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About neilh

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  1. neilh

    RNAS Yeovilton

    There is a show held in Yeovil now each year in the Spring, as well as on being tried in the Autumn on 26th of this month. Chap by the name of Ken Bugler stepped up to organise these after the RNAS Museum cancelled theirs. I have not had the chance to go yet as it keeps clashing with my winter holiday break, but it's popular with our club members of IPMS Avon. Try contacting Ken at yeovilmodelshow@gmail.com if interested. You didn't mention where you live but our own IPMS Avon show fills three complete sports halls and another room at Thornbury in North Bristol every August. Advance details of most shows run by IPMS branches will be advertised on the IPMS UK events web page. https://ipmsuk.org/events/
  2. Yes, I know Marcrus Stores and Andy the Manager of Antics is a fellow club member of IPMS Avon. I recently bought one of the brightly coloured airsoft pistols from Antics to scare off the foxes who are looting our food recycling bins nightly, as I didn't really want to shoot them and damage them with my full sized air rifle- they are just trying to feed themselves. I too was surprised when I looked into buying the airsoft pistol how easy it seemed to be to buy a very realistic air pistol that I certainly wouldn't argue with the business end, yet airsoft equivalents are very tightly controlled for sale.
  3. Yes thanks for the comments- once noelh identified them as L & S a google search picked up the previous ( long) thread from here on Britmodeller. Interesting read. would like to try to get one again at some point.
  4. I remember as a kid building plastic kits of a Colt model 1911 ( the automatic) and a Navy Colt ( percussion cap revolver). Can anyone remember who made these? I have never seen any in the piles of second hand kits at shows. Wonder if they were a victim of the handgun ban ( they were quite realistic - the automatic even had a slide action and a removable magazine.)?
  5. The instructions for their Yak 28 Firebar were similar ( I too opened my IL-28 this week). All I would say is that you do need to check the instructions before deviating from the sequence. I didn't and then found I should have fitted the intakes/exhausts earlier in the sequence than I had chosen! Cut open, re glue - you get the gist.....
  6. As Hosts - we wish! There seemed to be an improvement in the airflow this year, especially in Hall 1 that has had some extensive refurbishment, but the temperature is the downside of holding our show in August. Boy ! was set up and put down a sweaty experience! Glad you enjoyed it.
  7. Just bought on from Antics in Bristol as they arrived through the door.
  8. might be worth a look at the latest supplement in the Airfix magazine on the Hellcat there were some photos of phot recce Hellcats in that.
  9. I found the same with mine for the Airfix Seafire. There have been numerous threads on this on various forums but the general upshot is they are stuffed. You could either fill them with a suitable plaster of paris/resin and smash mould a few copies from a sheet of PET plastic that will not go yellow, or contact a guy on Hyperscale ( Hofnerbassman - trades as 109ace on Ebay), who is currently specialising in remaking these for people form various kits. He may already have masters for yours, if not, you send him the canopies and he makes a master and moulds you a few.
  10. Have you tried a personal message to Artie via Britmodeller - has always worked for me.
  11. I think the way in which they tried to use Ebay and Paypal was almost crowdfunding. Basically, you wanted what they were advertising, paid up front on trust, and waited for the goods to turn up in the post. As you rightly point out, eBay is not geared up for that process.
  12. On my way home I passed numerous WW II Jeeps, trucks and classic cars of all ages. There was an event just down the road in Bicester called " Sunday Scramble" held on an old bomber airfield so maybe the Spitfire was part of that event?
  13. Yes, I'd agree. Nice venue with plenty of free parking, lots of food options locally. Was good to see a few traders new to me and I think getting Copper State Models and Hannants to attend was a coup, but whilst I am grateful to the organisers for getting us in, I did expect a much larger show given the statements beforehand. Having said that it was a nice friendly atmosphere, plenty to see and buy, and supporting a worthy cause. Hopefully as the club get used to the venue they can space the tables out a little. There was not really enough room between the tables for people to sit and man the tables at each side ( to be fair, some of our modelling fraternity are a little larger than others but the space was a bit tight). Good effort though for a totally new start up venue, and I hope it was a financial success for both the club and the Hospice they were supporting. I certainly saw plenty of people donating their change from the wristband price to the Charity bucket!
  14. Take a look over at Hyperscale - Brett Green has already built one. Looks very nice indeed. The characterisation of the figures is excellent - so realistic.
  15. Can only comment on the Bobcat kit ( and not on it's accuracy - check Rumourmonger forum for lots of discussion on that- overall view of the Bobcat kit was positive). Its well moulded, beautiful in the box, and overall the parts fitted very well. It's quite fiddly, with several parts to make up an element that maybe someone like Tamiya would have made in one part, but it does allow for great detail. I would recommend test fitting and the use of plastic card tabs in a few places to ensure a putty free build. I only used a few smears of Milliput on mine. The instructions are also pictorial but quite confusing. I made a few mistakes I had to correct as a result. The cockpit is nice but the seats are a little bare. I don't think there are any aftermarket ones yet but I think I managed to dress mine up with lead foil, wire and odd pieces of etch using on line images as a reference. Overall it was a lovely build, and on that experience I bought the second release with the glazed nose. Just be aware, its longer than you might think so you have to watch catching the nose or tail when working on model. Here is my completed build. http://www.ipmsavon.org.uk/photo-page.php?page_id=96#Class 2 - Aircraft e.g. 1/48-1
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