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About lasermonkey

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  1. What have you purchased 9

    Not purchased, but @Vicarage Vee of this parish kindly sent me the 527th Aggressor Squadron option from a Microscale set, which is very much appreciated. A true gentleman! On the same day they arrived, we had a message from our favourite holiday place, offering some free extra days, as there had been a cancellation. All in all, it turned out to be a pretty good day!
  2. What music are you playing? Pt III

    This from Husker Du. RIP Grant Hart.
  3. Shelf life of different model paints

    With the Lifecolour plastic bottles, there is no sealing washer on the screw-top lid. That may well be the cause of the problem!
  4. Another Hero gone

    With the greatest respect, rest well sir.
  5. Shelf life of different model paints

    The 100+ Lifecolour paints that went solid on me were first kept in my house, and then my insulated and heated garden workshop, so never subjected to anything like extreme conditions. I actually read about the issue on here a while back, which prompted me to look through the stash. That was a depressing day! Cheers, Mark.
  6. That's a rather handsome aeroplane!
  7. Shelf life of different model paints

    The oldest paints I have are Humbrols, most likely from the 1950s which are still usable, plus plenty from the 60s, 70s and 80s. I also have some Airfix, Gloy, Precision and Hales Pactra paints from the 70s and 80s which are still perfectly good. The Compucolour/DBI paints last well too. I've been impressed with my WEM Colourcoats. I have over a hundred in the stash, and only one (the Soviet WW2 Dark Green, I can't remember the designation) dried up (and I hadn't even used it), which I put down to bad luck. As far as acrylics go, my dwindling stash of Aeromaster and Polly Scale is still good. The same can't be said for all the Lifecolour paints I bought, and I bought a lot of them! Over less than ten years, over a hundred of them turned into a solid lump of coloured plastic, despite having been done up tightly. I maybe have thirty usable ones, which I have to keep an eye on regularly. It's a shame- I think they're great paints, but I really can't afford to have them go bad on me, so I've abandoned buying them. I found that the SNJ aluminium would go off quite quickly once you'd started it. I still have an unopened bottle which looks ok, so I'll probably wait until I have a whole load of NMF aircraft and do the lot at once! I also have four old bottles of Alclad that I haven't touched as yet. They look ok in the bottle. I've had these for a long time.
  8. What's flying over your house? Thread #2

    A T-28 flew over earlier this afternoon. The only interesting thing I've seen in days!
  9. I suspect that the solvent in the filler isn't able to boil off, as it has nowhere to go. I'd be tempted to drill a small hole or two near where the issue is, which should enable the solvent to evaporate. Cheers, Mark.
  10. Best and Worst Model Kits You've Ever Made

    @TonyTiger66 I most certainly concur with your assessment of the Roden He 111s. Several years ago I started their He 111C and while it superficially looks nice in the box, I soon came to realise that every single part seemed to be for a different kit! In the end I shelved it, waiting for a day when my skills might be up to the task. That was over ten years ago....... Dishonourable mention must go to the Academy 1/72 F-15D. Another kit where little wants to fit together. I've filled, filed, sanded, filled again and had to rescribe, and it seems like each new stage presents a new challenge. Even the Dragon 1/72 Ta 152 gave me less trouble! Cheers, Mark.
  11. Decal sets suggestion open topic.

    Just the one, unfortunately, and not easy to find either! I'm currently in the process of trying to sweet talk the Mrs into doing to artwork for some bort numbers, as I have no idea how to use Illustrator. I haven't tried printing onto white decal sheet yet, but I don't really have any choice, especially as Twobobs didn't see fit to release their Alconbury Gomers sheets in 1/72.
  12. Decal sets suggestion open topic.

    It's definitely time for someone to release a sheet (or two) of decals for 527th AS F-5Es based at Alconbury. Considering the wealth of colour schemes and complete lack of generic decals with which to cobble together the bort numbers, it's bound to be a best seller! It would also fit well with their current USAFE sheets. C'mon guys, what are you waiting for?!!!! Cheers, Mark.
  13. Airfix 2018

    It's probably wishful thinking, but one of Airfix's recent Aerodrome features was on the Shuttleworth Collection. Knowing that they have three Hurricanes, a Spitfire Vc, a Lysander, a Hawker Hind and a Demon made me more than a little hopeful. I'd settle for any of those in The Gentleman's Scale.
  14. Pet hates.

    I couldn't agree more. When I was about four or five, a dog made off with a chunk of my knee. A small chunk maybe, but enough to get blood everywhere and leave a lifetime of, at best, being incredibly wary of dogs. I've been bitten twice since and have had to deal with aggressive dogs more times than I could recount. And before anyone starts, no, I wasn't doing anything to provoke them! My wife is even more scared of dogs than I am, and on several occasions I've had to put myself between her and a snarling, slavering hound because the owner didn't have it under control. I don't think it's unreasonable to expect dogs to be under full control in public. We live close to a nature reserve, and there's a public bridleway that runs through the middle of it. There are notices which state that dogs are welcome to use the bridleway, but should be kept on a lead and are not to go onto the reserve itself.There is a surprisingly large percentage of dog owners who use the bridleway who think that their dog is special, and the rule doesn't apply to them. I've (politely) challenged errant dog owners a few times and am either ignored or am met with abuse. Let's face it, a nature reserve is a stupid place to take a dog for a walk. The clue is in the name! There's a quarry over the road from the reserve, and where they've finished with an area, they've handed it over to the RSPB to manage. There are signs which request dog owners to keep their dogs under close control from April-August, so that ground-nesting birds are not disturbed. Not one single dog I've seen over there has been on a lead. While it's true that some have stayed close beside their owners, the majority run riot around the site, chasing anything that moves. Then there's the nearby National Cycleway (Route 51, which follows part of the old Varsity Line). How I loved being hassled by loose dogs on a track specifically set aside for cyclists. I don't go any more. It's just not worth the risk. So no, not really a fan!
  15. What music are you playing? Pt III

    I've been listening to Roger Eno's Between Tides album a lot over the past few days. I guess you might call it minimalist classical, with maybe a nod towards ambient. It's a little melancholy, but then much of the music I like is! His previous album, Voices, is far more rooted in the ambient genre. And yes, he is Brian's less famous brother!