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  1. I have successfully used water to thin Polly S (and Aeromaster) acrylics. The Aeromaster paints specified distilled water as a thinner, though tap water works well too. These paints were the same formula. I found that they spray very well indeed and are the only acrylics I still use. Thin to the consistency of semi-skimmed milk and you should be good to go. IMHO these were by far the best acrylic paints and it’s such a shame they were discontinued.
  2. An Airfix 1/72 Mosquito (the new one) for a reasonable price off eBay and a Zvezda Ka-27P for a fiver, posted. Also the best chips I’ve ever tasted (from Seahawks, Leiston).
  3. The poet John Donne lived in the house next door to mine during the latter part of his life. The village lower school is named after him. In the churchyard opposite my house lie the remains of Flying Officer Alan Dunn Hopkin. Just after midnight on 10th July 1940, No. 59 Squadron, based at Thorney Island, sent a few Blenheim IVs on armed reconnaissance over France. Two of these had their radios go u/s and became lost on the return leg. Hopkin’s Blenheim exploded over Cardiff around 3am, possibly as the result of friendly fire. He and his crew must have been amongst the first casualties of the Battle Of Britain.
  4. Having stumbled across a Heller 1/72 Noratlas on eBay for just £12.50 posted, I decided it would be rude not to. I’ve been hankering for a Noratlas for a while now. I understand it’s not the easiest kit to build, but it’s not like there’s any alternatives.
  5. My favourite fuzz is a tweaked clone of the Monolith Oracle. It’s a Tonebender Mk 1.5/Fuzz Face derivative with very high gain germanium transistors and a modified Big Muff tonestack. Perfect for doom/stoner tones and on bass you can pluck a string and it just sustains forever! I named that fuzz the Flower Of Evil after the Electric Wizard song.
  6. Some “perfectly ripe” kiwi fruits that were in fact nothing of the sort. One was actually liquid under the skin and the other three too far gone. I hate wasting food, but I I’m also ridiculously fussy. Not a winning combo, I’ll admit.
  7. If you have it, Humbrol 149 isn’t a million miles away from Dull Dark Green.
  8. A Spitfire with clipped wings in the distance, so probably Shuttleworth’s Mk Vc AR501 plus a very unusual visitor: a P-36. That was a nice surprise.
  9. Blood Drive by ASG. No, I'm not a rocker by any stretch of the imagination. I'm far too much of a self-conscious, sensitive indie kid (albeit a 56 year old one). And ASG are considered Southern Rock, which makes me think of Lynyrd Skynyrd and, therefore, repels me. But, on Blood Drive at least, it veers from dumb punk to introspective, melodic rock, and I can get onboard with that. There's also a hint of earlier Sabbath in places and speaking of, I followed with Master Of Reality. Which is obviously about Stevia. ;-) Sabbath was the first band I became obsessed with. It's music for outsiders. As someone who never really felt like they fitted in anywhere, they spoke to me in a way that no other band I'd heard at the time did. Subsequently, the music I gravitated towards tended to be dark and/or melancholy. Think The Cure, Joy Division, Radiohead, etc. Tony Iommi is the reason I picked up the guitar. You'd never think so if you heard me, as I'm very much in the post-punk/dream pop mould, but occasionally, I'll pick up my tuned down to C# SG and murder a few Sabbath tunes.
  10. A Special Hobby 1/72 Kittyhawk Ia. Creative Models are doing them for £13.50 delivered on eBay, which I think is pretty reasonable. I've always had a soft spot for the Kittyhawk.
  11. Gorgeous! I absolutely love that colour too.
  12. A couple of miles away is Tempsford airfield. A few of you may have heard of it. Home to nos. 138 and 161 Special Duties squadrons amongst others, it was probably the most heavily guarded airfield in the UK during WW2. I have visited the Gibraltar Farm barn, where the SOE agents kitted up before their missions. It’s a sobering experience, for sure. Standing on the remains of the runways, one can imagine Stirlings and Halifaxes lumbering past, lining up for their takeoff runs. Or Lysanders heading off for Manston to top up with fuel for a long flight. The proximity of Old Warden and the Shuttleworth Collection means that there is occasionally a Lysander flying around, something that never fails to get me right in the feels (as I believe the young people say.)
  13. I just realised that I forgot to comment on the Air Graphics tanks. Anyway, they were miles better than the Pavla ones. I shall likely go down this route again when I need more. I also bought the practice bomb carriers, which I was also happy with.
  14. Shuttleworth’s Lysander flew over about an hour ago. I never get tired of seeing the Lizzie. With Tempsford being the neighbouring village, it just seems right to have a Lysander based in this part of Bedfordshire.
  15. After having had a mystery tune stuck in my head, I eventually managed to work out it was by The Stranglers and correctly guessed it was from The Raven. Considering it’s probably a good 25 years since I last listened to that album, that’s not too shonky. Anyway, I rectified the situation and the song in question was Dead Loss Angeles.
  16. A couple of the Haynes Owners’ Manuals, namely the Buccaneer and Spitfire ones. I paid just £2 each for them, and that included postage. I have no idea how the seller will have made any money from them, but there you go.
  17. Is it me, or does that canopy look more like the early Mk I windshield than the rounded type of the PR variants?
  18. The Infini Models Easy Cutting Mat Type B- the one with the circles. I found it to be 1: not very easy at all (the scalpel blade kept riding out of the grooves, which, IMO, are too shallow) and 2: the circles are actually a series of straight lines, rather than a smooth circle. I know some people like it, but I thought it to be a great idea, very poorly implemented. If they used a manufacturer with a more precise laser engraving device, it might have worked. As it is, if I want actual circles (which was the whole point!), I have to resort to my compass cutter, which I find fiddly, but not as fiddly as the Easy Cutting Mat. And yes, the seal ring on Tamiya Extra Thin is a pain in the backside.
  19. Some masks for my Airfix MiG-17F from Hannants. I initially thought it would be easy to mask the canopy myself, but my hands just aren't steady enough any more. To get free postage, I added the Modeldecal sheet with the non-operational Lightnings. There were just three left when I bought it, but it seems to be out of stock now.
  20. Looking good there! It's funny, with you not being a fan of the '190 and not being afraid of the challenge and me, very much liking the Dora Nine, deciding that I'd rather eat my own earwax (or, indeed, someone else's) than attempt this kit. Generally speaking, I don't mind a challenge, but not when it involves photoetched parts. I despise PE with the kind of passion I reserve for Marmite. *shudder* Also, being unashamedly lazy, I shy away from unnecessary work. Life's to short to spend time on bits that will never again see the light of day, and I kinda resent having to pay for the privilege of having those parts included. Yes, I'm looking at you, designer of the Airfix Wellington! Anyway, I'm enjoying watching this build. Sometimes it's more fun do do things vicariously. Cheers, Mark.
  21. That’s really nice. So nice, that even though the type never particularly interested me before, I think I might have to get one! Cheers, Mark.
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