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Airfix A01003 Curtis P-40B Tomahawk 1:72 Scale Series 1 Plastic Model Kit
Airfix A01003 Curtis P-40B Tomahawk 1:72 Scale Series 1 Plastic Model Kit
Price: £5.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent New Tool Model from Airfix, 30 Sept. 2012
The new management of Airfix is really pulling the stops out for modellers, this is one of a series of very good, affordable new aircraft kits.

The model goes together well, although it's a little over-engineered in the nose area, with separate parts for the upper and lower cowl, for some reason, but elsewhere, fit is good and the final model looks like a P-40/Tomahawk. Some, but not much, filling and sanding is required, mainly around the nose.

There's only one decal option, but more are available from after market sources. This model is better than the old Frog or Academy kits and a much easier build than the Pavla 'limited run' model, plus it's a lot cheaper: value!

Thank you Airfix.

Airfix A01004 North American P-51D Mustang 1:72 Scale Series 1 Plastic Model Kit
Airfix A01004 North American P-51D Mustang 1:72 Scale Series 1 Plastic Model Kit
Price: £5.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Airfix New Tool: Nice Kit, Great Value, 27 Sept. 2012
This is the latest in the new Airfix range of 'new tool' kits which replaces some of the old and dated models.

There are quite a few 1/72 scale P-51Ds on the market, including Academy, Hobby Boss,Hasegawa (now a bit old and pricey for what you get) and Tamiya (very expensive).

The kit has a good number of parts, with drop tanks, two canopy options and a nice set of decals, including stencils, for a 'Tuskegee Airman' aircraft. Detailing is good, with, for example, a nice and visible radiator, reasonable cockpit detail for the scale and a pilot which is much better than the old Airfix generic bods.

The only drawbacks are the heavily recessed panel lines, which will reduce with a coat of paint, and that there's only one decal option, but there are many after market sheets if you wish.

The kit fits together well, is easy to build, looks like a Mustang and is significantly cheaper than the competition: what more could you want, except the shelf space to build a squadron!

Well done Airfix.

Revell 1:72 Scale B-17 Flying Fortress
Revell 1:72 Scale B-17 Flying Fortress
Offered by MMP Living
Price: £19.71

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best B-17G kit by far, 13 April 2012
This is a new tool Revell kit, not to be confused with earlier efforts.

It has excellent detail for the scale, with a lovely interior, well detailed engines and undercarriage. THere are various options including bomb bay open/closed, and nose glass.

Also, and perhaps more importantly, it looks right. Fit of the parts is very good, with just a little filler needed on major joints. There are two decal options but many more are available from after-market suppliers if you wish. Colour schemes are either natural metal/olive drab or olive drab/neutral gray.

Instructions are typical Revell but easy to follow.

In terms of the competition, Hasegawa's B-17 is ageing but still looks good, although it lacks internal details and has raised panel lines. It's also more expensive. Academy's kit has good detail but the wing dihedral is far too pronounced and the Airfix model is very old now, with crew who look like spacemen.

This joins Revell's new Lancaster and Halifax kits as the models to have and like those kits, it's great value. I believe Revell will also release a B-17F version soon, the only problem with that is how to make room for all these on your shelf.

Highly recommended.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The 'Real ' Get Back, Maybe?, 2 April 2012
Firstly, this CD is a bootleg, albeit a very nicely packaged, well recorded and enjoyable listen. It's not a 'pirate' as the disc has not been officially released, and anyone who buys this will no doubt have a full official Beatles collection.

The story of the Get Back sessions is well known and documented, and was even the subject of a book. What you get here, apparently, is a compilation of material from the original Get Back sessions, as mixed by Glyn Johns, instead of George Martin or Phil Spector.

In this respect, this CD is similar to the 'Let Be Naked' official release, althoug it contains more material and 'bonus' tracks, mainly oldies such as Not Fade Away, Save the Last Dance for Me, etc. There's also a bit more studio banter, much of which is available on the official CDs.

There are 24 tracks, although many of these are warm-ups and mucking about rather than serious songs,which are mostly fun to hear.

Remember that the original idea for Get Back was that there be no overdubs, tracking etc, so in terms of arrangements, most of the tracks are very similar to the official versions, but usually a bit sloppier. However, they are still worth hearing. For example, there is a really good alternate 'For You Blue'.

