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HubertB

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  1. Beautiful, Rob ! And these rivet decals do add a lot to the finished look. Well done, Sir ! Hunert
  2. It’s a beauty, Peter. I read that the radiator shape of the -J was more efficient and produced less drag than the earlier marks, but nothing beats the sleekiness of these -F models. And don’t talk to me about the XP-38 : the embodiment of speed in its era. Anyway, well done, Peter 👍 ! Hubert
  3. Thank you for the update, Ernie. This seems extremely serious, and hopefully the hospital he is in will be able to work miracles … Hubert
  4. Thanks for the pics Ernie. The Tomcats are great, and the AMK one impressive, although, to my eye at least, the wing-root / apex fairing seems strangely bloated, and not very prototypical. Certainly not the same as the Tamiya kit in this area, I liked the Gulfhawk, although the pic shows how much work is needed to bring this venerable kit to a more scale-like appearance. And yes, your Val is always stunning 👍 ! Hubert
  5. From what I have seen, these 1Man-Army stencils are really fantastic, and a real plus for any 1/32 model. Thanks for the pics, Fran. Hubert
  6. Interesting, but I’d have thought that the Matchbox trenchman would have been retired by now … Apparently not … Hubert
  7. Some good news, although they could be even better… Pulling for you Harv, and hoping the sensations come back soon. Hubert
  8. A great start, and what a great way of using technology to improve a kit. Soon, before you know it, you’ll have designed a whole airframe Hubert
  9. +1 on AK black base (and I think it is also the one interacting funnily with Mr Levelling Thinner) Hubert
  10. Sorry to hear about that, buddy. I hope everything goes fine and you get well soon 🙏 ! Hubert PS: what single men wouldn’t do to meet a sexy young nurse And this one is a special for you, buddy
  11. Literally « the advisers are not those who pay », or in other words, words are easy and free, doing is the hard work Hubert
  12. Being usually in the « yeah, but I know it’s there » camp, I think in this case it would still be better to find a way to display the innards of this beast : it’s too good to be hidden … Of course, as we say in French, « les conseilleurs ne sont pas les payeurs » Hubert
  13. I think the landing light lenses is the least screw-up of the maaaaaaaaany screw-ups the kit embodies …. Nice job un-screw-upping this one, Scott 😉 ! Hubert
  14. It looks like the TBD is THE hit of the year (as is Airscale’s set), judging by the number of members having bought it. If only this could encourage other manufacturers to tread off the trodden-to-death highways of WWII single seat fighters Hubert
  15. Well, the Schiffer book is exactly that: detail porn Hubert
  16. FB was fined a few million USD a few years ago in Germany, for letting neo-Nazi propaganda and « anti-constitutional symbols » flourish on its German pages. So, they have certainly become more aware of the issue, up to the point of applying blanket, non-discerning bans. Our German friends can comment far better than me on the law, I suspect, but the issue is more complex than a first glance can induce: displaying these « anti-constitutional symbols » like the Swastika, or the faucet and hammer, for commercial of political purposes is forbidden in Germany. But it can be done for « civic education, countering anti-constitutional activities, art and science, research and education, the coverage of historic and current events, or similar purposes ». So a company cannot sell an item with a Swastika visible, even if it’s a model, but a modeler can put it on its models, although displaying it can be discussed, based in the perceived intent (historical representation, or to boast the Nazi regime). This said, most Germans will consider it extremely bad taste, and most unwelcome. Hubert
  17. Most houses in Portugal are poorly insulated. The one I am renting right now (only two months left to go, yay ! ) is a prime example : interesting look - by a well-known Portuguese architect -, very low level of practicability, and appallingly poor construction standards, and zero isolation. So my bills are in the € 300 area, for 150 sqm, in winter or in summer, where you HAVE to run the A/C … (And do not get me started on water consumption bills, where the price is progressive : the more water you consume, the higher the price per cubic meter. It’s a great system to make everyone responsible in a country where chronic draught has been felt for the last 6 years, but it can hurt a lot - like when the landlord decides to change the grass in late spring, and has the gardener water the new grass as if there was no tomorrow - f#@&%!g morons !) Hubert
  18. French canadian is based on XVII Century French. hard to understand, yes, but probably purer than the one spoken currently in Paris… But my gripe is more with the poor level of mastery of the language, even by supposedly educated young people. To illustrate this, one of my favourite examples I use with people forgetting the syntax is the following : « If I give you a payslip, and I put a stamp on it, do you prefer the stamp that says « Payer » (To pay) or the one that says « Payé » (Paid) ? » For many, I suspect it is the first time they realise there is a useful difference between « payer » and « payé », which have the same pronunciation, but a completely different syntaxic meaning …. Ok, end of the rant by Old Fart Professor Hubert Hubert
  19. Mixed bag as well, but with some limitations : - 1919 to 1939 era, with a strong lean towards civilians, racers, yellow or silver wings - Post WWII, up to the mid 60s, i.e. early jets, when they were still colourful and full of technological promises - Basically non-camoed aircrafts - And no swastika Hakenkreuz, nor Soviet Red Star, for that matter… If i try to find a common theme, it would be an interest for aircrafts epitomising technological developments, and colourful and good-looking aircrafts, rather than efficient killing machines … Hubert
  20. Thank you Martin. And now that I’m back from my trip (with my boy toy) in the land of foie gras, duck magret and duck confit, I should get back to it Hubert
  21. Frankly, the only socialist leaning I can find, personally, on FB, is that it would be used today by Karl Marx to illustrate the shenanigans of capitalism …. It’s an amoral company, managed by immoral people. The worst you can find in capitalism … End of my leftist rant 😂 Hubert
  22. It’s a lot of good news …First the Kate, for those who enjoyed the great Val kit, and second, besides the B-26, there is a SM-79 and a Ventura in the pipeline ! Both great news if, like me, you love interwars civilians … I would have preferred a Hudson, but, hey-ho, I’ll content myself with a Lodestar 😊 (and can you see this red-and-green « corsa » Sparviero ) Hubert
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