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  1. The active nature of gloop is a strength and risk. Yes there is some action on the target surface, which makes the bond strong. If you piled on a lot I guess distortion is a risk, but I wouldn't apply a lot in one go ... a thick layer takes longer to cure anyway. You speak of applying later on top of enamel and/or putty. I would strip the paint off first. Also I'm not sure how well gloop will work over normal putties - I've never tried that, but I suspect it may defeat the purpose of using gloop in the first place as you are building in a surface which can crumble when scribed.
  2. Re superglue - I don't really use it where spreading is required, mostly point or fine seam repairs. My method (using cheapo pound shop stuff) 1 - squirt a pool of glue into a plastic tray - I use the lids of plastic boxes that cotton buds come in. The glue doesn't bond to this plastic, and stays viable for some time 2- use a toothpick to transfer glue to afflicted area 3 - immediatly sprinkle with talcum powder. This dries off the glue instantly and makes it more sandable. But do the sanding ASAP - the glue gets harder over time Gloop
  3. I think your bigger problem might be trying to scribe basic putty. Using a scriber, this has a tendency to crumble and not leave the clean line you want. A scribing saw might give a better result Putty crumbling is the reason I use either 'gloop' (homemade polystyrene - i.e left over sprue - and Tamiya thin cement) or superglue for filling. Gloop hardens to the same consistency as the kit making scribing much more consistent. Superglue works well too, and is much faster drying - I use this for small touch ups. Cheers Colin
  4. When we were kids my Dad always said "more than 2 of anything is a collection" Cheers Colin
  5. Yes - but I had one on my Amazon 'wish list' for ages. One day it suddenly dropped in price by nearly 50% to £39. Not cheap, but the cheapest I've ever seen it, Yes I bought one. I find that with many things on Amazon that the price can fluctuate wildly over time. I place items I'm considering on a wish list, and check them daily (it needs to be daily). I've got some great bargains this way - mostly vinyl at the moment. Often the price drop only lasts a day, so you need to act quickly. Of course the challenge comes in guessing when the price reaches rock bottom - sometimes an item
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    Thats the end of using ebay for me. Righty or wrongly, I always saw PayPal as a safety net, which in my experience, worked fairly for both buyers and sellers. Having ebay directly accessing my bank is out of the question as I suspect money will just be removed from my account should a buyer complain - and should the buyer be in the wrong, it will take ages to get the money back I don't use my bank account online for anything. I always use a credit card for online transactions (which gives you some protection). I don't trust ANYONE'S security 100%, but, the credit card comp
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    Cats and Dogs

    I and my parents are very much dog people, though we all fit the alleged 'cat personality profile'. Frankly I think that's rubbish - I've known a number of people who's only friend is their dog. Of course circumstances may dictate a certain corelation. You should be a bit 'outdoorsy' to own a dog, as they like lots of exercise, conversely if you live alone in a city flat a cat is really your only option. Understandable given your experience, but sadly this is a bit self perpetuating. Dogs sense your discomfort - though not necessarily the reason - and that makes them nervous. Th
  8. If you haven't you should pay a visit to a Shuttleworth trust display at Old Warden - they fly some incredibly rare (possibly unique in some cases) aircraft (as well as replicas). Personally I don't think anyone can really get a feel for what an amazing achievement the early days of flight were without seeing these things in the air. As far as I'm concerned, anything that can be made to fly should fly. That's what they're for. For me its tragic that the Vulcan had to be grounded and there is no flying Concorde neither of which can come close to being properly appreciated sitting on the gr
  9. When they are flown, they are done so with respect to the age and value of the aircraft - never (intentionally) anywhere near their design limits. I'm not sure where you get the impression that these classics are flown excessively. They are simply far too expensive to operate just for fun, and any operator will be acutely conscious of the hours put on an airframe - and in particular, the engines - leading to early and very expensive maintenance. That said, they have to earn their keep and do so either directly or indirectly through public displays - and those displays need to be entertaining.
