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  1. Due to a glitch in the Matrix, the shop website has been down for a few weeks, and will be for a while longer. I'm using this glitch as an opportunity to update the product descriptions, and would like idea's on what information you the customers want to see in the descriptions. All those replying (with sensible suggestions) will be given a 5% discount code to use when the site is relaunched
  2. Yet another 5* review on Google for the shop, which makes it all worthwhile, knowing that for some you are doing something right ! So if you are passing by drop in for a chat, or try out the website, we are bound to have something you want !
  3. There has never been a better time for modellers, the advances in paint technology and the application of them along with the variety of washes, filters and pigments means you can now bring even more reality to diorama's and figures. With this is mind, Test Valley Models has over its time increased its range of paints and other accessories to assist you the modeller, as the shop strives to be the go-to model shop in Hampshire, both through the door and online. So it's great to announce that we will shortly be adding the FULL AmmoMIG range of Acrylic Filters and washes to our stock. This range complements the AmmoMIG paint range and accessories that we already stock. Naturally this range will be made available through our online store @ https://testvalleymodels.com
  4. Thanks for popping in to see us, so glad you enjoyed your visit. Don't forget you can take advantage of our great prices online, and postage is free on orders over £25 !
  5. I've just done a blog post for my online store, with advice on how to make things easier to see, it's aimed at figure and miniature painters, but may be of use to all modellers. I've copied it here, some may find it useful.
  6. Following kits have landed, due to restrictions at the wholesaler I only have one of each, not sure if I can get more. As you probably know these are all Bandai kits, marketed by Revell X Wing Starfighter 1:72 AT-ST A wing Fighter 1:72 Y Wing Starfighter AT AT 1:144
  7. https://testvalleymodels.com/collections/new-in-this-week/products/revell-space-shuttle-1-72 https://testvalleymodels.com/collections/new-in-this-week/products/panther-ausf-f-1-35 https://testvalleymodels.com/products/us-navy-lcm-3-landing-craft-1-35?pr_prod_strat=collection_fallback&pr_rec_pid=6610403393590&pr_ref_pid=6611357040694&pr_seq=uniform https://testvalleymodels.com/products/chieftan-mk-5-5p?pr_prod_strat=collection_fallback&pr_rec_pid=6610400542774&pr_ref_pid=6611357040694&pr_seq=uniform https://testvalleymodels.com/collections/new-in-this-week/products/hms-kent-type-23-f78-frigate-1-700
  8. Airbus A380-800 1:144   Revell #03922 Bristol Blenheim Mk1 V1 Rocket
  9. Had our first delivery of the new Airfix Vulcan delivered, now available on the website https://testvalleymodels.com/products/airfix-avro-vulcan-b-2 Also arrived https://testvalleymodels.com/products/revell-ch-53-gsg-1-48
  10. I've only got one of these left now. Airfix must be doing something right at last ! https://testvalleymodels.com/collections/aircraft-1-48/products/canadair-sabre-f4-1-48-airfix
  11. I've just taken delivery of some of these, RRP is £119.99 Shop Price is £102.00 Free Shipping https://testvalleymodels.com/collections/aircraft-1-48/products/avro-lancaster-b-mk-i
  12. The shop has now added AmmoMIG acrylics to its range. There are 180 colours in the range with a large number of RAL and RLM colours included. AmmoMIG acrylics are great for hairy sticks or airbrushes, (you may need to thin them a bit), each dropper bottle contains 17ml of paint, which seems to be an industry standard, each bottle has its own mixing ball, which means better agitation of the contents when shaking. Price is £2.49 per bottle https://testvalleymodels.com/collections/ammo-acrylics
  13. I haven't checked on the retail price, when I placed my order with The Hobby Co some time ago the best guess then was around £120
  14. Tamiya are releasing an F-4B Phantom II around the same time* *Subject to container availability and ships navigating the Suez canal without mishap
  15. The worst kept secret is out, pre-orders are available for this model from 1st May. RRP is being touted as arounf £30 cheaper than the Tamiya version due to land around the same time.
  16. Cheryl had the thighs but Jay got the sighs !
  17. There's no accounting for the EBKAC error that all forums suffer from
  18. I mentioned this tool a few weeks back in the AFV section. It's handy for cutting out circular masks, and can also be used for cutting curves and circles in thin styrene when scratch building. https://testvalleymodels.com/products/compass-cutter?_pos=1&_sid=28b92a23a&_ss=r
  19. I have bought them in when a relative is clearing out a persons' estate. I have a couple of customers who love them, I also have an outlet in the trade I can flip them to if my customer doesn't want them, and the trader always, welcomes them, so there must be a decent market as he's always asking me if I have more.
  20. Basically ............................... Why ? I try to avoid it like the plague. I started on what I thought would be a great build, not too complicated, and a decent looking model, the Hobbyboss Merkava. I open the box to be confronted with 3 sheets of photoetch, some of which is barely 3mm long, and has to be bent into a 'U' shape sorry, but I have better things to do ! Even worse, when the side skirts are put on, you can't even see it ! Is it me, or do other people out there find it pointless and a waste of time?
  21. Looks good to me. I'd have tried to make the tracks look a bit rusty on the wheel side, and a bit more "sandy" overall. I had the same problem with my Chally 2 Desertised, but went completely the other way and applied far too much weathering ! Good luck with the Blenheim, I suspect filler and sanding sticks will be required
  22. I had the same message. Shrugged my shoulders, changed it, no drama's I've been a MOD on a forum and the last thing you need to be doing is sending PM's about signatures when you are deleting spam like there is no tomorrow
  23. I only did one side party painting the hull, the paint ( 25litre drum) got a quick stir with a stick, I'm sure the paint got darker as we worked our way down the contents !
  24. I will give you the same advice I give to all the people who come into my shop and want to start modelling. I tell them all to follow these basic steps to getting a model to look the way THEY want it to look. First concentrate on getting used to the instructions, it pays to stick to one manufacturer for a while, you will get used to how they mark things and set them out. Do what it says, read and study the instructions, and understand them before opening the glue pot. Once you are happy doing that, then you can move on to painting. For good weathering it's important to get your base coats rights, if they are wrong what you put on top will be wrong. Don't try to get too complicated straight off, start off with basic weathering, a shade or two shades lighter is all you need, and white is not always the best way to make a paint lighter, learn the colour spectrum. Practice on bits that don't matter, most kits come with spare bits, if not use bits of sprue, or even venture out to a general store, ( The Range or B&M in the UK) and buy a pack of plastic knives, spoons and forks, these will replicate virtually every surface you are likely to meet on an AFV. Watch YouTube videos ( Not Andy's Hobby HQ, ( I have my reasons)) Finally remember even the best of us make C*ck ups, take a look at my Chally 2, totally and utterly over weathered !
  25. I've read discussions on the correct shade of paint on various forums over the years from model railways to scale tanks. Having served in the RN I can honestly state the colour of the paint depends on who was mixing it, which factory, and probably what day of the week it was, and how much of a rush was on that day. Even to this day in the RN there is a Devonport grey and Portsmouth grey. In the case of model railway engines, BR green for instance depended on where the engine was serviced, it could be one of many shades. In the case of military colours, in all my time in the hobby I've only seen one colour given a reference umber and that is SCC15 for tanks and vehicles. As WW2 aircraft had so many manufacturers, who never got their paint from one definitive source, the chances of all the browns and greens being exactly the same were virtually nil. So if you have slightly different shades between your spits and lancs, I would argue that is more "real" than them all being the same shade ! NB: Comparing colours using a computer screen is worthless fro proving a colour, unless everyone has set the white balance correctly, we will see different shades on our screens.
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