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Nick Belbin

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About Nick Belbin

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  • Birthday 07/06/1956

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    Thornbury, Bristol
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    Fast Ford fan

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  1. Back in 1969, I was given the Revell 1/32 Spitfire for Christmas: I really liked those Revell kits; the surface detail was quite impressive and makes you wonder why they don't do it today. And I love the box art! Not so long afterwards, I discovered the Otaki MkVIII which stood out on the shelf by virtue of another wonderful painting. On opening the box, I found this stunning set of plastic pieces which seemed to me the perfect compromise between 1/72 and 1/32. Even though I've bought several 1/32 kits over the last few years, I couldn't shake off the 1/48 attraction and that's all I do now (apart from 1/24 cars). Some time ago, I thought it would be quite an interesting twist to revisit those old Revell kits but build them in 1/48 – I have several kits appropriate and have collected various decals to help me. This group build has given me the impetus to kick off the theme with the Spitfire. Yes, I know another one – sorry! I'll pay a visit to my stash tomorrow and grab the kits and bits. Nick
  2. I meant subtle in terms of the contrast between the two colours, Keith, the blue-on-white stripes certainly screamed out. I know Daytona is quite loud but more than acceptable! And that's the colour on the build plate. Yes, has had some work done a couple of years ago to a very high standard. All the panel line gaps are perfect; no wavy lines around the doors gives you some idea. Whilst looking, I found plenty of cars with front wings fitted at all sorts of weird angles and huge variations in gaps around the sides of the grill. This has also had the engine and gearbox rebuilt. If it had been completely original, I think I would have to have paid a lot more than I did so I'm well pleased!
  3. That'll teach you for wearing that shirt!!
  4. It's a little bit more subtle than the blue-on-white version I had 30 years ago – perhaps I'm growing up!
  5. Just proves what a lot of us thought!! Great stuff there, Mark. Nick
  6. This might have been spotted anywhere between Essex and my place via the M40 . . . Happy Birthday to myself!!
  7. On the MkIX kits, the rear tailwheel has an option to make it up from three parts; I think that might be one of those parts. Nick
  8. A bit late to the party but donation made. Thanks for all your efforts, team.
  9. Very tasty - I really like these 1/48 kits. Nick
  10. I hope I'm not too late . . . I discovered these meshes the other day when wanting some for one of my projects: https://www.scalelinkfretcetera.co.uk/product/mini20/ https://www.scalelinkfretcetera.co.uk/product/slf109/ Nick
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