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  1. Good question - never thought about whitewashed vehicles. I guess that would be down to individual tank crews that applied the whitewash. My personal thoughts are that have a dark blotch on a whitewashed tank is not as bad as have a white/cream blotch on a dark green tank, so maybe whitewashing the insides of hatches wasn't so critical. Cheers, Nigel
  2. I was going to say 4BO too, because generally, the interior of turret hatches of all nations were painted the external colour as using the interior colour would make it stick out like a sore thumb from the air. Cheers, Nigel
  3. I had the original Falcon but sold it on as there were a couple of things I didn’t like. 1) the size, make it difficult to handle and display 2) the top panels that just flop in place rather that clipping like true lego - I get that it was to achieve the proper shape but it felt a bit like cheating to me I have other UCS models that I do love though, Tie Advanced, X Wing, Slave 1, Imperial Shuttle and under the Christmas Tree, a Y Wing. Cheers, Nigel
  4. Only just noticed this - small donation sent. Cheers, Nigel
  5. So this is confusing, yesterday saw a trailer for a film being released on 8th November called The Aeronauts. Cheers, Nigel
  6. Sounds interesting. Reading that link I see a couple of complications. 1) it has been rated as a 15 which means it must be shown after the watershed. I for one are happy as that should mean that it has more edgy content, but not sure the BBC will be happy as they would have liked a bigger audience. 2) there are now two competing War of the Worlds productions so BBC are probably in strategy mode trying to decide when best to release. Cheers, Nigel
  7. It will blow you budget a little, but I think you will struggle to get an airbrush and compressor for £150. But just received an email from these guys about things they have on sale. https://www.everythingairbrush.com/compressors/as-series-compressors/ab-as196-twin-cylinder-mini-piston-type-on-demand-compressor-with-receiver-and-dual-switch-for-airbrushing.html?utm_source=Everything+Airbrush+Newsletter+subscribers&utm_campaign=f7521c3132-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_11_30_11_44_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_216d3ebd6c-f7521c3132-311650141&mc_cid=f7521c3132&mc_eid=c76eea7945 Cheers, Nigel
  8. I decided to go with a 1938. It really doesn’t matter, it is for a wargaming model and the stats don’t differentiate anyway - a 1938 and a 1939 are identical in terms of gameplay. It was just my OCD kicking in. I decided, in my mind, that at the time of the invasion, the 1938 would have been much more numerous, with 1939 being built to replace the losses. Cheers, Nigel
  9. When you say 1mm is that the size of the star or the scale. Can’t imagine it would be the scale because you would need a microscope to see it but you never know. If the size is that diameter of the circle that the points of the star would sit on? And assume you mean a star on its own, not with a circle around it (AVF style). Give Tumbling Dice a call, they don’t show any on their website but I know they hold a stock - they may have something to suit. http://www.tumblingdiceuk.com/product-category/1600 Or would any of these work https://www.minibits.net/i-94-decals/american/ Cheers, Nigel
  10. Are you talking about the original British Matilda from the 70s or the ‘new’ British Matilda from 2009? Those kits are world’s apart so if you are seeing a price difference with the original then I am not surprised However, if you are seeing a big difference between the the Russian one and the 2009 British Matilda then that is more puzzling as I doubt there is much difference. Someone mentioned the old one had rubber tracks only - true of the 70s version but not the 2009 version, that comes with both rubber (which are pretty good) and ‘link and length’. If there is a big price difference with the 2009 version then maybe it is just that the Russian one has come out at the Tamiya new kit high price. Cheers, Nigel
  11. Many thanks. Yes the 1938 and the 1939 have the conical turret. In fact they don’t look a whole lot different. The main difference is the extra sloped armour added to the 1939. But while this sounds like a distinctive change it isn’t really that big. The conical turret sits on a small under-turret assembly which sits on top of the chassis. On the 1938 the front of this under-turret is vertical but on the 1939 it is sloped. But this is only a small part of the superstructure so faced with photos of the 1938 and the 1939 you have to look very carefully to spot the difference. Cheers, Nigel
  12. I know that the 1938 and 1939 versions were essentially the same, the 1939 had some minor changes such as increased armour thickness on the under-turret assembly. I can also find production numbers but only for the two combined - 1,975 But does anyone know the relative numbers. When German invaded Russia in 1941 would they have seen 1939 variants or would they have been pretty rare. My first thought was “1939 that was up to three years before the invasion, there could have been plenty of them. But then I read that tanks built after 1940 would have been the 1939 variants. So now I’m thinking that the Germans would have encountered 1938 variants or earlier. Any Russian amour experts able to comment. Cheers, Nigel
  13. I have a Sparmax, a 620 I believe. Before that I had one of the generic chinese ones you see frequently on eBay - that had a tank, regulator and moisture trap and to be honest it was fine and did the job. But I bought the Sparmax when I treated myself to decent airbrushes and it is a leap up in quality and engineering. Whether it makes much difference in real terms I cannot say, it just feels and sounds much smoother. Like driving a well engineered car compared with an old banger. Both do the job in getting you from A to B but one just feels so much nicer than the other. Don’t regret my purchase. By the way, Iwata don’t make compressors - the ones that they sell badged with Iwata labels, are made by Sparmax. Cheers, Nigel
  14. I’m 95% sure that Iwata do not make compressors. The ones that Iwata sell are made by Sparmax. Cheers, Nigel
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