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About lasermonkey

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  1. lasermonkey

    What music are you playing ? Part IV

    My wife and I did one of those charity 5K walks this evening to raise money for the local Sue Ryder hospice. In the past year first my mother and then my wife's mum were taken by cancer and both were looked after by the amazing staff at the local hospice. I would often tease my mum about her terrible taste in music, but there was one song we both loved, and I'm dedicating it to her tonight.
  2. lasermonkey

    What's flying over your house? Thread #2

    On holiday in North Norfolk at the moment and there have been Typhoons and F-15s making a whole load of noise for most of the day. Maybe *too* much noise ! And bits of tree.
  3. lasermonkey

    What have you purchased / been given

    As my two ancient bottles of Klear seem to be getting a touch thick and gloopy, I thought I'd get a couple of alternatives to try out. I bought a bottle of the Pledge Multi Surface Polish, a bottle of Humbrol Clear and a couple of rolls of Tamiya masking tape while I was at it. It will be interesting to see how the two compare with the Klear. I tried both the original bottles on the Canberra I'm working on last night. One bottle has been thinned slightly with water and gave a better gloss, though it still feels somewhat thick whilst brushing it on. The unthinned bottle gave a less glossy and slightly streaky finish. Maybe I should have given the bottle a good shake beforehand.
  4. What he said. Outstanding! Cheers, Mark.
  5. lasermonkey

    What have you purchased / been given

    I put in a bid on an Airfix 1/72 F-86D and no one bid against me, which was nice. That will be built as a Bentwaters-based machine, as I believe one of the kit decal options is good for that. Not the prettiest of Sabre variants, but I've never had this kit before and it's necessary for my East Anglian aircraft project.
  6. lasermonkey

    What's flying over your house? Thread #2

    A good day, today. First was a Spitfire 2-seater, then Tiger Moth G-AHIZ and finally a Waco biplane, possibly a UHC. Didn't catch the reg of that one.
  7. lasermonkey

    What have you purchased / been given

    I was quite pleased with the Humbrol Authentics set. It's what you'd call New Old Stock and is in surprisingly good condition for its age. I got it for £7.50 posted. The sad, paint collector anorak in me is well chuffed! The Fujimi Phantom arrived today and I was also pleasantly surprised with that. I hadn't realised that the Royal Edition kit also included some etched and white metal parts. The included Modeldecal sheet for the Alcock & Brown markings is complete with the options for Hawk and Lightning. It also has a couple of Aeroclub ejection seats which weren't mentioned. It ended up being even more of a bargain than I initially thought! Cheers, Mark.
  8. lasermonkey

    What have you purchased / been given

    Just ordered a few Alclad II paints, these being Jet Exhaust, Steel and their black primer/microfiller. I have actually owned five bottles of various shades for probably fifteen years or more, but always managed to find an excuse not to use them for some reason. Now I have some jets that are slowly nearing completion, I think it's time I bloomin' well got on with it. There's an F-15D which will be the guinea pig. I just hope I don't stuff it up too badly, as I'm quite pleased with the paint job so far! That will have some of the shades I already have ( aluminium and pale burnt metal) used on it, whereas the three Phantoms will have the new shades, once they arrive. I've used some Humbrol black gloss enamel (thinned will cellulose thinners) as the black base, over heavily thinner Mr Surfacer 1000. Once I'm confident it's fully cured, I'll have run out of excuses! Wish me luck!
  9. lasermonkey

    What have you purchased / been given

    A set of USAF Vietnam Humbrol Authentics. It has a few colours I don't have yet. In particular, I'm interested in their rendition of 34079. I remember it being darker and a touch bluer than is oft n detected, even in the FS595 charts, but at the same time, there are a large number of photos from the early-mid 79s that look an awful lot like the Humbrol paint. Well, it intrigues me, anyway!
  10. lasermonkey

    What have you purchased / been given

    I somehow seem to have ended up with another Fujimi Spey-engined Phantom, this one being the FGR.2 Alcock & Brown Royal Collection edition, complete with a Modeldecal sheet for the same, all for sixteen quid, plus postage. I now have the three Spey Phantoms I need for my East Anglian cold war project (for Nos 23, 56 and 74 Sqns) , so I really ought to rein it in now! Cheers, Mark.
  11. lasermonkey

    NF-4E 66-0289

    I'm starting to eye up one of the F-4Es in my stash for that very reason! Cheers, Mark.
  12. lasermonkey

    Fw 190D-9, Tamiya 1/72

    Now that's a tasty Dora!
  13. lasermonkey

    Best boot sale or other bargain model?

    Oh, I totally resemble that remark! My excuse is that, after a couple of decades of being a solely WW2 modeller, I have suddenly and unexpectedly become interested in Cold War jets and, not having any in the stash, I feel the need to get hold of some, much to the wife's chagrin! I can feel her rolling her eyes as I type...... Cheers, Mark.
  14. lasermonkey

    Best boot sale or other bargain model?

    All my bargains these days come from eBay. It's nowhere as easy as it used to be, as generally speaking, the prices being asked for second-hand kits ranges from "optimistic" to "I'll have some of what you're smoking". Having been to my first airshow in probably a decade recently, it seems like the same is true of the traders. I have a very limited budget these days, so I have to get the best bargains I can. This requires lots and lots of patience. It also requires you to check eBay more than is probably healthy, as sometimes a "buy it now" bargain pops up (such as the Valiant) and they don't last long! It took over two years of constantly being outbid before I finally got hold of a Fujimi Spey-engined Phantom for under £20. Funnily enough, I managed to snag another a month later. It's a combination of perseverance and dumb luck really, as a kit may sell for way more that you expected one day, and you may get an absolute bargain the next. Cheers, Mark.
  15. lasermonkey

    Best boot sale or other bargain model?

    An Airfix Valiant for £11.99 off eBay. I'm pretty chuffed about that one!