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I see there is a lot of questions about a good modelling knife, so I present my take on a good hobby knife. I had always used the round handled knives - swann morton and some others, but I always found they felt clumsy and that controlling them wasn't easy. Using just enough force was hard to gauge and I often overdid it and damaged the model or myself . Also as has been pointed out the round handles do roll off the desk often enough to be a worry. Then saw Pul Budjiks video on the bard parker dental knife and it was a revelation - except it was very very difficult and expensive to get one here in the UK. (Sister works at a dentist and they do use them, but they cost over £35.00 per handle so definitely a no go.) Not to be defeated I mooched around ebay and saw the answer to my dreams The Swann Morton No 6A handle. Would it work as I hoped? I ordered One to start and some blades. The answer was definitely a yes. Fits in your hand - comfortable very easy to handle and most importantly its easy to control the amount of strength needed from fine cuts to more brutal scraping or even downright hacking. Haven't cut myself even once since I've started using them. Also being flat sided they wont roll. You can get two flavours the No3 fitting for standard sized blades or the No4 for larger blades - I like the No4. I use 4 of them - one for each blade type I use. I am definitely happier with them.
From my life long interest in aircraft and aircraft modelling has spawned another interest......airfields. I have been fascinated with airfields since my dad took me to look around an abandoned Flying Fortress base at Debach when I was eight. I am particularly interested in the infrastructure concerning the operation of aircraft such as the hardstandings, aprons, hangars and control towers and also the associated vehicles and equipment. I always like to display my aircraft on a hardstanding or setting that the real aircraft would have operated from. As I have spent years researching and visiting airfields I have acquired much information on airfield layouts and dimensions. Here I am standing in the middle of an abandoned RAF Binbrook........no longer the roar of Lightnings.......just the sound of skylarks. In the early days I would photograph, sketch and pace out bomber or fighter dispersals and hardstandings whenever we were passing an airfield, much to my wife's curious suspicions usually with comments such as " did you know this airfield was here " or " I wondered why we were going down here "..... " it's a good job I brought a book with me then ". These field visits could sometimes be dangerous though......my wife still laughs about the day an Alsatian dog chased me back to the car from the control tower at Shepherds Grove and then tried to bite off one of our wing mirrors. That is my friend and fellow airfield enthusiast standing on the roof of the abandoned control tower at RAF Binbrook. I took this from the roof of a hangar. With Google Earth all this is changed now, I can zoom down from space on my computer on Lancaster dispersals, Beverley aprons at Abingdon, Shackleton dispersals at St Eval, V Bomber aprons and B52 Operational Readiness Platforms or anything, anywhere in the world. So here we go, a selection of my airfield and bases and models of course. There will also be some Full Scale inspiration included. I will also be pleased to include related dioramas by other modellers too . Adey