Packaging is excellent, with a good quality sleeve with insert and liner notes (although there are various typos to remind you that it's a bootleg) and the famous 'EMI building' photo which was used on the 'blue' album compilation. The typeface is the same as on Please Please Me, and the liner notes even look official. The notes only cover two of the 'bonus tracks', but this information is available elsewhere.

Compare this to the original, long gone 'Kum Back' LP bootleg which had a white sleeve, no label and a piece of paper with a badly photocopied graphic.

The sound and production, which is why most people would look at buying this, is similar to 'Let it Be Naked': full and warm, rather than the slight 'tinny' acoustic of the Phil Spector Let it Be CD. On some tracks, Billy Preston's organ is higher in the mix and George's guitar work is more up front.

If you have all the official CDs (so that you don't deprive anyone of royalties) this is highly recommended.
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George Harrison: Living in the Material World [DVD]
George Harrison: Living in the Material World [DVD]
Dvd ~ George Harrison
Price: £5.91

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Enjoyable but not Definitive, 3 Feb. 2012
When it comes to the Beatles or ex-Beatles products, no-one can please everybody, whether it's on CD, in print or on film.

Unless this DVD were 10 hours long and featured the entire interviews with all the key people, thoroughly covered all aspects of his unique life and included all available unreleased film, it couldn't hope to please everyone. Indeed, for some people who are merely interested but not fanatics, it might even be seen as too long.

If you've read most Beatles related books, have all the albums and own `Anthology', there won't be that much fresh stuff in the film. There are some new interviews, such as those with Klaus Voormann and Olivia, which shed some new light on George the person, but overall, most of it's been heard or seen before. You'll probably find more interesting material on Youtube.

The film reminds me of the 1973 `Film About Jimi Hendrix' in that it's a collection of film and music clips, interviews and photos which provide a good `rockumentary' rather than a satisfying film experience; and, sadly, its subject is no longer with us.

Reviewing this DVD presents somewhat of a challenge:

* assuming purchasers are George Harrison fans, is there sufficient quality and quality of footage to present the story of his life (no). For example, far too much of the film is devoted to George Beatle;
* as a film, does it hang together and flow (no). Rather like the 1973 Hendrix film, it comes across as a collection of clips in which different themes are mixed up with each other;
* does it measure up to other Martin Scorsese music films such as No Direction Home and The Last Waltz (no);
* are there `holes' in the story about which need to be filled (yes, several, such as the key role of religion in George's life, his latter records and career, his relationship with Pattie etc);
* are the sound and picture of good quality (they're OK, bearing in mind the source material, although the sound level can vary even within the same clip);
* is watching it an enjoyable and moving experience (yes, although Concert for George has a higher lump-in-throat count);
* does not going ape over this film mean that you're not a George Harrison fan and no longer love his music (no).

Conclusion: if you're a Harrison fan, you'll want it regardless of its shortcomings and enjoy it as long as you don't expect too much. But it does keep you wanting much more.

Electric Ladyland
Electric Ladyland

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A ten star album in one star presentation, 24 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Electric Ladyland (Audio CD)
Electric Ladyland is one of Jimi Hendrix' great achievements and one of the greatest albums of all time...

But this edition is dreadful, with poor sound, the ''distorted ladies' album cover which Jimi hated and the truly stupid track layout of sides one and four on the first CD and sides two and three on the second. What was Polydor thinking?

I think this was the first CD issue of the album, it has a lot of hiss and doesn't sound as good as a decent LP pressing - subsequent single disc releases by Reprise (no longer available) and the Estate are far better and have the correct running order.

Avoid at all costs unless you really must have everything.
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Voodoo Child: Illustrated Legend of Jimi Hendrix (Penguin Studio Books)
Voodoo Child: Illustrated Legend of Jimi Hendrix (Penguin Studio Books)
by Martin I. Green
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice CD, but a Hendrix Comic??, 18 Jan. 2012
I thought I'd seen everything when I picked up this comic book, because that's what it really is. It's a hardback, with nice glossy paper and about 120 pages of well drawn but largely uninformative and fictional captions: skimmable in 5 mins, readable in ten.

However, the comic includes 'Jimi By Himself', a CD of six solo electric guitar demos and mostly unreleased material which is only available with the book. There are quiet, but interesting try-outs of 1983, Gypsy Eyes, Angel, Voodoo Chile, Hear My Train a Coming and Cherokee Mist (aka Cherokee Jam).

