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  1. LotusArenco

    Help needed with homemade washes ?

    Just keep in mind that a water based sludge wash on a glossy surface won’t do much to the overall tone. It’ll fill in the panel lines lovely, but just wipes off the main areas. On a satin or matt surface it can stain, tone and give random results which can be a help or a hindrance, depending on what sort of finish you’re after. I quite like the random effect on a satin finish, and if used in conjunction with other effects like pre/post shading or salt/hairspray, can give all sorts of arty-farty finishes. Mart
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    Trainer yellow decal paper...

    Hannants have these, any use? https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/MSTF06 https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/XPS5 Mart
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    Best product for carrier deck texture?

    Something along those lines. Although you can buy fine pumice gel and various other ‘texture’ gels that may suit the scale better. That’ll be the way I’d try to do it. A fine hair comb or even a hacksaw blade? Mart
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    Help needed with homemade washes ?

    A little bit ambiguous that. What sort of effect are you after? For a general all-purpose ‘sludge’ wash, I knocked up a brown grey coloured one using artists’ watercolour paints and gouache. I just mixed colours randomly until happy with it. Add a bit of distilled water, and you’re good to go. Same thing can be achieved with ground down soft artists’ pastels and water, but add a tiny drop of washing up liquid/ dish soap to improve the flow. Try to get soft pastels as they usually have more pigment in (the hard pastels contain more binder). Homebrew wash in action… Here’s a different take on your weathering wash. https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/261541.page Ignore the fact that it’s aimed at wargaming figures, and think of it as a general weathering wash which can be made to any colour you desire. I’ve used this wash for smaller areas of weathering/filtering and cockpit interiors. The initial materials will cost you more than a ready made wash, but once bought should last forever. Mart
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    Electric motor to spin prop- recommendations?

    Gosh! I see some motorised 1/144 aircraft being chopped up on my workbench in the near future. Mart
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    Electric motor to spin prop- recommendations?

    Yup, extremely basic wiring. Motor-wire-switch-battery. I use enamelled wire as it’s much easier to thread through various holes and wot-not. On the Mustang I also added a landing light and fibre optic wingtips, didn’t quite work out with the wingtips, but adding and soldering surface mount LEDs was a bit of a learning curve! Board and resistors are for the LEDs, not really needed for just a motor. Mart
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    Sky Ship - Scratch Build.

    You mad bugger! I’ve always had a soft spot for this type of transportation having been a fan of the old ‘Space 1889’ game and ‘Victorian Sci-Fi’ in general. Have a look here for some further inspiration: http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=9801.0 Mart
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    Electric motor to spin prop- recommendations?

    Have a nose on Amazon or Ebay for motors. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Aircraft-Coreless-Magnetic-DC3-7V-63000RPM/dp/B00LUTF6WC/ref=sr_1_26?ie=UTF8&qid=1528630264&sr=8-26&keywords=electric+motor Some of my spinny prop things: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235013283-airfix-bf109e-4-172/ Very basic wiring, using thin enamelled wire, button batteries and reed switches + magnet to turn on and off. Mart
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    Necron Immortals

    All of them! Well… the 40K ones anyway. I’ve dug out some of my old Marines and already topped them off with a ‘Know No Fear’ box set, not bad sculpts for plastic figures. Start of a downward spiral methinks, and you're really not helping showing your wonderful paintjobs. The Knights look fantastic, but I’m still finding it hard to justify GW pricing. I’m no skin-flint, but nearly £3 for a standard Marine? £100 for a Knight? I’ll probably end up forking out, but I do wonder how the kids manage to play these days. The Renegade boxed game has them at £60 each or so, and is in my wish-list, along with the Calth Heresy box set. I understand you lot in NZ and Oz pay even more for your GW chess pieces! Mart
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    Help for a newcomer to weathering

    Dry pigments, enamels or oil colour would suit this type of weathering better than the Vallejo wash. Once the Vallejo is dry, it’s pretty much permanent! Or have a butchers’ at this lads videos, some pretty good weathering effects. Mart
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    Necron Immortals

    Nice one Will. Those new GW boxsets are looking very tempting!... Mart
  12. Pretty much the same as Gorby’s. I sharpened up one of the prongs to act as a cutter, although I haven’t cut plasticard thicker than 20thou with it. Mart
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    Trooping The Colour 9th June 2018

    Nice one lads , right over the garden! Mart
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    What's flying over your house? Thread #2

    Slight mad dash through the house as today’s flypast was over the back garden rather than out of the front door! And I mean right over the garden! Wonderful sight and noise. Mart
  15. A google image search for ‘compass cutter’ shows many variations on the classic Olfa design. Alternately, there’s the ‘bearing’ type cutters as seen here:http://www.themodellingnews.com/2018/04/andy-examines-three-new-tools-from.html I’ve only rarely had problems with the Olfa changing size on me, usually down to ‘pilot error’ where I’ve used too much pressure, wrong cut angle, or I’m struggling to cut plasticard with an old blunt blade. Numerous light passes with a sharp blade does the trick, flipping the card over to cut on both sides also seems to help. For super accurate circles on plasticard, I use an old pair of sharpened up spring dividers. Use in the same way as the Olfa one, but will leave more of a ridge that’ll need a light sanding. Mart