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About MadNurseGaz

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    Primarily fighter aircraft of WW2 and the Cold War

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  1. MadNurseGaz

    A Mythical bird?

    I am now cursing Special Hobby decals. What a mess! The decals WILL NOT move once they contact the model, no matter how much water or decal setting solution is flooded onto it. There is no margin for error! Attempts to move them result in wrinkling or tearing. There will now be a short interval while Finnish national insignia are sourced (Techmod decals from Hannant's arriving any day now . . .)
  2. MadNurseGaz

    A Mythical bird?

    Thanks for your kind comments, Giorgio! It feels like ages since I posted on here (again!), but I've been away on holiday to here: A week of peace and quiet by Lough Corrib in Galway, Republic of Ireland. Anyway, enough of that. I've done quite a bit on the model, and now she looks like this: As you can see,, painting and decalling is now under way, and hopefully this little bird will soon be ready for its photoshoot!
  3. MadNurseGaz

    Are some of us "fascist fetishists"?

    In Latin Fascis means "bundle", but the plural form Fasces normally refers to the "badge of office" carried by a Lictor, who was a magisterial official attendant on magistrates, Dictators, Consuls, Praetors, Legates, Priests and the Emperor. The fasces was the symbol of lawful authority, consisting of a bundle of elm or birch rods about 5 feet (1.5 metres?) long, with an axe head protruding from it and all fastened with a red strap, except inside the city of Rome where the axe was removed (except for Lictors attending Dictators or Generals celebrating a triumph), to symbolize a Roman citizen's right of appeal against magistrates' rulings. Lictors were the original Fascists(!), with a duty to promote respect for authority, law & order, and policing.
  4. MadNurseGaz

    A Mythical bird?

    Is it really a month since I posted anything on this? I just haven't done much modelling, work has been manic, and I've finally (!) finished dismantling my scooter's engine unit, ready to build the transferred parts onto the new one. I have done some work on it; here she is now: The engine is an interesting little piece of resin, that needs 18 tiny exhausts adding to it! After a bit of paint it looks like this: There are a couple of gaps in the exhausts- the carpet monster got those!
  5. MadNurseGaz

    A boy called Sue, or Lesley or Marion or even Yvonne?

    The Links Market used to be one of the highlights of my year, along with motorbike races in Beveridge Park. My Dad and I used to go to watch Stock Car Racing at Cowdenbeath footy stadium on Sundays. As far as footy went, I was only interested in Raith Rovers, and even then, rugby was of more interest . . .
  6. MadNurseGaz

    A boy called Sue, or Lesley or Marion or even Yvonne?

    Born in Kirkcaldy in 1954 of native Fife farming stock, went to school with Gordon Brown and Val McDermid (the crime writer), and spent all my adult life in Northern England.
  7. MadNurseGaz

    A boy called Sue, or Lesley or Marion or even Yvonne?

    In my childhood, I knew a male Lindsay and a female Ainslie. My stepdaughter is called Kim, and my son's mother-in-law is Beverley. All my kids got gender-appropriate Biblical names, except for my eldest son, who, after being born with a full head of ginger hair (copper wire coloured!) was blessed with Gaelic names in the Gaelic spelling (he's Alasdair Rhuaridh and at 26 years old he still has trouble spelling Rhuaridh!)
  8. MadNurseGaz

    Best Intro's (tv and film)

    "There was a demon . . ." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hC-tgGQbrc
  9. MadNurseGaz

    Misheard Lyrics.

    Alanis Morrisette: In "You oughtta know" she supposedly sings " It's not fair to remind me of the cross-eyed bear that you gave to me" What she actually sings is "It's not fair to deny me of the cross I bear that you gave to me"
  10. MadNurseGaz

    A Mythical bird?

    Thank you, everyone, for your kind comments. Now, where was I? Oh, the turret. Ah. Yes. The Turret . . . There is a 2-piece clear plastic "cupola" which I felt might need greater strength than PVA or canopy glue could give. So, a very thin film of tube cement(!) was applied to the joint and left to dry. I then masked up the cupola for paint. It is my belief that the cupola framing was finished in black- this is backed up by the well-known photo of Finnish Rocs at Dyce, the framing looks very dark. I had had my doubts whether these aircraft would have had armament fitted for a ferry flight, but the same photo makes it clear that they were armed. The turret interior consists of a 2-piece (top & bottom) "block" that has a vertically disposed pair of MGs on each end, and what I take to be a little suspended "perch" for the gunner. Great, you say, but when it's assembled, the barrels of the guns are more widely spaced than the slots in the cupola! So, saw block in half, sand down joint faces and trial fit. Repeat until guns fit slots! When this is painted it will go into the turret and the fuselage will be closed up. I'm hoping construction after that will be straightforward, taking note of Ms Kay's caveat regarding the landing gear.
  11. MadNurseGaz

    A Mythical bird?

