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Macsporran

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  1. This is a great site for general information but if you want specialized gen on a specific WWI aircraft pop over to the forum at the ww1aircraftmodels.com website and put Albatros D.II in the search engine. You'll get all the info you could possibly need. (But come back here afterwards!)
  2. Here's a great opportunity to use old paint brushes! Cut an angled slice off end of brush handle (at about 20 degrees) to leave an oval section. Cut small pieces of sandpaper/emery paper/micromesh etc (maybe 8mm x 6mm). Glue to oval section of brush with PVA glue. - et voila! perfect sanding tool to get into those difficult to reach areas. (Dispose and repeat afresh as necessary) (pic shows a paintbrush/micromesh tool used to gently sand a wrecked decal) https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=12860.0;attach=16341;image
  3. Address to a Haggis Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o the puddin'-race! Aboon them a' ye tak your place, Painch, tripe, or thairm: Weel are ye wordy o' a grace As lang's my arm. The groaning trencher there ye fill, Your hurdies like a distant hill, Your pin wad help to mend a mill In time o need, While thro your pores the dews distil Like amber bead. Robert Burns Although the list of contents sounds vile (offal in a sheep's stomach), the taste is magnificent, accompanied by bashed neeps and tatties and washed down with copious glasses of malt whisky. If you've never tried a real Haggis Dinner you've missed one of life's great culinary triumphs. As to the wonderful sound of the bagpipes there's nothing as stirring as a pipe band swaggering past with snare drums clickety-clicking behind. Why else did the British Army march into battle behind them for two hundred years! Indoors they are often played with a chanter which is much quieter than the full set of pipes. I once sang with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus (200 trained voices), the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (120 players) and 5 pipers in a recording in Glasgow. With the singers and orchestra giving it laldy at full blast fff, the 5 pipers opened up and drowned out everything!! Real Scxottish bagipes are very very loud!
  4. You obviously overlooked my statement " Some of these models have also appeared in a mag but in much less detail" when you erroneously stated "Your second comment now seems to suggest it's actually articles published solely online! Not to worry. I'm glad you enjoy your printed magazines. I'm glad there is still a market for them. As I stated above, I earned a few bob publishing articles in Scale Models back in the 70s and 80s and it would be a shame to see them disappear entirely.
  5. I suggest you go over to the ww1aircraftmodels.com forum and have a look at the "under construction" files. You will find build articles on specific models, many by master builders, that go into far more detail than anything I have ever seen in print. Some of these models have also appeared in a mag but in much less detail. These logs often evolve over many weeks or even months and interested parties can comment, question or advise the builder as the model progresses. This is just not possible in print. There are some estimable publications, (such as the Windsock WNW build files,) which do give huge amounts of detail - but even these don't allow the reader to fire in a question, in real time, as to how an effect has been achieved.
  6. How does any hobby magazine survive in this online world? I used to subscribe to several modelling mags (and indeed contributed to a few,) but find the depth of info now available via expensive printed sources miniscule compared to what's online for free. In my modelling cabinets I've got Aurora Knights, Airfix birds and a sailing ship, 1/24 vintage and modern cars and 1/32 aircraft. Thus I'm fairly interested about all sorts of models. My real passion though is 1/32 WWI (reawakened by the Wingnuts decade) but the occasional article I find published on a Great War plane has often been pre-empted by the author publishing step-by-step build articles online. I like physically holding a magazine - much more satisfying than a tablet, on a train etc - but I can get vastly more info from various specialist WWI modelling sites (for free) than I'll ever get on paper. Plus I can zoom in to details, ask questions and electronically file pictures easily for future ref. I'm sorry to see these mags withering on the vine, but I'm afraid they're past their sell-by dates.
  7. Superb video and I'm sure it had an impressive morale boosting effect on the population. Thanks for posting. However having read a lot of Solzhenitsyn etc I'm maybe a bit cynical about the sunny, happy air of the whole thing. When you see the same faces and dresses repeatedly you realise how stage managed it all is. Still, the lucky cast would have got a day away from their daily grind for the filming!
  8. Lots of swearing helps - and a good USB torch to help find escapees in the carpet!
  9. Great progress I remember building the Eduard kit when it first came out in the nineties - at which time Holtzem was one of the decal options, so no need for AM sets. I put a little blue in my silbergrau to simulate the shade it would reflect high in the French sunshine over the trenches. But I'm definitely in the camp that thinks it a very pretty aeroplane, Looking forward to seeing your's finished. http://www.wwi-models.org/Images/Adam/Pfalz/HoltDIIIa_2.jpg
  10. muttering 'please, please stop!'
