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Title: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on December 27, 2016, 04:09:12 am
I just thought I'd put up a box into which I can put some thoughts and ideas I'm happy to have someone elses input on. From time to time, there might even appear the odd glimpse from the work bench or so. But mostly offsprings from a styrene poisonend mind, I'm afraid.

So here goes - the First Thought:

In the late 80:ies/early 90:ies, it was quite clear that the soviet empire was collapsing rapidly, and that they couldn't in fact keep their quite ambitious conventional ground forces at par with western technical evolution. And at this time, not even their large overweight in numbers could fully compensate.
As this became increasingly clear to western leaders, the western military focus rapidly shifted from the european battlefield towards different proxy areas, mainly in the middle east as we have seen during the last two decades, this refocus not only necessitating reequipment of the armed forces in different ways (f.i "fenced tanks" etc) but also meant that camouflage colours changed to better match the new fighting environment.

Now - what if the Soviet Empire some way (oil, gold or f-ing unobtanium findings) didn't break financially as in the real history? That would have allowed them to keep the pressure on the european front and thus the "home" focus on western european armed forces. Would we still have seen green/grey wraparound camouflage on strike aircraft, darker grey maritime aircraft etc or would we still have seen the unbelieveble boring development towards an even greyer military aircraft future? I'd like to think not. I'd really would have loved the Atlas C.1 in dark green/dark sea grey wraparaound in RAF service, not to mention the very very nice three tone grey maritime camouflage we could have seen on Marineflieger Atlantics and Orions.

Or am I too far from reality?

Thoughts and reflections, please?

Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 27, 2016, 07:01:01 am
Sounds good to me. It sounds reasonable and cohesive so why not? I, too, don't care at all for contemporary boring grey schemes. I want colors and camo!! 

Also, you could kill two birds with one stone as we're to begin a Soviet Group Build here in a little over a month. 
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: kerick on December 27, 2016, 05:03:22 pm
A lot of the swing towards shades of grey is in response to aircraft no longer required to fly "under the radar" to avoid AAA and SAMs. In Europe the threat was considered to be higher from an enemy ac spotting you as you flew close to the ground so camo meant to blend into the landscape was needed. Now with little threat from modern SAMs in Iraq and the 'stan ac can fly higher to avoid small arms and shoulder fired weapons so air to air camo is more appropriate.

I do agree the greys do get boring after a while. Your suggestion is interesting. F-16s in Euro I? How about a Typhoon in green and grey wrap around?
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 27, 2016, 05:55:09 pm

How about a Typhoon in green and grey wrap around?


And why not? I was thinking just that y'day.

Almost any of the current 'Grey Ghosts' would look great in the older, more colourful schemes.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: kerick on December 27, 2016, 07:09:42 pm
Except for F-15s.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 28, 2016, 01:21:16 am
Except for F-15s.

Other opinions are available..........
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Rick Lowe on December 28, 2016, 01:38:46 am
Except for F-15s.

Other opinions are available..........

 ;D ;D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on December 28, 2016, 03:00:06 am
F-16s in Euro I? How about a Typhoon in green and grey wrap around?

Thanks, all, for weighing in. Really encouraging!!

I suspect that air superiority fighters as well as other assets that necessarily will have to work at higher altitudes most probably still would benefit from some kind of light grey scemes to visually blend in even if they're traceable via radar. As radar in many ways are affected by proper ECM, low visibility to the eye shouldn't be underestimated. Thus, you would probably need to consider in which environment your actual F-16 or Tiffie is to spend most of its activities to decide on scheme. As that gives an opportunity for different versions of the same basic airframe, and thus more whiffing opportunities - I'm unreservedly for. 😋
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on December 28, 2016, 03:28:16 am
....and as promised, a quick glance at the current status on the "Divine Area" (where creation happens):

 (https://www.alfapower.nu/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=174025&g2_serialNumber=2)
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 28, 2016, 05:39:57 am
Thunderchiefed Lightining?  :o That looks very interesting! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: kerick on December 28, 2016, 07:31:26 am
Nice variety of ongoing projects!
That Lightning on the right looks very interesting.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on December 28, 2016, 07:57:46 am
Thunderchiefed Lightining?  :o That looks very interesting! :thumbsup:
I'm Swedish, remember? You could call that a notched double delta..  😉
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 28, 2016, 01:19:57 pm
Thunderchiefed Lightining?  :o That looks very interesting! :thumbsup:
I'm Swedish, remember? You could call that a notched double delta..  😉

Ok, i get it... :thumbsup: any close up pics?
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on December 28, 2016, 01:46:11 pm

Ok, i get it... :thumbsup: any close up pics?

In time. There will be a thread in "Current & finished projects" as soon as I can get around to arm her up properly. 😉
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on January 04, 2017, 01:11:27 pm
Absolutely no progress whatsoever at this time, I'm afraid. I'm currently recovering from some major surgery and things aren't exactly going as planned, unfortunately. No panic about long term but really annoying in the present.

Whining done. Over and out.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: TheChronicOne on January 04, 2017, 05:54:37 pm
Get well soon.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: kerick on January 04, 2017, 07:13:58 pm
Been there, done that, no fun! Get well soon please!

Heres an A-7 in greys with a twist.
http://www.air-and-space.com/19901006%20Edwards/901569%20YA-7F%2071-344%206512TS%20left%20side%20taxiing%20l.jpg
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on January 05, 2017, 06:21:58 am
Heres an A-7 in greys with a twist.
http://www.air-and-space.com/19901006%20Edwards/901569%20YA-7F%2071-344%206512TS%20left%20side%20taxiing%20l.jpg

Thanx.

The A-7F. I've actually made one out of an old Airfix A-7E, but never got as far as painting/decalling. It's still around, though, so one day I'd guess it'll show up again, probably in "Europe One". 😁
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: NARSES2 on January 05, 2017, 06:50:01 am
Yup, hope the recovery speed picks up
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: zenrat on January 06, 2017, 02:39:02 am
...Whining done. Over and out.

OK.  We'll allow a small amount of whining but do hurry up and recover.  I want see more pictures.
 :smiley:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 06, 2017, 09:18:12 am
OK.  We'll allow a small amount of whining but do hurry up and recover.  I want see more pictures.
 :smiley:

Totally agree with the gentleman's words... ;D Get well soon! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on February 13, 2017, 08:12:52 am
OK, while not much modelling has been done lately, I've at least gotten around to shoot some old stuff not previously shown, so I thought I'll just throw them up here in anticipation of creating a background for them. And if nothing else, to bask a bit in the attention. 😉

So - first out - the previously unveiled Washington R.2A. The old Airfix offering, originally built as "Joltin Josie" by my old man in the late 70:ies but rescued by me when he decided to minimise storage spaces. Ever since (some odd 10 years) it's been sitting on my top shelf dusting about until I finally, last November, got inspired and added some random blobs and antennas, and in an attack of severe hybris, also an EO/IR/Laser targetting ball turret. To get that into the backstory will crave some creativity, but hey - it's whiffworld! Decided to try out my new hemp enamel and I kind of like the turnout. Should have thought twice about the lightning bolts on the fin, though (they should have been lower set) but now they're under three layers of Johnsons and some varnish, so..

(https://www.alfapower.nu/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=174048)
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on February 13, 2017, 08:15:04 am
(https://www.alfapower.nu/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=174050)

(https://www.alfapower.nu/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=174049)
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on February 13, 2017, 09:06:11 am
Next up - a subject I suspect most of us has looked at. A Freighter C.2 in MEAF colours. Basically straight out of the box, camo estimated from the Aden based Beverleys, however slightly modernised along Andover lines. General backstory idea is UK staying put in Aden, creating an arabian Gibraltar but also continuing supporting various local entities, such as Omani interests etc. I would be happy to receive further input here if someone feels they would like to contribute. Time frame would be mid 70:ies, or so, but think it as a not very prioritised theatre with old, second line aircraft and a backlog of modernisation long as a starvation year.

(https://www.alfapower.nu/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=174046)

(https://www.alfapower.nu/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=174045)
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: TheChronicOne on February 13, 2017, 09:30:46 am
Cool stuff! 
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: zenrat on February 14, 2017, 02:33:23 am
Cool indeed but I particularly like the RAF Tu-4  :mellow: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: NARSES2 on February 14, 2017, 03:08:00 am
Very nice  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on September 17, 2020, 07:04:54 am
Hi all

Apparently, it's been a while since I updated this page. As I write, there's a big red square on top of it, encouraging me to start a brand new topic rather than posting in an ancient thread. Well - I'm getting ancient too, so I think I'll just carry on..

In the mean time, my modelling has become somewhat erratic. Partly due to having to work entirely from my hobby desk since March, partly from also having my wife working from her hobby desk just opposite mine and last but not least from having to home school the kids during a large portion of the spring. But mainly due to lack of focus. And it's not that bad, actually. I've given up on staying on a subject and these days, I build whatever I feel for in the moment. The result is a rather messy build shelf, littered with more or less complete projects, and most annoyingly a certain difficulty to finish off when something is almost there. On the other hand, when I get a little time to create, I do it with more joy and less angst. In all, I think its a good trade - for as long as the space allows, that is.

