Dik Dolan

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About Dik Dolan

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    SME20/2
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    SME iv Lyra Dorian
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    World Designs phono3
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    World Designs pre3
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    Glasshouse 300bsep
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  1. Dik Dolan

    Model Kits

    One option if you have the display space would be to print out a pic or two of the close up details before it's finally nailed shut, to sit next to or behind the model. Maybe even one of those digital picture viewer things?
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    Model Kits

    1/20, so it's going to be pretty small. I think I read the finished model is about 190mm ish- that's hmmm 7 1/2" inches in old money. I know some folk just go nuts super-detailing kits like this: Adding brake lines, fuel lines, electrical wiring, stuff like that but my plan is to just knock it together as it comes, just to get my model mojo back.
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    Model Kits

    I appear to have accidentally started on another kit- NOT the bloody Bentley! I'm hoping this will be a nice simple straightforward build.... Not much to show yet, but hey, at least I've actually started. RA272.1 by dik_dolan, on Flickr I'm waiting for a bit of paint to arrive, so I don't know how soon the next post will be... hopefully not a year like my last one=)
  4. Treated myself to some retail therapy. Blown my life-saver savings on one of these https://www.jessops.com/p/nikon/af-p-dx-nikkor-10-20mm-f-4-5-5-6g-vr-lens-124944 FU depression, you will not beat me this week.
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    Random image of the day 3

    Nothing special, but my first test pic with a wide angle lens (Nikkon 10-20 mm) taken looking through my wavy glass bathroom window, with a little gentle cropping. wideangle window2 by dik_dolan, on Flickr
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    Coffee Ramblings and suggestions.

    I think the Aldi Italian coffee is pretty much perfect for me. It's cheap, very drinkable, not too strong, and I do 99% of my shopping at my local Aldi so it's very convenient... and it's cheap=) So far the Melita machine is great. It makes a decent brew of 4 mugs or so at a time which the thermos jug thingy keeps hot for a good few hours which usually means I only have to brew up twice a day. I very much doubt I'll be investigating other methods or coffees... I only want something faff free and easy, which this is. I do have some bags of Lavazza rosa beans but to be honest I prefer the Aldi Italian; It doesn't need the added grinding faff and to my uneducated plebby palate the aldi stuff is nicer to drink by the mugful.
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    Random image of the day 3

    spiderbum by dik_dolan, on Flickr
  8. Dik Dolan

    Coffee Ramblings and suggestions.

    I'm trying the Aldi French Blend coffee now, and...hmmmmmmmm. I don't like this much. It has a heavy, smoky taste I think. Are all French coffees like this? So far I like the Italian ones I've tried a lot more.
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    Coffee Ramblings and suggestions.

    A few random thoughts so far on 3 different coffees. Bear in mind my ratings are from a zero knowledge or experience level. The Asda house blend: my first ever "real" coffee. Nice, lots of proper coffee smell and quite a lot of flavour. 6/10. The Asda Italian style https://groceries.asda.com/product/filter-cafetiere-coffee/asda-italian-style-roast-ground-coffee/910002422663. The 2nd type I've tried and so far, my favourite. Stronger smell and taste, with a good kick. 8/10. Now trying the Aldi Italian blend ground coffee. It's rated a 4, but seems much milder than the asda brew. Less coffee smell and less taste. It's ok, drinkable, smooth etc, probably a decent all day brew. 4 or 5/10. It reminded me of Nescafe gold blend, but without the sourness and with more flavour.Edit to add: Just made a 2nd stronger brew and I'd raise my rating to a 6. Still not as much flavour or smell as the Asda coffees I've tried, but closer. Still only 3rd favourite so far. I also retried a nescafe original…. Tasted weak, much milder than any of the above, but with a nasty after taste. 2/10. At the moment I'm finishing each bag before moving on. The Asda Italian ground coffee is the nicest I've tried by far, so far.... which is a pity, because Asda is a much further walk for me. I do have some Lavazza rosa beans to try- they were on offer via an amazon seller, but even so are roughly twice the price of these coffees I've tried so far. The Lavazza will have to be something really special to be worth the difference over the Asda Italian... I'll find out in a few days (maybe). I'll also have to grind them. That's supposed to give me a fresher brew with more flavours so I read... but all I'm thinking so far is it will give me more faff and more options to mess it up. So far the experiment into decent coffee is fun and making a decent brew is easy, with not much faffing around- open machine, fit filter paper, spoon in 3 measures of ground coffee. Open top, pour in 1.5 pints of water. Hit "on" button and walk away. 5 min later, smell nice coffee smells, wander back in and pour out nice coffee into mug, add a bit of sugar and milk. Sorted. The jug keeps the coffee plenty hot for the next couple of hours and the next 2 coffees. I could make upto 5 mugs at a time, but by the time I'm ready for the 5th, it's not really hot enough. So for now it's 3 or 4 at a time. Edit to add: I just realised the wam has a separate section for "Food and drink", so if this is in the wrong place, please feel free to move or delete... but I wouldn't describe my random ramblings about coffee as worthy of mixing in those exalted realms of taste and decency=)
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    Coffee Ramblings and suggestions.

