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Thread: Latest Acquisitions 2018
19/04/2018 17:21:09

Hi Allen

I built the 43/41 several years ago.

I advise caution with many of the smaller parts, such as the gun sights. These have sprue attachment points considerably larger than they need to be, and require great care to avoid damaging the delicate bits.

I used a Pyrogravure to cut them away, but a good Razor Saw will do fine.


Thread: Meng Shilka ZSU 23-4
14/04/2018 20:09:57

Like that a lot.


Thread: Sit Rep
14/04/2018 20:08:28

I still have my Optivisor, but this has a bit more adjustability and doesn't get your forehead all sweaty.


Thread: Latest Acquisitions 2018
14/04/2018 12:38:36

This is the packaging you want to look for


14/04/2018 12:28:39

It's branded as Lightcraft and batteries (3× LR1130) are included.

I paid £16.50 (posted) from Veteranus Models in Ripon


Edited By Simon Hammerton on 14/04/2018 12:30:23

Thread: Sit Rep
14/04/2018 10:10:09

Hi Si

TBH I'm not sure, but coincidentally these arrived today.


I had these in mind for some time, so they're going to to be heavily used from now on.


Thread: Latest Acquisitions 2018
14/04/2018 10:06:04

Although this is a fortuitous coincidence considering my current vision problems, I have had these in mind for some time.


Five interchangeable lenses, two very powerful LED lights powered by three button cell batteries.

Highly recommended


Thread: Sit Rep
14/04/2018 08:55:40

The left eye has healed nicely and the long sight has improved massively.

But my near sight is terrible so I have been shopping for reading glasses, more as a temporary measure until the right eye has been dealt with.


11/04/2018 18:30:30

I feel your pain mate

If I believed in a higher power I'd tell him to go and annoy someone else.


11/04/2018 08:49:16

Thanks Tony

Long time no see BTW, I hope the world is being kind to you. yes


10/04/2018 23:31:27

I should only require reading glasses Mike, my distance vision will be greatly improved.


10/04/2018 21:57:17

Thank you all folks, it is greatly appreciated.

I have been pottering along with the ICM ZIL-131 MTO Shop Truck, mainly because there's no etch or stuff with it, straightforward kit building. But to say progress is slow is a tremendous understatement as I can barely see the parts.

My eyes are currently trying to work out a median level of acuity, so reading glasses shopping looms large in my future. So for now I'm back to looking at kit boxes instead of looking in them.

But everything is going well so far.


09/04/2018 13:31:33

I'm looking forward to getting some meaningful workshop time in the not too distant future.

However there's enough of an imbalance in visual acuity right now to make modelling difficult, at least for now.


09/04/2018 12:25:51

Thanks Guys

Yes it's a huge relief to get things sorted.

Because of the atrocious weather we have had a backup of cancelled training sessions that needed clearing. We have a lady who handles our dog agility sessions, but we still had a lot of people in for what we call Life Skills plus behavioural sessions.

It made sense for Carolyn to drop me off at the hospital at the beginning of the day before classes and pick me up afterwards.

It did make for a very boring day, but drama free suited me just fine.


09/04/2018 11:37:07

Hi Folks

I had the first lens replacement on Saturday afternoon.

Because Saturdays are a very busy day with Dog Training it was necessary for me to be at the hospital all day for a 20 minute procedure but everything went as good as it could possibly be.

Vision is still a little blurry as some swelling goes down, but there's already a marked improvement.

The Surgeon is estimating six weeks before doing the other eye, so I'm looking a little daft walking around with spectacles with the left lens removed.

But the bottom line is that op 1 has been a great success.

Thanks again for your kind messages.


Thread: Heller 1/35 VBCI 8 Wheeler APC
06/04/2018 11:59:45

Many years ago I was making a square netting from the layers of a gauze dressing pad. By employing a diluted PVA wash I was able to give it a bit of stiffness.

Might be something to investigate?


06/04/2018 08:28:12

Hi Dave

IIRC Glynn Spurr worked for QinetiQ, he's not around much but you might be able to contact him via FB.

This is very much in my area of interest so I'll get comfy and observe.


Thread: DEF Models - Wheels & Tires - sizes needed
02/04/2018 14:25:07

What kind of an answer is that?

I was asking because I might have wheels and stuff that I could give you, but it helps to know where to send them.

02/04/2018 10:25:19


Have you looked at wheels for the Bronco Opel Kadette Saloon and the Tamiya Citroen Traction Avant? Both the original kit wheels and any aftermarket options might be worth a look.

Also where are you based? If we know where you are then we may be able to help.



Edited By Simon Hammerton on 02/04/2018 10:26:43

Thread: Sit Rep
02/04/2018 09:33:05


I'm having a general anaesthetic as I find it difficult to sit still with stuff like this, but I'm confident that everything is going to be fine.


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