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  1. Doing one now, nice detail but not exactly best fitting and instructions not much better, still, to be expected really... Funnily enough the next and last thing up for me before painting is the canopy .. Got to praise Xtrakit for the SR1 though, great stuff for '50's Farnborough type of stuff, right up my street, nice touch with the sea scape printed on the box too
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    Airfix 2023

    Further to that it was also mentioned about concentrating on starter sets for the next year over everything else so there maybe less new/re-issues than many are hoping........
  3. That is correct, though neither appears to be in the records of the the DVLA via a vehicle check but that maybe because it's been so long since these plates have been on the road so to speak The 2 numbers such as 38K could easily be plausible, even 1 number is The plates you have on the decal sheet without the letter last are pretty old, predating the "A" suffix so pre 1963 so not much good in this case
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    My brother has been a professional painter and decorator for many many years and he's always grumbling about acrylic paints and varnishes, they are getting better no doubt but still have some way to catch up with oil based paints. Having said that it is better for your health......
  5. Great stuff, especially the cockpit framing, so crisp and precise painting there, then again so is the whole kit! I've got one too and this proves to me it can be built into a fine model, typical Airfix subject
  6. The route differed slightly in regards to flying over Ipswich, for as long as I can remember the flight has gone NE to SW over the A14/A12 junction at Ipswich but this time flew much more south and so therefore for the 1st time of actually trying to find a good spot we were in totally the wrong spot!! No idea if the rest of the route deviated though
  7. Interesting, would anyone have any idea if these would fit the 2 seater variants? T4 is essentially the same apart from the canopy and fuselage etc?
  8. ALARM!!!!!! Great seascape you've made there, I had a hankering to getting the kit when it came out, you've just re-awakened it
  9. I can see in the future that how we all used to live will return, you can see it with corner shops coming back and eventually so will jobs and housing; work will be but a cycle ride away, houses will be smaller with smaller rooms and there'll be greengrocers/butchers/bakers/off licences!/ popping up everywhere because so many won't be able to afford the cost of your own transport and energy bills unless you're pretty well off, I'm just going to dust off that chimney sweep gear , having said that if I remember right you're stuffed in London too as I've heard there are plans to ban log/coal burners etc in houses due to emissions? Can see the idea here, don't want the pea soupers of the 50's back
  10. The "fad" for open plan living is about to go belly up methinks............. If my house had this I'd be looking into getting thick insulating curtains to reduce the living area. Whilst Victorian houses aren't no good insulation wise the larger windows makes up for it to a certain degree and I've always decided that the room I'm in the most is southerly facing to get both the sunshine heat and light, I also had a gas fire installed which is left on it's pilot light all the time in the winter and turned up when needed, it only needs 30 minutes to heat the room for most of the night, plus the psychological effect of a cosy coal effect fire and fireplace can't be ignored which brings me on to colours, yes magnolia and white and popular as they're neutral but strewth are they cold colours, my front room and front bedroom are painted raspberry and aubergine respectively, dark colours but with both rooms southerly facing it doesn't matter. A friend of mine said "How come your house seems warmer than mine?" "Because I chose warmer colours" was my reply. The usual thing of wearing more layers of clothing is pertinent too, heard of so many walking around in T-shirts when it's below zero outside. Having no heating in the bedroom is something else, whilst they say the bedroom should be cooler I don't think they mean actually cold but mine is, I make up for it with an electric blanket that has a good range of heat settings and a wool duvet which whilst is light is damn good at insulation as we know, bit of a sod if I have to get up in the night though! Use a washing line if you can rather than a tumble dryer and also if possible have thermostats on each radiator. I also try to take most of my holiday from work during the spring/summer/autumn so that my place of work provides the heating and I can switch the heating off at home With all this in mind I've managed to limit the increase over the year to £440 for my household of a 2 bed end terrace with 2 of us living here, well, that is what Octopus is predicting... Don't forget the insulating properties of stashes too, so never mind about paying for energy bills, get out there and increase the stash even more, enough to line the walls!!
  11. Great stuff, built the same kit myself last year but not lit up, 1st kit I've built in years and it's a nice one, glad I chose this one to get back into it all. Just looks right as does the Klingon cruiser, nice work there
  12. So sad, grew up on his amazing distinctive artistry within IPC and DC Thomson, all the comics I read when younger had many of his strips and even a Scalextric Catalogue! https://treasuryofbritishcomics.com/ian-kennedy-1932-2022/?fbclid=IwAR3enL85UWsKZydb7kxSZIhmf2m6wLwYlHJZ78TdActiNB7gaF_qo4ejlOo I still have a copy of this edition and the entire reason I bought it was because of the cover art!! And another, a wrap around for a 2000AD issue I bought, brings so many good memories back Rest in peace Ian
  13. I was going to say what a great finish it has and the matt varnish could be the magic ingredient, getting a good authentic silver finish isn't easy and to me it looks like you've cracked it and given me thoughts on how to do my silver finishes. Not only that the overall finish is pretty damn good, something I would like to achieve so a definite A+ from me
  14. Which is what I bought...... 2nd hand is an idea, from this very forum I bought mine from (I think! So long ago now) and only in the last year I bought a small compressor with tank off Fleabay for around £70, loads on there and to be honest mine has been fine, (slightly different to mine but same seller and is AS18 as Tijuana mentions https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/164945881559 ) it's not as if you're blowing up car tyres every weekend with one like the other compressor I have is used for; I have a larger "garage" type compressor with a 50 litre tank where I used to run the hose up from outside the back door through a bedroom window to a water trap/regulator, it was better than you think, only needed to run it once to get the tank at 120psi and it'd last me all night, having the hose go through a gap in the window in winter was a bit of a bind though
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