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Artie last won the day on June 26 2018

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  1. Artie

    I need a new car. Recommendations please!

    I'd probably recommend Volvo, given the fact they were still proper Volvos, and not overpriced Renaults... With that budget, I asume you're looking for a preowned car, if you want some quality, comfortable ride. For that price, you can find a Jeep Grand Cherokee, or if you can find an affordable one there, a Subaru Forester, Toyota Rav4, etc.... My own preferences are limited to north american and japanese cars. Run for your life from any VAG group model (and I work for a VAG dealer here in Tenerife)..well, that will be extensive to ANY european made car, unless you choose a Mercedes Benz (again, a proper one, not those Renault engined wannabes)......If you're looking for a reliable car, go for a pre-2000 model year. Maybe too old for you, but if you find a well cared after example, you'll enjoy lots of years of reliable service. Don't mind the mileage, if you find a regularly serviced and well cared after car......in fact, never trust a low mileage car when you're checking a 10+ years old banger. An average driver makes around 15.000kmts/year. A ten years old car would be expected to show 150.000kmts+ on the odometer. If you notice just 50.000, be careful. Once you've found a nice car, with fair engine condition, properly serviced, etc.....don't worry about small dents or scratches, they're easy and cheap to repair...take care about the interior parts, trim, upholstery, etc.....they're the most expensive parts to repair in an used car. And of course, never trust a car that belonged "to an old lady who used it just to attend Mass on sunday morning", specially when it's offered by "Mr. Matt Black Spray Used Cars Inc.".....
  2. Artie

    Airfix for 2019

    The Tiger Moth is, without any doubt, a very good new.......It's been decades since we've been waiting for an injected plastic, mainstream one......Been keeping a few Aeroblub kits as a precious trasure....it's time to start buiding them... Regarding the 1/35 AFVs...are their own mouldings, or anyone elses' plastic???? Cheers...
  3. Good evening: just wnted to show you a brief video showing the "making off" of the new master parts for this new kit, wich replaces the old one. Hope you'll enjoy it....It's available in both spanish Air Force subjects, Jordanian and Chilean examples. A limited series depicting the prototypes with early style, rounded nose, willñ be available as well.
  4. That diorama looks fantastic, but the best part is the Haynes manual on the workbench......the deepest part of your brain is a very prolific place...!!! Cheers...
  5. Hi all......first thing first: I wish you a very happy and joyful 2019. After two days "off" for obvious reasons (single malt and jamaican rum can play havoc these days), i would like to give you all a big thank you for all your answers, both here and through PMs.....I'll take good note of all your advices, and make Juan aware of them. Last week, we went to purchase some resin to our local supplier, and to our surprise, it will be closed until next january, 8th. On the other hand, the cardboard boxes are still on itheir way from Germany (we buy them online there,).......The kits will be shipped in two weeks and, IMHO, this is by far our best kit, you won't be dissapinted. Juan is also working with a new instructions sheet, we've been thinking about that since we received some inouts from fellow britmodellers who purchased our Supermarine Scimitar. This is how they are looking by now: WhatsApp Image 2018-12-30 at 22.13.29 by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr WhatsApp Image 2018-12-30 at 22.13.51 by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr
  6. Hi all.... Trying to guess some things about it. We've seen some colour profiles showing the stencils in red colour, others in yellow colour (Warpaint book), and the Airfix kit gives you a full set of black stencils.....We're finishing the design of the decal sheet, and need to know who's telling the truth..!!!! On the other hand....is there any decal sheet or stencils diagram, were we could find out what's written in each and one of those tiny signs???? We haven't got the Airfix kit by hand, and ordering one from the big H is not an option because it would take some time.......... we want to finish the kit ASAP and start delivering it.... TIA and best regards
  7. Artie

    question on Spanish SB

    The thing is that I'm not very interested about I-16s outside Spain, so I've never cared about their colours.....I've seen mentioned those light grey or aluminium I-16s in Manchuria, and makes sense....At least, the I-15s and I-15bis wore an overall aluminium finish during some time.....Maybe AII "aluminium dope"???? Maybe AEh9 "light grey"??? What is almost considered to be truth, is the fact that the first batch of aircraft came in some kind of light grey overall, and as previously said, that light grey could be mixed up for matt aluminium. The planes were repainted from december 1936/january 1937. There's a two months gap, from october 1936 until december 1936, when they probably flew sporting that earlier "uncertain" finish.....The only pic showing one of those early Moscas, is that famous Black 7, and I couldn't be able top say for sure wich colour was that. And of course, no official records can confirm (or deny) any of the previous theories. Much have been written about that, and much can be still be written in the future, but unless any plausible information arises, we can keep discussing this for years with no conclusive answer at all... The same controversy can be found regarding the first Bf109As wich were sent to Spain.... Regards...
  8. Yes, that's a spanish army Stug. They were intended to be used as infantry support vehicles. Postwar, a rocket launcher was developed using a Stug III chassis... Don't you have any Humbrol 179???
  9. Artie

