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  1. Acrylic Primer Set (PS01) LifeColor via The Airbrush Company You may prime your models or not – it's a choice that we make with some pros and cons on either side, but generally speaking I fall into the category of being a modeller that primes my models. I feel it gives a standard colour and texture over which to paint your top coats, shows up imperfections that might need some attention, and generally gives the model a key onto which you add your next layers. This brings with it some requirements for a good primer. I prefer using a primer that is sandable, and adheres well to the plastic so it doesn't pull off the paint when you remove any masking. I also spray my primers predominantly, so the ability to run them through an airbrush is also a must. This new boxed set from LifeColor is mainly aimed at armour modellers judging by the colours, but as I only had an aircraft fuselage to play around with them, that's what you get! The paints arrive in the standard box with the six colours all held in a card insert. The bottles are 22ml and have black screw caps keeping the paint in and new labels with their name and number at bottom centre. Opening up the lids you can see what they mean, as it is immediately obvious that they are pigment rich, and thicker than the usual consistency of LC paints, as evidenced by the slow sinking of my glass mixing beads into the pots. In the set you get the following 6 colours: BC01 Primer Panzer Dark Grey BC02 Primer Red Brown BC03 Primer Olive Drab BC04 Primer Tank Interior BC05 Primer Burned Base BC06 Primer Panzer Yellow Airbrush Use The thickness of the paint has a knock-on effect of requiring more thinners to get it to spray through an airbrush (my nozzle is 0.2mm), and clean-up is extended slightly due to the pigment content. I got the mix a bit wrong in the Burned Base, which explains the slightly spitty demarcation with the Tank Interior White. It's easily corrected with a bit more thinner though, and for this review I used Ultimate Thinners, as usual. When thinned correctly it sprays well and covers well, as you'd expect with the whitish shade of Tank Interior White requiring a little extra care initially to mist on the primer with heavier coats to follow. Ignoring clean-up between the colours, there was little to slow me down and my ad hoc thinning method (i.e. "that looks about right") seemed suitable. Adhesion seems good from the outset and upon trying the aggressive masking, burnishing and ripping off the tape again there was almost no paint removed despite my best attempts. The paint that was removed appeared to have possibly had its adhesion reduced by some exterior factor – possibly a little oil from my fingers. Fresh paint didn't fare too well against a sanding stick and it peeled off rather than sanded off. After the paint had cured overnight on a warm day (21oc) however it reacted better to sanding sponges, but was still a little prone to tearing with sanding sticks of coarser grades that had no cushioning layers behind the abrasive. Saying all that, you're a lot less likely to need to sand seams with AFV models, which is where these paints are aimed. Brush Painting This was a bit of a novelty for me, as I'm a dyed-in-the-wool airbrush user. I painted the insides of the fuselage halves with an AMMO #6 flat brush without thinning, and was very pleased with the results. The paint goes on very smoothly and brush marks don't seem to be much of an issue. Whether there's an element of self-levelling in the formulation I can't say for certain, but the effect suggests that there may be. Only the Tank Interior White, which is actually a slightly off-white with a hint of yellow-brown needed a second coat to achieve even partial coverage with a brush. I would have added a third coat if I was actually building the model rather than just testing the paint. The Dark Yellow also needed a second coat, but would not need another one on the basis you would be painting over it. I'm sure a veteran brush-painter could make a better job of it, and the fact that I was painting around lots of internal ribs didn't help, but overall I'm quite impressed with the quality of finish. I'm not going to throw out my airbrushes just yet mind you! Conclusion LifeColor paints are good acrylics and clean up with water, Ultimate Airbrush Cleaner or their own thinners. If you're not using it on subjects that may need further sanding after application, they're a good base for your work. Airbrush or brush painting gives a good finish, and using a similar shade primer to your top coat allows greater freedom to achieve the results you're after. