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About lasermonkey

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  1. Having only recently tried Colourcoats thinners, all I can say is that I wish I'd done it years ago. As Jamie says, there is very little smell, the drying time is incredibly fast (I've masked over it after just thirty minutes!) and if you have any thinned paint left over, you can decant it back into the tin with no risk of the paint going off. Of course, use cheap thinners for cleaning purposes, but IMO, the Colourcoats thinners are well worth the money.
  2. From memory there were two iterations of Gris Bleu Clair, the earlier being the darker one (as shown above) nad the later one being a fair bit lighter. I can't remember when the change over happened, but I believe that both colours could be seen during 1940. I'm sure I read about the two shades on Britmodeller, so it might be with doing a Google search of the site: britmodeller French Air Force colours (or variations thereof) and you may well find what you need.
  3. Being somewhat misophonic, I think it's fair to say the there's a lot more music I don't like than there is that I do. I'm quite demanding of what I listen to. It it doesn't affect my head or my heart (and preferably both) then chances are I won't have any time for it. Lots of people can just put Radio 1 or 2 on, but for me, that's pure torture. There are certain genres I really struggle with. Jazz, metal, classic rock, blues, C&W. There's always exceptions though. For instance, I've loved Black Sabbath since I was a kid. I've also recently got into a "doom jazz" outfit called The Quiet Temple and like some of Coltrane's Giant Steps. So what do I like? In general, things that mess with my head and my heart. The songs that really kickstarted my musical tastes were Ever Fallen In Love by Buzzcocks and Staircase (Mystery) by Siouxsie & The Banshees, both of which I heard in 1978, when I was twelve years old. So I started off with post punk/new wave, discovered Bowie, Neil Young and Hawkwind (I never thought of them as a prog band, as they were more in the vein of early Krautrock) and then Eno's ambient stuff, roots reggae, goth/shoegaze, power pop, electronic/IDM/downtempo, trip hop, minimal modern classical etc. Most of what I listen to is on the dark, melancholic side, which I guess reflects certain aspects of my personality but then I'm also a sucker for the summery power pop of bands such as Big Star and Teenage Fanclub. On more than one occasion I've been called a music snob, but I like to think of myself as discerning, at the risk of coming across as pretentious! This misophonia I mentioned before means that I find it very difficult indeed to tolerate music I don't like. But the music I do like, it's hard to describe how profoundly it affects me.
  4. Many years ago, back when I was a laser engineer, we had issues with an optical-grade epoxy adhesive which wasn't curing properly. Their sales engineer gave us some advice-once you think you have mixed it sufficiently, do that all over again. Having since applied that advice to model paints, I've not once had an issue with inconsistent finishes. I also use a modified IKEA battery operated coffee stirrer, passed through an old Humbrol lid that has had a small hole drilled in it. Knowing what I'm like, it helps prevent paint from going all over the place.
  5. When I had some house remodelling done a few years ago I took the opportunity to get a decent shed built so I could do my hobbies outside the house. I bought one of the Dunster House "Yankee workshop" style sheds and had it insulated (underfloor, walls and ceiling) with Cellotex and damp prof membrane to prevent draughts. All I use to heat it is a small wall-mounted electric heater. This is set to approximately the 9 o' clock position on the 750W setting and this keeps the shed comfortably warm in the cold months. I also have curtains for the Windows, as this also helps with heat loss though if I were to do it again, I'd go with a double glazed option. I honestly can't remember how much it all cost as it was part of a bigger project, but having a dedicated area for my hobbies that is comfortable to use has been a godsend. A few years ago we were planning to move house and the estate agents thought it was a good selling point, as it could easily be used as a garden office or play room as well as a workshop.
  6. Ok, I think I understand now. I had read that the SM was produced at the Gorky factory so had assumed that it would be the same as the later, Gorky-produced MF but, IIRC, these later MFs had various features from the Bis model that was currently being produced at the factory. So I guess it is the Moscow (fighter bomber) kit that I would need then? Thanks for the help, by the way. There's much I need to learn about the MiG-21! Cheers, Mark.