  10. Absolutely - files are stored on PC, on USB drives kept in another room, and Amazon. I will probably never download the Amazon files, but they're there should I ever need them. It does take a while to download them! Cheers Colin
  11. The problem with this is that as well as keeping the aircraft airworthy, pilots need to spend time on these aircraft to stay current. Keep them in the hanger and you'll end up with no one capable of flying them safely. Yes its a shame some get lost, but it is the sight, sound and smell of these aircraft flying that keep the public interested and prepared to support restoring and maintaining warbirds through ticket sales, merchandising and donations. Cheers Colin
  12. It depends where you're coming from. A big plus of the Prime photo store is you can save images in many native formats. When you get into terabytes of data, its probably the best value cloud storage available - but I agree, useless for photo hosting. Cheers Colin
  13. From memory I think it was decals in a Sword kit or possibly Special Hobby I had issues with - mind you, the decals were so thin I was an idiot to even think of using strong setting solution. Cheers Colin
  14. I've been using these for a while now and find them pretty good - the extra strong has coped with some old, thick Japanese decals quite well (I'm looking at you Tamiya). However do test on a spare decal if possible. The stronger versions have eaten some decals I've used! Cheers Colin
  15. Depending on the depth and nature of the scribing, the klear coat may be your problem. Unless applied very thinly this can fill the lines to some degree and round the edges meaning that the wash won't stay in the lines when you wipe. Try your technique on a test piece without Klear coating. I realise you may be trying to protect the underlying paint from the wash - to that end I usually use a watercolour wash, then Klear (sprayed) afterwards to seal it. Cheers Colin
  16. For what its worth I've worked in one form or another in online user support for 30+ years. If people need help, they will click on the first thing that says "Help" regardless of any caveats, underlining, colors etc. etc. All the see is the word "Help". The other thing I've learned is "punters don't scroll" they will only look at the options on the screen in front of them, and if they see anything that remotely fits their needs, they'll click on it. With that in mind, I think what I would do is remove the phrase "help and support". I also note that many of the help requ
  17. I think Johnson's changed the Klear formulation making it unsuitable for our uses, but then re-released the original formulation under another name. In the UK the correct stuff is "Pledge Revive-it", which dries within 10 - 15 minutes (though I tend to let it harden for a bit longer) Yes this is a risk as it has a tendancy to pool if applied too heavily. Thinning with IPA can help avoid this, but I prefer airbrushing to ensure the thinnest possible coat. I think many would say you should use a varnish designed for the purpose anyway. But in my experience, Klear seems
  18. Don't disagree with any of the above, but I do airbrush it thinned 50/50 with IPA and the cleaned with the cellulose thinner I use for all cleaning, Cheers Colin
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    Covid Jab

    I think this is because many volunteers are or will shortly be returning to their normal work ... looking ahead there may be fewer sites, or there will be uncertainty as to which sites will be staffed. Cheers Colin
  20. So really I'm a vinyl guy, but I do have a collection of some 800 CDs which I have ripped and stored on a drive connected to a cheap IOTA tablet, which in turn is connected to my hi fi. Sound quality is not bad (I can listen to it) but am thinking of buying a DAC in the £100 range with the hope of improving the sound quality. I'm also looking ahead to the summer/fall when Spotify will be starting CD quality streaming. Just wondering if any of our members have experience with DACs. At the moment my short list includes Topping D10s SMSL M100 mk2 iFi Zen
  21. Well I was in Hobbycraft today (finally able to buy some paint!) and noticed that they have completely discontinued Airfix kits (btw any remainders are at clearance prices) and replaced them with a greatly increased range of Revell kits. Doesn't seem likely that such a big retailer would do this if Revell were planning to stop production. Cheers Colin
  22. The inflation calculator https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/bills/article-1633409/Historic-inflation-calculator-value-money-changed-1900.html says it should be £2.75. Of course that's not quite fair as petroleum based products would have been hit much harder than average during the period. Cheers Colin
  23. Less than I expected. This is a big kit. Cheers Colin
  24. Is it? As a fairly recent returnee it seems to be thriving compared to the state of things 20 or so years ago Cheers Colin
  25. Just file that away for future reference next time eye browse are raised regarding one of your 'essential' purchases ("but it was less than the price of a pair of knickers") Cheers Colin
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