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  1. Mal

    My Modelling days.....

    I’ve had ET for around ten years, won’t bore you with the details but I ended up seeing a neurologist, I was put on propanol,the effect was amazing went from being unable to write,spilling drinks etc, to now were I’ve fairly normal hand control and coordination,not perfect but I am now once again able to model.
  2. Academy did release the AccMin P-51B in a "Blue Nose" boxing. Malcolm
  3. I think you mean Sodium Hydroxide (caustic soda) you can buy caustic soda but I will say it needs to be handled very carefully. Malcolm
  4. I've seen a number of the sets of the actual figures (I've seen them in the flesh) they are amazing, I placed the link in my original post to help Woodstock find Starling Models. Malcolm
  5. Starling Models from sunny North Wales, stock both l'Arsenal and North Star 1/350 figures (personally having seen both I prefer North Star) Link below........ http://starling-models.co.uk/index.php?id_product=310&controller=product&id_lang=2 Malcolm I should of said North Star produce figures for a number of navies.
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    DRAW decals question

    I've used Draw decals in the past,obviously each individual marking has to be cutout from the sheet.You have to use very very hot water to remove the decal from the sheet,press the decal down onto the surface of the model with a hot cloth (a cloth dampened in hot water) The decals do seem to be impervious to decal setting solutions and yes initially I did try using setting solutions,if you follow their instructions they do give a very good result. Malcolm
  7. I should of said that I use Micro Mesh clothes for polishing canopies,starting at 2400 then 4000,6000 and finally12000,by going down to 12000 I find I can avoid the need to use polishing compounds. Malcolm
  8. I assume the Flory polishing pads are similar to MicroMesh? If thats the case you should sand in straight lines (not in a circular motion) each grade being used with a motion at right angles to the last grade.having started with the coarsest grade,you should end up with a nice sparkling canopy with no scratch marks. Malcolm
  9. Sorry I didn't make myself clear I was refering to the 1912 KGV class,KGV,Audacious,Centurion and Ajax. Malcolm
  10. A fantastic kit,perhaps not quite as sharp as the Aurora and Naiad,but far in advance of any other 1/700 injection moulded ship,I bought the basic kit from Starling models,(excellent service by the way thoroughly recommended) it does contain the errata concerning parts B31 & 37,I will definitely follow your build of the"Iron Dog",all I will add all fingers crossed for Flyhawk to release a KGV. Malcolm
  11. My thoughts exactly but I've not heard a more reasonable explanation.perhaps Procopius has a point about war construction,As you've said you would of expected a knuckle to of been incorporated into DoY Anson and Howe,Perhaps it was only built into POW as a design experiment and having not been a success was not incorporated into the later ships,there had been concerns that the class was going to be wet due to their lack of sheer,of course all of this is just speculation,As my observation has caused this topic to drift can I apologise to all especially Ajaycad Malcolm
  12. I've always been under the impression a knuckle was an angular break in a hull as most obviously seen in the RN cruiser hulls of the County,Towns etc, Regards, Malcolm
  13. Both port and starboard sides seem to of been the same, I've seen photographs showing her starboard bow when she was in Cape Town,while of course photographs of her port bow taken in Singapore appear in nearly every publication about her.Although I've not heard definitive information about why she was built with a knuckle,the most common suggestion is that it was an attempt to reduce spray,due the class having very little sheer. Malcolm
  14. The flare up to the main deck,POW unlike her sisters had a knuckle a number of feet below the deck edge running from around "B" turret to the bow.Why her and not the other members of the class I've no idea.I assume it may be an attempt to reduce water coming over the bow?.It's definitey missing from other members of the class,their hulls for want of a better word blend into the deckedge.It was pointed out to me when I was building a model of DOY. Bow of HMS Howe http://www.navy.gov.au/history/feature-histories/british-pacific-fleet Bow of HMS POW http://www.maritimequest.com/warship_directory/great_britain/battleships/prince_of_wales/hms_prince_of_wales.htm These show the difference in the hull along the forward deck edge. Malcolm
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