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  1. I just noticed that I forgot to paint the dorsal anti-collision beacon red! Michael
  2. Have been wanting to build the Hobbyboss 1/48th Vought A-7K Corsair (nicknamed the 'Twosair') for some time now, completed this morning. She is marked as A-7K 81-0077 operated by the 124th TFS / 132nd TFW, Iowa ANG out of Des Moines IAP, Iowa, May 1988. A-7K 004 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Model - built OOB. Paints - Vallejo Model Air for main grey colours (airbrushed), Vallejo Model Color for detail colours except Tamiya XF-4 for zinc chromate. White applied by Rust-Oleum surface primer spraycan. Decals - mixture of kit decals and Speed Hunter Graphics 48-008 'US
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    I had the AZ jab on Wednesday at the Epsom Downs racecourse vaccination centre at 12.45pm. Was OK until after midnight when I got the chills and everytime I went to sleep had vivid nightmares and woke up again. This continued all night. Thursday I felt down and fatigued however some of that was due to lack of sleep. Went to bed 7pm and slept through to 7am! Again some weird and vivid dreams. Feeling much better today, odd thing is for a few hours I had that musty taste/smell which I have had in the past after a bout of 'flu - that's proper 'flu, not man 'flu BTW My arm was very sore yesterda
  4. I purchased the kit in May 2010 and Modelzone ceased trading in 2013, I didn't realise that it was nearly eight years ago! I counted the parts in the kit, fifty three in total so no head start needed If I recall correctly Revell were re-releasing a lot of their old kits around this time under the 'Limited Edition Classics' label. Many ended up being sold at half price in Modelzone. Michael
  5. Still have a week to decide but this kit is sparking the mojo, the ancient Revell / Monogram 1/32nd Hawker Hurricane I which was originally released in 1969. The kit was revamped as a Hurricane II C in 1986 and this 'Limited Edition' release of 2009 contains the parts for the II C. IMGP4142 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The connection with Africa is that I want to build a Hurricane II C operated by No 11 OTU out of Waterkloof, South Africa, from January to April 1945. Specifically I want to build "H" 5268 as flown on 25th January 1945. HurricaneIIC307Waterkloof45D
  6. Just thinking aloud really, possibly looking at one of 1/48th Tiger Moth, Harvard IIA, or a Hurricane II; all 1944/45 Commonwealth Training Plan in South Africa. Or maybe a 1/35th Crusader III from Second Battle of El Alamein 1942. Would any of these be permissible on this GB? Michael
  7. Very impressive build! I have that kit in the stash and have been meaning to get it started but also a little bit nervous about it, this build is definitely motivational Michael
  8. Love the build and the paint, I am very impressed that you got that standard out of a kit that was first released in 1978 Michael
  9. Thanks, that is helpful Will be interesting to see how this works out, am not used to this partnership with Special Hobby. I have the Special Hobby 1/32nd Tempest II and can only say that it is a very impressive kit! Have been far too chicken to start it! Michael
  10. I just took a look at my Hannants account and all the decal sets I have purchased from them show that VAT was paid Michael
  11. A decent 1/48th Tempest II is my dream kit (apart from a Vought RF-8G Crusader of course) and I would be up for two of these at least. Eduard did release the Tempest V in a 'Royal' boxing complete with a reference book, would this still be the case with the Tempest II? I was intending to wait for the 'Royal' however am now not sure whether the kit being produced by Special Hobby changes that? Michael
  12. Some interesting experiences recounted here. I just checked my father's Pilots Flying Log Book, he kept his hand in with 24 RFS out of Rochester which flew Tiger Moths and quite a few entries have Cadets names recorded in the 2nd pilot, pupil or passenger column. I was interested to see that in March 1952, then September, he flew in WB753 / 17 and WP809 / 18 at Rochester. Looks like a research project to see what markings the Chipmunk would have had and build the kit accordingly Michael
  13. As a post war / cold war aircraft modeller in 1/48th scale I am delighted with the Vampire F.3 and if that might lead to an FB.5 or an FB.9 I am an even happier bunny! From my father's service career point of view the Chippie is a very welcome addition to the range and fills a gap. I keep meaning to give 1/35th scale a try but never quite get there. The Austin K2/Y ambulance would be a great subject to get started on. Finally I can retrieve my Vickers Valiant kit from where I have hidden it under the bed wrapped in a blanket. I made the mistake of telling my missus what
  14. Has been a pretty good year for me, the result of setting up a small workshop / studio that overlooks the sea (hence the title) and which I can escape to and concentrate on scale modelling as well as other interests. This Airfix 1/48th Supermarine Spitfire Mk.22 was a good start, in the markings of a Spitfire Mk.22 flown by my father in October 1951. My first ever Spitfire build too! IMGP3403 by Ghostbase, on Flickr This was followed by an ancient 1/48th ESCI F-86F Sabre which I completed in Spanish markings. It was my first Sabre in this scale and I learnt
  15. Where did I get the stupid notion to start two Revell / Monogram 1/48th scale Thunderchiefs at the same time? Well, I did earlier this year! KUTA XIII to the rescue! Thuds by Ghostbase, on Flickr I am building these as F-105G 63-8320 'Cooter' which was operated by the 333rd TFS / 355th TFW out of Takhli RTAFB in 1969, and a 'wrap-around' camouflaged F-105G operated by the Georgia ANG 128th TFS / 116th TFW in the early 80's. Most of my scale modelling stuff is 172 miles away and I can't get to it, hopefully I have enough here to get these completed
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