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22 hours ago, PhantomBigStu said:

a pot of vallejo USN bluegrey from amazon as mnot cost effective to order just a single pot of xtracrylix from elsewhere, hopefully it looks ok 

Arrived, and slightly lighter than the XA version but looks brilliant compared to photos of the real thing. Also ordered an Xtradecal white serial sheet for my BBMF spitfire XIX, can speed through it now I've got that sorted. Also about to pop to my local for some additional paint, watch this space to see if a kit leaves with me. edit indeed an Og 1970s airfix spitfire I

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I had some decent offers from a seller on eBay for some Arcus enamel sets, so I bought four of them, these being the FAA Biplane, Sturmoviz, Aegean Ghosts and Mod Eagle sets. I had bought the Battle Of Britain one a few months ago and was pleased with how they sprayed and with the colours themselves. They kind reminded me in use and odour of the old Humbrol Super Enamels from the 1990s.

 

There isn't a huge array of choice these days for the enamel user, so I'm glad they're around. Ukrainian, too.

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Had a bit of a windfall (overtime and standby shift payout).
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With the apparent demise of Pavla, I figured I'd get handy parts for stuff in the stash while they're still in stock.

Apart from that, the SW Pacific theme got some love with the B-17E and Hurri IIA trop (ML-KNIL). 
FineMolds' F-4D was the last one in stock and it was feeling lonely so now it can join the rest of the herd here.

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Been after this for a while and managed to get it 2nd hand via Amazon for less than 4 quid posted 👍

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Regards,

 

Steve

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Picked up an Academy 1/48 P-38 Lightning, 1/72 Bf.109E, Frog Blenheim, another 1/72 F-86, and a Special Hobby 1/72 Gloster Meteor T Mk.7.5 which will be in the Israeli markings. As well as a 1/72 Hasegawa 1/72 F9F-2 and a Hobbyboss 1/72 P-39. May yet pick up a Sword Cougar and an Armored car in 1/35 soon ? 

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Went a bit overboard with ordering items for future projects last week and the first have started to arrive although might be into October before they are all here and some purchases are going to lead into other purchases come Plod Pension Day on the 15th . . . . .  and that was before the Airfix Buccaneer was released.

 

Via Ali Express

Just in case I ever get round to one of my Airfix kits , from quite a wide selection of resin conversions described as ‘1/48 Die Cast Resin Model ‘ with no named manufacturer , no instructions , no labelling included but moulding blocks are marked  ‘Blackdog’ I chose a pair of 1/48 resin conversions for the Lynx AH.7Nose Avionics Bay & Tail Boom With Removed Panels  and  Exposed Engine Bay With Removed Panels  , total cost £22 including minimal shipping charges , delivered within 10 days but as is the way of Ali Express a kit ordered at the same time with far more expensive shipping has a delivery date some 10 weeks in the future.

 

 

From G-Force Models – Closing Down Sale

Trumpeter 02869 1/48 KA-3B Skywarrior Kit , part one of a cunning plan although not a subject lacking ‘issues’.

 

Techmod 48051 1/48 Grumman Wildcat Mk.VI decals , should have gone to Specsavers as the kit I actually have on the shelf is a Hellcat so another set of decals for that and an appropriate kit for these decals will be in the offing soon.

 

 

From Jadlam Models

Hobby Boss 80347 1/48 A-7K Corsair II kit for a completely different 'cunning' plan but again a subject with ‘issues’ albeit with some fixes en-route.

 

 

From Postscript Books at up to 75% off RRP

This seemed to miss me when it was released - Sepecat Jaguar – Almost Extinct , by Peter Foster , published 2017 by History Press , follow on in similar format but in softback this time to his 2006 Sepecat Jaguar – Endangered Species title that I already have ; end of RAF operations , end of Omani operations , Ecuadorian examples in storage , ongoing Indian developments and updated individual histories of UK aircraft with little or no repetition of photo content that I can see.

 

A Carpet Ride To Khiva -  Seven Years On The Silk Road , by Christopher Aslan Alexander , published 2010 by Icon , travelling the ‘Stans in the 21st. Century.

 

Three Men Went To Row – Fact And Fiction Behind Jerome K. Jerome’s Thames Classic , by John Llewellyn , published 2017 by Matador.

