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  1. When Ray Rimmel did the British Bomber Collection in Scale Models many a long moon ago he attached the nose from the FROG kit to the rest of the Airfix B6. It looked pretty good and overcame most of the issues with both kits. For my part I've built the FROG or Novo boxing a few times and always liked the results. I remember building the South African version from the FROG kit and finishing it with a silver spray paint from Woolworths. I think it eventually ate the plastic but for a while it looked good John
  2. *Many* years ago we had a survey of available Alpha Jet kits in 1/72. Sadly I don't think the situation has changed much since then. John
  3. Alas I've had almost no time for kitbashing over the last couple of months, beyond the occasional fettle sitting at my computer. I'm afraid there's no way I'll be anywhere near finished by the end of the GB so Blenheim is going to have to wait for a more auspicious time. At this rate I'd be doing well to start... John
  4. That does ring a distant bell I remember George Lowe of GALDecal fame displaying one at the Scottish Nationals back in the days they were held in the Albert Hall in Stirling. George later got into microscopic ship models, which I could scarcely see let alone work on. John
  5. In the early 1980s our Eastern European brothers produced lots of very well detailed and comprehensive vacforms. I remember having a Polish vacform of a Defiant Mk1 that was streets in front of the Airfix kit. I used to be able to pick up examples at the old Model Engineer shop in Stirling. As resin became viable many producers adopted it and we saw some absolutely spectacular products. This does have the look of one of these early resin kits. They learned fast. J
  6. There's always the Matchbox kit, if you're looking for a clean sheet of paper sort of challenge I always liked the Airfix kit. Mine have been on stands with the observer hanging over the side. I think I have a USAirfix boxing somewhere. John
  7. It's water soluble and good for small gaps and blemishes. If it needs a bit of thinning a drop or two of water should help. I take a small amount out of the pot and mix it to the consistency I'm looking for. John
  8. That's very cool. I have the Airfix Chrysler and Bearcat in the stash and I recently picked up the Gangbusters Lincoln Roadster. John
  9. Me! I have a couple of likely candidates in my growing 1/56th scale stash. John
  10. I'm up for a bit of this I picked what must have been the 2 worst fitting Matchbox kits of them all for the 2017 GB so I think I'll look for something a bit more straightforward this time. John
  11. For the first time in my life - and I'm a couple of months off my 60th birthday - there are no Humbrol stockists in my home town. For the record it's a big town. I find that quite sad. John
  12. A wee trip down to the deep south and Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum. Lots of interesting stuff to see: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1k9wV0UAQgI1K2d1MmZWhdicseF7vX6er?usp=sharing Also, you can't go to Dumfries and not pay your respects to Robert Burns, who is buried in the town's St. Michael's churchyard: John
  13. Next build on the list Looks very nice. I've ordered Operation Torch markings from the Big H. More when the decals arrive. John
  14. Back in the early 1980s I worked beside a man who had been groundcrew with 180 Squadron around the D-Day period. He went with the Squadron from the UK to Melsbroek. He claimed that one of the aircraft was named "Wee Jocky" after him. I was never able to find out if that was true but I did build him a Mitchell from the Italeri kit. John
  15. I'm not sure what scheme to go for yet. Apart from the kit sheet I also have the one from the Victoria Cross set. Decisions, decisions... Anyway, it's going to be a week or two until I can start so there's plenty of time to make up my mind. John
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