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  1. Bought this Flyhawk Penelope 1/700 deluxe package a few weeks ago but had to hold off starting the build. Opened the package and thought golly gosh!!, how am I going to put all these teeny weeny parts together😬


    Just put a first coat of primer on all the sprue parts, I reckon I'll need to hold the tiny parts with stick tape when I snip them from the sprues. Fortunately I have a fairly strong magnifier/lamp.  I'm still fairly in the beginner stage, I hope I've not bitten off more than I can chew with this kit. 😱🧐

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  2. I've got a matt varnish job soon and will be using Humbrol Klear Cote on top of Acrylics. 

    Would it be best to use airbrush or hand brush? 


    Also should I thin it or use a drop or two of Liquitex or both? 


    BTW acrylic paint has been curing for a week. 

  3. Just bought a Multipack  Modellers customisable Sanding sheets, although I like the idea of them I'm not too sure  with some which grade is which.


    I notice each sheet has different coloured backs to them, are they graded by coloured backs or or is it just to look pretty?

    I find it difficult at times to tell the difference  for example between 800 & 1200 grades due to feelings in fingertips these days.


    I've looked on the Ultimate's website but no info there.

  4. You could try Waze, a popular free app, works on android. I had a garmin sat nav years back and although it was good I tried Waze on my android phone, it worked a treat and live updates from other road users advising road works, crashes, speed cameras and a host of other things, also answers your phone via bluetooth. Its faster than gmaps.


    Worth a try before you go spending £150+ .


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  5. Just started painting using my first ever airbrush (Ultra 2-1), I was short of a white gloss paint for my current project, slowly changing brands suitable for airbrushing.

    I had a small amount of Revell Aqua left which I used for hairy sticks and there was enough left to do what I needed via the airbrush or so I thought.

    I used some Tamiya x20-A thinner to thin the revell aqua down, poured it into the cup started spraying which stopped after 2 or 3 seconds, the paint had blocked the nozzle which was full of gunge. Ended up having to strip the airbrush to clean up.

    I doubt I will be using Revell Aqua for airbrushing again. 

  6. Hi Jeff


    Welcome to BM, You've come to the right place for tips etc. I've only been here 3-4 months started modelling after 60 year break, oh how things have moved on since the 1950s. I found beer and girls in the 60s then never had the time nor money for models.


    I've learned lots, spent lots since my time here, I'm sure you will too 😀


  7. Welcome to the forum Tock, I'm sure you'll find similar interests here on BM also your past experience will be useful to newbies like me, I've learned a lot in my short time here, my credit card has found it a strain tho'🥴😁😀

  8. Went into my local model shop for one tamiya paint colour and some thinners for my current ship build and came away with a Italeri 1/48 F14a Tomcat and other paints which I didn't intend to buy. I shouldn't really go in on pension day. 😭

    My very young grandson is moving house next month and he wants me to build some planes to hang in his new bedroom. His mum & dad can pay for the rest😊 I guess my ship build will need to wait 🙄

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  9. 27 minutes ago, Stef N. said:

    You have to give it a bit of a twist and those clips affix to the metal grill. It takes a couple of goes to get it right but it should firmly lodge itself.

    Thanks Stef, eventually got it firm, I think I was afraid to twist it too hard in case I broke the plastic clips. As soon as the flexi hose went on it was pulling the sleeve off.

    I might still get a bit gaffer tape or something to seal round it and stop it from moving.


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  10. Just bought this Spray Booth Spray Booth from Amazon UK, assembled fan & led's work fine.


    I'm not to sure on the plastic sleeve part that clips onto the exhaust fan at the rear, no screw holes for screws just clips. I can clip it on which seems to clip onto the grill but it is not very firm in place, a gentle nudge and it falls off.


    Should I remove the grill which might give the plastic sleeve a firmer grip?


    Or do I have to tape it on to secure it in place

  11. Hi Paul

    Main builds will probably be ships/planes, maybe the odd model car. Currently about to start 1:700 hms penelope. Just finished tamiya 1/48 mk 1 spitfire which I think paint work could have been better hence the reason I'm considering a foray into airbrushing. Paint will always be Acrylics I think. Wife has a problem with smell from enamels. 

