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  1. Bet you've no egrets about that!!! I'll get my coat.
  2. Yes, the rust was fitted as standard at the factory.
  3. No, but (certainly in sea fishing) a lot of anglers use line diameter rather than breaking strain as a guide to "strength"; diameter is given in metric.
  4. Superb work! The canopy masking in particular is absolutely spot-on. I must get my stalled Bf110E build back into contention - seeing your success might be the KUTA I need to do that.
  5. Cracking stuff, and what a cool scheme. Little Rissington's entry requirement must have been a flashy silver paint job and some orange highlights!
  6. Yes, hot off the press this week. Both schemes look very interesting, and the box art scheme has a very interesting history, in particular.
  7. I think I'll be resorting to the white tack sausages and paper method. However, I'm more than aware that this scheme may be accompanied by major headaches.
  8. Chuffed this has arrived; okay, it was delivered to my old address, but even so...
  9. Yeah, it's like the t-shirts at a Sisters of Mercy gig!
  10. Absolutely; the word "metric" tells you that it's all based around units which lock together, relate to each other in the same way, follow the same rules and behave in the same way. Farting about with gills, roods and stones is archaic, complicated and unnecessary - and that's before we get to dividing them up by weird fractions that have no real-world representation and can't be independently measured. My grandfather was an engineer who worked in Imperial all his life. My Dad was born in 1950 and still insists on using Imperial tools despite anything that was made in the UK, Europe, Japan, China or Australasia since 1970 - because his own dad hated the metric system! He used to live on a canal boat and if it needed maintenance I had to take tools to it and fix it myself, despite the bloody thing being half-full of old Whitworth spanners. I despair as to why the hell anybody would cling to the Imperial system.
  11. Wow, some fabulous pictures there!
  12. I can't; it's an abomination that can't die off soon enough.
  13. Just so that you chaps don't think I've forgotten about this build, here's a picture of the latest small progress: I've painted the fin an orange-red. This will be oversprayed with a darker, almost blood red to give an appropriate colour for the Sundowners logo. Revell provide a huge decal for this but I can't imagine that it will conform well over all the lumps and bumps moulded into the fin's surface, so I'm going to paint it instead, despite the extra work this will entail. Next job is to choose the lightest of the three grey shades this airframe is painted in, mask the right areas off, and get it sprayed. Very slowly, we're getting there.
  14. Blimey, you must have steadier hands than me!
  15. @AliGauld, she's coming on really well. You're making me feel the need to dig one out of my stash and have a go at it, but that would be breaking my cardinal rule of only having three builds under way at once!
  16. Mark, this is beyond superb. I always enjoy following your builds and learn a great deal from doing so. I have to say that this time you've really written the book on how to produce an exhibition-grade build. You should be very proud of this.
  17. No, not at all! I may take the fifth and do something far less ambitious, but at the moment the plan is (assuming that this GB gets through the Bunfight, which it surely will) to clear the decks of other projects during the given timeslot to allow time for experimentation and re-doing things. Thanks Bertie - I shall have a good long look at that thread and see if I'm thinking along the same lines as you took. Ha, if only! The build I have in mind is way beyond anything I've attempted before, and really should be part of a diorama (but I've never tried one of those before, either, and it would all be a bit much, I think). The kit will have to be built, painted, destroyed in very specific ways, new bits made and fitted and then the whole thing weathered in extremis before seventy-odd years' worth of seaweed, barnacles and associated corrosion added. It might just be a great big Charlie Foxtrot, and I'll be pleased to managed anything better than that. I don't know - I don't want to be that guy who unnecessarily cloaks his project in a cloud of secrecy and paranoia, but I also don't want to be that guy who makes bold claims and then later has to row back on them when his ego proves to have written a(nother) cheque his body can't cash.
  18. I have what I believe to be a great subject for this build; the only problems are a) how to display it, b) how to build it (as a good chunk of the kit would have to be thrown away and replaced with scratch-built parts using incredibly thin metal such as foil or lithoplate) and c) will my woeful skills bear up to the job?!
  19. Hopefully I can arrive at a conclusion, even if it's just that both work well. No more progress on the F-5 today (other things got in the way) but the replacement airbrush parts landed, so we'll be on all cylinders next session.
  20. I agree; I've only done one model previously with a black-based finish, so am still coming at this with an experimental approach. Formerly I've used pre-shading, usually with two or more colours, and so I'm comparing black-basing to that. Whether I'll decide on one over the other I don't yet know, but we'll see. Every day's a school day, and all that.
  21. Cracking job! Well done for beating it into shape so nicely.
  22. Now I know what's been missing from my life!
  23. True; I'm still here and I even annoy my dog.
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