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Procopius

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  1. It's looking like it's a miscarriage, I'm afraid. We weren't expecting or prepared for another child right now, but we're both still sad that we won't have a chance to meet this one.
  2. Sorry for the lack of updates, folks. Our new house's 35-year-old furnace died earlier this week, and had to be replaced with a new one to the tune of $3,000 dollars, and then today Mrs P was clearly feeling poorly, and so I finally persuaded her to go to urgent care at the hospital, who promptly sent her to the ER, who informed her that...she's six weeks pregnant (as you know, the best time to have a baby is after a major financial outlay). But they can't pick up a heartbeat (not uncommon at six weeks) and Mrs P has been bleeding from a secret place for two weeks, so we have to go back in a w
  3. A single-stage reloading press and dies for 577/450 Martini-Henry, for a long-term project. Also, regrettably, a new furnace after the old one gave up the ghost, which is one of the reasons the above project is long term.
  4. I quite agree, I really like his translations. I've built a few of the Sword Vc kits (including Seafires, I think four or five), so I feel like I can weigh in a little here. The interior detail of the Sword kit is finer, but the fit is substantially worse in every aspect. It's a kit that requires a lot of sanding. Tonight I put the belts on and closed up the little cockpit sabot: Then cemented it into place: And closed up the fuselage. Then I put the wings on. Here I encounte
  5. I'm afraid the back of the head hinges open to reveal the complete original run series on DVD. They're actually surprisingly bendy, and I would say they seem so far to bend and retain the bend better than Eduard PE belts. But I may yet eat those words.
  6. Sorry for the delay in posting lately, chaps, I've just been a bit worn down this week. Winston glosscoated his Tempest: I would love to say he did it all himself, but Winston (like his father) is easily frustrated by failure and soon handed it off to me to finish glossing. But modelling is at its heart all about failure, isn't it? Our best model is always our next one, there's always something we can improve. I'd love to think Winston might learn that from building a model, but he is after all only five. Anyway, some work on the seatbelts
  7. AZ Models Hornet FR.4 and the Aerocraft resin nacelle set.
  8. The cockpit your uncle is in appears to be a Hurricane. This should be a spectacular build, and congratulations on your uncle's war record.
  9. Well, Fritag has cool stories about flying jets. I tell stories about being outwitted by a five year old. Ah, yes. Not today, Satan!
  10. I do like the Nixon head (and Futurama), but it's mostly meant to be a questioning noise.
  11. I actually didn't know! I purchased the three issues available digitally from PocketMags. It appears that BR321 was sent to Malta off HMS Eagle during Operation STYLE on 3 June 1942. Lucas seems to suggest that the Special Erection Party (fnarr) at Gibraltar would have painted this aircraft Dark Mediterranean Blue up top and Sky Blue below after assembly and before loading her on to Eagle. I have Colourcoats Sky Blue...but...dammit! No Dark Mediterranean Blue. I gather I can possibly use my Roundel Blue unless someone else has a better suggestion.
  12. Many happy memories of that time. The thought of a return to plague you yet again and force you to eat unhealthy breakfasts until the floorboards protest sustained me through all last year. The Wyvern is coming along quite well, Buffers! I've always had a soft spot for Suez Crisis aircraft.
  13. Yes, that's quite apt. It does at least have the advantage of not leaving a bloody great divot no matter how carefully one clips it off the sprue, however. So that's something. Today was a busy day. My work had a pointless all-hands-on-deck Zoom meeting today, where we learned that, once again, the organization is slashing budgets to stay afloat, as it has been for the past thirteen of the fifteen years I've worked there. Then Mrs P was troubled by what the Victorians might euphemistically call a "feminine complaint" and retired to the guest bedroom, where I assured her that if sh
  14. "In the first half of 2021 we also plan to release the reboxing of another company’s kit - Academy ‘s 1/72 AT-6G Texan. We will supply new injected canopy parts as well as a set of resin parts to convert it into the earlier war-time AT-6/SNB version,as well as the Harvard Mk.IIB-IV produced for the Commonwealth." -- Special Hobby January email
  15. So I got a little started tonight. The kit seems pretty clearly inspired by the Eduard Spitfires in terms of engineering, especially in the cockpit. The plastic seems weirdly soft and...crumbly? I used my micro-chisel to poke out the hole in the seat armour for a seatbelt, and a chunk of plastic just flaked off, as if it were puff pastry. Detail seems very soft on the heels of the Arma kit, but of course it's a great improvement on their Spitfire I, so I reckon I ought not to complain too much.
  16. "There is no other help for us, no stronger wall to ward off disaster, no city with its ramparts to hide inside, no other army to turn the flow of battle. Here on the plains of Troy are we, our backs to the sea facing the mail-clad Trojans, far from our native land. So in the strength of our own hands is our salvation, and there can be no surrender in this fight." -- Homer, The Iliad, XV (trans. A S Kline) "Only fully experienced pilots must come here. It is no place for beginners." --Hugh Pughe Lloyd, AOC Malta, to Arthur Tedder, 25 April 1942
  17. Done! Nine days start to finish, has to be pretty close to a record for me. A really nice little kit, and a lot of fun to build. It goes together really easily, and it's quite the mojo booster.
  18. They are! And very well-behaved they are as well, though the corrugated nature of the wings makes getting the national markings on a bit tricky. Also, I'm so proud you didn't call them transfers. Let it not be said my life has been entirely in vain.
  19. How dare you insinuate it wasn't part of my masterpl--okay, yes, I got excited and forgot. We're on the home stretch now: Decals were applied tonight. All that's left to do is add some of the smaller greeblies and the seatbelts, then dullcoat, then add the windscreen.
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