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About malpaso

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    "Strong Country" Hampshire, UK
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    Early aviation, interwar and classic 50's US jets

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  1. Brilliant job so far! I've done a couple of solids and the sense of achievement is huge, even if the outcome isn't Eduard accurate. You should visit the Solid Model Memories website - there are plenty of Spitfires in wood there and everybody's is somewhat different in approach. I am intrigued you have included the centre wing section and fillets in with the fuselage, I went for continuous wings and wood filler on my P-40e though that's only 1/72. But as one makes all the parts for the model oneself there can't be any wrong ways to do it...though I did make a few wrong parts that got binned on the way, and one fuselage our dog nicked off the table and chewed. Look forward to seeing how this progresses. Cheers Will
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    Grump Britain replacement

    You are pretty much correct, the general requirement by local planning authorities is for spaces 4.8m x 2.4m. This seems to date back to around the "good old days" of British cars. Another aspect of planning transport that hasn't caught up is that vehicle movements are measured round cars (under a ton) and goods ones are assumed as over a ton. Even small cars nowadays are well over a ton whereas back in the day that weight would only be applicable to cars somewhat bigger than a Triumph 2000 or so forth!
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    Cheap airbrush and compressor set

    My compressor looks just like the Aldi one and provides excellent service so far (over 18 months). It’s reasonably quiet and only actually pumps for a couple of seconds during longer sprays such as 1/72 Spitfire - not that I can spray the whole of the underside in one go anyway! When the pump runs there’s no discernible change in paint flow, I assume the length of the hose attenuates any variation. I have it set at around 1bar/15psi mostly anyway now, having gradually worked down along with thinner and thinner paint. Cheers Will
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    AIRCRAFT OF 1940"

    I found out the same thing! I was given an Xacto as my first hobby knife but a graphic designer friend of my dad's introduced me to Swann Morton, which became everyone's choice at architecture school.
  5. One Spitfire isn't enough. In 1940 there were 5 different types in two different top side colour schemes and four different basic underside arrangements, one of which has four variants and another in varying versions of the colours. Cheers Wll
  6. Nice and original. Speaking of which I’ve seen two CJ-2s recently camped up as MBs, the owners pretty unaware that the civvies model is way rarer in the UK!
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    1911 Rolls Royce

    The driver of that body style of car would usually be the chauffeur so uniform might be right!
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    Just tried out some Revell enamel paint.

    Ironically in this part of Hampshire Revell Enamels are the only hobby paint easily available. It’s in local toy shops (never acrylic!) and even at the hardware shop which is five minutes walk. Anything acrylic involves a drive or public transport, except if I have a rush of blood to the wallet and walk over to Games Workshop from work, on the odd day they deign to open! i found Revell enamels excellent, I just have moved over to acrylic now I’m airbrushing. I tried spraying enamels once, but it was made abundantly clear I was never going to do so again if I wished to carry on building models anywhere other than the naughty step at the very far end of the garden. cheers Will
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    Seafire FR47 wing bomb racks

    The bulged rack in line with the guns is a bomb rack, the outer 2 pairs of fittings are zero-length racks for rockets.
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    Avro 504K, 1/32, Scratchbuild

    Ye bifquite is one of ye ftandarde methodef of achieving ye angle of ye dihehedral in ye olde solide modellinge bookf. Regardf Guilliaume de Wodestocke
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    Airfix 2019

    Well, if Airfix really love aircraft then a 1/72 kit of R.J.Mitchell's most beautiful creation can't go wrong.... https://goo.gl/images/FJR34R The galleon of the skies. Supermarine Southampton Mk.II End of discussion. Cheers Will
  12. I imagine the seat came out with a perfect smooth even coat of yellow, unlike the usual streaky mess that is achieve by the usual paint- or airbrush methods for that colour! Cheers Will
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    Silver Sunderland details

    They could be. Both the front ring and the gills are part of the ducted air system for cooling the engines, over time the greater heat at the front may discolour the front ring more?
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    Any point in buying 0,2 airbrush?

    I have an H&S Ultra with .2 and .4 nozzles. I used the 0.2 to start with and it was fine with Tamiya, Xtracrylix and some Vallejo. Then I swapped out to the 0.4 with no discernible difference in the paint finish, though I found the airbrush less finicky about cleaning. On the other hand that may just be me getting more accomplished at running straight thinners* through after each colour, so I only have to strip and clean fully every now and again. I would say the H&S is a lot simpler to pull apart than the cheapy Chinese one that came free with the compressor. To be honest I'm still on a steep learning curve of airbrushing after 18 months or so! Painting thin lines is my next challenge, finding the right combo of thinning, nozzle and air pressure takes a while...so now I'm fairly comfortable with the 0.4 I am going to switch back to the 0.2 on the next model and see if I can see a difference now. Cheers Will *Car windscreen screenwash!
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    Vol 2 All the Spitfire questions here

    Early Spitfires had an issue opening the hood at speed, even without any damage! I think it was something to do with localised pressure and that’s partly why the funny little extra knock-out(?) Perspex panel appeared on the side of the canopy, presumably until the proper hood jettison noted above was fitted. From what I’ve read the pilots couldn’t open the hood until they were slowing down in the circuit for landing, and there was a fairly early realisation something had to be done to allow opening at higher speeds if necessary. cheers Will