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Tomjw

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  1. Oh bliss. A 1/32 Bucc. I'll definitely be buying that in November. An early Christmas present from me to me
  2. I think if you spray Alclad too heavily, it'll craze anything. I read somewhere that alclad had to be left for aboit a week before masking, so I tend to follow that advice and have never had peeling problems. All my bottles are old, mainly because I can't find anywhere to buy it.
  3. Hi Karl, Not sure about the primer layer, but it does sound like it could be a dodgy batch of Humbrol gloss black. Maybe you used one of the pots manufactured in China (or wherever it was) before Humbrol started bringing paint manufacture back in house. Just a thought. Cheers, Tom.
  4. I'm currently building a 1/24 P-51D and using a technique similar to what you're describing when using Alclad on your engine parts. I want the natural metal finish to look old, oxidised, faded and used, so I'm using Tamiya AS-12 Bare Metal Silver as a primer, followed by a random squiggled pattern of dark grey as a patchy pre-shade. I've the applied the alclad on top of that. Like you, I didn't want it to look flawless. Actually it looks great and will be weathered further using light earth weathering to fade the metal effect further.
  5. I've never used MRP Chrome, but I've heard great things aboit their paints and am looki g forward to trying them. Alclad is laquer based and goes on beautifully onto plain old Humbrol enamel gloss black. It's my go-to base coat for when I want a deep metalic look. I've never had any problems with any wrinkling.
  6. Yes and no . A gloss black base is essential for the high shine finishes, absolutely. But in order to get a deep finish for any of the other Alclads, a gloss black base works very well. I have also had great success with varying primers for different effects with the same bottle of Alclad. But whatever primer you use, the surface has to be perfect as Alclad will show up the slightest imperfection. Cheers, Tom
  7. Hi Karl, The 'official' advice is to use a gloss black enamel base coat for any high sheen Alclad II finish. People do use a gloss black satin base coat, but I've heard that the quality of the Alclad finish can degrade over time. I don't know what type of paint Halfords is, I'm afraid. I avoid Alclad's own gloss black base like the plague. As you allude to in your post, it didn't dry for me and it's a real pig to strip from the plastic. Hope this helps, Tom.
  8. An excellemt start. I'll look forward to following this. Cheers, Tom
  9. Just found this build. Your aztec masking is impressive. Insane and imoressive at the same time. Can't wait to see more. Cheers, Tom
  10. Fantastic job. Nice to see a Phantom in proper colours... Cheers, Tom
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    2019 Halifax Show

    Thanks Haydn. Basically the link has told me that it's going to be a seriously expensive day Cheers, Tom
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    2019 Halifax Show

    I'm looking forward to this one. Is there a traders list yet? Cheers, Tom
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