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  1. I would also point out many modellers struggle with yellow red or orange paints. The pigment is often very thin and I find it's virtually essential to have a nice solid white, buff or pink base coat before spraying the final colour. Hope this helps. Will
  2. Graham you may be correct but you have made things more confusing! In the UK all those final finish coats by W&N such as Galleria are labelled "Varnish". If you buy "Matt Medium" or "Matte Medium" (in the US) you will get a pot of thick gloop that you are suppose to mix into your acrylic paint to make a stiffer more textured surface!
  3. Wallpaper paste is an excellent desciptioon of Galleria matt in the bottle. But it sprays great at 50/50. I often thin with windscreen washer rather than water, and if that ideas no good for you, then the rest can go in the car!
  4. I usually do 2 coats of whichever varnish to ensure even coverage. I’ve found it impossible to get done in one coat as I can’t see the extent of the clear varnish very well whilst spraying ; eg matt/gloss/satin type all look wet at first over a glossy paint finish! It’s exactly the same problem as painting white paint over white primer. Try another coat, alternatively if your current finish is pebbly you may be spraying too far away so it dries somewhat before reaching the model.
  5. Kudos to @Black Knight for either refusing or resisting the temptation of continuing in the correct format: “eee, we never ‘ad a cup!”
  6. In a cracked cup n’all!
  7. Windsor and Newton matt, gloss or satin all spray nicely when I thin to “around” 50/50 with water. To be honest I just eyeball it: but you are right the neat matt is like treacle!
  8. Apparently a lot of the panicking and fleeing passenger scenes were taken from a money-no-object Nazi propaganda film about the sinking. It was supposed to show how the English class system would fall apart but by the time it was finished Goebbels et al realised at a prescreening that it was uncomfortably comparable to the current state of Germany so was canned.
  9. It is a lovely book but it did show up some odd behaviour by vendors. My wife ordered a copy online that i found online at a very reasonable price as my birthday present. It didn't arrive and there was a bit of a back and forth about it having been sent and not delivered. After a few weeks of faff the vendor said it had been returned in unsaleable condition and he returned the money. No loss to me as I got a different present but a while later he was selling the same book at a much higher price, presumably having discovered ho much everyone else offered it for. A cou
  10. I wonder if they chose the skinnier, smallest pilots and sent them up just in shorts for ultimate weight reduction?
  11. Very nice. The interior seems a lot more colourful than I remember on either of my mum's 500s, everything apart from the exposed bodywork was black except (possibly) the steering wheel and speedo.
  12. As well as clarifying the old canard about IXb types as my earlier post, these pages from the Spitfire Site discuss the points you've noted (and more about the multiple variant details on this mark). Unfortunately it doesn't help identify the particular airframe the OP seeks to identify! Carburettor intake "Early Mk. IXs had short carburettor intakes (shorter and significantly chunkier than the Mk. V). During 1944 the long Vokes Aero-Vee filter unit became more or less standard, both in production and as retrofits. This unit was from the outset intended as standard on the Mk
  13. IXb in squadron records usually was a shorthand for low altitude type. There were no B-wing IXs, however there were apparently some C-wings with no cannon stub in the outer position and a special(?) fairing. Warbird MH434 is an example. I believe this fairing was more common on Ç-wing Seafires. B-wing could only carry 1x20mm and 2x0.303 each side whereas C-type was supposed to be a "universal" one that could be fitted with 1x 20mm and 2x 0.303 (Browning in different bays to the B-) or 2x20mm or 4x0.303 each wing. It was slightly stronger and had revised undercarriage arrangemen
  14. Looking forward to seeing progress on this. I like the cockpit work. I have this kit in my stash, I rather like the lines of the F-5 and couldn't resist it for a tenner! I think I may choose something smaller for a first rescribing project though...
  15. Yikes! And people wonder why the British car industry died?
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