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  1. Great build - fantastic ship. Interesting fact, HMS Victory had more firepower (by poundage) then the Allied Force had at the Battle of Waterloo. One picky comment - the ratlines would look better in black (tarred rope). Cheers, Nigel
  2. Manufacturer of serious high precision test equipment - Wayne Kerr https://www.waynekerrtest.com Cheers, Nigel
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. With a tank that size it will probably last a painting session without the pump even firing up. Cheers, Nigel
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Need a scuff on my car bumper repaired. It really just needs a simple touch up so looking for small local businesses rather than full blown paint shop. Find one that looks interesting, the home page has a plea about Covid, about safe working and supporting local businesses, so I think “sure, let’s give them the opportunity”. So I look for contact details and find that he only uses WhatsApp. Now I am getting on in my years, but I don’t lack IT skills, it’s just that I don’t really use social media. I don’t use WhatsApp and I really don’t want to create an account just to get a quote. And this isn’t an isolated case, I’m encountering this sort of thing more and more - can we do zoom, can we do teams, can we do Skype, can we do WhatsApp, can we do FaceBook message - and more and more they don’t want to do eMail. It isn’t even Social Media as such, it’s that there are so many different tools and it feels like every trader wants to use a different one. Cheers, Nigel
  17. Great work, until the last two photos I’d have guessed the scale as 1:35. Cheers, Nigel
  18. I haven’t got one of these but I have looked at all three in the past considering whether to buy. In terms of ‘which is easier’ - I’d say that they are all pretty simple, low part count. The hulls are simple with any complexity being in the superstructure. The VIIC/41 and VIIC Wolf Pack are very similar, differing really in the superstructure and armament. If I’d have to pick one as most complex I’d say the IX, being a longer than the VII, the hull sides are in two parts that have to be joined together, the deck is a little more complex and there are more railings. The big question, which is what put me off buying (which I regret thinking back to some of the fantastic deals I turned down), is whether you will be happy with an OOB build. If not the price and availability of after-market may determine which to build first. Cheers, Nigel
  19. Correct and it is a good thing even though I am not a fan, but these organisations need to practice what they preach because often their own security policies and procedures are not up to scratch and many have experienced a significant breach where they have lost customers personal data. The other thing I’m not a fan of, is imposing complex passwords. At work our laptops are encrypted and we used to be forced to use a generated 16 character password made up of random letters and numbers. As I predicted, you could guarantee that everyone would have the passcode written down within easy reach, in the front of work diaries, on a piece a paper in the desk drawer and even on a post-it stuck to the monitor. For best security you need to allow the user pick their own pass phrase, which has complexity but easy to remember. Cheers, Nigel
  20. I’m not a fan of 2FA and will decline it if I can but that is becoming increasingly impossible with more and more organisation insisting on it. When I tell people their response is usually quite condescending, talking down to me explaining what 2FA is. What they don’t know is that I know fully well what 2FA is, possibly better than them as I design complex IT information systems for a living, often with RSA 2FA, SSO and PKI. The reason I don’t like it is that I’m not a great mobile phone user. I have a smart phone, comparatively old (Samsung Galaxy S7) but it does everything needed. But I’m not one of these people that is obsessed with my mobile phone, I’ll use it to make calls and emails when out and about, and if there is no other option I’ll use it for browsing, but l’m not one of these that has it glued to my hand at all times. In fact at home it will be put down somewhere. Doesn’t help that reception isn’t great in my house. So when I am interrupted by 2FA at home, the first challenge is to find my phone (where did I leave it) and invariably the next job will be to put it on charge because chances are the battery is flat, and then when it has enough charge to do the slow boot up I may need to take it outside to receive the text. Wherever possible if I must use 2FA I choose email rather than text (because at least I can receive that ob my iPad and PC as well as my phone) but some organisations don’t give you that option. I do understand that 2FA is more secure but it is often a source of annoyance for me.
  21. I had a similar issue with a badger airbrush a few years ago, though mine was a significant drop in air rather than a total loss. I too was very puzzled, I naturally assumed it was the air valve that is operated by the switch so bought a replacement but it made no difference. After scratching my head it turned out that a tiny washer had been lost during a cleaning session. As others have said, only paint goes through the nozzle, the air goes through vents that surround the nozzle and these should not become blocked because paint doesn’t go anywhere near them. But as I found, my airbrush has a minuscule PTFE washer which when fitted ensures there is an airflow to those vents. But without that washer the nozzle cap tightens up just a tiny bit more, but enough block the vents and obstruct the airflow. On my badger the washer should stay in position when you disassemble to clean but it is possible to accidentally dislodge it when removing/refitting the needle and believe me, this thing is so small you would never notice it if it dropped out. Equally when you assemble without the washer the airbrush looks perfectly normal. I fitted a replacement washer and all airflow was restored to normal instantly. Cheers, Nigel
  22. I might still try but in the end I managed to buy a single sprue of Victrix flank company - they are not great but a little more dynamic so will pass better as Light Company skirmishers. Cheers, Nigel
  23. As this is a small factor 4K, does this mean that it will be offering a higher resolution then the current 2K and 4K printers. I ask this based on my understanding that the current 4K printers are a larger scale offering a bigger build plate so their resolution works out the same as their 2K siblings. But if we are getting a 4K printer with the same build plate size as the current 2K printers that would suggest a higher X and Y resolution? Is that the case? Cheers, Nigel
  24. Stunning - the sea and the wet sand look amazing. Cheers, Nigel
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