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  1. Well, Crockett and Tubbs came through for me, but they didn't make a fellow half wait. The postal service attempted delivery for them yesterday, but for some inexplicable reason, I'm required to sign for anything from Poland or Hannants (they left two more IBG 190s from MJW on my porch last night without a fuss), and it's impossible to pre-sign for any packages, or to get the postal person to ring my doorbell so I can sign for them. (Though I did once manage to run them down, pink slip in hand, and get my package from them before they made good their escape). The package was surprisingly large. PXL_20220524_150748009 by Edward IX, on Flickr Apparently each marking option comes with a A4/9 x 11 or so sized-colour profile on cardstock, with the instructions on the reverse. Which is neat. Exito's decals are printed by Cartograph, and they're very thin, with almost no carrier film. I lost one of the fuselage balkenkreuz when the 9 for the opposite side chose to adhere to the crenellations of my thumbprint, rather than the model, and during my frantic efforts to dislodge it, I inadvertently destroyed the marking on the other side. I don't know if that happens to anyone else, but apparently my thumbprints are fertile ground for decal adhesion, a source of frequent frustration. Since the Exito balkenkreuz are subtly but definitely different from those on the kit decal sheet, I was forced by cruel necessity to steal decals from the portion of the sheet reserved for Fw 190A-8 Blue 9 of 4./JG 301, which may or may not cause grief for Future Me, that hapless poltroon. The spinner decal was unusually nice, I should note. PXL_20220524_155432065 by Edward IX, on Flickr So all but the underwing crosses are on now. Finally.
  2. Marvellous build of one of my absolute favourite biplane kits -- arguably one of the best kits in 1/72 Eduard has ever made.
  3. I've never had a pleasant experience trying to airbrush Humbrol, enamels or acrylics.
  4. Reading a history of the Luftwaffe from its inception to its collapse, Matthew Cooper's The German Air Force 1933-1945: An Anatomy of Failure right now. One of the Luftwaffe's most important officers, Walter Wever, died before the war in an air crash; two more, the WWI ace Ernst Udet, in charge of procurement, and the ardent Nazi wunderkind Hans Jeschonnek, chief of staff, died by suicide during the war; Göring the same, but afterwards. Incredibly, none of the senior officers who survived to be interviewed or write memoirs between the 1950s and 1970s made any of the bad decisions or mistakes, and always argued against them but were overruled. Amazing! What are the odds?
  5. Based on an extensive study of five or six images, I concluded the same. It looks like the area that actuates was left unpainted by North American, but presumably when it was repainted at the MU level this nicety was observed more in the breach.
  6. Well, the Barracuda stencils have arrived, and are quite a bit nicer than IBG's, as well as slightly more comprehensive. Wing walk stencils are on, then. Still waiting for the Exito decals to escape Miami, though. If only a pair of cops on the edge in neon-tinged business casual were on the case.
  7. There are few pleasures greater than watching someone else work while you yourself do nothing. And this kit is putting Ced to work.
  8. In my case, I assume their business model is something involving the ease with which people like me are parted from their money.
  9. Oh nice, the 617 Squadron option is a great choice. Looking forward to this.
  10. I thought I was a hard man when I put PE vortex generators on a Valiant, but I see now I'm just a lightweight. Sabre looks stunning.
  11. Seriously! I often wonder how long it will be before shipping recovers from covid. It used to be a week to get stuff from the UK, and an interminable TWO WEEKS to get it from Poland. Coming up on three weeks for these decals now.
  12. I find blu-tac or rolled Tamiya tape works well for me, but your method looks classier. How did it turn out? Come on, get 'em off, let's see! (That has never worked before, but maybe this time...?)
  13. Without getting into their politics (or some of the more outre stuff that's been alleged in the past decade or so), Heath and Nixon are really the only two politicians I've ever felt any kinship with. Sure, they had not an ounce of human warmth, and in fact often appeared to be wearing an extremely uncomfortable Human Suit that wasn't entirely ready for series production, but that, to me, is the appeal. Everyone wants someone who's "just like them", certainly, but I'm not like those cheerful, grinning copper-blooded* simulacrums that so often end up ruling us, with their amazing hair and their knack for talking to people, things that are totally alien to me. * David Icke's ears perk up and he does not know why.
