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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.
  15. Thanks Rob, appreciate your comments. The colour that I used for the cabin was Revell Aqua 36130. I must admit that I did not use undercoat, so it was sprayed straight onto the grey plastic and went on really well. I hope this helps.
  16. Hi everyone. These are the build pictures I took as I built this kit. It is the new version of the Airfix kit as I heard that so many people had problems with the old kit. Overall I had no major problems though the hull was a little tricky but I glued it in stages. I have made the cabin section removable to show the interior and this was not too hard to do but forward planning is essential before going too far. I love the plastic that Airfix uses as is has a lot of flexibility and a softness that allows you to cut the thin rails without hearing that brittle sound as the part snaps.The de
  17. This is one of those builds that I really wanted to do as it brought back many memories of my time as a young kid rushing down to my local lifeboat station to watch them launch the boat down a steep ramp. The sight of the bow hitting the water and the large spray of water being thrown up was something else to a young lad. My local station was at Newhaven (Sussex) and that is why I used this name. Alas, the one I used to watch was not the robust Severn Class but I just wanted to have something to display. This kit is the new model as I read so much negative stuff about the old Airfix kit a
  18. It is surprising the amount of detail you can remember from growing up around this stuff. My best build is my London Routemaster Bus that I added lighting to. I was able to draw on the memories of my travelling in them daily to school each day and this helped to create the ideal atmosphere of the 1960's and was able to add so much more than you could find in pictures on the Internet. Some kits only provide the basics but I find half of the fun is adding the parts that they don't include to create a more realistic kit. That is one good thing about growing up..........experience. I really enjo
  19. Thanks. Appreciate your comment very much as I've seen your work. I really enjoy adding lights to my builds to create atmosphere but the electrics are kept very simple.
  20. Thanks Beefy. For some sad reason I find the rigging the most enjoyable part. I really enjoy the galleon builds as it has a whole mess of rigging to get tangled up in.
  21. Truly amazing workmanship with this build. The level of detail is incredible (especially the trailer) and has provided so many ideas to use on my projects. You can feel the passion from someone who seems to love these rigs.
  22. G'day there Arnold. Thanks for you kind comment. When I made the boiler unit it just seemed a pity not to do something different otherwise it would have looked boring. I saw that no-one else had created this effect on their builds of this ship and it seemed a simple thing to do so I just went for it. Glad I made the video before I fixed it to the boat though.
  23. Thank you. Appreciate your comment about the smoke. Funny you should say that, I have never done smoke before and after searching the Internet for inspiration I found that most people warned against add smoke effects as they were so hard to do. Despite this I decided to have a go anyway and ended up with the effect shown in the pictures. So far, it has had a fairly positive feedback.
  24. Thanks. Even without the electrics it is still a good kit to build. There were so many variations of paint schemes to use from what I saw on the Internet so you cannot really go wrong with any paint scheme.
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