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  1. nheather

    Covid Jab

    My wife and I just got our letters saying that we can book our jabs. I appreciate it has to be done this way because not everyone is IT savvy it's just that the wasted money is such a shame. Our letter will go straight into recycling as we have already used the reporting link to book our jabs online. Cheers, Nigel
  2. It's just an unfortunate missed opportunity - they could have easily superseded the Tamiya Kits. I have both the Cromwell and the Centaur in my stash but if the Airfix kit had come along, addressed the errors in the Tamiya kit I would have gone out and bought it. But it seems that they have retained the Tamiya faults, introduced some new ones but it does have better tracks and is a similar price. I'd say it is open to debate which is the better kit Tamiya or Airfix - it's just a shame that Airfix missed the opportunity to be the best available. Cheers, Nigel
  3. I guess my hopes for a Matilda I are dashed then Cheers, Nigel
  4. The artwork in itself is interesting though. The painting shows the incorrect six bolts but the inset side elevation plates show the correct eight bolts. The puzzle is the painting - was it done by the same person that designed the moulds, that would explain the mistake being repeated - or was the painting done by a different person, if so how did they make the mistake, did they use the mould design as their only reference material or were they instructed to paint it incorrectly so that it matches the kit. Cheers, Nigel
  5. I wasn’t commenting on which is best just reacting to the presumption that the Tamiya kit would be more expensive than the Airfix one. I have a Tamiya Cromwell (and Centaur) in my stash, I had been considering getting an Airfix Cromwell but won’t be now - I do like the link and length tracks in the Airfix kit but overall it is a little disappointing - it’s hard to imagine how they messed up the wheels, what reference material were they using. Interestingly, look at the Airfix website here https://uk.airfix.com/products/cruiser-mkviii-a27m-cromwell-mkvi-a1374 Even the boxart is confused. The big artwork shows six bolts but the inset plates show eight bolts. What would be interesting to know - over a year ago when Airfix released the 3D render art that also showed the incorrect number of bolts. Did anyone feedback to Airfix at the time and if so was it too late or did they choose to ignore it. Cheers, Nigel
  6. I'm going to take a positive from this. One thing that has always put me off ordering from abroad were the unspecified and often disproportionate courier handling fees. I never had any problem paying the VAT. So if this means that I can buy something from China or the US, be charged the VAT and then have it come through customs without any further charges then that is a win for me. I suspect there will be teething problems to begin with but overall that is a positive. Less good was that I used to buy accessories for my radio control hobby for under £15 without any VAT - will have to pay now but it is £3 at the most. Cheers, Nigel
  7. Thanks for the info.
  8. nheather

    Covid Jab

    It was in BBC News yesterday. Said that 55-59 year olds will be contacted in the following week but there was a link where you can go online and book it - offered several locations and then several dates and then several times. This is the link. If you 55 or over I believe you can just use this to book the jab yourself. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ Worked for me. Cheers, Nigel
  9. nheather