    question on Spanish SB

    According to J. Miranda, the first batch of 31 I-16 wich arrived to Spain in october, 1936, were overall light grey (some sources claim it to be aluminium paint, as already said), wich satin black cowlings. That was the common pattern for Moscow (1) and Gorki (21) workshops. Some contemporary Type 5 deployed in Manchuria had the same colour scheme. That first batch of 31 palnes was given fuselage numbers 1 to 31, having been properly identified 7, 9, CM-010, CM-011, 23 and 30 (no tall of them had the CM code added yet). It's possible that the dark stripe in the tail wasn't red but black, aimed to conceal the original red stars. That pic was taken at Barajas, and according to some testimonies, they fought during the first battle of Madrid. It's possible that at that time, the gunsight and machine guns were still to be fitted. The planes began to be overpainted in dark green/light blue from the 31st plane onwards, when the second batch of another 31 planes arrived in Cartagena in decembar, 1936. If I had to believe anyone here, I'd rather believe in what some of the most respected spanish aeronautic historians such as Justo Miranda or Juán Arráez Cerdá have investigated, than in any other source. But that's just me, maybe I'm a little picky when it comes to talk about the Spanish Civil War. A lot of spurioous info and speculative unfounded rumours have been told.
  10. Well, according to the instructions sheet, the lighter, ealier colour is some kind of "primer" (similar to german "dunkelgelb")...the darkest one, Vallejo 71044, is quite close to RLM02. Can't agree. during the aerly 40s, the spanish army lorries and AFVs, were painted in a mid grey colour, later to be changed to a darkest kaki green shade, close to Humbrol 179, a colour that was kept until Spain entered the NATO during the mid 80s. That kaki green quickly faded into a very tatty "light green". whenever they received an overpaint, tings turned even more funny. When they arrived to Spain in 1943, they were painted in german "dunkelgelb", with grey primer guns. Some sources claim the tanks had some zimmerit applied over their vertical surfaces, wich was quicly removed when repainted. I don't think so, they didn't have any zimmerit at all. That was just the case with the Stugs wich came at the same time.... When they first arrived to Spain, december 1943.. B/W pic...."guess the colour" game beguins.... Museum example...overpainted in Dunkelgelb after being restored later kaki green colour, with traces of the original dunkelgelb showing through the turret armour
  11. Well, we call it finally done. The customer came this evening to pick them up. So, a sad farewell was given to the Spantax airliners. Sorry for the bad quality cell phone pics.... The models were built devoid of any aerials or antennaes, as the customer wants them to be displayed as "desk models", and didn't want any fragile part to be added. Even the propellers are glued in place. Spantax was famous for being a "charter" airline for big companies. Amongst those companies, Ford España was one of the most prominent ones. They chartered "Bravo Bravo Kilo" to transport their staff and spare parts from Spain to other european countries, hence the "Ford Force" logo...... WhatsApp Image 2018-12-29 at 17.36.57 by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr WhatsApp Image 2018-12-29 at 17.36.46 by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr WhatsApp Image 2018-12-29 at 17.37.10 by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr WhatsApp Image 2018-12-29 at 16.42.07 by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr WhatsApp Image 2018-12-29 at 16.42.06 by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr Ok, some aftermarkets were used on this build WhatsApp Image 2018-12-29 at 20.29.42(2) by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr
  12. This is how the DC3 is progressing so far..... WhatsApp Image 2018-12-28 at 13.47.00 by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr Alogside the Heller Douglas DC6-B, another custom built for the same customer... WhatsApp Image 2018-12-28 at 11.57.18 by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr Inkjet printed Spantax logos.. WhatsApp Image 2018-12-28 at 13.51.55 by Arturo Navarro, en Flickr Best regards
  13. Hope you enjoyed it in Puerto de la Cruz...You should had called us, and we'd gladly picked you up to show the island and, of course, invite you a few single malts in ouir LHS...!!!! The sad story behind that Dan.-Air 727 is still crying here, and it was back in 1982, IIRC. If you take a walk to the crash site, you still can find the remains of the plane. There's a complete undercarriage leg, engine parts, seat frames, and even some suff wich belonged to the passengers lying there. Anyway, it's a frightening place, lots of white crosses hanging from the trees in that deep forest....not for the fainthearted. Not to talk about the terrible crash that happened back in 1977 in Los Rodeos airport, when two Boeing 747 collided..... Arturo
  14. Artie

    Long (ish) Jokes.

    -Good evening, John......just a question...Do you do everything your wife tells you to do...???? -Of course NO, Jim...who do you think I am? -Well, that's the man ... !!!! She shall learn who's wearing the trousers....!!! -I do not have enough time, you moron...!!!
  15. Artie

    question on Spanish SB

    You can ommit the "could"...it was, indeed, one of the first Polickarpov I-16s wich arrived to Spain. They sported an overall finish of gray primer, similar to Aerolak or AMT-1, and black cowlings. Some sources claim it to be an overall aluminium colour wich quickly faded to a matt finish under the sunny spanish skies. Makes sense, why not? Just the wrap around red bands were added on tail and wings, ana a black serial number. It's believed that they were sent for testing purposes by the soviets, thus the lack of republican flag on the rudder and the non standard reg number. When the planes arrived to Spain, they came into big wooden crates with the cyrilic words "MOKBA" (for Moscow) written on their sides, wich lead to the nickname "MOSCA". On the other hand, when they first appeared over the skies of Madrid, flying at tree top level to raise the morale of the population of a city ravaged by the bombings of the Condor Legion, and suddenly going up like arrows to attack the German bombers from their bellies and fly away, led to the german nickname "Ratte" (Ratas). When the nationalist pilots first met them, they called the little fighter "Boeing fighter", because they were supposed to be a cheap copy of the Boeing P26 fighters, wich the spanish governmentd was thinking about purchasing before the outbreak of the war. Then, the nationalist side adopted the same nickname for the flying barrel...