Dabhand

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dabhand

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I haven't done figures since .....

Bought a set of 1/35 French, German and British 1914-18 figures and very nice they are too!

I use humbrol paints and would like to ask opinions on an appropriate colour match for British Khaki and French Horizon Blue.

I think H26 calls itsef khaki, but it's very brown and my impression of the uniforms that I've seen in the Imperial War Museum seemed more green.  The model manufacturers suggest a pale green, but I'm not sure about that.  

Having spoken to an enthusiast who was dressed in an Horizon Blue uniform, it did look, well, very definately light blue!  But the H65 is too light and too blue.  And H97 is too dark.  

Any suggestions?  I'll bet that there are specialist paint manufacturers who have apt shades, but I thought I'd ask first.

 

Thanks!

dabhand

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An interesting one.  For me, the internet is the place I go to get a specific kit and/or item.  The model shop is where 

-I buy Airfix new releases; just bought the Blenheim in Free French makings

-I generally buy something different, having to chose from a naturally limited stock; ought another Airfix BAe Hawk to complete in the red/white/grey scheme used before the black became the favoured colour

-the owner and I have a chat about subjects from the sublime to the ridiculous; he is not a modeller himself

-I buy my paints; I use Humbrol which meet my needs well

There is a place for model shops.  For me, it's the buying of kits that I'd never get otherwise.  The 'impulse' buys.  And do you know - it's these I generally complete!

dabhand

75 posts

on impulse i bough the airfix 1/72 curtis p40 tomahawk gift set for a 'quick project'.  nearly done too.

recent buys include the phantom and the mitchell.

dabhand

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..... the old airfix p40, was it labelled 'kittyhawk' back then, was a favourite with me and my mates.  we all had a few of them primarily due to the shark-mouth transfers.  was in that horrible silver plastic if i recall rightly.

the new airfix kit is very good isn't it?

generally speaking, i'm only aware that the fuselage beneath the rear canopy bits was as per the camoflague and as such, my kits are finished so.

interestingly, the 'gift set' instructs that the interiors be painted sand - but i suspect this is because that is one of the paints provided as i'm pretty sure they'd have been interior green.

dabhand

75 posts

..... back in days gone by, my air cadet unit used to go camping in snowdonia, north wales each year.  one of the things i remember most was being woken each morning by the roar of a low level jp5 flashing by.  hawks dont seem to pass as low [or as noisely!]

..... the old series 2 'strikemaster' used to feature an raf jp5 alternative scheme.

dabhand

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I remember when this kit was released.  Despite my friends and me being principally aircraft builders, the Vosper was a 'must have' kit as it's completion [and I don't mean to competition standards either!] was the mark of a good modeller!  Almost all of us got one.  Same for the RAF Rescue Launch.  The E-Boat was just a little too expensive.....

Ah, such days.....

dabhand

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Gone?  Long term residents of the shelves at my LMS I'm afraid....

... but my eBay sales of the half a dozen 'stashed' kits I had elicited quite a bit of interest.  But was this from collectors rather than builders I wonder.  

If it won't sell in the numbers required, it won't appear.  Simple commerce me thinks.  A pain, but there it is.

dabhand

75 posts

Don't take this as criticism, but I am surprised at how much the colours used differ from what I'd expect to see, even at 1/76th of the full size.

The Matilda sports a darker scheme than I'd have expected and the transporter a lighter one.

The two models are super for all that.  Especially the transporter lorry which is a challenging kit by todays standards.

dabhand

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Crusader; good kit, well made. 

Interesting about the rusting/non-rusting air intakes.  I bet that any crew/unit that let them go rusty would have caught a reprimand from somewhere!  Hence, my assumption would be 'kept in good order' and not rusted/otherwise corroded.

dabhand

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Just browsing, hence 'late' response .....

Were the High Chapparal figures the Cowboy ones re-boxed?

I can't remember the Tarzan ones at all!

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