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Timbo88

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  1. Only black Hunters I can think of were the 111sqn display team and the four two seaters used by the Buccaneer units in the early 90s.
  2. Fortunately I don't tend to really go through significant losses of inspiration or blocks to my modelling, though the reason may lead some to cast doubt on my sanity! Many years ago, around the early 90s, I developed an interest in Whiffing. A back story started to develop at the time that put down roots in my imagination and over the years it arranged itself into a semblance of order and feasibility. Alongside this imagined world I have continued to build 'real world' representations, mostly postwar UK military types. My whiff models all relate to one another so I always have in my mind how each model I am building or about to build will fit into the back story. I have developed it sufficently to jump around from era to era, type to type and colour scheme to colour scheme. If I want a change I step back into the real world and resume building UK types. Something else that helps is not spending much on kits or after market goodies. That way I don't feel intimidated by the risk of ruining a kit and wasting lots of my limited hobby budget. I maybe spend on average £20 a month at most, including paints and tools. Sometimes I go several months not spending anything, simply digging into my stash and adding the next element of my whiff story. A bit crazy maybe, but my hobby stays interesting and feels fresh. Most importantly I have a lot of fun.
  3. Have had a interest in the Wasp for a long time. Got two unbuilt Airfix Scouts in my collection, one of which will become a Wasp. Am finding it difficult to get clear photos of the underside though. Lots of helecopter plan drawings out there seem to provide side and top views but no underside views.
  4. I would second that. Fun has to be a key part of any hobby. Enjoy yourself and don't take it too seriously!
  5. Timbo88

    Puma HC-3

    Very partial to Whiffs myself, and your Puma clearly hits that spot. I'm thinking of building a second generation RAF Puma myself, using a Super Puma as a basis. In real world I'm sure it would have been a great replacement for the Wessex HC2 during the late 80s.
  6. Lovely end result there. Can't go wrong with those old Matchbox kits. Nice chunky plastic that can withstand a fair amount of hacking and filling, and a good basis for super detailing. Thanks to Revell we can still get our hands on quite a few of the Matchbox range.
  7. Very nice rendition of a great kit. It's funny how some kits seem to defy the passage of time. The Fujimi Phantom moulds must well over 30 years old now, but they are still my favourite, with such delicate panel depiction, cockpit details and undercarriage elements. The only weak aspect for me is the decals. In the various releases I have built I have replaced them with Modeldecal alternatives. From where I am sitting I can see the Black Mike FG.1 boxing, waiting for me on the shelf.
  8. 20mins away? Me too......I make a conscious effort not to drive past. If you know the Lowestoft area road layout you will understand that's not as easy as it sounds!
  9. Hobbyboss kits are a favorite of my son too. They are quite cheap, have relatively few parts and seem very solid, once constructed. I haven't noticed much in the way of new additions to their 'basic' range in recent years though.
  10. Hello Wayne, welcome on board. Used to live in Cardiff myself many years ago. Bet it's changed a bit!
  11. A great way to introduce new recruits to model making. They look pretty good too, especially considering their small scale.
  12. I made an Airfix Jaguar and Italeri Tornado in ARTF pink using Humbrol 250 around 1992. From looking at pictures available back then, and widely available now, the real airfames very quickly ended up patched up and repainted, so a uniform paint coat would only be appropriate at the start of the deployments to the Middle East.
  13. Interesting comments above about the internet and its value, or otherwise. As a modeller in my 40s I am comfortable to jump back and forth between both digital and old school printed media with ease. While the internet certainly gives you up to date content and interaction (such as this forum) traditional paper sources still have a place. I personally find that reading through old copies of modelling magazines, such as Scale Aircraft Modelling from the Alan W. Hall years, gives me huge inspiration. Modellers back then had to make do and improvise far more than now, but things felt less pressured, at least in my opinion. The writing style was also what I would describe as formal and well structured. Old copies of Airfix Magazine, from the 60s and 70s, describe conversion topics that today we have no need for, but again they seem fresh and exciting, in retrospect. I guess we all have our favourite sources and each helps us improve, incrementally or sometimes in great leaps, whether it be online, offline or a bit of both. Whatever works and whatever the results are, it's all about fun, satisfaction and passing time in a constructive way.
  14. That's what I was thinking, seems a bit odd just those two 'codes' were used. Thanks for the great pictures throughout the posts. Such a hard working and adaptable aircraft deserves huge credit, as does its designer, Teddy Petter.
  15. Such a sad end to the lovely Wyton Canberra fleet, and a sad but inevitable end to this great set of posts. Out of curiosity, does any one know why some of the ground instructional airframes had the codes prefixed F? Was this official, or the work of mischievous individuals?
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