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Mark Harmsworth

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  1. The company I worked for had a ZX80 delivered to them by mistake. They couldn't get it returned so I 'borrowed' it and showed off my programming skills (as interesting as showing someone all your holiday snaps) to friends and relatives by getting it to display such stuff as 'Hello what's your name?' and 'Nice to meet you Fred'. The wonders of what you could do in 1K - I loved it of course. And of course I bought a Spectrum as soon as it came out. The happy hours I spent cross legged on the floor in front of the telly. Sensible Soccer and The Hobbit ('pick up dead warg') occupied far too much time. Thank you Sir Clive.
  2. How about an ultrasonic cleaner? I have one which I use occasionally for getting the airbrush completely cleaned out. No harsh chemicals needed. Something like this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Signstek-Ultrasonic-Professional-Ultrasound-Earrings/dp/B08QYRTWD9/ref=sr_1_5?adgrpid=575834316&dchild=1&hvadid=80676697622363&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=69090&hvnetw=o&hvqmt=e&hvtargid=kwd-16692064580%3Aloc-188&keywords=cleaner+ultrasonic&qid=1631788911&qsid=261-0840305-9395822&sr=8-5&sres=B08QYRTWD9%2CB073WWXTRF%2CB088WJ2YXF%2CB08LGCLG6D%2CB07HQG4Q2V%2CB083K9SHQJ%2CB08S7RQMZ8%2CB08FJ4YWVK%2CB07D26D2SV%2CB08N67622X%2CB0744HV7X2%2CB076Q8VFQ1%2CB07C1ZCHZM%2CB07K41F7GJ%2CB00TFTUA1G%2CB078S1RDX9%2CB092J22HT2%2CB07MFQ1DXW%2CB079JQVN45%2CB07BL2DY5T
  3. How about asking @Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies for his suggestions? Mark
  4. That certainly explains the impressive expressionist painting. If I may suggest an alternative - I've got an artists ceramic palette which I cover with kitchen foil. At the end of each project I start with fresh foil - and that avoids cleaning the palette. I wish I could remember where I saw the idea. Like this :
  5. OK, I'll ask. Why paint on a cutting mat?
  6. From the sound of it (see what I did there?) I think you should - and I'm a dog owner. You've done the reasonable bit by talking to them. Of course it could be the BAN virus which apparently is very contagious. Once one dog in the neighbourhood catches it then others quickly do too. BAN = Barking At Nothing Mark
  7. From what I've read elsewhere there seems to be no necessity to treat these as decals. I understand that they can be cut out and glued in place using any glue that doesn't cure too quickly (allowing you to move it into position). Of course this comes with a suitable warning that I haven't used any of the 3D decals yet myself Mark
  8. This is going to seem strange - both what's happening and the fact that I'm a bit grumpy about it. Our neighbours and us share a hedge between our two driveways. We get on ok-ish, although we'd never be best friends, and we've never had any real disagreements. Just neighbours really. But (you just knew that was coming) Mr Next Door has got into the habit of coming into our drive and trimming our side of the hedge - for the first couple of metres of hedge from the road. The first time he did it I just thought it was odd, the second time funny but after the third time I'm getting a bit cheesed off. My guess is that he does it so that anyone approaching his house will see a very neat hedge from either direction. I tend to cut our side of the hedge twice a year whereas he's doing it every few weeks. My method clearly isn't up to his standard. I know it seems odd to have a grump about a hedge being kept (very) neat but I've never come across this before and now I just think 'but that's my bit of the hedge'. I have no intention of talking to them about it although I did mention it to their other neighbours when I was walking my dog. They thought it was a strange thing to be doing. The hedge probably won't grow much now until the spring so he may not appear for the next six months or so. I can probably put away my grumpiness until then I suppose. Mark
  9. Thank you - that's what I was hoping for. So I'd guess that you have an interest in the squadron given your screen name and profile image?? Mark
  10. I'm currently building the Trumpeter 1:48 Tomahawk as AN413 'K' - one of the options in the kit. There is minimal info provided with the kit so after a little research (primarily the ORBs) I know that this plane was with 112 squadron in Egypt during October to December 1941. AN413 was originally the regular mount of P.O. Bartle until 19th November when P.O. Duke (yes that one) is shown as the pilot in two sorties. The next day - 20th November 1941 - AN413 was "severely hit" in combat with Bf110s, after P.O. Jeffries engaged and damaged one of the 110s, although fortunately he "brought it home and landed successfully at base". There seems to be no further mention of AN413 until the last flight(s) on 12th December - three weeks later - which suggests a period of repair perhaps. One complication though is that there is a degree of confusion, even in the ORBs, as a result of the Tomahawk serial number ranges starting 'AK', 'AN' and 'AM' (e.g. is that entry really AM541 or should it be AK541?). My main question though is about the appearance of AN413. I have had some help in this forum about the colours which, contrary to Trumpeter's instructions of Dark Green / Dark Earth over Sky, would (probably) have been desert scheme. The kit is provided with the individual 'K' but without the squadron codes of 'GA' which I think could/would have been applied before that last flight on 12th December. There's a few images of 'GA' in use at that time, some clearly applied in a hurry. My interpretation is that showing this plane without the squadron codes would place it before the damage taken in the combat of 20th November. Would that be about right? Many thanks for any replies Mark
