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  1. Thanks, John. The main thing about the two tone paint was that I gave it a good 24 hours to harden before doing any masking. It was quite easy doing the body colours as the joins between colours was hidden by the chrome strip but the seats were harder so I spent a lot of time making sure the masking tape was perfectly situated. As for the headlights, yep, I don't know what happened to them either. Usually I paint the inside of the lens and it comes out ok but with these (they were separate pieces) the clear plastic lens was quite thick and didn't have much depth inside. I think that is why
  2. Hi Everyone. It has been a while but I am still plodding along with my kit building when I can. Those who know of me will know that I usually like to add lighting to my builds but as there isn't any kits that take my fancy at present I am building some kits without lighting. This is my latest project, the 1:25 scale Revell '55 Chevy Indy Pace Car. I'm not really into highly polished showroom cars but one thing that always gets our attention is all of the chrome parts that these kits usually have and this is one of those kits. I believe that it must be an old moulding or something as on
  3. Sorry to hear about your kid but if your Lifeboat brought him/her some pleasure then maybe it was worth the sacrifice? The only problems I had when I was a kid was that my mother thought that she could use the duster on all my builds............Several mysteriously 'went missing'.........
  4. Thanks, Major E. I'm sure that your build is just as good but I think it is more about the enjoyment you get out of the build rather than the quality. As long as you are proud of your build, that is the main thing.
  5. Hi Dave No problem. The information that you posted is very useful and has decided once and for all the many queries about whether it was a new kit or just the old one re-boxed. Like you I didn't quite follow the sequence in the plan and used previous experience to foresee any problems, which helped a lot. I really love the plastic that Airfix uses as it has flexibility whereas with other makers you only have to bend a thin part slightly and it snaps. Thank for your comments and I'm glad to have your input and good luck with the hands and eyes (I know the feeling well).
  6. Thanks, Pat. I've seen some amazing scenario's that people have created with this kit, such as docks, helicopter rescue, etc.
  7. Hi Paul. It really is a nice kit to do but be sure to get the one where the Lifeboat is facing to the right on the box art. Thanks, Murdo. Appreciate it.
  8. Thanks, Beefy. I always appreciate people taking the time to post comments. I'm glad that you said about the problems that you had with your build. I've been having a discussion with Chewbacca above about whether this kit with the new box art was an improved version or not. There seems to be very little written on it other than the problems people had with the old one. I found that the cabin was easy to remove to view the internal parts and put back on again, with a perfect fit and others had said that it was not possible without modifying the frame. I seem to remember that most of their pro
  9. You're welcome. I did have to do a lot of searching I must admit. The main complaints I saw were that the cabin and other sections didn't line up and a lot of filler had to be used to bridge the gaps but I had no problems with everything fitting. Thanks again for your kind comments.
  10. Thanks, Steve. I really appreciate your kind comments, especially as an ex fire fighter. I really wish these kit makers would bring out some of the British fire trucks from the past and present. This build is among the first that I added lighting to and also the first where I attempted to create my own decals. Basically I used an inkjet printer to print out the decals on decal paper, sprayed it and hey presto I had decals. The door badges were a little awkward to cut around but I made sure to print plenty of spares. I had a problem with the squares along the side as the yellow came our trans
  11. Thanks Chewy. I'm happy that you liked it. While hunting for Christmas presents last year I saw the kit and, like all my kits, I used the Internet to get reviews regarding the quality of the components, etc. All of them seemed to be negative and I was just about to scratch it from my list when I found something on the Airfix forum that mentioned that Airfix had re-modelled the original kit and improved it (maybe a new mould?) but there was no release date. So I waited and waited until I spotted it in an online store and noticed that with the old kit the lifeboat was facing the opposit
  12. Thanks Ray. Appreciate what you said very much. I would recommend the kit as there is some nice details on it. I really like the way the paint scheme is so contrasting and each colour enhances the others. Whoever came up with the idea was a genius in my book.
  13. Another thing I noticed while looking at real life pictures of the Severn fleet, no two ships seemed to have the same colour interiors, decks or guard rails. So really there is a lot of flexibility when it comes to colour schemes.
  14. When I was gathering info before starting this build I saw that everyone seemed to use different shades of blue and orange so I think it is down to choosing colours that you feel is right. I've used Halfords colours before and you get some amazing results with them and there are so many shades to choose from.
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