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  1. Nail files, emery boards and glass (aka crystal) files all have modelling uses. If you're not familiar with glass files, they are generally much harder wearing than emery/flexi-type files. I think Meng offer such a file for modellers but the beauty aisles in shops (or online) offer similar stuff at the same or cheaper prices. The more you look at many of the tools and gadgets we use, the more you realise that many of them are thinly disguised products from other walks of life. That's not a criticism, just an observation.
  2. -Storage (not just display space) for finished models, plus storage for unfinished and unstarted models - you will always need lots more than you think you will. -If you have reference books, allow plenty of shelf space for what you have now and what you may acquire in future. -In short, future-proof your space to accommodate further purchases and builds over time.
  3. Over the past month or so, I've managed to 'shoot' a couple more aircraft from our holiday home in Wales. The Aviano 'Buzzards' were operating out of Lakenheath and the '130 is a regular from Mildenhall (note the legs sticking off the back of the open cargo ramp).
  4. Thanks Juan - that's the most detailed information I've seen. Much appreciated. I'd spotted that the vehicle was a mortar carrier as the roof hatches are visible in one of the images. However, I wasn't sure if it was a 106 or a 125. John
  5. There are a bunch of Aviano F-16s at Lakenheath at present - saw a couple in the Mach Loop this morning but not close enough to check the tailcode size.
  6. Thanks Craig - that might make sense. The 'coded' aircraft were 493rd FS (48 FW at Lakenheath). They are transitioning to F35s at present so it might be that the codes on the other two F15s have been removed already, prior to re-assignment?
  7. Out of curiosity, how common is it to see F15s without two-letter tailcodes - just seen a quartet of Cs of which two had codes and two didn't. Thanks, John
  8. Premium Hobbies is connected with CEW Direct https://cewdirect.com/collections/premium-hobbies It has no connection with the British retailer of the same name (Premium Hobbies).
  9. I prefer forums for their advantges in hosting more 'serious' and detailed discussions and keeping all that in one logical thread. I prefer FB more more general chat and immediacy. I have a very small circle of friends and family I keep in touch with via FB. My modelling activities are posted exclusively in FB groups rather than on my own profile (which is as invisible as it's possible to get on the platform). The drift towards the newer social media platforms for modelling subjects is in my opinion partly due to the ease with which you can snap an image on your phone and upload it
  10. It's a nice kit to start with (I've built one and just started on another) and you've done a great job with this one.
  11. You're a cruel, cruel man... 🙂 On a more serious note, the pilot got out OK and was recovered to the carrier.
  12. Sadly, the terms of the lease prevent sub-letting. Immediate family is OK but nobody outside that envelope. The flying schedule is a bit random. It's always weather-dependent and being a mountainous area, mist and rain regularly prevent low flying (this week the weather has been poor and is getting worse). On a good week you'll get F15s, Hawks, Texans, C-130s and Ospreys. Other times you'll only see the Hawks and Texans, or maybe just the '15s. We had a privately owned L-39 Albatros pass through earlier this week. Sometimes they'll do the circuit 2-3 times in succession and other t
  13. One of the advantages of having a holiday home in Mid-Wales is that the neighbours often come out to play and you can watch them without leaving the balcony.
  14. Scale ModelWorld 2021, the IPMS (UK) national exhibition, is going ahead this year after we had to cancel last year. It's in the traditional Remembrance Weekend slot. The show will be a bit smaller than normal but we've already confirmed nearly 100 vendors, with more in the pipeline and more than 170 Branches and Special Interest Groups will be providing a huge range of displays across the exhibition halls. For fairly obvious reasons, we're expecting fewer vendors and visitors from outside the UK this year, but they won't be missing completely. The venue is The Internatonal Centre
  15. The vast majority of model makers (of any age) do sit at home, on their own and enjoy their hobby without the need to engage with other modelers on a regular basis. The model makers who get out and about to shows and who engage on internet forums and social media are (and always have been) a minority of the model-buying public. The industry could not be sustained by the sales of kits if their primary market was the show-going, internet-engaging public. For many 'modelers', their kit building is more an adjunct to other interests - tie-ins with movies and with other franchises for e
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