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  1. 12 hours ago, airfixpeter said:

    It's straight out of the box. 


    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

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  2. 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

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  3. 8 hours ago, Black Knight said:

    As I understand it from information gleaned; Hobbycraft did not get a good / favourable renewed supply deal from Hornby so have dropped the Airfix / Humbrol items in favour of Revell and Tamiya


    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

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  4. 9 hours ago, SimonT said:

    Not Airfix but on Amazon, Takom 1/35 Panzer III Ausf. M for £25.52.

     

    I have it on my watch list and it was £30 last I checked.

     

    TAKOM TAK8002 8002 1/35 Tank III AUSF. M with Aprons https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B082P3LBJD/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_3T03SHNXY02GGARETZJT


    It’ll be interesting to see what happens if anything with customs.  That is being sold by Amazon EU and now that we have left that is technically an import.

     

    Cheers,

     

    Nigel

  5. 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

     

     

  6. 3 hours ago, ERK said:

    Give this a try  -   you just need to scroll through the different pages  for Armies/Units/Regiments/etc, its been very useful to me with my Waterloo dio.

     

    Erk.

     

    http://centjours.mont-saint-jean.com/detail_uniformes_uniteBR.php?rubrique=U&uniformes=112&drapeau=


    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

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  7. 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

  8. 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

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  9. 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

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  10. 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

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  11. 1 hour ago, Longbow said:

    Nope...

    175% quieter than a regular compressor ;)

     

    I checked first :D

     

    With a tank that size it will probably last a painting session without the pump even firing up.

     

    Cheers,

     

    Nigel

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  12. On 6/28/2021 at 8:12 PM, Tiger331 said:

    Excellent model of the Bucc.........brought back memories from the early 90s. Being buzzed by a pair 'roaming in the gloaming' on our way up to Strathallan one evening from Edinburgh in a Sea King HC.4. I  was then fortunate enough to get up to Lossiemouth for the Farewell to the Buccaneer event back in 94......For once the weather behaved itself and we were able to see and photograph almost all of the remaining airframes before being treated to some impromptu air displays on the day - a memorable event.  

     

    Well Done, Sir ! 


    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

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  13. 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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  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. These listings aren’t that clear.  I have seen some Amazon US and Global listings offering a pre-paid VAT guarantee - where you are charged an amount upfront to cover import taxes and refunded the difference if actual taxes are less.  But this listing isn’t offering that.

     

    VAT may be included but it doesn’t say that and I’d be surprised if it was. The list is fufilled by Amazon US.

     

    Found this, still not 100% clear though

     

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=s9_acss_bw_cg_ukgslp_2a1_cta?nodeId=202045290

     

    Cheers,

     

    Nigel

  17. Be aware that even though these are shown on the UK Amazon site they are being sold by Amazon US, so it is possible that they will incur VAT and a handling fee when they reach UK border.

     

    So £50 could end up as £75, still cheaper than you can buy in the UK but not by so much (£87 at Barwell).

     

    Cheers,

     

    Nigel

     

     

  18. Has anyone built the Perry British Napoleonic Line Infantry 1808-1815.

     

    If so wondering if you have the long tunic tails left as spares.

     

    The command sprue that has the officers has both long and short tunic tails.  If you built Waterloo era you will have used the short tails and will have the long tails left over as spares.

     

    I’m building for the Peninsular War so need the long tails but when I came to start building I found that one was missing off the sprue, nowhere to be seen.

     

    I’ve contacted Perry but not heard back from them yet.  In case they don’t help I thought I would ask here, long shot but you never know.

     

    Cheers,

     

    Nigel

  19. 1 minute ago, bentwaters81tfw said:

    For security. They know you will persevere to get it sorted, a scammer would not have the time/details/inclination.


    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

     

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