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Everything posted by Jeepboy

  1. .....my M201 and kept as a genuine French one although t had a 1943 chassis and engine. Mine was in French war reserve stock until 2000. Unusually for an M201 it had been updated with a roll bar and safety belts (I removed as the roll bar made the M201 top heavy); it had the then current French markings but it had never had indicators fitted. Many M201's lost the little blackout sidelights which were replaced by large orange indicator lenses. (Will try and post a pick later...)
  2. We had a Riley Kestrel 1300 (mk2). Beautiful car and quick for its day. Leather and walnut, a more sporting and less opulent car than the Vanden Plas. The Riley rusted, failed it's MOT and we put the twin carb engine in a mk2 Austin 1300, my first car. My friends all laughed as they had Escorts and Capris and I had "granny car". BUT - they couldn't keep up with me on twisty roads and they were always being stopped by Devon & Cornwall Constabulary's finest while my teal blue 1300 with the strategically placed tartan picnic rug on the rear parcel shelf just sailed on past. Happy 'innocent' days
  3. ....well, it is nearly 55 years old.
  4. A kit I'd forgotten. I had this when I was about 10 in the 1970's. The bomber version with a clear nose in pale blue plastic. I was so happy as it made a very substantial model. Looking forward to what you can do.
  5. Good to see the stand being used though
  6. I'd forgotten that. As a kiddie I lived in West Park, Plymouth. There was a little cycle shop and do it yourself shop. They sold paraffin too. Upstairs was the cycle side with a few toys AND the rotary stand of Airfix kits in bags (15p ?). The memories are flooding back - especially as an 11 year getting a purple Mk2 Raleigh Chopper from the shop ...and back to the thread ....
  7. ....turning propellers, rotating turret AND retractable undercarriage....oh happy days come flooding back
  8. Fellow Modellers, I have read this with interest. ....have we forgotten the old days of Frog, Revell even Airfix (and others) when part of the hobby was researching and adding detail to a very basic and often only vaguely accurate set of plastic parts. I agree there is little excuse in these days of modern technology and certain kit manufacturers do seem to excel in strange errors and omissions. However, as many have said, certain company' reputations go before them, there are reviews aplenty, if you know it and don't like it don't buy it. Others will be quite happy with sticking parts together to make a "representation" of their favoured subject. Some of us like to do the best we can which, like me, may not be very good and marvel at the skill of others, some go to the nth degree superdetailing, others are fantastic with painting and weathering. It does us no favours resorting to every reference possible to show a kit has inaccuracies in a game of one-upmanship. Leave that to reviewers and sit back in the knowledge you are right. As an aside, yes accuracy matters, but when you look at the real thing, be it plane, tank, car etc there are discrepancies in colour, in markings, in fittings, in panel fitan finish. WWII aircraft often had mismatched panels due to damage or even something as mundane a damaged fasteners. D-Day invasion stripes were hand painted in a rush with whatever was to hand with rough demarcation lines, 1980's army Bedford 4 tonner were often hand painted many times and looked as rough as old boots. It's a hobby, it's fun and we should enjoy what we get, because we don't know what tomorrow will bring.
  9. I remember the 1/72 Corsair and Mowhawk with opening cockpit, I think the Tempest opened too. The I-16 was a great kit too but then Revell were so different to Airfix. As a youngster opening cockpit and moving gun turrets mattered - like the Airfix Anson with retractable undercarriage. Anyway, I digress, I hope the Revell details surface but in the meantime thanks everyone for reminding me how exciting the "series one" type Revell kits were
  10. Jeepboy


    I understand it is true - that is why lots of "municipal" type buildings like hospitals, museums, guildhalls from late Victorian to Edwardian buildings and on in to the 50's had brass door handles, door push plates and stair bannister rails. The surfaces people generally touched were brass and a natural germicidal barrier. Plastic came along and architects forgot why brass door furniture was used and started specifying new fangled coloured plastic, then aluminium all of which were cheaper and easier to obtain after the war. When they did specify brass it was lacquered and therefore the brass was covered and didn't have the same germicidal capability.
  11. I have this and I'm painting it black then silver to make it look like a silver centrepiece. (I did similar with the Airfix WWI tank and it can be quite effective.
  12. My goodness, haven't kits moved on. There is no comparison between this and the original Airfix offering. Remember the old black plastic kit that gave you a shell of an aircraft, sticks for guns and shapeless blobs for guners. Such a big part and fun aspect of this hobby is the research and adding the little extra touches to show that the modeller knows a little about the subject and has the skill to add that little bit extra.
  13. I will always allow credit to Airfix for bothering to include crew figures. They don't have to be included on a model but you can't have a model in "flight mode" without a pilot. (Ok, if he has bailed out, but generally - a pilot!) A bit like radio control planes with empty cockpits, just wrong. Great crew figures, I hope they get home safe
  14. Brilliant! I have this one tucked away - you are inspiring me to get it out
  15. Mine did full term plus a bit, came out, worked for the MOD and died on his 50th birthday just as his second life was taking off. Your modelling skills are excellent:-)
  16. Unfortunately I don't. Pictures tart to appear after he met my mum in the late 50's and they tend to be against a backdrop of the side of a turret or something and show nothing other than grey steel and sea in the background Dad would not go near submarines. He was a marine engineer. Started as an apprentice in Pembroke Dockyard. His dad was his foreman and therefore dad couldn't do right for doing wrong so joined up just before he was 17 and worked his way up the hard way. Barfluer was one ship he mentioned a lot (that and the very dodgy steam system on HMS Triumph)
  17. I've just added a "Thanks". Barfluer rang a bell. I still have my late father's Royal Navy records. Dad joined in 1953. After training at Raleigh and Drake he was drafted to H.M.S. Barfluer in October 1955 and served on her until March 1957. Although I've seen a couple of old photos, they didn't really convey the ship. Your model really brought to life my late father's first ship. Thank you .
  18. ..... camouflage appears excellent. ...................................................................................there is no image Vaastav
  19. Don't they all look so small against what is considered to be a small modern city hatchback
  20. ...wow! An under-rated forgotten plane. Glad the old Frog kit is being built on the group build.
  21. I recall in 1978ish it made a great little model. As a kid I couldn't understand why there was no windscreen. I thought I was doing it wrong so had to go to the library to get books. (Oh those pre-internet days of cycling to the library before they closed).
  22. The Novo bag and card - that brought back memories ! (I now know I am as old as I feel )
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