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Cowboy Western Special Gun Set - Kids Accessory Set
Cowboy Western Special Gun Set - Kids Accessory Set
Price: £3.51

1.0 out of 5 stars Not great quality, 10 May 2012
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I wasn't expecting much with this set and to be honest you dont get much of quality either. I actually bought the holster for use with another metal cap gun but the holster is flimsy, the belt stretches and is barely strong enough and the star - well you cant really get it fastened on anywhere because of the daft vertical clip design unless you have a kids shirt with a pocket I suppose. Overall its a very cheap set barely fit for purpose and nothing like the holsters etc I had as a kid myself which were proper leather not rubbish plastic like this. Still its very difficult to find decent kids cowboy outfits these days unless you spend a fortune, I guess you get what you pay for.

KombatKit 101 Die-Cast Metal Cowboy 100 Shot Cap Gun Toy Revolver European Made
KombatKit 101 Die-Cast Metal Cowboy 100 Shot Cap Gun Toy Revolver European Made

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gun, 10 May 2012
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This is a quality gun that takes the old fashioned roll caps. These don't seem to be as loud as they used to be but that could be just my failing memory. The gun itself is nice and heavy, perfect size for our five year old who loves it. But not the the handle isn't wood its plastic as far as I can tell, but it is very robust.

Rawhead Rex [DVD]
Rawhead Rex [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Dukes

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody scary!!!!, 8 April 2012
This review is from: Rawhead Rex [DVD] (DVD)
Happened to see this film once as a student and just the first ten minutes scared the hell out of me. Seen it since on TV and its still flaming scary every time I see it. This film probably has to rate as one of the scariest films I have ever seen, probably only The Omen beats it in my eyes. There are loads of good moments in this film. The first ten minutes like I say are really scary just if for the great contrast of the ideallic location and the monsters rage. Also the bit with the car where the kid gets nicked is really well done. And the fleeting view of the monster on the cliff is well done as well. And the attack on the campsite where you think oh yeah the monster will just disappear once the alarm is given - not a chance!!! So well done, so unlike any other horror film out there, so shocking, so surprising. I love it. Just dont watch it on your own late at night, I kid you not.

Wow! That's What I Call Christmas [DVD]
Wow! That's What I Call Christmas [DVD]

5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun DVD for the kids and everyone else, 19 Dec. 2011
We had this on video originally and threw it out. Then next Christmas we felt there was something missing and realised it was not having on this daft Christmas video. So we looked around and got it on DVD. Its a great DVD, the presenters are really funny. And the songs really get you dancing. the kids love it and its now become one of our families 'traditions' for Christmas. Definitely recommended!!

Battle Beneath the Earth & Ultimate Warrior [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Battle Beneath the Earth & Ultimate Warrior [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £13.75

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For boys with soldiers, 26 Aug. 2011
The reason I loved Battle Beneath the Earth as a boy and still remember it almost 40 years later is because the American soldiers all the same fantastic machine guns that my plastic soldiers had and as such I could recreate the battles with the Chinese or whatever they were with my soldiers. I remember there was a large nuclear type bomb invloved and the film was underground and thats about it.

I did see a bit of it on Sky a few years ago and I cant say its a great film but I guess it must have had something, much like At the Earths Core and The Land That Time Forgot, for me to have remembered these films for so long. If this film had Doug McClure in it would have been so much better I am sure. As it is its a one for 8 year old boys who want to see some exciting battles between American soldiers and some evil looking Dr.No-type bad guys.

HannsG 19" LCD Monitor HU196D, Silver/Black, Built-in 2x1W Speakers, 1280x1024 Resolution, 700:1 Contrast Ratio
HannsG 19" LCD Monitor HU196D, Silver/Black, Built-in 2x1W Speakers, 1280x1024 Resolution, 700:1 Contrast Ratio

2.0 out of 5 stars Screen is ok if you dont get harvest bugs!, 2 Aug. 2011
This monitor is a real pain when it comes to summer. Like most people our area gets inundated with harvest bugs when the wheat gets cut and the little sods seem to love my monitor. This monitor has massive gaps in the back for cooling and they head stright in and walk around under the plastic screen. Then they die and are left there - a black mark under the screen where I cant get at it. I now have about six or so dead bugs there and they are really annoying particualrly when you are trying to 3d modelling or flight sims where any rogue pixels are very distracting - is it an Albatross fighter honing down on me or is it just another harvest bug? Is it a rogue set of nodes in my model or is it a harvest bug. Sooo annoying!!!

So if I was you I would absolutely avoid any monitors with massive gaps in the back if you get harvest bugs (which is pretty much all of us except those in London I would guess).

Battle of Britain 2: Wings of Victory with free Battle Of Britain DVD (PC)
Battle of Britain 2: Wings of Victory with free Battle Of Britain DVD (PC)
Offered by marxwax
Price: £17.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Bugged but impressive massed battles, 13 April 2011
I had the original game that this version was based on, Rowans Battle of Britain, this is essentially a reworked version of that classic game. Some parts remain almost untouched, for example the campaign screens, whereas other parts are completely new such as the 3d graphics parts and planes models. However it is a reworking done by a small team of dedicated fans as as such it is a bit of a mess. I have all the latest patches installed and the game still crashes frequently, in fact its never been completely stable ever since Rowan's first incarnation.

The massed battles have to be seen to be believed - when the campaign shows a flight of 100 Stukas and 70 ME109s are heading towards you that is what you will see when you get up there in your Hurricane or Spitfire. The sounds, the swirling dogfights around you, it really is amazing to experience.

The campaign is a work of art, the Germans carry out their historical tasks according to their own AI and the British try to stop them. You can either control the whole war or just fly a plane. It all goes on around you whether you do anything or not. And you can swap planes mid battle so if you get shot down you can stay in the action.

