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Revell 1:72 Scale Focke Wulf FW 190 A-8/R-11
Revell 1:72 Scale Focke Wulf FW 190 A-8/R-11
Price: 6.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Second fiddle to the new Airfix kits - but a //good// second fiddle, 20 Feb 2014
The FW190 Wurger (Shrike or Butcher Bird) was designed by Kurt Tank during the 1930's and entered service with the Luftwaffe in late 1941. Powered by a radial BMW 801 engine it was concieved as a supplement to the Bf109 but soon proved itself to be a formidable fighter in its own right. It served in many other roles, as ground-attack and fighter-bomber and even as a "Wilde Sau" night-fighter and was flown by many of the Luftwaffe's aces, such as Heinz Bar, Otto Kittel, Ehrich Rudorffer and Walter Nowotny. The A8 was the most numerous variant of the FW190 and carried two machine guns in the nose and four 20mm cannon in the wings. The R11 was an A8 optimised for night fighting.

When it comes to 1/72 scale renditions of the FW190, the market is a difficult one with a number of good or even excellent competitors to choose from. Until recently the Revell kit being has generally been considered to be the best balance between price and quality although I had not built the kit until now. The real competitor is the new-tool Airfix kit which I can say without fear of contradiction, blows all other FW190 kits out of the wate, being affordable and beautifully crafted. That's rather sad news for Revell, I suppose, but so it goes.

On the other hand, this kit does score over Airfix in one way - it's incredibly easy to build. One simply has to remove the parts from the sprues, pop them back into the box with a bottle of glue, give it a good shake and presto! You have a complete FW190 in 1/72 scale. Well, I exaggerate a little - the direction finding antennas are going to be a tad tricky (and should probably be left off until the model is painted and decalled) and there was a smidgen of flash on some of the parts. But apart from that the kit builds easily and with no dramas or complications at all. Do watch out for the gap between the upper wings and the fuselage - this needs to be sorted, but can be filled with a careful squirt of glue - it's not really bad enough to warrant filler.

The detailing is fine (in the refined sense of the word) but one complaint is that the opaque part of the cockpit canopy is molded into the fuselage so there is no chance (without some radical surgery) to pose it in the open position.

The kit gives you the option to build an A8 with underwing gun packs or an R11 night-fighter with some fairly finely molded direction finding antenna mounted on the wings. I chose the A8 because I just know that those aerials will never last. I also took some liberties with the paint scheme and decals and avoided the rather vanilla pale blue paint-scheme.

A highly recommended kit but take a look at the Airfix options as well.

Don't forget the paint, glue, masking tape and some decal setting solution (MicroSol and MicroSet).


This is Jinsy [DVD]
This is Jinsy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Bran
Price: 6.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Licky Licky Licky, 16 Feb 2014
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It seems like the majority of reviewers have made the connection between This is Jinsy and any number of British Comedy predecessors. The League Of Gentlemen, Monty Python, Spike Milligan, Little Britain. It hardly seems fair that this piece of surrealist comedy gold should only be defined by the legendary exponents who have preceded it. But, on the other hand, it is inescapable that Jinsy should be compared in that way. It follows a long tradition of British silliness, complex, madcap, whimsical, surreal and, quite probably, incomprehensible to Johnny Foreigner. You'll also find a liberal dose of Wodehouse (whom I've never read, but TiJ just /feels/ Wodehousian), Reeves & Mortimer (ditto), The Fast Show, Big Train, Look Around You... and I could go on.

If any of those shows appeal to you, then the strange lives of Arbiter Maven, his long suffering (and strangely normal) assistant Sporral and of the catastrophically inbred islanders that they administer will tickle your fancy. The tesselator-delivered entertainment that quiets the masses (all 571 of them) will set you chuckling (it had me crying with laughter in places) such as; Sandy's Choice (a sort of Jinsy's Got Talent, but with a dog, instead of Simon Cowell - a huge improvement if you ask me), PamEric (a Regency Melodrama that would have set Jane Austen weeping with despair), and Punisment Roundup (in which a disturbingly attractive dragged-up Harry Hill administers "mild electricals" to the island's recidivists - "So that's not good...") and The Wedding Lottery (whereby Jinsy's porridge-like gene pool is stirred).

Like so many good shows, comedy or otherwise, much value is added by the weekly celebrity cameo, so look for David Tennent, Catherine Tate, Jane Horrocks, Simon Callow, Kevin Eldon, Don Warrington, Nigel Planer, Peter Serafinowicz and Brian Murphy.

