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noelsmith

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  1. 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.
  2. 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 Maybe we ought to count our blessings that there is so much after market stuff available despite some things being withdrawn.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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. What is happening is named EVOLUTION guys! Been modelling since the 60's. Seen a lot of stuff come and go since!
  8. 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.
  9. There are not many books on scratch building techniques out there, regardless of subject.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. It was Bob Steinbrumm who's name I spelt incorrectly.
  14. Hubley, Gabriel, Ertl, Scale Models. Those old car kits have certainly done the rounds. I have built the Duesenberg and done some detailing work on it, and it makes up into quite a nice model. In one of the copies of Model Cars Magazine from about 3 or 4 years back there is an absolutely superb super detailing job done on the Hubley Duesie by Bob Steinbaum (please correct me if I have his name incorrectly spelt) who I believe is a fellow member of IPMS.
  15. One of my wishes came true. Revell have re tooled the Jaguar E Type in 1/24th scale. I have bought the Airfix Veyron. Having done some reworking on it the kit makes up a nice little model. It is a pity that Airfix chose the Lego type build route rather than a more conventional snap together kit, that from a modeller's point of view would have been better.
  16. The Scale Auto Magazine Forum Website has now closed along with the magazine curtailment.
  17. A great pity. Right up to last year they brought loads of stuff to the IPMS UK Scale Modelworld Show at Telford and it all sold like hotcakes off the stand! I am a bit surprised that Peter Jackson (I believe their owner and film producer of Lord of the Rings, Hobbit and King Kong) could not keep them going. Maybe the moulds will be sold on to a Chinese or an East European manufacturer by the liquidators? Let's hope they see the light of day under another manufacturers banner.
  18. Hi guys! I am seeking a very old car model from a kit that dates back to the sixties. I am looking for a basket case Renwall Revivals Bugatti 101 to fully restore and give to the Bugatti Trust Museum here in the UK. Maybe someone has one of these in a battered condition and less than great paint job or built unpainted kicking around in a box somewhere. And regardless of condition (glue marks. wheels missing or whatever) perhaps could help me in this little quest. Please message me if you can help and let me know what you want for it. The possibility of obtaining a mint kit is both near im
  19. Latest reported on the MCM website is that a new associate editor named Larry Greenberg has been appointed. The name may be known to some of you American car modellers possibly?
  20. Recently learnt that Scale Auto will be ceasing publication this year October 2020. From what I understand the Auto related subjects will be absorbed into Fine Scale Modeler. I believe that Model Car Builder is still going and is a subscription only magazine in the US and Canada. What is happening or has happened to Model Cars Magazine is anybody's guess. Their forum is very active but is the magazine still going?
  21. Apart from the Airfix Bugatti Veyron snap kit more like Lego and a similar Airfix Chiron on its way in 1/24 sca!e no one else has kitted these great superstars with proper plastic kits. Nothing apart from ready made did casts.
  22. I forgot to mention in my last post that many years ago (in the 60's I think) I built the Rosebud Kitmaster Genera!. When the moulds were sold on to Airfix they just used the moulds for the British railway engines and rolling stock. They only issued Stephensons Rocket from any historical Kitmaxter moulds. All the Airfix own and Kitmastef moulds were sold on to a company named Dapol who still make most of the kits today. Whether the General moulds along with some other Kitmaster subjects like a Beyer Garratt and some European subjects went on to Dapol with the rest I do not know. None of those
  23. Occre, a Spanish company make an old style locomotive kit similar to the General named the Jupiter. It is a large mainly multi medium kit and they make some other very interesting transport kits as well.
  24. A truly lovely model to complete and keep to remember your late wife. It may well be worth looking for a glass dome or a case to protect them from damage and dust etc.
  25. noelsmith

    Plastic Sails

    In my last post, curled sails should read furled sails.
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