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  1. I have read (and now I can't find where!) That Galeria should not be thinned more than 25%, as over-dilution weakens the acrylic bonds and can lead to flaking over time. Galeria is designed for use with (distilled) water - other thinners may affect its behaviour. I have read of the dreaded 'white specks' problem from people who have used more aggressive thinners. Given that Galeria is intended for use as a varnish for paintings, it makes sense to me that it would be designed to be use with non-solvent thinners since these could affect delicate art work. I've had no problem spraying Galeria thinned 25%, though I need to up the air pressure bit (I can't say how much as my pressure gauge is unreadable), but probably around twice what I use for paints which I thin by around 50% Cheers Colin
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    Paint from Jadlam

    Having recently changed to painting with lacquers, my first problem was sourcing them. None of my LHS stock them apart from Tamiya spray cans. Searching online I found Mr Color was stocked by Jadlams, Not only are they a good price (£1.99 for the standard range), they send them postage free in the UK. This is, I think, unique amongst the online sellers. It is so refreshing to be able to order a single pot of a colour without having to pay what is generally more in postage than the cost of the paint. Orders usually arrive by Royal Mail in 2 - 3 days. I guess Jadlams figure they recoup the costs by increased sales across the shop. Prior to using Jadlams I used to try and anticipate my paint needs for the foreseeable future and buy multiple paints at the same time to save on the postage costs - but would invariably find I'd forgotten something. They stock a number of paint ranges beside Mr Color, so if you weren't aware of this service, its certainly worth a look. Cheers Colin
  3. Saw it departing Southampton. I live close to the end of the runway. Generally I just blank aircraft noise, but the sound of those big radials grab one's attention! Cheers Colin
  4. I haven't attempted RAF camo since switching to lacquers, so haven't investigated. My enamel of choice was Xtracolor X001. As a general point I have noticed Hataka colours seem a bit lighter in many cases compared to what I used before - built in scale effect? Cheers Colin
  5. I use very thin strips of Tamiya tape to mask the outline of the glazing panel, then fill the gap with Mr Masking Sol R (note this is water based. Some masking fluids contain ammonia, which reacts with Future if you use it for your canopies). Thin strips of Tamiya can be made to work round curves, but for round windows or rounded corners I use a punch to make Tamiya tape discs. I have tried masks but found some (usually vinyl ones) can leave a residue on my Future coated glazing. Paper masks work fine for me, but to be honest I don't find them much of a time saver over using my own method. If they're supplied in the kit, I'll use them but I wouldn't pay extra. Cheers Colin
  6. That last sprue should keep the carpet monster well fed 😄 Cheers Colin
  7. I've given up on buying drill sets, as like others I keep breaking the finer bits - or the carpet monster eats them. Instead I buy packets of 10 HSS bits off Amazon. Cheers Colin
  8. I started using Hataka Orange line last year, and am very impressed. Had no problems so far. Some have no date, others are 2021 and 2023. As for mixing I use an electric shaker, and let it run while I fire up the compressor and get my paint booth in order. Maybe 3 minutes or so. Also I thin the paint for airbrushing with Mr Color Leveling Thinner which seems to work well and (so far) has kept in a thinned state in glass jars with no problems. I had heard there were batch problems with Hataka in the past, but I've not seen it in the 15 bottles I've used do far. I'm now converting to lacquers only, though I hate my many tins of enamels to go to waste, lacquers are so much easier to use, and these days, the colour range seems better (taking all brands into account) Cheers Colin
  9. That I'm OK with - its the natural evolution of language to accept changes in the real world. To text is analogous to 'post' (I'll post you a letter) and 'email'. I'm not sure it has lost tense - I hear (and use) texted, though it may not generally the be case. I thought Twitter was a very clever name for the service as it naturally leant itself to 'tweets' and 'tweeting' God knows what was going through Musk's mind when changing it to X! Are people going to ever start saying 'I Xed you'? WhatsApp is another stupid name (though I like the service) as it doesn't feel comfortable as a verb. I occasionally hear 'I whatsapped you' but more likely than not its 'I messaged you' - I guess at present WhatsApp is the messaging system of choice so the application can be assumed, but its not precise and could lead to confusion. As a general rule I don't like nouns being turned into verbs when its just a lazy shorthand, but sometimes the practice does serve a useful purpose. Texting is definitely a distinct activity that didn't exist until recently. Many words in English serve dual purpose - for instance 'talk' and 'walk', so nothing new there. Cheers Colin
  10. And the Irish have 'Mammy' - so I wonder do Americans have Yommy Mommies and Irish Yammy Mammies? 🤔 Cheers Colin
  11. And 'like'. I've heard conversations where 'like' is every second word. But these happily seem confined to speech and I think are the equivalent of 'ah' or 'umh'. The speaker is processing their thoughts as they speak, but the mouth is already in gear and the brain can't keep up! Cheers Colin
  12. Depends if you're being paid by the word or not Cheers Colin So ...
  13. Just encountered another teeth-grinder which I'm seeing in the media more and more: "we reached out to ... for comment" Why didn't you just ask? Is this trying to imply some sort of super-human effort on the part of the journalist beyond the capabilities of us mere mortals? Cheers Colin
  14. I don't think anyone is criticising non-native speakers. Indeed, my experience is they have more respect for English than most native speakers! A lot of the comments are about the laziness/carelessness of native speakers/writers . English is a very rich language, but constantly seems to be dumbed down in the UK. Having lived in both Ireland and the England, I have to say the average Irish person has a much better grasp of the language (and makes better use of it) than the average English person - their swearing alone is far more creative! But they can come back - there was a period when it became very uncool to say 'cool' but now it seems to have come back into fashion. Its hard to keep track ... kids in particular seem to love messing around with words and subverting meanings (e.g. sick). I think its to do with group identification - nothing more cringe-making (deliberate use of 1920s popular use there :)) than hearing someone from outside the group mis-using a one time 'in' word. Like using 'wizard' today. Cheers Colin
  15. That one is debatable, and probably a false analogy - even though QI said it was! It would appear that it derives from the old French word orenge which can be found in Middle English texts. Given that French was still in use in the English court at the time, this seems to me the more likely provenance. The fun thing with English is that it has been influenced by so many languages, and what we speak today is a mixture or largely Germanic and Latinate words (with of course a large dose of later imports from the colonial era). So you get the Anglo Saxon 'Cow' and 'Sheep' (from the Anglo Saxon farmers who raised the animals) but 'Beef' and 'Mutton' from the French (who were eating the meat in their castles). Because of the multiple origins of words it is very easy to assume a given transformation applies to two similar words which actually have completely unrelated etymologies. A favourite of mine is 'penguin' allegedly the only known import from Old Welsh (meaning 'White head'). The theory is it originally applied to the now extinct great auk (an Atlantic bird). Francis Drake mistakenly applied it to what we now know as penguins when sailing round Cape Horn. Cheers Colin
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