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  1. Manufacturer of serious high precision test equipment - Wayne Kerr https://www.waynekerrtest.com Cheers, Nigel
  2. I really appreciate OOB builds - they are something that I can aspire to. Although I can appreciate the builds where a £20 kit has been improved with £70 of after-market, they are not something that I would ever do. So many thanks for presenting another OOB build, I think it looks great, I would be more than happy if that had been my work. Cheers, Nigel
  3. In the photos on here the the main body of the turret certainly look to be camouflage colours on the camouflage painted aircraft. Only on the black night fighters does the turret body look to be black. Looks to match the fuselage colour where the turret sits - which looks like dark green in all those photos. Looks like they may have have used patterns where the boundary between dark green and dark earth never fell on the turret. http://silverhawkauthor.com/warplanes-of-the-second-world-war-preserved-in-the-united-kingdom-boulton-paul-defiant_759.html Cheers, Nigel
  4. From what I saw when I visited a few weeks ago they are doing away with Tamiya too, leaving just Revell - at least in my branch, maybe different in others. Cheers, Nigel
  5. Yes it did. The German army reused a lot of allied vehicles and guns in all theatres. Not sure it was so common the other way round. Cheers, Nigel
  6. I was very interested in this kit when it was first announced. I love early war armour and planned to buy this on release. But I was able to watch some reviews first and I was left disappointed by a couple of things. The tracks Lack or interior and/or crew I guess I could live with the rubber tracks, there isn’t much of them visible so no need to worry about sag. But why on earth did they mould each track in two halves. If they had been one piece, it would have been fine, there is no track sag visible and you could have hid the track join two. But the way in which they have done the tracks means that one of the two joins will be visible. I’m not usually a fan of interiors but this tank has a huge access panel on the front which gives this quirky tank a lot of character but if you model it open it is very clear that there is nothing inside. As I said, not a huge fan of interiors but a driver figure to block most of view would have been a good compromise. They have now released a version with figures but this has failed to address the problem - it has a commander sitting out of the back of the turret - very characteristic of these small french tanks, but the rest of the figures are civilians and crew stood by the side of the tank, no driver, what a pity. Cheers, Nigel
  7. This is fantastic, now if only there was one for the Peninsular War. But this just indicates just how big the Napoleonic Uniform question is - a whole site, looks like 100s of different uniforms and that is just from Belgium 1815. Imagine how many there would be for all the nations covering the whole geography and the whole period 1803-1815. That’s why books can only scratch the surface. Cheers, Nigel
  8. I reckon any beige/buff colour would do. Then a weak wash of dark brown. You could do a light dry brush of the original colour after the wash. That is a quick and simple way that should leave them looking reasonable and bring out any weaves and creases. All depends on what level of detail and authenticity you are after. Another thought would be to use several slightly different shades of the beige/buff - little darker, little lighter. So the bags look similar but not identical. Cheers, Nigel
  9. I also bought this https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/173004448048?hash=item2847de6130:g:PekAAOSwWHBaHcwd They are period drawings/paintings. You can find Knotel plates by googling images but thought it was worth paying such a low price to have them collected together for me. Not particularly well ordered and often lacking any information but for a few quid thought it worth adding to my references. Cheers, Nigel
  10. I have the last one - pretty good for the price. I also have the Armies of the Napoleonic Wars. The problem I find on the subject is that there were so many countries involved and each had so many different uniforms and which varied over the period that these books (and I assume others) can only show a tiny fraction of the total uniforms that existed. So I find that whenever I am looking for something - even as straightforward British Line Infantry - I am usually disappointed. Some of the nicest reference material I have seen are the leaflets that come with Perry 28mm miniatures - if only they could bring them all together with others in a booklet - I’d buy it. Cheers, Nigel
  11. Great work, I really like seeing OOB builds, especially for those like me that are not prepared to spend twice the price of the kit on after-market (actually, this being such a cheap kit it would be more like 4x). Not a criticism of the work at all, but it reminded me that I have often wondered how were markings applied in real life. How much was done in the factory and how much by the unit that received them. Assuming much was done by the unit (because the factory would not know where it was going to end up) how would they have applied them, spray or brush, stencils or hand-drawn. The markings like the vehicle number (813 in this case) are always presented precisely even with expensive kits and after market decals, but in reality were they hand-painted with a brush. This archive picture suggests that they were, at least on some occasions. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bundesarchiv_Bild_101I-297-1725-11,_Im_Westen,_Panzer_IV.jpg Just a thought, and a general one, not aimed at this work. Cheers, Nigel
  12. With a tank that size it will probably last a painting session without the pump even firing up. Cheers, Nigel
  13. I look back fondly at the 90s as a great decade for airshows. I would do Fairford, Farnborough, Mildenhall, Biggin Hill and smaller shows. There was so much variety back then - after the fall of the wall we started to get plenty of Russian and former Soviet visitor, always plenty of US attendance. Saw Desert Storm Buccaneers on the ground and flying. Unfortunately, after 911 the political stage changed, coupled with the increasing cost and reduced budgets, and tightened safety rules, attendance at shows has got a lot more limited - to the extent that the shows started to lose their individuality and it became pretty much the same exhibits, at the each show and every year. Still enjoy airshows but they are not a patch on what they were in the 90s. Cheers, Nigel
  14. Fantastic model. And I like the display base, very simple but makes the aircraft look very dynamic. What did you use for the arm - is it tubing or solid rod, what metal and what diameter. And how did you prepare the model to receive the arm - did you glue a block of something inside? Cheers, Nigel
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