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Michael Morris

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  1. I’m a returner and recently bought first airbrush. When I bought it the advice I was given was start out with something simple like Vallejo Air paints. I’ve been getting pretty inconsistent results leading to loads of runs. Now I know loads of people get great results using Vallejo Air paints, so this is undoubtedly my fault. A few weeks ago I tried airbrushing with some Mr Hobby lacquer paints and they were a revelation. Yes they stink, but I’m finding them far less problematic to use. Now the issue is that I make models of spacecraft, so a lot of my painting involves large areas of white and black. Can anyone recommend good lacquer black and white paints, preferably with a satin finish. thanks
  2. I saw those. Unfortunately they make a thing of them NOT being flexible.
  3. Thanks It's the large white markings on a blue background that I'm particularly after.
  4. I've seen several modelling videos of modellers using a small blue flexible steel ruler with nice big numbering on it. My eyesight is a bit cc**P and one of these little rulers looks like exactly what I need. I can only find one site that seems to sell them and that is for the 12" version and it's in the US. http://shop.archsupply.com/product/alvin-non-skid-flexible-stainless-steel-ruler-blue/ Any ideas where to get one in the UK? Thanks
  5. Yes it looks simple on paper. However, I'm really nervous about attempting it as it will be first kit I've done such major surgery on. Ah well, you know what they say - You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs. In this case, I won't just be turning a C-141B into a C141A, but I'll also be turning it into the Kuiper Airborne Observatory, so I also have to cut a rectangular hole in the fuselage and model the telescope and some interior detail, but I also have to fashion the sliding door (the removed section of fuselage from the B to A surgery should come in handy there) and make an aerodynamic cowling that sits between the telescope opening and the wing root. I certainly know how to make things hard for myself! I want to make the model of the plane making observations in flight at night, so I've ordered some n guage seated figures who can be painted up to look like flight crew. I'm also considering adding some subtle interior lights to mimic the glow of the instrument panels. I must be mad! I've managed to source some decals (thanks Alain, you are a star), so once they arrive. I'll start planning the surgery.
  6. Yes, Anigrand do a resin kit, but to the best of my recollection it's somewhere around £80.
  7. The carrying capacity of the original C-141 turned out to max on volume before it maxed out on mass. Lockheed recalled all bar 4 of these original planes and added fuselage sections both infront of and aft of the wings to increase the volume capacity of the planes. They also took the opportunity to add a mid-air refuelling capability. These were designated as the C-141B. The original design was then retrospectively designated the C-141A. To modify the kit, I will be aiming to perform surgery on the kit that is the exact opposite what Lockheed did to convert the As to Bs.
  8. I've got one of these kits now. It looks like a nice kit, although the plastic is softer than I'd like ;-(. I've got the Retrowings Resin cockpit which looks nice. My only real criticism I've found so far is that I'm going to end up doing a lot of sanding and filling on the fuselage as the rear central spine and from wing fairings don't actually line up from one side to the other. This is a pretty major bo-bo on Roden's part and it isn't a one off as I have heard of others having the similar problems. It's a pretty basic error that could have been easily avoided. Unfortunately I can't really leave it as is, as the asymmetry would be pretty obvious on the final kit. My plan is to cut the fuselage down to make a model of the Kuiper Airborne Observatory (KAO) which was based on the shorter C-141A. However, this all now on hold as Caracal have just sold out of their decal set which includes those for the KAO and no prospect of a reprint in 2020. Anyone got a spare set?
  9. Thanks, but I'm already ahead of you on that one!
  10. Okay, thanks for the update. Looks like my plan to build a model of the Kuiper Airborne Observatory is on the back burner then.
  11. I'm after the set of decals for Roden's 1/144 scale C-141 Starlifter. Can't find a set anywhere.
  12. I've twice tried to contact Caracal Decals about a forthcoming decal set and about a sold out set, but they haven't replied to either e mail. I'm pretty certain they are still going as I noticed a couple of new sets announced on Scalemates recently. Has anyone else experienced similar problems with getting a reply out of them? Thanks
  13. I've bought a (quite expensive) very small 3d printed part for a modelling project I'm doing. I'd like to use the same part on another project as well, so I thought I'd have a go at casting a copy with milliput using a Blue stuff/oyumaro mould of the 3d printed part. I tried to make a mould, but one half of the mould hadn't worked. Unfortunately the original part of the 3d part broke trying to get it out of the mould. What I could do with is to use some form of release agent so that I can get the original out of a blue stuff mould without risking damaging it further. Any suggestions? Thanks
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