    Covid Jab

    Got my 55-59 year olds vaccine booked for 18th March. Cheers, Nigel
  10. I was looking at AliExpress today for some bits for my Radio Control hobby. I don't buy outside the UK that often and when I do it is for items costing less than £15 or where I think the risk of import taxes and courier admin fees is worth it. So today I went to place an order that was less than £15 and was puzzled that the shopping cart came to more than I was expecting and then I noticed a line all 'TAX' with an information icon next to it. The icon explained that they are now required to collect UK VAT and pass it onto the UK government. Now this is good and bad news. Bad News For people like me with pur5chases less than £15. There shouldn't be any import taxes on that because it is below the threshold but now there are. For people that have previously gambled that their purchase slips past the eyes of customs. Good News You can now buy bigger items (greater than £15) safe in the knowledge that you will pay VAT (which I have never had a problem with) but that you shouldn't have to pay the nasty courier admin charges (which I do have a problem with) Be interesting to see How widely this is rolled out Whether the couriers still find a way to charge you even though you have pre-paid all the taxes due. Cheers, Nigel
  11. Couple of things which have probably been said already. Tamiya are more expensive than Airfix and Revell. I remember in my childhood years back in the 70s that Airfix (and Revell) were within range of my pocket money but Tamiya were just a dream, out of reach except for very special occasions. Also remember that Airfix, Revell and Tamiya have been around for a very long time. I don't know the Revell range that much but I'm sure its the same, but with Airfix for practically the same money you can buy a kit that was tooled in 2016 and another that was tooled in 1965. You can unwittingly buy an Airfix kit that is really old and not up today's standards and if you are not aware of what you are buying it could lead you to saying that Airfix are rubbish. But buy one of their newer tools and it is a totally different experience - bet the same is true of Revell. It is even true of Tamiya, but because they were always good it is less apparent - but even so, some of there AFVs from the 1970s do look pretty ropey these days. Cheers, Nigel
  12. Cheaper than the Airfix one, £25.95 including shipping from Jadlam. Cheers, Nigel
  13. The lass is clearly well dressed for the cold weather - a pair of stout boots, and a cozy fur hat Excellent figures. Cheers, Nigel
  14. If you are ever in the US or know someone going to the US (once lockdown is over) then a good place to get a CS is Hobby Lobby. Usually quite expensive, it is like Hobby Craft in the UK, but they always have 40% coupons (just print one off from their website). They don’t sell many airbrushes but they do a pack with the CS and and inline water trap which depending on the exchange rate can works out pretty cheap using the coupon. My CS complete with inline water trap cost £85. Cheers, Nigel
  15. I have a question about these. I have just bought a pair (Xuron) and was a little disappointed that they come together at the points rather along the whole length of the jaws. Holding them up to the window and you can definitely see light between the jaws. It is not a huge gap but bigger than the thickness of thin photo-etch. If you squeeze hard then they do distort and grip along the whole length but squeezing gently they only grip at the tips. Is your pair like that? I’m wondering whether I have a poor pair that needs sending back. Cheers, Nigel
  16. I know what you are saying which is why I added the caveat. I visit Bovington fairly regularly. On one occasion I was trying to see what SCC2 actually looked like as I had just bought the Tamiya Centaur. I saw a few possibilities but nothing convincing so I tracked down one of the curators and had a good conversation. He was very honest and advised me not to trust museum exhibits for authenticity because unfortunately many were painted in the 1970s and the 1980s, often by cadets, who were given access to the paint store to use whatever was available. He said the only way to know for sure would be to remove things like tool boxes to see if the original colour remains underneath. However, he did say that thankfully, since the late 1990s museums have taken much more care with authenticity. I visited Bovington last September and was interested to see that a number of exhibits had been repainted including the famous yellow and blue Matilda and the pink Panther. This is what their Matilda looks like now. Cheers, Nigel
  17. Is this the one that Bovington run at Tankfest - if so that has camouflage that misses the fuel tank. Of course that is a modern paint job so it may not be 100% accurate. https://imgur.com/gallery/oNIRl Cheers, Nigel
  18. They have a long running problem with the subscription gift. Over the years I have looked at the Tamiya magazine on the newsagent shelf and have always felt “looks nice but a bit on the thin side, not good value for money, certainly not when compared with Airfix Magazine”. But last October, I had another look and noticed that to entice a two year subscription they are offering a set of flexible tapes. Now often gifts are not want I want or something I already have but this time it was something that I might buy and when I factored that in, the price of the magazine became more acceptable. So I ordered the subscription safe in the knowledge that that it clearly states that if they don’t have the gift then you will be notified before any money is taken. Well money was taken so naturally I presumed all was okay. So first magazine arrived, no gift. I waited a few weeks, still no sign, so I called them. Seems there is a long running problem which had been going on for many months before I subscribed. The tapes are no longer available to the distributor, Shesto, who have been trying to source alternatives. For over six months customers have been told that an alternative has been sourced and will be available in two weeks. I have been told this same story “in two weeks” every month for the last four months and to be honest it is beginning to wear a little thin and it feels like I’m being fobbed off with fibs. They continue to advertise the same gift in the magazine and even in eMails without any mention of the long running problem. So if you are considering the magazine, attracted by the gift, give them a call first to see what the situation is. Cheers, Nigel
  19. Thanks for the info. Missed my question though. The turret behind the applied armour (is that still call Shurtzen?) would that have been left plain dark yellow or would they have tried to paint the turret behind the armour. If done in the field I guess it would depend on what the painting crew could be bothered to do. Likewise would they have camoflaged the hull behind the side skirts. Cheers, Nigel
  20. Quick question, Panzer IV, but guess it applies to any tank with Shurtzen. As I understand it the Ausf H was delivered with Shurtzen armour on sides and turret. Sure some will get knocked off with use but assume it is new delivery. Question 1 - were they delivered in overall dark yellow and then any camouflage was applied in the field or did they come camouflaged from the factory Question 2 - regardless of the answer to 1, would the camouflage be applied just to the Shurtzen leaving the parts behind in plain dark yellow or would camouflage have been applied everywhere even behind the Shurtzen. Cheers, Nigel
  21. Looks like the author of the instructions cut and pasted the 10 label with the intention of changing the numbers and then forgot or got distracted. I can understand that but where was the checking though. Interesting little model all the same. Cheers, Nigel
  22. Cellulose thinners - any art or DIY shop. Poundland, Lidl, Aldi, Asda, Halfords. It's nail varnish remover too - so Boots, savers, Superdrug. Cheers, Nigel
  23. Very nice model, the weathering really brings it to life. One thing I have always wondered about the DUKW is how much they actually got used. I get the sea landing landing bit but after they had hit the beach was there any further use for them. Cheers, Nigel
  24. Okay, misunderstood. Really just needle and nozzle then. Does the needle look in good condition - no bends or paint. Does the nozzle look good, nice circular hole, no splits. If so I'd give the nozzle a nice long soak in acetone and try cleaning with interdental brushes or twisted paper. Cheers, Nigel
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