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  1. Can't argue on the first bit I cut for clarity, but I have to disagree on the quote: There are depictions of Santa in red and white that are far older than the CC company, reaching at least back to the 19th century, so they sure didn't invent it. CC sure are guilty for the wide spread image of Santa in red, though
  2. And the old Air France dolphin livery gives every ugly bucket an idea of grace and beauty
  3. I know about the accusation of depiction of racism with the 'zwarte Piet' in the Benelux as well as with Knecht Ruprecht as we did. I'm sure noone who's going to put the discussion away as complete nonsense, but then, I don't have enough background knowledge to come to a final opinion. It sure shouldn't end up like last year or two ago somewhere in the Netherlands, where the arrival of the Sinterklaas ended in a brawl over the blackface depiction of zwarte Piet. Yeah, children anticipate the arrival of Sinterklaas in excitement, and then people go at each other. Awesome! How come I for one tend to see democracy in general to be at risk, one of the reasons being the decline in the culture of debate, that being just one example? But enough political rant for today. And apologies if anyone feels offended. But then, we kinda have the privilege I'm working in a retirement home, average age well over 80, many being demented. We are not going outside the facility, and thus we don't have to go through the discussion for now. Many residents won't understand it anyway, they are used to Santa and Knecht Ruprecht as pictured above, and the others will question why it wasn't an issue yesterday but is an issue now. It will probably change with coming generations. Our other volunteer, who's coming from Eritrea and thus coloured himself had a blast upon seeing us, though Took him almost five minutes for him to stop laughing
  4. Short C-Class/Empire Ain't gonna happen, but nonetheless
  5. A dark Lord of the Sith going after you with his wicker if you don't behave! Naw, actually one of our 'Bufdis', a guy serving a year of volunteer social service in our house after school in his disguise as Knecht Ruprecht . A ton of black theatre make up, I think he's still scrubbing his face
  6. I'm certain, when the job is done, he's happy to accept your Porsche... ...maybe you should consult him in time for equipment and finish details
  7. Wow! Haven't been here in a while and just read this one back. Very educational and inspiring. Makes me want to get back to two ideas I stored in the back of my head on a similar scenes, though they might be a bit to ambitious for the beginning. Now I'd like to see how that continues
  8. Never ever return thinned paint into your jar/pot/container/... It might start to gel up and render your paint useless in the end. Made that experience with Mr Hobby, Revell acrylics, Extracolor. Not sure with MM, the reason there could be their crappy lids. For transfering, I usually use an old, bent airbrush needle. I run through quite some of them...
  9. I like to pretend that as long as I turn my back at the shelf behind me, its not an issue... ...oh wait, there's a shelf in front of me, and one to the left, and another one to the right...
  10. While smaller airframes like the '109 come indeed in those pesky side opening boxes, Revell's big scale bombers and the larger jets come in a box with a lid. Not as sturdy as Trumpy's boxes, though.
  11. I have no doubt about that, having seen two M2 kits in person and having heard from the one or other guy who were lucky surviving building one...
  12. If it wasn't for the vortex generators, a 1/32 Javelin could also serve well as an ironing board or counter top...
  13. Yeah, I'm surprised, too. It's been a while Navy aircraft were blue...
  14. Would like to try them (I like to try anything I can get my hands on, actually), but I can't get any MM products besides the standard enamel range anymore. I loved their acrylics, but as said, I don't have any source here. But indeed, glossy acrylics, especially clears usually give me a hard time, too...
  15. I read about Tamiya acrylics with laquer thinners long ago, but my last try was one heck of a mess. Yet, I read that story again and I decided to give it another try tonight, and woohoo! Just came back from my modelling table and even though my thinner here is the usual hardware store stuff and thus surely not the mildest option, it went down super smooth and troublefree. Finally I can really use all the Tamiya bottles I aqcuired over the years and are definitely not cheap, but tried to avoid, because they behaved like poo in my airbrush. Many thanks, guys!
