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About neilh

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  1. neilh

    Eduard masks

    Depends upon your skill with a craft knife! Eduard ( and other) masks are computer designed to fit perfectly without any risk of putting a sharp object near a ( possibly) difficult to replace clear part. I have used mask from Eduard, Montex, Peewit, EZ Mask to name but a few and rarely have I found one that the masking panel does not fit the frame. Eduard masks can be more expensive that other brands and in my opinion are getting a bit " too" expensive nowadays. Having said that, I have scratched a canopy with a knife blade more than once when trying to mask it myself with tape so its down to the individual risk v skill. Flat panels such as maybe something like a WWII Ju 88 are easier to mask yourself in my experience that curved panels like a Hurricane windscreen.
  2. PM me your details - you can have mine from the spares box. ( all 1/48th scale however).
  3. I built my BoB Mk I boxing using Finnish markings so probably have the Airfix decal sheet in my decal stash. PM me your address and if I still have them I'll send them to you if you want them.
  4. I can't answer the difference because I have not used a home made mix as described, only oil paint washes using a medium like lighter fluid. I did buy some Flory washes at a show and find them very nice to use. They are apparently clay based, but certainly look and act as a very well mixed product with the pigment being so fine its not noticeable. Once shaken fully the consistency is very uniform, flows very easily into and around any detail. Once dried, the product is easily removed with damp kitchen towel even after several days. I tend to use it for panel line washes and staining of larger flat surfaces, as for smaller details like wheel wells, cockpits etc I find it harder to remove than an oil wash. A little goes a long way so whilst not my one stop shop, its a common tool in my weathering armoury.
  5. I've built both early and later mark Lightnings from the Airfix kit. Quality of moulding is on a par with more recent kits. Good clean panel detail but no rivets. I have seen several examples built with full riveting added, but look at photos of real Lighnings, to be honest I struggle to see rivits. Fit is good with care as the fuselage joints are very long and prone to movement when glueing. The cockpit is basic but Neomega produce a lovely resin cockpit that is a drop fit. I used the CMK wheel wells upgrade on mine but that's very hard work as even thinning top and bottom wings to almost paper thickness, the resin wheel wells will not fit without reduction in depth. Lots of build reviews here and elsewhere, but I would say it doesn't really need a replacement, especially with the plethora of aftermarket upgrades. Here was my most recent http://ipmsavon.org.uk/meetings-gallery.php?year=19#20190918-5
  6. I think the fresh news is that after a long period of hibernation, Pilot Wings are back in production and the J-29 Tunnan is once more available. That means we can hope the previously planned releases of other aircraft might now follow in time.
  7. Yes, that's what I would really like to see too. I have the Sierra one too - perhaps we should start them and the modelling Gods will then provoke Dora into making one.....
  8. neilh

    cancelled shows

    Sorry to have to add IPMS Avon Show to the list of 2020 casualties. Mods- could you please amend the title of the IPMS Avon show post to reflect " Cancelled"? Thanks.
  9. Sorry to have to announce that our Show due in August 2020 is now cancelled. Please pencil in our date for next year which is already booked for Sunday August 8th 2021. From the club Chairman Andy White: The committee of IPMS Avon has made the decision that the show scheduled for Sunday August 2nd will not take place. As the date of the show draws nearer, it has not been possible to predict with any certainty that we would be able to run the show as per previous years. We don’t want to run a show which would involve, as part of the planning, setting up halls which would meet any social distancing requirements which might be in place by then. It is our belief that our show, combining wargaming & modelling displays, does not work if there are any restrictions on social distancing, which although can’t be entirely predicted, are in our opinion likely to still be in force in some shape or form come August. Added to this, there is a sizeable number of club members who don’t want to put themselves in an environment where the risk of becoming infected is potentially significantly greater. The show relies massively on club members volunteering to help out and some tasks just cannot be safely completed following current social distancing guidance. If the volunteering numbers are depleted, that creates a big logistical problem which we can’t manage. We want to run a show where all our club members and all visitors, traders, modellers & gamers can relax and feel safe. Sadly, we don’t think we will be able to achieve that in August. We have booked next year’s show for Sunday 8th August 2021. There is an outside possibility that if things return to ‘normal’ later in the year that we might consider running our show then. Best wishes to all modellers, gamers and supporters of our show.
  10. The high shine Alclad ( highly polished aluminium and Chrome) are a bit more fragile than their regular metallic finishes, so I would avoid buffing them. I usually buff the other finishes a little to remove any dried paint ( rare). The Alclad is quite a hot lacquer so on a warm day there is a potential for the paint to dry before it lands and the carrier flashes off. The main reason for the clear coat is a barrier to washes and deca l solutions. The finish is shiny enough for decals without clear coating, but I would imagine it would be hard to cover any carrier film without a clear coat. Its not like rub and buff - there are other products like the Mr Color Super metallic and the AK true metal paste that responds well to buffing ( but need to be sealed).
  11. Yes, thanks for the extra links- its a tricky topic. Take the second site you linked that I found yesterday. The mono photo of the Meteor on the tarmac clearly shows the full length Perspex canopy, yet the ACIG profile shows it with the painted rear canopy, and other photos in your build link show aircraft in the same tail code series with the painted canopies. As I mentioned, my decal roundels are all the same size, your Isradecals ones show the upper wing roundels to be larger. My decal guide stated PRU blue underneath with light stone and dark green on top. That seems to match the colour pre delivery photo well, but the English landscape below is also a little blue, so maybe the film rendered the grey undersides blue? As you mentioned in your build, if we wait for definitive proof we would never finish the model! All I need to do know is to source two more roundels from somewhere! I do have a couple of early pre crescent Egyptian ones I could try to adapt, by overpainting the green centre circle black and having a go at hand painting the three red stars.
  12. The Xtradecals set is "109". I stuffed up one pair of the wing decals last night ( they didn't react well to future) , so I looked for available spares earlier. I spotted the Isradecals set. That also has "109" but seems to also have 2 different sizes of roundels, whereas the Xtradecals have all 6 the same size. Isradecals are expensive though if I'm only going to use it for 2 roundels!
  13. I'm building and Airfix Meteor 8 in 1/48th as a Syrian F8 in 1956 using Xtradecals set X48158. The profile in the decal set has an Arabic script " 109" on the tails and seems to show ejection seat warning triangles and foot step markings. Does anyone know if these carried stencils, and if so in which language? I've only found one on lime picture that shows stencilling on the airframe and drop tanks but the text is too blurred to read. Thanks.
  14. Did they have single seaters or are you planning a conversion? I do have some hard copy photos in a box in my loft of the example at Duxford taken a few years ago. I was using a decent SLR with colour roll film at the time so the colours are a good match to my eye at the time. I can look these out if it helps? It seems a dark cherry red, I would guess an RAL colour.
  15. third vote - to my eye aqua gloss does not amend the shine of Alclad
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