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  1. To drill accurate centred holes I start with a syringe needle. These have chisel sharpened points. So if you are off centre you can cut the start hole by limited rotation in a different direction. Hope that makes sense Deffo make a smaller axle
  2. Leds are better. Cooler light that doesn't dry paint quickly. OP. I use a visor type magnifiers. Better depth of field. They are available with led illumination which just about removes shadows Sometimes the magnifying glass would collapse and fall onto the work
  3. I suppose it might be an age thing. I am nearly 70 and have been modelling 60 years. Before the Internet and especially YouTube and Pinterest. My only competition and encouragement was my local MAFVA. Now I cannot possibly match the artistic and pocket book standards of the Internet with its AM etch and resin. So it's really a matter of losing 'heart' on some projects. What makes it worse is the availability in choice of kits and their relative low cost. It's easy to accumulate a stash but another matter to make the time to produce something that is a meaningful achievement.
  4. Looks good so far. F. Looking forward to the end result
  5. For a realistic droop on tracks drill through the Hull both sides at the lowest curve of the droop and insert a piece of thin rigid piano wire. Clip the wire length to hold the droop down and nestle between the track links
  6. Good build! Love the eight plait tow rope. Very realistic
  7. Not so. My point was. Forty years ago there was nothing like the availability of tools as there are now.eg.sprue cutters, magnifying head gear, loupes. Airbrushes were prohibitively expensive. Manufacturing abilities meant that 1/72 and small scale models were crude and limited in range. Etc. Scratch building was normal to available plans. eg. Bellona
  8. Figures are very realistic and weathering is nice. Good result
  9. NOT. I Am trying to reduce to 1/72. More range. Lower cost. Greater ability for storage.. More tools are available to work in that scale eg. Magnifiers, adhesives, thinner paints and brushes/airbrushes to assist with detailing. Fairly satisfied with results so far but it is an ongoing learning process.
  10. Looking carefully at the door windows I cannot see the vertical split so the front portion slides back over the rear piece. It does show this on the box art. Hope this helps Beautiful paint finish
  11. Without a comparator for scale colour. The shade of colour is difficult to assess. It does look that dry rushing with graphite might achieve the sheen effect Very interesting thread. Thank you all for your comments.
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    Future. Sealer

    Help please. I live in France and can't seem to find Future gloss for sealing matt paint coats. Perhaps available under a different name here(France)? Or an alternative? Advice Please. Geoff
  13. What colours matt /gloss. What shades do you use to highlight detail on gun barrels that have an original gun blue/ parkerized black finish ? Thanks Geoff
  14. Sorry, please forgive my ignorance. I was referring to the 2 F1 night fighter camel. Dual vickers and a top lewis swing up mount near the trailing edge The pilot position had been moved aft to facilitate load and handling of the lewis I modded a 1/72 kit from a plan, I think from airfix magazine
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