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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #495 on: October 15, 2015, 06:00:59 am »
Don't skimp on brushes Capt it's not worth it.

I've not tried the Humbrol brushes so can't comment but I always get artists quality brushes from an art shop (or WH Smiths art dept), not cheap but excellent value overall as long as you look after them.

I do have some of the Italeri brushes and the flat ones are ok and the round ones are reasonable but do go out of shape fairly quickly.

The product that has extended the quality life of my brushes is De Lux Materials "Brush Magic"
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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #496 on: October 15, 2015, 08:46:42 am »
I found the brushes included in Airfix's Starter Kits to be surprisingly good. They maintain their points (They don't include flat ones in any of the sets as far as I can see) for quite a time before they start to splay.
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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #497 on: October 15, 2015, 11:04:17 am »
Nearly all of the Humbrol paint brushes that I have got from starter kits are either size 4 or size 0 so I am going to be looking for a couple size 2 brushes as a happy medium between the two.

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #498 on: October 15, 2015, 03:04:03 pm »
Almost 11pm at  night  while I write this entry. Having a mug of tea and listening to the Moody Blues before adding the last 25 decals to the two models I am going to finish before I head off to bed.

Why 25 exactly? Well is should actually be only 20 but somehow a fuselage serial from the F-4 disappeared after it had been applied and I am sure it was under a coat of Future as well but it's gone  :o never heard of the Carpet monster taking decals off a kit before! The other 20 decals are the individual letters and numbers of the serial for the P.1121 as I don't fancy applying the rub down dry transfers that were supplied with the kit, not to say that the fuselage serials are white which is ok for an aircraft slightly earlier than I have portrayed but not for what I have managed to build.

I may end up taking the Beauty shots in the morning prior to packing the kits away for their trip to Glasgow but we will see at what time I finish the decalling and final coat of Klear where appropriate.

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #499 on: October 15, 2015, 05:53:24 pm »
Everything is as finished as it is probably ever going to be, beauty shots taken, edited and posted to the relevant thread. The models will be packed tomorrow morning prior to my spending most of tomorrow in Falkirk before heading to Glasgow for the show on Saturday morning. It's now 1:50am so I think I should get some well earned rest although I must say I did not exactly push as hard as I thought I might need to to get these two builds finished.

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« Reply #500 on: October 16, 2015, 06:12:54 am »
Well done mate  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #501 on: October 16, 2015, 07:23:44 am »
What ? Carpet Monsters are going after decals now ? That's a scary thought.....I've got so many old decals that need days soaking to come off the paper ( as I'm sure we all do ) they'll be treating the water-bowl like the wetlands on an African Savannah !

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« Reply #502 on: October 17, 2015, 12:03:02 pm »
Back home after the Glasgow show and feeling slightly worn out. Took a couple of kits to work on but never opened the boxes. Lots of nice ideas kicked around, dusted off and then kicked around again today. A short discussion at the end of the day while starting to pack up means that my next priority build will be another Project Cancelled build, not going to say anything else for now. I can also look at starting an entry for the BoB GB but as usual "anything can happen in the next half hour!"

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #503 on: October 26, 2015, 02:50:15 am »
Found the wheels from my G.91  :thumbsup:

Stuck on some low tac tape which in turn was stuck to a clothes peg. Looks like I was just about to paint the tyres but had a tidy up of the bench and they got tidied away as things do  :banghead:

Now I can paint them  ;D

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #504 on: October 26, 2015, 07:04:33 am »
Stuck on some low tac tape which in turn was stuck to a clothes peg.

That's similar to what I use.

Store do double sided sticky pads and a roll of double sided tape in a pack for guess what, yup right first time 1  ;D The pads and tape is padded and about 2mm thick so is ideal for attaching small parts to whilst painting and assembling. It's sticky enough to last through a couple of builds. Cracking stuff
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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #505 on: November 08, 2015, 03:16:23 am »
So I have not made an entry here for a while. Time to make another I suppose so I can express a few ideas and thoughts.

I was very happy to see that Airfix are going to release a HP Victor B2 towards the end of next year. A bit pricey but if you compare it to what you can pay for the old Matchbox/Revell kit and look at the CAD drawings of the new Airfix model I think it will be worth it. This in turn brings up the question "What to do with the older Matchbox/Revell Victor?"
As I have been reading up on the Victor in my copy of Warpaint Vol 36 a possible answer was to hand. Handley Page were also developing civilian aircraft based on the crescent winged Victor. So at some point you may see me attempting to build such a beast, I know that Thorvic has built one, but why should I not have a go?

Plenty of other things on the go once I get my mojo back. A couple of F-111's and my F-4L to finish are the priorities although an He-111 has snuck into the priorities list after talking to TsrJoe recently.

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #506 on: November 08, 2015, 03:41:17 am »
Well i built the HP-111C, the HP-97 airliners is a little closer to the Victor design, Other options can be found in the Aerofax book on the Victor or you could do like Duncan did and go with the HP-99 low altitude version.
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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #507 on: November 12, 2015, 04:47:31 pm »
Not been doing much other than looking at web pages for future and in-progress build reference material.

I finally managed to get a little recreation done on the computer now that KSP 1.0.5 is out.





And yes, that's a fully functional Space 1999 Eagle Transporter with several optional pods available. There is also the attack version of the Eagle as well. Time for a trip to the Mun I think

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #508 on: November 13, 2015, 06:05:26 am »
Very cool. And an attack version as well eh ? Wow.

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #509 on: November 14, 2015, 04:16:31 pm »
I'm going to have to stop thinking or my proposed build list is going to be very, very, very, long......

While mentally going through part of my stash that involves Lancaster's, specifically the modern versions by Revell and Airfix and contemplating the eventual disposition of those items into various real world builds, I know.... shock horror, I realised that I would have several sets of Merlin engines left over from converting my two Revell Lancaster's into both the predecessor and successor of the type.

So what to do with such a bounty of components?

Affix them to the old Airfix Short Sterling of course!

As I said at the start. I do have a long build list so this is just another idea to be filed away for future reference as well as to give others an idea to play with.

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