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  2. Hello Fellow modelers ... We have Multiple successful Single type Builds for Armor. The M3/M4 last year. The Panzer IV earlier yhis year. The Patton build currently followed by the Tiger tank in a week, Panther Mk.V, T-34, as well as the T-55. Let me ask you this question? Would there be any interest in a Group Build of British Armored Fighting Vehicles ? This would most likely be in 2020 or later so plenty of time to gather everything together. This would cover From 1945 to present and each has countless variants and progeny to offer up as options. Im just curious as it seems we have interest in both German, US , and Soviet Armor. However no one has offered up British Armor ? I’m proposing this as a group build that will cover British Armored Fighting Vehicles and Tanks. This would incorporate all British Armor produced and operated by any country from January 1st 1945 to the Present day. This of course would include both UK & Commonwealth units. Since this build has gone through a few rewrites. As a result of this I've been asked to clarify the rules. To Clarify the restrictions or rules for what is allowed this is what is allowed. A.) The Vehicle of choice would need to be operated By the British military, Commonwealth, or others post January 1st, 1945. To clarify things. This includes AFV’s and Tanks procured, built, or used in WW2. If they saw use after January 1st 1945 they are good to go. So for example a Cromwell, Comet, or Churchill built in WW2. If the vehicle type was used after the 01/01/1945 it counts, and can be used in the build. This also includes tanks that were built in WW2 and used into the Korean war. Im sure there were plenty of types built and used during World War Two that were also operated by the British and Commonwealth after the war for varying lengths of times. Again if you or anyone else is interested but are not sure please contact me. I would be glad to research and give you an answer. Im always looking for input and help so please feel free to offer ideas and/or constructive criticism. I realize this might upset some of the original joiners of this group build. That isnt my intention. I asked for input and votes earlier towards this idea. The results are in and of those who voted this was how the votes tallied out. Final count was 4 votes in favor of inclusion of all AFV/APC. And 2 votes of inclusion of all “C” Type tanks. This is 6 of 13 members. Less than 50%, however it seems no one else voted. So I will incorporate both post 1945. “ALL SCALES ALLOWED” Now some quick ideas for the qualifying variants. Heres an Airfix 1/72 centurion kit. Another one is this Centurion in Australian service. Then heres a quick look at a couple of kits of the Chieftains. First up is this Chieftain Mk.2 from Takom. And an interesting option with the Berlin Camouflage is Takom’s Mk.10. Next up is a Tamiya Challenger Mk.1. and a Tamiya Challenger 2 As there are a substantial number of Variants, Versions, and Prototypes just in British service I cant write down all of them. If anyone knows of a type they would like to build. That or an offshoot that they are not sure about please ask ? I will investigate and let you know. -Standard build rules apply such as the 25% rule. If you are using individual track links talk to me as i consider those to be a kit in there own right. I will hold the same absolute here as I did with my Patton build. NO WHIF’S - there are so many versions and sub-types of these that we dont need paper/imaginary tanks. I will consider working prototypes so long as they aren't paper projects. A paper project is just another form of whif to me. please ask i will research and advise. = I am happy to announce the Two Co-hosts will be Threadbear and PantherII. INTERESTED MEMBERS 1. Corsairfoxfouruncle - host 2. DAG058 3. Patman 4. Dads203 5. Arniec 6. PlaStix 7. Plasto 8. SleeperService 9. Bullbasket 10. Etienne 11. sampanzer 12. Blitz23 12a. Giorgio N. 14. Sgt.Squarehead 15. Badger 16. Julien 17. MarkSH - Churchill 18. AndrewE 19. bull-nut - Warrior/Charioteer 20. Sabre_days - Challenger 1 21. Kallisti 22. Rob G 23. Hewy 24. Badders 25. Threadbear - Co-host. 26. PantherII - Co-host 27. GREG DESTEC 28. exdraken 29. Yetifan ️30. wimbledon99 31. Mig eater 32. Enzo matrix 33. Col. 34. Softscience 35. Swat11 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. Dennis * any photographs used are strictly information use. All rights belong to original owners.