  14. Hello from Chicago, Adam! A friend of mine, @TeamNutmeg, who doesn't really post here, is a modeller in Hawaii as well.
  15. Well, I am left-handed, as are Mrs P and Winston (but not Grant), like most of your better class of people. Curse you, Edward Heath, with your decimalisation and your yachting and your piano!
  16. Still waiting on my extra stencils and for my Exito decals to clear customs in Florida. The build is kind of stalled until that happens, but I've done a bit this evening. I added the stencils to the 300-litre drop tank. PXL_20220520_015330875 by Edward IX, on Flickr Amusingly, some of them read "keine bombe", which of course means "not a bomb". When you have to write that on your drop tanks, it's a safe bet that the war isn't going super well for you. Apparently another directs any civilians who find the offending tank say, in their garden, or perhaps halfway through the living room roof, to return it to the nearest Luftwaffe facility. Unlike the Allies, I don't think the Germans ever really figured out a way to manufacture disposable drop tanks, and they seem to have discouraged dropping them in combat, as we see a lot of gun camera footage where their aircraft still have them attached, which is of course bad for two reasons: one, it's draggy, and two, fuel vapour left in the tank makes it extremely hazardous if hit. My supposition, unencumbered by any concrete evidence, is that given the Luftwaffe's doctrinal emphasis on intercepting bombers twice, once on the way in, and once on the way out, with the same aircraft, using all of the fuel in the drop tank enabled the survivors of the first sortie to be turned around more quickly, as well as preserved as best as possible the rapidly declining German fuel stockpiles. Moving along! I also got some Albion Alloys tubing to make the wing root MG151/20 cannons, having lost one of the kit parts which in any case doesn't look super hot. PXL_20220520_005439086 by Edward IX, on Flickr I used I think 0.8mm and 0.6mm tubing; the interior diameter of 0.4mm for the latter means that the cannon are only 50% overscale or so, as roughly 29mm guns, but who's counting? Glamour shots: PXL_20220520_015529627 by Edward IX, on Flickr PXL_20220520_015412269 by Edward IX, on Flickr Today was another long day, as Mrs P turned 39. Covid is currently sweeping through Win's school like a scythe, and our babysitter somehow came down with it as well, so I had to down tools at 11 to get Grant and then after I got him, go get Win at 1. The only thing is, we're borrowing my parents' second car right now, as we only have the one, and we only have one set of keys for it. Guess who never, ever drives that car, but also felt that the safest place for the key for it would be in her purse? I hope you can, with that set of clues. Suffice it to say I was stuck at home with a car that I could not get into or turn on until one of my parents could swing by with the other key. Amazing. Grant cares very deeply about what others think about him, unlike Winston, who may not be fully aware that other human beings have inner lives of their own, or even that they can feel pain, so it was important he get to buy a present for Mrs P. We went to the local chemist's, which has about the paucity of selection you would imagine, and finally bought her a small fountain as decorative as it was useless, if the two aren't already synonymous. Winston, who had woken his mother up at 5 AM to give her something he'd made yesterday as his present, became irate at this point because he didn't have anything else to give Mommy Dearest, and informed me I was the worst dad in the world. I agreed, and told him he'd be much happier with a father like Idi Amin, a very jovial fellow. He asked me what Idi Amin liked and I said Israeli airliners and left it at that. Mrs P seemed to enjoy her very spartan birthday dinner (spaghetti and garlic bread) and grocery store cake, and retired to bed more or less immediately afterwards, leaving me to read Mossflower to the boys. At any rate, just waiting on those decals now.
  17. I vaguely recall, back in the distant past of 2014 or so, that Print Scale decals had a reputation for poor quality. Is my mind deceiving me? Has anyone used them with or without success?
  18. I gotchu fam: http://www.yolo.net/~jeaton/mymodels/spitfire/templates/SpitTemp.html I know the feeling. I blew out my knee and needed arthroscopic knee surgery a few months before my first child was born and it's been a struggle ever since.
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