VA Matthew

Signature: Matthew On the bench Airfix 1/72 Supermarine Swift FR.5; on deck Airfix 1/72 English Electric Canberra PR.9 & 1/72 Grumman Martlet Mk. IV.

Bio: I have been modeling off and on for the better part of the last 40 years. The first model built was with my Dad - Monogram's 1/72 F8F Bearcat - back in 1977 or 78. He still has that kit on his own shelf. My primary interests currently for constructing are 1/72 and 1/48 scale aircraft of all nationalities and eras, 1/35 scale World War II armor, and 1/350 scale maritime subjects of all eras. I think Airfix has down a superb job of trying to promote our hobby and hope to post some photos of my completed subjects in the future and maybe undertake an online build. My other interests and hobbies include jogging, American football, soccer, fishing, landscaping & gardening, tropical fish, barbeque, and taking road trips with the family.

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VA Matthew

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I use a small wrench on the cap end.  Acrylics can dry really hard - I have had the same problem with Tamiya and Gunze as well - Gunze really dries hard.

Matthew On the bench Airfix 1/72 Supermarine Swift FR.5; on deck Airfix 1/72 English Electric Canberra PR.9 & 1/72 Grumman Martlet Mk. IV.

VA Matthew

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Thank you!  Maybe worth giving them a try again.

Matthew On the bench Airfix 1/72 Supermarine Swift FR.5; on deck Airfix 1/72 English Electric Canberra PR.9 & 1/72 Grumman Martlet Mk. IV.

VA Matthew

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I am overall very pleased with the 2019 range espicially the Buccaneer (my favorite British aircraft after the Canberra) and the Hellcat.  If Airfix can make money through marketing Academy armor, that is very positive.  The old molds might make some disappointed but building the older kits is comforting and therapeutic.  I like particularly the Bulldog and Demon - using my more advanced finishing skills (compared to when I was a kid) should be fun.

Matthew On the bench Airfix 1/72 Supermarine Swift FR.5; on deck Airfix 1/72 English Electric Canberra PR.9 & 1/72 Grumman Martlet Mk. IV.

VA Matthew

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Hello.  I noticed that Humbrol Acrylics have recently changed bottles.  I was pleasantly surprised when (maybe 10 years ago?) Humbrol launched their acrylic range in the flip top pots.  They brushed and sprayed great when thinner with either water or Tamiya acrylic thinner - I got really good finishes.  The paint while thick, thinned and covered well.  Then Humbrol started producing the acrylic in screw top bottles while producing their own proprietary thinner. At first all was well but then the quality (in my opinion) nose dived.  Coverage with either hairy stick or air brush became horrible with beading the norm.  I tried washing the plastic, priming, and using Humbrol‘s acrylic thinner, but also other types to include adding a bit of dish washing soap.  No luck - just horrible beaded finishes.  Okay so long story short, do the new bottles indicate a change in quality or formula?  Has anyone tried them and what are your experiences if you did?  I guess it is really frustrating when one watches the tutorial videos from Humbrol and can‘t replicate the results anymore.  I am relatively skilled with using Humbrol enamels, Tamiya, Gunze, etc. so it really puzzles me why Humbrol Acrylics are so trying - especially after I had good experiences with the when they first lauched.  Thanks for any replies or advice!

Matthew On the bench Airfix 1/72 Supermarine Swift FR.5; on deck Airfix 1/72 English Electric Canberra PR.9 & 1/72 Grumman Martlet Mk. IV.

VA Matthew

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Coming along nicely.  I have this beuty in my stash and will be watching your build with interest.

Matthew On the bench Airfix 1/72 Supermarine Swift FR.5; on deck Airfix 1/72 English Electric Canberra PR.9 & 1/72 Grumman Martlet Mk. IV.

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