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    Have seen them going for as little as a tenner on ebay! Go on, you know it makes sense. Then again, the new one must be good if the old one it that little regarded - just get the new one, I've been tempted by old Esci and Airfix Daks for £cheap, but the new one is so good, why bovver wiv the oldies?
  2. Back in the days of the first 'social media' devices (the 'fax machine'!), the advertising agency I worked in got an unsolicited communication of a stylised picture of a Lotus Elite-type wedge shaped car with a short questionnaire. It asked the recipient to identify the car in the pic, and return the fax. Turned out, the thing was put out by Lotus who were trying to exclusively patent/register the basic shape of the mid-engined wedge, and were hoping everyone would identify their new car. The trouble was, especially in design and art studios, awareness of all the other cars that
  3. The thing is, the Chinese don't seem to allow Gweilo to buy there companies or factories. They have the curious notion that inward investment results in outward capital (profits). Communists, eh? Just don't understand business. I imagine somewhere, they neglected to allow the Japanese company to sign an exclusive deal - the Japanese company will be quite happy with that, what with products being a tenth of making them in Japan. That's capitalism, init? I'm not even sure the Japanese workers have any more freedom than the Chinese ones.
  4. I think I'll tag 'exponential' onto 'thread drift' with this story. My friend runs an engineering company, specialising in a particular Japanese engine, began by selling reconditioned parts. As sales took off (he was waaaayy cheaper than new OEM parts) he also started sourcing new parts from India and China much cheaper than Japanese originals. The parts were coming in, a container-load at a time, were of excellent quality, and generally indistinguishable from manufacturer's original. He knew this, because he compared them and in most cases pre-tested them on his engine dyno. So
  5. The first computer I encountered was when the Graphics company I worked for bought a Quantel Paintbox in about 1982. It cost about £220,000, came with its own operator who earned a lot more than our head designer/illustrator (who flounced off in hissy fit to set up his own company) and it had to have its own basement rented off-site it took up so much space. Soon afterwards, a graphics salesman friend let me see a PC based graphics system he was pushing which came it at a mere £36,000. Truth was, it wasn't very good, but my company checked out a few other systems and bought one at £78,00
  6. A wee bit of progress report: Tedious masking and painting underway, though I have already drawn up the markings, this time unusually well in advance. (By the way, the blue looks purple on my monitor - it is actually painted in Humbrol French Bleu.)
  7. 1976 - the year the Cray-1 Supercomputer was made commercially available (8.9meg of RAM, 300meg storage, 5.5tons), and Heller released (and I built) this little Bucker here.... Emerging recently relatively unscathed from a box of self dismantling kit parts, this 'Old' meister just needed a propellor, a wheel, and a quick hose-down to return it to its 1976 condition (the pre-restored photos are in WiP somewhere). I rigged it, added a bit of cockpit detail, moved the tailplane up (Heller got that bit wrong) and replaced the hand-painted grunhertz tail emblem with one
  8. A be-masked visit to Scott's Models in Glasgow (just before a local spike of Indian Variant Covid was revealed!) a few days ago with @RWG686let me replenish my stock of Humbrols and collect a few more models from our joint stash reduction/stash enlargement project, so hairy stick work has recommenced.
  9. Look, be fair. It's not ALL bad. That silver sprue is IDEAL for stretching for biplane rigging. Sadly, so is the rest of the kit. Still, they say you can't hold a candle to a Starfix kit. I think you you should try.
  10. Interesting thread subject! Excluded should probably be those kits that are still available in production but are not really on the list due to an attack of sense because of storage/display space and general cost - on those grounds I'd have to eliminate my No.1 grail choice of the Amodel Bristol Brabazon. At near £400 retail, there will always be something at under £20 that I really want instead. And probably any of the Rug Rat delectable De Havillands - just too much dosh for so little plastic.....and yet..... So, sort of sensible grail choices..... Aurora Piper Aztec (oh no, wait,
  11. Same one, taking advantage of the lockdown easing. The casual laid-back approach is a dead give-away. Probably came up in a campervan.
  12. Ah but.....marvel at the skill required to convert that kit into the Greater Spotted Woodpecker in the pics. It needed the greater spots glued on, as supplied in the conversion kit available in all good hobby shops. Well remembered on that ancient Airfix kit, though!
  13. Yesterday morning, checking out the swarms of sparrows eating me out of tree-house and home, ably assisted by a couple of great tits (no sniggering at the back there), chaffinches, jackdaws, magpies and crows, when suddenly.... ....this pair of great spotted woodpeckers arrived at Che's Ornithopterial Transport Caff for a full Scottish before moving on to who knows where. Apparently pretty rare in Scotland (and surprising to find out they were extinct in Ireland for 300 years until recently). Sorry about the less than brill pics - taken through a window (frost
  14. Still plugging away at the, now third, repaint of the Orion quick (!) conversion. The paint is all off the wings, at least the horrible silver is, mostly. The parcel tape treatment is still underway on the tailplane.... ...and a first (again) coat of gloss grey has gone on... ...which went reasonably well. Despite washing the wings down and lightly scrubbing with an old toothbrush, there seems to be residue of bits of grot hiding immovably in cavities just waiting to emerge when the paint goes back on. Fortunately, this was only a first thinned coat, so a little loca
  15. Yeh, I get that too!
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