This is inspired stuff. Inspired by the genius of others, as has been noted, but truly inspired nonetheless. I would like to think that, one day, it will sit alongside them rather than beneath them, It also has the taste of Marmite as another reviewer has pointed out, so take a look on YouTube before you buy.
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Calculator Plus Free
Calculator Plus Free
Price: 0.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Laggy button response, 13 Feb 2014
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The fact that this is not a "scientific" calculator - a matter of some complaint in the low scoring reviews - is of no consequence to me. I didn't want a scientific calc and if I had, there are plenty of options out there in Appland.

Neither was I particularly concerned about precedence. All I wanted was a calculator that would do simple, single stage calculations so constructing long calculation chains was not a requirement.

What I did want was something that at least looked a little better than the calculator app that came ready installed on my Android phone.

Calculator Plus works well in all the above respects and the buttons and display are big and easy to read. Where it falls down is that it is so laggy. There is a noticeable delay between tapping a button and the number appearing on the screen - as much as half a second. That might not sound like much, but I find it surprisingly distracting. Worse, it doesn't seem to be consistent. I noticed it on the free version but wondered if it was something to do with the adverts that appear at the top of the screen, so I bought the ad free version and, nope, there it is. That darn delay. It also takes a couple of annoying seconds to load up when I start the app.

I'll go back to the free ready-installed calculator, I think.


Calculator Plus
Calculator Plus
Price: 0.65

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Laggy button response, 13 Feb 2014
This review is from: Calculator Plus (App)
The fact that this is not a "scientific" calculator - a matter of some complaint in the low scoring reviews - is of no consequence to me. I didn't want a scientific calc and if I had, there are plenty of options out there in Appland.

Neither was I particularly concerned about precedence. All I wanted was a calculator that would do simple, single stage calculations so constructing long calculation chains was not a requirement.

What I did want was something that at least looked a little better than the calculator app that came ready installed on my Android phone.

Calculator Plus works well in all the above respects and the buttons and display are big and easy to read. Where it falls down is that it is so laggy. There is a noticeable delay between tapping a button and the number appearing on the screen - as much as half a second. That might not sound like much, but I find it surprisingly distracting. Worse, it doesn't seem to be consistent. I noticed it on the free version but wondered if it was something to do with the adverts that appear at the top of the screen, so I bought the ad free version and, nope, there it is. That darn delay. It also takes a couple of annoying seconds to load up when I start the app.

I'll go back to the free ready-installed calculator, I think.


Sistema Porridge Bowl
Sistema Porridge Bowl
Price: 4.00

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superbowl, 12 Feb 2014
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I got one of these after seeing one in the tea room at work and it seems like an excellent idea to me. A large bowl type thing with a securely sealable leak-proof lid so you can transport hot porridge or soup safely. OK so it's not perfectly leak proof and you won't be able to carry it full in your backpack without leakage, but for MOST pueposes it's quite adequate. The lid also has a pressure valve so you can micro-nuke your brekky with the lid on, which saves on splashes and overflows and speeds up the cooking process. The bowl is quite big enough for a large portion of porridge or a can/carton of soup.

The stickers come off easily without leaving a residue. My only complaint is that I'd like a choice of colours.

Perfect for my hot breakfast at work.

I notice that some reviewers are having problems where the porridge boils up and through the vent hole. This has also happened to me, mainly when I try and cook a larger portion. For small portions it's not a problem. Now, I nuke the porridge for about 2m on a medium power, stopping to stir a couple of times. I then let the porridge sit, cooking in its own heat for a couple of minutes more. The results seem OK to me. Another tip is to use porridge sachets which I include lecithin in the ingredients. This helps to stop the porridge boiling over.


Sistema Soup Mug, 656 ml
Sistema Soup Mug, 656 ml
Price: 3.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Dahn't be a mug!, 12 Feb 2014
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I got one of these after seeing someone's Sistema Porridge Bowl in the tea room at work and it seems like an excellent idea to me. A large mug type thing with a securely sealable leak-proof lid so you can transport hot soup safely. OK so it's not perfectly leak proof and you won't be able to carry a mugful of soup around in your backpack without leakage, but for MOST pueposes it's quite adequate. The lid also has a pressure valve so you can micro-nuke your soup with the lid on, which saves on splashes and speeds up the cooking process. The mug is quite big enough for a can or carton of soup and it also works for micro-rice (see the photo I uploaded).

The stickers come off easily without leaving a residue. My only complaint is that I'd like a choice of colours.

Perfect for heated lunches at work.