  16. Hm, let me think about it... ...I think, I'd be super happy if Revell releases a large scale Draken...
  17. One thing will definitely be better with Revell's big '262 and Super Hoe, compared to Trumpy's efforts, at least in my neck of the wood: The availability. While I may or more likely may not get any of the Chinese one's easily in my local dedicated hobby shop, I'm very likely to get both by Revell in any place that carries a basic stock of modelling material. Can't speak for RoW, though I'm pretty certain it'll be similar for most of Europe, and may not be an issue if you (have to) order most stuff online, anyways, but kits already done by Trumpeter and other manufacturers are IMHO not really a competition for Revell, not because of the quality, but because the majority of Revell's customers simply buy what's on the shelf in the next store, peaks their interest and is within their budget.
  18. Looking nice, Kev! Looks like some project I might tackle in 2016, as I have the same sheet (IIRC) and in the meantime a kit with a left and a right wing...
  19. That was my goal! And you can do so much mischief with that song. I once heard a death metal version of 'Alouette'. And it just sounded so right! I hear ya! Though, if I'm thinking of the Grimm brothers fairytails my mom used to tell me, oh dear! Witches simply pushed into a stove! Toes cut off! I'm surprised I haven't become a torturer of some authoritarian leader! Already working on it. How's the Cheyenne doin'? Shut up and sit down! Slowly trotting forward: Still missing the belts. Otherwise the usual cleanup, filling, sanding routine that is common at the begining of a build. Cockpit floor and IP in progress, still missing a couple of details. I think, I gotta do something about my lighting and focus... More CP parts. Cleaned up kit parts, PE parts and these white blobs on the control stickare a few extra details on the righthand side stick. They do look much better without magnification. What still needs some considerations is the rear bench. Revell saved themselves a few parts, even though you can hardly hide anything in that cupola. Working on a new filler for the fuel tank. And I think, I'll redo most of the details on the tank, as they are a bit undefined. Just gotta take care it won't get out of hands. I found a few walkarounds, and they show a lot, especially where the kit can be improved. Rotors, transmissions, engine leave a bit to be desired, and there's a gazillion of tubing that can be added. Has anyone acidentally an Alouette and Astazou (hey, six words starting with 'a' in a row!) workshop manual at home? Go for it! Had a chance of looking into the box, too. An awesome, impressive kit indeed. The '47 is on my list too. I saw a documentory a few years ago about controlling herd sizes and trade with mustangs. They used an old Bell 47 to herd the mustangs up. Very inspiring. What I love about this old 'dragonfly' type helicopters with only a minimum of panelling, you can see each and ever component and detail through the framing. The major drawback: you can see each and ever component and detail through the framing. And the more you look at pictures, the more you see... Indeed, I already wondered if that is that Raeren right behind the border. Raeren is raere name for a place (I think I owe you a beer for a bad pun now! ) My pleasure, mate!
  20. ...alouette, je te plumerai. Everybody now! Now that I provided you with a tune you won't garantueed get out of your head until at least monday morning, here's what this is all about: No funky birds, who got their feathers plucked out, but Revell's Aerospatiale Alouette II, first released in 1996, apparently. I was actually looking for something else on ebay, but then I made a successful shot on this one In the box, you find one grey, two green and a clear sprue, instructions and a decal sheet which allows you to build most, if not all specimens of the Alouette II in German service: Furthermore, I intend to use this goodie, which I aquired a couple of years back: Not much panelling on this one, but an openly visible tubular frame design without any cowling, so there might be some space for wire and cable works. While the kit is pretty nicely done with a a very delicate represented frame, there is some mold shift, which is a bit of an concern for me: Not sure how to deal with this so far, maybe I have to replace the one or other tube. So, off to glue some parts now!
  21. My pleasure! Check your sprues, though. I don't know where I put my instructions, but upon inspection, there are four bullet-shaped pieces that look like spinners, right next to the undercarriage pieces. The sprue gates are almost bigger than the pieces themselves and look like quite some additional work. But I seem to remember that's the case with any part of that kit... ...nuffin wrong with the civil aircraft disease!
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