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Pigpen

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  1. Oooo a quiz! I'm seeing Starfighter wings and a Fouga Magister empennage?
  2. I think you've the mistake I often do, of basing your understanding on what words mean, enhanced and clarified by the accepted rules of grammar. I don't think it works like that anymore.
  3. Yes - the manufacturer was Panavia gmbh which was set up to deliver the Multi Role Combat Aircraft project. The aircraft is the Panavia Tornado.
  4. I think it was Terry Pratchett who noted an interesting use of the word "momentarily" to take advantage of this confusion. "I will do it momentarily" can either mean I will do it straight away, or alternatively at some indeterminate time in the future when I will give it very little effort!
  5. "I'm sorry I haven't a clue" on radio four did something along the lines of "book titles suitable for cats" the other week. Can't remember them all but I was tickled by: "The spy who came in from the cold and then wanted to be let straight back out again, although it was still clearly cold" and "To catch, play with, maul and finally kill a mocking bird"
  6. Pigpen

    Posting paint

    My student "winter job" was at the ANC trunking depot in the 80's, just before Christmas. They would deliberately throw items marked fragile into the cages just for a laugh and open anything that looked like it might be alcohol for consumption during the shift. Bunch of absolute scumbags, I stuck it for two nights then packed it in.
  7. When I came back to the hobby at the age of 45, some thirty years after I last made a model as a teenager it may as well have been starting from scratch so I will share my experiences. For most people the fun is in making a model and while there is satisfaction in showing it to others I would suggest that the greatest pleasure is in the creation. Much model making is about solving problems and with that comes success, failure, frustration and satisfaction. That's easier as you gain knowledge, skill and equipment but you also need to be the kind of person who enjoys this kind of thing and that's aptitude and perseverance. On returning my first model was a 1/48 Canberra on which I spent about £20. I know not why, but I'd never made one, it was reduced and the box was exciting! I spent around £60 - £80 on basic tools, glues, paints etc including a £8 Chinese airbrush. Powered from the spare wheel of my wife's Landrover, she never knew. That's not a huge amount of money, but it felt like a risk and I didn't want to spend more. I got over enthusiastic and tried to add all sorts of extra detailing in the cockpit until I realised I needed to get a grip of the basics. Assembling, filling, sanding, priming, painting, masking, decaling and accepting the kit for what it was. I found the large scale useful as I could be quite agricultural in my approach. Well it wasn't too bad. I learned a lot and after I'd completed a few more it was recycled for the spares box. The most important thing I learned that I was really, really enjoying myself. And so on from there. So my advice is don't go in with the view that you are doing all this work so at the end you will have a perfect model. Go in with the view that you will be having the best fun as you unbox the kit, arrange all your tools, make a start, make a mistake have a success. And if you don't enjoy it, after giving it a good shot, find something else! There is a huge resource here, and on other forums but be careful you don't get distracted by debates about the pros and cons of particular tools, materials and techniques as opinions differ. This is to some extent because people often get the best results from the most familiar tools and techniques and can rarely change horses mid stream without a great deal of trouble. I've bought things others swear by but find out they don't work for me. What I found to be enormously helpful was to have a simple reference work that explained all the basic materials, tools and techniques and showed how to build a variety of models to a reasonable standard. I used the Airfix Model World Magazine's Step by Step guide which was worth it just to understand all these new fangled paints and adhesives but there is Haynes Manual that looks similar. It will let you see models that are good enough without being frustrated by not achieving show wining standards. Finally build a model you want to build, not one that you feel you have to because it's a good one to start with. But ask here first to make sure it's not an absolute pig! I hope that's helpful
  8. I find my Surfacer500, which I use as a paint on putty, needs freshening up every few months, I think the solvent is so volatile it evaporates during the short time the bottle is open. On the basis of what it smells like I use cellulose thinners from Wilkinson's and it still seems to have the same characteristics even after several years. I like PPP on some awkward seams as it's easy to clean up with a cotton bud, but I too find it goes grainy and I bin it and buy a new tube once a year.
  9. What I would really really like is "modern era", but really from my childhood in the seventies and eighties, British railway locomotives and stock in O or 1 guage scale. Static, injection moulded with no intention to run, as that compromises everything. I would absolutely love any locomotive, but imagine a diorama of a class 25, 31, 09, 86, 47, 50 or just about anything on scale wheels, scale track and a few bits of lineside equipment! If this is actually available and I've missed it please let me know....
  10. 1/24 scale Scottish Aviation Bulldog (although I'm over the moon with the 1/48 Tarangus which I will start when I deserve a treat )
  11. Vodka when we finish ? You've not spent much time with Russians then..... Love the first image, really convincing and atmospheric.
  12. Saw a good analysis the other day that demonstrated that if controls were to be introduced it would be better to enforce a minimum rather than a maximum spend. This would result in fewer people filling up less often which is essentially the normal situation. Of course there would be a downside in that some people have to live hand to mouth in terms of fuel as well as rent and food so as usual those who are already disadvantaged would end up with more problems.
  13. Some guy in an Astra did this to me about twenty years ago, when I was driving a rather underpowered car and this roundabout was a bit of a challenge. Well I thought it's an offence to use the horn as an admonishment so he must be drawing my attention to a defect in my car. So I turned the engine off and walked back to him with a smile on my face. He decided to vacate the situation, reversed straight into the bus behind him and drove off tipping me over the bonnet as him did so. How the bus driver and I laughed, quid pro quo !
  14. Probably just surface area to volume ratio. As an adhesive where the "thickness" tends to zero the ratio tends to infinity and cooling is not an issue. As a "blob" then it appropriates to a sphere which is the minimum surface area that a solid can have so all that heat from curing is going through to the plastic. Plus perhaps some channelling via the metal to "hot spots". Bottom line is CA wa never intended to be used as a potting compund. I use epoxy resin and some flaahing left over from building work yeara ago.
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    Camo advice please

