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  1. Love the Raspbery ripple Harrier, good stuff!
  2. Thanks for the comments everyone, I should clarify in that the 'pathetic' refers to the number completed compared to the number started
  3. Just realised I forgot to add links!
  4. Just caught up after a while - 10 years, blimey Manfred, you have an amazing stamina and focus to keep working on this project for so long, hence why we are up to page 90 in this thread Keep it up, this continues to be a marvellous look into the intricate details of the shuttle and everything around it. Happy New Year!
  5. It would be nice if there was some scope available in the GB voting to allow some of the more unusual topics to grt covered rather than the same old same old each year, but then its a popularity contest so the same or similar ideas will always get the most votes
  6. That is a brilliant idea! I think the problem with Primrose yellow is there isn't a standard 'off the shelf' modelling paint that will match. I bought a small bottle of touch up paint from a specialist, but as soon as I opened the bottle and smelled the Xylene I knew I didn't want to use it on the model. Instead I paint it onto some scrap plastic and colour matched a custom mix of Tamiya paints to it and used that instead.
  7. yes that was me, I remember you - was great to speak to you there
  8. Just goes to show how weak my modelling mojo has been recently that I completely forgot about this annual ritual until just now! So lets wind the click back a year and see whet went on: First off was a kit I started just after Christmas, the Toyota Forklift Truck in 1:32 scale from Aoshima. Continuing one of my themes from 2020 was building the construction machines from Hasegawa and this fitted into the theme. It was a fun little kit Build here: Next up in March I continued with another ongoing theme of late which is Angel Interceptors from Captain Scarlet. This was was the pretty basic Imai kit from many many years ago. Like all the other Imai kits there were designed as toys you could build, so I didn't expect much and thats exactly what I got Very basic kit, not a great fit, but with a bit of effort it turned out okay. and here it is middle right with all the other Angel Interceptors RFI here: In March I started my most ambitious build of the year, a 3D printed 1:48 scale Starfury from Babylon 5 as part of the 'Anything but Injection' GB. It was a beautiful kit printed by Alain Riveard in Canada and I decided I'd build it in its launch gantry. The parts: After multiple trial and errors while scratch building the base and adding lighting, I finally finished it in June. Sadly the lighting doesn't work very well at all and I've given up even connecting it up nowadays. Its been to a few shows including Telford. here is it complete Build here: For my 60th birthday in February, my work colleagues had a whip round and bouth me two kits, one of which was this Land Rover Fire truck from Italeri which I decided to build back in July. Sadly its not a very good kits - its actually a rebox of an old Esci kit with the firefighting gear from another kit thrown in the box I can't say I did a great job on it and this won't be appearing on any show tables! RFI here: Then finally this year (yes you read that correctly!) I moved onto the new Revell Jaguar E-Type Roadster kit, the one with the very surreal box art featuring Sean bean, Diana Rigg and Lassie On the suggestion of Harriet and Allan, I decided to do a primrose Yellow version to avoid falling into the cliche of red or British Racing Green and boy was a I pleased I did! It was completed in August. Build here: RFI Here: I think it is fair to say that this is my most satisfying completed build of the year. it was also the last! Since then I've started numerous kits, Eduard Tempest II, another 22" Eagle, another Haswgawa construction machine and others, but my modelling mojo has collapsed and I can't find the 'oomph' to stick at anything these last few months. I guess it happens, we are in unprecedented times and I'm sure that has had a lot to do with it. Here's looking forward to 2022 and a rediscovered mojo!
