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  1. It's what we call her too. She's fairly even-tempered, so far. But she was born on the 19th, so time will tell.
  2. A phenomenally expensive miniature. PXL_20220920_212207199~2 by Edward IX, on Flickr Her name is Madeleine.
  3. Well, they don't want to bloat, do they? The armour is tailored.
  4. Everyone has to go to the bathroom sometime. Nominally somewhere in that nebulous space between 1/48 and 1/56.
  5. Well, the good news is, if they're still there, they're worth a bit more now, outpacing even inflation, and you can buy yourself all the dr...apes you might want!
  6. To be entirely honest with you, only a few weeks before, I told Mrs P and my mother in law that I felt HP was at a pretty high risk for an attack of some sort, as we have a very large Jewish population, and anti-Semitic incidents have been on the rise here. But yes, beyond that, quite a shock to the system, as it's one thing to predict something, and another to live it. I'm, selfishly, just glad Mrs P. and the children weren't there. That's not something anyone, but particularly not a child, needs to experience. Yes, the Ultramarines (I know they're cobalt blue) specifically. I'm assuming you mean Cobain, rather than Waldheim. In any case, yeah, he's like, The Dad of Ultramarines. Somewhere after the second edition of the game (whereabouts you likely stopped and when I started), they decided that the Space Marines all came from twenty ur-Space Marines, even taller and stronger than normal ones (like the aliens in Invader Zim, the Space Marines determine leadership potential based purely on height), and conveniently killed them all offstage ten thousand years before the start of the game. OR DID THEY? Just in time for a new edition of the game a few years back Rouboute Guilliman (AKA Rowboat Girlyman, or Robot Gorillaman when he's doing well on the tabletop) was revived from stasis a moment before death, plopped in a very fancy suit of cloisonne armour, and given a model that costs sixty bucks.
  7. Never a bother, never a bother! All you need to know about Warhammer is that if I'd still been into it after 2003 instead of dropping it to pick it back up this year, is that I likely would be unencumbered by children, and indeed, might never have known the barely suppressed shudder that presumably all men feel when they touch a woman.
  8. I am alive, by the way, although the July 4 murders took place less than a mile from my home, and I got to spend the holiday in my basement with all the doors locked as the police fumbled about for nine hours. Mercifully, Mrs P and the boys were in Michigan when it happened, because they love parades, which has caused me some level of psychological distress over the past week. I've been ludicrously busy getting my stupid little Warhammer mans ready for league games, and did manage it, painting a thousand points over that weekend and leaving for my first game with the decals literally still drying on one giant punchy robot. Some of what I've been wasting my time on: PXL_20220704_051248002 by Edward IX, on Flickr Roboute Guilliman, the Avenging Son, the tallest man in the Imperium, the nicest guy alive in Warhammer 40,000 (not too difficult, though, so don't get your hopes up), and certainly the only person who knows how to make a spreadsheet. PXL_20220704_205800426 by Edward IX, on Flickr Arrayed in warlike manner: PXL_20220706_232432636 by Edward IX, on Flickr I lost my first game, because my cowardly foe played for the objectives, instead of fighting me like a man. I did kill all of his HQ units, though, so who really won? PXL_20220708_234741714 by Edward IX, on Flickr In my second game, despite a serious tactical blunder in turn 2 that cost me quite a bit, I managed to come surging back and wipe out pretty much all of the enemy's heavy units and command, eking out both a moral and a points victory. PXL_20220709_020915801 by Edward IX, on Flickr PXL_20220709_045322802 by Edward IX, on Flickr PXL_20220709_050722204 by Edward IX, on Flickr I will eventually get back to model planes, but it may be a bit.
  9. Oh man, I have some bad news for you about literally every other kit they've released.
  10. I don't know what your build rate is, but if it's anything like mine these days, you could try buying one nice kit instead of three dodgy used ones, and it would come out roughly the same.
  11. It looks so, so good. Wish my builds came out this well.
  12. I recall it being so basic that there was little fight involved, up until the landing gear had to go on. Possibly also the quarterlights.
  13. I've built that! It's a very different kit, much more rudimentary, from an earlier era of limited run kit design.
  14. I feel we're experiencing the painful birth of a new era, as happened in the 1970s or indeed many times in the past. Something I often think of is something James Stockdale said: “You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.” Note, that if you oppose any of my beliefs, this does not hold. Give up now.
  15. The high points of cinema, if not human achievement.
  16. Oh man, I was pretty worried when I saw those first images. I generally use tape and begging to get what I want, from decals and in life.
