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To distract myself from the strong urge to throttle my older two children:

 

Two boxes of 1/72 PSC Sdkfz 250 neu

One box of PSC 1/72 Humber II/IVs

One box of PSC 1/72 Sdkfz 231s

 

Grabner's last ride is much on the brain.

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Courtesy of a voucher (long time since I got one of these for Christmas ...), I treated myself to the Revell Shackleton MR.3. That didn't quite use up the value of the voucher, so I contributed some cash of my own to get another of the excellent Tamiya Mosquito kits.

 

The Shackleton will have to wait its turn, as I have the Revell rebox of the ancient Frog tooling lined up to build over the next few months. Doubtless I will build the Revell kit as the Viper-equipped version, whenever I get around to it.

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Nothing exciting, but some Ammo and Vallejo detailing brushes along with some flesh tone paints .... and an airbrush! 

 

Keith 😁 

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Found my decalling/varnishing brushes are almost at an end some more from Amazon, cheap for quite a few of them so not expecting much but least for varnishing they will last a while due to the low use rate, though some are flat type so will trial them to paint 

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Another shrink-wrapped second hand kit at a good price. This time, a 1992 boxing of the 1957 vintage Glencoe Models Martin M-130. As I had suspected, it is not actually 1/144 scale, but a few points bigger. This was the era of varying the scale to fit the box. A quick dry-fitting shows no major issues with the main parts, which is usually half the battle. The decal sheet is also quite respectable, with markings for all 3 "Clippers".

 

Now, if only there were an upcoming group build that this would be ideal for 😀

 

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Two 1/72 Special Armour Sd.kfz 10 halftracks, for wargaming purposes. Which is very rational, as I have no opponents and no compelling reason to do Grabner's last ride in 1/72 and 20mm, yet here we are.

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Happy New Year, y'all!

 

I got the last three items Santa (me) brought for Christmas:

 

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I grabbed this for a reasonable price on eBay, I wanted to turn out my favorite 1950s bird as a Navy and Air Force Warningstar and one as an airliner. I've seen this kit built up nicely, thought it may not be as bad as the Heller kit and a truck load of aftermarket goodies.

 

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And I snagged another YB-17 kit to take a crack at building it as the Model 299.

 

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It seems to be in better shape the first one, and I know a few of its pitfalls.

 

And I popped for this one:

 

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I want to build a little fleet of AJs and I may build up this kit or use it as a conversion kit for the Roden AJ-1. It's kind hard to see, but there's an extra canopy in that last pic. I hope to build the XAJ, the AJ-1, the AJ-2P and the AJ-2 as bomber and tanker.

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6 minutes ago, UberDaveToo said:

Happy New Year, y'all!

 

I got the last three items Santa (me) brought for Christmas:

 

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I grabbed this for a reasonable price on eBay, I wanted to turn out my favorite 1950s bird as a Navy and Air Force Warningstar and one as an airliner. I've seen this kit built up nicely, thought it may not be as bad as the Heller kit and a truck load of aftermarket goodies.

 

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And I snagged another YB-17 kit to take a crack at building it as the Model 299.

 

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It seems to be in better shape the first one, and I know a few of its pitfalls.

 

And I popped for this one:

 

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I want to build a little fleet of AJs and I may build up this kit or use it as a conversion kit for the Roden AJ-1. It's kind hard to see, but there's an extra canopy in that last pic. I hope to build the XAJ, the AJ-1, the AJ-2P and the AJ-2 as bomber and tanker.

Nice going with the vacuform kits. Rareplane kits are reasonably sturdy compared to others and are female moulded giving much crisper surface detail.
They do require a bit of sanding to knock down the moulding pips, but you end up subduing the rivets a little bit in the process, which looks nicer. I have a few of the B-17’s, one of which is earmarked for conversion to the 299 also. It would look spectacular with a P-26 and F4B-4 parked on either side. Have their KC-97 also. 
 

Cheers

 

Jeff

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As Tamiya have released this, and I built one as a kid it was rude not to....

 

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This and some Ammo washes

 

 

Keith 😁 

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A belated Christmas present from wifey (as the original one got lost in the post!)

 

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She knows me very well in that I love complex decals!

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From Phoenix Publications

The McDonnell Douglas Phantom Volume 3 - F-4C/F-4E/F-4F/RF-4C/RF-4E European Operators book , by Andy Evans , latest release by Phoenix as No.4 in their Real to Replica White Series , covers German, Greek , Turkish and to a lesser extent Spanish Phantoms along with kit builds in 1/48 and 1/32 scale for the first three operators listed.

 

From Books etc.

Single No. 48 Fairey Gannet AS.1 book , by Dariusz Karnas and Artur Juszczak , published 2023 by MMP Books , well priced at £7 with free shipping , mix of 1/72 plans , black & white / colour images including close-up detail , one three-view colour profile.

 

From Airfix

Airfix A12014 1/48 Buccaneer S.2B (With Commemorative Coin) kit , last of my 2023 pre-orders (paid for 19th. December but arrived 4th. January after preferring to spend the holidays in the Airfix Warehouse) , £65 and a few pennies with Club Discount and free shipping.

 

From Fields Of Glory Models Via Amazon

AK Acrylics AK11874 USMC Field Green FS 34095 paint.

AK Acrylics AK11659 Vietnam Camouflage Colours for Jungle Armour paint set , (AK11157 US Army Olive Drab , AK11345 APC Interior Light Green , AK11153 USMC Forest Green).

