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Al Gunthwaite

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  1. Hi All I'm not sure whether this has "appeared" before. A tweet popped up from @seaspitfires with a link to the film The Broad Fourteens by the Crown Film Unit and produced in 1943/44. A tale of Vospers in action and well worth a look for reference: https://t.co/2nM4m5CylY There also a useful commentary about the film on www.spitfiresoftheseaa.com. It was completed after VE Day and consequently its relevance as an "information" film diminished and was not released/circulated. The Crown Film Unit used serving servicemen (and equipment) and as a consequence it is the "real thing" albeit that the story is a fiction. Al
  2. Hi Chaps I've been in contact with Martin of Coastal Craft this afternoon. He has been unwell with periods of time in hospital. On top of that he tells me that the person who attends to his website has retired. He seems to be on the mend but intends to scale back on the number of shows that he attends, although he expects to be at the IPMS Bolton show on 19 January. He also tells me that he's taking steps to get the website back on line. Al
  3. Thanks Chaps It looks very good - in spare time (not that there's much of that), I have been playing with a similar idea in 1/72 scale with a view to casting in bronze. Al
  4. Great photos Any idea who did the monochrome figures on the girder against a New York skyline? What scale are they? And someone has been mind reading because I've been working on that very idea!! Al
  5. Hi MM A thorough wash Halfords primer And if you're not used to painting figures, use whatever paint that your are comfortable brush painting. I like using mainly Lifecolor and Vallejo acrylics (I find Lifecolor more chalky than Vallejo which I find is more of a plasticky consistency). I also like using artists oils for "best" work. At the end of the day it's all personal choice and what you find easy to use. Buy good quality brushes and look after them. Al
  6. I'm late to this party - this is great stuff! Great affection for the Dart - my Grandad used to work on them. I've got two Esoteric kits in the attic that will be built at some point in the future and this is excellent inspiration. Al
  7. Excellent stuff. I have a Revell 1:144 VIIC/41 that I intend backdating and building as a waterline model (at some point in the future). I shall be watching this build with interest! Al
  8. You've done a great job with them! I share you view about some 3D figures. They ought to be significantly better than "conventional" figures. There are two parts to the process, it's a question of how the figures are designed and how they're manufactured. If they're computer designed (as those are), there is likely to be stock figure that's animated to the pose. So facial features will be the same, the size of figures will be the same. Irrespective in my view insufficient time is spend on sculpting the figures and a consequence is that arms and legs can be banana like as creasing is not created on clothing (basically insufficient time is spent on the job). However the main issue is the quality of the printing/manufacture. A comparison is Reedoak figures (http://reedoak.com/) which in my view are the best available (but still not perfect) - real life figures are scanned and they produce good quality prints. There's also an issue in smaller scales because elements need to be accentuated otherwise detailing will just get lost. Al
  9. Hi Rob Those mats look fine to me. However, have you tried milliput? Roll it flat on a plastic bag that's been sprinkled with talc. Put it under a lamp to speed the cure (but not, I suggest whilst it's still on the plastic bag!). Obviously it can be sanded, but also to get rid of any hard edges a rub with wire wool will do the job. Al
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    Radar MTB 378

    That's an interesting photo with a Jeep lashed to the foredeck. I'm interested to see how this project comes along. Al
  11. Al Gunthwaite

    Radar MTB 378

    Your figures are great - very neat! Al
  12. Those look very neat! And thank you for the kind comments. I'm not allowed out to modelling shows unless I promise to behave "normally"! Al
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    Radar MTB 378

    Is that Royal Navy? I appreciate that it's a Vosper in the Med but some standards should be maintained!!
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