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Lothian man

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  1. One other point - if the site is windy you may need to strap it down to the base. A metal strip fixed to the concrete and running up to a vertical member is I am told the thing to do, as many as seems sensible. I was warned not to just screw the base to the concrete as the shed might break above the base.
  2. In the middle of having a large garden workshop/gardening shed put up (yes, got caught by lockdown). The big problem was clearing the site - the old timber garage was lined with asbestos sheet, which caused months of delays before the specialists had time to deal with it. Till that was removed by specialists and the timber could be removed, we couldn't properly see the foundations were dud. Retaining wall was slipping and existing floor slab cracked and slumping. Whole chunk of old made ground had to be dug out, infill redone, new wall done, proper concrete slab. And still no shed a year later. You may not need something that has proved so similar to building the Pyramid of Tenochtitlan but you should make sure you have the ground OK. For a prefab garden shed it seems to be OK to have a poured concrete slab or perhaps ordinary paving slabs if the ground is solid. The garden shed provider will advise.
  3. Quite. And I wonder if all of the media point out that quite a few survivors, however young/old, are left badly incapacitated for uncertain periods. The Guardian has been pretty good on this but I'm, not sure what some of the other newspapers are like (as I don't reads them).
  4. This is absolutely right. Though I would add, there is of course more than one government in the UK when it comes to coronavirus. And only one of the four is going out on a limb at the moment (in my opinion). It's entirely up to the BM maestros what they want to do. It's their ball and therefore their rules, to translate what we say in Scotland. If we don't like it we can play somewhere else.
  5. Meccano Magazine was operating till about 1980. It ran plastic kit modelling articles now and then - for instance http://meccano.magazines.free.fr/html/1967/6702/67020021.htm
  6. Yes! Thanks for fixing it.
  7. I must say I'm really taken with this one: https://miniart-models.com/products/41007-liore-et-oliver-leo-c-30a-early-prod/
  8. Oh yes! I loved that too as a young teenager. There was - in the late 60s I think - a series of paperbacks for teenagers/older children. Each was about 2/3 the size of a normal Penguin in terms of length and width. I remember one about the crew of a Grant tank. I remember being very confused by the number of people and all their different roles - not being familiar with the details of the interior of a M3 (though I did have the Airfix one).
  9. Much easier to drill the holes for the fixings for the new shelves BEFORE you assemble the cabinet, if you can arrange it that way. Believe me!
  10. Some excellent suggestions on this thread. For history rather than fiction - Richard Hough's Admirals in Collision (the sinking of the Victoria, inspiring a scene in the film Kind Hearts and Coronets) and The Big battleship (HMS Agincourt, under that and other names) are great reads and fairly recently reissued in paperback. If you want short standalone chapters (one or three enough for reading over breakfast or a bus ride) try Robert C. Stern Big gun battles, Destroyer battles, and The hunter hunted: submarine vs submarine encounters.
  11. If you don't like ebay, try a stationery supplier such as viking-direct.co.uk - they have a vast number of boxes including bigger boxes to put the wee ones in! In normal times they are very efficient, 24 hr next day service even in this part of Scotland, but I wouldn't like to say whether that still applies at the moment. Also plastic boxes with lids if you prefer that sort of thing. I got a supply of the bigger brown cardboard cartons when I had to move my stash for work on the house. They come flat packed in boxes of 10 or so, so don't forget to buy some brown parcel tape if you find you need to un-flatpack some. When it was all done I used some to pack up surplus kits for the local air museum's sales stall, and the rest were flat packed again till needed.
  12. Oh yes, but some of them seem to have shirts on (and different from the original kit?). But they may still be useful for a Malta scene.
  13. Try investigating the ESCI 25 pounder field gun-howitzer kit. From memory some of the crew were bare-chested and in shorts, and the WW2 Desert uniforms would suit you well. ESCI are of course long gone but I gather that the kit was transmogrified into the Italeri equivalent. The latter's instructions show three chaps without sarks or semmits - fewer however than the ESCI artwork, which may or may not be significant. https://modelingmadness.com/scott/misc/military/italeri/7027preview.htm https://www.scalemates.com/kits/italeri-7027-morris-quad-tractor-with-25-pdr-gun--1016626
  14. All the discussion of home office working in the Guardian brought up a new term (new to me anyway) - to winnie-the-pooh (US equivalent is to donald duck): be dressed only above the waist for the purposes of virtual video meetings in home working. The cardinal rule is not to forget and stand up when on camera ...
  15. A couple of years back I bought a boxful of tongue depressors to get planks for a 1/35 tank transporter's bed. I found that a boxful of a hundred or so - for me a lifetime supply - cost a few pounds. The same turns out to work for coffee stirrers - e.g on Amazon.
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