    Go for it! They're not much different from a primitive old FROG or Airfix kit. Usually it isn't compulsory to use all the PE, and sometimes the same applies to resin parts (Sadly, not in this case!) Most of the PE in this kit could be left out, and the detail level would still be better than a 1970s mainstream kit. However, the wheels, engine (including intakes and exhausts) and various other miniscule parts are only provided as resin- I'll find that, shall we say, challenging? Anyroadup, the fuselage on this is almost ready to close up. The interior is assembled and fixed in one fuselage half Next, the turret . . .
  12. MadNurseGaz

    A Mythical bird?

    I've just spent a few minutes taking and uploading this kit's mugshots, so here goes with my usual GB-opening inbox review! The kit comes in a sturdy (better than Revell's!) end-opening box with a nice piece of artwork showing 2 Rocs on patrol somewhere. Inside the box, the modeller will find a large polybag containing 3 sprues of parts, and another 3 smaller polybags, and the instructions First, the airframe sprues: There are no locating pins, and ejector pin marks are evident on internal surfaces. Sprue attachment points are fairly small for a short-run kit. A small clear sprue is in the first smaller bag: Inside the second smaller bag are the decals, a small PE fret labelled "Blackburn Skua" and a film for the IP. The decals supplied provide markings for 3 FAA machines; 759NAS with a low demarcation camo scheme, 806NAS in a high demarcation scheme, 778NAS in overall Aluminium, and a Finnish machine in a high demarcation scheme with provision for full Finnish Swastika insignia, or the plain white discs where they were covered over. The final polybag contains resin parts; engine, wheels, air intakes, 18 individual exhaust pipes . . . Lastly, an 12-page A5 instruction booklet includes a sprue map, full colour 3-views of all the scheme options, and colour exploded diagrams in 13 construction stages. As usual, consruction begins with the cockpit. Now all I have to do is build it . . .
  13. MadNurseGaz

    A Mythical bird?

    Phew! This GB sneaked up on me, that's why I'm late! The mythical(?) bird in question is the Roc, not the one that carried Sinbad's ship away, but the one designed by Blackburn, built by Boulton-Paul (I never knew that until now!)and sold to Finland, but never delivered. Due to the lateness of the hour, I'm not taking and uploading photos now, I'll do that tomorrow (hopefully)- I have an appointment with a half-built scooter tomorrow! Blackburn's Roc was a turret-fighter version of their Skua dive bomber, a sort of Royal Navy equivalent of the same flawed concept that created the Boulton-Paul Defiant for the RAF. The Roc first flew in December 1938, and production aircraft equipped 4 FAA squadrons, but only supplementing Skuas, none flew exclusively Rocs, which even before the start of WW2, were transferred to training and target-towing units. Some Rocs were embarked on HMS Ark Royal on the outbreak of war, and later served at Hatston. They never encountered an enemy aircraft. By mid-1940, Rocs were being withdrawn from combat units and used by second-line units for target-towing or training. Meanwhile, before he became Uncle Joe, Stalin's Soviet Union attacked Finland in what became known as The Winter War. Britain decided to sell 30 Rocs to Finland as part of a policy of extending help to that country. Finnish serials and insignia were appllied, and then the insignia covered over as it was felt that aircraft emblazoned with large Swastikas in flight over the UK might attract unwanted attention from trigger-happy Anti-Aircraft Artillery units! The first batch of Rocs had flown as far as Dyce (now Aberdeen Airport) in Scotland. The Winter War ended, and the Finns had no further interest in the type. I will be building the Special Hobby 1/72 scale Blackburn Roc Mk.1 in Finnish markings for this GB. See more in the next post . . .
  14. MadNurseGaz

    What are you reading?

    Oh, Darby, you're such a wag! . . . Anyroadup, I'm just finishing "It Can't Happen Here" by Sinclair Lewis, an interesting work of fiction written in the 1930s and relevant in today's world with neo-nationalism rising in various places.
  15. MadNurseGaz

    Just a thought......

    Only if he chose to be King Louis. On accession to the throne, princes (and princesses) can choose any of their given names to be their regnal name. Kings Edward VII & George Vi had both been known as Prince Albert ("Bertie") before becoming king, I believe Prince Charles has said he'd quite like to be King Henry IX,Victoria was that queen's middle name, but our present queen is named Elizabeth Alexandra Mary . . . Funny, though, but I can actually imagine Prince Harry singing it . . .