 

And a couple of Crochet project books for my wife which I claimed was the real reason for the order in the first place

 

 

From Pen & Sword

RAF In Camera : 100 Years On Display , by Keith Wilson , newly released by Pen & Sword , similar hefty weight , size and very heavily illustrated format to the earlier 1950s , 60s and 70s volumes but dealing with the public face of the RAF during its history , with shipping I saved £10 on RRP using a ‘new release’ offer received last week from the publisher on the same day as the great muddy e-river of commerce cancelled my much cheaper long-standing ‘guaranteed’ pre-order price because publication had been postponed indefinitely.

 

 

And finally for this week the icing on the cake from Airfix

Airfix A12012 1/48 Blackburn Buccaneer S.2C/D , pre-ordered from back at the beginning of the year , but why do their boxes always have a whiff of slightly-turned dairy produce?

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3 hours ago, Des said:

 

Techmod 48051 1/48 Grumman Wildcat Mk.VI decals , should have gone to Specsavers as the kit I actually have on the shelf is a Hellcat so another set of decals for that and an appropriate kit for these decals will be in the offing soon.

 

I'd wait for the Eduard one to appear, honestly...

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Total disaster averted!

 

I discovered that I was short an F-4C and a Spey Phantom. Appropriate measures taken, one can never have too many Spitfires Phantoms after all..

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And the postie delivered some nice reading material as well, what a weekend! :P

 

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5 hours ago, Des said:

but why do their boxes always have a whiff of slightly-turned dairy produce?

 

I'm glad I'm not the only one that notices that, none of my model club mates ever seem to! :)

 

Keith

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Spalding Yesterday. We normally deliver to Spalding on a Thursday when Mason's models are closed.

Yesterday I had deliveries there, so I managed to pop in. I found an impressive stock of models and accessories in there. Some good sale items too.

At least four different paint ranges and two friendly blokes behind the counter.

All I needed though was Tamiya extra thin glue and Their flat clear spray, Good prices though. 

Well worth a visit in my opinion.

http://www.masonsmodels.co.uk/

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Visited east Kirkby today , and picked up a secondhand airfix 1/48 walrus……..which was nice. Even better when I opened it to discover it had some eduard sets and some resin wheels!

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13 hours ago, jackroadkill said:

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Chuffed this has arrived; okay, it was delivered to my old address, but even so...

 

Great artwork! I never knew this reissue existed. 

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2 hours ago, IanC said:

 

Great artwork! I never knew this reissue existed. 

 

1 hour ago, PhantomBigStu said:

Its only just been released. Agree the new art work looks brilliant 

 

Yes, hot off the press this week.  Both schemes look very interesting, and the box art scheme has a very interesting history, in particular.

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On 7/29/2022 at 2:48 PM, treker_ed said:

Not modelling related - but a significant purchase none-the-less!

 

For more years than I care to admit to, my other main past-time is PC-Gaming, playing everything from strategy games to FPS to RPG's - this has been exclusively on desktop systems that I have built myself over the years. My latest rig was built just over 2 years ago, literally just before the first main Covid lockdown and is a fairly beefy rig and allows me to play pretty much all games at max fidelity and resolution.

 

One massive drawback... When we go on holiday I need to keep myself busy and fairly well occupied but can't exactly lug a massive tower-system, duel monitors, surround sound system etc around in the car with us!!! I know going away is about getting away from it all, but... It's not a case of having a shot attention span or anything like that - I have a brain that needs constant stimulation, and constant feeding to keep it "nourished". Whether that be reading, or doing something etc. I find that I can get bored very easily on holiday :unsure: Still getting used to the fact that this part of me is autism related! I've always need to keep "busy" and now I know why that is!

 

To that end, I've been trying to save up for a mid range gaming laptop. One that will allow me to still play the games in my various digital libraries (Steam, Origin, Uplay etc) but would also allow me to play them at some sort of reasonable level of graphics with a decent spec. After lots of searching, checking reviews etc, managed to tie one down that was also on a special offer from one of my favourite retailers (been using this company for all my components for nearly 30 years!).

 

 

Basic gist - just as good as my desktop system, (slightly less storage) but in a portable package! Normally retails around the £1300(ish) mark, but reduced to under £1100 at the moment. More than I wanted to pay, but for such a decent gaming laptop, a pretty good price! (Being a typical geek, I'm already looking at how to upgrade the built in storage:like:!)

 

(I should add that I do have a cheap laptop already, good enough for basic stuff, got from wifes place of work when they updated their laptops... It's just not up to playing any games! But I will strip it of any spare parts before being got rid of though!)