  7. Changing the subject slightly: am I right in thinking that for a MiG-21SM, all I need is the Gorky MF kit, or is there more to it than that?
  8. But I'm not sure it has. I'm very new to the MiG-21 and have been reading up on the different variants over the long, sleepless nights of late. I'm sure that one of the Hungarian MiG-21 experts wrote that the PF and FL versions had Fowler style flaps, while the PFM had different (equal chord top and bottom) flaps. If this is correct, I guess it would be possible to attach the "normal" flaps and fill/rescribe as appropriate, but it's possible that there may be more to it than that. Looking at the two sprues above, it doesn't look like a simple case of Eduard switching out the wing parts, should they feel inclined to release an FL. I guess what we need is for someone to do a PFM style replacement fin/spine part conversion? Again, I'm new to '-21s, so may well be wrong! Cheers, Mark.
  9. I thought I read somewhere that the FL also had the Fowler style flaps of the PF variant, so you'd need to buy both the PF and PFL kits, which is kinda an expensive way of doing it.
  10. I ended up buying the Royal Class combo. I got it for a good price and when you consider the huge number of options on the decal sheet (plus the other extras) it made the £36 price tag seem reasonable. Somehow, I seem to have ended up with nine Eduard MiG-21s so far this year! I'd be up for an FL version. I have some decal options on a DP Casper decal sheet that I'd like to use.
  11. I've been afflicted by a sudden and somewhat unexplained obsession with the MiG-21. I've bought ten so far this year!
  12. Barely different to the real thing! :-)
  13. I'll put this in a separate post as I think it's really useful to have. I scanned the SAM November '82 Spitfire feature and uploaded it here. Even though it's now quite old, it's still one of the best resources for early Spitfire information, especially regarding the various roundel combinations, equipment fit, squadron code usage and camouflage. If you're building a Spitfire, you could do a lot worse than read the article! Another useful, long out of print resource is the Ducimus Camouflage & Markings series, all of which can be found here. Not my work at all, but well worth a look. Hope this helps, Mark.
  14. Ok, what I could find out about K9998: Batch completed by 04/09/39. Finished in the A scheme with 2" black serials on the fin (none painted on the fuselage at this time). The fuselage roundels would originally have been a 15" type B, later replaced with a type A1, then a 25" (or possibly 30") type A in November/December '39. These were then adjusted to type A1 (with the yellow outer ring) in May '40, so a 25" roundel would the become a 35" (and I think the most likely candidate, in other words, the "standard" BoB roundel), 30" would become 42" and 35" would become a whopping 49", though some units, 92 Sqn included, often painted a thin yellow ring instead. I'd go with the "standard" 35" type A1. The upper wing roundel, as supplied, would have been a type B with a 31.2" diameter. Whether this was repainted or not, I don't know but I can't find any reference to K9998 having any major rework, so probably not. Underwing roundels (type A) were applied mid August '40. There doesn't seem to be any standard size or location, but as K9998 arrived with No. 92 Sqn on 02/07/40 you could leave them off for that period. Squadron codes were painted forward of the roundels on both sides ( 92 Sqn was one of the few that did this) , so on the port side it reads QJ@K and on the starboard side K@QJ. I don't know whether the serial number was repainted on the fuselage. As supplied, K9998 had the early "pole" style radio mast. No voltage regulator (the device fitted behind the headrest), so leave that off. As to the undersides, I think that Sky is by far the most likely colour. K9998 came to 92 Sqn from an Air Training Service and I don't think that any of these were in the regions where Eau-de-Nil or Sky Blue are known to have been applied. I haven't seen any photos of K9998 and if any do exist, it would be a great help if anyone could point us in the right direction. Otherwise, I hope the info above is useful enough to get a good idea of how she would have looked. References used were Spitfire The History, Fighter Squadrons Of The Royal Air Force and the Spitfire camouflage and markings feature in the November 1982 edition of Scale Aircraft Modelling, scans of which can be seen here. Cheers, Mark.
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