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  1. Buy the tester pots of emulsion maybe?
  2. Dare I suggest that in extremis you could model it as a vignette with a figure stood right in front of the pump who might just co-incidentally be obscuring some of the bits that are hard to get an image of...
  3. It isn't too difficult; although I only do 1:72 at which scale it's fairly easy to give a reasonable impression of the effect- at 1:48 it might be harder to make it look exactly like the real thing. Finish your camouflage coats first, then add the mottle. I suppose you could varnish the finished paint job first so you could remove the mottle if it went wrong, but I usually take some brave pills and crack on over top of the finished paint job. My method for adding the mottle is a bit like dry brushing- I use a small stippling brush (mine comes from a Humbrol set of varyi
  4. Four FW-190s in a Mosquito? Were they all destroyed on the ground? If they were destroyed in the air then that's some flying isn't it?
  5. I use E-Z line, available in a number of varieties- very forgiving to use- easily fixed with a tiny bit of CA and it's slightly stretchy so doesn't spell disaster if you accidentally catch it when handling the model afterwards. Pretty sure I got mine from Modelling Tools who are members of this forum (and very helpful too), but as the BBC would say, other suppliers are available. I note that the Modelling Tools website suggests there's a temporary supply delay http://www.modellingtools.co.uk/ez-line-31-c.asp The one I have at the moment is a touch overscale
  6. Well thinned paint, and only make single brush strokes (i.e. a single pass with the brush). Don't go over the same area again until it is dry, even if you missed a bit- takes a bit of self-discipline to forestall the natural instinct to make multiple brush strokes but it really helps with avoiding brush marks.
  7. I'm no expert, but I try very hard. All my modelling is on the dining room table, so enamels and and airbrush are a non-starter for me. I'm moving away from Humbrol acrylic paints, I find them to be not the best for brush-painting, not necessarily because it is hard to avoid brush marks, just because of the grittiness. I find the little pots that come with the starter kits more grainy than the regular stuff, but with both I find that even when thinned a lot and stirred excessively I still get little gritty lumps in the paint that have to be polished out, which is a nuisance.
  8. I don't 100% agree- I find some new decals will behave nicely using this approach, others need a bit more encouragement to conform to the surface they need to bed down into, even ones from the same decal sheet. As with most things it's down to trial and error and developing an approach that suits you. Otherwise Black Knights 10 steps are exactly the process I follow. I don't use decalfix for fixing decals, in the past I've had it react badly with underlying Humbrol acrylic paints so now I use Microscale decal solutions which I get on better with. As an asid
  9. In several of his books James Holland states that the HE 112 would have been a better bet for the Luftwaffe than the Bf 109- it's clearly something he believe. All historians are influenced by their own underlying beliefs as they interpret history to a certain extent; to me this is one of Holland's little foibles.
  10. I like to include figures in my models; there are some very nice ones around, but some are quite expensive. If you search on Hannants website for 1:72 figures there are a number of different options come up for varying costs that will give you an idea of what's out there- as well as the options others have noted above. The Revell figures are good- they are technically out of production but as noted above they come up on EBay fairly often for a reasonable value. The Airfix figures have some nice poses and a nice mix of pilots and ground crew and WAAFs standing around to allow for di
  11. Anyone with a small baby knows why the KGB used sleep deprivation as an interrogation technique...
  12. So in this instance the old maxim of it being good if it looks good is a long way off the mark...
  13. Fascinating info, especially on the camouflaging of runways; I wasn't aware that was done.
  14. From the OP's photos of the sprues it's a bit hard to see the detail on the pilot- I've not long finished an Airfix Spitfire Mk 1 and a Bf-109 E4 and those pilots had different uniforms that looked authentic to their respective airforce uniforms for the BoB era to me.
  15. I can't say how far back they made the decision to not represent the swastika, but I can't recall an Airfix Luftwaffe kit that had the swastikas in the box art or the decals. I understand the reasoning behind that and there's plenty of aftermarket decals available for those who want them. It doesn't bother me either way, but there's many that have strong feelings about it.
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