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  1. Thanks for your helpful replies, Black Knight and Stu-davros. It's so very tempting to buy one of these. I’ve blown my eBay budget this month, having bought a lens for my camera. Hopefully the ‘cheap’ one will still be available in September. Jonny
  2. I've had it twice today on my iPad (IoS 12.4) and once or twice on my laptop (Win10 1903). Sorry, didn't note times. etc. but all after mid-day. Not a show stopper, more an irritant. Obviously it's a randpm event and from my point of view at least. not confined to one platform/ Jonny
  3. Apologies to everyone if this is in the wrong forum! Happy if Mods move it. Anyway, browsing eBay UK the other day I came across a “Dental Vacuum Forming Molding JT Heat Vacuum Thermoforming Former 220V” [sic] for £96.50, free postage. There are several other would-be vendors but this one was the cheapest. The thing has a (approximately) 4 inch (10.5cm) square bed. It’s obvious it’s intended for dental work but it looks as though it’d accept fairly small Modelling components as well. Any opinions, anyone (from the UK preferred but any and all gratefully received). This is is one of those tools that from time to time I wish I’d got but right now I can’t think of a real need for! Jonny
  4. I keep hoping RoG might produce one or more Royal Navy WW2 submarines, preferably in 1/144 scale. I’ve built a couple of U-boats and they’re quite good (as kits, I mean, not my builds!). I did approach MicroMir but they say they can’t get good plans at a decent price .... . I keep hoping.
  5. Naturlich! Und also in andere Grenzenb!!!
  6. I’m so sorry this is happening (again). In case no-one’s noticed, I’ve commented here and there in BM that in my view it’s a fantastic site. So much so, and comparing it with printed magazines, I’m seriously thinking of not renewing the latter and passing on the ‘savings’ to BM. The incredible support that comes from BM, not to mention the humour snd fellowship, far outweighs what I see in the published magazines. It it seems that some of you might know the individual concerned. I don’t. There is an ‘ognore’ Feature in BM, which I’ve used just once. I doubt that the two are the same. Keep BM ‘up’, please, Mike. It’s way and above the best Modelling site I’ve stumbled on (lucky me!!!!). Bestest, Jonny
  7. Certainly NOT! You may NOT buy it. PM me with your address and I'll post it to you. Other BM'ers have helped me out in the past so my turn to help someone. Please be patient - I'm away for a few days from tomorrow but I'll send the spinner, backplate & blades as soon as I can. Hope that's OK? Jonny
  8. Folks, Lawzer’s reply got me thinking (that *can* happen!). Ages ago I tried doing something clever with a Monogram Typhoon. It wasn’t very successful and I binned it, but kept one or two components. They included the 4 blade prop. It’s taken a while but I’ve found the thing. Thanks to all for your suggestions, and to Lawzer for his kind offer. Jonny
  9. I feel I must comment: in the magazine in question there’s an article about the Airfix 1/48 Spitfire XIV. It’s by someone who’s first language is demonstrably not English. I frankly found it quite difficult to read (it didn’t help that the contributor’s opinions and comments are so different to my own about this kit). The contributor is identified by Chris Meddings as one of two new contributors. That, together with the facts that English is not his first language and he was given “a fairly short deadline by the editor” would, I would have thought, led the editorial team to carefully proof read the article before it went to print. This did not happen! I am so sorry to see SAM decline ... Jay Laverty did rather spoil it, and I’m sorry to say I sensed a more recent editor was drifting towards his style. I agree with Graham Boak’s last paragraph in post 35 that it would be nice to feel confident that factual errors in a magazine would be corrected in a subsequent edition.
  10. Jonny

    Air Anglia DC-3

    That's very kind of you but frankly my stash has grown (almost) out of control and in the cold light of day I daren't add to it! Thanks for responding to my diatribe written late last night! Jonny
  11. Something odd has just happened! I am using a 6th generation iPad with IOS 12.3.1. I use Firefox as my ‘browder’. This morning I was looking at our Britmodeller site (what else) and *think* I touched the ‘Aircraft Modelling’ bar. To my horror the bar was greyed out and all forums vanished. The preceding ‘Help and Support and succeeding ‘AFV Modelling...’ and other sections all appear as normal. Thankfully, if I tap the ‘Aircraft Modelling’ bar the whole section appears BUT NO OTHER SECTIONS APPEAR, not even the bars. Tapping ‘Home’ results in all sections except ‘Aircraft Modelling’, appearing - the bar is greyed out and no forums appear. I can live with this but I’ve never seen it before. Any ideas? Jonny
  12. Jonny

