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JohnT

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  1. Something is only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it. A good test case was last night on E-bay. I am looking for 1/32 Crusader C decals to backdate a Trumpeter Crusader E to go with my Crusader E and the Paul Fisher conversion set that I have. My usual "1/32 Crusader" search came up with the same Paul Fisher Conversion set for sale in the USA a few days ago. I was watching it out of curiosity. The auction closed overnight in the USA at 26 bids and dollar equivalent of £354.53 price plus posts from the USA. I guess a US bidder war so no VAT etc for import but I make the point as above - it was worth what at least 2 guys or more were prepared to pay. While that sort of outcome doesn't translate across to bulk sales I suspect there are enough sales out there at that price point to make Border Models a profit. Rarity does carry a higher price tag. You see it every week on Antiques Roadshow. Its no surprise then that Borders Models are making it clear that we are looking at a Limited Edition release. Have they then made it clear that once these kits are sold there will be no more - ever?? If they do produce more later I suspect it will come back to hurt them after using the old "Come and get them. Once they are gone they are gone" sales pitch. Or are we going to see more "limited editions" later on?? Now anyone want to trade a Border Models Lanc for a Trumpy Crusader and Paul Fisher conversion set
  2. Sadly my 111 books are still in storage but a look on the net seems to show aircraft with both dog tooth and without though in some photos they are so distant it’s difficult to be sure. there is one colour photo of five in formation trailing smoke and they do have a dog tooth leading edge extension copyright precludes but it’s on aerobaticteams.net As you might speculate I think the extension could have been a later mod than 1958. Good luck with the build
  3. I bet your Dad would have been over the moon to see what you have done there. Front and centre for the display shelf. Great job on what I understand is a less than stellar mould. Makes it all the more special imho. Bravo and take a bow Now that Roden kit for an encore perhaps ?
  4. To be fair can’t really blame them. They were brought up by their Dads telling them a Hurricane is a Spitfire
  5. Nicely done there. I wish I goofed up that little! Of course as you say you have learned the problems with the kit and you could do it better next time. I think you have invented the perfect excuse for the other half for buying two models every time and not just one!!! Also a great tribute to young guys who flew aircraft in early WW2 like this that were at best obsolescent and at worse useless yet still took their war to a relentless enemy and did their best. In this case it turned the tide of battle by engaging the Japanese CAP as you say and allowed their comrades in arms to turn the tide of battle and the naval Pacific war as we now know but they didn’t
  6. Hmm mm…. I’m pretty well off but that’s a fair chunk of cash for any model. Ok I will probably bite but I can see a rationalisation of the stash and an offload of circa 400 gbp of 1/32 models with aftermarket for projects I doubt I will find time to do. So some grown up decisions to be made. I really just hope that when this uber model arrives the only aftermarket that anyone could conceivably want or need is a change of decals and that everything is 100% accurate with no ifs or buts. It would be nice if it came with Master brass barrels for example. One can but dream. A perspective is what else does that money buy in terms of leisure activities? Costs of - weekend away how many football matches attended cinema visits with family including pop corn, travel and maybe cheapish meal pizza on the night Just thoughts
  7. The inevitable https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-58767230 I think Giles the cartoonist did one decades ago predicting this
  8. Great Freedom Fighter there. And an unusual scheme too adding interest. If I recall Libya was where the RAF did a fair bit of hot and high testing and transit stops
  9. See the pilots trainers. Could be tricky even in 1/32. And what colour is Adidas blue? True Details do a resin replacement that’s nice and often to be found on well known auction sites. I’ve acquired them for my Hunters
  10. I think you need to take geography into account as well eg. Ask someone Japanese for WW2 and you might get Mitsubishi Zero A Russian says Stormovik An American P-51 Mustang and the B-17 Someone who knows Malta a Gladiator perhaps WW1 a Frenchman a Nieuport Whats iconic to someone might not match with what someone else experienced The DC3 must rate for late 1930’s transport. It’s on the walls of lots of trendy bars but then again you could probably stick up a Stuka and Joe Public wouldn’t be any the wiser as long as the latte arrived hot