My current feel, however, doesn't improve things from a shelf space perspective. I have finally gotten round to make some progress on the tanker that'll benefit from the old Matchbox Victor Mk 20 pods kindly provided by Kit, and that is a rather substantial aircraft, even in my preferred 72nd scale. Things got even worse when I out of the blue managed to pick up an old AMT RC-135V. My second, as a matter of fact, and suddenly I can build an Airseeker as well as a Rivet Joint. My unability to choose version has been the reason for not starting my old one for years. Now, I can start both. Two RC-135:s, that is. Good fun, but the shelf is moaning everytime I glance at it..
Also I now need new CFM56 engines. Eight of them. Which have to be sourced from the US (Contrail, thanks lads!). That is if I can't hide away money enough to invest in two more Airfix/Heller AWACS kits, for NATO (E-3A) and USAF (E-3G) use, respectively - which would then provide nice engines for free. Well - free and free...  :rolleyes:

Speaking of accidentally increasing stash. In May, I came across another (yes, I know) old Matchbox Canberra PR9. I bought and built my first one about 40 years ago, and I've loved its sleek uncomplicated lines ever since. Even to the point that I for no other reason than aesthetics prefer it over the otherwise much improved Airfix issue. Anyhow - stumbling on this latest one triggered a Canberra bonanza, actually making me completing three unstarted 'Berras, starting a reconstruction of my original one (third time over) and also rebuilding an old Airfix B(I)6 while I was at it. Good fun, and while uncomplicated builds, I really enjoy the result.

(https://www.alfapower.nu/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=174167&g2_serialNumber=1)

Another project I think went well was the radar equipped Hunter built and painted during the summer. This project came about when I surfed across a drawing of a P.1100 and was quite taken by its good looks. Having completed it, I got inspired enough to take the opportunity to scavenge the scrap heap for another old Hunter, rebuilding it as a tactical recce bird.

(https://www.alfapower.nu/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=174170&g2_serialNumber=1)

Now, back to real work and then try to remember to actually write up the backstories. After all, that's actually almost as fun as the build itself.. ;)
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Knightflyer on September 17, 2020, 09:42:33 am
I do like those two Hunters  ;D

And scrolling upwards (to revisit your ancient history  ;D) the Washington R.2A is superb!!
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: ChernayaAkula on September 17, 2020, 03:19:06 pm
That recce nose works really well on the Hunter!  :wub: Beauty!
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 17, 2020, 03:41:14 pm

That recce nose works really well on the Hunter!  :wub: Beauty!


Looks better than the RW recce noses on the FR10 too.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: buzzbomb on September 17, 2020, 05:03:04 pm
Oh yes.. great re-entry post :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on September 18, 2020, 01:53:32 am
Anyhow - stumbling on this latest one triggered a Canberra bonanza, actually making me completing three unstarted 'Berras, starting a reconstruction of my original one (third time over) and also rebuilding an old Airfix B(I)6 while I was at it. Good fun, and while uncomplicated builds, I really enjoy the result.

Just throwing in a current status pic on the HA Canberra project. The front part is my original, 40 year old model and the rear comes from France. You know..

(https://www.alfapower.nu/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=174164&g2_serialNumber=2)

Anyway, apart from having joined up the fuselage, the rest is at mock-up-stage. But we're getting there. Next time I find the lust and inspiration for recce birds. ;)
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 18, 2020, 03:24:04 am
Now those are some SERIOUS wings!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on September 18, 2020, 03:31:12 am
Now those are some SERIOUS wings!  :thumbsup:

I'm taking that as an experts opinion.. ;)
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: NARSES2 on September 18, 2020, 06:19:06 am
Good to see you back  :thumbsup: and those Hunters are terrific
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: McColm on September 20, 2020, 08:48:47 am
Interesting stuff  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on October 03, 2020, 07:19:46 am
As some of you know, I've been doing some tanker stuff lately. This is by all means nothing recently started. Rather I have been fiddling with a project for quite a while on to which was planned the mk 20B pods Kit kindly let me have from a Matchbox Victor. However, the project ran aground earlier this summer as it just didn't seem to be right. And while you may argue that everything goes in Whif-world, I find that for me, it isn't so. There has to be some kind of possible realism somewhere, even if sometimes far fetched. So there I was, with a half built and rather substantial model on the desk, not really knowing what to do with it. Well - this isn't the first time, so I put it aside and in due course went on a Canberra bonanza, as previously described.

As time has passed, the ex-tanker model has been taken out every now and then, and those pods have been keeping bugging me, but I haven't quite been able to find a satisfactory way forward. Temporarily leaving my whif RAF aside for a bit, tankers for other forces have instead been sourced and in some case started, keeping me on the fuel truck track. All well so far.
 
However, some days ago, to my surprise and indignation (over my own lack of reconnaissance) I realised that MACH2 actually has released the 1/72 VC10. Now, that was a mixed blessing. On the flip side I have been wanting one for years, even to the point considering the Anigrand offer. Getting one would also solve a good part of the sudden lack-of-tanker-capacity problem I have created in my private little corner of whif-world.
On the downside a MACH2 kit usually
a) costs a fortune
b) is unbelievably crude
c) has to be sourced in the UK, meaning rather extortionate freight costs.

Generally, I have a reluctance towards buying bad and expensive kits, but when a particularly tasty object turns up like this and also is the only game in town, I sometimes give in after some thinking. Consequently, I have been pondering the possible VC10 procurement and while contemplating the entire situation last night, another whif idea suddenly dawned on me. A really good one, you know. One that hits you like a revelation or a shovel on your forehead.  Best of all is that I already have the base kit and that Kits refuelling pods will match beautifully. Furthermore, I suddenly realised that there is another variant of the aircraft the ex-tanker project was built on that actually very well could go RAF tanker - and that having had that thought, I immediately have created not only a need for a second set of ex-Victor pods, but also a need for another rather big and potentially expensive model. Riiiiiight.. :banghead:

Ah well.. At least I have new inspiration again. I'd better run with that while saving up for the VC10 and its possible newly dreamt up companion. And the ex-tanker now being rethought into something somewhat more aggressive also is looking to have slipped out of its mental gridlock. I have had worse modelling days, after all..  ;)
 
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: NARSES2 on October 04, 2020, 05:32:13 am
Tease  ;) ;D

Good to see the juices are flowing  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: McColm on October 25, 2020, 12:53:12 pm
There's a guide to how to build the Mach2 VC10 on YouTube with how to correct the nose and cockpit area. I have the Airways vacform fuselage halves in the stash.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on November 11, 2020, 04:59:30 am
There's a guide to how to build the Mach2 VC10 on YouTube with how to correct the nose and cockpit area. I have the Airways vacform fuselage halves in the stash.

Seen it and decided not to. I am waaaay too lazy, and also old enough not to be able to spot the difference in a few years anyway..  ;)
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on November 11, 2020, 05:04:12 am
As some of you know, I've been doing some tanker stuff lately. This is by all means nothing recently started. Rather I have been fiddling with a project for quite a while on to which was planned the mk 20B pods Kit kindly let me have from a Matchbox Victor. However, the project ran aground earlier this summer as it just didn't seem to be right. And while you may argue that everything goes in Whif-world, I find that for me, it isn't so. There has to be some kind of possible realism somewhere, even if sometimes far fetched. So there I was, with a half built and rather substantial model on the desk, not really knowing what to do with it. Well - this isn't the first time, so I put it aside and in due course went on a Canberra bonanza, as previously described.

As time has passed, the ex-tanker model has been taken out every now and then, and those pods have been keeping bugging me, but I haven't quite been able to find a satisfactory way forward. Temporarily leaving my whif RAF aside for a bit, tankers for other forces have instead been sourced and in some case started, keeping me on the fuel truck track. All well so far.
 
However, some days ago, to my surprise and indignation (over my own lack of reconnaissance) I realised that MACH2 actually has released the 1/72 VC10. Now, that was a mixed blessing. On the flip side I have been wanting one for years, even to the point considering the Anigrand offer. Getting one would also solve a good part of the sudden lack-of-tanker-capacity problem I have created in my private little corner of whif-world.
On the downside a MACH2 kit usually
a) costs a fortune
b) is unbelievably crude
c) has to be sourced in the UK, meaning rather extortionate freight costs.

Generally, I have a reluctance towards buying bad and expensive kits, but when a particularly tasty object turns up like this and also is the only game in town, I sometimes give in after some thinking. Consequently, I have been pondering the possible VC10 procurement and while contemplating the entire situation last night, another whif idea suddenly dawned on me. A really good one, you know. One that hits you like a revelation or a shovel on your forehead.  Best of all is that I already have the base kit and that Kits refuelling pods will match beautifully. Furthermore, I suddenly realised that there is another variant of the aircraft the ex-tanker project was built on that actually very well could go RAF tanker - and that having had that thought, I immediately have created not only a need for a second set of ex-Victor pods, but also a need for another rather big and potentially expensive model. Riiiiiight.. :banghead:

Ah well.. At least I have new inspiration again. I'd better run with that while saving up for the VC10 and its possible newly dreamt up companion. And the ex-tanker now being rethought into something somewhat more aggressive also is looking to have slipped out of its mental gridlock. I have had worse modelling days, after all..  ;)

Oh, and btw - I did order that VC10. I am but mortal sinner..
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on December 03, 2020, 01:20:49 am
Very annoyingly, but not really unexpectedly, my cancer has returned. It won't kill me this time either, but it is a pain to get rid of. On the flip side, since I most likely will be excused from work for a few months, maybe I will instead be able to actually reduce that stash that is looming in my storage - by building, even.

Anticipating that, I found some inspiration and started on the Super Canberra backstory. As can be sen above, some of the can-birds are more or less completed, so it's about time. And maybe I'll get the recce bird mojo back enough to complete that long wing Canberra too. It is already written in, in the backstory.

Right. Onwards towards a more pill-rich future!
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Dizzyfugu on December 03, 2020, 01:27:54 am
OMG, stay strong and good luck!
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: zenrat on December 03, 2020, 02:54:09 am
Bugger.  All the best mate.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 03, 2020, 05:37:39 am
Doesn't sound much fun at all. I hope the medics can nail it for good this time.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: NARSES2 on December 03, 2020, 05:51:01 am
Not fun at all, but at least they can do something about it.