    Air Anglia DC-3

    YI remember, years ago, going to an airshow at (i’m sure) RAF Wattisham, and paying what I think were almost pennies for a ‘round the airfield’ trip in a DC3. I recall the aircraft registration as G.AMPO and it was was operated by Air Atlantique. I *think* I read somewhere that the aeroplane might have been scrapped ... BUT does anyone have any idea if any 1/72 decals might be available for G.AMPO, in 1/72 scale? Nostalgia creeping in here! This is is a problem (for me, anyway) with Britmodeller ... see something in a thread, decide to emulate it, then sometimes almost as a few as minutes later, seeing something else! But please, don’t change - I’ve enough planned projects to last my. Remaining lifetime and well into my next life!
  13. Everyone ... I want to build a reasonably accurate Hawker Typhoon, in 1/48 scale. I have the Hasegawa / Italeri bubble top kit. I have a set of ‘Tempest’ tailplanes. I note that some aeroplanes had the 3 blade propeller, other the 4 blade. Can anyone point me to where I can obtain a 4 blade propeller? Not too desperate at the moment because this is at the ‘deep thinking’ (aka planning) stage but I’ve looked and looked but without success for 4 blade props *AT A REASONABLE PRICE!* in the UK. Thanks, fingers crossed, Jonny
  14. You know, what’s just occurred to me is this (at almost 2am here in the UK) .... it’s the sheer genuine humanity that comes across, from PC who’s.building hisLancaster and everyone who’s chipped in, from all over the world. I’ve stopped trying to work out from where so many contributors come from. Quite pointless really - everyone has a common interest, no matter where you are. Thanks, all of you, for helping me to rebuild my faith in *people*,in mankind, whatever. PC has shared his, and his family’s, issues with us, and there’s been a solid WHOOMF of support for him. I’d love to come to SMW this year and meet so many of you but it just cannot happen. One day, maybe. Thankyou to everyone who’s contributed to this thread. Jonny
  15. Elementary, my dear Peter ... (a rough quote from Sherlock Holmes) !,, Glad to be of help. Jonny
  16. Oh dear ... I stumbled on to this thread more-or-less by accident. I sort-of hoped some of more extreme views were exaggerated. WRONG! If anything, understated. Allof the quotes in this thread are correct. I’. Sure I heard a comment in episode 1 to the effect Airbus aeroplanes can be identified by their having wingtips. I hope I got that wrong? I watched 10-12 minutes of the first episode and killed it off. Absolutely disgraceful presentation (I used to quite respect Peter Snow but frankly, if he’s short of the readies please, someone, suggest he applies for Social Security or asks his son to help). Such a shame to see such exaggerated reactions to the most basic statements. All very ‘hammed up’. Overall, 0/10 score and I shall not watch any more of part 1 , nor shallI waste my time watching any more of this drivel. I belong to the ‘Planewatch’ of another airport. No names, no pack drill but none of my fellow spotters make statements so awful as those made (apparently) by the Myrtle Avenue watchers. YUCH!
  17. I think this might be what you’re looking for ... ’ A very special Lancaster: A history of Lancaster Mk.1 R5868’ I found it on Amazon UK. 4 used copies available from GBP3:00 . The Lancaster in question is at the RAF Museum, Hendon ... I was there yesterday with my cousin. The paperback book is 32 pages, shipping weight 9.1g, published by Pitkin Pictorials for the RAF Museum in 1975. Hope this helps, Jonny
  18. Jonny

