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spruecutter96

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  1. Please tell me that this is intended ironically? How is it Finland can afford a half-decent amount and the UK cannot? With the current F-35 crash-rate, I'm wondering how long that number will actually last (yep, I know that ALL military aircraft suffer crashes, particularly when first employed...) Chris.
  2. First the GOOD news: As the main title says, the new season of Disco is running for free on Pluto TV. I haven't worked out yet if it's available on-demand or not on this platform (I was watching the "live" showing tonight - on demand seemed to be disabled, for some reason). If you are required to watch it live only, it's on 21:00 to 22:00 GMT in the UK. You don't even have to sign-up to the service. And now the BAD news: If the episode I watched tonight is anything to go by, the writing hasn't improved one iota since Series 3. Still the woke, touchy-feely, flowery rubbish they bored the pants off of people with in the previous season. Bring on Captain Pike and his many adventures, I say..... Chris.
  3. If anything, Giorgio, I think the exact opposite could be true, here. Surely, a couple of very critical magazine-reviews (or, today, maybe more likely on-line reviews) of a new kit could seriously reduce the numbers of that kit which sell in a given market. People are not going to put their hard-earned cash towards a kit that's been "torn to ribbons" by the popular critics - life's just too short. The critical bashing Revell received for their recent 1/32nd F/A-18 Hornet must have had an adverse effect on its sales, I would have thought. I had the big F/A-18 for sale at a model-show and had a punter said to me that he wouldn't even pay £10 for it... (did he expect it to be free? I did wonder). Having said all of that, model-makers can be a pretty contrarian bunch - I have little doubt that a percentage of modellers would buy a kit simply because it has a reputation for being very difficult to build - they will then "beat it into submission" and announce the fact to their fellow model-makers. Look at the Trumpeter 1/32nd A-10.... completely riddled with inaccuracies, but I read several years ago that the Chinese firm has produced more than 25,000 copies since its introduction. For a fairly "niche" product in one of the "less-popular" scales, that sounds like quite an achievement to me (yep, I know that there are thousands of dedicated 1/32nd builders out there, but I'm pretty sure their numbers are not huge when compared to modellers in the smaller scales ). Cheers. Chris.
  4. With that big old tail projecting out the back, I would have thought some weight in the nose would be advisable. Admittedly, I haven't built the kit, though. Chris.
  5. Hi, Lazy Modeller. I remember the first time I tried to assemble the arm "mounting", I must have dropped the metal part on the floor 15 or 20 times! I think this was a big part of the reason that I ended up gluing the assembly in place. I simply didn't have enough patience to do another load of mounts - it would have taken me two weeks in all... Chris.
  6. Many thanks to all the museum's staff for providing an enjoyable, relaxed and profitable day. Here's looking forward to the Coventry IPMS's Summer model-show, somewhere in the middle of 2022 (date currently yet to be finalized). Cheers. Chris.
  7. It occurs to me that literally ANYTHING can be described as "art" these days. When you look at the ridiculous, enormously over-hyped "artworks" that Damien Hirst et al produced to sell at hugely-inflated prices and the fawning, hagiographic appreciation that most art-critics heap on their work, I really think that modern art is a lot more about grabbing headlines and enhancing your fame and true expression / creativity has long been forgotten. It is incredibly easy to saw a cow in half, suspend it in formaldehyde and claim it is an expression of "modern angst" or some similar twaddle. There's only a tiny proportion of society who could care less about such artistic frippery - most people take one look at these pieces and shake their heads in disbelief. Still, what do I know, eh? Chris.
  8. I think when you try to build the arms, you might agree with me. You need three hands to do it as the instructions say. Gluing the arms was MUCH quicker, but obviously means the wheels cannot move up and down. I don't know whether you intend to put any Zimmerit on your Tiger, but I would really recommend the ATAK resin Zimmerit set for this model. Expensive, yes, but beautifully made and fits the kit nearly perfectly. You can use the Zimmerit tool provided in the kit, but I don't think I have the skills to do a good job with it. Cheers. Chris.
  9. Hi, Lazy Modeller. I will be watching your build with interest. Just a friendly word of warning... When you get to putting the suspension arms together, they are VERY difficult to do. I seem to remember the first arm I did took me nearly an hour. After that experience, I super-glued the rest of them in place (life's WAY too short). Cheers. Chris.
  10. Liked it. Might well rent Series 2 as well. Chris.
  11. Despite the amazing visuals (possibly, the best SFX ever?), I have to say I was a bit underwhelmed by the new Dune. I can't put a finger on what it lacked, but there's definitely something missing. I think the very abrupt ending really didn't help, though. No surprise at all to see no reference to Baron Harkonnen's sexuality - that would have not sat well with a modern audience and would have caused enormous howls of protest (ironically, the ensuing storm would probably have resulted in more people seeing it). Let's see if Part Two actually gets made.... Cheers. Chris.
  12. Afraid I have to disagree with you, here. I am three episodes in and I'm not liking it much so far. The kids are all utterly perfect in every way and can do anything they attempt with (apparently) minimal effort. The writing could be a lot better. Hopefully it will pick up in later episodes, but I'm not holding my breath. Having said all that, it is MILES ahead of Star Trek Discovery Season 3 (utter, utter "woke" cobblers, for the most part). Cheers. Chris.
  13. Wrap up warm on Sunday, good folks. The main hangar has no heating (other than a number of bodies, as people walk around and peruse the displays). See everyone there! Chris.
  14. To be frank, I would suggest that you wade in and built it. The only way to learn model-making is to do it. No-one produces perfect results from their first build (although some might tell you otherwise - they're lying). Get stuck in, my friend. Even if your first few kits are "below expectations" and end up binned, if you've learned from them, then they were NOT wasted. Cheers. Chris.
  15. Very sad news indeed. I often spoke to Mike at model-shows and bumped into him several months ago at my local shops. A genuine loss to our hobby. My condolences to his family. Chris.
  16. I would expect this to be in the £400 to £600 range. A lovely kit, I'm sure, but too rich for my blood. Just stating my opinion, no offence to anyone intended. Cheers. Chris.
  17. Bump 30/11/21. See everyone on Sunday (there's also a Model Soldier show at the same venue this Saturday 4/12/21, if that is of interest to you).
  18. See everyone on Sunday! Should be a great, friendly, small show. Bump 30/11/21.
  19. I don't want to rain of anyone's parade here, but there is an on-going legal battle between Border Models and Wingnut Wings. The release of the Border Lanc is by no means guaranteed (hopefully, things will get sorted out over time). I've read a story that all the major model-distributors have been sent legal-notices from Wingnut's lawyers, suggesting that they should refuse to stock the kit or suffer the consequences. It has to be said that the cost of fighting numerous international legal-cases could well be much greater than the profits the kits might generate. Cheers. Chris.
  20. I've seen some folks' posts get deleted is when they have more than one post in a single section. I seem to remember one of the Mods "spring cleaning" on occasion, once For Sale posts get very old (and I would guess a lack of responses would play a role in this). Of course, the site management reserve the right to delete anything they deem offensive (I'm not suggesting that it happened to your Wanted post, by the way). Cheers. Chris.
  21. Methinks Mike would like this thread to get back on track.... Chris.
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