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You don’t always have to splash out on high-end bottles when winemakers are producing such great-value ‘ready-to-wear’ wines under their second labels.

IN FASHION CIRCLES THEY’RE called

‘diffusion labels’, in wine they’re known as ‘second labels’, the range somewhere-close-but-not-quite-at-the-top-of-the-line, offering wines of a great pedigree but not always for the same high price. Different tiers originally reflected natural differences in quality. These days, they also depict varying prices, styles and drinking occasions. Second labels are those made by a particular winemaker which, for various and usually honest reasons, aren’t as expensive as their top-tier counterpart. Due to the trickle-down effect,

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T-55. Bruno Carsuzaa converts the 1:16 Hooben T-55A

Not wanting to confine myself to the WWII period, I was looking for an original modern subject. Unfortunately, modern tank kits in the 1:16 scale are very few, so when I saw the first photographs of the T55-A kit from the Chinese brand HOOBEN, I did not hesitate. This tank, thanks to its exceptional longevity makes it possible to model a vast number of versions from many different conflicts. Eventually I decided to model the Iraqi Enigma version because of its futuristic shape, its rarity and for the pleasure of making the additional armour from scratch. After several weeks of

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Specialising in the exceptional

5cm f /1.1 Nikkor-N Lens

The very impressive 5cm f/1.1 Nikkor-N lens was announced in February 1956 and was exhibited in Tokyo. The 5cm f/1.1 was a very radical lens for its time, consisting of nine pieces of glass, some of which were very thin split elements and others containing rare earth components. This stunning f/1.1 lens would reign supreme as the fastest lens made by the big four 35mm rangefinder camera makers, until the Canon 50mm f/0.95 lens was introduced in the early 1960s. The 5cm f/1.1 Nikkor-N weighed 12.25 ounces (355gm) and it could be stopped down to

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NATURAL SELECTION

Unique and eco-friendly, these distinctive pieces will create a stylish statement in your home

01 PAPER PERFECT

Designed by Debbie Wijskamp for Serax using recycled paper, these vases are versatile, strong, waterproof and sustainable, giving a new use to an otherwise throwaway material. serax.com

02 SUPER SISAL

Interfloor’s European Onyx black 100 per cent woven sisal rug with a 70mm-wide black leather binding is elegant and hardwearing — great for home or office. interfloors.com.au

03 PAPER CUSHION

Made by twisting together strands of softened recycled paper, Cuiora’s cushions are as soft as they are strong. cuiora.com

04 COOL STOOL

Wrapped

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MATCHES MADE IN HEAVEN

If the Beatles had a decent PA, would they have stopped touring? If Jimi had access to a modelling amp, would he have used it? Phil Harris takes a flyer and puts guitars in the hands of players who would have used them well.

All the thinking about the perfect marriage between person and guitar when putting together last month’s column on Peter Green and his legendary Gibson Les Paul Standard set my mind turning (no, it hasn’t come to a complete halt just yet, and for that I’m grateful). Now, both with my hire company and as a guitar

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Mass produced means better quality

Professor Bob Newman’s recent article on build quality ( AP 10 August) was certainly food for thought. I have always thought the term ‘build quality’ to be a strange one, and I am not even sure if it is grammatically correct. I prefer to use the term ‘well made’ rather than ‘good build quality’, and to my mind they both mean the same thing, although I am sure that some will disagree. If we have to use the term, however, my understanding has always been that mass-produced items generally exhibit the best build quality, because all the parts have to

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KNOW HOW

I met Juan Ramon (see photos at right) riding his front-wheel drive wheelchair in the town of Granada. He went zipping by in traffic. When I waved, he spun it around and zoomed up to talk to me.

It’s a 5-speed, or 15-speed if he shifts the top chain- wheel by hand. The pedals have been replaced by handles. The back part is a regular wheelchair. The front part attaches just the same way the front caster assembly used to. This hand-pedal wheelchair is a great design solution. Not only does it allow him to get around as fast as

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HONDA CBR900RR

Game-changers don’t come more fun and frolicsome than the first three generations of Honda CBR900RR FireBlade. But what made them so special?

The story of the FireBlade birth has been well charted and its place in the lexicon of modern classic motorcycles is assured, but it’s not the technical advances of the Blade that were really important (there weren’t many, if any) but rather the attitude that Honda instilled into the bike that made ii a real benchmark.

Think of the 1991 Honda range if you will… the Benly-esque CD250U, the NTV600M Revere, the Transalp: all solid bikes, but not

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HERES ONE I MADE EARLIER

We took on the task of making the Konstruktor, a DIY SLR kit from Lomography, to see if we could show you how it’s done, according to the timer

Setting up our studio table, equipped with video cameras and decorative strawberries and bunting, Professional Photographermagazine’s Art Editor Becky opened the tabs on the beautifully designed box of the Konstruktor and started the stopwatch. What was supposed to take a couple of hours maximum turned into quite the epic task!

The Konstruktor from Lomography is a build-it-yourself assembly kit for a working 35mm SLR film camera. Opening the box we found

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FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY RECORD IS GIVING AWAY A SPEED CLAMP WITH EVERY WOODWORKING VISE.

We’re making this great offer to introduce you to remarkable Record Woodworking Vises… the quality vises that defy comparison!

Remember, before you buy — always compare and you’ll insist on Record! You should ensure that the sliding jaw and body are finely cast from grey iron. And, these components should be precision machined on computer controlled equipment for consistent repetitive accuracy so you don’t have to worry about ‘getting a good one’. Look at the vise side-on. When fully closed the jaws should meet only at the top, leaving a gap at the bottom.

The steel main screw should have

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