    Spitfire Mk. XVI

    I’ve just seen, on a website that should know, a reference to a ‘Spitfire XVI ‘reconnaisance’. I have never before heard of a ‘reconnaisance’’ version of this mark of Spitfire. Not to say it didn’t exist ... . Can anyone please either confirm or refute that such a mark existed? Just rather puzzled, Jonny
  19. I thought that these clear parts were meant to represent fuel tank ‘inspection ports’ fitted to some *early* Spitfires. I can’t say I’ve ever heard of formation lights being fitted to Spitfires ... as originally designed it was as a daytime intercepter. Happy if someone confirms or disputes this - I’m intending to build my kit as an early-ish Mk. 1 - now currently owned and operated by the IWM at Duxford! Jonny
  20. Andy ... were you warned that your signature was to be removed? i do hope so - common courtesy and manners, etc. Some signatures can be irritating, as Ed Russell says. Nevertheless, aI would expect mods here to say what they were about to do. I have to admit I can’t recall actually seeing yours! Just thoughts, Jonny
  21. I daren’t think of the year but you used to be able to buy (very) rough cut balsa outline models of Bf.109’s, Spitfires and the like as kits. They had vacform canopies and transfers (decals to you young’uns). All the builder had to do was carve, sand, and squeeze the balsa into something resembling the real shape, apply balsa cement to the mating surfaces - and elsewhere - push together then splash paint all over, soak the transfers, shove them on the not always dry paint, splash cement on the canopy and there it was ... a Bf.109, Spitfire, whatever. My best friend of the time (Anthony) and I made and broke loads of the things. Later I graduated to building scale(?) Models - jet aircraft looking (a bit) like Supermarine Swiffs, or Douglas Skyrays, powered by a Jetex motor. Propellor driven aeroplanes like Hurricanes, Bf. 109s, P.47s too, powered by elastic - NOT bands - covered in tissue and doped. Remembering a row between me, my no. 1 cousin and I, with his dad whether a ‘Thunderbolt’ had a smooth nose profile like a Spitfire or a whacking great radial ... Cousin Chris and I said the latter, uncle said the former. That led to the ‘scale’ models from Airfix ... Spitfire (what else?), etc. etc. bought for pocket money pennies in Woolworths. Balsa cement and pushing and cementing balsa stringers and cutouts onto a plan taped to a board,assisted by pins, gave way to ‘locating and cementing’ and using plastic cement holding parts together with cemented fingers till they sort of hung together unassisted ready for transfers. All wonderful fun. I’ve never really grown up away from all that. A hobby I’m grateful to, despite an ever growing stash, exasperated complaints about it from my dear SWMBO, which helped me come into contact with LOADS of like minded people here, there, everywhere. The number of times I’ve bought a kit and said SWMBO will kill me if she sees it, and being offered an opportunity to put a very reduced price sticker on, or losing the box and putting the contents into a plain bag, and given sympathy ... . What a hobby!
  22. Stansted must be among the worst, or possibly THE worst. It was designed to be a ‘quiet’ airport - Norman Foster, the architect, thought that information boards were preferable to announcements (I guess he didn’t know and visually challenged people? Or was he thinking of those with hearing problems?). Apart from the quiet aspect there were very few if any shops landslide, and not many airside. Plenty of space. Unfortunately, BAA, then owners, realised they could make. LOTS of money charging rent so allowed various shops to rent space. So farewell a quiet spacious airport. Time passed, security has had to be stepped up, and BAA was obliged to sell an airport and decided Stansted had to go. Step up Manchester Airports Group, MAG. The decided even more income could be generated by crowd8ng airside with ye5 more shops. Whoever provides security there seems to favour illiterate yobs who love exercising their powers to annoy passengers. The last time - and I mean the VERY last time - my wife and I used the place, last year, the security yobs must have been team A. An awful contrast with Glasgow City where we were travelling to and back from - well mannered, polite and helpful staff everywhere, especially security. I think Stansted was recently voted the Pits among airports, mostly because of delayed departures. What passes for airport management there seem to take that as a compliment. They want to Increase passenger numbers and this was approved by the local Council. Fortunately or otherwise at the recent local government elections the then Conservative majority has gone and the new Council has announced it wants a rethink, and the increase has been put on hold. Much grinding of teeth by MAG. I used to travel extensively for my job and loved it. Most of the time I flew from / back to LHR, occasionally GTW, then realised I could fly from Stansted, paying £1:00 Parking as long as I needed, go to Schiphol, then on from there at no extra cost to my company. Oh happy days. The only people I’d advise to use Stansted now would come into my worst enemy category ( just 2 pEople!) RANT MODE OFF.
  23. Jonny

    E Boat restoration

    Yes indeed. If memory serves the discussion was rather on the lines of my post, I.e. whatis happening? It would be a shame if the project collapses. I understand that post WW2 the Royal Navy operated the vessel - with new engines to increase it’s already impressive speed - to spy on the Soviet navy (its speed allowed it to outrun anything the Soviets had), using German crews. It might have been handed over to the Bundesmarine (some S-boots were, apparently) after that before reaching the UK. If the UK can’t afford to restore the vessel I’d prefer it was given back to Germany rather than leaving it to rot. Just my £0.02 worth! Jonny
  24. Tim, This is absolutely NOT a criticism - your model catches the original beautifully - but I saw HMS Dragon in harbour at Portsmouth a couple of years ago and she was sporting a huge red dragon both sides of the bow. I don’t know if it was permanent but wondered if Airfix had included it with the kit decals. The dragon caused a lot of amused comment on the Cruise-around-the-dockyard ship I was on. Jonny
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