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Mark Harmsworth

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    WW2 planes and cuddling my dog

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  1. My best guess is that your problem is a result of the paint not adhering to the plastic properly and so lifts off with the masking tape. This is what I do: - clean the plastic with isopropanol alcohol applied with a cotton bud - spray primer (for metallics I use a gloss black primer) - wait overnight - spray metallic - wait overnight - mask - etc etc So, from my perspective. I would say 'no' to both your questions. I use acrylics and the paints I normally use are Ultimate primers and Vallejo Metal Color for the metallics. I have (almost) never had paint lifting after masking. This example had a lot of masking after the metallic and is before applying decals: Good luck Mark
  2. I am interested in this - but for the opposite reason. I've been using Ultimate primers for several years. Thinned with their thinners and sprayed at just under 20psi using a wide nozzle it gives a robust, smooth surface. I'd be interested in hearing how you've been trying to use it. Good luck with your search. Mark
  3. Have a look at my answer to your question in the New Members section. Xtrakit - Hannants have some second hand: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/XK72003?result-token=BUNnp - which has a link to a review at Hyperscale Also Hannants show the Special Hobby kit as a future release Mark
  4. There is a review section here where you can find some useful stuff. Cyber Hobby Sea Vixen: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234909553-de-havilland-sea-vixen-faw1/&do=findComment&comment=923155 Revell: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235095018-de-havilland-sea-vixen-faw2-172 revell-03866/&do=findComment&comment=4111672 I always find Scalemates useful - in this case it seems that many of the 1:72 Sea Vixen kits are related. Have a look at the 'product timeline' section here: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/revell-04132-sea-vixen-faw-mk2--127722 And may I add my welcome to Britmodeller - I'm sure you'll get a lot out of being here. all the best Mark
  5. I'm an airbrusher but I brush paint a gloss varnish (Future / Klear) in preparation for decals. I use a wide, flat brush for that and I don't use an airbrush as I hate cleaning it afterwards. It's transparent you see. Or not. For the final varnish I use xtracrylix (usually satin) which I airbrush on but the container states it can be applied by brush. Hopefully helpful Mark
  6. Have you had a look at the kit reviews here? https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/forum/450-kits/ Mark
  7. Wonderful build - and all from a few bits of bent plastic. I honestly wouldn't know where to start with a project like that. You are a true craftsman. And there I was wondering if I'd have enough space for a 1:72 Sunderland - and that's just the box all the best Mark
  8. Well, that's a comment you don't see everyday. Just fantastic work. I'm pleased with myself when I manage a couple of 'scratch built' seatbelts! Great introduction - looking forward to seeing more of your creations. all the best Mark
  9. Hello and welcome (I seem to think that's a catch phrase but can't quite place it). Anyway - greetings from another inhabitant of E. Sussex. I'm sure you'll enjoy being a member here. Do you have any specific interests? all the best Mark
  10. I would still recommend gloss black as it will definitely give you a smooth finish (and avoid all that messing around with polishing and cleaning the primer). If you look closely at the P-51 image I posted you may see that the wings are duller than the fuselage - I achieved that with a varnish on top of the metallic finish - I was trying to replicate the look of the paste that was applied to the wings on the real thing. Mark
  11. Not sure about the air pressure necessarily being the issue. I've successfully sprayed Metal Color at around 15 psi on to a gloss black primer. The metallic finish then was robust enough to take plenty of masking. This is ready for decaling: I do wonder about the amount of paint hitting the model. What size nozzle are you using? Mark PS keep at it - these paints produce an excellent finish
  12. That is just excellent. And splendid. I'm largely an aircraft guy venturing occasionally into armoured stuff. For some reason I've always liked the Sherman and yours is wonderful work. You've inspired me. thanks for posting. Mark PS that first image is a real eye catcher
  13. You could try contacting 43 Squadron Association. There is mention of the private collections of their members - you never know. Here: https://www.43squadronassociation.com/
  14. I'm in a similar situation with a Bf109 on the bench and soon to start my first Luftwaffe mottling in over fifty years. So I had a look around and found these threads. The first one is interesting - using chalk pastels https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235061417-ww2-luftwaffe-camouflage-mottling/ This is using a brush: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234989441-how-do-you-do-mottling/#comment-2117911 and this with an airbrush: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234959745-luftwaffe-mottling-techniques-where-do-i-start/#comment-1612448 I was tempted to try the chalk pastel route but in the end I decided I have an airbrush which I've been using for a few years now so I'm going to be brave. And one of my very old builds, from the back of the cabinet, is going to become a paint mule to try out first. Good luck Mark
  15. Brilliant. I saw the title and just had to have a look. Love the idea and the execution is first rate. thank you Mark
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