  17. The same grit and determination that have made the Dutch the tallest people in Europe, no doubt. He's an extrovert, such threats hold no terror for him.
  18. See, you made me nervous, and subsequent investigation seems to suggest it is I who am the idiot, and that the seats were normally silver. The P-40E from 260 Squadron that was found in the desert...goodness me, was it ten years ago now? could have had, from the not good photo, either a faded painted seat or a weathered metal seat: https://warbirdsnews.com/warbirds-news/desert-war-kittyhawk-unveiled-in-egypt.html I'm going to assume that they painted the seats for the desert, since the alternative is the hot sun beating down on shiny metal and frying your butt.
  19. He has carried a torch for a little girl who moved away during the pandemic, but informs me he wants to move somewhere that he can marry multiple girls. Could be some trouble in his future. Just say the pilot was fidgety and scuffed it all off.
  20. so, not only do I own She on blu-ray (only god can judge me), I've watched it with the director's audio commentary, and believe it or not, Sandahl Bergman PICKED that as the film that would catapult her to superstardom after her initial success in Conan the Barbarian. It didn't, of course, which is why she later starred in Hell Comes to Frogtown with Rowdy Roddy Piper, which I also own. Action USA is another fun one -- it was written, directed, and largely made by stunt men. The acting isn't great (thought it has that perennial fixture of z-grade 1980s flicks, the eternally slumming from 1950s big star Cameron Mitchell, and, by happenstance, a second Conan connection after She in the form of unbelieveably craggy William Smith, who played Conan's dad) but the stunts, all practical effects, are incredible, fully the equal at the very least of those in any big budget movie of the time. I understand the male lead now has a supporting role on the detective show Bosch. As I think I've mentioned, my parents spanked me until I vomited more than once. I would love to say that this was somehow helpful, but it culminated in my running away from home and living in grinding poverty for three very unpleasant years. Anyone is welcome to physically discipline Winston, with the understanding that I will kill them with my car after I find out. Unlike me, my children are not so afraid of their parents that they will not tell them when adults harm them. Okay, whew, the model. I had a busy week, so there were no real updates, sorry folks. I closed up the fuselage, which went pretty well. If you use the Eduard PE, I think you should definitely use the seat, it's super nice, but don't bother with the PE seat frame -- the kit one looks more correct (since it's actually a series of tubes, like both the internet and the seat framework) and is less fragile. My seat is like 5-6 degrees off center, which kills me a little inside. The wings, though...I sanded the hell out of them (Eduard suggests you should remove the kit wheelbay ridges -- for HER enjoyment, when has that ever mattered, and why does Mrs P look so weary all the time? -- and that will answer, but it does not), and they still didn't want to close over the gear bays. I had to resort to heavy clamping to get things to go together, and it resulted in a slight but noticeable wing root gap. It may have also f...ouled up the dihedral, but I don't know enough about P-40s to feel confident of that. I also hacked off the 0.50 gun barrels, to be replaced with brass tubing, as the Kittyhawk I had slightly different ones to the Ia. Although it isn't added yet, the kit includes a coaming for the instrument panel, which was not always in evidence on real P-40s, or indeed in several P-40 kits in this scale (I think either or both AZ and Sword), which presumably you would want in the desert, with all that sand that's rough, and gets everywhere. I welcome it further because it means no messing about with lead wire behind the IP. I had sawed off the kit rudder pedals to use the Eduard photoetch ones, which was a mistake, as they don't fit well and promptly broke off, turning the model into a rattle until I could get them out with tweezers. Sigh. Something that DID go well was adding PE grilles to the two glycol radiators and the oil cooler in the chin scoop. It looks nice! The clear parts fit very nicely. I need to add the coaming and gunsight, then the windscreen and sliding hood. Irritatingly, the area under the quarterlights matches the camo scheme, so we have to make sure paint can't get into the cockpit while leaving that open so we can paint it and then add the clear bits later. What could go wrong? Speaking of my little man, he graduated kindergarten, which apparently merits a ceremony these days. PXL_20220603_004740977 by Edward IX, on Flickr He cried when he got his diploma. In the car on the way home, Grant asked him if he was happy to graduate, and he replied "I love it and I hate it. I love it because it's part of my journey to adulthood, and I hate it because [voice breaking] I'm leaving my school." I will note, that at the afterparty, I heard someone had pushed over another kid, and I reflexively called out for Winston, only to have a little girl in the graduating class correct me: "Oh no, not Winston. He's everybody's friend."
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