Best of luck with the treatment  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on December 03, 2020, 06:32:20 am
Thanks for caring. Much appreciated, really!

Doesn't sound much fun at all. I hope the medics can nail it for good this time.

Nah, no hope there. I have neuroendocrine tumours, and if these have reoccured once, they will continue to reappear. The upside is that it looks as if my type will stay confined to the liver, making repeated ablasive surgery quite effective, keeping me out and about for many years to come. So no need to sell of the stash just yet..  ;) It is likely with repeated chemotherapy sessions, though, and that isn't really very fun at all, but hey - I will stay alive!
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Rheged on December 03, 2020, 06:55:30 am
Thanks for caring. Much appreciated, really!

Doesn't sound much fun at all. I hope the medics can nail it for good this time.

Nah, no hope there. I have neuroendocrine tumours, and if these have reoccured once, they will continue to reappear. The upside is that it looks as if my type will stay confined to the liver, making repeated ablasive surgery quite effective, keeping me out and about for many years to come. So no need to sell of the stash just yet..  ;) It is likely with repeated chemotherapy sessions, though, and that isn't really very fun at all, but hey - I will stay alive!



Congratulations on still being alive; it's a lot better than the alternative!!

Chemotherapy is not that bad..........at least mine wasn't.   I had six all day sessions (7 hours each) of intravenous Domestos (or something like that) The worst problem was the inconvenience of being secured to a drip stand for 7 hours.  I'd been warned about boredom, so I took a fair amount of heavy duty reading matter with me each time. I was also warned about hospital food, which in my case was perfectly adequate  on each visit, but most definitely NOT very interesting.

 If the staff are not too busy, they are fascinating to chat to; I ended up spending nearly an hour discussing the Treaty of Waitangi with a half Maori Kiwi doctor.  She is best described as one of the "All things bright and beautiful" as the hymn has it.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: kitbasher on December 03, 2020, 07:01:26 am
Sorry to see the news, but good to note your positive state of mind.  Best of luck with the treatment, hope you've plenty of family and friend support.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Glenn Gilbertson on December 03, 2020, 10:51:56 am
Sorry about your news - good luck with the treatment, and happy therapeutic modelling. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on December 03, 2020, 11:23:52 am
Quote from: Rheged
Congratulations on still being alive; it's a lot better than the alternative!!

Chemotherapy is not that bad..........at least mine wasn't.   I had six all day sessions (7 hours each) of intravenous Domestos (or something like that) The worst problem was the inconvenience of being secured to a drip stand for 7 hours.  I'd been warned about boredom, so I took a fair amount of heavy duty reading matter with me each time. I was also warned about hospital food, which in my case was perfectly adequate  on each visit, but most definitely NOT very interesting.

 If the staff are not too busy, they are fascinating to chat to; I ended up spending nearly an hour discussing the Treaty of Waitangi with a half Maori Kiwi doctor.  She is best described as one of the "All things bright and beautiful" as the hymn has it.

Youíre nailing it.
My last chemo was a two hour intravenous session every second week, and pills (loads of them!) on the first week after the flask. I found it rather ok until the final three-four days when I experienced morning sickness as if I was pregnant. Not very funny - and a never ending source of amusement for the mother of my three children, I tell you.. 😁

But Iím not that worried, to be honest. It feels a bit like when youíre due for a particularly painful dentists appointment. You know it isnít going to be pleasant, but you also know that youíll be better off once youíre through. So you just get to it.

It is very very nice to have support, nevertheless, yours included. So thank you, all of you.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 03, 2020, 03:05:05 pm
Stay strong, brother! Keep that crap under control. Best wishes from Portugal :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on December 07, 2020, 02:54:12 pm
Today, the surgeon who worked on me (or in me, as it happens) the last time called. That was a pleasant surprise. Heís a special chap. An Icelander, big as a bear and straight to the point. No frills and no fancy wording for the painful stuff but a good portion of humour. A rare combination. Also, heís one of the best in Europe in his field, something I really have benefitted from. That said - his ward nearly toppled me thrice last time, and he knows it. But he apologised, learned from it and made good. And now weíre actually joking about it when planning these new sessions.

Anyway - while he confirmed (again) my suspicion that my condition eventually most likely will kill me, he was as confident that my primary target of getting another fifteen years (I need to get my kids under own steam before I go) before Iím packing in somewhat lacking in ambition. And hearing that from him was VERY comforting indeed! It really lifted my spirits.

Another thing that really brought me joy was getting the backstory for my Freighter C.2 done and up on the site. I had a blast researching and writing, and it was really very nice of you all to comment so positively. Thank you so much!
So that got me going on another few stories about old whifs from the shelves. Weíll see what I complete first.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 07, 2020, 08:56:20 pm
Stay the course, bud!!!    Pretty stoked to hear of the recent joy and the optimistic remarks from the Icelandic doc.  :lol:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: zenrat on December 08, 2020, 02:29:51 am
I admire your attitude.  I don't know if i'd manage to take the same approach.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 08, 2020, 03:17:59 am

  I don't know if i'd manage to take the same approach.


Nor me, most impressive under the circumstances.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: NARSES2 on December 08, 2020, 07:07:28 am
I certainly admire your attitude as well, but it does help if you get on well with your medical team and helps even more if they are straight and to the point with you  :thumbsup: Sounds as though you've got one  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on December 08, 2020, 08:13:44 am
I certainly admire your attitude as well, but it does help if you get on well with your medical team and helps even more if they are straight and to the point with you  :thumbsup: Sounds as though you've got one  :thumbsup:

Vikings, you know. Trustworthy since 793 AD.  Just ask the good people of Lindisfarne...  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 08, 2020, 08:17:55 am

Vikings, you know. Trustworthy since 793 AD.  Just ask the good people of Lindisfarne...  ;D ;D


I thought they WERE Vikings.  ;D
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: NARSES2 on December 09, 2020, 05:54:12 am

Vikings, you know. Trustworthy since 793 AD.  Just ask the good people of Lindisfarne...  ;D ;D

Once you start reading up on Anglo-Viking history I'm not sure which side was the most trustworthy  :angel:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: zenrat on December 10, 2020, 03:16:25 am
If they looked anything like Katheryn Winnick i'd trust Vikings completely... ;)
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Rheged on December 10, 2020, 04:16:10 am
Given that I'm Cumbrian and Madame R is from South East Yorkshire, we've probably both got the odd Viking gene or two in our make-up. We both try to be pleasant and  trustworthy....


......even when dealing with cold callers who ring from India to tell us that Microsoft has identified a problem that they  need access to our  computer to solve.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 10, 2020, 05:21:00 am


......even when dealing with cold callers who ring from India to tell us that Microsoft has identified a problem that they  need access to our  computer to solve.


Aren't they SO irritating? And so very easy to see through as well. The first mention of an IP address and they're GONE!  ;D
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Rheged on December 13, 2020, 10:18:28 am


......even when dealing with cold callers who ring from India to tell us that Microsoft has identified a problem that they  need access to our  computer to solve.


Aren't they SO irritating? And so very easy to see through as well. The first mention of an IP address and they're GONE!  ;D
I'm sure that we all have our ways of dealing with this annoyance.
 
Both my mother and mother in law, who are both  reasonably tech savvy despite being in their mid 90's, both use the " I'm just a little old lady who doesn't have a computer"  ploy, whereas my little sister (a recently retired head of modern languages) starts off in very broken English, before lapsing into Russian, Ukrainian or rapid idiomatic Breton  with any cold call.

 I was chatting to one of my neighbours about this problem recently.   Maieva, who speaks beautifully enunciated English, tells me she lapses into her native Roumanian  if she doesn't recognise a caller. 

Before I retired, a chap I worked with was born and brought up in Delhi (his father was Indian army)  used to respond to these calls in Hindi; he told me he'd had several pleasant chats about the weather in Hyderabad and Bangalore.

How do YOU respond?
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 13, 2020, 02:28:33 pm
At one time I had a 2nd phone line at home, for my work router, and it was ex-directory, but it had a hand set so that Head Office could call me directly if need be. It also had an optional scrambler on it.................  ;)

I got VERY few calls on that handset of course, and I usually knew they were coming in advance, but on one occasion I got one of THOSE calls on it, goodness knows where they got the number from though. As I wasn't expecting the call I guessed it was one of 'those' ones and answered accordingly......

Me : Area 53, speak!

Caller: Er, I want to speak to Mr. Spackman please

Me : Pass code?

Caller : Er, I don't have one.....

Me (Sternly) : Do you know where this phone is connected to?

Caller : Er, no........................

Me : This is a secure line and should NEVER be called by unauthorised personnel! Do you understand?

Caller (squeakily) : Yes..............
 
Me : Forget you EVER called this number and delete it from your records, understand?

Caller : Yes...........

Plunk. Phone goes down.  ;D

That was the ONLY non-work call I ever got on that  line,  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Rick Lowe on December 14, 2020, 06:25:41 pm
At one time I had a 2nd phone line at home, for my work router, and it was ex-directory, but it had a hand set so that Head Office could call me directly if need be. It also had an optional scrambler on it.................  ;)

I got VERY few calls on that handset of course, and I usually knew they were coming in advance, but on one occasion I got one of THOSE calls on it, goodness knows where they got the number from though. As I wasn't expecting the call I guessed it was one of 'those' ones and answered accordingly......

Me : Area 53, speak!

Caller: Er, I want to speak to Mr. Spackman please

Me : Pass code?

Caller : Er, I don't have one.....

Me (Sternly) : Do you know where this phone is connected to?

Caller : Er, no........................

Me : This is a secure line and should NEVER be called by unauthorised personnel! Do you understand?

