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mikey builder

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  1. Tirpitz advice for a new model shipbuilder

    Thanks for the replies, its really helpful to get the views of experienced modellers!
  2. Tirpitz advice for a new model shipbuilder

    Looking at the WEM deck kit, for £24, I assume this is supplied 'finished' and just needs applying to the standard deck?
  3. Tirpitz advice for a new model shipbuilder

    I've just got the Tamiya 78015 Tirpitz 1/350 kit. I'm looking at the comments re. errors as its based on Bismark, can anyone highlight the differences please? I once found a video of a build to put this right but just cannot find it again! The next thing I need advice on is the paint ref for the lower hull 'dull red' TS33, and for the deck TS68 'wooden deck tan'. Has anyone got the paint colour X refs? Don't want to pay £10 for a can of spray when I've got hundreds of tubs of paint from 5 makers, and 3 airbrushes.... Would go for a deck timber kit, again any recommendations? Thanks in advance, this is a great site for us 'born again' model makers
  4. 1/32 HK Lancaster

    Does anyone have any updates on the Hong Kong Models 1/32 Lancaster? Really want to get this kit! Lots of info online, its supposed to out by now, after big delays, but I cannot find one
  5. 1/48 Tamiya Lanc landing gear

    I was planning to use the standard decals, but if there's better ones available I'll get them: some tiny details on the standard decals are incorrect, I am looking for stencils or suchlike to mask up the fuselage and wings etc. to make painting easier! Also still looking for the kits to mount the correct bomb layouts: Ideally I'd like to keep the Cookie cutter but anything that matches one of the original ones will be great
  6. 1/48 Tamiya Lanc landing gear

    Thanks...I'm going to use the standard parts: the metal parts are slightly different size, and very bendy, as you found! I won't be buying any more soon, this kit for the Lanc cost over £20, waste of money Has anyone got a link to the kits to make the bomb bay true? I want the Cookie red brackets, 11x 500lb bombs and slips. if possible, thanks
  7. RAF Dk.Green camouflage color

    Thanks Graham! That's a big help, I need to repaint the RAF Blue equipment, that's for sure. I'm also adding an ambulance and hopefully a Tank that had a RR engine (forget the name right now!) and its this that would be painted in the Tamiya TS-2 spray I bought. I've got a large shelf set aside in my bookcase, which will hold the diorama, complete with LED lighting, it will just hold all the models, I hope!
  8. RAF Dk.Green camouflage color

    Tamiya AS-9 is the rattle can specified for the Tamiya 1/48 lanc 61105, which I'm building...for some reason I bought TS-2 Dark Green...which is correct? Might as well use them, even though I've now got airbrushes I'm building an Airfix 1/48 Albion AM463 3 point fueller, this states the body is camo'd in 30 Matt Dark Green, and 86 Matt Light Olive, these are both the same green! I'm building a diorama of a WW2 airbase, with other vehicles, the Lanc, Mk1 Spit, a Hurricane, and Mosquito. Sjould I paint all the planes the same colours? Also, some of the ancillary stuff is green/olive, and some is RAF Blue...its confusing!
  9. 1/48 Tamiya Lanc landing gear

    Hi, I bought a set of 'white metal' struts to replace the plastic, as I heard the latter collapsed after standing for some time. its a #48043 kit. I'm really struggling getting the damn things to line up! Has anyone used these before? Should I stay with the standard plastic parts? I'm building a Mk1 'Piccadilly Princess, is it possible to buy painting masks/stencils for the main upper body & wings? I've blown up the images to correct scale but its a nightmare trying to join up the sheets of A4 paper! Thanks, Mike
  10. Hi all. Get ready for loads of daft questions...!

    Hi Jim, Just joined myself, same as yourself, after a long break...like 40 years I have several models on the go now, and will be searching for advice very soon! This site is superb, caters for people like us, right through to experts, I've no need to search online any more
  11. 1/48 Spitfire XVI

    Look pretty good to me! I'm just learning to use an airbrush...and you are miles in front of me already! I keep getting pools of paint and cannot see why...I'll get it sorted soon, I'm sure its just practice needed
  12. Greeting from the Netherlands

    Hello there, just joined myself, I can see we have a lot in common! I'm 55 and built 100's of kits when I was younger, now looking forward to building more models, and taking the time to do them properly
  13. Hello from Manchester

    Thanks for the replies I've got a good few brushes but they aren't tiny: I bought a set of detail brushes that are supposed to be 5/0 to 20/0, but they are basically the same...think they are just cheapo ones. I'm looking at Sable 20/0 if anyone knows a decent brand I've recently bought a complete kit off a guy who was giving up, got hundreds of paints of all makes, 3 airbrushes including an Iwata Hi-Line, indoor compressor, cleaning tank, glues, the lot...everything I could ever need for ever, just learning to use the airbrushes now!
  14. Hello from Manchester

    Hi, Mike from Manchester here, recently got back into model making after 35 ish year break... Bought a 1/48 Lanc, as my Grandad built them at Avroes in Chadderton, and Manchester, I actually live in Chadderton very near the old BA Avro site. I've since decided to build a WW2 diorama, now added a Spitfire and a Hurricane, ground crew, fuel truck, all being built at once! Then I saw a cheap 1/48 Catalina, bought that, then treated myself to the big Airfix Bentley Blower kit. Just added a very rare Tamiya 1/6 Kawasaki Z1300, oh yes also got HMS Victory and Titanic waiting..and a modern Suzuki Katana and a Ferrari 360... Not buying any new stuff now, I'm slowly building the WW2 scene now, I have cut out the side of the Lanc cockpit as you can't see all the extra detail I've put in I have just one question: where can I buy the smallest acrylic paint brush? Struggling to paint the parachute harness straps etc. on the 1/48 figures
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