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Ray Martin
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"Smile" they said, "things could be worse". So I did, and they were.
"Smile" they said, "things could be worse". So I did, and they were.

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This isn't really a model, but it belongs here as much as anything. I made this back in 2012 for my daughter's birthday. Any fan of the TV series Doctor Who will recognise it. I started with the cover, creating the embossed TARDIS design with pieces of card. Each of the pages were handmade, with some added pictures from the internet stuck in for good measure, and the pages were stained with tea. I had fun creating the diary entries, especially the ones I personally created with stories that didn't feature in the series.
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16/04/2017
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Six years into the first Cylon war, the twelve colonies were suffering badly, and defeat seemed imminent At every step, the Cylon technology was proving superior to anything humans could throw against it. A major turning point in this conflict was the development and deployment of the Colonial Stealth Bomber, known as the "Cobra". Using advanced polymer coatings and honeycomb alloys in its construction, the Cobra was almost totally Dradis absorbant, rendering it effectively invisible. With its own highly sensitive passive Dradis detectors, fitted with its own long range FTL drive, and carrying two 1.8 Megaton nuclear missiles, the Cobra was capable of devastating and unexpected 'hit and run' attacks on Cylon BaseStars. In military circles, it is thought that the covert actions of the Cobra were the turning point of the war, and enabled the twelve colonies to endure another six and a half years of fighting before the peace accord was signed.

OK, I just made all of that up, but I enjoyed thinking about it when making this recently acquired kit. This is an old kit by a company called ARII, and was an imagined design of the rumoured stealth fighter that was eventually to be know as the F-117 Nighthawk. A number of companies came out with similar kits, all of them along the same lines.

My plans to make this as the box art suggested was soon abandoned. The kit itself was very poorly engineered, poorly fitting with almost no guide pins and holes, and the decals were too substandard to use on an all black aircraft. So I thought, what the hell, and gave it a sci-fi angle (my favourite model genre, anyway). I'm quite pleased with the result, on the whole, especially as it was given to me for nothing - can't complain about the price.
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16/04/2017
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Six years into the first Cylon war, the twelve colonies were suffering badly, and defeat seemed imminent At every step, the Cylon technology was proving superior to anything humans could throw against it. A major turning point in this conflict was the development and deployment of the Colonial Stealth Bomber, known as the "Cobra". Using advanced polymer coatings and honeycomb alloys in its construction, the Cobra was almost totally Dradis absorbant, rendering it effectively invisible. With its own highly sensitive passive Dradis detectors, fitted with its own long range FTL drive, and carrying two 1.8 Megaton nuclear missiles, the Cobra was capable of devastating and unexpected 'hit and run' attacks on Cylon BaseStars. In military circles, it is thought that the covert actions of the Cobra were the turning point of the war, and enabled the twelve colonies to endure another six and a half years of fighting before the peace accord was signed.

OK, I just made all of that up, but I enjoyed thinking about it when making this recently acquired kit. This is an old kit by a company called ARII, and was an imagined design of the rumoured stealth fighter that was eventually to be know as the F-117 Nighthawk. A number of companies came out with similar kits, all of them along the same lines.

My plans to make this as the box art suggested was soon abandoned. The kit itself was very poorly engineered, poorly fitting with almost no guide pins and holes, and the decals were too substandard to use on an all black aircraft. So I thought, what the hell, and gave it a sci-fi angle (my favourite model genre, anyway). I'm quite pleased with the result, on the whole, especially as it was given to me for nothing - can't complain about the price.
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16/04/2017
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Yay! My ASM card arrived this week - thanks Jack - and here it is, way down in New Zealand, with a few of my recent projects.
Yes, the rear gun on the re-painted snowspeeder is missing - lost to the mists of time - and I have yet to scratch build one.
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25/03/2017
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Minor Rant:
Contrary to popular opinion, I don't care about much these days, apart from injustice. However, when I go into a chemist shop and see the overwhelming selection off woo-woo garbage on display by this so-called "health professional" it drives me batty. Today, right at the front counter, was a stand of depressingly pointless "health supplements" and "wellness" aids. The one that really got me enraged today was 'Liver Detox' supplement! Seriously? Detox is what the liver does! It even has the kidneys to help out when things get rough. It certainly doesn't need some concocted bullshit at $22.95 to help it purge itself after a rough night on the town and a chicken biryani. While I'm at it, my stomach is full of hydrochloric acid capable of dissolving an iron nail, so it doesn't need some bollocks mixture containing Chia seeds to aid my digestion, either.

When I go to the chemist I want drugs - pharmaceutical ones - preferably those that keep my heart beating and the ones with opiates in because Paracetamol is for babies.

OK, this is one of those "all suggestions welcome" posts. I'm working up to build my Revell 1/600 Enterprise NCC-1701, and it's such a great looking kit I think I would feel like a failed human being if I don't light it up. Now, I did the whole thing myself for the Moebius Battlestar Galactica, but I don't think I could manage the flashing navigation lights and anti-matter nacelles from scratch. I'm considering biting the bullet and buying one of the lighting kits available, so can anyone recommend a supplier for such a thing? Bear in mind that I live in the ass end of nowhere (aka New Zealand), our dollar is one step above Monopoly money in value, and shipping costs may require selling my body to medical science.

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With my birthday on the 14th, my stash of goodies grew this week. I've already made the Lightning (I got that early), and I've made a start on the Y-Wing, which should be a quick build but fun to paint and weather.
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Well, I finally finished the Airfix 1/72 English Electric Lighting F2.A.
The domino effect of failing eyesight, clumsy-ass fingers, and occasional stupidity caused some problems, but I got there in the end. In hindsight, the 1/48 kit that Geordie Modeller had might have been a bit more practical for me, but c'est la vie.
It's a great kit from Airfix, with excellent details and a superb decal sheet that allows two distinct aircraft to be built - even though a good number of those decals were absolutely tiny for these semi-geriatric hands and eyes. An odd manufacturing decision from Airfix requires a 5 gram weight to be placed in the nose of the aircraft, to prevent it from tipping back on its tail. Guess what I forgot to put in when I built it? I've managed to chop up some bits of lead solder and wedge them in the nose-wheel bay, so you'd never know they were there... unless you looked, of course.
I used Vallejo paints, except for an all over base coat of AK Xtreme Metal Polished Aluminium. All in all, an enjoyable build. These are the best pictures I can get with my camera.
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17/02/2017
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I finished my 1/12 Mercury Spacecraft recently, but haven't posted pictures yet. Meanwhile a change of pace building one of my Christmas presents, an Airfix 1/72 English Electric Lighting - one of my all-time favourite aircraft. Here's the progress so far.
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11/02/2017
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Aircraft fans will appreciate this video - a glorious restoration of a DH Mosquito, filmed at my local airfield. She's a beauty.
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