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  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Pournelle#:~:text=Another "law" of his is,and sometimes are eliminated entirely. See also related: Iron Law of Oligarchy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_law_of_oligarchy and self licking icre cream cone: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-licking_ice_cream_cone cheers, Graham
  2. Add me to the list and I will keep my eyes open for something suitable
  3. Sounds like the Aurora F-94C Starfire https://www.scalemates.com/kits/aurora-canada-495-f-94c-starfire--1268383 One of the first kits I had when I was wee lad. No idea what the first was. I have a vague recollection of the Aurora yellow Zero and purple Messerschmitt but it could very well have been something Frog or might have even been one of the Aurora 1/32 scale hot rod cars. cheers, Graham
  4. Indeed, 'tis true. youtube is prime example; loads of pure utter crap created for the sole purpose of getting views, "likes", and subscribers in order to make money. There are even bots that do nothing else but create this sort of endless and pointless crap.
  5. Dyslectic, careless, or just plane lazy - let's not overlook the wonder and benefit of modern writing tools ... (found in many places and variations - search for "ode to a spell checker") Eye halve a spelling chequer It came with my pea sea It plainly marques four my revue Miss steaks eye kin knot sea. Eye strike a key and type a word And weight four it two say Weather eye am wrong oar write It shows me strait a weigh. As soon as a mist ache is maid It nose bee fore two long And eye can put the error rite Its rarely ever wrong. Eye have run this poem threw it I am shore your pleased two no Its letter perfect in it's weigh My chequer tolled me sew. Anon cheers, Graham
  6. Bill has a very interesting selection of kits. He frequently buys collections which supplements the latest and greatest from his suppliers. I never know what I will find whenever I get the chance to visit his store. cheers, Graham
  7. not the best reason to travel but a distraction is always welcome. The best shop is The Hobby Center on Merivale road. Lots of parking, Tim Horton's near by and always lots of neat stuff, new, old, previously owned of all types. www.hobcen.com There is also a great hobbies near the corner of Hunt Club and Merivale. All new stuff, ,mostly RC but might be a nice diversion. Next on the list is Hobby House on just off Montreal road.. The oldest surviving shop in town. Big on trains and also plastics. I haven't been in a couple of years as it is a bit out of the way whenever I happen to be in the city. https://www.hobbyhouse.ca/ There are a number of Gunpla oriented shops too. Trinity Hobbies on Carling Ave springs to mind. https://trinityhobby.com/ I have never been in the store but have purchased online. Interesting selection of tools and details parts. I am actually about half way between Ottawa and Cornwall. Ordering online and paying for shipping is often cheaper than the gas needed to drive into the big city. Best of luck on your travels. cheers, Graham
  8. I should have also mentioned that you may not need the thinnest 0.1mm engraving bit. There are a number of larger sizes up to (I think) 0.5mm. I have the 0.1mm and use it when only the thinnest blade will do otherwise I use the 0.25mm blade. It is bewildering to try and decide which size blade would be the most suitable 0.1, 0.15, 0.2, 0.25, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5 - too expensive to buy them all and depending on your needs and wants it is likely that only one will suffice. I know I had a hard time trying to decide. The local hobby store didn't stock them so I had to do some online research and in the end just guessed, flipped a coin, and threw a dart which landed on the 0.25mm size which for my needs ended up being a good choice. cheers, Graham
  9. That is another good saw. A bit large for most of my model making needs but an ideal size for other crafts and even a bit of woodwork cutting small trim and dovetails. A @Pete in Lincs describes - it's brilliant. Patterned after Japanese Dozuki saws having a similar tooth profile ands cuts on the pull stroke. The blade is 0.3mm ( 0.012" ) thick with 1mm tooth pitch ( 25 tpi ). Overall about 12" (320mm) long and the blade itself is about 6" (150mm) long. Incidentally, the Tamiya saw is made by Olfa rebranded for Tamiya. Most if not all of Tamiya's tools are made by some other Japanese company branded for Tamiya. Tamiya takes pride in the product lines and can always be counted on to select excellent partners to manufacture their products. The Olfa equivalent is the Olfa 125B Craft saw and the blades are interchangeable. I did say earlier that I was a confirmed tool nut ( addict ). cheers, Graham
  10. always. You need to let the tool do the work. I have a couple of the Tamiya engraver bit and have yet to break one. They are made from tungsten carbide. cheers, Graham
  11. I have a couple of these saws and wouldn't be without them. I also have a couple of true Zona razor saws - thicker and with a different kind of tooth profile - I also wouldn't be without them. I am a confirmed tool junkie These Ninja Hyper cut saws sold through Flexi File are made by Shimomura Alex in Japan. And as @cmatthewbacon described are made differently than similar western tools - thinner, harder, with a different tooth profile. Their tooth profile is more like the tooth profile on Japanese pull saws. http://shimomura-alec.co.jp/product/product.html#alk164 Lots ( lots ) of very interesting tools. I have used those Tamiya and other brand photo etch stainless steel saws that you put in your Exacto or similar knife handle. I never got along well with them, always bending and never really cutting to my liking. I have never broken a tooth off these saws but I have damaged a Zona razor saw by being too aggressive in it's use. Perhaps that is why I have never broken a tooth off of the more expensive Ninja saw, I learned earlier on the Zona to be more gentle If it were me, I would use one of the Tamiya engraving blades: https://www.tamiyausa.com/shop/tools/fine-engraving-blade-01mm/ Pricey yes but very well made and you do not need the Tamiya expensive handle to hold them. They are 2mm in diameter and I use a 2mm drafting lead holder pencil. You can use the engraving to remove said panel entirely or just to get started or on the round bits and the a saw on the long straight parts. Something else to consider to use a sewing thread. Yes, I said sewing thread - do a search on youtube, you will be surprised if you have never heard of this before. And while on the subject of engraving blades, Shimoura Alec has you covered there as well: http://shimomura-alec.co.jp/product/pdf/alk216.pdf also pricey but of very good quality and ergonomics. Incidentally, you can find these Ninja saws at hobby stores that cater to Gundam / Gunpla / etc builders but usually in their Shimomura package rather than the Flex File packaging. Do be careful if you go tool shopping at one of the better Gunpla stores. If you have an affinity for good tools and are a tool junkie you will likely spend a lot more than you intended. cheers, Graham
  12. count me in too, please and thank you. cheers, Graham
  13. One of my favourites; add me to the list please and thank you. cheers, Graham
  14. I somehow missed this one. I have a passing interest in trains and things railway. Sign me up for this one. cheers, Graham
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