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  1. It was our first time at this show, and I must admit we were looking to display here as a replacement to the much-missed FAA Museum, Yeovilton show. I have to agree with 'Mottlemaster' it really was a superb event. Plenty of traders and a good variety of clubs/groups displaying some really high quality models. The organiser (and his son) made a point of coming to our stand to introduce himself to us, which was a very welcoming thing to do; and overall the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed. What surprised me was just how busy the show was for much of the day - indeed at one point I would almost call it crowded. I have been to many shows where around lunchtime it dies right off and you spend the rest of the afternoon yawning and watching the clock, but not here at Yeovil - the hall was buzzing right through to about 3pm before it started to gradually tail off. Throughout the day there were hot drinks (and I mean hot not luke-warm), and hot and cold snacks being served all at sensible prices; the chairs were comfortable and the display tables solid and level. The only thing I could possibly have a slight moan about would be that it was rather chilly in the main hall, but hey - I just put my jacket back on. So thank-you, we really enjoyed today and look forward to coming again next year.
  2. Hear, hear. I think it's a cracking line-up for Airfix this year. I wish I had a tenner for every time I've said (or heard said) 'I wish they'd re-release the Dominie and Jetstream'.
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    Telford 2018

    Well that's three Telford 2018 threads now. Nice as this video is, could it not have been put under the main thread?
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    Telford 2018

    We had a great day out at SMW as usual. Quite a few of the items on my 'to buy' list were not there - or if they were I didn't see them, so I manged to keep my spending to a fairly reasonable level picking up just one kit (Revell 777-300 for £15) and a few decal sheets including some nice old Modeldecal bargains. Personally I'm not in the least interested in the Airfix Hellcat announcement, and it's a pity that the 1/48 Hunter is still not available; I think Airfix have really missed an opportunity by not having that or the Blenheim ready for the show - they'd have made a lot of money. Ditto Revell with their AN-225. It seems odd that two companies are preparing giant Lancasters as there must be a very limited market for them given their size and cost (I overheard a quote of £399 for the Hong-Kong Models one, but that may or may not be accurate). I didn't visit the competitions area - I never do as competition simply doesn't interest me and there are plenty of superb models on show on the club & sig stands. I saw a model of a Lifeboat on rough seas that was just stand-out amazing. I only took a few photos on my phone, including this one of the AN-225 on the Revell stand (The_Lancaster, you can see the Gulf War Tornado in the background).
  5. Haha, no I'm not Dan, but he was kind enough to send me some drawings which helped me with the paintwork and missing parts & panels.
  6. Just about finished, this is my Sword 1/72 Harrier T4N built to represent XW268 as it sits today at the Norwich Aviation Museum, Norfolk. The kit has been chopped about as appropriate and there is the addition of an Airfix IFR probe which was kindly donated to me. Ignore the base, as this is just something rough for it to sit on until I can do a better one! The model has been painted by hand using Humbrol enamels and Model Color acrylics. The tarp over the cockpit area is a piece of 5p supermarket carrier bag over a plastic strip frame. I had all manner of problems with the Sword kit not least the undercarriage. Overall, very few parts actually fit; though to be fair, in the end, I didn't use much filler. That being said, there were a few times when it nearly got thrown against the wall. The decals are from the kit, spares box and home-made.
  7. Please excuse my total ignorance, but what's a 747-600?
  8. This is my ESCI 1/72 Matador that I built a couple of years ago. A bit of a fiddly old kit, but I like the result.
  9. Photobucket doesn't work (they obviously want to go out of business). Would have liked to see your 'wip' on this model.
  10. There was a decal made for the A330, but that was Brasil Decals which are just as hard to find as Gio. It was with the Star Alliance A340 and the number is BD-144/66.
  11. Karlo - there are reference photos all over the place; just google 'Bronze Tiger Typhoon' and a whole host of images should come up. Here are some: Typhoon Tiger The colours I used for the main bronze were Tamiya copper (XF6) mixed with a little clear orange. The claw marks and tiger eyes were home-made decals. Have a look at the links here for both mine and 'Takamota's' original threads about our builds. Bronze Tiger Takamotas Tiger
  12. It's possible to do as a home-paint job; just do your research (plenty of photos on the web) and take your time. This one is actually 1/48 scale, but it was built 2+ years ago, way before either of the Revell kits were released.
  13. I had no issues like that with the fuselage. Overall it was an easy and satisfying build.
  14. This is the 1/144 Zvezda 777ER kit built as a display model for a very good friends' little daughter who likes both 'Hello Kitty' characters and aeroplanes It's a nice enough kit; the engines are especially good and I was very pleased with how they have turned out. I had to use a little putty for the fuselage join, and the locating pins for the tailplanes are very small which made them the most difficult aspect of this build. The decals are by 8A and are a delight to use, though the window spacing doesn't quite match up with the kit. They're laser-printed and have to be used on white only, but for this particular model that was no problem as the whole of the fuselage is white. The painting was good old Halfords appliance white plus Humbrol acrylics for the wings, tailplanes and engines. The base, which comes with the kit, is for display purposes only and won't be used when it's handed over to the recipient
  15. A friend is building the Academy kit and has had a major mishap with one of the rotor blades, rendering it unusable. Does anyone know of a source for replacement or after-market blades, or does anyone have some spare they don't need, for the CH-46? Many thanks guys.
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