    I appreciate your dedication to self improvement but I'm off to stand in the "much worse modeller than you" corner. Seriously if I'd sprayed that so well freehand I'd not be worrying about a few degrees of colour shade
  16. I recall, as a child, having a bicycle with tyres made by the "Dae Yung" company. Just checked on t'interweb and it appears to be true!
  17. Trevor, Allie’s designated human Hi, sorry if this is a bit late but our cat did this sitting in the bath thing a few years ago. We mentioned it to a friend who has several cats and she said, straightaway, it's got a urine infection. Off to the vets and sure enough she had. They press their genetals against the cold surface to get relief from the discomfort. Obvious in hindsight but I'd never have worked it out for myself. Worth looking into if it's changed behaviour. Hope that's useful.
  18. By some bizarre coincidence my searches about summerhouses brought this up earlier today. No idea whether it is any good but I imagine that what you are looking for is something that will either not discolour or if it does discolour do it at the same rate as the uPVC. https://www.upvc-store.co.uk/products/premium-upvc-touch-up-pen-window-door-frame-laminate-scratch-chip-colour-repair?variant=12671011586153&currency=GBP&utm_medium=product_sync&utm_source=google&utm_content=sag_organic&utm_campaign=sag_organic&utm_campaign=gs-2019-01-04&utm_source=google&utm_medium=smart_campaign&gclid=Cj0KCQjwnueFBhChARIsAPu3YkQTr7Ct1hADK4VUsgrjaHo8GsHN96EwNJVg_epLmxW68TMp1NDRJ4EaAq7jEALw_wcB Good luck. Or at least better luck than my assurance to my wife that Milliput fine white would invisibly repair the sink I broke.....
  19. Hmm - while everyone's looking at the Baltic. Just sayin'....
  20. At the crossroads in Milton, Stoke-on-Trent found myself behind an old motorcycle with "R69S" on the rear mudguard. I thought, "I recognise that", and indeed ,as it turned left in front of me, I saw the huge crankcase and opposed cylinders I remember from building the Airfix kit at least twice as a kid. The BMWs always fascinated me, particularly as they were a very common sight as police motorcycles in the 70/80s. Don't know whether that's a "spot" but I've never seen one before. My daughter, to whom I was giving a driving lesson, "helpfully" tried to get me as close behind it as possible so I could have a good look. Noooooo!
  21. I find superfine Milliput softer and easier to work than the standard. Saying that my superfine is a bit younger. However both parts of the superfine are white as one of its key uses is to mend porcelain so they recommend you work it for twice as long, presumably so you can be sure that it's properly mixed. It also doesn't mend chipped kitchen sinks quite as well as one promised the wife it would.....
  22. Welcome - you will find this an unusual place on the internet as it for the most part adheres to the rules of normal society, and as far as I'm concerned that's cool! However you've made the cardinal mistake of admitting to being either a medic or a statistician - everyone at the party wants an opinion - for free. You should have lied and said you worked in number theory.
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