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  1. 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
  2. Next build on the list Looks very nice. I've ordered Operation Torch markings from the Big H. More when the decals arrive. John
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. The 10-year-old me loved the Airfix Blenheim. It was one of the most striking images up there on the Woolworths wall of kits, and when you got it home you found optional parts, rotating turret and - wonder of wonder - retractable undercarriage. Most of my friends had one often packing both gun installations, which could have got messy. I got this one from KingKit a while ago - check the price: 50 years later, and several box sizes larger, we have the excellent new Airfix series of kits. This one cost me....nothing I got it directly from Airfix with Flying Hours. John
  6. Back in the late 1980s I worked for a while with the local Enterprise Trust, which had been set up to help and advise start-up businesses. We had a number of volunteer business advisors who came in for a couple of days a week. One of these was a retired mechanical engineer called Andrew, who had been the site manager for a large local manufacturing company. Andrew knew I was interested in local history, and one day he came in to my office and handed me a book. "This belonged to Frank Barnwell" he told me. That got my attention! Andrew went on to tell me that he had served his engineering apprenticeship with The Grampian Engineering Company in Stirling. Grampian Engineering had been founded by Frank and Harold Barnwell in the early 1900s and was where they built their pioneering aeroplanes. The book had been lying about the building, and Andrew had "rescued" it from the bin. The book was a Flight International publication on aerodynamics dated, I think, 1909. On the flyleaf, in pencil, were the initials "FSB". Andrew gave me the book. I kept it for a number of years then I decided it should be in a public collection, so I donated it to the Smith Art Gallery and Museum in Stirling. I'm also a graduate of the University of Stirling and I passed the site of Grampian Engineering and the Barnwell's first powered flight every day for 4 years. There's now a memorial to the brothers at Causewayhead in Stirling: The University also has the MacRobert Centre which has a display on the MacRobert family My entry will be arguably Frank's finest achievement, the Blenheim. John
  7. I'm in. Not sure what I'll be doing yet but it will be either a Frank Barnwell design or a type derived from one of his designs. John
  8. I remember getting the FROG kit from a shop in Callendar when I was a kid. I remember the plastic being light grey rather than my pal's yellow one. It's an impressively large model. John
  9. It's been good fun, many thanks to the hosts and the participants. There are some fantastic and eclectic builds. John
  10. In respectful memory of Alan's Grandfather, a Valentine MkIII CS of the 3rd New Zealand Division Tank Squadron in the Solomon Islands, Spring 1944. Finished as Squadron Second-in-Command's vehicle. Rubicon models, 1/56th scale. John
  11. Calling this one complete : Photos will be in the Gallery shortly. In summary: Rubicon Models Valentine IIICS 1/56th scale 3rd New Zealand Division Tank Squadron, Solomon Islands, 1944 Colours - all Humbrol enamels: Lower Hull - MC21 French Artillery Green Upper Hull and Turret - 163 Dark Green Camouflage - 78 Cockpit Green Tracks - 27 Sea Grey washed with HR143 Brown Commander - overalls 72 Khaki Drill, cap 80 Grass Green, gloves 86 Light Olive, belt and holster 84 Mid-Stone, binoculars 85 Coal Black, face 234 Dark Flesh Aerial - 11 Silver Fox Exhaust and metallic tools - 27 Sea Grey and pencil graphite Fire extinguisher - 16 Gold Decals from the kit sheet, spares box and generic sheets Mud - Enamel Wash Dark Brown John
  12. BS381C 389 Camouflage Beige. The shade seems to have originated in BS4800 and incorporated into BS381 when it was identified as a suitable colour. It isn't unheard of for specific colours to move across standards. J
  13. The New Zealand Valentines seemed to have carried a tool box where the kit has a moulded pickaxe head. I carefully removed the pickaxe and fabricated the toolbox by cutting down the larger example from the Rubicon Commonwealth Stowage set. It needs to be painted. Also added next to the POW rack is the ammunition box modified to carry the infantry telephone. It's finished in SCC2 at the moment but I'll probably repaint it. John
  14. Thanks. It's a Comet: Needs a bit of finishing off, but it provides an interesting illustration of British tank evolution. John
  15. Photos show the Valentines getting very muddy, so a start on weathering is made with Humbrol Dark Brown Enamel Wash. I like these washes, they are very well pigmented and can take a lot of thinning: John
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