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FrankJ

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  1. Almost finished Revell Series 3 Land rover. Should I finish paintwork with gloss or matte varnish (using Pledge Revive It for gloss) or no varnish at all? Opinions welcome.
  2. Anyone discovered they have had to give up modelling due to painful upper arms/shoulders, gave up the hobby either permanently or taken a holiday from it and found the arms/shoulder pain went away? I am 70yrs old and not sure if it's a getting old thing or something else. I use my old pc computer desk for building models and Im sure my posture sat at the desk is ok. Today someone suggested to me the modelling maybe the cause of my pain, head bowed slightly when working on small parts and looking through a magnifying lamp. I've been to see the GP and awaiting to hear from the physiotherapy to get checked over.
  3. I don't know about South of the border but apparently a new ruling on smoke/heat alarms comes into force in Scotland February 2022. Interlinked alarms to be fitted in houses, not just new builds. Wondering if anyone has them fitted in the same room/workstation where you build & paint your models where there maybe lots of paint, thinners & other chemicals are stored.
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    Revell Aida

    I wasn't sure how this would d be when I first opened the box as a Couple of previous revell kits were disappointing with parts not fitting together well, however I was surprised to find most of the kit was well moulded. One or too niggly bits but easily overcome. So I will consider revell kits again I just wish I'd tried to put some led lights inside, maybe the next time Wife convinced me to get a display case for it, had to get it custom made due to the length. Wasn't cheap from "Striking Displays.
  5. I've not built any locos carriages before but fancy have a go at it once I've finished the 2 current jobs. Just one question, when purchasing a loco or carriage etc does the kit normally come with length of track to sit the model on?
  6. Just ordered another bike tamiya 1/12 Ducati 916 also something different for late 1/24Paris taxi https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/264408329394 for afters.
  7. Err! Not quite Stef, still fences and shed to paint. Luckily it rained here for a wee while.
  8. Now that I have completed my latest build I think I need to put off buying another kit for about 2 or 3 weeks. Got a garden shed, bike shed, a small lean too shed and 2 long fences front and rear in dire need of painting. Her indoors likes gardening so I can leave her to do the weeding and cutting the grass. I'll spend the evenings deciding which kit to get next. Quicker I get these chores done sooner I can get back to building the next kit with a clean conscious. If I buy a kit just now the chores will be on the back burner again.
  9. Didn't realise you could get photo etch brake discs. Something I'll need to add to my model bike. Do you have a favourite site to but PE brake discs?
  10. My second attempt at motorcycles, a Tamiya 1/12 Yamaha XV1000 Virago. Better than my first attempt which went a bit doolally, probably me. Some of you may think a easy build but hey I'm still learning, I think I want to get a collection of bikes to build, obviously some harder than others, Decals is my nightmare. Most of the build went well, clean cuts of the sprue as expected from Tamiya. One or two little niggles along the way, I thought the front brake discs could have done with a little more detail, pretty flat looking. Paint job on the fuel tank could probably be better, need to practice more on getting a high gloss. There is a sprue which had all chromium parts, I noticed Tamiya Extra Thin didn't stick too well to the chrome parts, super glue did the job. The one decal for each side of the fuel tank was a sorta lined oval shaped loop with nothing in the middle, I messed it up so off it came. I think what I should have done before dipping it in water was to slice it in half, put the top half on first then slide the bottom half up, I think that would have been easier. Overall I'm quite happy with the result.
  11. Loving these really useful tips, keep them coming folks.
  12. Glues I use tamiya extra thin and revell contacta also I make use of superglue. I know tamiya e t melts plastic very quickly especially if the surface has been painted (Acrylics). It cheeses me off when I touch a tiny bit of plastic to hold rubber tubing in place. It just melted straight off The super glue brush tends to get messy and glue ends up where you don't want it. What glues are you guys using? For example a instant super glue type with a neat applicator that can be applied with a single spot.
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    Ultimate Primer

    Is the Rebranded Badger Stynylrez Primer (Ultimate) the same as original stynylrez primer?
  14. I've got a chrome molotow pen I suppose that could do, I didn't know they done it in gold.
  15. Not really sure where I should post this question as I'm in the middle of building Yamaha xv100 Virago motor bike which I know should be in vehicles forum but as my question relates to a method of painting I thought I'd try here first. The picture below is supposed to be painted with semi-Gloss Black but the writing (Virago) to be to be painted in Gold Leaf which will need a fine point brush which I have, the logo on the fuel tank was bad enough but this seems impossible, I can barely read it let alone paint it. I'm using Tamiya paints. Anyone have a tip to highlight the writing or forget it and paint the lot simi gloss black? Decals would have been better in this case.
  16. Bought my 2nd bike (Yamaha VX1000 Virago which hopefully I can do a better job on than my first attempt on a NSR500. I've sat on this bike in a showroom and TBH if I was buying one now this or something like this is what I'd get. I can get both my feet flat on the ground comfortably instead on tip toes. Suits my wee short legs perfectly, alas at 70yrs old I can't see me getting one now so a 1/12th scale will have to do.
  17. Mine was custom made by "Striking Displays" 3mm case internal 710mm x 170mm x 230mm high, 6mm black base1. They recommend you leave a 25mm gap all round model. The above one cost me £98.00 inc' post/packaging, it was a big box stuffed with bubble wrap and other protection. They were very helpful, let them know the size of your model and they will advise you. https://www.strikingdisplays.co.uk/ HTH
  18. Need to paint fuel tank on model bike, instructions say maroon. As I'm using mostly tamiya Acrylics I guess tamiya ts-11 is supposed to be maroon but it looks more like a brown. Would A mix of Revell rust & fiery red be a better shade then gloss it over? I've used the mix before on hulls of model ships which look closer to proper maroon.
  19. My list I would like to see but probably couldn't afford If they exist would be all the cars are ones that I've owned except the passion wagon consul with bench seats my dad's car, a few memories in that... Ahem. 1. Ford Consul 375 with column gear change (passed my test in one 1968). 2; Morris Minor 3; Mk 1 Ford Cortina 4; Hillman Superminx 5; Mk 5 Cortina 6; Volvo 340 7; Volvo 740 8; Toyota Carina executive {my favourite) Other 3 are available but in rally car format.
  20. It was my first attempt on a model bike, I'll just keep it as it is to remind me where I went wrong for future bike builds. Wasn't too expensive so no great loss.
  21. Tamiya 1/12th NSR 500, got it completed but screwed up the decals so it won't be getting posted on BM.
  22. It's now stored in a display case so cats can't touch it.
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    Chrome Paint

    Both look impressive, I'll maybe try the cheaper option first to see how it turns out. If not then Mirror. I want to start doing motorcycles and they have a few chrome parts as you know. Nearly completed my first one but it could be better. Thankfully the cowlings cover the mistakes.
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    Chrome Paint

    Looking for opinions on chrome paint for exhaust tail pipe on plastic model motorcycle, airbrush or hairy stick. I usually use Tamiya 10ml pots for most airbrushing but their X-11 chrome silver is nothing like chrome more a dull siver. Have tried another brand, the name escapes me, anyone know which is best for a proper chrome effect? Maybe I'm not doing the prep work correct.
  25. I seen the Aida in Italy, standing next to it in the harbour it looks enormous, I though the cruise ship I was on (Discovery 2) was big, quite small compared to the Aida. Stored away from the cat until case comes.
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