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About GranddadAl

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    Ramsgate, Kent, UK
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    Mainly modern aircraft in the larger scales(at my age the eyesight is starting to go a bit).

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  1. Morning. Are these any good for brush painting?
  2. GranddadAl

    Revell Cutty Sark

    Thanks Killingholme. It's on my wish list. Al
  3. GranddadAl

    Revell Cutty Sark

    I imagine the Revell 1/96 scale Cutty Sark currently for sale is a reissue of the 1959/1974/1997 kit. Can some knowledgeable person out there confirm or refute this please. With thanks Al
  4. Thanks for the tip for Windsor & Newton Matt varnish Phil. Used on my Airfix swordfish, worked a treat


    1. phildagreek


      Good stuff, glad it helped.

  5. GranddadAl


    Thank you Tzulscha & Levin. You're quite right of course Levin, I stand corrected.
  6. GranddadAl


    Thank you all for the helpful advice, I shall certainly take it on board. I've only used Humbrol matt varnish, both from a rattle can and with a brush, mainly because I live 5 minutes away from the Hornby Visitor Centre where I get 20% discount! Last time I used Humbrol Matt Clear with much the same results. It comes in a bottle and appeared to be well mixed. I should obviously widen my horizons, so I shall try the Windsor and Newton product on the Fairey Swordfish I'm presently rigging. Now where did I put that invisible thread.... Al
  7. GranddadAl


    Thanks for all your kind comments and helpful advice. I have used Microsol/set in the past, Darby, with good results on gloss surfaces. However I feel that glossing a neatly painted matt surface and then matting it again makes the original colours significantly darker and frequently the matt varnish ends up a milky white. I used Decalfix for the first, and so far, only time after watching a short video online, imaginatively titled 'How To Use Decalfix',Which shows the use of this to soak the decal from the backing and applying to the surface which has also had decalfix brushed lightly on. The claim is that this avoids silvering without the need for applying to a gloss surface, and those which I did manage to apply seem to bear this out. I didn't manage to get the lost one in the right place and shifting it about eventually destroyed it, Airfix are unable to replace these unfortunately. I have seen the white outline version Pete610 but unless you know a miniature sign writer it will have to stay missing.
  8. GranddadAl


    I'm somewhat diffident about putting this photo on here. It's my first attempt at an armoured vehicle and thought I might elicit some helpful criticism, Can only show from this side as I managed to ruin the 'GRIEF' decal for the other side. Has anyone else tried applying decals using only Humbrol Decalfix? I'd be interested to know how they got on.
  9. GranddadAl

    wooden decks

    That's a idea Nick. Thank you. I thought 5 groups of matelots doing the hornpipe maybe.
  10. GranddadAl

    wooden decks

    Thank you all for your help. The holes I referred to are indeed where the positions of the gun tubs for the KGV are marked. I have the POW and the Hunter deck has these five cut-outs marked quite prominently. I'll do my best to disguise them. Al
  11. GranddadAl

    wooden decks

    Thanks for your help Prowler. I guess I should have worked that out for my self. In point of fact there are five circular coutouts, three parallel just behind the breakwater and two more slightly further back, one each side. I've taken a photo and if I ever get to remember how to post it I will.
  12. GranddadAl

    wooden decks

    I have recently helped prop up the Chinese economy by purchasing a Hunter wooden deck for my 1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales, my first foray into warship modelling. The fit looks excellent, but I am all at sea with a couple of things as the instructions are sketchy to say the least, and hope you'll excuse my ignorance. Is the shiny film on the back, adhesive? If so how do I activate it, if not what adhesive should I be using. The are four round cutouts just aft of the bow breakwater but no correseponding fittings on the original deck. Any ideas how to disguise them? I'd appreciate any help anyone could give me. With thanks in advance Alan
  13. GranddadAl

    Humbrol Matt & Satin Clear

    Does anyone know if this is available yet! The blurb on the Airfix website says due on 9th. June I've just returned form holiday to see that it still says that despite it now being the 26th.!!
  14. GranddadAl

    Alternatives to Halfords Grey Primer

    Wilkos do decent grey and white enamel primers at £4.99 each. and whats wrong with standing in a bowl of custard dessed as a nun?
  15. GranddadAl

    Revell 1/32 BAe Hawk

    Hi Muzz, What a beautiful looking model, really first class Thanks for your info. I actually have the later boxing of the Revell Hawk T1A moulded in a nice light gey. Decals are supplied for a 74 Squadron or 151 Squadron aircraft and as I say, what I now know is the seal for the blast screen and the seal round the edge of the canopy are printed in a dark yellow. On all the photos i've seen of hawks and the close up view of XX315 I had last year this does appear to be grey. I have to bow to your superior knowledge of course but would far rather use grey than a lurid yellow. Looks like I must try to paint. Alan