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James Bisley

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Thanks Ratch for the tip. Mark 1 finger did the job.

I had already covered the thing with a gloss varnish (of dubiuos origin hoiked out of the cupboard) which was probably causing the problem.

I have recently been trying to apply exhaust stains to my current build. From any tutorials I have seen, they go on dry and a brushed in, but when i do this they just slide around and don't stain the aircraft. This is the same for scraped-up tamiya weathering powders and hard pastels.

Any tips?

Thanks

 

I'd give an arm and a leg for a finish like that Bod Laughing 

Looks great.

I struggle a lot with perfectionism and maintaining my concentration when things aren't going swimmingly. Sometimes its best just to think about the next model and things you are going to do better on it.

I am finally finishing off my Bristol Blenheim, and got to putting the decals on. After a couple of 'events' I ended up covering a lot of the model with some 'Acrylic Gloss Varnish' from the family craft business days. After the appearance of some gross brush strokes I decided to try and airbrush it. To cut a long story short, the stuff was too thick and clogged it up, so I thought I would try and take it apart to clean it. Inside, everything seemed to be covered in brown substance. Cleaned all this off (assume it to be dark earth but maybe its lubericant?) The cleaner was coming out of the nozzle at and angle so i removed the nozzle with the spanner and cleaned it out. Then..... tried to screw it back out but being the ham-fisted galoot I am screwed it too far and snapped it in half, leaving the thread stuck inside and the rest of it in an as-of-yet-undisclosed location on the floor of my room. So I am left with a broken Sparmax Max 4 that has only been used 5 times. Could anyone offer me any guidance as to what to to do? Thanks very much.

Just to confirm, is this the flat base you are referring to?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Acrylic-Mini-X-21-Flat-Base/dp/B000BWZU1G/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=tamiya+flat+base&qid=1601720663&sr=8-1

@Aad Gadgie

I've just got an airfix catologue, having recently started the hobby again. A few thoughts:

  • Wow. Such a lot of Lego.
  • Are starter sets all poorer quality than classic? 
  • What happened to all the 1:24 aircraft?
  • Where did all those 1:35 tanks come from? They look awesome!
  • Are vintage classics really vintage classics or is it just a name to cover up the age of Airfix's 1:72 figures and tanks?

Also can I just ask, can I mix 1:76 figures with 1:72 aircraft?

Hi James - 1/72 & 1/76 are pretty close, but a difference will be apparent if you place the models/figures of different scales close together, 1/76 being smaller.  Example: a 1" tall figure in 1/72 would represent a person 72" tall (6'), a 1" tall figure in 1/76 would represent a person 76" tall (6'4"), so a 1/76  figure of a 6' person will be shorter than a 1/72 figure of a 6' person This, obviously, also applies to vehicles etc. I hope this is helpful.

Also, I understand that the forthcoming 1/35 Cromwell tanks will be Airfix' own tooling.

Im pairing 1:76 vehicles with 1:72 people so it should be fine

Thanks very much for the help.

 Thanks very much

(Just being lazy here and not starting another topic), but is there a good value, large volume matt varnish equivalent to pledge?

I have seen various people on various build threads showing (for example) a fully assembled cockpit unpainted, then showing it painted. I understand how this would make assembly much easier and much cleaner (no globs of glossy poly cement over paint).

What I don't understand is how you could possibly paint such a detailed area? Should you use an airbrush? Even still I don't see how you paint the backs of seats etc, or anything that can just be seen but not accessed?

Appreciate any advice

I've just got an airfix catologue, having recently started the hobby again. A few thoughts:

  • Wow. Such a lot of Lego.
  • Are starter sets all poorer quality than classic? 
  • What happened to all the 1:24 aircraft?
  • Where did all those 1:35 tanks come from? They look awesome!
  • Are vintage classics really vintage classics or is it just a name to cover up the age of Airfix's 1:72 figures and tanks?

Also can I just ask, can I mix 1:76 figures with 1:72 aircraft?

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