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  • Birthday 06/07/1956

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    Chelmsford, innit!
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  1. Paul Brown

    Essex Modellers Show, 22nd July

    Hannakins Farm Community Centre, Rosebay Avenue, Billericay, Essex, CM12 0SY.
  2. Paul Brown

    Revell Haunebu 1/72 03903

    Haunebu II Flying Saucer After the brouhaha, here it is. I picked up an alert from Facebook that Hobbycraft were stocking it, notwithstanding previous reports of the kit being withdrawn. There was one left on the shelf at my local Hobbycraft, so I grabbed it quick. There's not a lot to say about it really, so in the main I'll let the pictures do that talking. Obviously (or so you would have thought), this is a completely fictitious craft, seemingly inspired by Adamski ufology and very much similar in appearance to the Panamarenko sketches. It's quite possible Revell had the Iron Sky film in mind when they decided to issue this kit, but the saucer in the kit is quite a bit different from the Iron Sky CGI. The kit is actually a re-box of the Hand & Head kit released in 2014 (also it can be found in a Wave boxing from the same year). For the record there are 1/144 kits by Anigrand, Pegasus Hobbies and Unicraft, plus 1/72 kits by Bird Models, Squadron (two versions in separate issues), as well as the aforementioned Hand & Head/Wave and no Revell kits. Phew! Having said there's not a lot to say I've said quite a lot, so whilst in full-on chat mode let's get a few more things out of the way. There's no point in discussing accuracy, it's fictitious, but it does closely resemble a lot of the images you see of Adamski saucers, so if you want to bin the Luft '46 decals and build a model with little green men, the cosmos is the limit. The decals are very nicely printed and allow for two options that look quite credible (an important point for me personally in respect of whiffery) and I love that the artist had sufficient sense of humour to include 'Red 46' as one of the options. Nice one! The decals also include seat belts and panels for the interior. The kit is detailed and moulded very nicely, however a lot of the detail will be lost forever once it's cemented together, although the instructions indicate the roof of the saucer as 'do not cement' so that it can be removed for viewing the interior. Enough waffle, here's the pics. Tamiya pot included for scale I didn't think there'd be that many components, but the box is pretty much full of parts Runner 'A'. The runners are in multiples as indicated. Parts enclosed in the yellow rectangles are not required Runner 'B', two illustrated to show both sides of the parts Runner 'C' Runner 'D' That's the plastic, here are the decals Finally, some pages from the instructions in the now familiar colour booklet and the colour schemes This is a difficult product to summarise. Luft '46/whiffery/space/sci-fi is a bit of a Marmite thing, you might love it, you might hate it. Over the last few years I've come to embrace anything that's off the wall and this definitely ticks that particular box. I can disregard it as Luft '46 because for me it's firmly in the space/sci-fi bracket, it just happens to come with Luftwaffe scheme whif options in this instance. The package itself looks to be very well executed and should provide some good bench time. A few will likely draw a sharp intake of breath at the RRP (GBP 50.00 in the UK), but you pays yer money and takes yer choice. One other thing in respect of cost, Revell list 18 paints required to finish in their scheme options, so that is something else to take into account, although many modellers will likely have a lot of the required colours on their paint racks. Recommended to hardcore space/sci-fi fans. Review sample courtesy of my wallet. Link to instructions Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For details visit: Revell Website Revell Facebook
  3. Paul Brown

    Avia S-199 (KP 1/72)

    It’s a very good representation of the S-199, but it’s not a shake ‘n bake. Lots of tiny parts and few locating pins.
  4. Paul Brown

    Avia S-199 (KP 1/72)

    The recent one.
  5. Those Eduard Spitfires are little gems, if a bit of a fiddle, but no more than the KP S-199 I posted today elsewhere. What did I get today...er...let me see...
  6. Paul Brown

    Avia S-199 (KP 1/72)

    I have another S-199 (with the Israeli decal option), a couple of the P-51s and the recently released Comet. I've got some of the really old KP kits up in the loft stash.
  7. Paul Brown

    Avia S-199 (KP 1/72)

    LOL! I've already had a tease today.
  8. Paul Brown

    Avia S-199 (KP 1/72)

  9. Paul Brown

    Revell 1/48 Beaufighter on Hyperscale

    Brett Green has posted images of the completed Beaufighter on his Hyperscale pages. It really does look the bees.
  10. Test shot preview here.
  11. Paul Brown

    1/48 de Havilland DH.110 Sea Vixen FAW.2

    This is one kit that won't disturb my bank balance. I already have an Airfix Vixen that was given to me.
  12. Paul Brown

    home made decals / masks

    What you need is a cutting plotter and some software to draw the graphics. Personally I wouldn't fancy masking and painting, decals would be a lot easier. If you're wanting the model in 1/72 then Hasegawa do the kit with the decals, there's a few on ebay, but you'll need to push the boat out a little to acquire one.
  13. Paul Brown

