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  1. will2017

    Homemade Spray Booth Electrics

    I'm having a lot of ideas at the moment. The latest is to build a DIY spray booth, (for when I've sorted out an airbrush), but what concerns me are the electrics. Assuming that I've got the right parts - bathroom extractor fan, 3-core, on/off switch and 3-pin plug, does anyone have an idea on how to wire these things up? I only ask, because I'm a simple mechanical engineer and can attach bits together, but have always seen electrics as a bit of a black art.. Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. will2017

    White Stencilling / NO STEP markings - Decals 1:72

    Thanks for this advice. It's certainly given me food for thought as to the next step. I quite like the idea of white paint marker on the clear decal sheet. I'll give that a try..
  3. I'm currently attempting to build a selection of post-war RAF aircraft (Tornado F3, Lightning, Phantom FGR2, F4(UK), but due to a combination of events I am lacking stencilling, particularly for the Tornado. I don't really want to have to search for (non-existent) decal sheets with walkways / NO STEP / Funny upside-down hooks - or rely on well-known auction sites to overpay for stuff. Is there a way to cleanly produce white stencil markings in 1:72? I'd prefer if I could do this, whilst retaining some sort of calmness, though prepared to make a bit of effort if I can see the end result. I did think that the combination of white ink / draughting pens, and a master decal sheet, I could transfer the markings to a clear decal sheet, cutting, sealing and protecting as much as I can. Am i heading in the right direction, or is there an alternative process I can follow?
  4. I'm keen to model the units that an individual aircraft (in this case a Tornado F3) has been in from inception to disposal. Is there a way of finding this information out? I've sent a couple of emails to the RAF Museum at Hendon, to their heritage section, and so far nothing.. Are there any other ways to collect this info?
  5. will2017

    MAN Trucks - HX60/58/77

    Totally different. The UK vehicles have the Marshalls loadbed on all versions - some even have the HIAB crane. I guess each country got a bespoke design, based on a common chassis
  6. will2017

    MAN Trucks - HX60/58/77

    Does anyone know of any kits of the MAN trucks we have? Looking to make at least one of each type.
  7. will2017

    Grubby Decal Restoration

    Hi, I have discovered a set of grubby decals in a stash I didn't know I had - I think it's from a 1:72 MiG-29 that I've never got around to building. Apart from the mild yellow-ness, they appear to have got grubby as well. Is there any way I can clean these up, without fundamentally destroying the sheet? - or is it a wasted effort? http://s661.photobucket.com/user/willroney/media/IMG_1978.jpg.html
  8. will2017

    Tornado F3 Stencils

    ...or even Model Alliance..!
  9. will2017

    Tornado F3 Stencils

    I am building an early 25 Squadron Tornado F3 (from a MD101 Sheet), and am using an Airfix Club kit as the base. But there are no stencils / standard markings (to any great extent). Are there any sheets showing early stencils, or can I search for current ones. The only aftermarket ones I can find are the ones for Op. Telic (Xtradecal, Hannants)?
  10. will2017

    Modeldecal 58

    I have a Modeldecal 101 sheet and am starting a build of a Tornado F3 (ZE858 FK / ? ). MD101 references MD058 for the 'F' & 'K' of the Tailcodes. is there a current equivalent to MD058 that I can source the tail codes from?
  11. I remember also the pin in the end of the glue tube... What a set of replies. I'm slightly overwhelmed with the information, thankyou for them all. I think a try-out with VMC to begin with and see where that gets me is what's in order. Am I right in thinking that once painted, rather than simply slapping on the decals, it's a coat of varnish, then the decals, then some sort of further decal fixative?
  12. I am currently working up to starting my first kit in a great number of years, and I've noticed a lot of talk about how good/bad the paints are these days. I used to use Humbrol enamel tins back in the day (1990s), but it seems from some comments that they've changed the recipe and gone downhill. As my first model I'm looking to build an ADV Tornado in 1:72, so lots of shades of grey. I don't have an airbrush so the paint will be manually brushed on. Has anyone got any good recommendations - I am prepared to ditch Humbrol forever if there is a decent alternative.
  13. will2017

    Decal sheet for Tornado serials.....

    Slight hijacking of the thread, but I'm looking for some 1:72 F3 / ADV serials - the small white ones on the fin. Any suggestions on where to look for a bulk-decal sheet?
  14. will2017

    Tornado F.2 ZA254 - F.3 Differences?

    Thanks for this. A prototype F2 will be part of 2017 I think.
  15. will2017

    Discontinued Decals -Tornado

    I'll have a look at that one. Thanks for all the help you've all given me.