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rayprit

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About rayprit

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  • Birthday 20/04/1947

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    Accurate Armour.
    Vehicles driven by me during 1965-1975 whilst in HM Forces

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  1. rayprit

    REVELL GLUE

    For numerous years I have found, just as many others have on this post, a piece of wire that fits inside the nozel……….its about an inch long and the end is bent over about 45 degrees, makes it easy to pick up and place in the tube. Had the same piece of wire for about 20 years...……..tube rarely gets blocked as the wire is usually always in the tube. Far easier than looking for a lighter, risking the tube getting too hot and melting the mounting hole......as a none smoker, a lighter is out of the question, it would take me ages to look for a light, make my way back to the workbench and light the tube up...………..far easier to have a piece of wire always at hand, theres always some around...……….
  2. Having built a fair few sets of tracks over the years I find the best approach is to set yourself a number your happy with...……….mine is 15...…...I glue groups of 15 together, then join them to the previous 15, and so the track progresses, when it comes to the idlers, or where the track goes around the sprockets, this is where my system changes, having served on tanks for a number of years I got the chance(or chore) to track bash or remove real links, knocking track pins out with sledge hammers...………..I find it impossible to make links appear naturally and sit properly as they go around idlers, my solution is to do away with gluing them one link at a time, so, I follow what the real thing does and also A/M track manufacturers, I individually drill out the track pin and replace it with an appropriate width of brass wire, it may sound hard work, but remember, there may only be 15 links going around(each) sprocket...………..looks a lot better. It plays havoc on the tips of your fingers and thumbs, but well worth the sacrifice...….I think I use a 5mm drill and drill from both ends, its dead easy when drilling to go off centre and the last couple of milimeter your drill appears well away from where the other end of the track pin should appear. White metal tracks your advised to ream out the holes in the track as their maybe clogged holes, so, why not do it with plastic tracks. I build my tracks placed against the edge of a steel rule, just to keep them straight...……..no tape, just number 1 eyeball and placing the tank ontop of the track - as the track grows, just to get an idea as to where the links start to lift off the ground to go around the idler... ……...when worn tracks(real ones) are returned to base workshops, they where joined together, about 6-7 links and rolled into a circular track with 2 track pins, one either side, allowing 2-3 men to pick up the links between them and load them onto a vehicle...…...that's possibly changed now and they now use a fork lift...………..
  3. rayprit

    Wonder Woman's Plane

    When you sprayed it - did you just guess where the jet was and spray at random? How did you find it after it dried? I suppose its just a matter of feeling around until you bump into it...…...I must admit, I have never seen one before and don't expect to again...…..has to be rare, cannot find it on Scalemates…………….try not to loose it...……. Nice to come across a kit requiring no sanding or filler, you will tell me next you didn't use any glue!!!
  4. rayprit

    Wonder Woman's Plane

    How did you find the parts to build it? How many parts in the kit? Be careful...…….somebody on this site is sure to find fault with it...………(as already noted!!!)
  5. rayprit

    Just Curious about Selling

    Same as Jan...………….at aged 70 plus I am never ever going to be able to build many of my 200 kits in my stash, in fact, still buying!!!! Just bought 1 x 1/48 Scimitar(as advertised on here)1 KFS 1/24 kit and 2 x Accurate Armour, ...…….I have sold my stash twice over the years and rebuilt them up again, its in the blood, no matter how hard I sit on my hands...……..as Jan says, " I want to have the choice of building what I like, when I want, with out needing to resort to a kit seller who wants over the top prices."
  6. I stand corrected, ------But as I said in my previous post...…….your best friend is YouTube everytime - for ANYTHING, just "GOOGLE" away
  7. Your best friend when modelling ANYTHING is always YouTube...…………….always check them out for solutions
  8. rayprit

    Mr Metal Primer?

    I personally brush it on - or use it as a dip! I have decanted the primer into a larger bottle(empty clean Large Tamiya paint jar I think - but could be wrong)...……….as metal parts need priming, like AFV bins, mudguards, figures, etc, etc, I drop them into the jar, fish them out with tweezers and hang out to allow surplus to run off and dry, had the bottle about 10 years now...…...found out all I needed to know from youtube, as, has been pointed out - no Instructions, check out the various videos here:-
  9. Superb colour film footage of Scimitars on board HMS Victorious...……...includes close ups of wheel detail, insignia, and I suppose a full (you could say) an active full view of preparation for take off and landing...…...it also includes starting on deck with the Palouste mobile starter...………...enjoy
  10. rayprit

    Future Decal Release from Fantasy Printshop

    Not sure if these are current decals, but on their website they have ALL scales and cater for just about every marking for Hawker Hunters http://www.fantasyprintshop.co.uk/Airfile_B223YS4.aspx?page=all
  11. rayprit

    Scampton to close.

    I get the impression that the modern Air Force is going to rely on STOL aircraft or even VTOL...……...so to be honest, in the future, they are not going to need Bases with long runways so, expect a fair few more to go under the hammer. A bit like the 2nd World War when the airfields were hit hard...…………...fighters deployed to much smaller fields and managed without an airfield until it was repaired. I wouldn't be surprised to see smaller bases - minus runways in the future, just hard standing...……...time marches on, it never stands still, one can cut down on personnel and maintenance with smaller locations. Also reminds me that many an airfield has a "satellite" station, an alternative base should home base be compromised to relocate to. Whats to say, some pen pusher in Whitehall has the brain wave to make "Satellite stations" the Prime station and sell off the bigger station that costs a lot of money to run...…………..MOD is sitting on a lot of prime locations which stands to make them a lot of money when sold off to land speculaters
  12. Its nice to see someone going to the effort of making decals for 1/144 scale models...…………..I don't model this scale but do like the look of those decals
  13. rayprit

    Splinter Camo Hawker Hunter

    That splinter camo reminds me very much of the camo applied to vehicles in the 70s when applied to vehicles in the Berlin Brigade, Chieftains, Ferrets and such like...….I think it was called Urban camo. When I worked at Land Rover...……...a lot of experimental Range Rovers and Vogues were painted similar to this, the reason I believe was to confuse people trying to photograph it when it went on the roads on trials and test. The disruptive pattern was I believe to confuse people taking measurements or trying to guestimate the dimensions of "new parts" added or upgrades applied for trials vehicle prior to being fitted to production models. A bit like aircraft production, the first dozen or so vehicles would be held back for experimental trials, painted in the splinter camo and each vehicle allocated a sequence of trials...…….once these trials were completed, they were scrapped Picture of splinter camo vehicle...……………….this is a much later splinter; https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/spy-shots/land-rover/range-rover-long-wheelbase-2013-scooped/
  14. rayprit

    Splinter Camo Hawker Hunter

    HI Junglierating - If you check out my reply, I wasn't responding to you quiery, I was answering Nigels quiery about the use of the possible holes above, 1 I believe is the gun camera, whilst the ones either side are lights...………………….Thanks for the explanation Ken about the rework on those Sabrinas………...once again if you check out post #7 in the film footage, you will see them working as it flies past...…………...high intensity lights
  15. I am sure this article for film buffs published about 2013 I think maybe of interested in "Behind the scenes" article printed in the "Mail Online" http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2324297/Behind-scenes-The-Dam-Busters-How-crews-created-scale-models-targets-flew-real-Lancasters-make-classic-war-film.html
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