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    Classic Cars, mainly inter wars classics and sailing ships / steam sail.
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  1. After an earlier 3 month lockdown and follow on restrictions, It is looking on the cards that the UK will be going into a second lockdown from Wednesday this week for a projected 4 week period. Who knows it it will be extended? A vaccine will be the only final solution to all this. One can only hope that development is in its later stages.
  2. We will all have to live with this until a vaccine is developed. The UK came out of lockdown a few months ago albeit with some restrictions. However, cases are on the rise again so maybe we will suffer lockdown again. Telford was cancelled this year, but who knows about 2021?
  3. Heard nothing substantial since my last post. Larry Greenberg has placed an update on the MCM website but not announced any date in it when the magazine will be produced and go back on sale. He has a bit of an uphill struggle on his hands as the magazine has to rebuild confidence both to its subscribers and advertisers.
  4. Corporate decisions, regulations, no matter how much we debate the loss of products that we have known and loved throughout the years, these things happening are a fact of life that we have to live with. Evolution is not always brought about by gradual change. Often it is forced upon us, like it or not. I started modelling say back in the 60's when 95 per cent of the finishing products we take for granted today were non existent. Maybe we ought to count our blessings that there is so much after market stuff available despite some things being withdrawn. We all like our comfort zones with
  5. It is called 00 Gauge in the UK. Not sure if there is a scale difference of not. I often see model railway items being referred to as HO / OO gauge. I guess that it there is a scale difference between HO and OO gauge locos and rolling stock but as the actual scales are quite close, a compromise must have been made so that either can run on the same model track width.
  6. Is can remember the Frog plastic kits. I have an AC Cobra car kit of theirs, but I think it was an American kit made by Frog under licence at the time. Ron mentioned the Frog wooden kits of days gone by. I can remember the flying ones, but cannot remember if they made any ' solid' kits in 1/72 scale. I know that Kiel Kraft and Veron did balsa wood solid kits back in the early fifties, but got wiped out in that market as soon as plastic kits hit the shelves. The old solid kits were sold with rough cut balsa parts that had to all be shaped by the modeller to match plans enc!osed. Kiel
  7. Simple support that I have used is an old shoe box of similar type of box with lid removed. Model can be placed either right way up or upside down on it during the build process.
  8. Evolution! Pointed out it was happening, not that I agreed with it judging by a couple of reactions to my post. For the record, I have stacks of good old Humbrol enamels in my stash that will see me through many years yet, but I also embrace some of the newer stuff. All paints have their advantages and disadvantages and we all have our preferences.
  9. What is happening is named EVOLUTION guys! Been modelling since the 60's. Seen a lot of stuff come and go since!
  10. The turnout at Telford IPMS I'M Scalemodelworld Show next year may also get a massive turnout of models both in competition and just displaying. Hopefully we may be back to some sort of normal by November 2021 with travel restrictions lifted as we get many European Competitors and Visitors to the show. Hopefully, as the UK will have fully left the EU by then, our friends from abroad will not face any travel restrictions by then.
  11. There are not many books on scratch building techniques out there, regardless of subject.
  12. Swann Morton in Sheffield UK is a long established maker of surgical scalpel blades and handles, also craft tools. I do not know if they have any distributor in the US, but maybe a UK contact might be able to help if not. Have a look on the Swann Morton website at their ranges.
  13. Over here in the UK we went into total lockdown earlier in the year. Unfortunately the cases are rising again since many of the restrictions have been lifted to stop our economy going into freefall. I am blessed to be retired now, but there are many people world wide who have to work fearing for their own futures. Queues for basic necessities like food are a salutary reminder that there are much more important things going on in the world that are affecting us all, and will do so for some time to come. Sort of puts the i.importance we place in our hobby, local meetings, shows and contests
  14. Still got it wrong!!! It is Bob Steinbrunn. Apologies Bob if you are reading this! I have deviated a bit from Ron' s lovely build of the Hubley Packard, that he has done a very nice job of it.
  15. It was Bob Steinbrumm who's name I spelt incorrectly.
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