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    Zvezda Clear Parts issues

    Hi Mike, Thanks for the reply. I haven't tried that specific product, but have used similar ones with great success. I've been modelling for a while, and I've removed countless seams & scratches before, without any problems. I've also used the Future dipping technique before too, but it's not really helpful when you have to remove a seam. Thinking about it again, the best way to describe it is by imagining a mix between a glue gun stick and the usual stuff clear parts are made of. When you bend the sprue it won't break, it will bend. For example if I hold the sprue for Zvezda's Mi-24v clear parts by one end, they are floppy and not rigid. I will try and get some pics tonight and upload. I've had this with 3 of their kits, so I doubt it's a bad batch. I've spoken to the LHS owner, and says he can try to get replacements, but it can take up to 6 months. I doubt I will find a solution, but I was more interested to see if anybody else has had the same problem.
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    Zvezda Clear Parts issues

    Hi Matt, My apologies. I didn't realise somebody had replied to my post. The kits aren't very old. It's fairly new releases all 3 of them. I've since put the kits on hold. The local hobby shop told me it can take up to 6 months to get replacement parts, if at all.
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    Zvezda Clear Parts issues

    Hi All, I recently tried to remove a flaw from the canopy of a Zvezda 1/72 mig-29. Unlike most other manufacturer's clear parts, the canopy seems to be made of a softer, more flexible clear substance. I guess the thinking would be that it's less prone to cracking. However, this makes polishing it up nearly impossible. I've tried a few techniques that work on other manufacturers parts, but with no success. The canopy just stays a milky white colour. The best I can think of describing this is to imagine trying to polish a piece of hard nougat to a mirror like finish. I had a look at another Zezda kit I bought, the Mi-24, and the parts seem to be of the same rubbery material, and holding them up to sunlight they reveals less than impressive levels of clarity. Has anyone else had any issues with Zvezda clear parts? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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    Hello from NZ

    Welcome Rafbanter. I do frequent your shop from time to time for what I call "detail therapy". Maybe we'll bump into each other sometime Are you a member of IMPS Auckland? Btw. That 190 looks great! It's a pity it's 1/48.... we could have been friends
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    Hello from New Zealand

    Hi Lapin, Thanks for the welcome and the compliment. Yes, that's a decal. Kudos to Airfix for the quality of decals with their recent line of kits. They are printed by Cartograf if I'm correct? They seem to work perfect with some Microset / Microsol and they snugged down really nice, even into the rivet details. Under that is just a coat of Tamiya airframe alluminum (I think it's called that) straight from a rattle can. I know all about the blue bin, and the wing of one blue bin resident has become a test subject for new paints and techniques I've got a few work in progress and a new camera, so hopefully soon I'll be posting some more of my work. Thanks for looking!
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    Hello from New Zealand

    Good day all, I’ve used Britmodeller from time to time to read up on reviews, tips and whatnot, and thought maybe it’s time to step out from behind the curtain and join up. I’m not British, but I’m a South African currently living in New Zealand. Britain used to own both countries I’ve lived in so far… I guess there is my British connection Also, British paint covers almost every model I’ve ever done over a 20 year span! I’ve been modelling for about 20 years on and off. Everything I did modelling wise before that put the whole family in danger with the amounts of glue and paint I used. I think we lost a pet or two in the process. But I digress… I’m hoping to contribute to the forums on a regular basis and would love to do some reviews of kits, so watch this space….or rather the other space where I’m supposed to post reviews. To show that I do actually finish a model from time to time, I’ve added a picture of the brilliant Airfix F-51D, in the gentlemen’s scale of course Cheers,