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Chris B

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  1. Ah this brings back happy memories. I printed off this this excellent tutorial many years ago when I ventured into vacforms. I also remember my son and I standing watching John demonstrating how to deal with vacforms at Donnington IPMS Nats, can it be 25+ years ago? I've still got a couple of lengths of T Al, sticky pads, a Sandvic and a very old packet of bicarb in my modelling drawer but advancing age and declining dexterity means that I usually stick to 1/35th AFVs these days. Mud and tarps can hide a multitude of errors
  2. Dick Taylor's 'Warpaint' vol. 1 says that there is no definitive record of paint spec. or names during WW1. His view is that in 1915 - 1916 the standard colour used was what was called 'Service Grey'. This seems to have been a Blue/Grey shade. Later in WW1 he says that the colour changed from Service Grey to 'Service Brown' although "some records point to Khaki and Greens also being used". He mentions that there seem to have been at least 3 brown shades. In a nutshell, some shade of darkish Grey or brown would probably be appropriate. I'll use a roughly similar mix I've used on my Mark IVs - 50% XF55, 50% XF52
  3. I like the weathering and exhaust staining and I'm envious that you managed to get the cable lines through the etch over the side lights and horn (assuming that's what they are ). Something I singularly failed to manage. I started mine about a year ago and it stalled when it came to the etch bits on the bodywork. I've recently picked it up again and the etch bits are now, more or less, where they're supposed to be. Having recently finished a Tamiya Archer which was a breeze to build I've found the AFV Valentine 1 to be somewhat of a challenge.
  4. I've bought some Penguin decals from Jadar with no problems.
  5. Andy I always leave paint at least 24 hours before either glossing for decals or more usually applying a coat of my old bottle of 'future' (a type of acrylic floor polish that alas is no longer available under that name) to the decal area. As regards applying superglue I've a large (cheap) pack of 1.5 inch long pins that have a small plastic ball on the blunt end that I use instead of wire.
  6. Andy Having a slightly longer track made using single links happens to me quite a lot. It's just now happened on the Tamiya Archer I'm making.when I've had to shorten a link and try and find somewhere where it will not be obvious. If you'e lucky with the type of AFV it can be hidden behind a track guard or skirt. It the gap is say half a link I might very slightly shorten up to half a dozen individual links. Another possibility if the gap is small is to remove a section of the top or bottom run, brush on some mek, leave for 10 or so minutes and it's sometimes possible to very slightly stretch the spacing between the links.
  7. Afraid I've never tried the Tamiya extra thin so can't say how that would work in the way I assemble individual track links. Being very much a creature of habit, mek has always worked for me so better the devil you know
  8. Yes that's the sort of tool that makes folding etch MUCH easier and more precise. Mine's an early version of the 4 inch 'Hold and Fold' (strictly speaking a 'H and F' is made by 'The Small Shop' https://thesmallshop.com but has become a generic description of the type of tool). I see that the current 4 inch H and F costs around £50 in the UK. H and F are made in the USA and the pound/dollar exchange rate was a great deal better when I bought it. Mek is short for Slater's Mek-Pak . https://slatersplastikard.com/plastikard/mekpak.php. I've used it instead of something like Plastic Weld for the last 20 years or so (I'm a creature of habit), although I also use Revell Contacta for some things. I buy a couple of the 50 ml bottles direct from Slaters every year or so when supply is getting low. So far I've had no problem with postage..
  9. That looks to be coming along nicely. I made both a Mk1 and mk2 a couple of years ago when they first came out. I remember finding a few things a it fiddly including working out the exact angle on the etch bits that fit over the top run of the tracks at the front . Looking at Google pics helped. I thought the tracks looked a pain and left them until late in the build. When it came to it they were not too bad using my usual method of using mek to join several pairs of links against a straight edge, leaving them for 5 minutes, join the pairs into 4s, leaving for 5 minutes, 4s into 8s and so on until I had the required length. Then a light brush of mek along the length, leave for 10 - 15 minutes and then whilst together but still bendable, onto the model. I painted the tracks when on using a fine brush having airbrushed the rest of the model If you're going to use etch again I'd strongly recommend a tool such as 'hold and fold' (other makes are available). Not cheap but it'll probably last forever and has made working with etch much easier.
  10. An interesting question. Having just looked for an answer in the book " Into the Vally" I'm not entirely clear what the answer is. There's a small pic of "fuel being pumped in by hand" which shows a line going into an area at the edge of the transverse inlet covers/louvres on the left side (looking forward). The accompanying caption says "Early Valentines had hinged side plates, allowing the fuel tank to be filled without lifting the whole top louvre." A schematic diagram of the engine bay (that unfortunately does not show the louvres) shows the "fuel filler cap" as as possibly being under where the second or third louvre counting from the rear would be. I think it's a reasonable assumption that the fuel filler cap is hidden under one of the inlet louvres.
  11. A very nice build and paint job of what I'm finding to be rather a 'fiddly' kit. I've just about finished the hull on my attempt but the build is stalled as I'm now painting and papering a 1:1 front room. One small point that caught my eye where your build differs from mine concerns the 2 handles on the engine cover louvres. Your's are angled inwards from the attachment points, towards the cover without handles, whereas I've angled mine outwards from the attachment points. Looking at the book "Into the Valley" photos of the Mark 1 with the 2 handles and the later Marks with 4 handles, all seem to show the handles to be angled outwards.
  12. I've completed both the Mk1 and 2 and this latest 2** looks sufficiently different to merit a 3rd. They've built fairly easily but the tracks are a bit fiddly for my aged fingers. Chris
  13. Mike "It was a cruiser class tank" !!! Doubtless a slip of the finger for Infantry class. Chris
  14. I like the way you've finished this Valle. If I hadn't already got 2 AFV Club Mk 1s in the to do pile I'd be very tempted to get this Tamiya version. Chris
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