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So this will be my first post on this thread... as I have purchased stuff in the past and not thought it was really worth talking about, model stuff that probably isn't all that interesting...........

Shadow arrived yesterday, 7 week old German Shepherd pup:  

In another thread, I mentioned how weak I was, piling up a number of « must buys » on my 2020 shopping list. Well, I got the first of those, a rather smallish box, that fits nicely on my bench 

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3 hours ago, Artful69 said:

I remember watching the Firefox movie ... Clint Eastwood - should have stuck with spaghetti westerns lol ...

I've thought about collecting the concept note for all of the ZM kits ... what it like?

Rog :)

He probably should have. But it was still a cool looking plane. 

I've got a couple of the Concept Note books. The earlier ones were more substantial and included more info in them. They definitely can be a help during the build. 

Carl

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My boys just bought me these for my recent birthday, for my 1/24 Mosquito.

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Will still be a while before I start it but can't harm collecting bits for it eh?

 

Cheers 

Kev

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I was reading a post over at TOS and I met this guy starting his own business.  Said he had a couple of kits to get sell, so we made a connection.  He hadn't quite got around to posting them anywhere else at the time.  So, we struck a bargain and I got a fair deal quite near retail plus shipping from.  Here they are:

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6 hours ago, GazzaS said:

I was reading a post over at TOS and I met this guy starting his own business.  Said he had a couple of kits to get sell, so we made a connection.  He hadn't quite got around to posting them anywhere else at the time.  So, we struck a bargain and I got a fair deal quite near retail plus shipping from.  Here they are:

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Wingnut wings kits...good as any country’s currency.

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Had a shopping spree with RP Toolz. Got the chopper (reviewed here by our « upset » James) plus some PE benders from Pinranha and RP Toolz.

I can confirm the sturdy and precision build of the chopper. It remains to be seen whether blade deflection is less than on my previous « The Chopper ».

As for the PE benders, having already used them on my IBG PZL, I am a vey happy camper: the machined aluminium gives sharp angles, much better than the molded plastic of the PE bender I bought from Mission Models a long time ago.

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2 hours ago, HubertB said:

Had a shopping spree with RP Toolz. Got the chopper (reviewed here by our « upset » James) plus some PE benders from Pinranha and RP Toolz.

I can confirm the sturdy and precision build of the chopper. It remains to be seen whether blade deflection is less than on my previous « The Chopper ».

As for the PE benders, having already used them on my IBG PZL, I am a vey happy camper: the machined aluminium gives sharp angles, much better than the molded plastic of the PE bender I bought from Mission Models a long time ago.

Hubert

RP Toolz are great tools!! 

I have all of them ( except the cutter) and they are great!! A good value for your money.

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5 hours ago, Pardelhas said:

RP Toolz are great tools!! 

I have all of them ( except the cutter) and they are great!! A good value for your money.

And extremely good service. Less than 5 days from Hungary to Portugal :thumbsup2: !

Hubert

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18 hours ago, Pardelhas said:

RP Toolz are great tools!! 

I have all of them ( except the cutter) and they are great!! A good value for your money.

I am with you, I use many RP tools with each build with not complaint. 

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I found this at an antique mall for 12 dollars. I haven't built a ship since I was a kid. Copyright 1956 - the year of my birth!

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Still sealed in its plastic bag, too. I wonder if the decals are any good...

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6 hours ago, Bill_S said:

I found this at an antique mall for 12 dollars. I haven't built a ship since I was a kid. Copyright 1956 - the year of my birth!

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Still sealed in its plastic bag, too. I wonder if the decals are any good...

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Wow...  that brings back memories.  The first aircraft carrier kit I murdered as a kid.  Wait...  my only-ever aircraft carrier kit.  Lots of itty bitty jets!  Might be a big ask for the decals to be good.

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After a little odyssey the postman brought me this little gem, directly from Hungary. It's a 1/35 kit of a Lada Niva, made by Balaton and will be my next project as a Christmas gift for my wife.

There is some personal history behind the Niva, which started with a completely different car though. Since getting the drivers license, eighteen years old, my wife wanted to own a Citroen 2CV, but never really managed to get one for multiple reasons. We were very close to buy one in Portugal some years ago, which was in perfect condition, but we had to be back in Berlin four days later, with no possibility to change and found it too risky to do the 2700 km with such an old car. Later we settled on our steep little island in the Atlantic, where even my biased wife realized, that a 2CV would not be sufficient for the type of terrain here (I buried my plan of owning a Goddess, a Citroen DS23 as well for the same reason). 

