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About Killingholme

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  1. You can, and I have been usually quite successful painting very small detail parts with plenty of Mr Color levelling thinner, and if I was attempting a larger flat area, I'd possibly even use some retarder to give the paint time to sit down well. They're acrylic lacquers so they don't eat away at plastic quite like cellulose stuff, but you'd soon get in to trouble if you brushed them on neat. By the way- Halford's grey primer gives a decent enough impression of Dark Admiralty Grey RAF cockpits. Save yourself some time and effort and you can prime the whole airframe at the same time...! Will
  2. Thanks....
  3. I really rate this kit- it is unfortunate it got a bit of bad press for being 'snap together'. However, the one-piece canopy is a very valid criticism. It rather negates the addition of lots of lovely photo-etched stuff to the cockpit! I think good resin seats and a bit of careful painting would be more than enough in there! Good luck with the build! Will
  4. Cool build! How about this for an alternative history... Designed as a Cunard Passenger liner amid a period of generally falling Atlantic revenues, Project 'Q4' was supposed to be a light 55,000t liner capable of maintaining a 28.5 knot crossing but with half the operating and crew costs of the previous generation ships. It was intended that costs could be recouped by winter cruising, but the yacht-like design for the proposed Q4 limited cabin space (and therefore revenue). The project was heavily backed by the UK government who loaned all the funds for the Q4 project (in 1963 Cunard convinced the government that a 'Q3' project for a conventional 75,000t replacement for RMS Queen Mary was not viable). The keel was laid at troubled British shipbuilder John Browns yard in 1965. As the ship was raised on John Brown's stocks in 1966, Cunard decided that 2-class Atlantic travel was no longer profitable and therefore a slower, much larger single-class cruise liner would be a much more economical proposition. This reality was a disaster for John Browns who in 1964 had just launched its final Naval contract HMS Intrepid and was desperate for the passenger liner to sustain the company. Since then the company had been surviving on cost-even contracts. Clearly, the UK government would not come out of the collapse of the QE2 project well and made sure the project went ahead. However, despite all the consequences, Cunard pulled out of the QE2 project in 1966, leaving QE2's almost completed hull on the stocks. In the turmoil surrounding the cancelling of the project John Brown collapsed leaving the UK government to step in. The same year (1967) the soon-to-be withdrawn carrier HMS Victorious had been unexpectedly withdrawn from service due to a small fire. Coupled with the cancellation in 1966 defence review of the Victorious-replacing Fleet Carrier (CVA-1), the Navy had decided to abandon fixed-wing carrier aviation and pursue a smaller design. The existing QE2, sitting forlornly on the stocks, and now (to great embarrassment and scandal) re-possessed by the government, would not lend itself well to conversion to a 'proper' aircraft carrier, and coupled with the decision to abandon fixed-wing carrier aviation, the government decided that the ready-made QE2 hull would be an opportunity to sidestep their 'through deck cruiser' programme (estimated delivery 1972), and design a ship to operate a combination of Helicopter and a the future VTOL "sea" Harriers. The commodious hull of the former passenger liner also allowed a degree of assault ship conversion on the model of the Fearless-class ships, allowing a 'task force' deployment of Marines, helicopters and VTOL aircraft. Conversion was extensive and after a long hiatus too place between 1969 and 1972, aluminium superstructure being used to reduce top-hamper weight. The Q4 hull was launched in 1972 and after testing which sought to correct the rather poor seakeeping associated with the passenger liner hull under combat conditions, was commissioned in 1976 as HMS Queen Elizabeth...
  5. It's a whole lot less 'shooty', and probably not in print anymore, but Thomas, G. "Eyes for the Phoenix: Allied Aerial Photo-Reconnaissance Operations South East Asia" (Hikoki 1999) is a fantastic collection of stories, photos and colour profiles. Enough to keep a modeller going for years! Plenty of Dutch subjects in there too... Will
  6. Just done the same! Found this: Good luck with the build.
  7. "Bam" indeed! Will
  8. What an attractive scheme! Any more on the history? Were these ex-RAF Coastal Liberators? Will
  9. Thanks, but no thanks! I think it's perfect for the job, but I accidentally googled 'chinchilla dust' in front of my wife, so now I'll have to buy an enormously cute Chinchilla too... Will
  10. Hi all, How do you replicate sand in small scale (specifically 1/35). I'm building an amphibious tank used by Russian Naval Infantry, and quite fancy finishing it as a vehicle that has just rolled up a beach. Hence sand stuck in the running gear and tracks. Real sand is far too coarse, but pigments seem too fine and dusty. Any ideas?
  11. Cheers! that makes sense, presumably they have limited injection moulding machinery so they couldn't mould all those kits all the time. You've got to admire their work ethic and commitment to making new toolings- and committing to making the next one better than the last too! I bet they have a really focussed design office. Will
  12. excellent, excellent, excellent! This is real modelling. I learn a lot from your build. Will
  13. Feeling for you mate, Was the gloss coat still tacky? I made that mistake once and found the pigments in a watercolour wash (same principle) simply stuck to the gloss surface! My usual rule- if you can still smell paint, it isn't dry! Looking at the pictures it does seem quite localised- perhaps a 'panel by panel' strategic repaint? Post-it notes can be used to mask off individual panels without stripping off the surrounding decals (don't ask me how I found that one out either....) EDIT: Just found this info: "they are water based and so thin with water. The wash itself is made with an acrylic resin so that the surface tension of the wash behaves like a solvent-based material, but it has the benefits of clean-up and dilution with simple water" I suspect what's happened is the pigment in the wash has acted a bit like a solvent on a not-quite-dry gloss surface, and has actually melted into the top surface of the gloss coat, welding the pigment to the gloss coat. I suspect you won't have the same problem if you make sure the gloss coat is very hard-dry. Nice F-15 by the way, looks the biz and I reckon you could save it. If worst came to worst you could even do a full repaint and buy some aftermarket decals. Will
  14. I guess that one wasn't too successful then....!
  15. So is Modelsvit now a 'long-run' mainstream manufacturer? I as because I am sure when I bought some of those early releases they were billed as "only 500 made" and for a short while the SU-7B was indeed out of production and hard to find (I sold a spare one on ebay for a stupidly high sum!) Now it seems the 2017 catalogue includes all their earlier releases. Would be good to know as Modelsvit release kits quicker than I can afford to keep buying them. But I'm a sucker for laying kits down in the stash under the assumption they are short-run and will be hard to get hold of in a years time... Will btw- loving the choice of a TU-14!