Doctor Who : Complete BBC Series 4 [2008] [DVD]
Doctor Who : Complete BBC Series 4 [2008] [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Price: 13.80

4.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor goes forth, 12 Feb 2014
Doctor Who needs little introduction - a TV sci-fi series that started way back in the 1960's that ran more or less continuously until the late 1980's and was required Saturday night viewing for generations of British kids. It was notable for it's scary monster of the week theme, the changing title role, the Doctor's slightly ramshackle mode of conveyance and the variety of "Doctor's Companions". Sadly, it was also notable for it's limited budget, wobbly sets and man-in-a-rubber-suit aliens. However, despite its failings, it gained a special place in the nation's conciousness and is looked back on with fondness by many.

After a seventeen year break, the series restarted in 2005 with new writers, Doctors and companions and it has gone from strength to strength since.

This, the fourth series of Doctor Who continues Tennant's Tardis tenancy. It begins with another Christmas Special in which none other than Kylie Minogue steps in as the Doc's companion. Subsequently, however, the mantle is taken on by Catherine Tate as the inimitable Donna Noble. Kylie, I am afraid, isn't given the chance to develop her character much and is little more than throw-away eyecandy. Catherine, on the other hand, is... annoying. It's hard to say who is more annoying - Donna or the Doctor - but I would put my money on Donna. That said, she is a darn sight more interesting than poor old Martha, who looked good but never really recovered from being Rose's successor. Tate certainly stamps her mark on the series, giving a lusty, red-blooded, full-lunged performance that threaten's to upstage Tennant's Doctor.

The series comprises:

- Voyage of the Damned
- Partners in Crime
- The Fires of Pompeii
- Planet of the Ood
- The Sontaran Stratagem
- The Poison Sky
- The Doctor's Daughter
- The Unicorn and the Wasp
- Silence in the Library
- Forest of the Dead
- Midnight
- Turn Left
- The Stolen Earth
- Journey's End

I've moaned at some length about the series' inability to achieve escape velocity and actually leave 20th/21st Century earth and this one is no different. Even when it /does/ (e.g. Library and Ood) it may as well not have bothered. I've also noted that each season generally includes a couple of stinkers and a couple of jewels and again, S4 is the same.

The Library/Forest 2-parter is a good 'un by any standards with a creepy premise, plenty of peril and some mind bending concepts. Despite the apparently mundane location, the idea of a library the size of a planet is pretty cool and the head librarian nicely recalls Resident Evil's Red Queen. By contrast, Partners in Crime, with its insufferably cute fat-gremlins is just terrible and I felt compelled to skip forward to the next ep after an excruciating 30 minutes. The Sontaran 2-parter (Stratagem/Poison) is a bit 50-50, with great (and familiar to us old gits) aliens but again a rather mundane setting. And so it goes. Nevertheless the series is probably the best of the four to date.

One of the real joys of watching Doctor Who all these years after it aired is spotting the cameos - both established actors and new faces that have subsequently established themselves. So, keep a lookout for Colin (Merlin) Morgan, Chris (The Young Ones) Ryan, Tim (Thank you Darling) McInnery and Peter (the twelfth Doctor) Capaldi.


Dead Man's Land
Dead Man's Land
Price: 5.49

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All quiet on the Watson Front, 12 Feb 2014
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1915, The Western Front. Dr John Watson has come to a Flanders field hospital to demonstrate a radical new method for blood transfusion. The scale and savagery of the slaughter threatens to overwhelm his sensibilities but, when he is presented with a corpse that bears all the hallmarks of murder, and it becomes clear that the murderer has struck before and will strike again, he must spring into action, using all that he has learnt at the hands of his famous companion.

Since Anthony Horowitz's House of Silk I've been on the lookout for good quality Holmes homages, but it's surprising just how thin on the ground they actually are. This, however, is a real contender. Ryan has written a thrilling whodunnit/adventure that meets all the requirements of a good Holmesian tale... bar one - there's no Sherlock Holmes! Well, that's not entirely true but, after a friendship-breaking disagreement, Watson is left pretty much alone to solve this deadly mystery. I suppose that Holmes fans may be put off by that twist, but I recommend that they persist, because this is an exceptionally well researched tale and very nicely written. Ryan's diligence really comes through in the telling and there's lots of fascinating detail about WW1 trench warfare and about the treatment of the casualties that the Great War produced in such prolific numbers. The backdrop of Edwardian labour unrest and suffrage bring a three dimensionality to Dead Man's Land which make it an absorbing read. It did what few books have managed recently; it kept me awake well into the wee hours.

The writing is clean and competent albeit somewhat dispassionate and the characterisation is diverse and well realised. I wouldn't claim to be a Holmes fan - at least not a dedicated one - but I am sufficiently familiar with ACD's works that I at least am satisfied with Ryan's addition to the milieu. True, Holmes himself barely features, and when he does he is much diminished by age. That he has feet of clay may be a disappointment to his followers but Watson is dynamic and believable and I can't imagine that his fans will have too much to complain about. That Dead Man's Land has moved on from the traditional Victorian setting separates the story neatly from the main body of work, and gives Ryan room to play with the characters and to take a few liberties here and there. Nevertheless he reamins solidly faithful and it can be imagined that ACD would approve.

