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AndyC last won the day on May 15 2014

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About AndyC

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    Used to be a modeller :-(
  • Birthday 08/14/1962

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    Melksham, Wiltshire
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    Non-League football, reading, rock music

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  1. I love a Griffon engined Spit and this Mark is my favourite...that laminar-flow wing and the sheer brute power up front...great
  2. Nice work. I did one for the Inter-War GB a few years ago. Agree with your comment on the decals, they need a lot of work to get the gunge off them.
  3. Lovely model of easily the most graceful of the 109's (and rumoured to be a pilot's favourite too)
  4. That C-130 comparison shot is really quite striking. I can just remember the gate guard at Hendon.
  5. AndyC

    What's your day-job?

    I graduated as a Quantity Surveyor in the construction industry in 1985 and worked on the New British Libraray at Euston for 4 years before joining private practice. I worked all over the place on various projects (RAF Machrihanish, RAF Stornoway, Bingley Bypass, A16 Spalding until becoming a Partner in the business. Spent two spells abroad in Malaysia (coal-fired Power Station in Kapar) and Israel (new container dock in Haifa). Concentrated more on the construction claims and disputes after 2002 and had a hand in many a project gone wrong and settling stuff for my Contractor-clientele. Got to 29 years with the business and was bought out by an American Consultancy in 2018 to become a Veep (going from a UK consultancy of 18 to a global one of 1000+). For whatever reason, the US parent company decided after 2 years to pull out and closed the business making me and all our staff redundant. I just made it to 30 years! I've started out on my own doing the same but am having second thoughts; I'm nearly 58 and the industry has changed; not much fun any longer. I may give it a go for pin-money (I got a good pay-off and the original money for my share in the business) to see me through and afford my interests. My wife still works. I haven't modelled anything since 2016 as my work space is filled up with kids' junk (they're all still living at home at 27, 26 and 22). I've been concentrating on my other love - non-League football since, however with signs that at least one of them may move out, my interest in returning to the hobby is re-ignited. Who knows?
  6. Brilliant work...enjoyed today...highlights were the Finnish F-18, the Romanian MiG-21 and the AV-8B+'s again. How noisy is that F-35???????
  7. Love the AV-8B pics...the landing was a highlight, all that spray and steam! Left as the A-400 was taking off as it was obvious it was write-off for the day
  8. Stunning set of pics as ever AD...I may not do much (any) modelling these days, but I thought RIAT was a great show and you've captured the essence of it mate...I went Friday and Saturday
  9. Great shots as ever and thanks. Saturday am was so disappointing to have missed the Midnight Hawks, Typhoon, Belgian F-16, Spanish F/A-18 and Raptor - I was lucky to see all those on Friday. Highlights once it cleared after lunch were the SoloTurk, the Rafale, the Flanker and the C-27J doing a full roll...
  10. Was a great day - going tomorrow with the wife this time. Impressed with the F-22 today. Great shots as usual, mate. Look forward to the updates
  11. In the 8 years since returning to the hobby, this is the first that I've struggled. A combination of work (16 weeks away, all week, in Lancashire) and just a gradual ebb in my interest in playing with plastic meant that I've done nothing beyond July this year. I also didn't make Telford, for the first time in a long time, nor any other UK shows apart from Avon and Salisbury. I did make Prague again but actually enjoyed going to 4 Czech league football matches more than the superb show they put on there.. To be honest I haven't missed it either as I've been watching a lot of non-league footie (my other hobby). I will probably pick up a scalpel over Christmas as I'll have the grandkids there and they will want to build something. One thing IS certain, is that I'm going to flog off a lot of my 1/48th aircraft stash and concentrate on smaller stuff, AFV and subs and my occasional quirky stuff. Who knows what 2017 will bring...anyway here's what I DID finish in order of completion... #1 - Hasegawa Egg Plane P-40 #2 - Eduard 1/48 Bell X-1 probably my favourite for the year #3 - Revell 1/48 F-5F for the F-5 GB #4 - Revell 1/48 F-5E for F-5 GB #5 Revell 1/48 F-5E for F-5 GB #6 - Wolfpack 1/48 T-38A for F-5 GB #7 - Airfix 1/72 Vampire #8 - Tamiya 1/35 Universal Carrier II #9 - Special Hobby 1/48 F2G-1 Super Corsair for the F4U GB - my second favourite finish for the year! #10 - Italeri 1/48 OH-13 for the Helicopter GB II #11 - Zvezda 1/35 GAZ-AA #12 - MikroMir 1/35 Sprengboot #13 - Trumpeter 1/48 Spiteful #14 - Dragon 1/35 SA-9 Gaskin for GB #15 - Trumpeter 1/35 SA-6 Gainful for GB #16 - Aeroplast 1/35 BM-8-24 for GB #17 - Trumpeter 1/48 MiG-3 (early)
  12. Unfortunately guys this one is a non-finisher! I'm so busy at work, I've not glued or painted anything for weeks. Ho-hum. Not going to get much better as I'm going to be stuck in Manchester 3 days/week until Xmas.
  13. Not been near plastic for 4 weeks - work!

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