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  1. MikeC

    Hobbycraft Stores

    I was in Hobbycraft at Rushden Lakes yesterday (suitably alone, masked and socially distant, of course). While my trip was successful in that I managed to secure every Tamiya paint on my list, I was somewhat disappointed to see that the stock of kits consisted of: - three each of Revell's 1:32 Spitfire II and Mosquito IV; - a small number of Italeri vehicles; - a couple of Italeri 1:72 aircraft kits. Nothing wrong with those kits, but that was it. As far as I could see, nothing else, and no gaping holes awaiting restock. I would be interested to know wh
  2. MikeC

    REVELL 2021

    That'll do me, although I'd also hope that they finally release the D-10+ (ie filletted) P-51D in 1:32. I saw some box art two or three Telfords ago ...
  3. The Harrier was often referred to as Harrier I or Harrier II, denoting 1st or 2nd generation: hence "Harrier I" included GR1, T2, GR3, T4, Sea Harrier, AV-8A etc; "Harrier II" covered the GR5/AV-8B and subsequent versions.
  4. That's a really nice model of the Shuttleworth Moth.
  5. Nicely done, and always good to see a Czech squadron represented.
  6. Absolutely stunning. I was planning this scheme myself, that's pure inspiration to get on with it.
  7. Hmm, in that case it's not a zap: that's an unauthorised badge that's not part of the normal markings, usually applied by a rival unit. Anything from merely applying their own badge, to significant changes - a well-known example that springs to mind is the "Colonial Navy" Phantom FG1. Nice models of my favourite type of Phantom, and well presented.
  8. Very nicely done, especially as CA kits are, as you say, not exactly Tamiya.
  9. And I've just remembered: Infinity Models (a new venture by HpH doing injection-moulded kits) have announced a pair of Vampires, Mk 3 and Mk 5. If you can find a Matchbox or Revell Sea Venom, you can do a Venom NF3 from the box.
  10. Yes, I'm looking forward to the Whirlwind. Jerry, you're correct that the Tempest is SH: in fact they do separate kits of all three major marks (II, V and VI) and you can also find their Mk V in a Revell box. And talking of Special Hobby, you can find RAF boxings of their 1/32 Buffalo and P-36 (as a Mohawk IV); I also think there was an RAF boxing of their P-39 Airacobra.
  11. There's some good work there. If your friend Del is the one who does dioramas of gate guards (among other things) please tell him I said hi.
  12. Just seen this over on LSP, but still worth a comment here: very nicely done. I feel quite inspired to start mine, which arrived last week.
  13. I use Tamiya and Mr Hobby Aqueous - they can be intermixed, and Tamiya X20A thinner works with both. Any colour I can't get, I mix. Plenty of resources out there - eg IPMS Stockholm - for suggested mixes. I've pretty much limited my stock to those two brands now: makes life much easier.
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