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    Post WW2 European civil aircraft .... and cats.

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  1. Effects of using Tamiya spray?

    Well it's still in Help and Support for the time being! Many years ago I took a trip (in the hippy sense) after using some kind of aerosol varnish, possibly Testors, indoors. I also had headaches for a couple of weeks afterwards. Overall it was a pretty unpleasant experience and I learned the hard way the importance of proper protective equipment. In my case there was absolutely no doubt that it was related to the varnish but your symptoms suggest there might be something else going on. As others have said, if it doesn't settle get medical advice. I regularly airbrush Revell Aqua but I'm hopelessly unscientific when it comes to ratios, pressures and stuff like that. I just thin it until it's about the consistency of skimmed milk, apply a quick squirt to an old model kept for that purpose and if everything is OK off I go. Although it's possible to thin with water I always use proper Aqua thinner for airbrushing and so far I've not had any problems.
  2. The Ten Commandments of Modelling

    Although I started the thread I've never built a Tamiya kit for the simple reason that they don't do airliners. Whether a kit is idiot-proof or not probably depends on how determined the idiot is.
  3. The Ten Commandments of Modelling

    Picked this up from the Glasgow IPMS Facebook page. A lot of good sense in it!
  4. Effects of using Tamiya spray?

    I think you'll find that the moderators will either delete or move this thread. Help and Support is for site-related issues, not for modelling problems.
  5. modern blue decals for twin otter 1/72 revell kit

    Out of curiosity what does "H&S" have to do with anything? Barra Airport is licensed by the CAA who obviously accept that the beach meets the necessary criteria for the safe operation of small commercial aircraft.
  6. modern blue decals for twin otter 1/72 revell kit

    There are no decals available for the Twotter in the HIAL scheme. Two Six Decals do British Airways as well as the Flybe scheme mentioned by Dave C. S&M Decals (available from AJ Aviation in West Drayton) do a few sheets but again not HIAL. If you're handy with the masking tape it should be possible to paint the basic HIAL livery using Two Six's vinyl window masks but that would still leave you with the problem of sourcing registrations, logos and "Operated by Loganair" titles.
  7. Hannants?

    Placed my most recent order on Friday, received it yesterday. Everything appears normal.
  8. Lancaster Crew Radio Recordings.

    I respect the bravery and sacrifice of those involved and it was a disgrace that Bomber Command did not receive a campaign medal. However there are legitimate questions to be asked about the military and moral justification of area bombing. It should never be forgotten that in the space of a week in Hamburg alone the Allied air forces (mainly the RAF) killed 42,600 civilians compared to the 28,500 killed by the Luftwaffe in London during the eight months of the blitz
  9. Revell 146-200 Manx Airlines

    Looking good so far Julian. It really is a lovely little kit. I have a couple in the stash but I still hope Revell will re-release it. In case you aren't aware, DACO produce what they call a "general Stencilling" decal for the 146/ARJ family. It includes decals for the natural metal areas (leading edges, ailerons etc) which work well and save a fair bit of masking. I don't seem to be able to post a direct link to the page but if you go to www.dacoproducts.com, click on "Skyline Decals Civil Airliners" at the top of the page then look for "BAe146/Avro RJ Stencilling" in the bar at the left of the page that will take you to it. HTH Dave G
  10. A330 Wingtip paint help

    I don't claim to have studied every picture of an A330 on the internet but the answer to your question is most likely yes. On most A330/340s with "non-grey" winglets (so to speak) the colour ends at the base of the actual winglet and the small portion of the wing which Revell include as part of the model winglet will be painted grey. The common layout is shown on this Dragonair example. Airliners.net has 48,995 photos of the A330-300 alone so there should be something to guide you!
  11. Whats on your want list?

    I'm not clear whether we're discussing things we want manufacturers to produce or existing kits we'd like to get our sticky mitts on. In the former category, a good injection moulded 1/144 Boeing 757 is top of my want list and I suspect it's the same with most airliner modellers. In the latter category, an Authentic Airliners 1/144 Boeing 747-400 is top of the list.
  12. Nearly missed this one. What a lovely model and a great series of photos of the little Russian jet in its natural habitat! It may not be the most beautiful or elegant aircraft ever built but it was tough and reliable and did its job well. There were even some sold to operators outside the Eastern bloc. I have an AWM kit in my stash and it looks beautiful in the box. It's in a totally different class from the old AZ Model kit and I'm looking forward to building it. Thanks for sharing. Dave G
  13. Cats, they're taking over. Part 2(?)

  14. New Toy

    What a beautiful bike in a lovely setting. I am overcome with envy. I expect to retire fully at the end of this year and I've been toying with the idea of something retro since I'll no longer have to do motorway commuting. My local dealer has a Kawasaki W800 with only 700 miles on the clock. I've been doing my best to ignore it but you've seriously undermined my resolve!
  15. What are you reading?

    Following on from Last Hope Island which I mentioned a few posts ago I've just finished Between Silk and Cyanide: A Code Maker's War 1940-45 by Leo Marks. I'd say it's probably the best WW2 memoir I've ever read - warm, humane, funny, gripping and deeply moving. It's incredible to think that Marks was only in his early 20s when the events he describes took place. After he left the SOE Leo Marks became a professional writer (he wrote the screenplay for the infamous 1960 film Peeping Tom) and unlike many memoirs the quality of the writing itself is a delight. I must try to track down a copy of London Calling North Pole by Marks's great adversary, Major Hermann Giskes of the Abwehr, to get the other side of the story