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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #765 on: July 05, 2016, 02:02:53 pm »
Day 2 of the Home Bargains Airfix Treasure Hunt!
 
A beautiful sunny morning started off day two of my saga.  This time I headed north, towards Cramlington.  It didn't go the way I expected on the map printed on the timetable and I ended up in another backwater - Blyth:  I'd got on the wrong bus, the X10 instead of the X11.  No Home Bargains there, so I paused to buy a lottery ticket and got the X11 back to Cramlington.  First stop was at the Brockwell centre, which were restocking the shelves with the same selection that had greeted me at Whitley Bay and North Shields. 
 
Back on the bus, down to the Cramlington shopping centre. The walk through it seemed endless but I got to the store and liberated a pair of Typhoons, a Spitfire F22 and a PRXIX.  They had Dauntlesses and a solitary Typhoon left.
 
Better luck was had at Wallsend, which one of my agents had reported yesterday was bereft of kits.  Not so today.  Interesting selection of Typhoons, Bf 109Es, Gladiators, Dinahs and Spitfire MkIXcs (the Closterman boxing).  Needless to say, quite a few of these came home with me - one each of the Typhoon, Gladiator and Bf 109 (which will be heading elsewhere) and no fewer than eight Spitfire mk IXs.
 
Back into town and lunch with Wor Lass before heading to Blaydon.  Again, an interesting time as a legless drug dealer in a wheelchair was regaling his friends about how he'd been smuggling drugs into HMP Frankland.  The heavens opened as I thankfully got off the bus and I fought through torrential rain to get to the store.  Again, this trip was worth it.  The selection on offer this time? Typhoons, Dauntlesses, Spitfire PRXIX and F22s, plus some gift sets - Tomahawks and Fw 190As - and some 32nd British infantry. I grabbed the Spits - 4 F22s and 3 PRXIXs.
 
Escaping back through the rain, I took the Metro back to Jarrow, expecting them to have restocked.  They had - Hawks, Vampires and Higgins boats.  None of which floated my boat - except the Vampire, but another of my agents has procured some from London: he reported that Houndslow and Southall stores have loads of them - so I came away empty handed and headed back up to Cramlington to see if they'd restocked.  No such luck, so I nabbed their last Typhoon, some smokey bacon crisps and a bottle of pepsi before heading home with my bag of swag.
 
A further injection of cash will see the saga continue tomorrow...
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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #766 on: July 06, 2016, 10:40:59 am »
Just tried the Altrincham and Wythenshawe Home Bargains branches, but came away with nothing. They had exactly the same Vampire/Hawk/LCVP/Fountain range as some of the others and I've already got as many as I want of those. It's almost as if some branches get supplies from one warehouse and some from another, but it's hard to see a geographical connection. Either that or the Spitfire/109/Dinah/Dauntless batch was the first, the Mustang/190/Hurricane/Spitfire batch was second, and the Vampire/Hawk/LCVP/Fountain is the current one....
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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #767 on: July 06, 2016, 12:46:51 pm »
Had a quick look in the Hull City Centre branch yesterday, all they had was a solitary Spitfire IX.  I might make a slight diversion tomorrow to check out another branch.
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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #768 on: July 06, 2016, 02:14:14 pm »
Bagged another Airfix 1/72 Supermarine Spitfire PR.XIX whilst on my travels today.
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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #769 on: July 06, 2016, 03:18:59 pm »
A pair of Hasegawa IAI Kfir C2's via eBay, and a Valom N.A FJ-1 Fury and a Wespe models Mack 7.5 ton truck via Bungle arrived today
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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #770 on: July 06, 2016, 11:45:33 pm »
A dirty cheap Intech F-16 in 1:72, as dedicated donation fodder. The landing gear will be mounted under the Academy T-50 (which comes with everything up OOB!), while the wings and maybe the air intake will end up... elsewhere. ;)

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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #771 on: July 07, 2016, 04:40:53 am »
Its the birthday special offer at Ground zero games https://shop.groundzerogames.co.uk/
spend over a tenner, wish the owner Jon a happy birthday, get extra stuff.  Ive been slowly buying since the late 80s, have never been disappointed with quality, and always amazed with order turn round times ( the order that arrived in the last hour was placed at 12:41 yesterday, so les than 24 hours from placing till delivery )
got a pair of  UN space command replenishment ships,   2 of the hand claw robots ( I see a pair of fork lift claws for moving boxes though)   the Knights Sabres set ( yup the official bubblegum crises lead figures come with etch brass sensor booms), and a set of boomers.  as freebies  a genom powersuit ( bubblegum crisis)  2 AD police from the same range,  and a scientist type in lab coat, and a cop in jeans  jacket shades and with a large pistol  that will go well with everything else.
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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #772 on: July 07, 2016, 05:03:08 am »
There's (still) BGC stuff around? Cool - any pics available?

