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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. MosonShow 2018

    Enjoy the show! I really must get my passport sorted so I could have a go at some of these overseas jollies.
  2. Modelkraft 2018

    I'll be there with Tony and my old mate Sean.
  3. Alclad primer problems

    I've had Alclad white primer that worked perfectly, another batch didn't work at all. It's annoying because when it's working it's superb. I'd try thinning it with cellulose or Mr Color Levelling Thinner, if that doesn't work in the bin it would go. I'm now pretty much hooked on Mr Surfacer for priming, it works very well and is completely predictable thinned with levelling thinner.
  4. Sea Fury Mini Guide

    Click 'The Kit Box' link in the post above, it takes you straight there.
  5. Wowser, that's the dogs thingums.
  6. Sea Fury Mini Guide

    The latest monograph from Spencer Pollard, this time a guide to building the Airfix 1/48 Sea Fury. This is packed with gen, photos and 'how to' and will be indispensable for anybody building the kit. The first print run has sold out but Spencer is doing another run, visit his blog pages to order a copy - the price is 12.00 + 2.00 p & p (check his pages for overseas postage) The Kit Box
  7. Eduard 1/48 Bf 109F Dual Combi

    (Darren, you may need some tissues on standby)
  8. Revell Press Release 16 April 2018

    I would imagine they will continue to release the more recently developed auto subjects, but having acquired what must be a colossal tooling catalogue in one fell swoop they're going to have a good old think what they're going to do with it. The big question has to be what happens with legacy kits?
  9. Me262 A-1a, Komamando Nowotny-Poilot, Major Walter Nowotny

    I'm happy to accept artistic/modellers licence, otherwise there's no end to it. Is the U/C lever selected 'down'? Is the flap selector 'down'? Why is the hood open and unattended (a hanging offence at VGS)? Why isn't the harness looped around the stick (time honoured control lock that usually puts the surfaces all over the place!)? And on and on...
  10. Revell Press Release 16 April 2018

    I'll post up as and when more news comes through. I think you can be sure that Revell is not going to be disappearing off the map.
  11. Revell 1/24 Ford GT500 2010 (07044)

    Ford Shelby GT 500 2010 The origins of the current Ford Mustang cars lie in the legendary Mustang series of cars from the sixties, possibly epitomised by the famous car chase sequence from the film Bullit. Coolest man on the planet in the coolest car - who would argue? Shelby Mustangs were the brainchild of car tuner Carroll Shelby and were manufactured by Shelby American from 1965 to 1968, then by Ford themselves from 1969 to 1970. Current Mustangs represent the fifth generation of the Mustang line and Ford decided to revive the Shelby association to launch a high performance model of the car, in this case a car fitted with a 330 cubic inch/5.4 litre V8 delivering 540 hp. That's quite a few ponies in your pony, if you get my drift, 0-60mph is about 4.5 seconds and top speed is limited to 155mph. On with the kit. The box art shows a sedately posed GT 500 on a rural road. Hmm. Would have preferred it in the metallic blue, but that's just me. The box is stuffed almost to bursting with parts and comes with a biggish decal sheet. It's very difficult to verify the provenance of some of these car kits, but my best guess is that this is a reiteration of the kit previously issued by the now defunct Revell US. The components come in one poly bag, but some of the sprues have their own poly bag which is a good thing for the body shell and transparencies to avoid surface scratching. The body shell is multi-piece with one large main component and the mouldings look crisp and neatly detailed where appropriate. One gripe, red plastic = meh. In fact red plastic is anathema to me personally due to the difficulty in painting it, even if it's red paintwork. I get it, the box art and instructions are for a red car, but red plastic, just don't go there. Grey plastic would have been fine, it's great for any colour you like and I prefer the metallic blue, but I think I mentioned that already. However... ...there are a whole bunch of sprues in a nice neutral grey colour that will be easy to prime and paint in the required colours. The floor/base comes as two pieces, the logic of which I think I can see in that it does away with separate firewall and rear bulkhead components that can be tricky to set up for the builder. It is also easier for the toolmaker to get the required detail in the places it's required and conceal the dreaded ejection pin marks. The interior, engine and running gear parts are all well moulded and whilst having a simplified nature there is a satisfactory level of detail that should please all but the most fastidious of modellers. You will need to provide your own engine wiring and seat belts if you want them. The transparencies are very nicely done, they are clear and as distortion free as you could expect. One puzzling thing, there's no glazing for the doors. Do Mustang owners insist on driving around with the windows down permanently? Weird. With respect to the chromed sprue it's definitely a case of 'my eyes, my eyes!' I would probably keep the chrome for the mirrors, lamps and maybe the badges, but the wheels are an absolute no, no. You get vinyl tyres - what else these days - that need a bit of the shine knocked off them to give a more realistic appearance. Four little metal pins, that I have kept sealed in the bag to prevent loss. These are for fitting the wheels to the axles and is a very sensible thing in my opinion, car wheels joined plastic to plastic can be very vulnerable, this should give a much better joint. The decal sheet is nicely printed and as seems to be usual with Revell, offers different registration plate options. The brake disc vents and slots is a nice touch and perfectly acceptable in my view for something that is mostly out of sight. There are various items to make the interior look more interesting, plus seat trims and go faster stripes for the bodywork. Here's the now standard instruction sheet header and finishes guide, printed on semi-gloss paper and well illustrated throughout. I've had a good look through the instructions and can't find any obvious errors or omissions, although building the model might change that. This is a neat looking kit from Revell, one or two anomalous things that I have mentioned, but overall not at all bad package if cars are your thing, especially fans of American muscle cars. Review sample courtesy of Revell. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For details visit: Revell Website Revell Facebook
  12. Revell 1/24 Ford GT 2017 (07678)