  3. an AN/MPQ -53 radar unit? Now I have ordered some kits to start off my stash but in the mean time I was getting bored. BlackMax12's posting was very inspiring and his fine pictures were very useful as there isnt a great deal of info' out there to be had. Most of the calculations were based on comparing the unit with its tractors as their sizes are available. It's as close to a 1/72 as I could make it . Resources were limited but time and loads of scrap balsa were available Progress was fine to begin with until it all went wrong and went in the bin. Second effort started better, took a while but ended up in multiple sandings and then first coat of primer to show all the flaws. Usually I work in bare wood but at the suggestion of others on my Centurion tank I was going to pain this one. and there were loads Lots of filler, and loads more sanding, then priming, then more sanding, more filling, more sanding and I'm wondering why I decided to paint it in the fisrt place. More primer was coming off than stuck on ! Frustrating and time for a rest. See you all soon
  4. Hi All, The rule is as simple as this: If it's a motorbike, car or truck, it's in (including AFVs) !! Sport, Rally, Road, Commercial, Recreational, Old, New, Military, Public; the list is endless. wimbledon99 (Co-Host ) Black Knight Col. (Co-Host ) Angus Tura Redstaff spaddad Hockeyboy76 Knight_Flyer nimrod54 Arniec vppelt68 Mancunian airman Dazzio CliffB Sgt.Squarehead Graham77 Hewy Paul821 richellis Wonkey Donkey helios16v Romeo Delta PlaStix trickyrich milktrip Threadbear modelling minion krow113 specky badger
  5. Morning all. This will be my first build: An ebay purchase, still sealed in its shrink wrap. Think this is the right catalogue info for it: Airfix Catalogue information: Series: 2 First Issued: 1970 Catalogue Ref - 7th Edition (1969): A205V Catalogue Ref - 8th Edition (1970): A205V Catalogue Ref - 9th Edition (1971): A205V Catalogue Ref - 10th Edition (1973): 02305-8 I have the 1973 boxing judging by the box number and artwork. Contents This will be built as an early(ish) Mk2 as this is what the kit depicts. The chieftain went through many upgrades during it's service life but I'd really like an early one to go with several cromwell resin kits I have of later versions. This is my reference pile - can you tell I rather like chieftains? I'll be using these add ons. The matador set is to convert it to a Mk 3 which I won't be doing, but a couple of the bits will be needed. The wee friends running gear set replaces the horrible vinyl tracks and corrects (in my opinion) the one main failing of the kit - the strange multi-ridged roadwheels. I've built this kit before (as a later version), so have some idea of the challenges the build will throw up. The main issue is the fit of the roof top so I'll be paying special attention to that! Looking forward to making a start. Roll on the weekend! All the best Ben
  6. Hey there, It's been a while since a have made a post... well, here I'm with a small beast: a Stug IV from Italeri, 1/35 scale. Is the first tank that I make since I was a little boy, and it is very grateful to do, I mean, I use to make Airplanes and when you have the freedom to make a more "dirty" work it feels good. The kit is really good, it comes with some PE parts an a metal canon barrel, separated track links, and a really good details in general. I had only added an MG34 from Dragon to upgrade him. For about 30€ is a very recomendable kit. And, here is he:
  7. German WWII Clamps & Tie Downs and Straps (STEEL 36362 & 36369) 1:35 Eduard One of the shortcuts that many AFV model manufacturers take is to simplify the tie-downs and clamps that fix the pioneer tools and barrel cleaning rods etc. to the hull of your model. Often they're just blocks moulded to the tool, and that detracts somewhat from the realism that you can achieve with your model. Similarly, everything that is carried on the outside of a vehicle has to be lashed to it in order to stop it from bouncing off when you pass over the first shell-hole. This is the detail that is seldom depicted in a model, and unless you wanted to scratchbuild it all, it's hard to get hold of. Well – you're in luck. These new sets from Eduard will allow you to up the detail without needing to fork out for a complete set for your latest creation. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. German WWII Clamps (36362) This brass set contains fifteen clamps for shafts of tools, with the cam-lock that tightens them against the tool to prevent them working loose. The base is folded up and the cam is fitted to the rear, simulating the cam, while the last segment of the base goes to form the clamp that latches into the other end of the base. Twelve Lockable towing eye tie-downs are also included, and a further eight cable tidies with butterfly closures a supplied to keep the rest of the towing cables in place. Tie-Downs and Straps German STEEL (36369) In case you don't already know, these are Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting. Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE. You get fourteen belts of different styles, seven in black, five in red, and two in tan for a bit of variation. The buckles and clasps are all nickel plated, and you'll be pleased to hear that the belts have been printed on both sides, so if doesn't matter if you can see underneath. There are no instructions, as they're designed for you to lash everything down, and there's no decree issued about what goes where when it comes to personal equipment storage on a tank of armoured vehicle. Review sample courtesy of
  8. Somebody found a very interesting add in some magazine Link to the source of original news By the way, artwork of Vauxhall is simply stunning, isn't it?
