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  1. Beautiful work Simon and an incredible high standard for your return to the hobby. I've got two of these in my stash to build - and it is also my all time favourite aircraft. I think you've got the very best possible out of this old kit.
  2. This is stunning work. I'll be following along with much interest.
  3. My word. Just followed this build from the start. I'm gobsmacked. You are a true professional sir. This is very inspiring.
  4. Same for me too.... built this kit in the late seventies/early eighties and it had pride of place in my bedroom. In fact... I think it is still there. I'll be following along with interest. Good start so far.
  5. I don't think I've ever seen a finer build of this kit ever. Period. It is absolutely brilliant. Thank you for sharing.
  6. Hi, Private message sent to you and Mike. Kind Regards, Andrew.
  7. Hello, For some time now I've been unable to access your site from any computer on my home network - all I get is a ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT error. Finally decided to investigate a bit further and have done all the usual things of restarting my router, flushing DNS etc. But all to no avail. Finally I called my ISP and they've identified that the reason is because my IP address is being blocked by your servers. They won't change my address (it is static) and advised me to contact you direct. Could you investigate please? I could get a VPN but that seems rather excessive.
  8. Thankfully it survived the journey South without damage... this was a huge relief. So the last work to do was to make the connection between tractor and trailer permanent. This was a bit of a struggle but managed carefully with tweezers and a quick spray of superglue activator. I didn't bother with the electrical cable. This was actually a piece of solder but my Dad said it wasn't always connected... the only lights being a night light at the rear and some side lights at the front of the trailer. This was justification enough to coil it up and t
  9. Not the best pictures - but I'm happy with the result. Thanks for looking. Full build thread here: Drew.
  10. Thank you Roger. Much appreciated . Thanks Kev. He certainly was thrilled. Also, as I think I said at the start, I've determined that building AFVs is far harder than building aircraft . Thanks Neil . Cheers . Thanks Matt .
  11. So my Dad, being a follower of this thread, called me the other night to say that the winch cable would never have been left hanging down the way I have left it. In fact he went as far to say that he would be on a "fizzer" for something like that... which I think means a charge. In any case, I've amended it as per his instruction, including making it more circular rather than teardrop shaped: Today I've managed to do a number of the final items, including the ballast box contents, headlamps and chain repairs. All I really have left to do now are the fire extinguishers o
  12. I've struggled to find the time to get on with this of late - but thankfully this weekend I've been able to spend a little time hunched over at my bench. Aside from fixing the door handles back on I've worked on the winch cable end and the ballast box contents. Studying various pictures of the winch seems to show that the cable was looped back and then fixed in two positions. Despite there being a hook on this model (to the left of the rollers) for the cable to be stored on, my Dad's recollection is that they were generally left hanging down - which is how I've shown it. Basically
  13. Well it doesn't look like much but blooming' eck getting these chains on was hard. I think mainly because I'm trying not only to match the reference photos, I'm also trying to use them to actually fix the tank securely. I started out my weekend work by dirtying up the trailer bed and placing a couple of oily stains: The rear chains were straight forward once I'd figured out how best to attach them to the tank and had adjusted the chain links 7 or 8 times . The grab hooks apparently were not at the ends, they were mid-way in the chains. Also, it was generally stand
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