  11. For goodness sake --- DESIST!
  12. You must have missed my specific words "with no possible threat potential," - ie NOT recce - just a low cost way of making us expend our arsenal and cause trouble - possibly accidental friendly fire for example. As you say - neither you nor I know these things for sure. we'll agree on that
  13. That is missing the point entirely. If a very cheap drone, with no possible threat potential, were mounted with a suitably sophisticated transponder and sent near a viable target, the defending force would have no way of knowing whether it actually was a serious threat or not and may commit a £200k missile to take it out. £200K may be peanuts but if we had to send 500 of them after 500 such 'ghost' drones (where no lives were at risk anyway) the 'peanuts' value grows enough to choke you.
  14. £200K missile? Hmm.. Depends on what they mean by a 'small' drone. I gave my son a small drone last Christmas. It cost £150. If you wanted you could stick a small transponder on it for a few quid. I hope ISIS or whoever doesn't start putting lots of cheap drones in the air to get zapped at £200K a time....
  15. Bernie Gunther novels by Philip Kerr Intelligent fiction, superbly researched and grippingly told stories of anti-hero Gunther - a policeman in 1930s Weimar Berlin, through the rise of the Nazis, his absorption into the Wehrmacht, then the SS, through the War then as a private investigator in the Russian and Allied occupation and post-war in Peron's Argentina and Battista's Cuba. Currently on number 8 in the series - Prague Fatale - where Gunther is forced by SS General Reinhard Heydrich to accompany him to Czechoslovakia to investigate attempts on his life. Kerr drops shocking facts into his stories which you find difficult to believe but then when you check, you find they are absolutely based on documented truth. Marvellous!
  16. Problem I find with airbrushing enamels is the time it takes them to dry, along with the the risk of catching dust particles while drying. I gave up on thinning with the usual proprietory thinners - because of drying tome, but also the smell. However I find Standard Thinners (ie cellulose or lacquer) works ok providing you've undercoated with something to protect the plastic. Still very smelly though. Recently I found Humbrol and Revell enamels thin very satisfactorily with Mr Colour Levelling Thinner and that is now my standard go-to choice if I really have to airbrush - say a car - in a bright shade that I've got in the humbrol drawer? Still takes much longer to dry than acrylics or lacquers though. HTH
  17. Beg your pardon, Ian, yes you're quite right. As I said above the NC500 tourist marketing has ruined what used to be one of the finest scenic drives in the world. But we locals can still enjoy it out of season!
  18. Nice model. I didn't know about these aircraft with their upward firing cannons - and their success against B17s and B29s. Your excellent model piqued my interest and made me google the Gekko to learn the history. Thanks for sharing - and the new-learned knowledge.
  19. Yes, I have to agree with you, since the Tourist Board started promoting the North Coast 500, what used to be the most beautiful road on the planet has deteriorated into a logjam of grockles in caravans and campervans. But as a local I would never contemplate using the A9 to Inverness then along the coast - you'd leave the A9 at Aviemore then cut across country past the ospreys at Boat of Garten, through Grantown-on-Spey then up over the battlefield at Cromdale and on to Elgin or other destinations on the coast. On a sunny day, with the Boxster's engine thrumming under your left armpit and 50 miles of empty, open road and a view for miles ahead, you swish past the occasional tractor and power on past lochs and mountains..... Ach!, I'm off to get my car keys right now!
  20. I think I mean Wind Turbine decorated horizon - coz those decorous devices are providing all the free energy for my free bus rides! (Actually I find the turbines no more distracting than the monstrous electricity pylons which we are now starting at last to hide underground!)
  21. I think you mean "English transport is rubbish" Up here in God's country - no not that soft southern, Yorkshire, place - up here in the Scottish Highlands - we have miles of marvellous empty drivers' roads that snake invitingly to the horizon. I have an old Porsche convertible and a new BMW coupe and, depending on weather, either will plant a huge smile on my face (akin to finding a Tamiya Spitfire for £1 in a junk shop!) Sometimes the only traffic you experience are the teams from "The Grand Tour", "Top Gear" or the motoring mags come to savour the best place in the UK to enjoy a car! Of course for any trips to the "smoke" (Edinburgh or Glasgow") now I'm 60, I'll use my free Scottish bus pass and save money to buy more kits! (Perhaps I should rename my login as "smug b*st*rd")
  22. In some markets it was published as "Run to the Sh*thouse"
  23. Limousine Maintenance by Otto Mattick Where are the Toilets? by Willie Makit and Betty Wont 50 Common Questions by Howard I. Know Leaving the Cloakroom by Mahatma Coate .....
  24. Heading in Irish newspaper: CORK MAN DROWNS
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