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About cruiserguy

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    Scotland, UK
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    My main interest is ships: 700 and 1200-1250 scale.

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  1. cruiserguy

    700 scale County class cruiser kit

    Hi Mike, Thanks, I've waited so long for a 700 scale County I'd buy the Aoshima Dorsertshire just to have one, then buy the Flyhawk kit when it comes out (I know more money than sense!). I'm not that keen on HMS London, as I think the "Counties" look better with three funnels rather than two. Sincerely, Will.
  2. Hi Everyone, I've been off the board for a while, but know Aoshima have released a 700 scale kit of HMS Dorsetshire. I'd be grateful if anyone could tell me if Flyhawk are planning to release a County Class too as I like their products having bought some of their cruiser kits and HMS PoW. If not, does, or will, anyone in the UK stock the Aoshima kit? Sincerely, Will.
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    Lifecolor paints?

    Hi Sapperastro, I agree with Giorgio. The early paints brushed beautifully, but I think less so now. They airbrush well, but use Lifecolor's own thinners or at a push Ulitmate or Vallejo to thin them. I've never had them solidify in the pot though. Sincerely, Will.
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    Best primer for using with airbrush

    Hi LTG, Try Ultimate, Stynylrez, or even Vallejo, they are all good primers. Stynylrez is a wee bit thick, so you'll have to play about with the air pressure on your airbrush to get good results. You can sand Stynylrez, and Vallejo is good, but it doesn't sand well, it's more a finishing primer than anything else. Some people use Halfords auto primers, but I find them a bit grainy. Best Wishes, Will.
  5. Good Morning Everyone, I see this kit is now released. Does anyone in the UK stock this kit, if not any suggestions on where to buy it? Best Wishes, Will.
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    Royal Navy Colours of World War Two - The Standard Camouflage Colours 1941-1943

    Good Morning Everyone, Just noticed on the document reproduced on page 9. It appears that getting the brightness level of the paint correct was more important than getting an exact match for the colour. Will.
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    Royal Navy Colours of World War Two - The Standard Camouflage Colours 1941-1943

    Dear Jamie, That's a great paper. Please don't pull the paper from the site regardless of how it's received and who it might offend, historical research is a living enterprise not a fossilisation of the past. Sincerely, Will.
  8. cruiserguy

    Where to start...

    Hi C1Rob, I built my collection of paints slowly buying what I needed for each kit I made. The other thing I did was choose different manufacturers paints, test them, learn how to use them choose one or two makes stick to them. Eventually I plumped for Vallejo and Lifecolor. It cost me a fortune. Now, I have more paint than I will ever need for the three or four kits I build a year. At the risk of annoying some on this forum I would advise you to avoid all Humbrol paints, acrylic and enamel. Here's a summary of what I would do if starting again: 1. Decide whether you are going to use acrylics or enamels; 2. Decide whether you will brush, airbrush or both; 3. buy single pots of paint and practise with them on scrap plastic or models. For the record I tried in no particular order Humbrol acrylic and enamels, Colourcoats, Tamiya, Coat D'Armes, Games Workshop, Citadel, Vallejo, Lifecolor, and others I have forgotten; 4. Once you have chosen your preferred brand(s) learn how to use them well; 5. Always use the manufacturers own accessories or good equivalents, and forget about thinning paints with Windex and anything else that's suggested by modellers to save money. I've written more than once on this forum of how it is false econony to risk ruining a £30-40 model for the sake of saving a few pennies on accessories. For instance I use only Vallejo, Lifecolor, or Ultimate products; 6. Remember some artists materials such as varnishes are better and cheaper than their modelling equivalents. Sincerely, Will.
  9. cruiserguy

    Chieftain Mk.10 Berlin Brigade

    Hi Everyone, I am late to this, and sadly a ship fiend. However, I am sure I saw a Chieftain in this scheme at Duxford's Museum of Land Warfare years ago. Am I right in thinking this? Sincerely, Will.
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    Humbrol paints rubbish?

    Hi Wavodavo, In a word; yes, there are better paints on the market. Humbrol paints are a waste of money and time. Will.
  11. cruiserguy

    Removing Acrylic paint from a model

    Hi Adrian, Believe me it can, and it's bl**dy good at it too. It's my first choice for removing acrylics such as Vallejo and Lifecolor. Mind you, you have to get the original stuff if you can, as I have heard the scented versions isn't as good. Best Wishes, Will.
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    Golden oldie,USS Long Beach.

    Hi Everyone, I build this when I was about 10 or 11, almost 50 years ago. I loved it. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Best Wishes, Will.
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    Fine detail brushes

    Hi Everyone, For a good deep clean, The Master's Brush Soap is as good as anything else. I use it to clean acrylics from my Pro-Arte brushes. Sincerely, Will.
  14. cruiserguy

    Flyhawk Prince of Wales

    Good morning gain, Jamie, Thanks I see the problems people might have here. However, I am delighted to find my memory is better than I thought. Looking forward to getting the kit, whenever it arrives, as I particularly like this class of ships. Sincerely, Will. PS Just looked at the film again, I can see at least four distinct tones - just hedging my bets.
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    Flyhawk Prince of Wales

    Good Morning Jamie Are you talking about the camo pattern, the colours used, or both? My hazy memory recalls some discussion as whether PoW wore a 4 or 5 colour pattern at her loss. Or maybe I just imagined the whole thing! Sincerely, Will.