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  1. That did not stop Airfix when the moved from polybags to blister packs some fairly small models, like the Brewster Buffalo moved into series two, SO they just need to update the decal's, and perhaps learn from Hannants and add a whiff scheme, even series three would be cheaper that the Xxtraket SRA-1
  2. Anyone noticed Hannets sem to have a time machine. The have 40+ in stock of each and they were delivered on 30/9/2022. Either a time machine or Ihave seriously overslept and lost 5 days of my holiday.
  3. Hopefully Matchbox prices on online sites are starting to return to a reasonable level. I have been after a Matchbox A-20. There have been plenty "buy it now" ones around the £30 mark and even those being auctioned were getting £20+ (inc p&p). I was not keen enough to pay that sort of sum, Today I got one at £17.40 in total. Result one happy purchaser - ME
  4. Thanks to this thread pointing me towards the "British Comics" website I found out that After the Battle Magazine ceased publication last year. I have been a bit out of touch with the magazine generally for about 12 years. When I worked in London a couple of the W H Smith outlets on my way home stocked this, so I used to look at every copy and purchase any that contained articles that were of interest. Since then I have only looked at their web-site very occasionally. The last copy I purchased was the Colditz issue which I bought in the castles museum gift shop on a visit 4 years ago. I am not surprised as the Magazine was very much the child of Winston Ramsey, and he had been in charge since it started in 1973 so he is probably due a good retirement. The Magazine is no more but the business has passed to Pen & Sword who continue to make back numbers available and are continuing to produce "Then " books.
  5. Within that site lies hours of web-surfing through memories, It not only have comics but also covers many Magazines that will be well known to those on this forum.
  6. I am going to give two full answers; 1) What do I need to build the most basic plastic kit? Something to detach part from sprue - sprue cutters Cleaning up - set of needle files Smoothing joints- sanding stick or just wet & dry Although liquid glue usually comes in a bottle with a brush I will include a brush to apply glue Something to project my workbench 2) As someone who spends time with card / plasticard. Heavy duty knife (Stanley Blade type) Scalpel knife Needle files Straight edge with finger protector Cutting sheet brush to apply glue However, times are changing, and I might now amend that second list to include a Cricut silhouette cutter, a scanner, PC and software. In the future a 3D printer might be an essential tool for me. Lastly on a light note, a torch to locate parts that have flown off has been essential and in the future could we please have an AI driven tool that can work out the route such items have taken and automatically retrieve them from the carpet monster (although we opted for stone floors when we refurbished our house, so the carpet monster is a thing over found in the past).
  7. I doubt if it is really worthwhile buying a complete set as you are unlikely to use a number of whatever brushes you get. It will be a false economy in my view. For various reasons you will have buy replacements at a different rate. Key is to match your brushes to the paint. Acrylics and enamels brushes are different. I use ammo-mig paints and investing in their brushes has improved my finishes no end. Last tip is use both your local model shop and also a local art suppliers if you have them. I have found the local art shop very helpful and knowledgeable regarding brushes.
  8. Rather than the absolute price does the Meteor earn a place as a series four kit? The original Meteor Iii was series two. I would argue that the increased R&D, even excluding savings through the use of computers etc.., the parts count/detail and the decal sheet, probably do lead to the conclusion that series four is justified when looking at earlier models and others in the range.
  9. The three factors that have caused my stash to increase this year are: That's a good kit for forthcoming GB, and then not taking part or using a different kit. Vac forms cannot that hard FOMO - current kit availability means if you require a kit you have to get one as soon are it's available
  10. For no explicable reason 2022 has not been a good year for my modelling mojo, I have achieved very little in the first seven months, and my attempt to get inspired via the Revell / Monogram GB is moving a less than a snails pace. So hopefully rescue has come through an unexpected source, as I have recently acquired a Thomas the Tank Engine layout from a friend, as his son is now into X-Box games and they are about to move house. The Thomas engines have been stored but my first project, to fully reuse the layout involves these (sorry for poor photo but it is a small segment of a photo taken on my phone. the long term objective is to use the layout as the base for my second world war dated layout which has been a armchair project for over 30 year. So , I started looking at what I could do to the houses and the current result is this; For the moment ignore the house on the left. I don't know what the source of the design the Airfix designers had, but trying to envisage an interior for these buildings is impossible, as the internal chimney stacks line up with windows in some places and its hard to work out where a bathroom would be. My thoughts are that they downsized a semi-detached house, From a 140's view point the integral garage had to go, as I cannot find any pictures of similar houses of the 1930's with this feature. Indeed Mrs 821 lived in a very similar building of the 1930's at which point no thought had been given to parking. So the garage has gone on the righthand house. Yes the heaviness of the widows does offend me but this is a project about rescuing and reusing the buildings,
  11. This seems contrary to standard museum disposal policy, which is to only sell items on the open market unless no other suitable institution in the UK requires it.
  12. My prediction is that over 90% of the possible new moulds named in this thread will not be announced for 2023. On recent announcements l would guess two new 1:48 aircraft, one series 2 or 3 series 1:72 and one larger 1:72 kit, plus a few reissues. Plus one 1:35 vehicle and if the sales of the Sherman and Tiger were god then a couple more tanks done as basic and full featured in 1:72.No new cars this year. Lastly 4 to 7 vintage classics. Edited to add: I also expect to see a larger than usual number off removals from the catalogue as the warehouse inventory is reduced.
