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  1. Welcome Gary, That's a fantastic looking workspace & I noticed a cheeky little Schwimmwagen too. I'm based up here in the hills to the east side of town - Mossley - on the edge of Saddleworth. I look forward to seeing some of your completed builds - you certainly have all the gear for it. Catch you soon - Steve
  2. We had a similar problem during the 1st lockdown - where the unit next to ours caught fire & fried all our phone & internet connections that ran past their building. Luckily - one of our staff spotted the incident & we reported it straight away (7am in the morning). Thanks to the work of some very determined BT engineers we were up & running again within 5 hours. This I think was AMAZING!!! The previous time we had a problem (someone dug a whole in the next street which was literally the size of a house) - we were without any services for over a week - not so brilliant.
  3. UPDATE - I received an email from @TIGER HOBBIESLIMITED this morning... Hi Steve, I’ve spoken with my colleague who orders Gecko and they have informed me that unfortunately we’ve been given no price or release date for the product, only information that it will be coming out. So at least we know it is on the horizon - I'll just have to keep an eye on their website.
  4. Hey Pat - I didn't take part - but would love to vote for "a winner" - is there a poll taking place??? Steve
  5. Please excuse me if this has already been posted - but I've scrolled back to the beginning of 2021 & can't find it listed... NEW BOXART OF GECKO 1/35 SCALE BRITISH DAIMLER ARMOURED CAR MK I WITH FIGHTING COMPARTMENT STRUCTURE… Some pictures... NEW TEST SHOT OF GECKO MODELS 1/35 SCALE BRITISH DAIMLER ARMOURED CAR MK I WITH FIGHTING COMPARTMENT STRUCTURE… ...here we go... The Daimler Armoured car entered service during 1941 and served in all theatres. It was used extensively in the Second World War and served with the British Army into the 1960s. The Qatari Armed Forces only retired their examples within the last few years. Gecko Models 35GM0011 Daimler Armoured Car Mk1 Kit 1/35 - Price to be Advised This Diamler Mk1 Armoured Car model has full interior detail and options include both a Littlejohn Adapter and PLM mounting with twin Vickers Ks I'm not used to posting in this area - any thoughts??? any other news??? I've emailed @TIGER HOBBIESLIMITED as they are the UK distributor - but I'm really keen to find out if anyone has any other news. Enjoy - Steve
  6. There has just been an explosion on the airport perimeter (09:55 ish) A Globemaster was on approach - so I tuned in & suddenly the camera panned across to a huge plume of very thick black smoke...
  7. Andy - Great picture of one of my favourite model shops - well worth the 4 hour round trip in the days before the pandemic. Amazing looking muffins too - I'm starving now... BTW - smashing progress on the build too All the best - Steve
  8. As above - I had the same problems with both Vallejo & Stynylrez - basically peeling off styrene for fun. I now use Halfords grey spray primer.
  9. The webcam is live again this morning - showing a TBS logo - which is TOKYO BROADCASTING CORP - don't forget to click the LIVE button at the bottom... https://www.geocam.ru/en/online/kabul-ptz/
  10. Noel - are you getting live footage from the webcam - all I'm getting today is the recorded footage again from yesterday. If you are getting live footage then there should be a red dot & LIVE towards the bottom left corner of the sceen - if not live then you should see the duration of the piece - 7:56:13 in my case.
  11. This live webcam went off as darkness approached. Kabul is 3.5 hours ahead of us - I will check it again tomorrow morning. If you click on it now it is playing the daylight footage from today. If you try it tomorrow - don't forget to click on the LIVE button at the bottom left of the screen.
  12. As well as flightradar24 there is also a live Kabul Airport webcam here... https://www.geocam.ru/en/online/kabul-ptz/ ...it's very busy - plenty of Hercs & Globemasters taking off. A Globemaster from the SAC heavy lift wing has just landed too. I have no idea who is manning this live camera - but they are up on a hill on the edge of town - with good coverage of the entire airport - very interesting stuff.
  13. Hi Ben, I'm just starting a fortnight off work & I guess your taking a well deserved break too. I guess the KATYs are maybe on fleabay - where folk are looking to offload the accurate armour kits before they become completely worthless. I'm going to keep the two I bought (£200 I'll never see again) - I wouldn't have the nerve to try selling them - at any price (they are dreadful) - but I need to get over that mistake & move on. All the best - Steve
  14. I've just been browsing the Hannants "future releases" & it now seems to imply Feb 22 for the launch of the Airfix Katy - rather than autumn 21 as first suggested. It's looking more likely that I'll go for the Gecko one instead. I've popped myself on the "watch list" with @TIGER HOBBIESLIMITED who will email me when it comes out.
  15. Just a heads up guys - we all love out furry masters & mistresses - please see this link re cat food recalls that are causing fatalities... https://amp-theguardian-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/amp.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/aug/05/toxic-cat-food-fear-as-vets-struggle-with-mysterious-illness?utm_source=upday&utm_medium=referral Let's keep them safe Steve
  16. Oh yes... You are in 27th position BTW - just behind Enzo Matrix
  17. Having taken a look at the LEADER BOARD - no one seems to have taken a massive hit on "likes" & the league table looks pretty much as it was. Also posts & likes are shown in the traditional manner.
  18. We are having the same problems at work - very similar price hike pattern to your own - £2k became £5k then £8k & now £10k. We import containers of 2mm float glass from Thailand - which is what you find in picture frames. A container holds around 4000 sheets of 4' x 3' glass - so the cost of each sheet has gone up by over £2 per sheet - this has proved impossible to absorb & caused me a few headaches in the last couple of months.
  19. I've just seen this box top shot... ...any thoughts?
  20. OUCH!!! Shattered glass - very dangerous stuff - my exploding glass table top the other month taught me that. Get well soon mate Steve
  21. Lovely job Roman - I have a couple in the stash - thanks for more inspiration. Like the guys have said a superb job on the paint & weathering. Steve
  22. I may hazard a guess they were on their way to Normandy - Flightradar24 was showing 6 Hercules aircraft in formation off the Normandy coast earlier - maybe a parachute drop???
  23. Well I never - as they say. We wait years for something that all the manufacturers simply ignore AND THEN two come along at once. I know the Accurate Armour resin kit has been available - frankly it's not the best - but surely now will be known as the worst. I spent over £200 on 2 of them last year & it completely killed my love of modelling. They were full of holes / twisted to hell / full of broken parts / inaccurate font on the serial number decals etc... But now I have a couple of reasons to be cheerful - happy days & thanks for sharing this. Judging by the price of the Gecko MWD offerings on the "Scale Model Shop" website I'm guessing the price might be around £40 - but with all the detail that sounds rather fair. I'm going to buy whichever comes out first & most likely the second too - but I hope they both get into a race to the finish line. Judging by the Gecko marketing info they seem pretty keen to say "we were working on ours first" - but - Airfix were certainly first to announce theirs - so we will see. @rayprit & @TIGER HOBBIESLIMITED - you have both cheered me up no end. Happy Sunday - Steve
  24. BIG X

    Covid Jab

    Madame X had her second jab yesterday (I had mine a few weeks back now). Her appointment was at the local cricket club & she was advised to watch the cricket match for 15 minutes before leaving. I wouldn't mind - but I was the one doing the driving . She said she has experienced no side effects this time round - but did quite enjoy the cricket - well it was a lovely sunny afternoon yesterday
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