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Simon Williams

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    I just quoted you to the fragrant and lovely Mrs. Williams and she said that what you said describes her to a T (apart from the beer and modelling bit, that's my department)...
  2. Looking at that set of shelves, I think you've got half my book collection there too. (OK so my Expanse books are on my Kindle app, but the principle still holds )
  3. I'm a team leader in an NHS call centre. I've been working there for 2 and a half years, but only been a team leader for 18 months. Before that, I was a call handler, taking calls for South West London (from the North East, VOIP telephony is a wonderful thing). Before even that, I worked in the family business for 28 years, making transformers for the electronics industry. Unfortunately, due to cashflow and other issues, that business went into liquidation, the designs and whatever stock and equipment that had any value were bought by another transformer company, along with my services as a consultant to translate our drawings into their drawings. That consultancy ended a year after the sale, so I had to go and find myself a "proper" job, hence the call centre. So I've gone from a 13 person business winding transformers for such diverse things as PAT testing equipment, welding gear and guitar amplifiers, to managing a call centre that at peak has 60 people in it taking calls (particularly on a weekend or over the Christmas/New Year period.)
  4. Working my way through The Expanse books. Just finished Abbadon's Gate and about to start Cibola Burn.
  5. Hello everyone, Here's another one I managed to complete this year, the Zoukei-Mura 1/32 Skyraider. Douglas Skyraider by simon_rw, on Flickr Douglas Skyraider by simon_rw, on Flickr Here it is with it's 1/48 little brother (Tamiya) Douglas Skyraider by simon_rw, on Flickr Side View Skyraider by simon_rw, on Flickr
  6. Cheers Keith. Been after this kit since I was 17, soon as I saw it at Perth I had to have it.. I painted it with Suzuki Silky Silver from Halfords.
  7. Really nice. :-). The 1/6th. scale kit is great considering it dates from 1982.
  8. Thanks everyone. Painted it with mainly Tamiya paints ( I'm getting mistrustful of Vallejo these days). Paint chipping via the hairspray method.
  9. Thanks for the compliments, everyone. It was a fun build and definitely made a change from wingy-thingies. @Jim Wasley my wife's health seems to be better these days, she's applied for a job where I work and, yes, I am getting loads more bench time in :-) Simon (recovering from night shift)
  10. Hi Vinnie, The chrome bits are the plated plastic that came with the kit. I just put an enamel wash on the engine and round the bolt heads on the gearbox. Cheers Simon
  11. Morning All, Well, due to work and the wife's health and many other factors, I haven't really had a great deal of bench time this year. After a trip to Perth with Washington Model Club, I came back with a few kits, one of which was the 1/6th. Suzuki GSX1100S Katana, a kit I'd always wanted to build, ever since I saw it in the Tamiya catalogue, all those years ago. It also made a pleasant change from my usual focus of aircraft models, so much so that I bought a Tamiya Honda CBR100XX Super Blackbird kit the other week and I fancy the Ducati Super Panigale kit as well. Here it is, before I put the decals on. IMG_1424 by simon_rw, on Flickr And here it is, decalled up. IMG_1427 by simon_rw, on Flickr Thanks for looking.
  12. Afternoon all, I've just finished the Airfix 1/24th. Typhoon, which I purchased at Perth this year for the princely sum of £50. Here's some pictures for you to gawp/marvel/laugh (delete as appropriate) at. IMG_1549 by simon_rw, on Flickr IMG_1550 by simon_rw, on Flickr IMG_1551 by simon_rw, on Flickr IMG_1552 by simon_rw, on Flickr Thanks for looking!
  13. "Buccaneer Boys" by Robert Pitchfork. Ironically, my neighbour over the road was in the RAF with him and reckons he's the most boring man in the world.
  14. The Su29 was one of last year's and I never got round to doing a threads in last year's Yearbook. Don't worry Keith, there will be more next year, and I've got quite a bit of Russian stuff in the stash .
  15. Good afternoon everyone, What with 2016 being a year of great changes, (moving house, new job, my wife having weight loss surgery), I've not had the time to be as productive as last year, but then again last year I had 4 enforced weeks off and then lost my consultancy contract, so ended up with a huge amount of time off. So here, in no particular order, are the builds I managed in 2016. Revell 1/32 Fw 190 F-8 Untitled by simon_rw, on Flickr Tamiya 1/32 Corsair (with a pilot figure, which was the first attempt I'd made at figure painting for a while. IMG_1281 by simon_rw, on Flickr Hasegawa A-4M Skyhawk, which was one I pulled off the Shelf of Doom. IMG_1283 by simon_rw, on Flickr Airfix 1/48 Spitfire Mk. V, from the new kit, which went very well, apart from slight awkwardness with the undercarriage legs. Untitled by simon_rw, on Flickr Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire Mk.16e, which was a bit of testbed for a natural metal finish (still don't think I've cracked it). 1/32 spitfire Mk16e by simon_rw, on Flickr And finally, Eduard 1/48 Spitfire Mk.16 e in the colours of Air Vice-Marshal James M. Robb. 1/48 spitfire Mk.16e by simon_rw, on Flickr Thanks for looking.
  16. I'm buying the wife an artificial leg this year. It's not her main present, just a stocking filler.
  17. Thank you everyone. It was a bit of an epic building it and it's standing on a computer desk as that's the only flat surface i have that's big enough for it. It's bigger than my He 111 in the same scale.
  18. Good morning Britmodeller-land Here's another one that's taken the edge off my enforced leisure time. I bought this kit at the Tyneside show from models4sale at the knock-down price of £75. All OOB, no corrections, as I definitely can't afford the Zactomodels correction sets. . Painted in a mixture of Tamiya, Lifecolor and Vallejo paints, with a very dilute Humbrol wash to bring out the panel lines and grubby it up a bit. Trumpeter 1/32 Su-27 Flanker by simon_rw, on Flickr Nosewheel went a bit skew-whiff and I can't do a great deal about that as it's all epoxied together (I didn't think superglue would hold the weight of the model). Top view by simon_rw, on Flickr Decals were the ones that came with the kit. Engine view by simon_rw, on Flickr Engine heat staining was painted with a base of Tamiya gun metal, followed by tinting the paint with clear blue and clear orange. It doesn't really show up very well in the iPad pictures. I could have painted those access hatches a bit better. Thanks for looking
  19. Rosin flux solder is very handy, but please, please, extract the fumes. Long-term exposure to flux fumes can set off all sorts of respiratory ailments. (Nigh on 30 years in the electronics industry, ask me how I know).
  20. Bloody hell! Get them on oven chips or get them a deep fat fryer, pronto. Hope your dad's hand gets better soon.
  21. Thanks for all the compliments and the good wishes , everyone. Cardiac rehab starts on the 13th. of October and I've completed another 2 models in between finishing the F-16 and now. RFI's will be coming soon. Simon
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