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About nheather

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  1. nheather

    "Hurricane" movie on Netflix

    Just watched it. Thought the CGI was mediocre, quite good in places but almost cartoony in others. It also has copious amounts of one of my movie pet hates - when a machine gun runs out of ammunition and the trigger is pulled the firing hammer clicks rhythmically at 1000 clicks per minute. Even worse in this case because the pilot could hear it in the cockpit, the sound apparently coming from the button on the control stick. Also a shame that the hurricanes sported black/white undersides throughout the whole war. Fair enough if they were real aircraft, repainting would have been too much to ask, but as CGI it should have been simple enough. Cheers, Nigel
  2. nheather

    HMS Queen Elizabeth

    Working in the dockyard at the moment so see her most days. Is she painted a different colour to the other ships. Looks much more of a green hue than the blue tinge of the other ships. Or maybe it a reflection from the sea on the outward sloping hull. But definitely looks green when I see her in real life. Cheers, Nigel
  3. nheather

    QEC Carrier Colour

    Whoops, wrong era.
  4. nheather

    Hello from Southampton, Gateway to the World

    My dad was brought up in Bullar Road Bitterne. I remember the Jim Guard shop near the railway station well when I used to visit my grandparents. Cheers, Nigel
  5. nheather

    British MTB Deck Colour

    Any idea what was the colour of Royal Navy MTBs. One suggestion is B15 but that seems quite dark compared with photos and models that I have seen. Also assuming that main colour of hull and superstructure was 507c or G45. Cheers, Nigel
  6. nheather

    1/48 Plastic WW1 tank kits?

    There are these 28mm models for wargaming. Strictly this is 1/56 rather than 1/48 though. But you may be able to get away with the difference. https://store.warlordgames.com/collections/world-war-i Cheers, Nigel
  7. nheather

    Long (ish) Jokes.

    Two women on a bus are fighting bitterly over who should get the last available seat. The conductor had already tried to intervene but all his reasonings had failed. Finally the driver shouts back to the conductor “Let the ugly one have it”. Both women stood for the rest of the journey. Cheers, Nigel
  8. nheather

    Mr Hobby Hobby Colour - too thin

    Good point about the precautions when spraying. I do have a booth and masks but I put my hand up, I’m guilty of not using them for small jobs. No, I’ve not heard of odourless white spirit before - how odourless is it? Cheers, Nigel
  9. nheather

    Mr Hobby Hobby Colour - too thin

    Hi Colin, No I don’t have a particular problem, it’s just all the posts I read, acrylics just seem so fussy and temperamental. I use UMP Universal thinners. Before that an IPA/Water mix. But I see so many posts saying “make sure you use the manufacturer’s thinners, if you use ABC in XYZ then it will go gloopy”. If you listened to all the advice, you’d have seven bottles of different thinners on the workbench. Then there is retarder - you need to add this for brush painting or to stop tip dry - why isn’t it included in the paint as standard then. And there is the “can’t use this paint for brushing, it’s only good for airbrushing, even though it doesn’t say anything like that on the bottle”. Life was so much easier with enamels. You could have four different makes - thin and clean them all with whit spirit. Want to brush paint, fine just paint from the tin or add a little white spirit. Want to speay, then add more white spirit. Need to clean you brushes or airbrush, hey use white spirit. But where do I get this magical solvent from, do I need to put in an online order and wait for days like for acrlic thinners - nope just pop down to B&Q (other DIY shops are available. Seriously, if it weren’t for the smell and health considerations of white spirit I would stick with enamels. And the threats, years ago that the sale of oil-based paints were going to be banned - that never happened. Cheers, Nigel
  10. nheather

    Mr Hobby Hobby Colour - too thin

    Must admit that I kind of yearn back to my days if enamels. I am fairly recently returned to the hobby after thirty odd years. As a kud I used to build a lot and enamels were the only option - I used Humbrol exclusively. Back in those days I only brush painted, couldn’t afford airbrushing equipment. Now that I have returned I have trued to convert to acrylics and have put in a fair investment now and I do have airbrushing equipment now. But in my opinion the only benefit they really have is solvent - not having to use white spirit. But I’m continually frustrated with acrylics and actually I find them quite annoying. “You have to put retarder in” - if it needs retarder why isn’t it just included as part of the formula, “you have to use the right thinners - you mustn’t use ABC thinners in XYZ paint” and “yes, they are best used with an airbrush”. I think the only time I have found using acrylics agreeable is with figure painting. If it weren’t for my investment and the noxious solvent I’d be back to enamels like a shot. Cheers, Nigel
  11. nheather

    Stockists of Sovereign/WEM/Colourcoats Paint

    Are okay, so because they are flammable you can’t send them using Royal Mail? That’s a pain. Understandable but making it too expensive for me I’m afraid. Will have to look at alternatives. Cheers, Nigel
  12. Are there any UK online stockists of Colourcoats paint other than Sovereign. Here’s my thoughts. I really should be sticking to acrylics but I have a navy project and Colourcoats seems to be the easiest way forward. Sovereign have been unavailable for a while due to a warehouse fire but appear to be back up running now. I need three maybe four tins, that’s all. The postage seems a little excessive but I reluctantly waived that. But then I find that there is a minimum order of six tins too. It’s a double whammy - high postage cost, okay I get that but then they slap on a minimum order on top. So pretty reluctant to use them as it is going to cost £21.50 for £7.50 worth of paint. So wondering whether there are any other online retailers that carry Colourcoats. Cheers, Nigel
  13. Thanks, I am leaning towards Flory because of the level of support they provide - blogs and videos. Cheers, Nigel
  14. Okay, seen the videos and I am sold, ready to drop my £40+ on the full set BUT ..... which set UMP or Flory? The UMP set is £44.99 for 9 bottles The Flory set is £41.32 for 8 bottles Neither company declares how much is in their bottles - does anyone know - are they the same or do you get more with one of the companies. Indeed are they the same thing? UMP are known to rebadge Badger products (their primer for example). Do either companies make their own stuff or are they just rebadging and possibly from the same supplier. Cheers, Nigel
  15. nheather

    Long (ish) Jokes.

    A Muslim couple, preparing for their wedding, meet the Mullah for counselling. He asks if they have any last questions before they leave. The man asks, "We realise it's a tradition in Islam for men to dance with men, and women to dance with women. But, at our wedding reception, we'd like your permission to dance together." "Absolutely not," says the Mullah. "It's immoral. Men and women always dance separately." "So, after the ceremony, I can't even dance with my own wife?" "No," answered the Mullah, "It's forbidden in Islam." "Well, okay," says the man, "What about sex? Can we finally have sex?" "Of course!" replies the Mullah, "Sex is OK within marriage, to have children!" "What about different positions?" asks the man. "No problem," says the Mullah. "Woman on top?" "Sure," says the Mullah, go for it!" "Woman below?" "Sure, that's normal!" "On the kitchen table?" "Yes, yes!” "Can we do it with all my four wives together on rubber sheets with a bottle of hot oil, a couple of vibrators, leather harnesses, a bucket of honey, a camel and a goat ?" "You may indeed!" "Can we do it standing up?" "No." says the Mullah." "Why not?" asks the man. "It could lead to dancing." Cheers, Nigel