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About roym

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  • Birthday 02/03/1971

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    Peoples Republic of Cork
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    CVW-8/USS Nimitz 1975-1987<br />Naval Aviation, post war, all Nations.<br />Irish Aviation, all eras.<br />Anything flown by Chuck Yeager.<br />Anything I've seen in the flesh.

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  1. Ten thumbs. Yes thanks davetur
  2. Yes I was torn too. The same way. Also I even felt a bit guilty that they arrived. I suppose we are still supporting them either way.
  3. Hey folks. Just a public service announcement. I ordered some model aftermarket items from a shop in Ukraine. I found the link to the items and shop on scalemates. Mostly stuff that wasn't available elsewhere and a few vac canopies that are, just to fill the pack. To be honest, I wasn't expecting it to arrive with all that is happening. I also figured if it didn't, at least the guy would have a few euros to use as he saw fit. I certainly felt he had higher priorities than filling my order for bits for (what are effectively toy) planes. To my surprise, the package landed safe and sound at
  4. Wish I was there.... Ah well, we also have a decent tribute band in Ireland too (Breathe) that I've been lucky enough to see a couple of times pre-pandemic. Agreed better to have a decent tribute re-creating the live sound than a karaoke band or worse not being able to experience that live sound ever again. At least I get to go see Munster Rugby live tonight so still all good.
  5. I've looked at this over the years and looking at the link above my own interpretation is that the blue hue is partly from sky reflection. If you look at the Ferocious Frankie pic you can also see the remnants of the black stripes above the fuse Star/n/bar. So another probable source of the difference in finish is the "scrubbing off" of the invasion stripes and the remnants of the old olive drab that was under the stripes, add in weathering to OD before stripes painted and after they were removed. And the scrubbing effect on the finish.
  6. Sorry for thread hijack but what version is this? I've now got a notion in my head for a spare Matchbox F4U-4 kit and surplus decals....
  7. Another vote down for fakebook. This works well. If it can't work here try another forum as suggested above, or maybe through Scalemates. Not farcebook though. For the love of God nooo....
  8. This is all a moot, if sometimes interesting and/or entertaining thread. I hope Steve is OK. My interest in what is wrong, if anything, or his personal circumstances, whatever they may be, end after the word ok in the last sentence above. It's nobody's business but his. I'm a long time member and did drift away for a while. The difference in traffic here from before my break to after was staggering and like above I do fear for the long term here, but its far from dead yet. It is still one of my favourite forums due to the wide range of nationalities, and resulting attitudes/variety
  9. Matchbox kits. Yes really, if I'm honest. Cork Airport was fairly quiet in the 70s. Didn't get much exposure to aviation round here then, but the local newsagents had walls full of Roy Huxley painted boxes stuffed with multi coloured plastic. And the little bit of text on the front of the boxes was usually my first intro to aviation history. Snowballed out of control from there...
  10. Our (Irish) local model shop chain removed them from sale at the start of the month. They stock Humbrol, Revell enamels, Tamiya Acrylics and lacquers, and the smaller brands (alclad, AK metal etc. Humbrol was always the largest share, easily 60%. Across the chain they have approx €17,000 (retail) worth that they cannot sell and Humbrol refuse to take back. Humbrol knew this was coming and still didn't do anything about changing the formula. I think it's safe to say it's the end of Humbrol here at least.
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