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  1. Thanks, Gorb. I've spent the summer (unusually braw weather here - the South of England and Northern Europe got the dreich stuff usually jestreamed over Scotland and Eire) finishing DIY projects around the house that got left on the great big shelf of Doom. On occasion, I've managed to finish or progress a few stalled kits which may or may not show up over the next few weeks if the bad weather holds. The Orion is high up the list plus a couple of others, and two biplanes over in that other place.
  2. Missing all that Atlantic Airlines stuff is one of the many regrets of my wee 30 year break from aeroplanes - Atlantique/Atlantic started after I stopped, and they'd gone by the time I came back. By coincidence, I'd just started to make up the new windscreen this week, so finding that two other people, @mac1677and you @Miggers had shown some interest in the Orion at the same time makes me think that just maybe quantum theory has sent Schodinger's cat along to mess with our minds. By the way, the paint grot was in the tin of paint, not the model, I found that out by using it on anoth
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    Acquired from @RWG686during the first phase of his stash-reduction programme, this is not so much a progress report as a lack-of-progress report since this was started before Brex All-Scale Modeller even existed. Poorly served with visual documentation, this is it.... Phase 1 - Open the box... Phase 2 - look for the inevitable missing bits... Phase 3 - Hmmm! Looks complete. Start to stick bits together.... Phase 4 - Apply some enamel... ....now, that all took a surprisingly long time but was then Abandoned Under the Shelf of Doom (a sort of Purg
  4. I think I've regressed to a previous life - these days ERNIE would have to find me a Bugatti Type 57 and a Tiger Moth. At least with the Bugatt other drivers would let me out at busy junctions. But back to SF-260s, this build has really put me in the mood. I'm going to order a kit later... Incidently, has anyone noticed the two SF-260s in the darkened hangar during the title sequences of 'Commissario Montalbano'?
  5. Not 'arf, Miggs.....back in '69, apart from Julie Christie, I lusted after a V12 E-Type Jag and a SIAI-Marchetti SF-260. Sadly, ERNIE never came up with a winning bond, so had to make do with a real a Triumph Herald and a model balsawood glider, and Julie never answered my letters either.
  6. Ok, Dantheman...now you've done it, I'm going to have to buy one of those. Nice job indeed.
  7. Fine job there - keep up the good work. Cars, aeroplanes, fire engines - can't go wrong if you paint 'em red!
  8. Very nice job - used to see the Glasgow UAS ones (@RWG686 will correct me if they were Edinburgh's!) trundling overhead all the time. Lovely kit too (apart from the many rivets which are best ignored). I built the kit when it was new - painted up as a civvie of course,as the blue and white Masefield's one using the alternative bubble canopy also supplied in the kit for Canadian version. Wonder if its still in the loft?
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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?
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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.)
  15. 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
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