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  1. I've seen some people shave slithers of plastic off the sprue to fit the gap. They then use ultra thin glue (or similar) to melt it, plug the gap then sand it. Not tried it myself, but they seem to get good results.
  2. This just popped up on Twitter. I don't think my skills would do them justice, but they look fantastic. http://mitchesmilitarymodels.co.uk/
  3. Great! Thanks. I've not heard of either of those makes. The MiniArt look particularly detailed and have a great range on their site: http://miniart-models.com/?s=british I'll certain be picking some up
  4. I'm just beginning to start painting figures. I have avoided it up until now and stuck to armour, but fancy a change. I'm particularly interested in British WW2 figures. I usually stick to Tamiya and always find their kits to be great quality, but I'm not sure about figures. Could anyone recommend a brand, or maybe even a set, which would be a good starting point? I'm looking for something not too expensive, about £10ish I suppose, but high mould quality.
  5. I've just thought about trying some figures too. I have usually avoided them because of the small fiddly nature and I prefer armour. If you're looking for something cheap to get you going, I can recommend the Airfix 17pdr AT gun. I picked it up for £5 and your get 5 (I think) British WW2 figures with a range of equipment choices. It's an old kit so plenty of seam lines to sand, but could practice and cheap to begin with. I'm not sure about a tutorial, but there is plenty of stuff online regarding "standard" British WW2 uniform colours.
  6. My first attempt at doing any weathering . I've tried to make it dusty, rather than beat up, with muddy road wheels. I'm not sure if it works...so any tips and feedback whatsoever are very greatly received. I primed with Halfords grey, brush painted with Vallejo Model Color and weathered with Pinnacle pigments.
  7. Hi Stix. I've started the Sdkfz and have just given it a base colour of Panzer grey so far. I did prime it with Halfords grey, but not sure if I will do in the future, as I'm not sure it's necessary. I'm still struggling to avoid brush marks at the moment, but I guess there is a knack. I wasn't sure whether to leave the interior grey or use the same yellow as on the exterior. I remember reading somewhere about not having time to paint the interior the same colour as the exterior when getting to Africa. Makes sense to me. I have a jar of the Humbrol Mattcote, so will try that as I don't think I'll try the pigment this time as I've not practiced it. Thanks for the tips on the spray varnish though, I'll bear that in mind for next time.
  8. Thanks so much for that. It's a more comprehensive (and understandable) method than I have seen on many a modeller tips pages I picked up a Tamiya Sdkfz251/1 recently so I'll be putting that to the test. The North African really interests me, so I think the next few will be DAK or 8th Army. I've only done a couple of models since I re-started and use Vallejo paints mostly as I find it brushes better than Tamiya, but I've not been thinning it, so will try that. Interesting you mentioned Humbrol matte varnish, I know others had recommended Testors Dullcote, but it seems really difficult to get hold of. I'll pick up a can of the Humbrol as my kids have a habit of meddling. Do you use any gloss coat(s) between different stages?
  9. Hi Stix... It was pictures of your Crusader which got me back into modelling and just saw these More fantastic pictures, although my phone doesn't do them justice. I need to look again ok my pc at home. I'm wondering if you use pigments (or anything else) for dust effects and if so how you seal them without using an airbrush?
  10. I tried the Vallejo model color without thinner and found that it is much easier to use with a normal brush than the Tamiya acrylic. It dries much less quickly, so I could get it on the model without it drying and bunching up. I've also tried adding a few drops of water to thin it slightly, which also helped bigger surfaces. It's going to take a lot of practice to get it right and avoid pooling/brush marks, but I think I've found my paint of choice
  11. Thanks for all the tips. I think what I'm struggling with generally is the order to do things. It seems that whatever I do it makes it harder, or messes up what I have already done
  12. Thanks, Dubster. What about painting the wheels on the sprue and then putting them onto the skewers to paint the tyres?
  13. I'm struggling with finding the best approach for brush painting tank road wheels which have rubber rims - e.g. M3 It feels like painting the wheels and then the rubber whilst on the sprue is the best plan, but then you have to cut them off and then tidy up the where the sprue was attached and repaint without making a mess. Does anyone have better ideas? Help!
  14. Is that Humbrol Matt Cote? I'm looking for something to brush on after primer, Vallejo acrylic, Humbrol Clear and Humbrol wash.
  15. So much choice Thanks for all the replies. I think I'll get a bottle of Vallejo Model Colour and thinner and see how it goes.
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