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John Laidlaw

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    A Brit abroad...
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  1. I have a dream...

    Yup. SOP for me these days is to cut through the carrier film (just the film, not the paper) around the transfer before dipping the item in water. That way swearing is reduced.
  2. Tamiya`s new Bf 109 G-6

    Beautiful... simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.
  3. New Tool For Cutting Tape Circles

    Many thanks for posting this, Ed!
  4. Weathering heresy

    The current weathering "fashion" is like a 10th generation photocopy of a photocopy, rather than an attempt to portray the prototype. It sort-of works when modelling current HAF aircraft, much less so for most short service life military machines (where they didn't get a chance to get too dirty/worn before being written off), and really not at all for display, research, and most civilian machines. That said, people should do whatever lights their candle... just so long as they then don't try to claim it's realistic when it clearly isn't. I love the "Spanish school" of painting style, as I feel it helps bring out detail in cockpits, for example, but it is in no way realistic.
  5. HELP! Matte Cllear Coat Dried WHITE!

    You're absolutely correct - my typing is worse than my handwriting these days. Many thanks!
  6. HELP! Matte Cllear Coat Dried WHITE!

    @Speedbird 48 - for brush painting, I'd recommend (just as others have) Winsor & Newton Galeria Matte Varnish. You can get it from places like Blick Art Materials: https://www.dickblick.com/products/winsor-and-newton-galeria-acrylic-varnishes/ If you need to thin it, use 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (Rubbing Alcohol), which you should be able to get from your local pharmacy. If you intend airbrushing it, then use 91-99% Isopropyl Alcohol to thin as there's less chance of it beading up on a glassy surface. If you prefer something else for airbrushing, I'd recommend Tamiya XF-86 Flat Clear, thinned with their X-20A.
  7. 1/72 Airfix Phantom

    Eduard are releasing enhanced detail/correction sets in March and April. I don't know any further details as to what's addressed, but I do know that I'm a little peeved about the omissions in the kit, and that extra money needs to be spent to bring it up to the same level of detail as kits from 25+ years ago. I find it baffling.
  8. Very nice work there!
  9. Panel variation creating adding filters

    Another alternative is Parafilm-M, which is a stretchy, sort-of-sticky film that's very gentle on easily-damaged finishes, such as most NMFs. Here's an article on masking canopies with it, but the same applies to an NMF: http://www.clubhyper.com/reference/usingparafilmda_1.htm
  10. RAF Dk.Green camouflage color

    Colourcoats enamels are the most accurate. https://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk/collections/colourcoats-air/british Here's a link to stockists in various countries: https://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk/pages/where-to-buy
  11. Jonathan Ross the Modeller

    "Rail transport modeller", according to this list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rail_transport_modellers
  12. RAM Models F4 decals

    This thread should shed some light on the current status, although no news is not necessarily good in this case:
  13. I'm probably very late to the party on this, but it appears SpaceX's newest drone ship will be named, "A Shortfall of Gravitas", and the previously-built drone ships are named, "Of Course I Still Love You", and "Just Read the Instructions". Splendid!
  14. Advice on most accurate range of enamels.........

    Colourcoats, then Xtracolor.
  15. Any other electric guitarists on here?