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  1. Thanks for your kind comments, I might try the Artists Gesso idea: still got 8 figures in the box. I must say I am pleasantly surprised that anybody bothered to reply. Thanks again. Jeff
  2. British Paratroops Airfix 1:32 scale This is more of an experiment with painting soft plastic than a serious attempt at figures. I picked out 6 different poses from the pack of 14 figures. Cleaned them with detergent (office label remover) Filled in the dimples in the backs and filled and smoothed the moulding join line. Painted with acrylic paints. Comments on the Kit: Advantages, one-piece Disadvantages, not poseable, limitations of moulding mean some of the limbs are joined to the body where in reality there would be a gap. Sten gun muzzles are very fragile. As expected, even after
  3. I can almost hear the "turbines to speed" (or was it power?) on that Batmobile! Great work.
  4. vostok 1 Gagarin on launch pad at Baikonur, Mountford scale 1:1200 The photos include that unit of measurement of miniatures: a one pound coin. The kit is multi-media with a one-piece resin pad and terrain and several white metal parts for the rocket and gantry. I added a photo-etch "ligting tower" as seen in the few images available on Google. Most of the colour images from Baikonur are of more recent Soyuz or NASA cargo launches, with different colours and orientation of the gantries. All agree on a non-descript concrete/rust/sand colour for the terrain. My painting skills are not reall
  5. Thanks for letting me know that my Romulans are inverted! Oops! I don't suppose that in space it makes too much difference.... Thanks also for the image of the original AMT kits. As you say the Round2 re-issue is changed. The Airfix multiple stand would be a better solution. I'm afraid that as a kit looks more and more complete I tend to speed up and just grab at anything to "finish it off", I will have to learn patience. (But I am Homer Simpson's alter-ego after all!)
  6. amt 763 star trek cadet the original series 3 ships scale 1:2500 The 3 ships comprise: USS Enterprise, Romulan bird of prey, Klingon D7 battle cruiser Scale The photos include that unit of measurement of miniatures: a one pound coin. Is there a "bottom" in space? anyway here is the underside view: Comments on the Kit: Cute little models. Comprehensive decals are included. Display stand(s) are NOT included. Problems Poor fit: the tightness of the "snap-fit" parts is very variable. The Enterprise pods were sloppy and very difficult to align, the "V" shaped support was a very poor fi
  7. Thanks guys, Glad that the colour seems to be acceptable. As for donut sprinkles I might have to do a taste test on a real one or two to get an accurate colour sample!
  8. F/A-18 Hornet Mackit 1:100 scale Here's a wacky idea: a metal die-cast with plastic appendages sold as an unpainted kit. I bought this kit on special in 2004. Plus points: The completed model has the "heft" of a die-cast. The decal sheet includes options for US, Swiss and Australian aircraft. Plenty of plastic underwing stores are included, but no instructions as to which are appropriate for which nationality. Negative points: Stand model: no undercarriage is provided, nor are gear doors even marked on the fuselage. Parts fit is not good. In the absence of a grinding or milling machine
  9. Homer Simpson Heller 79500 no scale stated Background The assembled model is 175mm tall, which would give a scale of 1:10 if Homer is "really" 5ft 9inches in his shoes. Apparently Heller aquired the moulds of a vac-formed Homer and turned it into an injection moulded kit. Comments on the Kit: Advantages, a rarely seen injection moulded kit of a popular TV cartoon character. Disadvantages Poor fit: the vac-form heritage shows in very thin plastic parts with lots of gaps. The moulded recesses for the strands of "hair" are very shallow and do not seem to match the parts. Ditto the eye
  10. I visited Modelzone Portsmouth today. Kits are 20% off and Paints and tools 30% off. Apparently that shop is going to be open for at least a week. As it happens I don't need an airbrush or a compressor, but if I did I would be tempted by such savings, if a problem developed there would presumably be a UK agent to provifr support. Kits: Airfix and Revell are well represented, also some Dragon and Round2 (AMT/MPC/Moebius). I was tempted by a "Jules Verne Nautilus" but the £40 pricetag with discount was still outside my price range. My own feeling is that Portsmouth was probably part of the "o
  11. UDT 35 scale Revell the Revell kit has a long pedigree being first released by Monogram in 1959. In those days it came in multi- coloured plastic and was clearly more of a toy than an accurate model (the hull and frogmen will float). The most recent re-release in 2012 did not seem to sell well in the UK and kits can still be found, often at discount prices. Plus points: The kit is as much a set of figures with a boat as a boat with crew figures. Negative points: The fit of parts is not good. There are a lot of sink marks. The figures are not poseable. The facemasks of the frogmen are not
  12. Harbour Tug 108 scale Revell the Revell kit has a long pedigree being first released with the name "Long Beach" in 1956. It is often seen in toy and hobby shops, so it must keep being re-issued. Mine was produced in 2001 and had a little flash and some sink marks but nothing too bad. Plus points: The kit is moulded in bright red plastic and would make a colourful toy/model with no, or little painting. The crew figures are a nice touch. Negative points: The fit of parts is not too good. The red plastic makes painting a chore, especially light colours. Although the instructions show riggi
  13. I think this kit is good value for money. There are enough planes included that one can "fold" most of them and still have a busy looking deck. Before Modelzone went bust you could get an extra set of planes for £5.
  14. Revell USS Nimitz photo with the supplied aircraft: all have wings and rotors extended, which makes for a crowded deck. With a bit of work cutting and glueing, the same number of aircraft can be depicted folded. The difficulties I had with the kit were the superstructure, that seems to need several hands to hold it together while the glue sets. The decals, the instructions say to use decal setting solution. Humbrol Decalfix did not do a great job and I had to use white glue to stick down one or two that lifted. And there was the self-imposed problem of cutting the bottom off the hull,
  15. In response to Foxy's comment made about Deacon's Matilda Hedgehog here is my photo of a 1:100 scale model of a Matilda with add-on protection in the form of idler guards and steel mesh engine deck. The best reference I am aware of is a book: Paul Handel, Dust Sand and Jungle, RAAC Tank Museum 2003 Neither model is of great interest of itself. For your information: On the left of the photo is a quality castings metal kit of the 3" howitzer armed tank, unmodified. On the right is a battlefront resin and metal kit of the 2pdr armed tank with my add -ons.
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