  9. Hello all. This is my first GB entry. I'm a bit late, but at least I made it on time. This model have some small story behind it. Usually such vehicle would not be in my field of interest, but a few years ago I was playing a World of Tanks, around five I think, and I had so much fun with this vehicle. Around this time a new model shop opened in my city. It was mostly a RC one, but it had a set of models from Mirage Hobby, so I decided to pick up this one. Unfortunately it was closed soon after that. Then I had noticed a GB proposition, I looked through my stash and and decided to join with it. There is a story of tank taken from instruction. Other sources also mentions, that designers were caught into Stalin purge, and incomplete hulls were left. Model have vinyl tracks, and surprisingly, a complete interior with possibility to open hatches. However, I'm not a fun of opening models, also it would demand more work with for example thinning armour plates and so on, so I have decided to make a it simple, relaxing built it by making it fully closed. I'm not planning to add any sets (do any exist anyway?), but I will try improve some details like ventilation net over engine compartment. Surprisingly, in comparison to newer Mirage Hobby models, I haven't noticed any sink holes so far. I have jest started and glued hull and front drive wheels. My English still isn't perfect to say it lightly, feel free to correct me. I will improve quality of photos too.
  10. I don't think there is need to make a separate thread for each new plastic model in 1/72, because it is not that popular like aircraft, so I will run one thread to aforementioned company. First of all, catalogue for 2016: http://www.ibgmodels.com/2016_IBG_cat.pdf New models for 2016. Otter Light Reconnaissance Car Chevrolet C60S with Holmes breakdown Stridsvagn m/38 Swedish light tank Stridsvagn m/39 Swedish light tank Stridsvagn m/40 K Swedish light tank Stridsvagn m/40 L Swedish light tank TYPE89 Japanese Tank, Early TYPE89 Japanese Tank, Mid-production TYPE89 Japanese Tank, Hybrid-production TYPE89 Japanese Tank, Late TYPE89 Japanese Tank, Diesel KTO Rosomal should be released in 2017 - confirmed in Facebook comment: https://www.facebook.com/ibgmodels/posts/925698510885127?comment_id=925742320880746&comment_tracking={%22tn%22%3A%22R%22}
  11. Been modelling for a few years now. Usually aircraft, although I did build a T34/85 early on - nothing to write home about I'm afraid. But I've always wondered what the acronym 'AFV' stands for? My guess is 'Armoured Fighting Vehicle'. But please enlighten me? I love the weathering work you armour boys do BTW, fantastic. I rekon the armour boys show off some amazing skills in their work. I like to look at it. But personally, I've always been fascinated by aircraft. In the main, military, but I do love a Constellation. Anyway - what does AFV mean?
  12. I've started this topic as a place to post any current works in progress. Tamiya's venerable PzII. This one's nearly done and should be finished soon. Filters, pastels, some extra stowage and crew then I'll call it done. Thanks for looking!
  13. So what Revell prepared for tanks in gentlemen scale? Source: http://www.kitreviewsonline.de/revell-neuheiten-fuer-das-jahr-2017/ My German is even worse then my English, but if I'm correct, we are getting those: Reissues with new camouflages: 1) LKW gmil 5t in May 2017* 2) TPz Fuchs in July 2017 3) Leopard 1A1 in July 2017 New variant: T-55 AM/AM2B in October 2017 * And the most interesting, a new tool: M109G howitzer in September 2017 (cat. no. 03305) * Update: according to official informations, posted on Britmodeller here: Link All above mentioned AFV, except a M109G, are in in 1/35 scale
  14. According to the 2017 Catalogue HERE the following are planned for 2017; 48192 SdKfz 223 German Radio Communication Vehicle 48193 SdKfz 260 German Radio Communication Vehicle 48194 SdKfz 261 German Radio Communication Vehicle Catalogue shows only photographs of the real things but I hope ICM have brought the PanzerTracts volume!
