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Procopius last won the day on January 9

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  1. Procopius

    What new stuff have you bought/been gifted?

    You've made a terrible mistake.
  2. GENTLEMEN. It feels real now, doesn't it? Like it's really happening. Colourcoats RAF Dark Earth, of course. Grant, by the way, is fully recovered, and is once again playing his favourite game of "hiding (but not very well) and waiting for someone to go 'wheeeeeere's Grantyyyyyyy?'" It did not fit well, but mercifully went in easy. The radiator in general is probably the area that needs the most cleanup, but they cleaned up well for me.
  3. Procopius

    Best and worst Spitfire?

    Quite a few 190Ds were shot down by Spitfire IXs, so...
  4. Procopius

    Best and worst Spitfire?

    I've always thought of the Mark V as the least competitive, with, as Giorgio says above, the trop versions at the bottom of the barrel. I disagree on the Mark 21, as there never were many German jets, but it did suffer from a number of issues not really fixed until the Mark 22. For best, it's hard to argue with the XIV, fast, heavily armed, and still more maneuverable than German types. The Mark IX was certainly the best looking, and with her sisters remained competitive from 1942 to 1945, no mean feat.
  5. I fear I may prove a disappointment to many, as I'm quite shy in real life, but fortunately Bill and Cookie and Ced are exceptionally charming one and all, so I can fade slightly into the background. That said, I look forward to meeting many Britmodellers. And who knows? If Brexit continues to go so smoothly, and the US government remains shut down, I may never have to leave! In any case, while I'm waiting for out of town friends who don't have a GPS and are now running ninety minutes late as a result of passing the exit to my town twice in different directions, a quick progress report: Sky is on the underbellies: And the gear doors: And I know I already showed you the props, but they look so nice that I'm gonna show you again: More later (I hope).
  6. Procopius

    What new stuff have you bought/been gifted?

    How are those? Long been curious about them. It's really more that I am a feeble-brained American and read no foreign language beyond a single sentance of Latin.
  7. Possibly a different time, but I saw it come out at the births of both of my children. It looked like uncooked flank steak, which has never been my favourite meal.
  8. Wow, it's been a while since I updated this, hasn't it? My apologies. On Thursday, which thank heavens is my work from home day, Grant fell backwards down the entirety of our second-floor staircase, which is narrow and steep. I was moving over to get him when he fell, because he was sitting at the edge of the staircase, and so I found myself running after a baby bouncing down step after step and always just out of reach. I'd love to say I remained calm and collected, but Mrs P informs me I was screaming "No! No! No!" desperately over and over again. It's no exaggeration to say the experience was straight out of the sort of nightmare new parents are tormented with. When I got to him, Grant's nose was streaming blood and he was bawling, which though horrible, was a relief because I expected him to be dead. I spent an anxious day working from home while he was with the sitter, and emerged from my study every hour to make sure he wasn't leaking cerebo-spinal fluid from his nose or ears. He did not enjoy this. Poor Mrs P had a late day at work, and in the confusion, she forgot she had no car (because it stayed with me in case I needed to race to the emergency room), and so missed her last possible train home and was unable to reach me, because I'd fallen asleep putting the kids to bed. (She got home eventually, don't worry.) Grant is fine, aside from some exciting new bruises. If you question the value of your NHS, incidentally, I invite you to consider that we opted not to go to the hospital unless we had clear evidence our baby was about to die, because we simply couldn't afford to go to the ER for anything less than a life-or-death emergency, and we're not doing too badly compared to most Americans. Anyway, that only took one day, but it's left us all a little worn down here at Hedgehog Manor, so it wasn't until tonight that I got back to the grotto. I've now primed all three Hurricanes. One thing I want to reiterate here is the incredibly user-friendliness of Arma Hobby's photoetch, which actually fits the kit. When I built, just for example, Eduard's 1/72 Fw190A-8, this wasn't the case. And they've been making PE (and kits) for a while! The thing I love about the Arma Expert kits I've worked on so far is that you really get the sense that the people working on them build them, too, and they've put a lot of time and effort into the parts of kits that normally cause problems. Case in point: the tiny PE landing lights fit perfectly into the clear parts for the lights. I mean P E R F E C T L Y. Some work had to have gone into that. The downward-facing light on the aircraft is lacking a mask, so I used masking fluid on it: I also had two of these little f...I mean, parts ping off into the ether, though I was able to recover one, so when building yours, maybe keep some tape handy. Lastly, I masked off the prop tips and painted the blades and spinners: If I have time tomorrow night, Sky goes on the undersides. Exciting!
  9. Procopius

    Arma Hobby 1/72 Hurricane

    I imagine Tony's voice is richer, deeper, more imbued with the indicators of manliness than my squeaky midwestern twang.
  10. Procopius

    What new stuff have you bought/been gifted?

    What were they?
  11. Procopius

    What new stuff have you bought/been gifted?

    Probably a lot safer now that he's not around to sue.
  12. Procopius

    What new stuff have you bought/been gifted?

    I bought my first-ever Swann Morton handle, some replacement Perfect Plastic Putty, 100 #11 scalpel blades, and Keith Wilson's RAF in Camera: 1970s.
  13. Procopius

    The Gentlemanly Pursuit

    Speaking as someone who was forced to wear a kilt to many formal occasions through childhood, you don't have to do this to yourself, Jon.
  14. A fabulous game.