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John Laidlaw

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About John Laidlaw

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    A Brit abroad...
  • Birthday 22/02/1961

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  1. That's a stunner, Dave. Really, really lovely.
  2. John Laidlaw

    What have you purchased / been given

    The Academy 1/72nd scale F-35A from Hobby Lobby, and subsequently the Caracal decal sheet with various delivery options.
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    1:72 Special Hobby Avro Anson Mk.I

    Ah, my pretty!
  4. John Laidlaw

    Who wants to live forever?

    Forever? No. But to be the Bicentennial Man? That could be fun. Life is too short, and there's more to do than could be fitted into our allotted span, so it would be nice to have a bit more.
  5. John Laidlaw

    How many kits of one subject equals an obsession?

    Saving this as an excuse - thanks, Dave!
  6. John Laidlaw

    Enter Sandman

    Funked up beyond all belief.
  7. John Laidlaw

    What kind of modeller are you?

    I used to be ADD ALL OF THE DETAIL, until I realised I wasn't good enough, would never be good enough, just wanted models of working aircraft sitting around waiting to do their jobs, and was more interested in getting the colours and weathering right. I recently saw photos of a display of RAF types covering the 100 years of the RAF's existence, and that was inspiring to me. Less sausage fingers faffing about with details, more colour and markings. So much more relaxing. I will fix glaring errors (Airfix FG.1 Phantom - I'm looking at you!), but that's it. Well, for today, at least...
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    Grump Britain.

    My first wife worked at a car dealership just outside Tunbridge Wells in the late 80s - she sold the after-sale paint and trim sealant stuff. One day a slightly scruffy older fellow wandered in and started looking at the cars in the showroom. None of the salesmen would even meet his eye, so she went to him and asked if she could help. He ended up buying six cars of the same model for his business fleet. He paid cash, and she got the sales commission. Never judge a book by its cover.
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    Paul

    So very sad to hear this - our thoughts are with you both.
  10. John Laidlaw

    Tigger models list

    He's recently been active on Facebook if you use it. He's reliable, and the kits are of good quality.
  11. John Laidlaw

    Grump Britain.

    Just watched it - thank you for the recommendation. Really enjoyed it, and the score was wonderful.
  12. John Laidlaw

    Gibson guitars files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

    Gibson will continue, and without Henry J, I believe. Firebird X? Hendrix signature??? All very odd, and the ever-increasing pricing of their best models put them out of the reach of working musicians. Silly stuff. I have one Gibson (a 2002 Firebird V Reissue), but have been unable to afford a Les Paul Standard - I ended up with an Epiphone Les Paul Tribute. The build quality is better than the Gibson. Coincidentally, a friend bought a new Gibson ES-339 today. Red metallic, and block inlays. He said it was a "great deal" .
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    Taking well lit photos for my models

    As much light as you can get is a good start, particularly if you're using a DSLR with the lens stopped all the way down for maximum depth of field, as it will shorten the exposure required. You can use large sheets of backdrop paper (in fairly neutral colours) to produce a "sweep". I do this by taping the top edge to a large piece of foamboard which has been partially scored through so there's one side's paper covering still intact, and can be leant up against a wall or something to support it. As for light, you can build softboxes cheaply to give very soft shadows. I used the plans from https://www.thegunnysack.com/how-to-make-softbox-for-photography/ to build three, leaving out the foil on the interiors, and using LED lightbulbs because they don't generate much heat.
  14. John Laidlaw

    Grump Britain.

    Good grief, that's brilliant! Thank you!
  15. John Laidlaw

    Grump Britain.

    Yup, IPAs are big here in Wisconsin, and are pretty good - but they tend to be sweeter than I really like. If I could find Director's here, I'd be very happy :).
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