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John Symmons

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John Symmons

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Hi T.M.P.

I second your thoughts about the Ju 88, Airfix did one years ago but somehow I missed it, I think i might still have one in my stash, have to check. The only Ju 188 i know of was the old Matchbox kit, which i had to let go of recently. Hopefully Airfix will do a retool of the 88 to compiment their Do 17 and He 111 kits and hopefully they'll include the BMW powered one that very few other manufacturers seem to esque in preferance to the A-4 which is as common as jelly babies.


Remember we do this for fun                                                  John the Pom

John Symmons

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Hi Zuludog.


To answer your first question the answer is NO!  Do not mix Tamiya, which is an alcohol-based Acrylic; with Humbrol, Airfix or Vallejo paints as these are water based, If you do mix them you'll end up with a thick gooey mess that’ll be useless for anything.


Acrylics come in two variations, like Airfix, Humbrol and Vallejo are aqueous (Water) based and can be thinned and cleaned with plain tap water, although it’s always best to use the specific manufactures thinners for thinning the paint. I use Vallejo paints and have no problem in using them with a brush or airbrush if thinned. Same with Humbrol and Airfix paints, although the paints supplied with the various Airfix kits is usually of dubious quality and very thick. Most modellers throw it away, and use a better-quality paint. You say you use a brush; I hope your brushes are of a good quality, you’ll need decent water colour brushes, and if doing large surfaces, you’ll get better results with a reasonable wide flat brush, 8 to 15 mm wide should cover most uses for 1/72nd to 1/48th scales, and bigger brushes for bigger scales.


Tamiya paints are alcohol based, and can be cleaned with water but you’ll need the Tamiya thinners to dilute them otherwise they’ll go thick and lumpy. Meths and or methanol or I.P. alcohol can be used if you know what you’re doing, but I’d still recommend using Tamiya’s thinners. Personally, I have problems brush painting with Tamiya and usually only use them for small items and airbrushing.



One thing you’ll find with Acrylics is that they dry very quickly, this is especially so where I live (Cape Town). I always put a drop of retarder in the mix when I use any acrylics, this helps with not only the rapid drying, but also improves the flow without altering the covering power, although it can leave the dried paint with a slight sheen..


I’ve never used Mr Colour or AK (Which I believe is make also Meng paints.) but I believe they are also alcohol or solvent based, and therefore they should only be thinned with their own thinners. (Try smelling the opened bottle, you’ll soon smell any alcohol solvent.) I believe AK and Meng are very thin pains and could give problems with brush painting being mainly used for airbrushing. You might want to check out Flory Models web site, as over the past week-or-so they’ve been discussing these paints and how to use them. Also, there are many painting tutorials on the various web sites.


Changing from enamels to acrylics can be a bit of a learning curve so some experimenting might be called for, try and use an old model to experiment on before you commit to your current or new built. Good luck and hope this help’s, and would love to see some of your results in the future


Remember we do this for fun.                                           John the Pom

John Symmons

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Hi Frederick

Great photo of the 'Old Bill' and the figures really gives it some life. I doubt if the figures are too small, you might actually find them a touch too big (See the officer standing on the stairs and my post above.) All my grand parents were all rather short and even as a teenager I towered over them. Virtually all people I met from WW1 vintage were all much shorter than me.


Again a very nice model dioramia, and hope to see some more.


Remember we do this for fun                                    John the Pom.

John Symmons

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"Lets go to the :Lab & See what's on the slab." (For those two people that don't know. It's from the Rocky Horror Picture Show.") I've always wanted to do that since this forum started.


Even though I still have a couple of models waiting, since the lock-down in March to be completed, I decided to try and get my Mo-Jo back by starting the Rode Vomag with the 88mm anti-aircraft gun on the back. I've always done Roden kits with a bit of trepidation, as their construction and fit often leads a bit to be desired. I now have the engine and chassis completed, and the aft body and floor. The engine looks great, and is a real beauty, far better than their Opal Blitz one. So far the finnese and fit of the moulded parts has been excellent, (Very un-Roden-ish) Easily up to ICM quality. I can only think they've got themselves a new CAD program. If you see this kit, and are into 1/72 armour give it a try, you might be very pleasently surprised.


 Gives me hope for some of the new Roden kits I've recently purchased. I'll try and post a completed photo in the pandemic forum if it's still up and running.


Remember we do this for fun                                              John the Pom.    

John Symmons

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Hi Pair-of-pliers.


Luftwaffe ground crews were often refered to 'men-in-black, due to the black overalls they wore, so that's a no brainer, 'Balck is Black', to quote to rolling stones.. As for the pilots check though some Luftwaffer builds on the Aircraft forum, or Google WW2 Luftwaffer Uniforms and you should find many answers.


As an aside have you seem the Zvezda WW2 Luftwaffer Ground Crew kit you might find that very interesting.


Remember we do this for fun                                  John the Pom

John Symmons

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Hi DoubleD

Virtually all the new Airfix kits (The ones in the Red Box.) usually have the parts count on the side.  A fairly good way to see if the kit's a 'new-tool' or and 'Old-tooling" being re-released, is this parts count. If this count is in the 40 plus for a single searter it's almost certain to be a 'new-toolling', but if the p[arts count is sub 30 then it's an 'old-tooling'.