  13. What do you hear? The only committed development is a hotel behind Airspace, as far as seems to be known there are no "housing developments" planned. @Alpha Delta 210 great set of photo's, I nearly missed the F-15 as I was not near a tanoy and was looking at one of the stalls. when it came across. THis was the result on the first pass: I was slightly more composed when it did the heads on pass but I still had not had time to adjust the focal length on my 70-300 lens so this was taken at 70mm after a bit of adjustment in Photoshop Elements I got to Camera if a 12 year old Nikon D3200. As to the show itself, my wife and I are members, but I would not have minded paying a small amount to enter on this day, but I think the IWM has lost it's way with membership as if you are over 65 it's now cheaper for some events to come in on a concession than a members ticket. For me the highlight were the Grasshoppers, Moth & Harvard with a display team like that who needs the Red Arrows at a show? I would have liked to see the, rumoured, Mig /Fury pairing but that did not happen. Overall a good afternoon out, but I must be becoming rather too blasé about airshows, as if you had told me, even 25 years ago, I could see three Curtis Hawks, B-17 + 2 x P-51 and a Spitfire + P-47, not to mention a Mig15 at a show in the UK I would not have believed you. Now I do tend to watch the Airshow more through my glasses that through the viewfinder. One thing it was good to see were that stalls from local Aviation museums, local USAF bases and the vehicles. I got some good reference shots for my Airfx USAF Bomber Refuelling set.
  14. Time to resume work... As this picture shows for this build I am doing something that I don't remember doing in over sixty years of making injection moulded kits: TI am not only doing this as a out of the box built but also following the instructions. These clearly state that parts should be painted and decals applied before assembly At this stage everything seemed OK but... some of the nose decal did not attach properly!!!! As you can see from the pot propping up the model I am not following the instructions and using Revell paint. I doubt if there will be many more WIP updates as there will be very little to follow in the remaining steps. That is unless something goes wrong.
  15. With regard to the Hornby (rail) business this subject has been running for some time in RMweb, it does also mention Corgi https://www.rmweb.co.uk/topic/172869-hornby-cuts-model-shops-allocations-of-items-due-summer-2022/page/11/#comment-4873278 this is only the most reiteration of the subject as that particular forum seems to be home to a number of members who find fault with everything that Hornby do.
  16. Last prebuild picture: Showing the rivets and decal placements that seemed to standard in the day. There is also a stain just below the cockpit, I have no idea what caused this and I have tried various remedies to remove it - all that of which failed. It's not that noticeable in the model as a whole so I think I'll leave it.
  17. Nearly all the box contents are off the sprue but when laid out they all seem o be present when I first looked in the box a week ago the decals were very brown but a few days in the sunshine seems to have cured that and the first picture shows them as they are now. As with all my builds (classic of not) I scan the decals at 1200 dpi in case something goes wrong in their application. Now onto some actual construction....
  18. My original thought for the titles of this thread was something like when did you become a mature / serious modeller but I considered those words too subjective. The question arose from my entry in the Revell / Monogram Classic GB which I noted my entry was dated 1961 as that was both a key date in my life and my modelling. In the autumn of that year we moved from London to one of the new town being built at the time. I was 9 years old and had grown up alongside my friends. Modelling was at that point just buying an Airfix (and it was always Airfix as my local toy shop only stoked Airfix) model and just a quick glue and paint. Not many of my friends modelled in any form. When I changed towns and schools, I had to make new friends. With it being a new town and school many were like me in that they had lost their old friends. The school structure meant mixing with some older children and I did find some modellers among them. I was then introduced to what I would now call reference sources, other than the Victor Comic, and models other than Airfix. Our local newsagent sold Revel kits. That’s when models ceased to be toys and a few years later when I moved to secondary school I discovered Airfix Magazine and the rest is history. So my answer to the thread is 1961, aged nine.
  19. Two slight oddities about this GB boxing of this kit: According to Scalemates https://www.scalemates.com/kits/revell-h-166-republic-f-105b-thunderchief--130434 the US box has the picture on the right mine is on the left. The decals in mine has the old London W1 address on the back whereas the Box has the Potters Bar address. KIt dates from 1958 and this boxing appears to be 1961
  20. Here we are in the second half of 2022 and I find that I have not actually started a kit from scratch this year. This was not due to any lack of modelling Mojo but rather that I have spend time on my railway layout, which has moved on. Added to which this year our vegetable garden has reached full production - leads to lots to sowing. planting out. Now that we are close to the picking season I have slightly more time to return the the modelling table. So my offering is: This joined my stash many years ago as part of a kit swap when the other party felt obliged to make up the volume of what he was offering. What's not to like with the exciting features that are listed on the box? On the side of the box it also says "easy to assemble" I could have built this in the Century series GB but to me this is true Revell Classic and as such it's here.
  21. @cmatthewbacons Said most of the things I was going to say but @brewerjerrym IS probably too far down the line for the most important lesson we would pass on in relation to the question. 20 years ago we bought our "retirement" home which allowed us to join local societies and build up a new network of friends, this served us well as our final retirement home is in the next village and as our brush with COVID this week has shown we had plenty of offers of help. planning is key, we were fortunate as both or jobs allowed us the flexibility, and income, to take this approach. I would suggest you review that you have done, outside of work, over the past year and list as much as you can.Add to the list some things that could happen, such as health matters and the price of fuel going up. Then for city / urdan / rural say how each would impact on your quality of life. Lastly the UK is different to Canada for example Amazon Prime deliveries and home deliveries from supermarkets are availablein most places. These have been a lifeline to us since fully moving to the country. Whatever your choice Good Luck in retirement.
  22. I accept that was the general case but where I was only the RAF were present.
  23. Most of my shots show similar formations to those over London. One difference was that the Red Arrows flew in two formations over Essex, the second of which was a missing man.
  24. I went to Rivenhall and while driving through the village came across a layby with a number of pre looking out over fields. Assumed they knew it might be the correct place for a good view. Turned out it was correct excellent view of approaching formations which passed overhead. Close to you I saw the RAF 100 fly past from White Clone but it was someway in the distance.
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