  11. A point about Ikea is that they have a service where you can order extra fittings at no cost. All you need is the part number which you can get from their website. Done that. Then just get some clear acrylic sheet cut to size from a specialist supplier. Haven't done that yet though. Mark
  12. That's great. I have that kit in the stash and I'll be very happy if it turns out as good as yours. Mark
  13. Something hard to cut masking tape (and p.e.) on - a small ceramic tile works if you can find one. Given your space restrictions I would definitely go with a small cutting mat - how about an A5 (148 x 210 mm) mat? To protect my desk I use a blotting pad underneath the cutting mat. The blotting paper soaks up most spills and when you get fed up with the way it looks just replace the paper. And you can jot stuff down on it Like this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Osco-Faux-Leather-Desk-Mat/dp/B00TAUXOPY/ref=sr_1_4?crid=3S6LYDIS3F8VB&dchild=1&keywords=desk+blotter&qid=1630235723&rnid=1642204031&s=officeproduct&sprefix=blott%2Caps%2C178&sr=1-4
  14. Taking my dog for a walk yesterday afternoon - that's her in my profile pic - and a car pulls up beside me. Window comes down and the driver says "that's a bear" and then "she's just spectacular". I grin foolishly and say thanks. Car disappears. Still makes me smile. Mark
  15. I very rarely use figures with my builds as the cockpit detail is often one of the best features of a kit and a pilot would hide much of the detail. Of course, if you believe Trumpeter, then a pilot isn't necessary anyway:
  16. Here's a couple of discussions on the topic: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234996583-painting-multi-colored-spinners/&do=findComment&comment=2249455 https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/79946-multi-coloured-spinners/&do=findComment&comment=875744 https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234939639-painting-spirals-on-luftwaffe-spinners/&do=findComment&comment=1307635 https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234995402-painting-spinners/&do=findComment&comment=2228281
  17. It is always worth trying the Hannants search engine: https://www.hannants.co.uk/search/index.php?adv=1&product_category_id=&product_division_id=&manufacturer_id=&product_type_id=all_decals&code=&scale_id=953&keyword_search=109E-4&setPerPage=25&sort=0&search_direction=0&save_search_name=&save_search=
  18. I think the answer partly depends on your areas of interest, and whether you only want modelling magazines, but I can recommend Flypast. Here: https://www.key.aero/flypast
  19. I use a toothpick / cocktail stick to gently rub at the paint. I use acrylics and that method works fine. I don't really know if that would remove enamel paint though. Mark
  20. I use artists chalk pastels for exhaust and gun stains. Rub onto a piece of sandpaper and apply with an old brush or cotton bud. Probably the same stuff as those sets and a lot cheaper. I've got one set of greys and another of browns. Mark
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    This definitely sounds like something I should know but seem to be completely ignorant about. Could someone point me in the right direction? Mark
  22. When that happened to me I bought a pot of copydex to use for those tricky places. I've used it a couple of times and it works perfectly. 125 ml for a fiver. Mark
  23. Thanks for the help. Now I've stumbled across another query. My understanding (which may well be wrong) is that the desert scheme allowed for the undersurfaces to be 'sky, azure or light mediterannean blue'. These two images from the IWM are from the same sqn and period and seem to show a light coloured undersurface - would this be sky? thanks Mark
  24. I've struggled with this as well. Several of my recent builds have been of specific planes which have involved cutting out individual code letters and serial numbers/letters for WW2 planes in 1:72. Code letters aren't too bad but the teeny serial numbers are a challenge - I think it's the surface tension of the water that causes them to have a life of their own. Sometimes I'm just grateful that I can get them on to the airframe. The only answer I've come up with is, like you, to use a thin strip of masking tape plus mark one eyeball. Not hugely satisfactory but, as I don't have a method of printing my own, its' all I've come up with so far. Not at all helpful I know. Mark
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