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Muttley's Grandad.

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  1. Very true. I dabbled with model railways for several years, but realised that it was turning into a very expensive hobby. So after a visit to Greenham Common in the 70's, I thought that it would be a good idea to try and build every marque of Spitfire in 1/72nd scale. That hooked me for the next 30 years and I built nothing but wingey things. But my interest was waning and I needed something to get my interest going again. I'd become interested in IDF tanks and liked the look of the late M50 with HVSS. There wasn't much available in 1/72nd, so I decided that if I wanted one then I would have to scratch build it, using a Hobbyboss suspension and turret. It really got my interest going and therefore, aircraft lost their appeal and tanks took over. Now it's exclusively armour, mostly kits, but every now and then a subject takes my interest (like the Israeli Improvised Armoured Car that I built recently) that I build at least 70% of it from scratch. When I am building such a project, I get totally absorbed (just ask my wife)! John.
  2. This topic came up elsewhere, so apologies to anyone who has heard this before. A few years ago, someone approached me at Telford and asked me if I would be willing to sell one of my models. I said, yes, if the price was right. He offered me £20. Now I mostly build 1/35th armour, and the kit in question cost in the region of £40, plus another £20 plus for various bits of AM stuff. When I told him that I was thinking more like £80-100, I though that he was going to have cardiac failure. He had no idea of the costs involved. So therefore I would say to you, what was the cost of the kit, decals and any AM bits that you added to the build, then add a little bit on for your work and that's not an unreasonable sum. After all. Just look at what some people are asking for some of their built up models on Ebay...........and some of them are very mediocre. John.
  3. I used to attend many shows in England years ago but now a 400 mile drive and a ferry crossing are a bit off putting. But I have often thought if club members want to sell their unwanted kits/books/decals/whatever, then asking for some kind of payment for the privilege of doing so, wouldn't be out of the question. Of course, the stumbling block would be, how much. Providing organisers of the shows didn't get greedy, and it didn't cause grief with traders, it could work. After all, as far as I'm concerned, traders are the eventual winners, as in the past, whatever I've made from second hand kit sales, has gone to one trader or another. One thing though that would need keeping an eye on is blocking of aisles. Stuff would have to remain under the table or on top of it and not as it has been in the past (and a well known trader who shall remain nameless was also guilty of that). John.
  4. Weekend?? Bit slow? I remember getting a B-17 one Christmas when I was about 9 or 10. While the family were all in the front room quaffing copious amounts of incahol, I was in the dining room putting it together and completing it before being told to go to bed. Bit different to now. More like 3-4 months. Happy days.
  5. Probably the top one Paul, as I do remember the plastic being blue (with messy white glue oozing out from the seams).
  6. Another one that springs to mind was an F7U Cutlass. I don't know the make or the scale. I remember that it seemed large at the time, but it would have at that age. I do remember gluing it together with Le Page's white PVA glue. Probably why it fell part after a while.
  7. Paul, you could be right. I'd be about 10 by then. Staying with the memory theme, I seem to recall the picture on the box/paper wrapper showing the aircraft firing the rockets from around the nose................or is that just my imagination?
  8. As I said, memory isn't what it should be, and it certainly plays tricks over the years, but bear in mind, this was around 1954, and if they did do an F-94, the level of detail was such that even Airfix wouldn't reissue it. John.
  9. Showing my age here, but if my failing memory serves me right, the first kit that I put together was one of the old original Airfix two bob in a bag ones. Now this is where the failing memory comes into play, because I seem to recall that it was a Lockhed F94c, and it had the two crew members moulded as part of one side of the fuselage. I do remember painting it a nice shade of bottle green.....very prototypical! John.
  10. Slightly off topic, but it has been mentioned.....judges! Now by and large, I think that they do a good (and sometimes thankless) job. But over the 50 odd years that I have been attending shows, there have been some really dodgy judging. Apart from the miscarriages of justice that I've seen, there have also been some downright cheating. Many years ago at a show that used to be held in South London, a husband and wife duo used to enter models of WW2 aircraft in 1/72nd scale. Entries are supposed to be anonymous, but these two used to place name cards alongside their entries which were unique and everyone knew whose they were. Needless to say, they won their classes every year, regardless of whether they deserved to or not. It put a lot of good modellers off of entering into the same classes John.
  11. As is usual for me, I'm joining the party late (the original OP that is). As far as I'm aware, the term "rivet counter" stems from the model railway fraternity as I can remember reading that phrase in the Railway Modeller back in the early 60's and usually it applied to the number of rivets on a loco's boiler or cab. I'm not a rivet counter, but I have been a victim of them in a competition before now. When Airfix first brought out their excellent Spitfire Mk.l in 1/72nd scale I went to town on it. I fully detailed the cockpit, opened up some of the fuselage panels and installed stringers and control lines. I even removed the engine panels and scratch built a Merlin from card (John Adams hadn't produced his white metal versions at that time). In a few competitions it did very well, even winning it's class at the Nationals one year. Then I entered it in another competition and a friend of mine overheard the judges discussing my entry. Apparently, it didn't meet with their approval due to the fact that the finish on it wasn't clean and shiny enough. Bear in mind, I had finished it as an aircraft that took part in the thick of the BoB. To my mind, a waxing and a polish were the last things that the Erks would have been doing when the planes came back to refuel and rearm. Get them back up there as quick as possible. Personally, I try to get my models as near to the original as I possibly can. That doesn't always work out, and so as near as possible has to do. If it walks like a duck etc, etc. Research is part of the model build for me. I enjoy it. But if someone wants to build something that isn't historically accurate, so be it. It's how modelling is for them. Also, I hope I'm not the kind of person who would pick someones efforts apart. If someone asks for critique, ie "what have I done wrong?" an it's a subject that I'm familiar with, I'll point out whatever is wrong that I know of. I did have a bit of a rumble once with a reviewer on another site, purely because I took him to task over a kit that he had reviewed. If I remember correctly, it was the Takom kit of the IDF Tiran 4. I pointed out that it couldn't be built as a late version as it only contained the original Russian 100mm gun and not the Israeli upgraded 105mm. He got a bit snotty with me, but as I pointed out, anyone buying that kit with the intention of building the late version is going to be very disappointed after parting with £50 plus pounds. John.
  12. I'm glad to say that of the few second hand kits that I have bought (they were mainly at the Telford kitswap) none have been a problem with regards to missing parts. New kits on the other hand have, or at least one was. It had nothing to do with the dealer, more the manufacturer. Many years ago, I bought a 1/48th kit of an A-20 from a dealer at Telford. It was still sealed in the cellophane wrapping, but when I got it home there were at least two sprues missing, which meant that one complete wing was absent. I believe that the manufacturer was AMT or possibly ERTL, but whoever it was, they were no longer producing. I contacted the importer without success and after several fruitless phone calls, gave it up as a bad job. In the end I think I sold the kit as spares. John.
  13. Lovely model Steve. Even in 1/72nd scale, it still looks to be a big beast. John.
  14. It might be small scale, but it's still a big beggar. Nice going Steve. John.
  15. Thanks Mark. I might just do that. I'm hoping to get back to Blighty in a couple of weeks time for my Grandson's birthday, so if I do, I'll try and pick up one of the ICM WW1 US trucks. John.
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