Sound is OK given its apartment demo origins, and if you can get it for a reasonable price it's worth tracking down.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII (Topcolors)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII (Topcolors)
by Tomasz Szlagor
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection for Spitfire Modellers, 2 Nov. 2011
Not so much a book as a decal sheet with good instructions, this publication from Kagero has code letters, serial numbers and nose art for a variety of Mark VIII Spitfires, in all of the common scales: 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32. As such, the book is only of interest/use to modellers of this famous aircraft.

The Mark VIII served mainly in Italy, the South West Pacific (including Australia) and India/Burma and was generally regarded as the best of the Merlin-powered Spitfires. It was certainly the most beautiful, with the pointed rudder and retractable tail wheel emphasising the aircraft's elegant yet purposeful lines.

The decal sheet includes markings, although not the national insignia, for fifteen aircraft and the book includes colour profiles for all options. National insignia will need to be sourced from the kits' decal sheets, etc. Schemes range from natural metal to desert, tropical, RAF and RAAF schemes. However, the decals are thin and need care in handling.

Many options have nice nose art, from a Kookaburra, dog, panther and elephant to a swashbuckling swordsman and a woman in a swimsuit.

Normally, when you buy an aftermarket decal sheet you get three or four options, and in one scale only, per sheet and would pay about five or six pounds each, so this is excellent value. The decals appear to be of good quality and accurate in terms of colour, for example, the RAAF elephant nose art is correctly coloured grey instead of the usual pink.

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Price: £56.10

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Winterland, 30 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Winterland (Audio CD)
Most Hendrix fans would be aware of the quality of these famous shows and probably have some tracks from the concerts on one or other LPs/CDs. The Jimi Hendrix Concerts, Live at Winterland and Winterland Night all contain some of the music from the concerts.

There's also a 'semi official' 6 CD release through the Michael Jeffery Estate called `Three Nights at Winterland' which is available from Amazon or other sources. I don't own this set and haven't heard it so can't comment, but it's cheaper than this official release and contains more music. Amazon reviews of this set are mixed.

With this official `Estate' release, the set lists include the rarely performed Manic Depression and Are You Experienced, plus Like a Rolling Stone, in which Jimi remembers the third verse, unlike at Monterey. The rest of the tracks can be gleaned from Amazon's helpful track listing.

The CDs show an artist of almost effortless virtuosity, a sense of humour and a band at the top of its form. There's necessarily some duplication of songs over the discs but I enjoy this because you can hear how the band sounded and played on different nights. For example, the version of Foxy Lady on disc four is quite unlike any other and a great listen.

Sound is full, with bass and drums further up in the mix than some other released Hendrix shows, perhaps in slightly `warmer' acoustic than the Alan Douglas productions of these shows. There's a real sense of being at a concert, with stage banter, amp buzzes and hums plus the occasional off-mic vocal etc adding to the atmosphere.

The material on the fifth `bonus' disc has already been released on Dagger, and is of reasonable soundboard sound quality. It features Buddy Miles playing on `Dear Mr Fantasy', a selfless Mitch giving up his place on the drum stool.

Packaging is good, similar to the `purple box' and West Coast Seattle Boy in format. There's not that much text, only two photos with Mitch in them and none with Noel: they were in the band, weren't they?

Should you buy this? If you are a fan: yes - the additional versions of Like a Rolling Stone and Are You Experienced etc are most welcome and well worth the damage.

If you're not a fanatic and already have Winterland Night - a semi-legal and elusive release from the Jeffrey Estate - you probably won't need to buy this. But you probably will anyway.

Art of Murder 3: Cards Of Destiny (PC DVD)
Art of Murder 3: Cards Of Destiny (PC DVD)
Price: £2.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Third and best instalment, 3 Aug. 2011
This is the third in City Interactive's `Art of Murder' series.

Like the first two games, the story involves Nicole Bonnet, an FBI agent, in a search for a killer, who this time stalks her and always one step ahead.

Graphics and character movement are realistic, backgrounds are nicely detailed well rendered. Gameplay is the usual mouse driven, point and click, combine inventory items etc. Most tasks are logical and sensible.

Like the first two games, this is linear and most tasks need a key item(s) before they can be done. In a few places, unless you have collected every item in a scene, you can't go back for them once you leave the scene and have to repeat that part of the game.

Cards of Destiny comes with its own PDF walkthrough, which is a nice feature, and you will need to refer to it a couple of times at least.

I got this for under [] and for the playing time (five hours so far) it's excellent value.

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