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About malpaso

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  1. Those are three really lovely models. Thanks for sharing the photos. Cheers Will
  2. Cloth??? PC's gone all Haight-Ashbury on us. Must be the red sneakers, man. At the start I usually wipe the model down with meths (wood alcohol?) on a bit of kitchen roll or a make-up pad, but that might strip off your Dark Earth (well it would mine as I use acrylics). I have heard of a mythical material used for cleaning down real cars before painting, called "tack cloth" to pick up any dust etc. I have never seen or used such but it does seem to exist. There must be US sellers like this. Hope this helps Cheers Will
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    SE5a propellers

    Well there's geared and ungeared Hispano Suizas, and then the Wolseley "copy", each of these would have slightly different characteristics so need different propellers. Props on geared vs non geared may even rotate in opposite directions?
  4. Nice job. I have one of these to do too, the blue canopy has put me off so far. Did you include the facility to fire missiles through the headlights? Cheers Will
  5. This looks nice. I like your display boxes method. I admire your dedication on the flap hinges, considering they'll be almost impossible to see once mounted in the box frame! I look forward to seeing how the model pans out. Is this the Miles plane once owned by Clive du Cros who built the flying Spitfire prototype replica? Cheers Will
  6. Plan J. Just assemble and paint the whole shebang Matt black and then paint silver view ports? Why bother making it possible to see into the model when apparently it was impossible to see out of the real thing! Cheers Will
  7. Why not just gently roll a strip of thin clear plastic around a suitable mandrel, then plunge in v hot then cold water. Then just use your cutter whatsit to make an overlay for the solid bits, to which you could glue on the brackets from the Fly item. Well, it sounds simpler to me. Cheers Will
  8. @06/24 the M151 does have wings, each side of the engine at least. Though @Procopiusmay call them "fenders" unless he has fully anglicised himself, whereupon he would know that those are the squishy bumpers on boats!
  9. Is the illustration of a little chap standing in front of a BE2(?) a clue?
  10. Rob, THE Woodman book is available on line in various spots though I can't vouch for the safety of such sites. https://rclibrary.co.uk/title_details.asp?ID=1216 From memory his method was double sided tape to join balsa core to plasticard sheathing as most other glues would affect the plastic long-term. I'm sure double-sided tape is even better nowadays than mid-70s version. To be honest there's usually plenty of proper copies of his book floating around on eBay, Amazon or Abebooks. I got a virtually new copy from one of these for just a couple of quid. Well worth a read, even if you don't ever scratchbuild there's lots of old school detailing tips. I'll try to remember to bring it to a Romsey meeting, won't be next week as I'll still be in the sun in Cornwall. Cheers Will
  11. 2TAF pilots over Normandy sometimes/often wore army battledress (to avoid blue-on-blue if returning through the lines if downed) as RAF uniform was worryingly sufficiently similar to German army uniform colour!
  12. To be honest I've only known people using blu-tack masking with airbrushing. Blu-tack would form an even bigger dam to paint than tape. Setting out the tack is a bit of a pain too, especially as you have to set the sausages inside the masked area (well it gives me a bit of a headache), I think you'd be best off practicing free hand painting of the camouflage, and just use tape for any straight demarcation. If you get a slight raised edge at the tape, I've had some success rubbing it down very gently with wet-and-dry.
  13. F-15(?) low over Padstow just now...
  14. Lovely build of a very nice kit. Well done. Cheers Will
  15. Bear in mind that RAF codes were generally painted at squadron level, so although the size was generally set, the style could vary somewhat in shape and detail depending on the skills and knowledge of the painter. For example there is a photo of JEJ in JEJ where tiny serifs are visible on the square block-lettering - this suggests a properly trained sign-writer painted the codes, the tiny serifs are to stop the illusion of rounded off corners. Such skills were presumably fairly widespread as every town needed signwriters for shop fronts, notices, van and lorry sides back in the day.
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