  12. I'm about to take a leap of faith to purchase my first airbrush/compressor setup. I have a spray booth picked out (not ordered yet) Booth

    I have been considering a airbrush compressor kit of Amazon kk-moon or some other deal which comes with what I need to get started.

    It's a minefield so I turn to BM hoping to get advice before buying from regular airbrush users. I've never used one before so be gentle please.

    I'm hoping to to keep the hit on my credit card below £250.00, after spending on the spray booth I'll have £180 for airbrush & compressor with hoses etc I will mostly be using acrylic paint Vallejo model air.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

  13. Have succumbed to my wife's request to purchase 1/700 Flyhawk HMS Penelope Deluxe Kit that her father served on during WW2.

    Since I'm  old beginner again I've only   successfully built  a 1/700 Titanic which I'm happy with, almost completed a 1/48 MK1 spitfire, just decals to add on not too sure what I think of that yet (I've seen better on BM pics), couple of small missing parts which have jumped into another dimension and cant be found🤔 (I think paintwork could have been better).


    I hope I've not bitten off more than I could chew with the Penelope.🥴

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  14. I'm pretty much a beginner too, completed my first build of Revell 1/700 Titanic, I was having a bit difficulty with rigging lines, either going saggy or being difficult to to handle. 

    I went into my fishing bag and used some 6lb breaking strain fishing line, cut some lengths and painted the lines black (2 coats). Now it's looks taught, looks correct thickness for the model. 


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  15. I about to purchase the FlyHawk 1109S Flyhawk Hms Penelope 1940 1:700 Deluxe Edition, Can anyone tell me or point me in the right direction where I can find the assembly manual for this build please.

    I'm looking to find the paint colours or codes required for this model. I'd rather buy any required paints (if I don't already have them) at the same time as buying the kit.



  16. Couple of my fine point paint brushes (Golden Maple name on stick) are losing the odd hairs and I think I may need to replace some soon. I use acrylic paint only.

    I did a search on the forum to see what brushes were being recommended and notice some folk saying they were using sable for acrylic paints.


    Correct me please if I'm wrong but I'm sure I read somewhere either on BM or elsewhere that sable brushes were not so good for acrylics and synthetic would be the better choice for acrylics paints.


    Which is your preferred brush to avoid brush strokes, sable or synthetic? 

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  17. Just now, Seawinder said:

    Alclad Aqua Gloss has a very good reputation and IMHO would be a good choice especially if you want to stick with acrylic paints. I've been using Mr. Color Clear Gloss, which is an acrylic lacquer, but I tend to use enamels and lacquers for my color coats. If you want a pure lacquer, Tamiya's spray clear gloss is good, although I usually decant and airbrush it.


    Yes, you'll want a final flat coat at the end. In terms of what to use, that's a big can of worms. My current choice is Mr. Color Clear Flat, but there are any number of other options.

    Thanks Seawinder, can I ask, do varnishes need thinned or a flow enhancer which I have before use?


  18. Not sure if I'm in the correct area to be asking about varnishes. Waiting on a Tamiya Supermarine Spitfire Mk1 1:48 arriving in next day or two which will be my first plane build since joining BM. I have the appropriate paints arriving with it, unfortunately I forgot to add a gloss varnish with the order. I will be up town tomorrow and will pop into Wonderland Edinburgh.


    I don't have much experience of model varnishes, I am a brush user, don't have a airbrush. I've been looking at ALCLAD 2 60ML AQUA GLOSS KLEAR KOTE VARNISH. I seen a review somewhere on BM but can't remember where. can anyone tell me how good Aclad2 is, from what I've read it seems best to gloss before adding the decals.


    Do I add a matt varnish after decals and paintwork is finished?

  19. Ooops!! clicked the buy now button on Amazon by accident after putting a Tamiya supermarine Spitfire MK 1 plus some paints I need and other bits & bobs into the basket for later perusal, quite shocked when I see the total amount I spent £82 quid😀


    I'm away to hide now cos I'm sure the missus will have something to say.😱🤬


    It's not like I can take her out for a meal, lockdown and all that.😁


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