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Dad Paul B

Signature: Paul - Classic Jet Fan

Bio: Started building kits back in the 70s from the age of about 7. Spent a lot of time doing wargames figures before coming back to styrene for a work project this year. Since then I have introduced my own children (5 and 6) to the delights of model making, planes only as we don't have enough surfaces for models so back to the ceiling, just like when I was young.

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Dad Paul B

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There was an Acrylic Satin Dark Green (163), not sure how much the shades differed.

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Dad Paul B

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It would be greatto see the full set available (I have done all three, though the Vulcan is the 1980s tooling). They then need a V-Bomber resupply set (AEC Mandator Blue Steel carrier with poseable lifters, trolley for Blue Steel/Blue Danube/Yellow Sun, a Yellow Sun bomb, simstart trolley, QRA caravan and the tractor already exists in the WW2 resupply set). This would make a great vignette, especially with crew and tech figures.

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Dad Paul B

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Interesting 'what if' project. Eric Brown's memoir mentions the West German F104 deal (he was the British Air Attache in Bonn at the time). He had persuaded his friends in the Marineflieger that the Buccaneer would be a good choice but the West German Defence Ministry wanted to buy a single model for the Luftwaffe Interceptor Squadrons and Marineflieger and plumped for the F104 (a dodgy choice for the maritime strike role).

Lockheed did throw in 'sweeteners' for the deal, including local manufacture. European Air Forces bought more F104s that the USAF and kept them a lot longer. They did have a reputation as death traps. On the UK side the Chielf of the Defence Staff (Louis Mountbatten) was very keen for people to buy Buccaneers while the RAF and Air Ministry wanted to kill it so they wouldn't have it forced on them once TSR2 and F-111 were cancelled.

Another interesting story

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Dad Paul B

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As previously mentioned the Churchill is fiddly and so is the Matilda. Most of the rest are reasonably easy, though watch out for basic butt joints on the Classic Tiger 1 (I expect the new version to be much better).

The vinyl tracks can be a pain as the age of the tooling generally means the pins don't fit easily into the holes on the other end and the joint can be fragile. The Cromwell avoids this by using styrene tracks and the only niggle with this excellent kit are the large gates on the components which go over the faces of some of the wheels and mar the finish.

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Dad Paul B

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The instructions were produced in 1966 when the kit was launched. For the boats I went for a lighter shade of grey (though I can't recall which) with tan for the bits that might be wooden or tarpaulin. Some other parts were different greys to provide a little variation.

Given how much the paintwork will weather while sailing you can be creative. Though the basic theme is Dark Grey Hull, Dark Green Deck.

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Dad Paul B

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Most paint manufacturers show some variability in consistency. I have had both Humbrol and Vallejo paints that have been runny or quite thick and in need of thinner. I use water for both most of the time (though I tend to favour thinner for primer coats). I am not sure why you are having issues with curing as acrylics tend to dry pretty quickly, especially when it is hot. It sounds like the thinner isn't evaporating very well, something I come across more with enamels (the old Airfix brand enamel often took days for the gloss finish to dry properly).

Try a test strip - neat paint, thinned with water and thinned with thinner on a scrap of plasticard for comparison.

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Dad Paul B

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I think you mean the Folland Gnat. I and my son have built 3 of these (Early FTS, Yellowjacks and Red Arrows). I don't recall a problem with the wing fit. 

I would suggest trying to find where the parts are fouling and gradually removing plastic until you get a fit.

It would help if you could post some pictures.

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Dad Paul B

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I have fond memories of building this one back in the 70s. I would love to see some photos of the finished product.

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Dad Paul B

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The old kits are a mixed bag. I got HMS Ark Royal for christmas (I had built it as a kid back in the 1970s and wanted to apply my current skills to it). It was still a good kit, though the detail is far below what is possible with modern tooling. The Halifax was more of a chore - a brilliant kit for its time but the tooling was on its last legs with lots of flash on the smaller components and transparencies polished to smoothness over the years removing all of the surface detail. Still came up well.

It is a matter of personal choice. I love the modern toolings as you can do so much with them but also do old kits when no alternative remains. I have done several of the old vehicle kits because I was building wargame forces and others when you need a particular subject and no modern version is available (in my case a 1960s tool Macchi C202 Folgore by an Italian company I had never heard of to go into a dogfight with my son's Desert Air Force Curtiss Tomahawk). 

A lot of the older stuff is ideal if you appreciate a challenge and enjoy scratch building things like interiors. But I favour the modern stuff. But will still consider the Vintage kits.

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Dad Paul B

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The flying hours have increased, though you can now go up to Series 9.

None of the material put out at launch mentioned the old discount so I assumed they had dropped that benefit. I haven't decided whether to join the new club or not yet.

Paul - Classic Jet Fan

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