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  1. Starfighter did at least one: 72-115: F8F Bearcats Part 1 - F8F-1. I bought mine in 2010 but you may find one on the 2nd hand market.
  2. Excellent results from these ancient kits. Hotspur was my first warship kit back in the early 70s and I recall a lot of flash around the small pieces even then. But you've got to admire the ambition Airfix had in those days in trying to reproduce all the various details (binnacle on bridge, various davits) - and they succeeded pretty well for the time. Hotspur was the best of the early kits, I think. And it's thanks to their old written instructions that I even know what a binnacle looks like!
  3. You missed a treat. £ for £, the Skybirds kit was a far better deal. Mike Eacock was a true engineer who worked to very high standards. I remember looking at mine and thinking that, apart from seat-belts, Reheat trim wheel and Reheat instrument transfers, there was little that I wanted to add. (I have never bothered with individual instrument transfers in 1/72 but it was the sort of kit that inspired you to go the extra mile.) That was once I'd got over the psychadelic plastic: Mike used recycled plastic resulting in spectacular swirly patterns. Far too nice a kit to actually build of course. I'm saving mine for when I grow up.
  4. Hmm. I'd have to remember where I saw it first....
  5. Agree in every particular, especially that they all have problems at times. I have at least 2 Xtradecal Marauder sheets and haven't found anything wrong with them - yet! I also remember Printscale as difficult to apply (either a tendency to curl up or very tough, I can't remember now) but they may well have improved in the meantime.
  6. Wise move. I'd also recommend you get some white disc transfers to go under the roundels to stop the chequers showing through. I think I used some from Fantasy Printshop and needed to apply 2 sets. No need to bust a gut making the chequers match up perfectly around the corners of the fuselage: they didn't in real life (I found a photo). Fabulous scheme though: real eye-catcher.
  7. Forgot to say: lovely transfers from Matchbox. Full marks to them for providing invasion stripes for the USAAF variant to assist the hard of masking. Plus a South African aircraft with nose art. You can see how Matchbox were such an earthquake when they burst onto the construction kit scene: subjects that people wanted (Panzer III, Sherman Firefly), interesting transfers, reasobaly priced and exciting packaging.
  8. That’s what they call progress: 4 characters replaced by 14.
  9. This Matchbox kit has been a bit shy of the limelight, perhaps overshadowed by the Airfix kit. I shall be interested to see how it turns out compared with the Airfix one, which in its time set new standards for Airfix interior detail and even today scrubs up tolerably well for those unwilling to mortgage the house for a Hasegawa one.
  10. I was touring in West Virginia once with a girl from Connecticut. We were in a diner one evening and noticed the staff whispering behind their hands. My friend said, "You think they're laughing at your accent? No, they're laughing at mine." PS Main thing I remember about West Virginia is that it's shut after 8pm.
  11. Which reminds me. They gave my father a little rubber bulb thing he could squeeze if he felt any pain post-op: it would give him a shot of morphine. He was most disappointed when they said he couldn't take it home with him.
  12. Because Matchbox have a (quite clever) joining system where you insert one end through the other end and twist. Joint 1. It's not feasible to take a couple of links out of that section so it has to be done by making a cut somewhere else: joint 2. Am using Loctite superglue gel to get the vinyl tracks (thick but after all this time prone to cracking) to conform to the sprockets and idlers.
  13. Yes, that's the beastie. Like the lifting hooks on the top of the superstructure sides. Those look like Matchbox tracks. Thing is, they are slightly too long to fit properly around the sprocket and idler: if you take a few links out, you have not one but two joins to disguise in the track which wasn't too brilliant in the first place. Not a problem for most Jagdpanzer IVs and Panzer IV/70s as the Schuerzen will cover the top run of the tracks.
  14. That’s the phrase: ”reablement care package” - what I was wittering on about in my points 1 & 2. Two more points: - The health and care professionals will look at the situation in the round, including the demands it places on friends and family to provide support. They will be looking to ensure you get the help you need as well. I found the concern shown for my welfare almost embarrassing. - The situation leading up to a heart attack may be terrifying but a heart bypass operation is a modern medical miracle. My father had a triple bypass in 2000 and went on to have a normal, contented and anxiety-free life for 11 years (until cancer claimed him). Best wishes.
  15. Many of the 1/72 kits have more recent competition but I'm right with you about the 2 Cessnas, Seasprite and the Puma. Others (eg Banshee and Viking) are also still good enough to sell well, IMHO.
  16. Great stuff: loads of interesting details and markings ideas. Nicely understated commentary as well: lets the pictures do the talking most of the time. I see Airfix have missed out yet again on the opportunity to give us a 1/72 F4U-4 worthy of the name.
