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  1. Hello all, I know plenty of people in the UK didn't use it, but Testors has killed off the Model Master brand, along with all of the paint lines, etc. I am especially annoyed, because it was one of the few acrylic brands I could get an excellent finish with using a brush. Testors killed an even greater brush paint, Polly Scale, some years back, so the company hasn't impressed me in some ways, but their acrylic was almost as good when I used it. And looking back a decade or so ago, Model Master seemed to be everywhere. It has suffered a pretty savage decline recently, mostly through own goals like reformulating the enamel line, killing colour lines and generally being silly. It seemed to accelerate once Rustoleom bought Testors, so the suits were only after the almighty dollar, and it showed over time. Strangely enough, I never used the enamels all that often. They never seemed to have a colour I couldn't get from Humbrol or one of the other enamel paints, so I never bothered with them. But by all accounts, most of the tears being shed over in the US seem to be about the loss of the enamel paint. Guess Humbrol and Colourcoats will be happy campers.
  2. Late to the party, but oh well. I have had this happen before with a few colours from the last of the Chinese Humbrol enamels. I would be surprised if you managed to get one of those in flat black only four years ago though, as 33 flat black usually are one of the first to sell out. Second, I never use the humbrol thinner in the newer UK tins. I have had too many problems with skinning, weird behaviour, etc. I have successfully thinned the UK enamels with Colourcoats thinner in the tins, and then use the humbrol enamel thinner when I am thinning them out of the tin. Weird? Yep. Works without destroying or causing problems with the paint in the tin? So far yes, and I have been doing this for a number of years now. God the crap we enamel users sometimes have to go through haha
  3. sapperastro

    Lock Down.

    Oh yeah. The trip to work takes me less than half the time, though it is a bit....strange.
  4. sapperastro

    Lock Down.

    A semblance of control has been obtained in many parts of Australia, but it is on a knifes edge really. If people get complacent, it will go down very quickly. The Government over here were pushed and prodded into line by the state governments (who have, in spite of a few screw ups, really come out swinging) and the scientific/medical community. You could tell the feds didn't want to 'ruin the economy' and the pill tasted disgusting to them, but they were dragged along. I think their tardy approach to the bushfire crisis and the resulting storm over that had a galvanising effect as well; they didn't want to be seen to be dilly dallying yet again. In any case, we shall see. I am an essential worker, so no lock down for me. Have fun with your modelling fellas, and best of luck.
  5. Good to see insurance companies are the same calibre half a world away.... Needless to say, our insurance has just went through the roof (pardon the pun) even though we haven't had any fires near here for over 10 years. I feel sorry for all the other people though. There is talk that quite a few homes will be essentially uninsurable for anyone that doesn't have a top income in many areas.
  6. Just out of interest, is there a full list of aircraft type and theatre of where they operated, that this colour was applied to?
  7. To be fair, the Humbrol acrylic paint in the new 18 ml bottles is not grainy. Those in the smaller, round bottles was grainy rubbish. you just have to make sure it is the new stuff you are getting, which means asking for it if you buy online.
  8. This is interesting. I didn't know they existed. I know whenever I search for Airfix enamel on ebay these days, all I get is masses of Humbrol 'Airfix' paint coming up. Annoying to say the least.
  9. Thanks chaps, Tamiya just throws their spray can codes at you and moves on. My first preference of paint is Enamel, followed by acrylic. I don't use lacquers as the thinning agent for them seems to destroy my brain and give me a migraine from hell, even with mask, extractor, etc. I also like to have a paint I can brush with as well. I will hassle out the local Colourcoats seller here and see whats cooking regarding restocks, and after I get an answer I will see what happens after that. Regarding the Model master paints; I actually have better results with their acrylic than enamel (though this wasn't the case years ago before they changed their enamel formula). If worst comes to worst, I will see if I can mix up some paints from my current enamel stocks and go for tone rather than exact colours. I have done that before, and weathering usually hides the sins well. Thanks again everyone.
  10. Hello all, I was afraid it would come to this. While I love using Colourcoats paint, sometimes the wait for new paints to come in stock here is unbearable. I am still waiting for a couple of colours that have been on order for 4 months...haha. The information regarding the 4th tone is a godsend though. Does anyone know what the outer undersides of the corsair wings were painted? Was it the intermediate? Or the '4th' blue? Thanks again guys. This place is always a goldmine of information and helpfulness.
  11. Hello all and merry christmas, I have been given a Tamiya 1/48 corsair as a present. Looks like a nice kit. Now, the only problem being that I have never covered this scheme before, so am slightly baffled by which colours to use. I usually use Humbrol as a backstop, with Revell and Model master available too. I am guessing white is the main underside colour, with a H 144 intermediate blue in the middle, but what about that very dark blue colour on top? Oxford blue looks a little too red? 77 Navy blue? 112 field blue? Model master has colours labelled as the correct blues, so that is a possibility, but I would have to order them... Revell is pretty weak in the blue department, and there doesn't seem to be anything worthy there. So, if anyone has suggestions, preferably using the above ranges, but I am willing to listen to others so long as they are not lacquer paints. Thanks in advance for any assistance.
  12. It is lacquer in a spray can that has been decanted, so it requires lacquer thinner for thinning.
  13. sapperastro

    Total mess

    It would be ts spray. Methylated spirits, or denatured alcohol will do it.
  14. One of my older threads, but I discovered something that I thought I might put out there for discussion. I am currently working on a fw 190a3, and while getting my usual colours ready for painting (h27, h32 and h127) I thought to myself 'isn't rlm 74 supposed to be grey green?'. Now I know h32 has the slightest green tinge to it, but after brushing out my tin of h66, it too is very dark grey with a slightly greater greenish tinge, and so I thought perhaps h66 would actually make a better rlm 74 grey green than h32. Thoughts?
  15. It is the same as Tamiya acrylic, so without additions like retarders, the fresh coat can easily reactivate and pull up the previous coat when brush painting. I would advise either going through the rigmarole of using an acrylic paint retarder, using a different acrylic paint (model master, revell, humbrol, etc) or enamels when brushing.
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