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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #773 on: July 07, 2016, 07:21:20 am »
A dirty cheap Intech F-16 in 1:72, as dedicated donation fodder. The landing gear will be mounted under the Academy T-50 (which comes with everything up OOB!), while the wings and maybe the air intake will end up... elsewhere. ;)

 Viper hunting season?  ;D :thumbsup:

After a few months of model buying addiction rehab, last night i blew it and ordered another Hasegawa 1/72 F-16I SUFA, which will be donating most of it's parts to the LoneStar resin parts F-16XL#2, and one of the Tamiya Vipers will be getting the SUFA specific bits.
And also got confirmation from Bigcat.pt that another 1/72 Sufa is on the way but i'll have to wait a bit for this one as the store didn't have it in stock. Still, will be 5 euros cheaper than anywhere else on the web. And BTW, the Hase kit at 30 from Tokyo-Hobby was at least 3 cheaper than all the Kinetic ones i found on the bay.

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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #774 on: July 07, 2016, 07:22:17 am »

You're wrong.  They had a solitary PR19 when I got there around 2.50ish.  I looked about four times and a store assistant picked it off the shelf - it was end on, hence me not seeing it.  Needless to say, it's now residing with the rest of my Home Bargains swag.  As for them not understanding the Queen's English - this is Sunderland we're talking about here!  

God, what an awful journey that was. Possibly the longest metro ride ever and Sunderland train station, despite being given a makeover, is even worse than when I was last there in 1997.  Really dark and dingy.  The best bit of the whole thing was the journey back, travelling through some nice countryside.



Well at least me missing it meant your trip wasn't pointless  ;D Must agree re Sunderland station, it's one of the worst I know and is just depressing. I just find it amusing that like a lot of stations outside London it "invents platforms" to increase it's self importance. Physically there are 2, an up and a down, but on the departure board there are 4  :blink: The Metro stops on 1 and 2 and the Northern Rail on 3 and 4, even though they are physically the same platforms. Some Northern stations divide platforms into 3, but at least use A,B,C and yes I have got the wrong train at Donnie once  :banghead:

Anyway made N Shields before heading south (first time there) and got 2 Hurricanes, 2 Mustangs and 2 Typhoons. Why I have no idea but I got them  :rolleyes:
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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #775 on: July 07, 2016, 08:42:07 am »
From eBay - 1/72 Hasegawa XF5U Flying Pancake and F11F-1 Tiger

From local shop - 1/72 Heller Mirage IV and Mirage 2000

Got the Hase Flying Pancake kit for less than $30USD  including shipping, quite the steal.
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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #776 on: July 07, 2016, 02:24:51 pm »
Home Bargains, Brockwell Centre, Cramlington:

5 x Hurricane mk I "rag wing"

2 x Spitfire mk Vb

4 of the Hurricanes are being sold on - two for cash monies and the other two are hostage swaps.

I checked t'other Cramlington store (Manor Walk) after a mad dash to get there before it closed, only to find Vampires, Hawks, the two Dauntlesses I saw on tuesday, that Higgins boat and the stupid fountain.  Really should have nabbed a Vampire or two but wanted to save me cash for Brockwell. 

After finding the wait for a bus back to the Toon was half an hour, I retired to the nearby pub over the road for a pint of Bulmers Original in the beer garden.
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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #777 on: July 07, 2016, 04:59:38 pm »
After a few months of model buying addiction rehab, last night i blew it and ordered another Hasegawa 1/72 F-16I SUFA, which will be donating most of it's parts to the LoneStar resin parts F-16XL#2, and one of the Tamiya Vipers will be getting the SUFA specific bits.
And also got confirmation from Bigcat.pt that another 1/72 Sufa is on the way but i'll have to wait a bit for this one as the store didn't have it in stock. Still, will be 5 euros cheaper than anywhere else on the web. And BTW, the Hase kit at 30 from Tokyo-Hobby was at least 3 cheaper than all the Kinetic ones i found on the bay.
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Don't the Kinetic ones actually come with the Skunkworks IDF Weapons Set sprues (or NATO Weapons Set for the non-Israeli Vipers), whereas with modern Hase kits you're usually lucky to get even gasbags? (Older Hase Vipers at least had a pair of BL755's among other things.) If so, then Hasegawa only seems cheaper. ;)

Regarding the LoneStar resin set, has it actually been seen on sale somewhere, at a price that is not at least twice that of a Monogram XL? Yes, I know, LoneStar is more accurate, but for my tastes Monogram offers better value for money considering I would whiff it anyway...

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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #778 on: July 07, 2016, 11:32:34 pm »
There's (still) BGC stuff around? Cool - any pics available?

Here you go Dizzy. https://shop.groundzerogames.co.uk/bgc-figures.html
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Re: My stash just grew again (2016)
« Reply #779 on: July 07, 2016, 11:39:34 pm »
There's (still) BGC stuff around? Cool - any pics available?

Here you go Dizzy. https://shop.groundzerogames.co.uk/bgc-figures.html
Always had great service from Jon, very fast delivery here in the UK.

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Thanks a lot! The Knight Sabers set looks very nice.  :wub: