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  1. All you really need are some of the many decal options from CV-22 Ospreys - just sayin'... A Marine One Rotodyne would look 'interesting'.
  2. Jabba is correct. It's counter-intuitive but the 'paper' letter has no time limit whilst the online/downloadable version has a 30 day limit. The latter automatically resets each time you log in, so the onlne/downloadable version it is valid for thirty days from the date of log-in.
  3. The official Government guidance, in place since July 2021, has not changed and recommends that event organisers ask for Covid passes. We have stated from the outset that we will review the current requirements closer to the event, but at the present time it will remain a condition of entry for Scale ModelWorld 2021. As the organisers of a large event in a commercial venue, we have a responsibility towards the health and welfare of the thousands of people who attend Scale ModelWorld each year. That's not something we take lightly at any time, but especially in the current environment, so we'll weigh up the options with our partners at the venue over the next couple of weeks and consider whether or not to change those entry requirements.
  4. IPMS Membership reminder for renewals and new memberships This is a reminder that if you are intending to come to Scale ModelWorld this year and want to ensure your IPMS (UK) membership is current for the show, you need to join or renew prior to 31st October 2021. If you're a current member, please check the expiry date on your card or online via Member Mojo. If you have an expiry date of 31st October 2021 (or earlier) and have not yet renewed, you need to do so soon to avoid disappointment. After 31st October we can no longer guarantee that your membership will have been processed by the time the show starts. If you are considering whether to join (or rejoin) IPMS (UK) at the moment, the same time limit applies. You need to apply before 31st October. Since the end of August when we announced that Scale ModelWorld was going ahead, our Membership Secretary has reported a large increase in renewals and new applications. Some (but not all) of that increase is normal for this time of year but by getting your renewal or new application in now, rather than leaving it to the last minute, Doug will be able to manage his workload more effectively. Advanced Tickets (IPMS members do not need to apply for advanced tickets) We would remind everyone that entry this year is by advanced ticket only so if you are a non-member, you need to purchase your ticket online – there will be no tickets available on the door. There is a link to the ticketing website on our own IPMS website
  5. Having a binge on Magnum at the moment. As an aside, it's a real bonus that so many of their albums feature artwork by one of my favourite fantasy artists - Rodney Matthews.
  6. Contact the venue (The International Centre, Telford) directly and they should be able to arrange for one to be available for you.
  7. I paint with acrylics, so I use oils for my washes for the reasons others have stated. Recommended brands of paints: There's no 'right' answer to this. Each brand has its advocates but ultimately you need to purchase good quality oil paints, be they from well-known model paint brands or from the traditional fine art manufacturers - same with pigments, pastels and weathering pencils. The better quality oils have finer pigments and better 'working' characteristics so whatever brand you buy, don't go cheap. Like any other product, get the best you can afford. When it comes to pigments, weathering powders, washes and filters, there are many commercially pre-packaged solutions out there, but ultimately nothing you can't create yourself using thinned oil paints, ground pastels and other commonly available household materials. What the commercial guys have done is create products that are convenient and 'instant' (don't need preparation). There is an attraction to that route for many modellers but it's often cheaper to purchase a smaller range of good raw materials and use them in different ways to create multiple solutions (but you need to prepare those potions yourself, so more time is sometimes required) - that choice is very much down to the individual modeller. My fairly small collection of oil paints, pastels and pencils are exclusively from fine art manufacturers because that's what I started with many years ago. I've never felt the need to explore the more recent hobby-based products. That's a personal choice and I'm not suggesting my choices are any better or worse than any other route.
  8. If I recall correctly it was called 'wood wool', which implies it may have contained a significant quantities of wood fibre/pulp added to whatever material (Bostick?) was used for the paste.
  9. At least some (possibly all?) of the M3 CDL tanks shipped out to the Far East in 1945 were apparently covered with an anti magnetic paste. The potential threat from Japanese magnetic charges was considered serious enough for the paste to be added to the tanks. 43 RTR only got as far as India before the war ended. This image would have been taken at Lowther Castle, near Penrith (home of the CDL School).
  10. I can only confirm that this is the list that myself and the IPMS Webmaster have been asked to publish. My understanding is that these are the traders who have completed their bookings as of 7th October 2021. We'll see what changes over the next couple of weeks.
  11. Here perhaps? https://ipmsuk.org/ipms-scale-modelworld/traders-at-scale-modelworld/ We're currently trying to squeeze 6-8 months work into little more than two months - stuff takes time (especially when you're juggling that work with a full time job). The trader list is provisional. It WILL change between now and 13th November.
  12. Our planning is based on the normal visitor numbers (both members and paying visitors). Since we expect those numbers to be less than normal (far fewer overseas visitors for example), we are not planning in restricting the number of tickets available. As noted on our website, we and the venue management believe that our 'normal' numbers would not exceed any recommended visitor volumes in the halls so there is no requirement to manage attendance through limiting ticket sales.
  13. IPMS members do not need to obtain an advanced ticket. They need to show a valid IPMS membership card on arrival and will be issued with a weekend wristband. We have explained the process on the IPMS website https://ipmsuk.org/ipms-scale-modelworld/scale-modelworld-2021-frequently-asked-questions-faqs/faqs-visiting-scale-modelworld/
  14. If you're a Forsyth fan (and if you haven't already read it), try 'The Outsider'. It's a potted memoir of his professional life from a short service commission in the RAF (Vampire pilot) through his journalism career, his writing career and his occasional interactions with the intelligence world - it provides a really good insight into where so much of his knowledge came from.
  15. Just re-reading The Heights of Courage by Avigdor Kahalani It's a personal memoir of his experiences as an armoured battalion commander (Centurion tanks) on the Golan Heights in 1973. Highly recommended.
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