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spruecutter96

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  1. Hannants sell a product called "Purisol", IIRC. They claim it will strip most paints off styrene kits (I have some tucked away, but have never used it). There is also a product called "Model Strip", which appears to be a caustic paste, which dissolves paint overnight. That I have used and it's good stuff. 

     

    Hope this helps. 

     

    Chris. 

  2. It's not just the more obscure, Eastern-European makers that don't worry too much about accuracy. I remember that the very first version of Tamiya's 1/48th A-10 were produced from photos/measurements of one of the prototype airframes. This meant it had a 20-mm Vulcan cannon sitting in the nose (the 30-mm GAU-8 wasn't ready to be fitted at that time, so they went with the much smaller gun). Also, the vertical tail-surfaces were much smaller than in production aircraft, IIRC. Now, it can be argued that Tamiya's efforts were pretty accurate for that A-10 ONLY, but not for any subsequent ones). I believe they produced new sprues for operational aircraft a few years after the initial batch.  

     

    Chris. 

  3. On 5/8/2022 at 6:12 AM, Doom3r said:

    On a note of the fake models I always wondered what is Zvezda's Ka-58 based off

    I'm guessing that a conceptual model of the type went missing from a Moscow armament trade-fair...?

     

    Chris. 

  4. There is a small airfield on the East coast of Scotland, which I've read used to be the site of a lot of SAS exercises. Apparently, it officially doesn't exist....

     

    Cheers. 

     

    Chris.

     

    PS: As some may be aware, there a village in Wiltshire (IIRC) that was taken over by the government in WW2 and used for army-training. The local population were given very short notice that they had to abandon their homes and were given vague promises that they could return one day (it never happened). It seems a great shame, even in times of war. 

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  5. To be honest, the presence of UTT sales at a show won't make that much difference to how successful traders are at a particular show. A MUCH more important factor is that many of the larger shows are now heavily "over-traded". I was selling at the Milton Keynes show on Sunday and the event seemed to have more traders than it could really handle. I believe there were around 42 traders at MK (OK- not every trader was selling kits, but you get my point). 

     

    How do decide which traders attend your show and which to exclude? Obviously, there is no fair and reasonable way to control that aspect.... so it's back to square one.  

     

    This debate could continue for a very long time. 

     

    Chris. 

  6. That is true. The De Havilland Museum is outside of both the Low-Emission Zone and Congestion Zone. Just to state the very obvious, if you're driving north through London to get to the museum, then standard London charges will apply. The M25 might be a better bet (but MUCH longer in terms of distance).

     

    Cheers. 

     

    Chris.  

  7. On 8/4/2020 at 8:09 AM, Sharknose said:

    Oh and never use cellulose thinners to clean canopy. I totally melted it for a tiger meet bronze typhoon and took months to build and paint.

     

    Hi, Sharknose. As you are now only too aware, Cellulose Thinners are very corrosive. I've been told that you shouldn't use them to "flush out" / clean a lot of airbrushes, as the thinners will dissolve the seals in some devices. We all make mistakes, unfortunately. 

     

    Chris. 

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