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  1. Sound reasoning. Personally I think there's good cause for including Misaka in a collection of RN ships. The IJN wasn't just interested in British warship designs, they were also interested in accessing RN knowhow, sending their officers and constructors to train with the RN. And the RN took a very keen interest in how Japan was actually using the assets and tactics during the course of the Russo-Japanese war- sending officers as observers aboard ships. I think you should build both! Will
  2. Everyone has a Lightning recollection. Mine is singular, and very late in the aircraft's career. With only months left in service I was a 8 or 9 year old passenger along for a fun ride in a Cessna piloted by a relative who was doing archaeological aerial survey work. We were returning home back over North Lincolnshire when he told me we had been instructed to climb to avoid 'traffic'. A few moments later a brace of Lightnings came howling past what felt like touching distance BELOW us. It was the most exciting thing I'd ever experienced. Look forward to following the build. Will
  3. Cool kit, and excellent progress. It would take me about a year to get here. I wonder whether the asymmetric paddle parts are an attempt by the manufacturer to depict the 'quartering' of the wheels? I.e. one wheel is a quarter turn ahead of its counterpart to equalise the action of the reciprocating engine. Just a thought! Will
  4. If it's possible, you've already got the contemporary reference book that's most likely to help you get it right. But the question still remains, why bother? If you want HMS Canopus, Combrig make a perfectly decent kit of her and her sisters!
  5. In Europe houses are getting smaller. But model kits are getting bigger??? I'm actually considering doing future WWII heavies in 1/144...
  6. Great to see that paint scheme coming on. Edward, I'm the same age as you and I have two kids the same age as yours. It's been a rough couple of years for us late millennials alright, and one of the early casualties was my hobby. Even though I was working from home- in theory giving me hours back each day- I felt less and less inclined to do any 'serious' modelling. Perfect became the enemy of good, and good became the enemy of starting anything at all. I stopped modelling altogether in early 2021 without consciously realising it. It took a lot of effort and the massive strength of my wife and indeed kids to reset. I found a fixed hour- maybe even only 30 minutes- during which I knew I had space and time to do something, indeed do anything, on a model kit was the key. I had to convince myself that my hobby was not just an expensive privilege during a global economic crisis, but it was a crucial tool for preserving my mental health. As a consequence of this I have spent as little as 20 minutes a week modelling, but haven't actually 'completed' a model in the last 12 months or so. Maybe I just tidy up the workspace or organise my paints. But I do get across to the workspace and do something. That's the rules. And while a few years ago I'd have interpreted that attitude as a failure, I taught myself recently to think "So what?" I've enjoyed many a snatched hour of modelling this last year or so. To illustrate the point, my favourite project has been a Mach2 B-57. A crude kit that required endless filling and sanding. Building that kit probably requires harder work than carving it from a single piece of elm, but I have enjoyed every snatched moment on it. It has become almost a devotional activity. Fill...sand...repeat. That's 20 minutes of peace and mindfulness. 20 minutes of listening to stories about cold war warriors on YouTube rather than listening to modern day Culture Warriors on Fox. It doesn't need much. It just needs a moment to claim as your own. And of course the best tool for all this is Britmodeller Brother in arms Will
  7. I must admit I did think "I wonder why he's masking a white bomb bay when spraying white undersides", but honestly, the difference between satin and gloss is much more pronounced than I thought it would be! I think I'll do the same on mine (although I'm probably going to do it in reverse- spray everything satin, mask the bays/wells, and add a gloss coat to the remainder of the underside). Will
  8. There is something so characteristically stylish (to the point of being slightly unnecessarily so) about that curved ladder that just screams "French". You would never see such frivolity on a RN ship! Will
  9. Wow, that's a superb result. I have always resisted the temptation to build submarines because I thought they were 'too simple' (and I suppose the inner Yorkshireman in me thought submarine kits were consequently poor value for money), but your build log has certainly proved they can be very satisfying and indeed quite challenging projects. Very tempted to try one! Thanks for posting this instructive and inspirational build. Will
  10. In the past, when I've had issues with light bleed I've painted the inside of the parts with black hammerite paint. It is sufficiently thick and gloopy, almost like sealing the parts with tar! Will
  11. That's a very poor masking job on the boot-topping. Lot's of bleed paint through...!
  12. Surely I can't be alone in thinking "OK, wow, he's actually apparently going to go through with it!"? Will
  13. I know the photograph you're trying to replicate here, and honestly, if you had extended the tarmac base out of the frame, I would easily have believed it was another real-life shot from the same day. Superb modelling, and proof once again that nothing looks more like natural metal than natural metal!! I really enjoyed following this build. Thanks for posting! Will
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