  17. Useful stuff. For photo of nose art see pointer in 5th post in this thread (Crowood's Vickers Armstrong Wellington by Ken Delve, p.127). The photo concerened shows the nose art and name though there's an unhelpful reflection: it looks like some kind of two-headed beast dispensing bombs or flares. No associated serial given in caption. Other details shown clearly are the marked "step" down from the old turret aperture to the nose glazing as well as redoping (presumably in dark green) in a rectangle around the modified area and prop spinners: dark (almost certainly Night) with a tiny lighter coloured tip (Yellow?).
  18. I think then I'd have some exquisite tracks let down by a rubbish model! Joking aside, I've heard good things about them but has anyone any experience of getting stuff from them post Brexit? Oh good: that's what I'm already using. Thanks.
  19. Thanks for that. The tracks in your example are nothing like as bad as the worst I had in the 1970s but, as you say, they still look a bit rough against modern standards. No point in my investing time in a part scratchbuild if it's going to be let down by rubbish tracks. Another idea on hold. I like the panzer yellow you used on the StuG. Is that Vallejo Model Air 71.330 as seen in the background of one of the photos please?
  20. Very good effort with this old kits. You're obviously much better at painting moulded-on tools than I am! Well done. Is Model Air 71.330 Khaki Green the paint you used on the StuG? The colour looks very convincing.
  21. I am thinking of buying an Airfix 1/76 Panzer IV to cross-kit with a Matchbox Panzer IV/70 to give me a Panzer IV/70 (A) (the ungainly tall version). For me, this is only going to be worthwhile financially (or even viable at all) if I get a set of usable tracks out of the Airfix kit. Now the last time I bought an Airfix Panzer IV was in the 1970s and even then the black vinyl tracks were suffering from distortion, incomplete moulding and flash. Can anyone tell me what the tracks look like in the current Classic reissue? Have Airfix cleaned them up at all? A photograph would be really nice. All pointers gratefully received. Thanks in advance for your help.
  22. Hey, give her a break! You've got to have some fun in your work and how better than to put in a few completely fictitious and gloriously inaccurate descriptions. Remember Monty Python? Writing a foreign language phrase book must be deadly boring but tossing in a few fireworks like translating the Hungarian for "Please may I buy a box of matches" as "I want to fondle your buttocks" must enliven your day.
  23. A lovely kit. Not completely beyond criticism but Airfix on their A game: wish they'd done more WW1 stuff while in the mood. The Lewis gun has the proportions of a Hispano cannon is slightly overscale. The transfers for the version with the chequered fuselage are beautifully realised (hats off to the designer) but apply over a white undercoat. You will also probably need multiple applications of white circle underlays (as available from Fantasy Printshop) to stop the chequers showing through the roundels. You do not need to do what I did and make all the chequers match up around the corners of the fuselage: they didn't on the real thing (of which I found a photo but too late). Afraid I chickened out of rigging it so can't help you there.
  24. In Cornwall we have "dreckly". It literally means "directly" ie straightaway. In practice it has been defined as "like manana but without the sense of urgency". As in many languages the meaning can be radically affected by intonation: Positive as in "I'll be over dreckly". Which means "You can expect me to turn up in some elastic period between a few minutes and a few hours" (ie a degree of positive intent, at least at the time of speaking, to do something). Defensive/firm: "I'll do it dreckly". Meaning "I will do it when I am good and ready and, the more you nag me, the less likely that will be any time soon."
  25. Based on looking after my mother after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, I offer the following thoughts. Do bear in mind that, apparently regardless of what the law says, policies and practices may vary between health authorities and from county to county. It's also possible that a terminal cancer diagnosis opens doors that otherwise stay shut. 1. The hospital can't just turf her out onto the streets. Part of the discharge process will entail ensuring there is, if justified, a care package in place to meet her needs. 2. I think there is a statutory entitlement to 2 months' social care on discharge if the need is justified, which gives all interested parties breathing space to assess the situation. 3. There's an important difference between health and social care needs: the NHS pick up the tab for the former, the local authority may do so for the latter. 4. As others have said, get in touch with BHF and social services: remember you will not be the first to be in this boat. They will know what is and is not possible. 5. There are no marks for understating the problems you face. I am not for a second suggesting you exaggerate or lie but, as a social worker told me, "tell us how it is on a bad day". Your mother's case is not the same as my mother's and we are almost certainly in different health areas. The above is based on my experience but apologies if anything turns out to be untrue. But overall, miserable old cynic that I am, I was moved and grateful to see how much help, support and plain kindness there was available from our much maligned NHS and State social security systems.
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