    KP 1/72 DH-88 Comet (KPM0099)

    De Havilland DH-88 Comet For me, one of the De Havilland's stable most appealing designs, an unmistakable shape and an unforgettable sight when airborne. Winner of the MacRobertson race in 1934, three airframes were ordered and bought for the discounted price of GBP5000 and G-ACCS was the eventual winner in its scarlet livery. The other machines were G-ACSR and G-ASCP. When looking at some of the other participating aircraft, then comparing them with the performance of the DH-88 it looks a little like taking candy from a baby, but let's not forget that in those days it was a considerable feat to fly any aircraft from the UK to Australia. Speed was of the essence, but so was reliability. There have been several kits available over the years, notably from Frog and Airfix in 1/72, but these are ancient and dated in their engineering and detailing. More recently there were excellent 1/72 resin kits from SBS, quite expensive, but well appointed. There have also been some resin kits in 1/48, but nothing that strikes me as particularly memorable. Pride of place goes to the 1/32 Aerotech kit, this is a considerable investment, but if you're brave enough and can afford it... The old Airfix kit has been re-released in recent years in three boxings representing the three Comets that took part in the MacRobertson race. I bought one of the G-ACSS editions when it was going silly cheap on the Airfix website, along with some Whirlybits upgrades - vac canopy and resin cockpit insert, the reasoning being that if you regard the kit parts as limited run, then some nice accessories would make it worth the effort, although that still leaves you with the naff kit undercarriage and nasty props. All that has changed. The KP kit is typical of their recently issued kits, good looking main components and lots of tiddly detail parts. The downside is that they are not shake 'n bake, patience and a little modelling skill will be required - locating pins? Pah, they're for wimps! So let's have a look at the plastic. I have no drawing references to make comparisons, even if I had the references there are always the usual caveats about how legit they are. There's nothing about the major airframe components that strikes me as looking wrong, but the aircraft itself is a glorious rendition of subtle curvature, so if you were to go through everything with a fine tooth comb you're bound to find some flaws. I'd be happy to build everything as supplied out-of-the-box with one exception. Three nose cone options are supplied, one with the landing lamp that was a late-ish addition. The lamp transparency is very bulbous and nothing like the original parts that more or less conformed with the shape of the nose, so this will need some attention. There are also optional spinners, I believe this is in relation to the original (and unreliable) constant speed props that were fitted, but replaced with a two setting fine/coarse unit for the race. There is nothing in the instructions to indicate in what context or chronology that these optional parts are required, so you will need to do some research. As previously mentioned, there are no locating pins, other than those on the spinners to position them on the nacelles. If you want the props to rotate, you will need to extend the pins and scratch build a retaining collar. The parts are cleanly moulded in the main, but there are tiny areas of flash and mould lines that need cleaning up, along with some larger ejection pin towers. The main wing/fuselage joint might benefit from some sort of pin or spar if you're feeling fastidious, I would go with a liberal helping of tube glue. The three MacRobertson machines are illustrated on the box reverse side, there is plenty of information to show you how to complete which of the three you want to depict with your model. Paints are referenced to Humbrol and Agamaand you shouldn't have any difficulty using online resources to X-ref the paints with different ranges/brands. The decals are superb, although mine has suffered a little bruising in the packaging. KP might consider packing them in their own polythene envelope and separating them from the runners packaging. The registration numbers and cheat lines are beautifully printed in gold and silver inks, in a glossy finish. The ancillary decals are also very nicely printed. Instructions are printed on a single, folded sheet of double sided A4. Aside from the aforementioned lack of describing the optional parts, these are clear and concise and shouldn't leave you in any doubt as to how the kit goes together. I was really hoping that Airfix might revisit the Comet, a re-tooled kit from them would undoubtedly be a very nice thing, but when I saw this one was available I had to buy one! I haven't been disappointed, because I'm already aware of the KP kit philosophy and I'm happy to live with it. I'm close to completing one of their Avia S-199 kits and provided you take a bit of time and care with putting them together they will turn into nice little models and the extra effort gives you the greater satisfaction with the end result. If you're a Comet fan, give this one a go. KP are also issuing two further editions, "Prototype to Silverbirds" and "in RAF and Foreign Service", both of which have interesting and unusual schemes, so if you're not interested in a MacRobertson racer look out for these.
  14. Paul Brown

    Revell Beaufighter 1:48

    Spencer Pollard posted a video of a test shot he'd been sent on Facebook last week. I can't find it to link, but I had a look at the time and it would seem that Revell have produced something rather special. RevellAtions are supposed to be getting a sample, as soon as we have something to show it'll get posted up.