  15. A Happy New Year greetings from FtF According to a company comment under Polish greetings, C4P will probably come as next. Oh, and more about what C$P is can be found there: Polish artillery tractor C4P / halftrack car wz. 34.
  16. Hi there! Just photographed my new model) I didn't work a lot on it, made only mantlet and searchlight covers and machine-gun shield. Hope you'll like it!
  17. Ok this was something I originally suggested way back in 2013 but then it was just for the airforce, this was a bit restrictive. It got into this years vote and I had completely forgotten about it and didnt remove the earlier restrictions. But it seems like there is still a lot of interest in this so its now opened up completely. So if it was made in Italy or wore the Italian colours then bring it along. I have always liked the flare and passion the Italians put into their designs and if that wasnt enough then add a few more cylinders or even an extra engine!! Which would you rather listen to a Ferrari 250GTO a Lamborghini Miura or a 60s Renault or 2CV!! So lets go for a drive around Tuscany, a cruse over Lake Como, sail the Tyrrhenian Sea, or a flight along the Amafi Coast. Lets live the good life in 2016! ok the list..... 1, trickyrich - Host 2, Mitch K 3, vppelt68 4, JOCKNEY 5, Lex77 6, CliffB 7, Giorgio N 8, Prenton 9, milktrip 10, Arniec - Co-Host 11, Bonhoff 12, Caerbannog 13, Paul J 14, swat11 15, TallPaul 16, Chimpion 17, Doug Rogers 18, hgbn 19, feoffee2 20, Ettore 21, SleeperService 22, iJones 23, Shermaniac 24, Mitch K 25, maltadefender 26, JackG 27, RobG 28, 06/24 29, Enzo Matrix 30, pinetree_fella 31, Hardtarget 32, SAU 33, Blitz23 34, usetherudders 35, wellzy 36, wimbledon99
  18. Hello Britmodellers, here is the newest roll out from my "production line", which is in the "finish something" modus, currently. Normally i don t do paper projects but this was fun. This build was intended as a birthday present for a good friend, he is playing the World of Tanks game and added a E 25 for his tank garage. The kit itself is a really good one, the modeller can choose between, rubber band style tracks or plastic single links, different hull tops, mudguards from plastic or PE parts and there are also a lot of tools for the so called Entwicklungsfahrzeug, or development vehicle. At the end of WWII, there were two hulls for production at Allkett in Berlin, so my build is just fantasy. There are many parts shared with the Panther and Tiger Ausf.B tanks, like the suspension, road wheels, tracks and the gun from the Panther and Jagdpanzer IV, of the later production. I added also towing cables, mountings for them ( came from a retired StuG III ) and the tube, which includes the cleaning rods for the main gun ( from an also retired Panther ) After nearly twenty years, the soft plastic tracks, simply dissolve. The build was straight forward, no problems at all. To speed up “production” my girlfriend cut out and cleaned all the single tracks. Wasn t the last modelling project for her. The camo scheme was sprayed free hand on, using my Badger 150 airbrush, weathering was done with acrylics. Ot was the first 1/35 tank in years for me, it was fun, so there will be more stuff in this scale, land on my bench, incl. projects like this one. Hope you like it. Best Regards Bernd
  19. Gorgeous kit oozes quality and the detail is excellent. Tempted to fork out for their Gato class or do a Guppy build. Still not very good with photo etch but getting there slowly
  20. Ok while having a long boring nightshift I have come up with an idea for a GB which could include almost everyone! A South Latin American GB Ok after lots of requests by everyone.....well Steve anyway, I had a think about this and decided to open it up to the rest of Latin America. This GB will now cover anything and everything South American "of the border", as long as it was used there or built there it’s ok. There should be a bit of something for everybody here with all forms of transport covered, both military and civilian, even the automotive crowd with Dakar bikes/cars/trucks So countries eligible; Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Costa Rica Cuba Dominican Republic Ecuador El Salvador Gaudeloupe Guatemala Guyana Haiti Honduras Mexico Nicaragua Panama Paraguay Peru Puerto Rico Suriname Uruguay Venezuela Plus French Guiana Falkland Islands Martinique ​Saint Barthelemy Saint Martin The are some amazing and interesting subjects available which you wouldn't normally see or think about.....so what do you think? A Lista (the list) 1, trickyrich - host 2, Threadbear 3, MAD STEVE 4, Arniec 5, wyverns4 - co-host 6, Max Headroom 7, Jörgen Stendahl 8, nimrod54 9, Moggy 10, Mish 11, CliffB 12, Col 13, hgbn 14, feoffee2 15, Radleigh 16, Old Man 17, Centollaman 18, somtec 19, modelling minion 20, SleeperService
