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  1. You will remember that I had a Reliant Scimitar as daily transport that was pretty much made out of a giant tube of filler, and it qualified as a car, or the RAC wouldn't have towed it home so often.
  2. I wouldn't if I was you.... due to an unfortunate typo of mine, Physio the rapist is now on 24 hrs police watch and the sex offender's register.
  3. Only if you don't count the ones you gave me! Get an Airfix 2f1. Start again. Weird you mentioned the Denny-Mumford. I had rhe references in front of me an hour ago. Can't draw stuff yet though.
  4. Che Guava

    Camel Comfort Zone

    Up our way, 'legal tender' was the railway wagon that wasn't a couple of ton underweight by being looted by the denizens of the local housing scheme as it halted on the line by an 'accidental' object on the line. We were warm all that winter. us kids. Would that be an interesting tableau addition to a model rail layout😀
  5. I think you are right about that. it does look smaller, but maybe that's because the outer cowling is bigger. I'll see what I can find. That Bentley cowling is a really subtle shape - never noticed before!
  6. Che Guava

    Camel Comfort Zone

    We could do the fuel capaciity in olympic-sized swimming pools, and the paper requirements for the in-flight magazine in Quarto, Half-Imperial, Full-Imperial or even Double Elephant sheet sizes.
  7. Che Guava

    Camel Comfort Zone

    Set it on auto. If it wants to flash, let it flash - if that is over-exposed, get some decent daylight on it and set it to 'landscape' to disable the flash. Let the auto focus and auto exposure get on with its work. I just use the standard 18-55 lens, set to full magnification, keep quite far back and remember, you've got oodles of resolution, so you don't have to fill the frame, use an editing tool to crop it down later.
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    Camel Comfort Zone

    Greet idea ower kid.....howzabout expressing the wingspan of the Bristol Brabazon in furlongs and chains, its height in hands, and its length in football pitches?
  9. Just bring it to Stirling, I seem to have opened a care-home for aged and disabled kits.
  10. Che Guava

    Camel Comfort Zone

    Ha! You young snipperwhappers think you know it aaaaallllll. I can remember finding a farthing in the street and being able to spend it. I got a single sweet from the man in the shop! I think that coin was about the size of the late unlamented new halfpenny. Value? Well, 2.4pence = 1p. and there were 4 farthings to the old penny, so about 10 farthings in one of those useless 1 new pence coins. Isn't inflation wonderful. Whew....quantum physics next, I think! 😨 The farthing had a Wren embossed on it so that Britain's smallest coin had Britain's smallest bird on it.....except it isn't, its the Goldcrest!!! See the fascinating rubbish you learn on here....... I'll get me coat.
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    Camel Comfort Zone

    I did say 'straight out the box', but I might regret taking them out the bag too.... ....as you can see, the Revel one is slightly smaller than the Academy - handy if you are doing a diorama and want to introduce a bit of distance perspective by parking the Revel one behind. Surprisingly, the ancient Revell moulding is quite crisp compared to the merely old-school Academy. An age-related 1/2p piece is quite uselessly shown for comparison - I mean, who remembers what size they were? Working on the principal that the even-tinier cockpit opening of the Revell kit will show very little of the interior and the rest of the kit really isn't worth the bother, I just started glueing as many bit together as I could at one go to make a start! Here, I successfully hid the very prominent circular ejector marks under some scale seagull droppings . I have yet to decide how to attack the Somme-like trenches into which the strut assembly is meant to be concealed...... A bit of wet-n-drying will work wonders (I hope). I fully intended to add the undercarriage right after dealing with the joint-lines, but look here at the different sizes of the wheels supplied with the kits. The beige Academy one is correct. Even allowing for the Revell moulding being under-size, those little wheels will look ridiculous. A rummage in the spares box approaches. The drainpipe Revell used as a reference for the Vickers guns is pretty poor, I might replaceif I can find a good substitute; the cowl has the mock-Clerget moulded as one (I'll settle for that though - it has the correct number of push-rod tubes to keep the rivet-counters happy). Now back to school......
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    Camel Comfort Zone

    Inspired (maybe not the correct word) by RWG's Bentley Camel, I opted for a TimeTeam-type excavation of my historic stash and uncovered two little gems from the polystyrene period. I've decided to build them straight out the box as nature intended, adding as little detail and correction as necessary to avoid vilification, humiliation and new glasses. The Revel kit has been with us in various iterations since about 1964 (anyone know for sure?), while the Academy seems to have learned a lot from an older ESCI original. These kits are less state-of-the-art, more state-of-the-Ark. I suppose I should take 'em out of the polybag now......
  13. Purely in the interests of plagiarism, i thought this might be helpful, certainly to me.....
  14. Who said nostalgia ain't what it used to be? (Oh wait, it might have been neuralgia.), Since its been about 50 years since I built a Camel kit, I'll be watching this plagiaristically.