelling bench for three months. However, I will be building again in the New Year. Dave
  11. I have never owned a Robert Palmer/Power Station album until now as I have purchased his greatest hits CD. My favourite video is "Irresistible" but I wouldn't want anybody suffering any modelling accidents while watching it so here is "Addicted To Love". Dave
  12. Well spotted Sir! I am sure that the angled superstructure and door was only on the Batch IIs. All pictures I have seen of the earlier batch don't appear to have this feature as you can see in this picture of HMS Kent. Dave
  13. Another thing that is often missed is that the bulkhead facing the flight deck has two doors. The starboard one is angled: Dave
  14. Coming on nicely, Jeff. @ArnoldAmbrose One thing that is often missed by modellers of County Class Destroyers is the sloping inwards of the port-side bulkhead aft of the hangar door, beneath the 901 Sea Slug Director. It slopes inwards so that the starboard wheel/leg of the Wessex could clear it and there was a guide formed by steel plate that ran the length of this bulkhead. At the entrance to the hangar door a turntable was placed on the deck for the starboard wheel to stop on during the manoeuvre of the helicopter. The colour photograph I linked to in my post earlier in this thread shows this "cutout" and once you see it, you wonder why you never noticed it before! This picture shows the channel in the deck and was taken during an "It's a Knockout" onboard HMS Antrim in 1980: Whilst my mess mates were participating, I did the hard bit by watching and snapping their tortuous endeavours. Dave
  15. @Adam Poultney Adam, I had never used them before I ordered some FOD Covers/Blanks from them on 29th August. No issues so far and they do keep you informed at all stages of the order. My order was due to arrive anytime between 7th and 26th September. It arrived in the UK 9am this morning (10th) and I expect to receive the order on Monday. Dave
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