  21. This is my first entry for my very first Britmodeller AFV build which will be built OOB with maybe some scratch refinements. As I have said in the build up I have only ever built two AFV's and one of these (1/76 Airfix King Tiger) is languishing in it's box awaiting completion, when I can decide how best to tackle the vinyl tracks. Here are the box and sprue shots This is the only reference I have so I am looking for any advice from the expert Russian heavy tank builders out there amongst you, along with any hints and tips that I can try plus anything else I can find on t'internet. I'll see how I get on with this before deciding on the second build I would like to do for this GB. Just as an aside and to go off topic a little, here are a few photos of my only completed tank build to date - the Revell 1/72 T-72 in DDR colours fresh off the parade ground. Thanks for looking
  22. Hello, here is another build from my 1/72 tank collection, was my second (new) one. Right after the Revell T-72. Done before new years eve 2013/14. This is an older kit, released under the Matchbox and Monogram label as well, its more on the crude side by todays standart, but fun to build. The parts needed some clean up, especially the snorkel and the small stuff, some sinkholes had to be filled. Made some additions to the otherwise oob build. The headlights got "guards" over, done by stretched sprue The front skirt, seen on these tanks were made by thin plastic card The turret was improved with an additional smoke grenade launcher, some "wires" seen on pics and the small handlight looking aft at the back of the turret were added. The fuel drums were altered to remove the big seam running through them. The holes at the back plate/engine deck were closed and the "log" was added using a sprue. Painted with Revell colors and weathered with acrylics and some drybrushing. the sand color was sprayed on, the green was brushed on. Maybe i am able to replace the "8,8 flak gun" with a more true to scale replica of the anti aircraft mgs seen on russian or soviet tanks. Not much time for modelling right now, but this was a beautiful day with good light conditions outside. Hope you like it Bernd
  23. Building and creating a loaded dragon wagon, what colour is best for the tyres, prefer tamiya paint for this. Also building oob and in parts I will be able to post to Bahrain, to meet me at my next ship, to continue building and painting in an attempt to finish in 2 months
  24. Painting Guide For AFV of WWII and Modern Era Jose Luis Lopez Ruiz - Casemate UK It has been a while since this reviewer switched from AFV modelling to aircraft. I found I could never really achieve the results I wanted, and this was in those pre-internet days of long ago. I do wish there had been books like this then. The book is what I would describe as medium/large format in an A-4 portrait sized book with a soft cover. There are 82 high quality pages. The printing is excellent through out, with clear text and great photographs illustrating the various techniques. Jose Luis Lopez Ruiz is a world renowned Spanish modeller who is a major contributor to The Steelmaster Magazine. He is a very talented modeller who has spent years developing his own techniques. In this publication we are introduced to his "Black & White" technique which has to be seen to be believed. As well as explaining the "Black & White" technique the book covers; Primers Layering Paints (Enamel & Acrylic) Washes Varnishes Pigments Primers The second half of the book then show cases five builds from WWII and the modern era to demonstrate the techniques discussed earlier. The photographs are clear and the text is concise. A gallery of completed models completes the book. Conclusion This is a great learning guide from a top class modeller. While you might not stick to one specific technique as shown, the book provokes thought as to how the individual modeller might make use of the techniques on show to finish their own model. Highly recommended, it might even spark the reviewer into making AFVs again! Review sample courtesy of
  25. My latest one, AFV club's quarter scale RF-5E Tigereye in RoC AF livery. Built mostly OOB with only a bang seat replacement from QB. Pianted with MM LGG, with patches in Tamiya XF-66 which were subsequnetly covered with a mist of MM LGG to get that - there not there effect of the camo. OOB decals, which were a bit on the thick side , but boiling water and micro set / sol took care of them. Well enough rambling, here we go [/url Thanks for looking and Holiday Greetings,
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