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  1. What an unfortunate time to discover that you don't have an exact match for BS Dark Earth. You know what overseas shipping charges are like.
  2. @'V' I'll try to answer some your earlier questions directly. Can I come back? Yes, definitely! Do you want to? I imagine that you miss scale modelling, otherwise I wouldn't be here typing this reply. Is it possible to start again without being 'driven' to achieve excellent results? Perhaps, but perhaps not. That may be a cop-out. It's just that I've learned the hard way how we are happier if we can accept, accommodate, and even embrace are own character traits rather than trying to fight ourselves. There's nothing really wrong with striving for perfection as long you can accept some failures. But if not accurate, or as accurate as I can make it, is there any point? Yes, of course. Accuracy is just one valuable facet of what we modellers do; it is not the be-all-and-end-all. It doesn't impress anyone who knows nothing of the subject or of modelling. I get a warm, fuzzy feeling of validation when a friend or relative looks at my display cabinet and says "hey, wow, that's nice". And it probably won't be that super-accurate Churchill AVRE which took 100-odd hours of research, detailing, weathering... It may be something shiny or eyecatching; maybe something which I thought was ordinary. Are you the only audience for your builds? If so, change that. Make something shiny. Go up to that loft and see if anything there compels you to make it. If not, go out of your comfort zone like Duncan suggested. It could be the simplest thing, done to a high standard, without accuracy being even possible, let alone required. One of the most enjoyable sidesteps which I have ever made was to start painting busts. Completely different ethos.
  3. @Bertie Psmith A genuine thank you for sharing that interesting and personal post above. I thought that I just had to acknowledge that.
  4. Hobbies don't necessarily need to be "fun", which I think is an oft-misplaced word, but they do need to be fulfilling. Without that, hobbies are not a very good use of the considerable time, effort, and money which tend to be expended. Part of that fulfillment comes from the challenge. In that sense, they are almost the opposite of most other pastimes. How each person finds fulfillment is up to them to figure out. Mine comes from two things. Firstly, I love trying to achieve the highest standard of which I think that I may be capable, and I enjoy finding out what that may be. I have no interest at all in organised competitions, as my only benchmarks are the best models which I have so far made and the best of what I see elsewhere (such as in Air/AFV Modeller, in books, or from well known modellers). Seeing whether I can get anywhere near to what other people can do is fulfilling because it's challenging. Maybe that gives the same dopamine high as playing a video game. You struggle with a difficult level, you fail repeatedly, and you curse it; but you get better, and eventually you beat it. I was a keen gamer in my teens and I can well recall that feeling of huge satisfaction. Secondly, there is variety. I have never understood why anyone would only make, let's say, WWII fighters or DAK tanks. Or why some modellers seem unwilling to try to improve their skill, learn new techniques, or try different modelling disciplines. Doing the same thing in the same way to the same standard would be really boring to me because it is just stagnating. This is not to claim that I have never lost interest for a period. Far from it. I can walk away for a few days, focus on work, and not worry about when I will go back into the other office. My longest gap lasted for a few months due to a personal loss, during which I ignored this forum and all else modelling-related, like none of it existed. And I have never mentioned this here, but I have had to contend with mental health issues for many years, so I know only too well that modelling can be a salve from that and yet sometimes a trigger of it. I know that it can be hard to reconcile oneself with a desire for perfection and a (sometimes overly) critical eye. Everyone has a different balance point in that respect. How one deals with a complete loss of interest and a long time away is not an easy question to answer. Some people have forthright views about that. I think that it's down to the individual to know his or her own mind and situation better than any of us can. Maybe doing something different will draw them back; maybe dreaming up a project about which they are really passionate will do it, as it did for me. But to answer your question in short, there is always a way back. I guess that you just need to relax, don't sweat it, and perhaps you will stumble upon it.
  5. I experimented a little with stonework on both the pink type and the old fibrous blue type (like the black that you have). My first lame effort with a pin vice suggested that the pink version might be slightly better. Certainly safer. I've since bought a set of cheap carving tools which should make it easier to work. However, my first real building project is from the West Bank, so I've made the structure (inc. windows and door frames) with foam and carved the sculpture block material into concrete bricks.
  6. You can return it for a full refund (including reasonable return postage cost -- though some retailers have to be reminded of that) or replacement as it's not of satisfactory performance or quality. Even if they were all like that, it couldn't be used as an excuse.
  7. Yeah, that's correct, Nigel. If you want to keep the limiter's position while cleaning, just unscrew the handle.
  8. Given the comparative paucity of good learning resources for figure painting, in particular books, I had high hopes for this. Now that I have quickly looked through a copy, I won't be buying it because it does not offer enough uniqueness to justify its very high price. Among this series of books, it is certainly one of the better ones, with more than the usual level of insight. Indeed, it is one of the better figure books of recent times because it is much more than just an expensive portfolio or product placement propaganda. There is step-by-step content; some explanation of colour choices; some all-too-rare insights into "why". It is more than just the usual procedural book. However, it is held back by the contemporary modelling book philosophy; it seems to be predicated on a belief that model makers have low reading comprehension, so have to be drip-fed by single paragraphs and captions in among lots of photos. I don't know about you, but I learn from in-depth explanations rather than trying to interpret pictures. There is also the apparently obligatory space given to the fundamentals; things which likely buyers of this book already know, while anyone else can find the same advice for nothing. Like the other titles, it would have benefitted from the eagle-eyed attention of a sub-editor. I put more care into a single line of web copy than AK puts into editing its entire written output. If the publisher didn't care, why should it have so much of my money? I may have felt a little more charitable towards AK if it was half the price and available in Apple Books on desktops rather than a mobile app.
  9. Iwatas can have sticky triggers as well, but the lip balm treatment keeps them smooth for weeks at a time. Unlike Iwata's sticky "lubricant".
  10. Thanks to eBay finally putting a search box on the purchase history page, it was easy to find. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/393483809795 I've bought the 6mm in the past and 10mm last month; both were the same quality. You may find the surface a bit different, I'm not sure, but if you need something else for finer carving, you could try Sculpture Block or DAS clay. I'm in the process of learning how to use these two products.
  11. Do you mean me? If so, I have a name. I was just trying to help you.
  12. P.S. Just saw your George Washington bust on your website. I have to say well done for that and I hope that you show it here.
  13. Hey, TJ, that's pretty nice. The weathering and groundwork are especially strong. If I can make one suggestion it's that the gradations in the skin could be more progressive. Are you a 100% acrylics guy for that kind of task, or would you ever use oils? There is no way that I could paint a face without oils! And I know from PPP that your pace of output is legendary, but one day is really shaming us all! Thanks for sharing.
  14. No. As a rule, if a marking is printed in reverse and upside down on its backing paper, that is a transfer and will require either a wet or dry direct application. An example of dry transfer is the type made by Archer; an example of wet transfer is the type made by HGW.
  15. Welcome! I don't know what this lining should look like or what I'm supposed to be looking at in that photo, but if I've understood correctly, you may find something in a fabric shop which would meet your requirements of thinness, flexibility, and texture. Perhaps take a photo of the real thing, explain what you want, and ask for some fabric which can be cut without too much fraying. If needed, treat it in place with a little thinned matte PVA, such as Mod Podge, or perhaps matte varnish.
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