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Lothian man

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  1. Indeed, but those are for the 1930s-1940s and do not seem quite right for the 1950s onwards registration plates, the white 01AB51 or AA01BB format on black rectangles. Those latter remain the great holy grail of Cold War British modellers (as indeed do vehicle transfer sets).
  2. The lack of any set of UK 01 AB 34 format plates in alphabet block form plus blank plates, to make your own reggie, is an intensely frustrating gap in the market. I've suggested it to several producers but no luck so far. A rare but still partial exception is Echelon's sheet for CR1 Gulf war which has a block of stencil (broken) digits as part of the wider set of markings http://echelonfd.com/firstfrontier/T35002.htm Also, we need pre-computer typefaces of the various actual kinds used (including the 'very carefully handpainted' look). Just using modern computer fonts will not cut it. In fact many manufacturers' transfers take that shortcut and ruin the resulting models as a result. Tamiya were/are much better than some other manufacturers in that respect. Mandatory is obviously useful but only applicable for a certain period. Possibly even only applicable to softskins like staff cars? I'd buy a sheet at least of any set in 1/35 that is actually accurate, so I have no idea why nobody produces one. There are very few sheets for British vehicles between the Korean and Gulf Wars anyway so it's not as if we have much choice in ready-compiled number plates from vehicle sets.
  3. Try the Mormons' website - familysearch.com - was free the last time I looked. Worldwide in scope. And try a short sub or trial sub to ancestry.co.uk or the Canadian equivalent - you can set them to different scopes. Both should have Swedish data. But in all cases never trust modern transscribed data - always check with the actual records from church registers etc. Transcription errors are common. Some actual images are available on ancestry. Others you have to get direct, e.g. English death certificates and wills, at a fee, from the government in question.
  4. Where can you buy it, please?!
  5. This is all most interesting. Common sense would suggest that if the Maxson turrets were used at all on land, they were mostly used on the south and east coasts of England against low-level raiders 1943 on, and (from June 1944) in the coastal gun belt of the anti-V1 deployment known as Operation Diver. Their placement on the Thames forts makes excellent sense. Unfortunately there does not seem to be any mention of Maxson turrets in the index of Colin Dobinson's book AA Command (but he does refer to a plan to emplace 0.5" Brownings on unspecified mounting types in London in 1945). He does say that they tried out quite a variety of light AA weapons in the coastal belt of Diver beside the 3.7 inch and 40mm Bofors. But doesn't list them. His books on Britain's defence emphasise documentary and surviving archaeological evidence and don't go into the details of the weapons (understandably, as they are published by English Heritage aka Historic England). I don't suppose a Maxson turret would leave much if any archaeological evidence - it might not even be bolted into the concrete if they made some removable underframe for it. Dobinson has more recently published a book on Diver, which might be worth checking, though I do not have a copy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Operation-Diver-Landscapes-Defence-Monuments/dp/1848024754/ref=sr_1_1?qid=1563872681&refinements=p_27%3AColin+Dobinson&s=books&sr=1-1&text=Colin+Dobinson
  6. Could it be an art print? There are at least two prints on the market of Spits over Bamburgh, one of them RN-S called Enniskillen apparently. Google on spitfire bamburgh castle, set to 'images', and you'll find them.
  7. It is indeed a very pleasant show - not the biggest but perrhaps the most relaxed one I know. And Cupar is a very pleasant place.
  8. Worked in my year off between school and university at the local agricultural research stations. Hand pollinating turnips all day, shovelling mugsful of dormant flies into pollination cages, dragging trolleys with radioisotope sources in lead cases over ploughed fields, weighing soil samples, drying them and weighing again, hoeing fields of brassica seedlings by hand (my pet hate), counting/measuring/harvesting plants in experimental plots. Then worked at a forestry consultancy on experimental charcoal-burning, with a chain saw and metal kiln in the (mostly) long hot summer of 1976. Just as well mum had had a shower put in! She thought it would be educational for me to have at least some exposure to manual labour and tedious jobs.
  9. I used to have one of the same boxing bought about 1986 from the recesses of a south Bristol hardware and hobby shop! I built it a few years later and don't remember any problems with the basic build. one word of warning: the 'transfers', if like mine, are peel-off self-adhesive stickers! No idea what state yours are in, but I don't think a bath of water would do them any good ... PS. Have a close look at the 'decals' - if they are peel-off, there should be a plastic film over the whole sheet with the die-cut demarcations around each item clearly visible, with a margin of a millimetre or two.
  10. Many thanks for that. I've acquired my own one now. As the very early type sans machine gun it's of historical importance as the start of the BT/T-34 story! From surplus parts on the sprues it's obvious HB are intending to do the other variants mentioned, plus the 75mm armed one with a very different turret. But these can't be made straight from this kit as the turret moulding provided is only for the earliest type. I wonder if they will also do BT-5s? It will need new road wheels and (probably) hull sides and engine deck details for a start. But there are BT-5 style exhausts on the sprue, and of course the existing turrets from the T-26 kits should be useable. However it would take a lot more work whether by HB or the conversion minded modeller to do a Christie tank - it had a pointed hull nose for a start. I'm partway through mine and although it doesn't quite achieve the quality of a Tamiya BT-7 (which is very good indeed) it is not far off. Not a lot of hiccups noted so far. It's not easy finding shots of this very early type, however. 1. Check fit the hull top/lower hull, especially at the rear and around the turret - there is some flash getting in the way, I think. I had to clean up and fit again till it was OK. 2. You could leave the front mudguards off for a different look. Quite common with BT-2s. 3. There are slabby triangular fillets which support the transverse tube bearing the front idlers. Each is moulded integrally with the hull and HB didn't use slide moulding for this detail area or the driver's hood. Each fillet may need rivets added on the top face in two rows parallel to the outer and inner edges. The outer edge may be covered anyway if you use the front mudguards, I'm not sure. (it's just possible some examples were constructed by welding - it's hard to tell from photos.) 4. The rectangular covers for the front side air intakes (?) on the hull top are a bit thick and could do with a cleanup to thin down the edges a little. The detailing on the hull top below the covers doesn't show the vents and I wonder if it is based on a misreading of drawings - but the area is almost completely covered by the covers and this probably does not matter. Some plan view drawings show that the front inner corner of each rectangular cover, next the turret, is cut off at an angle, but photos confirm that the kit shape is OK for at least some tanks. 5. The two flaps for the central rear air outlet (?) are rather thick and if you have them even a little open they could do with a cleanup and a thin down of the visible sides and long edge - no need to bother with the rest as they are hidden. They will need to be almost shut as the engine compartment is completely empty - you will need to paint this a dark colour before assembly or add a mockup engine and radiators. 6. There is a little round plate inset flush into the upper front decking of the kit turret. Photos seem to show this circular plate should be raised slightly. Others seem to show it missing - but whether that is a trick of the light or just poor photo quality I am not sure. 7. The round air intake cover (?) on the engine deck hatch doesn't match my photos, but it would usually be hiden behind the raised air intake covers, so I may have missed it. However, a commoner design (perhaps a refit) on BT-2s even of this early type is a couple of thick concentric discs one above the other, the upper one wider than the lower, which is clearly (if partly) visible in side view. 8. The transfers are modern typeface to my eyes and are wrong anyway when compared with the one photo of a BT-2 of the relevant type which bears a number 8, but this is easily enough handpainted and most were unmarked anyway. Steve Zaloga's New Vanguard on the BT tanks is a useful reference.
  11. Lothian man