Caller (squeakily) : Yes..............
 
Me : Forget you EVER called this number and delete it from your records, understand?

Caller : Yes...........

Plunk. Phone goes down.  ;D

That was the ONLY non-work call I ever got on that  line,  :thumbsup:

Ooh, I like that, and must try to remember it.
Very well played!  :thumbsup:

And Mr Pellson, keep up with the positive attitude, there's a theory that it helps in the battle.
Hope you keep going as long as you can.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on December 15, 2020, 12:48:18 am
I'm fervently trying to clear my combined home office (no, not THAT home office  ;) ) and hobby desk in anticipation of less work due to sick leave and more modelling due to sick leave. I hope the mojo stays.

As for survival - I'll be harassing you all for the next 20 years to come, so I might even add to the stash.  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Nick on December 15, 2020, 12:49:37 am


As for survival - I'll be harassing you all for the next 20 years to come, so I might even add to the stash.  :rolleyes:

Now that there's fighting talk!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: zenrat on December 15, 2020, 03:08:47 am
One can always answer "this is the police.  We are investigating Mr <insert your name here>'s whereabouts.  When did you last see him alive?"

Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Rheged on December 15, 2020, 07:28:16 am
One can always answer "this is the police.  We are investigating Mr <insert your name here>'s whereabouts.  When did you last see him alive?"

I really must try that one! 

Little sister has recently had several people ringing her asking for Mr Armstrong.   She tells me that the next time someone asks "Can I speak to Mr Armstrong"  her answer will be "Only if you have a Ouija board handy"!   That should give them pause for thought.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 15, 2020, 08:10:45 am
The late Mrs_Pr19 used to answer 'British Rail timetable enquiries, how can I help you?' in a very cheery voice.  ;D

All her friends knew in advance of course, but it fended off many of 'those' calls.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 15, 2020, 11:20:34 am
Hmmm... familiar territory. I got into the habit of answering unknown numbers in Spanish then I could pretend not to speak English and hang up on them. Potential problem could be bilingual person on the other side. Sometimes I instantly answer and start hollering about the money they owe me. Once I know that they are wasting my time, I say, "HEY YOU GOT THAT MONEY YOU OWE ME??!?!?"  When you ask THEM for money it throws them off their game. Last time dude actually asked me how much he owed me, I was thinking on the fly and said "Three dollars, fifty cents."   ;D   Of course, now, the preferred method is to just screen calls and I figure if it's not important enough to leave a message about then I don't want anything to do with it.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Rick Lowe on December 15, 2020, 05:15:46 pm
One I heard was to answer with "It's done, but there's blood everywhere!"

Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: zenrat on December 16, 2020, 03:06:46 am
When living in Croydon I used to answer "Battersea Dogs Home".  That threw a few people.

I must admit now I just let them go to answerphone.  Anyone who matters knows not to ring the land line or at least to send me an SMS before they do.  Every so often i'll play back all the recorded incoming messages.  It's very satisfying hearing a whole run of scammers going "hello?  hello?  hello?".
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on January 06, 2021, 08:27:44 am
Gentlemen!
First, I would like  to wish you all a very good year.

These early days of the new year has been a rather trying period from a health perspective. While my surgery seems to have gone well, and to my surprise actually didn't result in very much residual pain at all, the recovery as such has been something of a chore so far. As the procedure I've had require total immobility, they medics actually "kill" you, i.e stop your breathing, for a few minutes. Then the oxygenise you by puffing air down your lungs, but as you can't exhale/ventilate properly, your blood carbon dioxide levels will rise and at a certain level, your blood will be too acid to work properly. Just before that, they're supposed to resuscitate you, to allow ventilation. And in that window, from breathing stop to start, they will do whatever poking and burning they're supposed to.

Anway - having had that breathing pause, your lungs will, to an extent need to "reinflate", and that's easier said than done. In my case, significantly easier said. In particular, I have had a few rather nightmarish nights half sitting in bed, trying to get some rest while gulping desperately for air. Due to the limited rest this gives, you'll inevitably be tired all day round, and then, you'll fall asleep as soon as you sit down, as inevitably leading to waking in some angst after ten to fifteen minutes, not getting enough air. Oh the joy..

However, I'm through the worst and today, I'm actually at least playing around with some bits and pieces for the first time since the surgery. While not really expecting to actually produce something meaningful, it's a lot better than the grimly looking at the shelf from a distance that's been the melody of the last few days, and hence positive. As a start I think I'll try to continue on something almost ready. In this situation, I think easy points is fair prey. Or maybe not. Parts of me are drawn to giving the projected in-service Valiant B.2A a run for it's money as well. It's been sitting on top of the shelf, staring menacingly at me for quite some time now. Or maybe rolling out the new MACH2 VC10. Hmm... Choices, choices..

In the meantime, getting inspiration from your builds is great and really makes me want to get going again. The latest "wow" moment was kindly provided by 63cpe and his magnificent NF-5 quad. What a machine! What a build! And by so simple means. This is right up my alley! I need to link a pic of it here as well, even if you've already seen it. It deserves attention!
(https://flic.kr/p/2knA8Fh)

Ah well, We'll see what I can get going on my own in due course.
Until then - keep whiffing!
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: 63cpe on January 06, 2021, 10:54:26 am
Pellson, what a story from the medical front. I'm impressed. This restaring to breathe again must be quite a frightning situation and I never would like to get in thiat situation. I've read about your medical situation earlier and gee.....what a story. I really hope the doctors do their best to get you sorted.

All I can do is wish for the best.

I hope the NF-5 will give you a little joy and distraction from the medical situation. PM me if you need more pictures and thank you for the kind comments on the NF-5  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

David aka 63CPE
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 06, 2021, 11:36:36 am

 This restaring to breathe again must be quite a frightning situation and I never would like to get in thiat situation.


Reminds me graphically of my early days trying to deal with serious asthma. It's relatively easy to breathe in under those conditions, but you can't breathe OUT.  :o Which in turn means you can't breathe in for the next load of oxygen that you need and everything comes to a halt.

NO fun. :(
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: TheChronicOne on January 06, 2021, 03:13:39 pm
Sheesh!! That does not sound pleasant at all.... glad you're working through it. And good to see ya here!!!   I vote for the VC-10.  :wacko:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: NARSES2 on January 07, 2021, 06:26:25 am
I'm just glad to hear that you are at least starting to feel better, it must be frightening to say the least.

Take care

Chris
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: zenrat on January 08, 2021, 04:00:19 am
Good to see you're back mate.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: McColm on January 10, 2021, 04:39:58 am
I'm glad that you are on the mend. There's footage of the Mach2 VC10 build,  on YouTube as surgery needs to be done all over the kit to get a decent build.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on January 10, 2021, 04:52:00 am
I'm glad that you are on the mend. There's footage of the Mach2 VC10 build,  on YouTube as surgery needs to be done all over the kit to get a decent build.

Thanks.

Yeah, Iíve seen those films but tbh - I wonít bother that much. Itís tubular, has four conways on the tail and a generally resembling tail unit. Thatís a good start as far as Iím concerned. The nose, I wonít do anything about and the wrong wings (the ones in the kit being better than those RAF actually bought) can be explained in a creative backstory.  ;)
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on January 14, 2021, 04:35:13 pm
Still suffering from an annoying lack of breath since the surgery, the productivity is a bit so-so. To at least keep some motivation, Iíve turned to writing backstories, so far completing the Lightning (T.5A, F.6A & F.8 ) story and being almost there on the Super Canberra story. Annoyingly, thereís some minor things to sort on the models before I can add them to the forum, but weíll get there. Eventually.

And this morning, we woke up to another half foot of snow. Temperatures now having dropped below -10 deg C, even the dog thinks going outside is painful. On the other hand - if I had to dip my cock in the white stuff to take a leak, I probably wouldnít be too impressed either..

Ah, well. Crash time, and maybe Iíll sort the Lightningís tomorrow after all.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Old Wombat on January 14, 2021, 05:05:48 pm
And here's me silently bitching about +11.5oC! ;D
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Rick Lowe on January 14, 2021, 06:22:17 pm
And me not-so-silently b!tching about +24C... Still, good weather for the washing.

Yeah, cold extremities aren't any fun...

I hear you about the distress caused by not being able to breathe properly... Asthma, and a couple of bouts of Pneumonia have increased my appreciation for being able to breathe clearly!

Stick with it, we're all looking forward to you making progress on the breathing thing and the models.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on January 15, 2021, 03:39:38 am
And me not-so-silently b!tching about +24C...

+24 C is what we refer to as "high summer temperatures" over here. I should be so lucky..  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Rick Lowe on January 15, 2021, 12:47:46 pm
And me not-so-silently b!tching about +24C...

+24 C is what we refer to as "high summer temperatures" over here. I should be so lucky..  :rolleyes:

Well, at least we have the sea breezes to cut the temperature down a bit... some inland parts of the south island got closer to 30...

It's becoming more common nowadays, and in theory it's still only early summer...  :banghead:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: TheChronicOne on January 15, 2021, 05:28:23 pm
One my Straya friends on FB posted the other day...... it was after dark and like 10 at night and still 33 C. SHEESH!   
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Rick Lowe on January 15, 2021, 07:44:12 pm
One my Straya friends on FB posted the other day...... it was after dark and like 10 at night and still 33 C. SHEESH!

