DavidJC

Bio: 53, getting back into modelling, likes all forms of historic transport.

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DavidJC

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I very much look forward to that Barkfast. The 1/12 Bentley is a kit I always wanted but could never ever have affrorded (back then of course). Now I imagine the moulds are shot and it would take too much work that I'd be prepared to put in.

 

On a separate though realted matter. I can't even now imagine how such a small motor, even at 3V, would have had enough power or torque to have moved a great big heavy kit like the Bentley. An aircraft propeller beautifully yes, but that huge Bentley?

 

Did anyone ever motorise theirs and it actually work?

DavidJC

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Hi Barkfast, welcome aboard. Please note, however, the site does not support or advocate any sales of this kind. 

 

Thanks.

DavidJC

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Phil, whilst you are correct in your thinking, I believe the company to be called Aerocraft Models. I saw the mock-ups at Telford last year and I am very interested myself. I want to produce a Royal Navy trainer out of it, but will have to fudge the arrestor hook somehow.

DavidJC

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It's a great looking build and diorama.

DavidJC

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I use a variety of manufactuers' paints - Tamiya and Mr Colour Aqueous are my 'go to' paints but I have other brands too (all acrylics). On a personal level I just cannot get on with Vallejo Model Air at all and don't use them: they just didn't work for me any which way or how.

 

An airbrush would be an excellent addition at some point in the future, but you may need to save hard for a decent brand of airbrush and compressor, which is vital. Don't rely on the compressed air cans.

 

As to actual colour, I think we can get too much into 'accuracy' - but what is 'accurate'? Personally speaking I don't think we should beat ourselves up too much about not having the proper FS or 'official' colour since in real life paint weathers, it fades, it looks different in different light, each batch is bound to vary bit by bit. So far as my modelling goes, I will select a shade which, in my eyes, is close as I can get it. I know that can be heresy to some, but really, if it's a lemon yellow where there's a lemon yellow, where there's a dark grey there's a dark grey, for a sky colour there's a sky colour, for my own modelling, it suits me.

DavidJC

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They are nicely painted Tomek22. The only thing I might have been tempted to do is scrape the seam line off the arms of the figures, but I have to say they are nicely done. I don't seem to be able to capture the subtlety of tones/folds/shadows etc.

DavidJC

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I can't help on the roundel sizes sorry, but I do want to say they're lovely looking builds with the water setting and all.

DavidJC

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Those builds look so good, moreover, your daughter looks like she's absolutely loving buidling them. It's just so great to see.

DavidJC

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There's no reason why they shouldn't make 1/32 kits but I'd imagine they've done their market research and feel that it isn't viable. They'd be competing against other manufacturers for the popular models and they'd have to be popular models to be good sellers to recoup costs.

DavidJC

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For acrylic paints you can use kitchen towel or a cotton wool pad wet with surgial spirit which can be bought off the shelf from chemists. It's not dangerous in itself but it doesn't smell nice and can make a mess. so work in a well ventilated area and wear gloves.

 

For acrylics or enamels, Revell's Paint Remover is excellent. Again a wetted kitchen towel or cotton wool pad works wonders. Expensive stuff but it's really good.

 

In both cases, wash with non-aggressive bathroom cleaner and allow to air dry.

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