Update 08/08/2022 - I've had to cancel the order - item was on back order with an original eta of 01/08/2022. Sadly this was delayed until 08/08/2022, and has now been delayed again until 12/08/2022. With no realistic due accurate due date I've had to take the decision to cancel the order. Shame really as for the money, I was getting a really decent, and high specced gaming laptop!

 

Now got to start the search again - may have to go with my second place machine instead!

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Took some much-needed vacation and decided on a city trip to Poland (Kraków and Warsaw) for a week. Lucky me, there was a nice Bookstore just 10 minutes from my hotel in Warsaw which also had a sizeable selection of military books.

 

There I got these:

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Quite unusual, these are postcards which cover aircraft from the beginning of Russian aviation, from Tsarist times until the end of the Russian Civil War. Each card has a colour profile, short descriptive text and the photo the profile was based on. These profiles come from a 4-part series of books (КРАСКИ РУССКОЙ АВИАЦИИ = Russian Aviation Colours) which cover the history of identification markings, emblems and personal markings of early Russian military aviation. Like the books, each part of the set covers a different topic:

  • Part 1: Imperial Russian aviation 1909 - 1914 (Pre-War)
  • Part 2: Imperial Russian aviation 1914 - 1917 (First World War)
  • Part 3: Bolshevik forces 1918 - 1922 (Russian Civil War)
  • Part 4: White Forces 1918 - 1922 (Russian Civil War)

This is what the cards look like (each set contains 15 cards):

 

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Although early aviation is not really my interest, lesser known topics/conflicts are. Plus, the very nice owner of the shop made me an offer I simply couldn't refuse :lol: and so I got the whole set for just zł63 (€13,40 / £11,32).


Cheers
Markus

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A couple of books from the Ferrymead Transport Museum as a fund raiser, 1000 Destroyed, the 4th Fighter group in WW2 & The Naval War in the West, The Wolf Packs, I thought it would provide background for the Escort Carriers book I bought recently too. Also some CF-100 decals from Over & Under from Canada, looks like I'm into the Candian GB. :)

Steve. by Grover Hall

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On 8/8/2022 at 3:46 PM, treker_ed said:

Update 08/08/2022 - I've had to cancel the order - item was on back order with an original eta of 01/08/2022. Sadly this was delayed until 08/08/2022, and has now been delayed again until 12/08/2022. With no realistic due accurate due date I've had to take the decision to cancel the order. Shame really as for the money, I was getting a really decent, and high specced gaming laptop!

 

Now got to start the search again - may have to go with my second place machine instead!

Final update on this one: Delivery date changed again to the 19th August so it more or less looks like this particular laptop is definitely not going to be delivered to the retailers any time soon! Have spent the last few days looking at reviews, and technical specs for dozens of gaming laptops. I had a budget in mind that I was working to, but sadly, I've had to go somewhat over that budget to get a laptop that has enough grunt to be able to play the games I have that they don't end up looking like a slideshow! Should be delivered in the next couple of days.

 

https://www.acer.com/ac/en/GB/content/model/NH.QBREK.003

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Bit of a slow week with most the remaining modelling items ordered last week still en-route.

 

From 1001 Hobbies

Trumpeter 02873 1/48 ERA-3B Skywarrior kit , part 2 of perhaps not as cunning a plan as I thought it might be but the scheming continues nonetheless - from a co.uk address , Union Flag in the logo , English language text and Sterling prices but didn’t realise that they were based in France however promised dispatch date met and delivered as advertised without problems.

 

From KLP Publishing

Building British Phantoms Volume 1 – The FG.1 Phantom II in Royal Navy , Fleet Air Arm and A&AEE Service , by Geoff Coughlin , e-book released this week by KLP , 366 page PDF with mix of full-size aviation and modelling features although think that ‘Royal Navy’ in title should perhaps read ‘Royal Air Force’ , some duplication of images but still excellent value for the equivalent of around £12.

 

Via Amazon

Second-hand copy of Mosquito , Typhoon , Tempest At War , by Chaz Bowyer , Arthur Reed and Roland Beamont , published 1995 by The Promotional Reprint Company as a compilation of the earlier Mosquito at War and Typhoon and Tempest at War published separately in 1973 and 1974 respectively by Ian Allan , excellent condition with 300+ well illustrated pages with total cost including shipping for around the same as most current monthly aviation/modelling mags.

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