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  1. If memory serves (alas the stash is in disarray at present so I can't check) there's a camera fairing in the injected UM Model 109 set HTH - Patrick
  2. I've been in and out of the forums this year, lots of stuff on outside. So I'm intrigued, I just got this message from a browser on a new computer: Did I miss something?
  3. That makes me feel so slow! My next project (the box fell off the shelf, it was evidently crying for attention) I bought the aftermarket for - five years ago, the kit - ten and shot the reference pictures...thirty-plus years back! Other projects, other aspects of life, best made plans etc :)
  4. Thanks for that, I'm signing up! a ) it appears to be written by a well-known member of this very board and b ) Since it offers to 'PROLONG YOUR LIFE BY UP TO 1,000 YEARS' I will finally have hope of finishing the stash...
  5. Thanks for the replies gents, most helpful. I must read more :)
  6. To anyone who restores full scale aircraft: Can I ask, what happens for static exhibits? I was reading a cockpit book the other day (c/w Bock's Car: it was excellent) and some of the aircraft are evidently flown, have modern instrumentation in places and gunsights removed etc. For the other aircraft which will never fly again - e.g. the He115 or the 219 pulled out of the water recently, assuming the instrumentation is there, is it checked to work and wired if possible? I've seen statics that look rewired, and I wondered just how far the restoration went for a non-functional aircraft. Many thanks, Patrick
  7. I thought I had one of those in the stash :)
  8. They are like Rocking Horse, aren't they? Once I learnt they existed I couldn't wait until one came my way, wasn't five years but it came half way round the world. Do wonder if the engines from the single seater will fit :) Patrick
  9. I have a Jerry Rutman Henschel 129 that he was good enough to go out and pour for me. Bought the barrel for it (B3 version) directly from Robert Schatton at one of the Telford shows. That probably beats the Revell Raiden (rescued from a bin where I'd thrown it and kept for twenty years by my father) narrowly into second place :)
  10. Surely that's what a screenwriter does for a living, though? Deliver a script that will resonate with a sizeable proportion of the moviegoing public? This is after all, a mass entertainment medium and there is no reason why a cerebral theme needn't be an unpopular one, if written accessibly. I wasn't impressed by the storyline. I believe I get most of the references (though some of the fanboy things seem to be a bit of a reach, and one could argue the very open script actively encourages this.) Some of these themes were interesting, some were risible (the Space Jesus thing is meant to be *deep*, yes?) but none for me compensated for the fact that in thirty years, the director seems to have regressed in producing films with interesting, believable, sympathetic characters who do interesting and believable things...
  11. Does look very nice indeed - Revell are going from strength to strength in 32nd. Looking forward to getting one of these :)
  12. He's already doing it, according to reports. Is it to be another pseudo-prequel, or something based on the (non-original author) follow-up books? Will it be a case of George Lucas Syndrome? Only time will tell :)
  13. Given the wide variety of styles shown by the various Alien films over the years, I think one could be mistaken for thinking that, given the story takes place in the same universe with the same basic premises, you could reasonably expect a good-to-excellent science fiction film with some vaguely familiar bits in. That's what I was hoping for, anyway.. The disclaimers to me are a complete cop-out:. Nice if you're respected enough to get away with it.. Instant audience, all the history pre-done but also full freedom to play with the core material. Likewise the stuff about this film being propped up by its' trilogy companions. Credit where it's due: Guy Pearce (well, some of him), Charlize Theron, Idris Elba - good actors...
  14. It hasn't made me feel safer about Blade Runner 2... Question (probably better for IMDB I suppose) - when the second lead character starts displaying great knowledge about how to read and manipulate the strange alien artefacts, did anyone else think whoa, shouldn't the rest of the crew be noticing this and questioning said character about what they knew and what this meant? Maybe even doing something scientific with the information gained?
  15. Hmm, there's lager and lager. I was on a trip round the very nice Battledown Brewery in Cheltenham last year and the owner asked a couple of us what we thought of lager. The other guy evidently thought this was an invitation to cheap insult, and put the boot in with length and relish. Me, I'm quite partial to a chilled Stella Artois on a hot day (and indeed one with a Diamond White and a Blue Curacao mixed in at Christmas :)) so kept it shut. Owner listened patiently to the rant and then said, "I suppose you won't want to try out my new Steam Lager then" Was very nice,had body, bit of a nice change to the usual 6X, Black Sheep and rare - when it can be got - ....
  16. The Gnat's been done in other scales: 48th: http://s362974870.on...howtopic=238727 Note comment on post #6 :) 32nd Card http://www.paper-avi.../wars/ww3_f/390 http://b00m-file.inf...25_gnat_mk1.zip
  17. They seem to be getting more attentive. Both the Z-M kits I bought attracted an extra £40 duty; the Ta183 I got last week had a nice £12 addition on top of the $20 cost/$10 shipping (hope the AMTech decals survive - otherwise would have been cheaper to buy Tamiya locally.) I think it's the economy....
  18. For the last two please consider "...and then add the markup that HMRC levies on anything imported costing over £15" :)
  19. Great to see your work again, sir. Impeccable and inspiring! Patrick
  20. Conspiracy (the Kenneth Branagh one) Branagh doesn't look remotely like Heydrich but this account of the Wannsee conference is downright superb. It also has a Fi156 in it for geek points if required. Enemy at the Gates (Jude Law) Excellent Russian sniper movie Flags of Our Fathers Man Of War (Max Manus) - gritty resistance movie Days of Glory (the story of a troop of Algerian soldiers.)
  21. Eh? Is this another geographical thing? I am something of a fan of the Trumpeter Me262 and have a bad habit of picking them up when bored at shows, regardless of stash size and predicted life expectancy. Mainly as they tend to go for about £30/$47 which is - as I believe you suggest elsewhere - is relatively affordable: it's the price heeled/unwary punters pay for a fifteen year old 48th Bf109 tooling. Never seen the Trump Sturmvogels over £35/$55 from serious sellers, so for me they're far cheaper than the recent Tamiya releases. (For which, going back to the thread topic, cost far too much for me for aircraft I don't desperately want to model. Hence the continuing absence of either even in my pretty diverse stash. I bet Tamiya have weekly crisis meetings about this...)
  22. I take it folks are familiar with this (rather striking) scheme: From HLJ (and cheap at the moment :))
  23. Apart from (I would respectfully suggest) the 32nd Hasegawa Emil, which is out for £30-odd and - please correct me if it's deficiencies have been sorted since - is a tooling old enough to have originally been released under the Frog name and rather shows it. The Airfix is 48th scale (and nicely holds its value, good for the guys :)) Again, to confirm (as I ended up doing hard work on a 32nd Emil today and at some point would like a more shake'n'bake sequel) in 32nd the Trumpeter's OK, the Eduard's good (and of course corners the AM market), but the real value award goes to the Dragon? Patrick
  24. Meantime for the 109E's, one could argue both got punted down the line by Airfix, which in its' turn now looks likely to be blown into the weeds (well apart from in cost terms) by the rather pretty looking Eduard offering... Patrick
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