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  1. All, I won some Airfix vouchers, and I wanted - among other things - a 1:72 Harrier GR1. Trouble is, only the Starter Set now appears on their website. Is there any difference between the Starter Set and the standard kit? IIRC the decals are less comprehensive, but can't be sure. If that's right, is there any way of getting a full set, apart from begging on forums? I doubt Airfix will keep spares for kits no longer in their range, and I'm not sure if aftermarket decals contain all the stencils. Cheers!
  2. I think you’re right. The only reason I entered it was that SMW was the goal to get it finished by (after a year of grief with it on and off), and since I was entering other models, I thought what the hell - it’s free. I never, ever thought it could win something. Maybe we focus on every tiny error or disappointment, and miss the bigger picture? Either way I’m extremely grateful: it’s given me my motivation back, and I’ve already started the Airfix Vulcan I got as part of the Airfix Trophy. Strictly OOB, and I’m loving it so far.
  3. Ha ha - yep that one as well. BTW Might seem like constipation, but it’s actually a big smile under the mask.
  4. All, I'm building the new-tool 1:72 Airfix Vulcan. I'd like to finish it with a full load of 21 iron bombs (supplied), and the Blue Steel missile displayed next to it on a trolley. Re. the trolley, I can only find a very expensive metal version, and a "TBA" Matador transporter (also very expensive). Does anyone have drawings, or good photos of the trolley, with some dimensions, or at least something I can roughly scale from? Current plan is to CAD one up, and 3D print it in resin (unless there's a good file already available). Thanks in advance.
  5. All, just wanted to thank everyone very much for their help with my Airfix 1:72 Swordfish questions on here over the past months (decal request, tail light colour questions, aftermarket bomb info, etc). It has been a real struggle, but worth it in the end: At Scale Model World, it got a Gold medal, and the Jim Howard Trophy for best seaplane or flying boat: It was only finished a few days before the show. I’ll post pictures when I get around to taking some. Thanks again all - particularly Walrus, without whose prompt dispatch of his spare decals, it would have gone in the bin throu
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    Telford 2021

    Thanks all - no issue at all, in fact I’m glad they’re being sensible. Just wondered if the advice might change nearer the time that you definitely need a passport rather than the other options. Cheers.
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    Telford 2021

    Genuine question: IPMS are saying you need a COVID pass for entry, and that’s that, but reading further it says your vaccination card will do, or a lateral flow test result (and some other things), and that under 18s don’t need anything. Unless I’m missing something, it’s not too clear - I’m going to get a pass anyway.
  8. Yes I didn’t realise that either - the covers are often deep turquoise or blue looking. I thought it was to do with light intensity, but as you say it’s the wavelength of the bulb. There was an ingenious method of instrument training in daylight I read about recently. The cockpit windows were tinted, and the student wore filtered goggles, which made the windows look opaque, but they could still see the cockpit interior and instruments (but with a coloured tint). The instructor didn’t wear filtered goggles and could therefore see both inside and outside. (Or something like that!). I though
  9. I found a close-up photo I took of Tony Agar’s Mosquito fin and rear fairing at YAM a while ago. There are two lights on that as well, one clear, one blue (possibly would appear green). Both are shrouded. The image is near the bottom of this page: https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&f=159&t=1516439&i=120 I’d say it’s applies to the Swordfish. At a distance the blue light looks black. At least it confirms that a non-clear rear light is possible, if not commonplace, at least in wartime.
  10. Thanks all, I’ll have a look at some references for the Fulmar and Skua etc. Its not that important, but I want to use the smallest “little lenses” and at least get them ‘about right’. A lot of old aircraft light lenses/covers are so dark they’d probably look black at scale, but my philosophy for details like this (and weathering for that matter) is show what you’d expect to see rather than what you would actually see at scale distance.
  11. Ok, thanks for that. Kind of makes sense because if they were red or green, they could be confused with the wingtip lights. Amber is possibly too close to read, and blue to green.
  12. As per the title really - there are two lights one above the other on the rudder. They are too dark to see on the walkarounds I can find. Does anyone know? Cheers!
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