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  1. That's awesome - I'll be happy to engage participants and help out with other parts as needed and look forward to learning the ropes. I've certainly appreciated the GB hosts in the two I've been involved in so far (with several more due in the first half of next year).
  2. Wondering if @Enzo Matrix can point us to a summary of GB host duties?
  3. Having seen no takers so far, I'll volunteer to help out. As a relative newcomer to BM, I have been looking for some guidelines/summary of GB host duties in the FAQ/help sections without much luck - I can only deduce a few things from my experience in a couple of GBs just wrapping up now. As for Canadian background, I lived in Montreal for 4 years (in the 80's), working for Canadair (now the almost defunct Bombardier). I currently live near Seattle, a mere stone's throw from British Columbia. But if the front end of the GB needs a bit of a push, I'll be happy to help out any way I can. It seems a lot of the heavy lifting comes at the end, with the gallery and polls, etc. (And having lived in Quebec, I'd suggest any French-Canadians should be able to get a 1 week head start, starting on St Jean Baptiste day... June 24)
  4. Well, it has definitely been fun, and the GB was great motivation to keep pushing, but too many family obligations and medical issues (my wife had a total knee replacement 5 days ago) meant that I was running out of time. I was hoping to get decals on today and have some degree of completion, but the first couple of Tamiya decals just shredded on me, so as the D520 scheme is massively dependent on decals, I am wrapping up for now. Here's a view of the latest progress: The car is complete, but the license plate decals, which looked gorgeous, just broke up. The D520 features tons of broad red stripes over the yellow, and red/white/blue stripes over the rest of the aircraft. The French color Hataka paints were a bit curious. They seem to really not like Mr Color Levelling Thinner - spattering pretty badly no matter what the pressure or airbrush (I have three). Switching back to my usual Tamiya acrylics, I had no issues. I tried the Hataka with Tamiya X-20A thinner and that seemed to work better. Live and learn. I hope I can figure them out because I do like their sets and the paint seems fine. As only my fourth build since I restarted modelling, and my first BM GB, I relearned a lot and definitely got to practice a bunch of new techniques. I also learned not to let myself get bogged down by detail - PE was definitely not my friend on this. I'll be choosier about when to use it in future. Anyway, thanks to @Wez and the co-hosts for the encouragement. Maybe I'll finish this off in the KUTA, provided there are no more disruptions around here.
  5. Well, it has definitely been fun, and the GB was great motivation to keep pushing, but too many family obligations and medical issues (my wife had a total knee replacement 5 days ago) meant that I was running out of time. I was hoping to get decals on today and have some degree of completion, but the first couple of Tamiya decals just shredded on me, so as the D520 scheme is massively dependent on decals, I am wrapping up for now. As only my fourth build since I restarted modelling, and my first BM GB, I relearned a lot and definitely got to practice a bunch of new techniques. I also learned not to let myself get bogged down by detail - PE was definitely not my friend on this. I'll be choosier about when to use it in future. Anyway, thanks to @Wez and the co-hosts for the encouragement. Maybe I'll finish this off in the KUTA, provided there are no more disruptions around here.
  6. Making progress on both the aircraft and staff car. The D520 will be in the colourful markings of Pierre Le Gloan, famous for having shot down four German, seven British and seven Italian aircraft, having changed sides a couple of times. He died on Sept 11 1943 when he attempted a forced landing in his new ride, a Bell P-39 Airacobra, but forgot it had a belly fuel tank. And the staff car continues to make progress... Time is tight, and I have 8 hours less, due to Seattle being 8 hours behind UK time, but I'm hoping the basics will be complete by the Sunday deadline. Weathering is another story...
  7. Please count me in with this one. It must have been in that very brief period (1953 to 1953) when 1/60 scale was the thing.
  8. And this one qualifies for the Prototypes, Racers etc, so not necessarily a lost cause (but there *is* a limit to what I can manage in one GB - mostly zero to one models).
  9. Well, it should be Grocerie's and Cake's, for starters.
  10. I only know about Archie from WW1 era Biggles books.
  11. Would be fun to see people try to exhale in, then inhale out, then keel over from asphyxia.
  12. Thanks for sharing the memory, I really appreciate it. Brian was a university classmate at Manchester but we lost touch as I moved to Canada and then the US as he went into the RAF. I didn’t find out about the accident until 20 years after the fact.
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