    Want to paint your Ford GT a different color? Looking for inspiration?
  13. Pzr IV/70(A) Sd.Kfz.162/1

    Ahh, that brings back memories of the Tristar Brummbar I did. Fantastic kits.
  14. Revell 1/24 Ford GT 2017 (07678)

    Ford GT 2017 Back in the sixties, when I was a little lad, the sports GT class was really coming into its own. There was the stunningly beautiful Ferrari P3, the elegant Lola T70, the Chaparral's with their newfangled wings. And also there was the Ford GT 40 - menacing, brutal, thunderous, the coolest car in Christendom. Ford Motorsport were given a simple brief when the car was first conceived - beat Ferrari at Le Mans, which it subsequently did. '40' reflects the car's 40" (actually 40.5") height. More recently in the noughties Ford manufactured just over 4000 updated GT 40's for anybody well heeled enough to own (let alone run) one. Somebody at Ford must have decided they needed an all new supercar to compete with other marques, but with some of the GT 40 mystique and so we have the Ford GT. I have to say I liked the look of this car when it was first unveiled. It pays more than a nod to it's illustrious forebear, whilst looking completely up-to-date, a true rival to the current crop of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Paganis etc. It looks good from any angle, always testament to an outstanding design and has the bodywork dramatically sculpted around the engine bay with the striking feature of the ties linking roof with rear wheel arches. Stunning (but that's just my opinion ) Enough waffle, what about this new kit? It is an addition to the Easy Click System range which is aimed at casual and tyro builders and I was curious to see if Revell could use this style of kit to achieve a result that is easy to build yet sufficiently scale-ish to pass muster as a decent model in its own right. We usually start with box art, so here goes. This is not 'buy me' box art for me personally, although I'm sure it's been chosen to please the demographic it's aimed at. I would think Revell are looking to standardise on a box size for Easy Click kits, because although it's not entirely true the contents of this one are hiding in a corner, it would fit comfortably in smaller packaging. The components - all twenty seven of them - are tidily packed in separate poly bags. In the case of the body shell and transparent parts this is essential to avoid scratches on the respective glossy and transparent surfaces. The body shell, where to begin, this is possibly the work of a plastic engineering genius. To get a one piece shell like this with all its compound curves, sculpting and undercuts must require an extremely complex injection moulding tool. There are some mould lines, this is the inevitable result of using a multi part tool, but they are positioned so as to be as inconspicuous as possible. Notwithstanding this, the body shell really is a thing of great beauty. Then there is the finish. the prototype was rolled out with a sumptuous candy-metal flake paint job. Even hardened auto modellers would wince at replicating this and it would likely be totally beyond the casual/tyro builder. The answer is simple, mould it 'finished' with a metal flake surface. I have a couple of caveats in respect of this, firstly I'd of liked the surface to be a little bit shinier, although a test with a white nail buffer looks promising. Secondly, I'd prefer the blue to be a little less greyer and quite a bit bluer. Notwithstanding, the body is a stunning piece of engineering and injection moulding technology. Here's a closer view to illustrate the metal flake. You will also notice that the grille on the arch and the vanes next to the rear screen are already finished matt black, no painting required. Moving on. The black parts consist of pan, tub, seats and a few other bits and pieces. The instructions include some paint tips to get different shades and some of the decals are for the dash and interior. You could expend some time and effort in scratch building a few pieces, there are no belts for example, but that isn't really the point of this kit, is it? One disappointing feature is that the mirrors have no reflecting surface and are hollow. Here's some closer views. As a general rule I'd say there is enough there to make the interior look reasonably 'busy', especially if you do follow the instructions and add a few dabs of paint. The projection to the tub is the headlamp assembly and in real life these are chrome type units with glazed lenses, so a bit of paint here would pay dividends in respect of the final appearance. Likewise the brake discs and calipers will be very visible behind the spoked wheels and would be well worth painting for the best effect. As with the body shell, the transparencies are outstanding, they are as thin and distortion free as you could expect short of using optical glass. As a bonus, the black edging, that would be a mega tricky job to mask is already done for you. The rear lamps also arrive suitable coloured, another tricky masking job you don't have to worry about. The wheels are something the eye focuses on when looking at cars, that's why petrol heads love to have trick wheels. As with the rest of the plastic components in the kit Revell have not shown any tendency to slacking in the wheel department. They are beautifully moulded and appear to have been spray painted in an appropriate colour and look completely convincing. Vinyl tyres, not a lot you can say. I think I'd dull them down a bit to look more convincing. [/url] You get to choose either vinyl 'stickers', or waterslide decals. The vinyl colours look a little undercooked to me, they could be more vibrant, also whilst the waterslide sheet has some silver colours printed on it, the vinyl doesn't. Possibly it's the case that people wanting to use the 'stickers' won't be bothered. The instructions come as the standard glossy A4 sized booklet in well illustrated steps that should leave you in no doubt where everything goes and with a comprehensive painting guide at the back. The latter is a bit moot since the kit is mostly self-coloured, but in any case check out that sexy profile! This is a very impressive looking kit from Revell, irrespective of it's snaptite nature. The finished model should look good and it's my intention to get stuck into as soon as possible to see if it performs as well as I think it should, so watch out for a build thread. From this in-box perusal I'd think it would certainly tick all the boxes for a beginner, a casual builder or somebody who simply wants to get a car model on the shelf in the shortest possible time. For an old hand suffering with an extreme bout of AMS I'd suggest it looks like a perfect stress buster. Go get one. Review sample courtesy of Revell. Revell Website Revell Facebook