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As a result of the close-down of the UK by the British Government last night, we have made all the Buy/Sell areas read-only until we open back up again, so please have a look at the announcement linked here.

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  1. When I did 4Q many years ago I based It on the photo in the article reproduced in this thread. I airbrushed the basic camo but the stripes I painted using the old hairy stick. It was just rough enough that it looked right.
  2. Hi Chuck, I did the same with my RAFM Chip back in ‘13 or ‘14. Maybe more recent batches are better. Tim
  3. I view XF-82 Ocean Grey as too blue. It looks better on my 1/700 USN ships.
  4. I had some luck adding 1 part XF1 Black to 9 parts XF4 Chromate Yellow for a chromate green. I added more Black and got interior green, and a bit more suddenly gave me a dull dark green. I was out of dull dark green at the time and decided to experiment. May be a coincidence but it’s in my tool box now. Tim
  5. As @alt-92 says, AS-12 is not shiny enough. I’d start with TS-17 Gloss Aluminum. It’s much better but not a mirror finish. Tim
  6. Yes, but lift includes velocity as part of the formula. Put enough thrust on it to get it moving, and lift will happen. Make it light enough and it’ll fly. Real enough. Tim
  7. F-104 wing has a curve (camber). Slight, but there.
  8. As Dave says, the process usually involves an even base coat to make the underlying Color as even and consistent as possible. Usually a final primer coat is sufficient. Then using a fine line, low psi, and highly thinned paint (10:1 or more) preshade each panel line. Make many passes to slowly build up the preshade. Once happy with that, then also using highly thinned color coats, spraying in an uneven manner to slowly build up the color until the color is both obvious but translucent enough to still just barely see the preshaded panel lines. If you go too far, represhade, then restart the color. It takes lots of practice to be able to do it easily, but it always takes too long for me personally so I just apply color coats as I always have. I did try it once and it did look nice, but a 5 minute paint job took hours. Tim
  9. Hmm, I read StH to indicate the 2nd Mk III looked a lot like a Mk VIII with a Merlin 60, but that could have been a later modification. After making a Mk III from the Airfix Va, this definitely has me thinking about a second one with those 4 cannon using the new (just rumored) Vc kit. Tim
  10. Well, as you Brits like to say, I’m quite chuffed! I’m in for...let’s see, 3 Martlet schemes, 3 USN schemes, maybe another? So at least 6. time to dump my Sword kits.
  11. "Without risk, there is no victory." - John Paul Jones
  12. It appears so. You can just see the white stripe at the forward edge of the hinge line on both horizontal tailplanes. Tim
  13. If you believe Hornby will recover and eventually make a somewhat sustained profit, and you have the cash, and you can afford the possible losses, now is actually the time to buy. It would be a risk, true, but it could be the indicator that they've passed the nadir and are headed in the right direction. Tim
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