  9. I watched the series and I thought it was much better than I expected. Having re-read the entire series a few years back I was impressed with how they modernised what is a quite a plodding set of stories in the books into a piece of spectacle TV. The original foundation series of books was Azimov's attempt to sci-fi up The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon, so it wasn't going to be a rip-roaring adventure story and was always going to be spisodic considering the time span. It was also, naturally, very male dominated because it was written in the 1950s when 'a woman's place was in the home' and all that garbage. So the books as they are are essentially unfilmable for modern tastes and thank goodness for that, I would not want to see a TV series based exactly on those books. Sci Fi writers at the time were focussing on plot and ideas and characterisation came a distant third, which is why all the characters in the book are essentially interchangeable cyphers with different names, I think the concept of "A planet covered covered by metal buildings" is more of a metaphor - they do show Trantor as entirely built over except for the imperial palace gardens, butt hey there are probably multiple sub basements etc. It probably isn't even metal as such more like plastic and ceramics with a metal supporting framework, just like you built things today. Azimov wasn't an architect and what the TV show tries to convey remarkably well is the incredible complexity of something like that. The space elevator sub-plot was IMHO excellent. What they've done is create a lot more around the central core plot that introduces real character drama to allow us to empathise with the characters which you can't do in the books - well at least until you get into Foundation and Empire and you have Bayta Darell and the Mule. I like the introduction of the clone Emperors and the way they have shown significant personality differences between them. Excellent work by the two grown up' actors, Lee Pace and Terrence Mann. It looks like they are also showing us the creation of the Second Foundation rather then hiding it all as in the books. As for gender swapping some of the characters, frankly I couldn't give a damn - it makes sense as there are hardly any female characters in the novels which is just an artefact of the times they were written, fixing that for the modern age is a no-brainer. There are 'other' ways to watch TV series that require yet ANOTHER subscription... Just settling in to watch The Witcher series 2
  10. Sorry I was late to the party, I was one of those who voted yesterday and good to see that ONE of my choices is above the line! Carry on with the comed... er... jok... er posts - ahem
  11. Oh my word, how did I miss this for so long! Haven't built a Thunderbird kit in ages
  12. That sounds like a wonderful idea Look forward to seeing it!
  13. Old school scratch building, love it, not a 3D printer in sight! Keep up the good work and hope the move is/has gone well!
  14. This is a tricky one, I'm not sure I HAVE a comfort zone! I've built things in all manner of genres... except German Armour or WWII aircraft No I will NOT be going there for this GB, but I have a couple of figure kits, including one in vinyl that are very much off the beaten track. Oh and I've just remembered I've got a large resin figure of Jon Pertwee as Dr Who
  15. Nice find! Can you show the figures out of the packaging? I'm wondering if they are recasts of the AEF figures which make hens teeth look common! I finally got round to building mine last year using the AEF figures and with scratch built interior
  16. Id forgotten! Will need to download it
  17. I built one of those a few years back, basic kit and a bit dodgy shape-wise but builds up to look like Stingray
  18. I stripped the chrome using Mr Muscle Oven cleaner and repainted using one of either Alclad chrome (for the larger bits) or Mr Metal Color Aluminium for the small bits. The wheels, windscreen frame and bumpers are Alclad although the bumpers aren't as 'chromy' as I would have liked It all turned out okay however I reckon.
  19. Not a lot to be honest, it is a custom Tamiya paint mix but uses both matt yellow and gloss white. The base colour is tamiya white primer over tamiya grey primer, which was given a light sanding with micromesh before the yellow was applied via the airbrush. I haven't put a gloss or matt coat over the paint though so you are seeing the true paint finish.
  20. I took some care over that, I wanted to give it a slightly 'used' look so painted it with a mix of Tamiya XF-69 Nato Black (which is actually a very dark green) and some X-18 Semi-matt Black to get that 'not quite black' look. Then gave it a wash with Flory Black wash and when that was dry gave it a light scrubbing with a kitchen towel to get the wash off the raised parts, which also make them a bit more shiny so they catch the light and look like they have been highlighted when they haven't That description sounds like I knew what I was doing As that great Philosopher Bob Ross said "You don't make mistakes, you just have happy accidents!"
  21. Nice build from (IMO) a rubbish kit I much prefer the Aoshima Mole kit which is slightly larger and better detailed, but you've done an excellent job on this one and I love the base!
  22. Great TB3 silo! Love the realistic weathering I have this in the stash and one day I'll build it to go along with my TB3 launching through the roundhouse I built quite a few years back to build up the launch sequence
  23. FAB Thunderbird 5 is a kit I've never been tempted to build - never really liked TB5 as it didn't DO anything! Some of my club mates routinely nag me to build FAB 1... sigh... I love the Aoshima TB4 kit, so much better than the Imai/Bandai one, for a start its the right shape!!! Excellent collection!
  24. Your model beautifully illustrates two of the problems with the TB2 hanger in the series: 1) How does TB2 lower itself onto the pod without breaking its wings 2) How do the pods fit between the front and rear legs when there isn't space for them Thunderbirds are Go solved this by making the wings fold up and lengthened TB2. In the end who cares, we loved it as kids and still love it as adults Lovely build!
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