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Paul Brown

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About Paul Brown

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  • Birthday 06/07/1956

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    Chelmsford, innit!
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    Locate & Cement, Rivenhall
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  1. Twas a great bash - as ever. Thanks to Peter and Robin from IPMS Hornchurch who do a lot of the graft to make it all happen. Also great to meet Mr Blackmike, cheers Duncan I'm glad you had a good weekend. Some good chats with Sean and Velda as well.
  2. I saw one on the FSM pages, stunning. I fancy the model, but not the work involved in creating it! That Erickson scheme looks very sweet.
  3. First off it might be an idea to get them digitised, just in case. You need a fine microfibre cloth, the usual advice is to use it dry. You can get cleaning fluids and you can use quite a number of solvents (naptha is one that I've seen advocated), but it's not really recommended. If you do use solvent it must not have any water content.
  4. I think my kit will be staying in the loft stash, although the images are wonderful references.
  5. It was our mate Mile Williams that lives in Bexhill, not the **** **** that lives in Chester.
  6. If you pop one into your stock for the trip down to Southern Expo, I'll exchange it for some filthy lucre.
  7. Yes, also Ethan, his son. Plus a couple of dodgy looking geezers in the bit where they were bringing the Hellcat into SMW.
  8. There's no doubt that 'rivet counter' tends to be viewed as a pejorative these days, although years ago you used to see it used in the odd magazine article/review and I always thought then that it was jocular rather than contemptuous. I've never come across 'history nazi' before, which seeing as I probably fit into that bracket I should be offended, but I'm not. I just don't have the time or inclination to let it bother me. I wouldn't regard myself as a rivet counter, but there's some things that sometimes don't like quite right and I'm nope, that's not quite right (HK Mossie IV I'm looking at you). But if push comes to shove, if anybody thought they were being belittled because of either their love of the history, or their passion for outline correctness, then I am happy to fight their corner. I will also stand up for those that have been subjected to barracking or unwanted critique because of their happy go lucky attitude to the hobby, it cuts both ways. I'm acquainted with a well known personality on the club/show circuit, who is also a published author of quite a weighty tome. On being pulled up for his choice of colours on a certain model at a show (no names, no pack drill), the critic got the reply 'you can eff off mate, it's my model'. Sums it up for me.
  9. Hawker Hurricane I A bit late to the party (better late than never) this is the Arma Hobby Hurricane that has been somewhat eagerly awaited. A lot of people, me included, were hopeful that Airfix might release a metal wing version of their excellent Hurricane I kit, but would have been dismayed that the official line was that it was not in their plans for the future. Well you can forget about that, Arma Hobby have done the business and have provided a kit that is likely to be 'go to' in 1/72 scale. I won't make any further comment and let the images do the talking. OK, just one or two comments further to the imagery. The parts are very nicely moulded, apart from tiny traces of flash on some of the smaller parts. Panel lines are fine and well defined. Transparencies are crystal clear and glossy with options for open/closed hood. Options for props and spinners, plus the tropical filter. This is the Expert Set, so you get masks and PE - some of the latter is insanely small. The decals are beautifully printed, if a little thick, but colour density looks very good and colours are matched to different periods/air force. There are four options, three RAF, with two machines from 501 Squadron (hardly surprising there are some very good references for this unit), Josef Frantisek's 303 Squadron machine and one from 3 Squadron SAAF. If you can manage without the PE and masks then the 'Junior' release provides all the plastic, along with two RAF schemes. Also on release is the Mk I trop with RAF and RAAF options. Arma Hobby have written the book, chapter and verse in respect of the Mk I Hurricane in 1/72 scale. This and the other Arma Hobby kits are well worth adding to the stash.
  10. And now for something completely different...what's in the box? A bag of bones, some metal roads and a plastic base. The 'instruction sheet' gives the game away. This should be fun!
  11. The Procons were just starting to become available when I bought my Grex. The 770 looks a lot like a cut price Custom Micron.
  12. As I have a friend who occasionally buys up collections, I'll explain the MO. He would simply make the seller an offer on the day, because if you have stashes for sale that run into the hundreds or thousands it's not realistic to assess each item for its value. Then, when the collection is back at the warehouse, everything has to be checked for completeness, decals, instructions, whether or not the parts are still in sealed bags etc. before valuation and listing (mostly on ebay, although they do also show up on his website and at shows where he trades). The amount he offers is usually based on £1 or £2 per piece and with bereavement disposals families are often quite happy to get a few hundred quid for what they mostly regard as junk. He's actually not that keen on doing second stuff, because he regards it as a lot of hassle in hauling, storing and assessing it all before it gets to point of sale, it's very labour intensive.
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