Ask me again why I'm glad to live at a lower latitude and in a windier part of the Southern Ocean...  ;)
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on February 13, 2021, 03:15:06 pm
So. On Tuesday, itíll be two weeks to the day since my second surgery and it seems as if I couldnít duck that post surgery infection any longer. Pretty damn annoying, tbh, as it gives me pretty hefty fever nights and around the clock weakness and overall pain. As fever do, you know. More annoying still is that I canít get the bloody hospital to make good their promise to deal with such an infection swiftly. I was on exactly the same spot four years ago, and not wanting a repeat, I had agreed with the head surgeon to monitor the situation closely and rapidly insert antibiotics if any infection popped up. But that chapís not working weekends, is he? So here I am, fast on my back, panting like after a particularly good you know what having done absolutely nil and nothing since last Thursday. Ah well. There will be a Monday, and then Iíll chase that butcher up..

In other news, not much. Well, maybe still.
I seem to have lost access to my online photos. Not a disaster by any means - I can still reach and download my pics, but it seems as if I will need a new place to upload forum pics. Ah, well.  I seem to remember a pretty recent thread here just about that, so once I get a bit more alive, I might look at something. I have a few old backstories needing illustrations, see.

On a more joyous note, David/63cpe kindly sent me two fuelling pods over two months ago. I had actually put them down as lost in transit by now, but lo and behold - in yesterdayís mail, there was a padded envelope. Now I just need some physical ability to sit in a proper chair for more than ten minutes at a time without losing breath because I can feel the lust to build accumulate.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: TheChronicOne on February 13, 2021, 03:45:26 pm
Bogus!! Seems like stuff like that always happens on the weekends.  Hang in there, bud.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: zenrat on February 13, 2021, 03:52:13 pm
We're with you mate.  Hang in there.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Rick Lowe on February 13, 2021, 09:29:26 pm
  Hang in there.

It couldn't have been put better.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on February 13, 2021, 09:53:50 pm
06:30 in the morning, still unbearably cold outside, and Iíve woke up due to a fever related need to change pyjamas. Again. But sod it - itís not as if I have to really do something for real today, is it?

What annoys me more is that I find my Evilbay trawling directly related to how I feel at any given time. Being down and out, I have an annoying tendency to let go of even very desirable objects going for peanuts. Under normal circumstances, I find tremendous joy in planning builds and searching and acquiring necessary kits and parts, but it is as if an increased awareness of the shortness of a life span is counteracting actually taking the most pleasure out of said time. Not very logical.
In some kind of defence, I have to admit that thereís no chance in living hell that Iíll ever build my entire stash, but then again, the build is only part of the full experience, in my view at least.

So Iím looking at the ďstash threadĒ on here in awe, hoping to soon get my spirits up enough to make the odd stupid but oh so rewarding procurement myself. I do have an idea that craves some stash additions.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: TheChronicOne on February 13, 2021, 11:58:07 pm
I feel the exact same way as you do about the "whole experience."  All of this, here, 100%:

"Under normal circumstances, I find tremendous joy in planning builds and searching and acquiring necessary kits and parts, but it is as if an increased awareness of the shortness of a life span is counteracting actually taking the most pleasure out of said time. Not very logical.
In some kind of defence, I have to admit that thereís no chance in living hell that Iíll ever build my entire stash, but then again, the build is only part of the full experience, in my view at least."


Man, you couldn't have said it better so thank you for explaining it so well! Some of the aspects you mention I call "the thrill of the hunt."  It takes patience, it takes lots of checking,... might take weeks or months but the fun of the search is glorious and when you finally snag what you wanted for a great deal it's really neat. But like you said, and I'm the same... when you're not feeling too great it can go to the wayside...

Anyway, time marches on... With your last, and this... we're that much closer to Monday.  :mellow:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: NARSES2 on February 14, 2021, 05:20:41 am
Hope you can get on the anti-biotics Monday and start to get on the mend.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on February 17, 2021, 11:54:27 pm
...I do have an idea that craves some stash additions.

Apparently writing myself into mood, I promptly got going to bid on an old Matchbox/Revell Victor K2 for the idea above, and since the seller was also letting go of two other useful stash additions, I took the opportunity save on freight. The feeling of unpacking and expectantly looking through the sprues is indeed healing.
More on this in appropriate thread (how I have longed!!)

Finally got the antibiotics yesterday, but not after shaming the surgeons ward by having to go to the ER to get a blood sample taken to prove the infection. Morons. On the other hand, Iím getting my revenge, having filed a scorching complaint - and tipped off the local media watchdog.

Due to my condition, weíre home schooling our three kids. Currently the youngest is my responsibility and weíre breaking up the school day by building his first Whif, having built a very nice Spitfire Vb together earlier. Pics shall follow, but I have to admit, heís a lot more proficient with the glue and alignment than I was at that age. I shall be surpassed, also in this.. 
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Rick Lowe on February 18, 2021, 12:08:17 am

Finally got the antibiotics yesterday, but not after shaming the surgeons ward by having to go to the ER to get a blood sample taken to prove the infection. Morons. On the other hand, Iím getting my revenge, having filed a scorching complaint - and tipped off the local media watchdog.


Darn it, it shouldn't be that difficult to get people (especially Medical Professionals) to Do. Their. Jobs!!
(What happened to "First Do No Harm"?*)
I'm glad you're finally getting the support you need, and hope you continue to improve.

*Probably superseded - or trumped - by "Cover Your A$$!"

I shall be surpassed, also in this.. 

That's what Offspring are supposed to do, no? Look on it as evidence of a Job Well Done.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Old Wombat on February 18, 2021, 03:00:21 am
We call it CARE (Cover Arse, Retain Employment).


This is a major component of working in Immigration Detention (previous role) & Corrections Home Detention (current role).


..... I'm a very CAREing person! ;D ;D
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: zenrat on February 18, 2021, 03:27:24 am
There is similar in the Post Office.
I was doing some on-line training yesterday and it kept stressing I should talk to my manager and legal before I talked to any authorities.

Although I doubt it was my arse they were worried about covering.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: NARSES2 on February 18, 2021, 06:07:53 am
Glad you got the anti-biotics even if it was a struggle  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Rick Lowe on February 18, 2021, 01:50:37 pm
We call it CARE (Cover Arse, Retain Employment).

I like that, have to remember it for the appropriate occasion.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on February 20, 2021, 12:10:20 pm
This mojo thing.

I find that some steps in the process from procurement to presentation is harder than others to actually get started on. In my case, the worst is usually getting the decals on. I donít know why - decalling isnít that boring - but for some reason, I just seem to leave the projects on the shelf when painted, moving on with something else. And now, not entirely unexpectedly, I have a backlog of some ten projects sitting around just waiting to get the roundels on.
Another common snag occurs when I hit a step Iím unsure of being able to pull off properly. In the end, when I actually get round to attack, it usually isnít that bad, but my confidence just plays tricks with that mojo, you know.. In very much the same way as that to-be-decalled pile does.

So - in lieu with above - having been stuck on some cutting business on my Valiant B.2A for months (those pesky landing gear containers), today, empowered by surfing through some of the more inspirational projects here, I switched tactics, instead attacking some left over touch-up things on some details needing to be painted before attaching. Having wet the brush (yes, I use hairy sticks. Iím old, grumpy and unwilling to improve, all right?) I moved on touching up a few other projects having sat on the shelf too long; a recce bird (no, not the plank wing Canberra) and an interceptor, then moving on to prepainting parts on a tanker project, then similar on another tanker project and then.. Iím kind of stuck again..

I really need to get that razor saw out, donít I? Or decal two-three deltas having waited for that since last summer or so..

Well, at least I did get something properly done. Itís been a while, my health situation not really being inspirational, but it does feel good now.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: NARSES2 on February 21, 2021, 05:49:06 am
Glad you made some progress  :thumbsup: Must admit I find getting the transfers on a project one of the more enjoyable aspects (PSR is my least enjoyed) although I'll draw the line at stencils, which is why I don't build a lot of modern jets ? It signals the "almost there" moment.

Also, similarly recently, I was feeling a bit down due to a medical issue and didn't feel like hitting the bench, but once I did I felt surprisingly better for it.  :thumbsup:

I'm also a brush user, maybe we should start a society for their users protection ? You can probably get a grant from the EU, I can't  ;)
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 21, 2021, 08:13:04 am

I'm also a brush user, maybe we should start a society for their users protection ? You can probably get a grant from the EU, I can't  ;)


Count me in too.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Rheged on February 21, 2021, 11:43:14 am

I'm also a brush user, maybe we should start a society for their users protection ? You can probably get a grant from the EU, I can't  ;)


Count me in too.  :thumbsup:

.....and me too.   The Brotherhood/Sisterhood of the Hairy Stick is alive and well in Whiffworld.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Rick Lowe on February 21, 2021, 01:04:29 pm

I'm also a brush user, maybe we should start a society for their users protection ? You can probably get a grant from the EU, I can't  ;)


Count me in too.  :thumbsup:

.....and me too.   The Brotherhood/Sisterhood of the Hairy Stick is alive and well in Whiffworld.

I'm in!  I can't be bothered with all the frustration of an airbrush.

(... Iím old, grumpy and unwilling to improve, all right?)

I can relate to all of the above, as well.  ;D


Another common snag occurs when I hit a step Iím unsure of being able to pull off properly. In the end, when I actually get round to attack, it usually isnít that bad, but my confidence just plays tricks with that mojo, you know.. In very much the same way as that to-be-decalled pile does.



Yep, Preaching to the Converted*, to Those Who Relate to Your Issue.

* (sorry, unintentional 'humour'...  :banghead:)
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on February 25, 2021, 05:27:00 am
Still fighting the liver infection - as well as a bunch of annoyingly ignorant surgeons - I havenít really found the energy to properly build just yet. But some painting in preparation for construction is at least getting sorted, even if I have had to temporarily move out of the shared hobby room/office as paint fumes and office working really doesnít mix well. So instead, Iíve occupied the main dinner table (we usually eat in the kitchen anyway, just being the family), laying out some boxes, sprues and painting tools as I slowly move along.