The graphics arent great by todays standards, just acceptable but not great. Also the damage model is not great and the aerodynamics of the planes is not very good either - for example the Hurricanes and Spitfire refuse to slow down when you are landing even with no engine and in level flight you can go on almost for ever. There seems to be no drag or gravity.

Overall its a great game but the bugs definitely get in the way as they invariably crash the whole game. Also what with Maddox's Cliffs of Dover out now and getting better every week there is no longer much of a reason for buying this game unless you have a lower range computer or wish to experience the massed battles for yourself - because it is unlikely they will ever be representated as well in any other game.

Rise of Flight : Iron Cross Edition (PC DVD)
Rise of Flight : Iron Cross Edition (PC DVD)

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game, 12 April 2011
For WW1 air warfare fans there is no better game than Rise of Flight.

If you want to get ROF, get the Iron Cross Edition which has most of the decent planes already and will hopefully mean you wont have to pay much, if anymore, to get a reasonable playing experience from the game. But occasionally there is a sale on meaning you can get other planes etc for little cost. Certainly some of the other planes are well worth getting - the bombers are brilliant fun, and the Pup is superb for a flying experience, as is the Eindecker.

I have bought lots of PC games over the last few years and got a bit more than fed up with the whole gaming scene - repetitive games based on old formulae with lots of things wrong with them. Ive always liked flight sims but lately there has been nothing around worth buying. This game however is fantastic. I find myself playing it in wonder like I did when I first played EF2000 and Falcon 4. The multiplayer is great fun and unbeleivably every plane flies differently. The Pup is great to fly, the Camel is very difficult, the Airco is fragile and the Dr1 is so maneouverable, and the Gotha can only by flown by the rudder!

They are introducing a free new career campaign which does sound very interesting - along the lines of the careers in the old classic Red Baron 2 PC game.

Highly recommended game keeps getting better.

IL-2 Sturmovik Cliffs of Dover PC-DVD (UK VERSION)
IL-2 Sturmovik Cliffs of Dover PC-DVD (UK VERSION)

60 of 70 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bugged game but possibilities are great, 12 April 2011
Game is a recreation of the Battle of Britain by Maddox, the makers of IL2, which is a classic flight simulator and arguably the best WW2 air warfare simulator for the last few years.

The game was unfortunately released very bugged even after several years of development. Present bugs include: no radio commands; no force feedback; very slow framerates over the land (not the sea) on practically all computers; simple engine management has severe issues; no multi-core processor support; no SLI graphics card support. A patch has been released that addresses some of the framerate bugs. Also recently a few user mods have been released over the forums that speed up the game considerably at the expense of slightly lower quality graphics. The developers have promised further patches to deal with the slow framerate issues.

My computer is a dual core AMD 4800 X2 with 4GB RAM, ATI 4850 graphics card, Creative Soundcard and Microsoft Sidewinder Joystick running Windows 7 64 bit. On my computer with all the above patches/mods applied the game runs acceptably smoothly on medium settings (some on high) and is playable everywhere except over London which still grinds the game to a slideshow practically.

The game was released over Steam (a digital distribution site) so an internet connection and a Steam account are required to install and register the game, but an additional DRM system has since been removed by the latest patch. The boxed version includes a rather pitiful manual and a disk but you still need to download the game via Steam, so its practially pointless getting the boxed version as opposed to getting it directly from Steam (although it may still be cheaper getting the boxed version).

In terms of gameplay the game models the main aircraft types of the Battle of Britain very well you can fly many of them including the bombers and man the turrets. Complex engine management is possible for all flyable planes which models the radiators, mixture controls, throttles, etc (simple engine management is also possible but is quite bugged at the moment). The damage you do when you hit enemy planes is amazing to watch - holes in the wings, dead pilots/gunners, explosions, panels flying off, etc. Aerodynamically the plane representations cannot be faulted. The various missions are fun to play and two scripted campaigns are present.

There is no dynamic/semi dynamic campaign provided or even a random mission generator, so you are stuck with the presented missions etc at the moment, which considering the time the game spent in development is nothing short of amazing. There is a mission creator but it is not a simple task to operate it. There is no immersion outside the missions themselves and the campaigns are very dry as well. Its a real shame the opportunity to represent aspects of the Battle of Britain, such as ongoing pilot stress/exhaustion, supply effects and base destruction, were not modelled in the game. The game presently concentrates purely on the accuracy of the warfare and planes. Also the battles themselves are small affairs - tens of planes not hundreds, so in terms of recreating the Battle of Britain it falls rather flat. In fact the game is little more than a series of small skirmishes with a BOB background. However what it does it does very well indeed and it certainly surpasses all aspects of the previous IL2 games.

The development team is very dedicated and the game is therefore likely to be constantly improved and worked on over the next few months/years, so given time this game may become the new standard for flight simulations. Although Maddox have a great rival with the 'Rise of Flight' WW1 simulator, which presently provides a far more enjoyable gaming experience overall for WW1 air warfare fans as well as being far more polished than this affair. However for any WW2 air warfare fans, definitely consider getting this game but perhaps giving it a few weeks/months to settle down in terms of the bug squashing.
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Metric Handbook: Planning and Design Data (3rd Edition)
Metric Handbook: Planning and Design Data (3rd Edition)
by David Littlefield
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Neuferts, 12 Jan. 2011
I didnt have this book at Uni I had Neuferts Architects Data which I found far better. I bought this book because everyone else had it and was very disappointed with the size vs the lack of useful info. Its not that its a bad book its just that Neuferts does it so much better. Anyway either this one or NEuferts is absolutely essential for any architect or architectural student, they are expensive but you really dont have a choice.

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