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One of my Christmas presents was this gem.

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Forget the Lea & Perrins and other Worcester sauces, this is the stuff. It used to be made in a small factory near the University of Sheffield, and I recall going past the place when I was a student back in the early 1970s. It is still a family run business in a newer factory, and in our local Morrisons is about a pound cheaper than Lea & Perrins. Likewise, it is also apparently suitable for vegetarians.

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A trio of parcels this week, one managed to slip in stealth mode, this was the SH Viggen kit I bought in their recent sale, but a couple were from local (NZ) suppliers & not so stealthy, first was a tin of the now defunct Humbrol 237 Desert tan, always useful for a desert finish nutter & to absorb some postage, I added an Airfix classic Brewster Buffalo, I've never had one of these before & am quite impressed with it. I've heard a rumour there could be a Classic Airfix GB later in the year. :) 

Then yesterday from John Stones of Jays Models in the deep south, A Tasman detailing set for the Frog Sea Venom, one of which may well show up in the Frog Squad GB shortly. A small fairly unobtrusive, inexpensive looking package. ;) :D 

Steve.

 

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7 hours ago, Des said:

From Phoenix Publications

The McDonnell Douglas Phantom Volume 3 - F-4C/F-4E/F-4F/RF-4C/RF-4E European Operators book , by Andy Evans , latest release by Phoenix as No.4 in their Real to Replica White Series , covers German, Greek , Turkish and to a lesser extent Spanish Phantoms along with kit builds in 1/48 and 1/32 scale for the first three operators listed.

 

From Airfix

Airfix A12014 1/48 Buccaneer S.2B (With Commemorative Coin) kit , last of my 2023 pre-orders (paid for 19th. December but arrived 4th. January after preferring to spend the holidays in the Airfix Warehouse) , £65 and a few pennies with Club Discount and free shipping.

 

Hi Des,

Don't put those two on the shelf 'cause I'm sending She-Ninja tonight to fetch 'em - again.

German F-4Fs :tasty::rain:

 

 

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36 minutes ago, stevehnz said:

One managed to slip in stealth mode, this was the SH Viggen kit I bought in their recent sale

 

:blink2: Noooooooo... Steve. I hope it turns up soon. Is it the 1/48th scale SH kit?

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1 hour ago, stevehnz said:

A trio of parcels this week, one managed to slip in stealth mode, this was the SH Viggen kit I bought in their recent sale, but a couple from local (NZ) suppliers, first was a tin of the now defunct Humbrol 237 Desert tan, always useful for a desert finish nutter & to absorb some postage, I added an Airfix classic Brewster Buffalo, I've never had one of these before & am quite impressed with it. I've heard a rumour there could be a Classic Airfix GB later in the year. :)  Then yesterday from John Stones of Jays Models in the deep south, A Tasman detailing set for the Frog Sea Venom, one of which may well show up in the Frog Squad GB shortly. A small fairly unobtrusive, inexpensive looking package. ;) :D 

Steve.

 

Painting the Buffalo canopy framing will test you, especially if done free-hand. Just saying. Not as tricky as (say) the Mitsubishi Dinah though. Anyway, the Airfix Buffalo has a special place in my modelling universe, as it's the first kit I can ever recall seeing in a shop.

 

I also have the Frog Venom on the short-list for the Frog GB, but I may beat a hasty retreat in the face of a detail set. It's not like I don't have enough other options.

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22 hours ago, Pajarito said:

 

:blink2: Noooooooo... Steve. I hope it turns up soon. Is it the 1/48th scale SH kit?

Already here, 1/72, The one true scale of course. ;) :P 

Steve.

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2 hours ago, stevehnz said:

SH Viggen kit I bought in their recent sale


If you’re ever feeling inclined, Tarangus actually ship down here free, so long as you pay Swedish sales tax (which isn’t much on a few kits).. I think their Viggens are the same mould as SH.

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7 hours ago, Karearea said:


If you’re ever feeling inclined, Tarangus actually ship down here free, so long as you pay Swedish sales tax (which isn’t much on a few kits).. I think their Viggens are the same mould as SH.

Thanks, I'm not sure I need anymore, want though, hmmmm, I'll have to think about it. :D 

Steve

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1 hour ago, stevehnz said:

Thanks, I'm not sure I need anymore


I wasn’t sure if I should mention it.. whenever I manage to get a delivery in under the radar, I feel emboldened to try my luck again! 

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On 06/01/2024 at 15:06, Mr T said:

One of my Christmas presents was this gem.

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Forget the Lea & Perrins and other Worcester sauces, this is the stuff. It used to be made in a small factory near the University of Sheffield, and I recall going past the place when I was a student back in the early 1970s. It is still a family run business in a newer factory, and in our local Morrisons is about a pound cheaper than Lea & Perrins. Likewise, it is also apparently suitable for vegetarians.

A secret recepie reputed to be known only to the one man who prepares the brew. It's been around longer than the imposter and is not just suitable for vegies but is Vegan approved!

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12 minutes ago, Circloy said:

A secret recepie reputed to be known only to the one man who prepares the brew. It's been around longer than the imposter and is not just suitable for vegies but is Vegan approved!

Can’t be right, then… without the well brewed anchovies, it’s not the real thing. (He says this sitting in Rotherham with both Hendersons sauce in the cupboard and Henderson’s-flavoured crisps in the pantry.)

best,

M.

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