My sons whif Skyhawk is all but built, now midways in the painting process. As I want him to do it on his own, Iím letting it take the time it takes, rather letting him taking the initiative when he feels like it instead of chasing him to complete it. Itís supposed to be a pastime, not a chore.

(https://i.imgur.com/k03ADVT.jpg)

As some of you may have seen, I have also taken to catching up on some earlier builds, putting them up on the site for your review. Itís good fun writing backstories, and your response has been both friendly and inspirational. All in all a very positive experience, and one giving me some extra motivation to carry on. Accordingly, Iíll probably continue to present the odd build from the shelf as I write up the stories to go with them.

A further, to me hitherto unknown joy was to be nominated to the whiff awards. Seeing what Iím up against, in particular when it comes to execution (yes, Iím among others looking @ you, Dizzy) Iím not really sure how I can be worthy, but disregarding that, itís very flattering and oh so nice. Great boost!!

In other news, the snow all but disappeared during the night. Thatís absolutely lovely in my book - I am so done with winter now! My health issues has been disturbing my bodily temperature control (that function apparently is run out of the liver) so the freeze has meant me freezing uncontrollably despite being dressed to survive in bloody Antarctica. With the climate now being more benign, I am able to venture outdoors again - and I have missed it! This afternoon, itís 15 degC and the wind is warm on my cheeks for the first time in months. A truly good day!
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 25, 2021, 05:44:09 am

 Itís good fun writing backstories, and your response has been both friendly and inspirational.


Isn't it just?  :thumbsup:

Sometimes I spend more time 'researching', trying to find gaps in RW history where I can plonk my Whiffed models, than I do in building the model!

And it's even better when that 'gap finding' works so well that the JMNs themselves are fooled.  ;D ;D

The PR19 being an almost classic case. [Big headed mode off]
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: NARSES2 on February 25, 2021, 05:55:46 am
So instead, Iíve occupied the main dinner table (we usually eat in the kitchen anyway, just being the family), laying out some boxes, sprues and painting tools as I slowly move along.


Dining room table and what look like enamel paints ? Braver man than me Gunga Din  ;)


My sons whif Skyhawk is all but built, now midways in the painting process. As I want him to do it on his own, Iím letting it take the time it takes, rather letting him taking the initiative when he feels like it instead of chasing him to complete it. Itís supposed to be a pastime, not a chore.


Absolutely  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on February 25, 2021, 06:38:17 am

The PR19 being an almost classic case. [Big headed mode off]

Stay on big head mode, you. That model and itís story is what got me into this in the first place, and it is so much more rewarding to build something almost real in your own way than fighting with the superdetailers propping up an already expensive 1:72 kit with £200 worth of PE, resin, white metal and gif knows what.

Re dinner table vs enamels - I find that I rarely spill anything outside my underlay, and so does the eight-year-old, incredibly enough. Should something still go tits up, you can see the solvent in the green bottle on the second chair. Iíll be all over that spill in a matter of seconds. I have been, on occasion, as a matter of fact, and itís worked out fine.   &lt;_&lt;
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 25, 2021, 08:50:35 am

Stay on big head mode, you. That model and itís story is what got me into this in the first place, and it is so much more rewarding to build something almost real in your own way than fighting with the superdetailers propping up an already expensive 1:72 kit with £200 worth of PE, resin, white metal and gif knows what.


That's very kind and generous of you, thanks so much.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Rheged on February 25, 2021, 09:39:09 am

 Itís good fun writing backstories, and your response has been both friendly and inspirational.


Isn't it just?  :thumbsup:

Sometimes I spend more time 'researching', trying to find gaps in RW history where I can plonk my Whiffed models, than I do in building the model!

And it's even better when that 'gap finding' works so well that the JMNs themselves are fooled.  ;D ;D

The PR19 being an almost classic case. [Big headed mode off]

I've gone even further along this road. I write more backstories than make models.

This site has been (and continues to be ) "both friendly and inspirational"    which is why I've been an inmate here for ten years.

The PR19 is the epitome of JMN boggling and , with the Trackrover, is what drew me to join this select band.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 25, 2021, 10:17:58 am

The PR19 is the epitome of JMN boggling and , with the Trackrover, is what drew me to join this select band.


The man's got taste.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: NARSES2 on February 26, 2021, 05:57:31 am


Re dinner table vs enamels - I find that I rarely spill anything outside my underlay, and so does the eight-year-old, incredibly enough. Should something still go tits up, you can see the solvent in the green bottle on the second chair. Iíll be all over that spill in a matter of seconds. I have been, on occasion, as a matter of fact, and itís worked out fine.   &lt;_&lt;

So far  :angel: I'm glad you used that little word "rarely" in the above sentence, it'll probably be enough to keep the Imps away  ;)

Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Rick Lowe on February 27, 2021, 08:34:34 pm


Re dinner table vs enamels - I find that I rarely spill anything outside my underlay, and so does the eight-year-old, incredibly enough. Should something still go tits up, you can see the solvent in the green bottle on the second chair. Iíll be all over that spill in a matter of seconds. I have been, on occasion, as a matter of fact, and itís worked out fine.   &lt;_&lt;

So far  :angel: I'm glad you used that little word "rarely" in the above sentence, it'll probably be enough to keep the Imps away  ;)

Yup - I have had the odd time when Murphy was well and truly poked and reacted in a way I didn't appreciate...
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: NARSES2 on February 28, 2021, 02:22:47 am
I find I'm constantly muttering "touch wood" to myself and tapping my head  :rolleyes: Mind you as I've often said to people in the past when they've commented "sure it's wood, straight from the Tree of Knowledge  ;)"

Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Rick Lowe on February 28, 2021, 02:24:44 am
I find I'm constantly muttering "touch wood" to myself and tapping my head  :rolleyes: Mind you as I've often said to people in the past when they've commented "sure it's wood, straight from the Tree of Knowledge  ;)"

 ;D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on February 28, 2021, 02:29:52 am
Now, youíre all actively jinxing this..  ;D
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: NARSES2 on February 28, 2021, 02:57:03 am
We had a ginger tom cat called Jinx and he was a right terror  ;D
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on March 07, 2021, 09:15:51 am
Enduring a (hopefully) few rather tiresome days with annoyingly low energy levels due to insertion of brake drugs. Brake drugs is good, it'll most likely push not only my final ending a good number of years into the future, but also hopefully increasing the intervals between surgery. But for the time being, they're just very annoying. Since Friday, I have mainly gotten up from bed, had a quick snack, then retreating to said bed, or alternatively a sofa for a change, to sleep for another two or three hours. Then the same sequence all over again. Not much stamina left for creativity then..
But hopefully things will improve. Today is better than yesterday etc, and eventually I'll find the drive again. The interest is there. I have ideas, plans and means. Even kits and material. It's just to find the energy. To have fun.
The weather haven't been really helpful either. Last weekend, we had up to 16 degC and spring was really in the air, but it has progressively become colder and this morning a very intimidating, if also very thin, layer of White Death covered the grounds. OK, most of it went during the day, but the temperature is still just above freezing - and I am freezing!

I have painted most of the preassembly details of the VC10 and another Valiant, and while at it, I took the opportunity to engage with another monster, a MACH 2 Comet that's been hiding under something else for far to long. Now that's preassembly painted as well, so we'll see what, if anything, actually gets built in the near future. While daunting, those two MACH 2 kits are subjects I actually never thought I'd see injected in 1/72, so I'm unreasonably happy that I have them. Despite the kit quality..
But first, the health and the energy coming with it.

Seeing the nominations for next seasons group builds, it fun to see that it really is high and low. Knowing myself, I'll most likely never participate due to my glacial construction pace, but it's still good fun. Inspiring, even. So we'll see. Maybe I start on a monster any day now, or I just finally manage to decal one of the ten or so projects sitting around waiting just for that step. Those who live shall see.

Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Rick Lowe on March 07, 2021, 01:24:18 pm
Well, at least you've had the drugs. so that's positive. As is the continuing interest, it's all too easy to get completely discouraged and go off and do something else entirely.

You'll get through it, and we all hope it's sooner than later. And we're all here for you when you need sympathy/encouragement or to vent/rant.  ;) :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: NARSES2 on March 08, 2021, 06:16:12 am
Well, at least you've had the drugs. so that's positive. As is the continuing interest, it's all too easy to get completely discouraged and go off and do something else entirely.


Totally agree  :thumbsup: and even if it's just airing your thoughts on here, that's still progress of sorts  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on March 08, 2021, 06:29:53 am

Totally agree  :thumbsup: and even if it's just airing your thoughts on here, that's still progress of sorts  :thumbsup:

Yeah, thatís it, really. Keeping in touch. Keeping my mind on the subject. And whining a bit. Here, among other more or less grumpy old men, the acceptance for some unrelated whining is significantly higher than in most other contexts. That coupled with the friendly bantering, the great modelling and the nutty ideas makes this a very nice place to hang out. A really nice place.  :wub:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: NARSES2 on March 08, 2021, 06:34:49 am
Thanks for those comments, seriously  :thumbsup:

A good whine and grump is occasionally good for one, as long as at the end of the day you can laugh at yourself  ;)
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: TheChronicOne on March 08, 2021, 01:42:57 pm
Hell, man, whining here to all my homies is a favorite pastime of mine.  ;D ;D   You got the right idea.  :thumbsup: :wacko:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: kerick on March 08, 2021, 09:35:45 pm

Totally agree  :thumbsup: and even if it's just airing your thoughts on here, that's still progress of sorts  :thumbsup:

Yeah, thatís it, really. Keeping in touch. Keeping my mind on the subject. And whining a bit. Here, among other more or less grumpy old men, the acceptance for some unrelated whining is significantly higher than in most other contexts. That coupled with the friendly bantering, the great modelling and the nutty ideas makes this a very nice place to hang out. A really nice place.  :wub:

I totally agree with you on that!
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on March 14, 2021, 12:09:58 pm
Another weekend gone by, and tomorrow evening, itís time to check back into the butchery again.