For example, the old vernerable Albatros DV re-release has 22 parts. (This dates back to the earlist days of Airfix.) Where-as the 'new'Tiger Moth has 42 parts, and the 'new' A6M2 Zero has 47 parts. (And-let's-face-it, you don't get much simpler than a Zero.) Fortunately Airfix are now re-releasing many of there older kits as Vintage Classics' and these can be from moulds over 50 years old. This is very useful in determining what you are purchasing. Unfourtunately Arfix are also re-releasing many of their old armour kits, were the parts count isn't a good indecator, as the old Churchill Tank has over 100 parts, if the scale is 1/76th it's almost certainly to be an old mould, so check the tooling date. Don't be put off by some of these older toolings as many are, even today, quite good fun kits to build. I personally can recommend the Opal Blitz, The fit of the bonnet is something I think Tamiya would be proud of. The new 1/72 tanks looks very promising, I might be tempted.

Hope this helps, and remember Google and Scalemates are your friend. Another good site, I find useful is Modelingmadness.Com, they have hundreds of reviews; maybe a bit awkward finding the actual kit you're looking for, but well worth-it.

Remember we do this for fun.                                             John the Pom. 

John Symmons

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Hi Tim

Very nice Buc, looks like you might have lightened the photos a bit.


I've had several models stalled for various reason not the least being lock-down. Hope you all are set free again soon. in the meantime keep safe, not only for yourself but your love ones.


Remember we do this for fun                                   John the Pom

John Symmons

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Somethng a bit of smaller animal armour, or horse drawn wagons. 1/72 scale


Both these kit I've shown on the new additions collunm. These are the WW2 German field or baggage cart, and the French  Napolionic baggage wagon both with two horses, made by HAT. The WW2 German wagon is moulded with glue and paint-able plastic, and presented no problems all I added was the brake leaver on the right side.I did think about adding reighs but eventually left them off. To much PT. The german wagon would look equally at home in a WW1 setting with approprate crew.


The French model was moulded in that rubbery polythene type plastic that no paint or glue sticks too. And as such I had to scratch build a new chassis from platic card. Each of the boxes contained three models so I built three chassis for the French models. the poly parts were  glued using my Acrylic tile cement (the same as i use for my sea scapes.) as it sticks to anything. There is no paint guides apart from the box illustration, I used a variaty of light browns, kahki greens olive drab and mid greys for the wagons. This was the first time I'd painted horses, a bit of a learning curve with some artistic licence. I think the French ones came out better after my experiance with the Germn wagon. All I added to the French wagon was some chains for the rear steps and the harness from the horses to the wagon pulling pole. these chains were made from silver thread (Same as i used on the RAF Rescue launch rigging.)  made into a single strand chain senet or plait. Add some black, gun-metal and or bronze paint and you have some fine chain. i thought it look quite successful. 


Not sure when I'll do the two others in the boxes, but they'll be useful for a simple none stressfull build some day.  Hope you enjoy the photos, as you can imagin these model are quite small. Enjoy.


The two wagons together.




Above the German WW2 wagon.

Below the French wagon.



Note the chains at the rear of the wagon.


Again chain at the frount of the pulling yoke.


More rear chains.


Thats it. You all keep safe and healthy.

And remember we do this for fun                                      John the Pom

John Symmons

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I must really improve my proof reading. Just gone to my posting and seen all the typos. Hope it wasn't too unreadable. I'll try better in future.


Remember we do this for fun                                John the Pom

John Symmons

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Hi all.

Just befor thr pamdemic her in cape town & befre my hospitalisationi had several models on the go, Like the air sea rescue launch,One I'd like to show is one of the Japaneese aircraft I was wading though at that time. These were two VERY old Hagawa kits. The Kawanishi H6K-6 long range flying boat. The other is the Nakajima G8N1 Renzan an experimantal four engined bomber., this kit was a Frog re-boxing of the Hasagawa kit.


These were kits I'd brought in England in the mid to late 60's. Both kit having raised panal line and rivetsand moulded in very dark very hard plastic (It almost felt like metal working with it) . The G* was an incredable tail sitter needing a vast amount of wieght to make it sit on it's nose wheel. Yhis was done by boxing in the nose wheel bay and trying to add some detail to the glass nose Both to help hide the 3 or 4 ounces of wieght I even added wieght inside the engin cowling. It did eventually sit on it's nose wheel after adding a bit more wieght. The Green i used was the normal Vallejo camflauge green, The orang under side was my own mixture. Normally for the undersides of Japanese aircraft i find Vallejo silver grey to be about right.


The H6K-^ Mavis was built OTB all I added was the rear cannon and replace the wheels of the rear beaching trolly as I'd lost one over the years also had the replace several bracing struts from being lost or broken.. The canopy framing was done with paintes decal sheet cut into tin strips. One problem i had was loosing one of the spinners and had to fashion a replacement from some old sprue. (See if you can spot which one it is.) 


Photos of two frogotten Japanese aircraft of ww2. hope you enjoy. First the Kawanishi H6K-6 Mavis followed by the Nakajima G8N1 Renzan.


This is a huge model at well over 50 centimetres wing span






Now for the G8N1 Renzen


Ab idea of the wieght packed into the nose.





Maybe I can squeeeze some of the single seaters in later, some very old Tamiya, Hasagawa, Matchbox all 1/72 scale.


Remember we do this for fun                             John the Pom


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