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James B

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    On what in particular? You're doing such a fantastic job, and your detailing is so far beyond anything I could ever hope to achieve I find myself quite lost for words. I don't feel as though there is anything I can add to assist you in any way as I bow down to your skill. I'm here merely to watch in awe as this masterpiece unfolds. Just keep doing what you're doing as it's working!
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    Working Lift Bridge Diorama

    I really love seeing each new update you post, but am equally sad to see things progress and draw closer to the finish. It's looking absolutely sublime and really seems to have nailed every objective you set yourself at the start, and more! One day I'll come and visit this display.
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    ThinkTank! A toe in the muddy water.

    I've just caught up and will now pull up a seat I think. I like the AK products, and you're quite right, generic white spirit works perfectly well and is far cheaper than the AK non-smelly stuff.
  4. Great build so far, it's really coming along nicely.
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    Looking really good
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    Working Lift Bridge Diorama

    It's really fantastic, and I know I've said this before, but I don't know how else to describe the majesty of what you're creating. Absolutely stunning craftsmanship and attention to detail,
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    R5-DP and Mara Jade 1/12 scale

    I think it looks pretty good and you're probably being overly critical of yourself, but who doesn't do that? So I completely understand. In regards to the brush, as Will suggested, I would say move up to a larger brush. A brand new GW standard brush (although I see they've reinvented all their brush names again, and no doubt moved to cheaper materials than they used to use) is all you should need. The key to good, fine detail painting is good consistency, fine pigment paint, suitably thinned and a brush that has a really nice natural point to it. I've recently bought into the "hype" of the Windsor and Newton series 7 and I was skeptical as they're not cheap (at least here in NZ). All I can say is I'm gutted I didn't do it 20 years ago. I got a 00 and a 2 and I've not need to use the 00 and I'm using this on 28mm ww2 figures to paint camo on uniform and webbing straps etc. Combining this with Vallejo paints, properly thinned has changed my life... Well, perhaps not my life, but certainly miniature painting. If you do get a more expensive brush, definitely get some brush soap and have a read up on proper cleaning and storing, for instance I had no idea that you should store brushes pointing down so that any water runs off the brush and not into it!
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    Looks good to me. Perhaps could go a shade lighter on the underside/sides, but it's hard to tell if what I'm seeing on my screen is what you're seeing in real life. My monitor may be changing the darkness etc.
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    Working Lift Bridge Diorama

    So glad to see you back and WOW what a return. The water surface is looking fantastic. I'm sure it won't take too much to get the water colour looking how you want, especially with all the tests you did earlier on in the project.
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    Wallace and Gromit (Top Bun Van )

    Really excellent. Coming along excellently. Keep up the great work. (Oh and the pedals look spot on )
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    1/48 Eduard Harrier GR.7/9

    I finally built up the courage to make a start. this is what I was met with, a box of bits, and a mostly assembled, but a little battered Harrier. I couldn't quite work out what needed to be done with the exception of the cockpit. As mentioned previously, it had a horrible seam running up the centre, which with my new tools I made light work of. Then while admiring my work, I decided to drop the front section of the canopy, followed by a swift foot down to push my chair back to look for it. Said foot inevitably found the canopy faster than my eyes and cracked it a little. Off to a great start! I've repaired it as best I can, but will have to live with the slight mark in it. I glued the photo etc to the inside, and masked the outside and got it glued down. I then masked the intakes, and the undercarriage internal sections, and now she sits awaiting some time with the airbrush.
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    It's so great to see it all coming together now.
  13. I just can't fathom the detail you're going to, it's really incredible and looks so real.
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    Working Lift Bridge Diorama

    Glad to hear you're in good health again, or at least better health. I'm somewhat disgusted that the council didn't run their plans by you prior to even considering an installation that would impact your diorama! As with the rest of your work, I firstly can't believe how quickly you've knocked that up, and how realistic/true to life it looks. Great job again. ps. I support governor @Gorby's motion to add gnomes as per the council plans.
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    P-51D Mustang markings assistance

    I'll keep an eye out for it, thank you, and thank you for all the info as well it's exactly what I needed.