  11. Oh and one more When I shout "I'm coming" it means I will be along in a minute if you stop and wait for me.
  12. Condolences Pat. Having lost both parents I know what you are going through. Hang in there matey. We will be thinking of you John
  13. Must pass this on. I showed a careful selection of the photos to family who think the FE2 is a delightfully quirky old aeroplane and they were amazed anyone flew in such things. I then showed them the model in your hand and got “No way” and “That’s insane”. At first look without anything to give away scale they had just seen a real FE Now if Carlsberg did models ………
  14. Cor Blimy as they say in all the best black and white British movies. Thats just, well
  15. Conversation or having one - as regularly said on the BBC. Eg Pressure Group saying that we need to a conversation with someone over issue X A conversation is what I have with my neighbour about the weather. If Putin and Biden have a summit they are not having a conversation unless talking about their dinner, the dog, their families etc. There are perfectly appropriate words and a Thesaurus will assist there but dialogue, debate, discussion, even good old argument will do for starters Now I’m off to open a topic to start a “conversation” on why you are all wrong on the colour of Malta Spitfires
  16. What the guys have said. I do wish I could see a photo of any British cockpit in black from that era showing what the cockpit was like when it left the factory. In service photos still seem to show a fair bit of wear. As neilH says museum ones are likely to have been victims of having a hard life so can provide only some guidance to be tempered with the knowledge they have been knocked about a bit. I’d say on the real thing the black is pretty black but on a model you want something that’s only almost black and “weathered and worn” a bit. Not of any help but I once had a shelf sitter on the shelf of doom following a build question I couldn’t resolve. Fuselage and wings given a preliminary coat of Humbrol Matt black to be over coated later. Fast forward three years and picked it up and knocked off the accumulated dust etc. Had a look and thought crikey that’s just the effect I imagined I wanted! Bit drastic though and never qualify for a blitzbuild
  17. Some really great photos there and thanks for showing and Playing Misty for Us. Those photos in particular are very atmospheric. I could see a future in those commercially. Aye they are that good
  18. Crikey. That’s a fair load of correction work in those photos. One presumes FM don’t really do test shots then
  19. I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 60 years later. I don't have to go to school or work. I get an allowance every month. I have my own pad. I don't have a curfew. I have a driver's license and my own car. The people I hang around with are not scared of getting pregnant and I don't have acne. Life is great. I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds. People get out of the way much faster now. Gone are the days when girls used to cook like their mothers. Now they drink like their fathers. I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row. I decided to stop calling the bathroom the "John" and renamed it the "Jim". I feel so much better saying I spent ages in the Jim this morning. When I was a child, I thought "Nap Time" was a punishment. Now it feels like a small vacation. The biggest lie I tell myself is: "I don't need to write that down, I'll remember it." I don't have gray hair; I have "wisdom highlights"! I'm just very wise. If God wanted me to touch my toes, He would've put them on my knees. Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven't met yet. Why do I have to press one for English when you're just going to transfer me to someone I can't understand anyway? Of course, I talk to myself. Sometimes I need expert advice. At my age "Getting lucky" means walking into a room and remembering what I came in there for. I have more friends I should send this to, but right now I can't remember their names. Now, I'm wondering: did I send this to you, or did you send it to me?
  20. Missed this till tonight too will email in hope
  21. Just looked up the DH5 and expect that a type history explains why. It’s sadly an interesting subject but not a commercial subject I expect. Not sure I’ve seen a mainstream manufacturer doing one in any scale?
  22. I take your point but can’t agree most harmoniously in two respects The first is that there isn’t a kit of a BoB spitfire in 1/32 that’s worth anything. So it follows it’s quite certainly not duplication and just another Spitfire. Not sure I’d say that if they’d done a mark IX. Imagine if there several Fokker Tripes not worth a damn and WNW had produced the definitive kit. No one would be saying “Oh not another Triplane” Secondly Kotare need to make an entrance statement to the market. If doing a WW1 subject it needs to be something that grabs Joe Public and not just WW1 modellers only. In other words it has to be addressed to the biggest target audience. There is a commercial reason why WNW didn’t survive despite making the most beautiful kits I expect to see in my lifetime. To risk an analogy art films can be beautiful art but don’t make money at the box office or win Oscars And for what it’s worth I’d love a Bristol Scout in 1/32 but I get why we haven’t seen three or four companies Scouts on the local model shop shelves. Or even 1 in my fifty years of modelling for that matter. Having said that I do sympathise with your point of view and in an ideal world where money doesn’t talk then ……
  23. and a second sheet with “Rasp” Berry’s aircraft too tbh I was thinking more along the lines of Pat Gifford http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/south_of_scotland/8306768.stm And XT-A “stickleback” L1070 first Spitfire to be credited with an air to air kill, a Ju 88, or so I understand.
  24. Trevor, you have wondering now- exactly what are Tamiya concentrating on in 1/32? Not exactly having a prolific output there. Still when they do it’s a goodie but there feels like huge spaces in between Can one argue the 1/32 big boy is (shudder) Trumpeter? Yes yes at the back we know about their minor accuracy failings cough, ahem Anyway on topic - good luck guys and 603 decals would be good in the box. Top squadron and not sure if there are still loads of those decals available still? Get em while you can
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