Having had that on the horizon hasnít been very forwarding as far as modelling goes, but lo and behold - I actually managed to put decals on a slightly whiffed interceptor. As I am writing this, Iím still pretty chuffed having broken that decal wall Iíve been experiencing.
And if Iím not too cut to pieces when coming home on Wednesday, I might actually get round to wrap that project up later in the week. A layer of matt varnish, some minor touching up and then itís just the backstory. And thatís an easy one, for once.

Tomorrow, thereís some wrapping up of some things and preparation of others in order to be able to be away for a couple of nights. Then, thereís a bit of scrubbing and shaving to be done as well, the packing aside. The ward is desperately boring, so you donít want to be without your electronic gizmos, nor your books.

But for now, Iím just going to enjoy the feeling of having gotten those slides on. And the model seems to come out well.  :wub:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: kitbasher on March 14, 2021, 02:53:07 pm
hope all goes well, Mr Pellson, sir.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Old Wombat on March 14, 2021, 04:16:14 pm
Best of British Scandinavian Luck to you, Sir! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: NARSES2 on March 15, 2021, 07:19:10 am
Glad you made progress before off to the hospital, best of luck  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Rick Lowe on March 16, 2021, 01:53:24 pm
Yup, all the best and keep an eye out for those pretty nurses...  :wub:

... though be on you guard, as they can use that as a distraction to be sneaky with needles and pills and whatnot...  ;)
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: kerick on March 16, 2021, 02:57:33 pm
I just spent 11 days at University of Chicago Hospital so I can tell you, be nice to the nurses and theyíll be nice to you!
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Glenn Gilbertson on March 16, 2021, 04:01:53 pm
Hope everything goes well for you! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: kerick on March 16, 2021, 04:17:24 pm
Thanks, getting stronger by the day.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on March 17, 2021, 08:28:13 am
I just spent 11 days at University of Chicago Hospital so I can tell you, be nice to the nurses and theyíll be nice to you!

Just home and youíre right - keep the nurses happy and theyíll sort you nicely.
Actually having longed back to the building table, the first thing I managed to do was breaking off a pitot tube. Of course. Well - since thatís kind of business as usual anyway, Iím not fretting. Just raiding my spare part bins to see if thereís something that can be used.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on March 21, 2021, 09:30:29 am
Time moves on, and so far, so good. Iím feeling reasonably good, under the circumstances, and so far every day is better than the last.

While Iíve only made some minor modelling, I managed to almost complete a backstory for a model thatís been sitting around incomplete for a while. Thereís still lots of modelling work to do, but I go where my lust takes me, and now I felt like writing. Itís good fun, actually, especially reading up on what actually happened in the period you write about, making your story slot in nicely.

As far as building goes, I rummaged through my boxes to find a Storm Shadow ECM pod for use on a strike aircraft thatís ready for decalling. I found one. Or actually - I found four. But three of them need a bit of work, and being the easily distracted animal I am, naturally I went all ahead sorting them out. That wasnít really panned, as itís delayed actually getting something off the table for once. But theyíre shaping up nicely, and thereís always some bomber needing one.  I could use the odd BOZ pod to go with them, though.

While looking for BOZ pods, I happened to come across another Tornado, this time a Luftwaffe one. Itís actually my first Tornado, so weíll over 30 years old by now, but I like it despite being the thick-arsed Italeri one. But it does need a refurbishment as many decals have fallen off and the paint scheme is simply wrong. And having gotten that thought in my head, I suddenly found myself googling the different German Norm camouflages. Unfortunately, Iím low on RAL-to-Humbrol conversion charts, which is annoying as I have a few Luftwaffe aircraft both to build and to paint, so any tips here would be very much appreciated, in particular the green Norm 83 and the oh-so-pretty Norm 81 multi role camo.

But letís see if I can get back to actually get the current RAF stream off the building table first.

Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: NARSES2 on March 22, 2021, 06:57:25 am
Time moves on, and so far, so good. Iím feeling reasonably good, under the circumstances, and so far every day is better than the last.


 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: Good to read. There's a lot of people on this Planet who'd settle for that, hope things continue to improve  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Rheged on March 22, 2021, 07:50:21 am
Time moves on, and so far, so good. Iím feeling reasonably good, under the circumstances, and so far every day is better than the last.


That is very good to see!!
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Dizzyfugu on March 22, 2021, 09:24:39 am
Unfortunately, Iím low on RAL-to-Humbrol conversion charts, which is annoying as I have a few Luftwaffe aircraft both to build and to paint, so any tips here would be very much appreciated, in particular the green Norm 83 and the oh-so-pretty Norm 81 multi role camo.

The green Norm '83 consists of RAL 6003 (use Humbrol 86, or a slightly lightened 117 ), FS 34079 (Humbrol 116) and RAL 7021 (Humbrol 67).

Norm '81 consisted of RAL 7012 (Humrol 79 comes close, but Revell 77 is authentic), RAL 6014 (no true Humbrol equivalent; 163 may work, but needs more yellow or some Dark Earth; the tone is an olive drab, darker than 155 and more yellow-ish than 116; Revell 46 is the correct tone) and again RAL 7021 (see above).
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on March 23, 2021, 03:06:33 am
Norm '81 consisted of RAL 7012 (Humrol 79 comes close, but Revell 77 is authentic), RAL 6014 (no true Humbrol equivalent; 163 may work, but needs more yellow or some Dark Earth; the tone is an olive drab, darker than 155 and more yellow-ish than 116; Revell 46 is the correct tone) and again RAL 7021 (see above).

Norm 81 seems to be quite mysterious. HaHen decals lists six colours, but Don Color lists seven. And comparing the colour sheets/paint tins to photos, they both seem a bit on the dark side. Or am I just imagining?

(https://kitchecker.com/reviews_2017_1/eduard_7439_htm_files/2675@2x.jpg)
(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/50/cf/2f/50cf2f8f0fb35c833e3a3a73eb10584b.jpg)
(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/0f/32/e7/0f32e7071afb197d4b258eac1d5762c1.jpg)

Above said, I really appreciate your tips. I might need to source some Revell tins as well.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Dizzyfugu on March 23, 2021, 03:43:13 am
Ah, you referred to the F-4F - I thought you were takling about the Tornado and its early three-color scheme. The Phantom's scheme is a complex beast, and there were variants in colors and shapes, but there's hope:

RAL 7001 ~ Humbrol 127; Revell 374 is supposed to be authentic
RAL 7009* = Revell 67 (authentic). There's no real Humbrol equivalent, RLM71 from WWII comes very close - Humbrol 30 is a start, but it is much too bluish and harsh, and too dark, too. Maybe add some 126 and even little 168. Other close but not-matching options are 31 and 78
RAL 7012 ~ Humbrol 79 (very close), Revell 77 would be authentic
RAL 7030 = Revell 75 (authentic), Humbrol 141 came close but it is OOP. 64 might be an option, maybe with a little 168 (Hemp) added - this grey tone has a brownish/sand hue!
RAL 7035 = Humbrol 196 (authentic)
RAL 7037 ~ Humbrol 106, but should be lighter
RAL 7039 ~ Humbrol 92, but it's OOP. Maybe 106 with alittle 168 works - again, this grey has a brownish hue.

*The HaHen indication of RAL 7005 is AFAIK wrong, and the Don Color profile shows wrong colors; these should be RAL 7001 and 7035, but there were many variations and inconsistencies.

If you can get hold of them, Xtracolor also offers many RAL tones as enamels.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 23, 2021, 05:39:17 am
Splinter camouflage still lives!  ;D ;) :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on March 23, 2021, 06:01:12 am
Ah, you referred to the F-4F - I thought you were takling about the Tornado and its early three-color scheme. The Phantom's scheme is a complex beast, and there were variants in colors and shapes, but there's hope:

RAL 7001 ~ Humbrol 127; Revell 374 is supposed to be authentic
RAL 7009* = Revell 67 (authentic). There's no real Humbrol equivalent, RLM71 from WWII comes very close - Humbrol 30 is a start, but it is much too bluish and harsh, and too dark, too. Maybe add some 126 and even little 168. Other close but not-matching options are 31 and 78
RAL 7012 ~ Humbrol 79 (very close), Revell 77 would be authentic
RAL 7030 = Revell 75 (authentic), Humbrol 141 came close but it is OOP. 64 might be an option, maybe with a little 168 (Hemp) added - this grey tone has a brownish/sand hue!
RAL 7035 = Humbrol 196 (authentic)
RAL 7037 ~ Humbrol 106, but should be lighter
RAL 7039 ~ Humbrol 92, but it's OOP. Maybe 106 with alittle 168 works - again, this grey has a brownish hue.

*The HaHen indication of RAL 7005 is AFAIK wrong, and the Don Color profile shows wrong colors; these should be RAL 7001 and 7035, but there were many variations and inconsistencies.

If you can get hold of them, Xtracolor also offers many RAL tones as enamels.

Magnificent!!  Thanks!

Re Tornados - I assume you were discussing Norm 76? I had too google it, though, but on the upside, this Tornado SIG page has a pretty good conversion chart as well, but not covering the F-4F/Norm 81

(https://www.tornadosig.com/uploads/4/2/0/0/4200523/9389077_orig.jpg)

Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Dizzyfugu on March 23, 2021, 08:52:43 am
Yep, that's the Tonka livery I was originally referring to.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on March 25, 2021, 01:47:26 pm
I think spring is here, actually. I no longer have to dress full Mr Michelin Man to go outside, and as Iím sitting here in my sofa, relaxing, I can hear quite a lot of different birds singing their hearts out outside our windows.