This is a compelling and enjoyable murder mystery and it is very highly recommended.

Look out for the sequel, The Dead Can Wait.


Revell - 04912 - Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I - Model Kit 1:144
Revell - 04912 - Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I - Model Kit 1:144

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Achtung! Spitfeuer!, 10 Feb 2014
The Spitfire is, of course, THE iconic fighter aeroplane of the Second World War and fought with distinction from the first days to the last (and beyond). Of course, it went through numerous upgrades and re-designs during its service and the F24 owed very little to the Battle of Britain warrior, the Mk1.

Revell's Micro Wings series provides a nice range of 1/144 scale models of a fairly wide variety of WW2 fighters. 144 scale is half the scale the bog-standard 1/72 which most modellers work in, so what you will get is, frankly, a tiny little kit. A 72 scale Spitfire measures about 140mm (5 1/2") in span, so a 144 Spit tops out at a piddling 70mm or 3". You might wonder whether this scale has anything but novelty value as a cheap stocking filler. Well, maybe, maybe not. The range is small (of course) which allows you to display maybe four times as many kits than you'd manage at 1/72. It's quick and simple to build, so you can concentrate on the painting (which is more satisfying in my opinion).

Above all it's cheap. You can pick up these kits in the shops for a couple of quid, so yes, the kits make great stocking fillers, but also very affordable presents to yourself. Do beware of Amazon Marketplace postage - I paid nearly a tenner for my Micro Wings FW190!

You may wonder about the quality. Well, don't. The moldings are rather lovely, with some fine engraved and raised detail and egg-shell thin plastic. The range is not a new one, so there is some flash to tidy up, and some filling and sanding was be required. There is no internal detail at all and I toyed with the idea of putting some into the cockpit area, but to be honest, it's barely worth it. The canopy (a fine little transparent molding) is smaller than a baby's pinky fingernail and you'd never see a thing. Best to just paint the inside black and leave it at that. With care, this built up very nicely indeed. SOme of the MW kits are a little short on accuracy but, at this scale, the Spit looks absolutely fine to me.

The Spit comes with a tiny decal set allowing you to portray a BoB aeroplane, but you will need to buy the paints; Dark Earth, Dark Green and Sky (and some very fine brushes!). The sky is for the underside, but I decided to exercise a little artistic licence and paint the 'plane with the striking black and white underside that was seen on RAF fighters very early in the war.

Don't forget the filler, masking tape and some decal setting solution (MicroSol and MicroSet).


Revell - 04919 - Messerschmitt Me 262A - Model Kit 1:144
Revell - 04919 - Messerschmitt Me 262A - Model Kit 1:144

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute, 10 Feb 2014
The Me262 "Schwalbe" was the world's first operational jet fighter. Its performance and armament gave it a huge advantage over contemporary Allied fighters, including the Gloster Meteor, and the type was attributed with some 550 kills. It suffered from a number of crippling setbacks: maintenance problems and fuel shortages during the latter stages of the war reduced its operational availability and Allied tactics were adapted to target the Me262 ruthlessly on the ground.

Revell's Micro Wings series provides a nice range of 1/144 scale models of a fairly wide variety of WW2 fighters. 144 scale is half the scale the bog-standard 1/72 which most modellers work in, so what you will get is, frankly, a tiny little kit. You might wonder whether this scale has anything but novelty value as a cheap stocking filler. Well, maybe, maybe not. The range is small (of course) which allows you to display maybe four times as many kits than you'd manage at 1/72. It's quick and simple to build, so you can concentrate on the painting (which is more satisfying in my opinion).

Above all it's cheap. You can pick up these kits in the shops for a couple of quid, so yes, the kits make great stocking fillers, but also very affordable presents to yourself. Do beware of Amazon Marketplace postage - I paid nearly a tenner for my Micro Wings FW190!

You may wonder about the quality. Well, don't. The moldings are rather lovely, with some fine engraved and raised detail and egg-shell thin plastic. The range is not a new one, so there may be some flash to tidy up, depending on the kit, there is no internal detail at all and some filling will be required. However, with care, the kits build up very nicely indeed. There are some questions regarding accuracy, but at this scale I feel that these kits look the business.

The kit comes with a tiny decal set, but you will need to buy the paints (and some very fine brushes!). Don't forget the filler, masking tape and some decal setting solution (MicroSol and MicroSet).

(photos uploaded)


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