Peter Berresford Ellis & Jennifer Schofield: Biggles!

It seems a tragic thing, and one that I cannot regard without distress, that a country which can send out such delightfully worded bulb catalogues as does Japan, can at the same time unload an inferno of death and destruction on unhappy people, most of whom could not have been in the slightest degree responsible … Continue reading Peter Berresford Ellis & Jennifer Schofield: Biggles!

Ordnance Survey OpenData In QGIS 3: Part 3

I finish my last post about using Ordnance Survey OpenData in QGIS having produced this map of the area around Blaven, on the Isle of Skye: It’s tinted for height, shaded and marked up with contours to emphasize landforms, and has features such as surface water, coastline, roads and buildings added. Now it needs some … Continue reading Ordnance Survey OpenData In QGIS 3: Part 3

Tamiya 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt “Razorback”: Part 3

Go to the first post in this build log At the end of my previous post in this build log, I’d got the main body of the aircraft ready for final weathering and the placement of details like the propeller, external fuel tanks, undercarriage and guns. The propeller is the Hamilton propeller (and associated decals) … Continue reading Tamiya 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt “Razorback”: Part 3

Christoph Baumer: The History Of Central Asia, Vol. 4

  After the Soviet occupier and its vassal Najibullah were defeated, it was not long before the loose partnership of convenience among Afghan resistance fighters disintegrated along ethnic divides. The Pashtuns rallied around Hekmatyar, Khalis and Sayyaf; the Tajiks around Massoud, Rabbani and Ismail Khan; the Uzbeks around Dostum’s Junbesh-e Milli Islami (National Islamic Front) … Continue reading Christoph Baumer: The History Of Central Asia, Vol. 4

Tamiya 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt “Razorback”: Part 2

Go to the first post in this build log So last time I had completed priming, and had masked off the SEAC white identification stripes. The next task was to apply the camouflage colours of the Temperate Land Scheme—Medium Sea Grey undersides, and an RAF standard pattern of Dark Earth and Dark Green above. It’s … Continue reading Tamiya 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt “Razorback”: Part 2

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