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cruiserguy

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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

    HMS Manchester

    Good Evening Everyone, This is a wee bit off topic, but is an interesting story about one of HMS Manchester's crew. I won't name him but I met him over 15 years ago, and he was serving on her when she was sunk. He spent three days in the water, most of it encouraging his younger shipmates to hold on telling them "the ships will come" as they began to give up hope of rescue. He was posted missing at first, but was rescued, landed at Rosyth, and walked the 35 or so miles home to Airdrie. His mum got the shock of her life when he walked through the door - his whole family thought he was dead. One tough guy. Best Wishes, Will.
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    RMS Titanic - funnel colour suggestions please

    Good Morning Gentlemen, Thanks for your replies, your suggestions are most welcome, and a special thanks to VMA for providing a link to the sadly and apparently no longer existent TRMA website. I spent ages looking for it. FWIW I dug John Bowen's book on 1200 scale merchant ships out of my library and it says the colour was buff with a pinkish tinge, and I found a couple of colourised images showing a buffish-pink colour. I had thought of the colour used by the British Army in the Gulf but thought it might be too "pink". Anyway, thanks for replying, I really appreciate it. Sincerely, Will.
  3. Good Afternoon Everyone, I've bought the Revell 1200 scale Titanic and need colour suggestions for a match to the White Star colour used on the funnels. I've read it is quite specific to that line. If possible cite Vallejo or Lifecolour matches, otherwise I'll try anything. Best Wishes, Will.
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    How to use Vallejo Model Wash properly?

    Hi WelshZeCorgie What a great name! I'm a fan of Vallejo but found the washes just a bit too dense for my liking. I diluted them with Vallejo thinner at about 1:3 wash to thinner, and built up the weathering slowly on a gloss varnish base. If you do it on matt or satin it just doesn't work well for the reasons given above. Best wishes, Will.
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    700 scale County class cruiser kit

    Hi Mike, It sounds daft, but I've already built the Combrig HMAS Australia. Its that I just want a 700 scale British County Class in plastic as the first model ship I ever made was Airfix's HMS Suffolk. I know, it doesn't make sense but it's how I feel. Sincerely, Will.
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    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.
  7. 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.
  8. cruiserguy

    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.
  10. 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.
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    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.
  14. 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.
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