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  1. I have a similar stash, except mine are "tidied away" in the loft to keep the house presentable: so I'm told by my wife. Her multitude of cheap, tacky, vacuous 10p novels are all on display though. In every room. Anyway, I'm going to build all mine. Just as soon as I stop buying new ones...
  2. With all the consternation about the 100 years, can no one see that all BA have done is added the booking & admin fees.
  3. Forgive me for backtracking slightly, but the pics of the gearbox don't appear to show a static swash plate or control rods. Is that something to do with its 'rigid' nature?
  4. A work colleague and friend of mine was also in the Royal Navy and served aboard HMS Coventry during the Falklands War. In an off the cuff conversation he had a whole room of us transfixed with his account of the sinking. He described how his only possession that he has from that time was his watch as everything else was removed from him or still remains in the water. He bears no malice and isn't bitter about anything (although regrets never actually seeing the islands). As I do a bit of modelling, I asked if I could make something of a tribute to him and his shipmates, and he suggested a model of the well-known photograph of Coventry's upturned hull showing off her screws. I asked why, and he said that he was in that photo in one of the orange liferafts. I've not yet done the model, but it never really occurred to me that it'd be inappropriate as Neil had requested it - that's his right. He was there. At at the end of the day, ships/ aircraft/ cars are only bits of steel or aluminium or wood, it's the people that make them into what they are. I'm pretty sure Crisp won't be depicting anything gratuitous as that would be disrespectful and he's never struck me as that type of person. On the other side of the coin, some extremely courageous acts were carried out around that hangar, that model may well turn out to be a tribute to those actions. Rant over.
  5. Dear RAF, Please don't name it 'Wedgetail'. Yours etc
  6. If you'll permit another test for a photo-noob.
  7. Great! Looking forward to a mixture of some more interesting snippets from your upcoming memoirs and learning more about any of the technical thingy bobs that you explain so eloquently. Ooh, and a bit of model stuff too. I've got a handful of Peter's boxes in my stash - I'm too scared I'm going to chuff them up to even start them. They are wonderful looking kits.
  8. Whilst I've not really researched a great deal for what I want to do with my stashed kit, there doesn't seem too much to the deflated skirt. Especially for someone who's scratch building an LPD in 144th! The bow and stern appear to be covered by the loading ramps and the sides just kind of touch the ground. This image shows both in- & de-flated although the stern ramp is up. https://goo.gl/images/quTaM5
  9. Sorry Mike, must've had my skirts hitched into my knickers: Trumpy didn't do a deflated version. PitRoad did a resin replacement in their own boxing of Trumpy's kit. I saw one many a moon ago on eBay, but not looked since as i was beaten to it but some so & so. Here's one from German Amazon - uncompetitively priced! https://www.amazon.de/U-S-Navy-hydroskimmer-skirt-japan/dp/B00D8U1W74/ref=lp_3715614031_1_7/260-6702257-0986122?srs=3715614031&ie=UTF8&qid=1534335640&sr=8-7 Richard
  10. I think there are two versions around: one has the skirt deflated with the other inflated. Which is which I don't know. Also, I've searched in vain for A/M as well.
  11. The 1mm decals look quite good. The kit white bits less-so.
  12. It appears that he's done his time and now he's trying to start again: plus he's bringing out some great stuff. Two thumbs up from me...
  13. I trust the HM Ships' Naming Committee shan't be resurrecting the following batch of names: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay-class_patrol_boat It's OK, some of my best friends...
  14. I'm not Poirot, but there appears to be a theme of in your post...
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