As too often, my mind moves a lot faster than my builds do. Itís hard to keep focus - I often find myself wanting to build something quite different to whatís actually on my table at the moment, but if I give in, the queue of unfinished - but still wanted - projects keep getting longer yet.
Considering that, Iíve decided to put the VC10 to one side for a bit, focusing on that Tornado interceptor and the two Anglo-French strike bombers that basically need decals and loadout and not much more. You would think that would be a quick affair, but I find it hard to get started with decals. Donít know why, but.. 

Also, I have a big red Airfix box lying around with a Valiant destined to become a tanker inside. A Valiant tanker is actually an old idea, so allow me to take you back to 2016 when I first bought my Valiant kit.
Originally, the plan was to build a K.2, i.e a tanker based on the reinforced, extended B.2 bomber we all know so well. To that end, when ordering the kit from big H, I also got an AiM conversion kit. Additionally, with a little help from my friends (you know who you are) I was able to get hold of a pair of Mk 20 refuelling pods from an old Matchbox Victor K.2. All kitted up, I went to work, building the cockpit and fuselage, including extension, and installing the wings before stalling on those Tupolev landing gear pods, you know. To fit them, you need to chop a big chunk out of each wing. Scary. So I lost traction and the Valiant project has been sitting on the Shelf of Doom ever since.

Much later, in another fit of distraction, I came to read up on the Valiant, and I realised that the real BK.1 tankers were a bit short on power when fully laden, and their fuel capacity wasnít even that big. Added to that, the production B.2 was to be powered by the much thrustier RR Conway, but without really major freehand rebuild of the wings, the Airfix kit simply just wonít allow bigger power plants than Avonís. Hence, even if I could whif-replace the 10,500 lb Avon 200-series with somewhat more punchy 300-series Avonís (but without the afterburners, of course), making a tanker out of the structurally stronger and thus heavier Mk 2 was not going to be optimal as it wouldnít be able to save as much weight for payload as a similarly powered Mk 1. Accordingly, the stalled K.2 project has become a B.2 project, but obviously somewhat updated. So now itís my half built B.2A thatís waiting for me to dare to chop in to its wings.
However, disregarding the conversion kit (which in all honesty isnít that bad, itís just me being a chicken) the original Airfix kit is really nice. As someone (Alastair?) recently wrote - the newer Airfix kits really just fall together in a very stressless way. Good old fashioned no fuss building, but with a much better and tighter result. So far, I think the Valiant kit is a good example of exactly this.

While leaving the K.2 aside, the Valiant tanker idea as such is too nice to let go of. But you would need a solution to the famous fatigue issue.
As we now know, the Valiant wing spar problem was more a material issue than a design issue, at least if you planned to operate at altitude rather than in the more turbulent layers below, and as we also now know, the Hastings transports, suffering from similar issues, were rebuilt and served well for many years to come. So, obviously, I will have my Valiants resparred.
Having sorted that (and gotten those more powerful Avonís) we need to address the power/weight ratio also from the other end. Looking at the American KC-135, already from the start, they often flew with a crew of three only, in comparison to the five in a Valiant. Keeping a seat for the navigator, I figure I at least can throw out one seat, saving some 200 lb, at least. Also, accepting the Valiant as mainly a fighter extender, a bit like the VC10 C.1(K), I think I can dispose of the rather heavy Mk 17 HDU, replacing it with a pair of lighter Mk 20 pods despite them having less flow rate.
Finally, rather than just hanging up an improvised fuel tank in the existing bomb bay, I would assume that by throwing all bomb related stuff out, including the doors and associated mechanisms, I could probably save quite a few pounds, rather installing a bigger but lighter permanent fuel tank, then adding a few gallons to that somewhat limited real world transferable fuel. Most likely, in reality, the gains would be negligible, but hey - this is whif world.

Accordingly, I went out hunting for a second kit, finding it a while ago. Itís now all but preassembly painted, and if I get too uninspired to decal or paint, this is ready for some glueing. And to be honest, Iím happiest when building.

But thinking of tankers as such has meant that I have come to look at further options. One of those is a Comet C.4(K), analogue to the VC10 C.1(K) that came later. I have the Mach 2 Comet and I think a FR probe from an Airfix Javelin  will fit nicely over the cockpit. However, I need a second set of refuelling pods, either from a Victor or a VC10. Should anyone have anything useful lying around, Iím happy to buy. Just saying..

Tomorrow, I have to work a few hours, in spite of formally being on sick leave, so maybe not much hobby time tomorrow. But thereís more days ahead.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: NARSES2 on March 26, 2021, 07:06:31 am
So many ideas, so little time  ;) The motto of the What Iffer   ;D
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on March 26, 2021, 02:39:50 pm
Well - I actually managed to stick the instrument panel decals on the Valiant K.1 dash and also paint the yokes today, despite work. Now, itís totally ready to assemble. Iíve even moved the fr pods from the B.2 box to the K.1 box, just to keep things in one place.

When having the decal stuff out, I also dug out those strike bombers, looking for similar warning stencils in two languages. Might have found some, but just as I planned to have a go, my significantly better half called out dinner. Ah, well.. 
On the other hand, the forecast for tomorrow looks modelling friendly, and I didnít remove my decalling tools, so maybe. Just maybe..
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: TheChronicOne on March 26, 2021, 05:58:27 pm
Progress!!   Very good. Maybe I'll join you tomorrow in spirit and try to get something done on my project, too. It's Saturday, after all!
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on March 28, 2021, 10:04:40 am
Having come down with fever (yes, that sodding liver got infected again), I didnít manage anything yesterday. Rather, I was shaking from chill, having no lust or energy at all. The night was predictably annoying as I donít sleep well when having a fever, the skin and muscles aching and sweating like a Finn in a sauna. Not fun at all.

But strangely, as the day today wore on, and maybe in pure defiance, I somehow gathered guts enough to drag myself to the decalling table, and would you believe:
I. Have. Decalled. THREE. Aircraft today! I canít remember when I did that last.
Next step - some Johnsonís to seal in the decals, then adding some antenna and minor stuff and then the matt varnish. Damn - Iím on fire!!
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Rheged on March 28, 2021, 10:54:03 am
Much sympathy on your fever, but Massive Congratulations on your decalling success!!
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Rick Lowe on March 28, 2021, 01:24:01 pm
Much sympathy on your fever, but Massive Congratulations on your decalling success!!

Yeah, Wot 'e Said!  :thumbsup:

Get well soon.
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: NARSES2 on March 29, 2021, 06:21:31 am
Glad you got something done, but commiserations over the fever. Hope it dies down soon
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: McColm on March 29, 2021, 09:58:52 am
Get well soon  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: 63cpe on March 29, 2021, 10:39:08 am
Pellson, Good show to get some decals on them birds! :thumbsup:

Get well soon!
Would love to see some pictures one day.

David aka 63cpe


Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on March 30, 2021, 04:43:26 am
Right. Decal sealing is on, matt varnish is on - but the sodding varnish hade aged! I won't need to take it off, but I will need to add an extra layer of better quality. Most annoying as I was under the impression that I had ditched that old can already. Well, I have now..
...and in the process, I managed to break a pitot tube for the umpteenth time.  :banghead:

And as icing on the cake, a wheel bearing on the Defender gave in on me this morning. Not a biggie in any way, but oh, so annoying. In particular as I'm not really as sprightly as I'd like to be. But it won't replace itself, will it? :angry:

Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 30, 2021, 05:27:02 am

 But it wqon't replace itself, will it? :angry:


They've never been known to, no. Such is automotive life sadly. :(
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: Pellson on April 01, 2021, 09:28:26 am
Finally Easter. The kids are off from school, but since weíve been homeschooling all three of them since December due to the pestilence, it only means that we donít have to chase the youngest on his schoolwork. Itís not easy doing school in your own when youíre eight.
But heís pretty good most days. And in particular in maths, heís really fast, so this afternoon we managed to get some free time to continue his whif Skyhawk. That was fun. Heís built it all by himself and painted most of it, just wanting some edging assistance. And I think itís coming along well.

(https://i.imgur.com/rv0AhgJ.jpg)

On other topics, Iíve actually managed to all but complete a near-RW Jaguar and those other two Anglo-French bombers. Now Iím trying to find a suitable solution for in particular the French load out. Thatís a little tricky, their GP bombs not being much like the British at all. Worst case, I could get away with US Mk 117s, and maybe even slick Mk 80-series, but Iíd rather not.

That broken pitot (on a third model) is half-fixed and Iím still pretty annoyed by my clumsiness when breaking it - again. Iím not entirely convinced I can fix it perfectly this time, but since the rest of that model came out quite well, I really want to try.

But not today. Now, the rest of the family want us to watch a film and slowly go into the weekend. I shall embrace that.



Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: NARSES2 on April 02, 2021, 05:54:19 am
Skyhawk looks good  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: zenrat on April 03, 2021, 05:00:28 am
Skyhawk looks good  :thumbsup:

Second that.

Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 04, 2021, 12:09:22 am
Ya, that Skyhawk is looking good indeed, your son has got the touch. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: NARSES2 on April 04, 2021, 05:30:23 am
Ya, that Skyhawk is looking good indeed, your son has got the touch. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

My ex always says "I'm slightly touched", but I don't think it's the same thing ?  ;)
Title: Re: Pellsons Perceivings
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 04, 2021, 07:51:38 am
Ya, that Skyhawk is looking good indeed, your son has got the touch. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

My ex always says "I'm slightly touched", but I don't think it's the same thing ?  ;)

 ;D ;D