Aye, so last time I wrote one of these was over a year ago... I'm still here and I still read any comments etc... that come through here, sometimes I might not get round to replying to them and then they get forgotten until a few weeks/months down the line.
So yeah, what's happened over the past year...
Interest in the show has waned to more or less zilch, mostly due to day-to-day distractions such as work etc... Enough to more or less keep me occupied and as a consequence away from the fandom. No problems or anything, but maybe I come round again in the summer or something.
Re-discovered my passion for model making, been quite a few years since I had built a model aircraft. The difference this time is that I have a stable income to actually support it kit/paint/equipment-wise. What has been posted is all the new ones I have built since getting back into the hobby and I have a load lines up and waiting to be built:
Airfix 1:72 Fairy Swordfish
Airfix 1:72 Hawker Sea Hurricane MkXII
Airfix 1:48 Hawker Hurricane MkI
Eduard 1:48 Bf110-G4 'Weekend Edition'
Eduard 1:48 Lavochkin La-5FN Limited Edition Series
The Bf110-G4 is a kinda special one for me... After a lot of digging and research on my Great Uncle who was killed during World War 2, I managed to discover the man who claimed the kill and the legitimate records towards that. My great uncle was a crew member in a Vickers Wellington MkX and was shot down and killed over Budapest in 1944 with one survivor. I've had great difficulty trying to find a decently priced Wellington MkX kit, but during my digging I managed to find out about the pilot that shot him down. His name was Wilhelm Johnen, a night fighter ace.
So I thought I'd try and get both of the kits and paint them/decal them to what they were when both Wilhelm and my Uncle were flying. There was also a book that I bought written by Wilhelm after the war called "Duel Under the Stars" which is a fantastic first hand account of the night fighting from the Luftwaffe/Wilhelms point of view and their opinions/feelings when they went up to hunt British bombers... I'd highly recommend the book.
So that has basically kept me occupied for the time being... Models and finding out a ton about both my great uncle and the man that shot him down... It's interesting