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About -Ian-

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  1. If someone would kindly produce the appropriate decals I'd be sorely tempted to give this beauty a go :
  2. The Spit mk1’s tempting, if they include decals for a what if scheme based on the ordered-but-never-delivered Estonian Spits, I might even splash out on the royal class version.
  3. I never plan more than 1 or 2 builds ahead, but looking through my stash, these jump out at me as likely candidates to build sooner rather than later: Airfix SEAC Dakota 1/72 Revell SU-33 1/72 Airfix Harrier GR3 1/72 Eduard F6FN 1/72 Airfix Phantom FG1 1/72 Airfix JU87B-2 1/72 Meng F102-A 1/72 Eduard Spitfire mk XVI 1/48 Also a pair of nostalgia trips, kits I built as a kid in the 80s: Italeri Mig 37 Ferret 1/72 Matchbox Fairey Seafox 1/72 Finally a coupe I don't yet own: Airfix Buccaneer S2C 1/72 Eduard Mig 21 1/48 (haven't decided which version yet) Then of course there's the possibility that some of the 2020 new releases would grab me, if anyone releases a new tool Ju52 for instance that instantly goes to the top of my list Highly unlikely to build all of them this year, I tend to lose interest in modelling over the summer months before getting my mojo back in the autumn.
  4. Almost got knocked off my bike by a council salt lorry yesterday. 'YOU IDIOT', I shouted, through gritted teeth.
  5. A Scotsman walks into a bar. Ordinarily there would be an Englishman, Irishman and Welshman too but they're all still in Japan.
  6. I was in the pub doing a crossword and said to my Scottish mate "I'm stuck on this one. Stranded on a desert island,8 letters, first letter is M". He said "marooned". "Thanks" I said, "I'll have a pint of lager"
  7. I always wanted to be a Gregorian monk but never got the chants.
  8. -Ian-

    A fragrant hobby

    Maybe it's just me but I've never noticed Vallejo acrylics having any discernable smell at all, Mr Hobby acrylics do though it's difficult to describe. I've always thought Tamiya extra thin cement is reminiscent of pear drops. Favourite modelling related pong is from old tins of Humbrol enamel from the 70s and 80s, completely different smell to the modern Humbrol paints.
  9. Thanks for the responses everyone, trying to match against the decals rather than the shade used on the real thing makes sense, obvious now you mention it. I already have humbrol 19 and 60 along with gunze aqueous H3, if none of those work I'll experiment with mixing.
  10. Hi For my next build I'm thinking of a Hobbyboss Mig 3 which has been in my stash for about 3 years. I like the look of the winter camo scheme which calls for a red spinner, I presume this should be the same shade of red as the national markings. Can anyone suggest a paint which is a good match, my preference is for Gunze Aqueous or Vallejo Model Air/Model Colour? If there aren't any good options in these ranges I do also have an extensive collection of old Humbrol enamels lurking at the bottom of a cupboard as a backup.
  11. Thanks for the responses. I decided to go for Akan, mainly because I think my GF would object to the smell of lacquer paint in the house. I've ordered their SU-33 set as I was planning to buy the Revell SU-33 kit at some point anyway and the set does include 73069.
  12. Hi everyone The next kit I plan to build is the Hobbyboss SU-47 Berkut, the one area I'm unsure about is the cockpit colour, my question is what paint to use (ideally Gunze Aqueous or Vallejo Model Air)? The instruction recommend Gunze H42 which seems to me to be both too dark and too blue. All the pics of the SU-47 cockpit I can see online are (not suprisingly) either computer generated or models but most are variants of blue/grey, the image below of an SU-35 cockpit seems a very plausible possibility. I'm not too fussed about the colour being 100% accurate, it just has to look right to my eyes which Gunze H42 doesn't.
  13. -Ian-

    Revell 1/72 Mig 21

    Thanks for the comments, I'll just use 5-10 grams in that case
  14. Hi everyone I'll be making a start on a Revell Mig 21 this weekend, can anyone tell me roughly how much nose weight I will need? The instructions make no mention of weight, I'm always wary about using too much in case I put excess strain on the nose gear. Thanks
  15. Hi everyone For the past 9 months, most of my modelling stuff has been stored in the in-law's loft due to the fact we had 2 planned house moves, in hindsight not a good plan as the cold (by English standards) winter meant it's experienced sub-zero temperatures. Do you think my paints (Vallejo model air and Badger stynylrez primer) will still be okay to use? Also same question for thinners, flow improver, airbrush cleaner microl sol/set and various glues/cements? Thanks
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