    Thanks David. The asda cheapo it a "3", and smells and tastes great. I do have a few others to try, from Asda and Aldi, including some Aldi unground beans, and Lavazza Rosa beans. Hmmmm grinding- another whole new world, of which I know nuffink. A Delonghi KG79 grindy thing arrived today. Looks like it should do the job. What's started as a whine about nescafe is slowly costing me a small fortune, but I'm slowly learning new stuff, and enjoying some nice coffee on the way=) I've seen some vids and links to kondo levels of coffee insanity... I'll not be going there=)
  11. Dik Dolan

    Coffee Ramblings and suggestions.

    Cheers Nick. Third day, and still on the first small bag of Asda's cheapest, not much left now, so looks like 2 x 225g bags a week at £1.25 or so each drinking about 8 cups a day. I've been brewing about 2 pints at a time= 4 mugs. The 4th one to my unsophisticated palette tastes exactly the same as the first, but a fair bit cooler. Still a nice warm, almost hot brew after around four hours... the thermos jug works well, and as far as I can tell, no stewing- there is no hotplate, it relies on the thermos only to keep the coffee hot. It will hold 5 mugs worth, but at the rate I drink it, the 5th is a bit too cool. There's an "Aroma selector" on the top of the machine, but from my brief testing I can't say with any certainty if it actually does anything... but that could just as well be me not having any taste buds that know anything but "coffee- good- bad-hot-cold" yet=) Looking forward to trying a different variety of coffee next, but I remain very impressed with the Asda brew.
  12. Dik Dolan

    Coffee Ramblings and suggestions.

    The Melitta arrived a few minutes ago. To recap it's one of these : I just followed the instructions, 2 full pots of just water to flush it through then I tried making one mug of coffee, using a measuring spoon thingy (8g allegedly) of Asdas cheapest ground coffee, this one: https://groceries.asda.com/product/filter-cafetiere-coffee/asda-house-blend-roast-ground-coffee/910002422773. First impression, trying it black, straight from the pot into my mug was lots of flavours. I'm not sure WHAT flavours, I have no palate for it yet, but it was nice, and hot, and strong. Maybe too strong. After half of the mug, I tried adding a bit of milk and sugar, like I used to drink nescafe, and it tasted.. nicer I think. Much nicer than nescafe, that's for sure=) Smooth and rich, and still maybe a bit too strong- but this is only my first ever cup of "proper" coffee- I have nothing else to compare it to yet. But I like it! Thanks for all the advice and warnings=) You were correct in saying I wont want to drink as much, this is much stronger than the crap I've had before. I'll try making a pot full later, with a lower percentage of coffee, see how that goes. So far so good! Edit to add: Just had a quick measure and it looks like it will brew and hold about 5 full mugs, which is good I think. Hopefully the thermos jug will keep it hot enough to last a good few hours. If I end up drinking half what I used to, then one full brew should last me most of the day- if it stays warm enough. Time will tell. It made the one mug full in just a couple of minutes. I'm very pleased so far. Cheers!
  13. Dik Dolan

    Coffee Ramblings and suggestions.

    That is quite probable, and I fully intend to continue my addiction to coffee, as soon as amazon send me my fixings. As I said, I've lived without coffee in my life in the past.... I didn't like it. Life's too short to do without what you like.
  14. Dik Dolan

    Coffee Ramblings and suggestions.

    But that would get in the way of my nicotine habit. Man taking drugs is harder than I thought. I'm off to snort some marmite. Hurry up amazon!
  15. Dik Dolan

    Coffee Ramblings and suggestions.

    Hmmmm. Well I do have anxiety and nerve problems, but that predates my coffee "habit" by many years. Maybe by now I am like the junky that needs his daily fix to feel "normal", which for me is usually nervous and anxious. I do know that going without coffee makes me feel crap, jittery, bad headache, bad sleep... and much worse anxiety, that only gets worse the longer I'm deprived... I went for several months without coffee a few decades ago and that was probably the worst I've ever felt. I don't want to do that again. Maybe I should just buy coke=)