To stay with classics, we tried to buy a new Lada Niva instead, which is well suited for our nice offroad tracks. Three years ago, it was possible to buy a Niva in the mainland of Spain, but it was seemingly impossible to import one onto our Canary Islands. A year ago we tried to buy a new Niva in Germany from a retailer, specialized on Lada Niva. By that time he refused, because it would be impossible to get it legalized in Spain, because the Spanish Lada dealers ceased business meanwhile and you couldn't get a Lada Niva homologized anymore.
Out of pure frustration (and a lot of desire too;)) we bought our Jeep as one of the last dinosaurs, with the Landrover Defender - err - rejuvenated :hsmack:.
After some wine, there sometimes are some sentimental remarks about the missed chance of having a Lada Niva from my wife. When I saw the resin kit of the Niva I knew, i had to build it for my wife and now I'm on a tight schedule before Christmas, as there should be a wooden base, with the shape of our island, also. There are not so many civilian resin car WIP's here, so maybe I do one.

Cheers Rob

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Cool, story Rob, frustrating for you, with all the RULES and regulations, that in reality don't matter or mount to a hill of beans , but we must follow them... I hope you do a WIP, this will be most interesting to watch for sure... I will pull up a front row seat..

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2 hours ago, Jeff said:

Cool, story Rob, frustrating for you, with all the RULES and regulations, that in reality don't matter or mount to a hill of beans , but we must follow them... I hope you do a WIP, this will be most interesting to watch for sure... I will pull up a front row seat..

Thanks Jeff, yeah the rules thing..., it's weird here in Spain. On the other hand, the Lada Niva is a dinosaur and not able to fulfil modern regulations, specially concerning the emissions. It saw it's last update in the 80's, technological wise and design wise, so in this case, it's  understandable, at least a little. The ability to get a new Lada Niva approved in Germany is only, because there are only a few sold. A mass sold car would not get permitted either, with these technical outfit.

Anyway, I'm completely satisfied with our Jeep, which is a perfect car for me here, it's big for transports, has todo terreno capability, like they call off roading here, has a convertible top for the not so windy days and doesn't heat up in the sun, like modern bubble shaped cars.

Be my guest while WIP-ing, nice to have you on board.

Cheers Rob

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Nice Rob. Didn't realise they were still manufacturing Nivas. Haven't seen a Lada here in the UK for years. The early ones from the 80s were truly terrible and the butt of all sorts of jokes. However, they weren't the worst cars around - the other Soviet export, the Moskvich, took that dubious honour. I remember in a friend's one if you opened the air vent in the dashboard you just saw the road underneath!!

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That's an awesome gift Rob. Please do a WIP when you start it. 

You could get Ladas here in Canada up until the mid '90s. I remember the Niva as a bare bones 4x4 that could handle just about anything you threw at it. 

I never got to drive one but did drive a Suzuki Jimny back in 2006 while in Tobago. It was very similar to the Niva in its simplicity. And lack of power. Still was a bunch of fun though. 

Carl

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11 minutes ago, GusMac said:

Nice Rob. Didn't realise they were still manufacturing Nivas.

In Berlin they were quite hip, when I left and in Germany many hunters and farmers own one as there are not many alternatives when it comes to truly offroad capable smaller cars and there are some around here on the Canary Islands as well.. I never saw a Moskvitch on the road though.
They are relicts of another time and have lots of flaws, but on the other hand it's a serious off road car which even has some chrome parts on it. The good thing of the 'features' mentioned by you is, that you can repair everything with a Swiss army knife and a fairly large hammer :D.

Cheers Rob 

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6 minutes ago, BlrwestSiR said:

I never got to drive one but did drive a Suzuki Jimny back in 2006 while in Tobago.

Lots of Jimny's around here, some friends own these Suzuki offroaders. They are like a Japanese Lada Niva's, lightweight, small engines, but very capable off the paved tracks.

My wife test drove a Lada Niva off road near Berlin and had lots of fun with it. Changing gears is not done by having only the idea to do so, it takes some effort. It's a real old school driving experience, but that's exactly where the fun begins. These SUV's equipped  with fart sensors are truly boring. On an island, where the largest possible distance is about 45 km's you want to have fun while driving.

Like I said, our Jeep is perfect for me, but I could have lived with the Lada.

Cheers Rob

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Looks like someone solved the power issue in the Niva:

https://jalopnik.com/watch-this-ls-powered-lada-niva-smoke-an-audi-rs6-1845706225

Edit: here's a link to the video.

It's running the 1/4 mile in under 10 seconds. 

 

1 hour ago, DocRob said:

Lots of Jimny's around here, some friends own these Suzuki offroaders. They are like a Japanese Lada Niva's, lightweight, small engines, but very capable off the paved tracks.

They definitely are like a Niva in that regard. I've even considered importing one to Canada. As long as it's 15 years old, you can bring it in here. 

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9 hours ago, BlrwestSiR said:

Looks like someone solved the power issue in the Niva:

You can clearly see by the design of the taillights/back door, that this is the 1,7 Liter variant not the usual 1,6 Liter :D.

I will not let my wife see this video, I will keep the Jeep :rofl:.

Cheers Rob

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I got home from work today and Sue said: "What big-a$$ model did you get this time?"

This was in the front hall:

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Looks like my case order of Dr.1s have arrived. :lol:

Just kidding. I haven't bought a Meng Dr. 1 yet.

I'll let you all know what's in it once I get it open. 

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