    Dry Transfers

    Indeed; but that's the sender. The cost of p and p is usually added onto that figure by HMRC when it arrives in the reception centre (with some exceptions). If it's just a matter of VAT, then "The value of the goods for import VAT is based on the: basic value of goods, plus postage, packing and insurance, plus any import (Customs or Excise) duties charged" https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/notice-143-a-guide-for-international-post-users/notice-143-a-guide-for-international-post-users#postal-packages-imported-arriving-from-countries-outside-the-eu
  12. Lothian man

    Dry Transfers

    Of course, the price for VAT purposes includes post and packing, so you have to allow for that. But even when I've ordered consignments from Archer over the trigger value, my experience over quite a few years now is that Archer consignments direct have never attracted the attention of customs and therefore missed both VAT and the Post Office levy. This is presumably because they fit in an envelope and look like printed matter (which they are). Touch wood this will continue. In contrast, every other imported item I have ordered from anyone, apart from a few very small packets, has been stung since Customs tightened up about a decade ago. I have a lovely wooden-handled burnishing tool with a rounded polythene (?) end that I got from the local specialist art shop, but we're lucky in having a major school of art in the nearby city and therefore at least one really good artists' materials place.
  13. I've got this kit and those comments are most interesting, thank you. For all I know it is 100% correct for the anime series, but for the British Army 1945 on it's not quite right for either of the two main options, both with Besa secondary armament (the A41 with Polsten cannon option is not provided). The kit tracks look like normal Centurion tracks. But there are no smoke dischargers. It would seem that one can make (a) A41 (prototype series) and ignore the track (or wait for someone to issue it) (unless one can find a photo of a prototype with replacement tracks) (b) A41* = Mark 1 production proper, which so far as I can see needs turret smoke dischargers robbed from another kit, most obviously the original AFV Club Centurion kit in boxings where they are not used, e.g. the Australian vehicles in Viet Nam or some Israeli machines. In both cases the rear hull needs to be dealt with. There is what purports to be a rear upper hull louvre grill to A41 standard on the sprues but it is not mentioned in the instructions! Presumably this will still be too narrow from front to rear. However, the rear rubber bump strip may or may not be present - which may make it easier to do a visually acceptable fudge (not sure of this). The rear engine deck does have the strengthening ribs. And there are no British (or other) army markings other than the anime series. We badly need a decal supplier to make 01AB23 style number and letter sheets.
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