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  1. nheather

    Paint Shaker

    I’ve been watching some videos of vortex mixers on Youtube, looks very promising. But as you say, on Amazon and eBay they seem to be £40 to £100. So the AliExpress sounds like a good deal but there is risk of VAT and courier fees which will push it towards the £40 mark anyway - but there is a chance it will get through unchecked for £20. One concern I have if buying a more expensive one is the durability of the rubber top. It is designed for nice smooth test tubes so I wonder whether hard ridges paint bottle tops will wear the rubber top prematurely and tear it. Cheers, Nigel
  2. nheather

    Paint Shaker

    Thanks Carlos, that looks interesting. I started off wanting a Robart mixer but for whatever reason they have never been available in the UK other than a opportunistic over-priced imports. That is why I ended up with the Nail Polish Shaker which does a decent job, but I will certainly take a look at the one you have linked. I use Vallejo, many not often enough, they all have marine grade bearings but even then are very difficult to mix up properly sometimes. Often have to resort to removing the top and going in with a skewer. Cheers, Nigel
  3. nheather

    Paint Shaker

    Just a heads up. If you are interested in paint shakers you may start seeing adverts for one by Timodel which vaguely implies that it has been designed specifically for the model industry. For example the latest Airfix magazine is promoting it in their product news. Just be aware that this appears to be identical to the Chinese Nail Polish shakers that have been on the market for years and can be bought from the likes of Amazon, eBay, Aliexpress for much less (as low as 50%) than the one being offered by Timodel. Not saying that the Timodel isn’t good, just that it looks identical in every way to alternatives that can be bought much more cheaply. If you see the Timodel one and are tempted, by all means buy it, you main have valid reasons for wanting that one, just letting you know that you can buy a practically identical alternative for less. Here is a photo of the Timodel version Here is a photo of my Nail Polish Shaker. Cheers, Nigel
  4. Barwell’s do these. https://barwellbodyworks-shop.com/gb/omni-series/1004-protective-cap-rubber-cap.html?search_query=Cap&results=32 But keep your finger on it when blowing back or it will shoot off. But that is double the fun. When you are a bit bored you can line up some Airfix 1:32 toy soldiers as a shooting gallery. Aim the airbrush, apply air, and watch the rubber end cap knock the soldiers down Not sure if H&S actually do one. I have a dim memory that when they did the ‘cult of paint’ kickstarter they included one but was special edition - but also my mind may be failing me. If they did, those special editions were sold exclusively through element games so if they are available separately it would be from them. Cheers, Nigel
  5. If thinking of an H&S Ultra, something else to consider https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vallejo-Model-Airbrush-Military-Colours/dp/B001N1HGAM/ref=sr_1_32?dchild=1&keywords=vallejo+paint+set+model+air&qid=1604236331&sr=8-32 The price fluctuates like mad, can go up to £180 and comes down to £95. Currently at £97. That gives you an H&S Ultra, hose and 29 Vallejo Model Air paints. If the paints are useful the total package is a bargain. If the paints are of no interest then not so. Cheers, Nigel
  6. Fantastic job, I have a part built Airfix Hurricane, if it comes out half as good I will be really pleased. A question out of curiosity. I often see RAF aircraft where the painters seem to have misjudged the size of the national and registration markings. I’ve see it in actual archive pictures so know it is not a model error. Such as where the roundel is too big for the fuselage so gets sliced off at the bottom or wraps round underneath. Or, in this case where some of the registration letters are so large they overlap onto the roundel. What is the story behind this - is it deliberate or human error? Cheers, Nigel
  7. Haven’t quite decided, 1:48 or 1:72, most likely a mixture, 1:48 where sensible, 1:72 if I want to do something big. For example if I suddenly had the urge to make a spitfire and a lancaster, the spitfire would most likely be 1:48 and the lancaster 1:72. Cheers, Nigel
  8. I was half expecting this, the pilots cost as much as the aircraft - maybe I’ll leave it on the ground. Cheers, Nigel
  9. Interesting, I used the term aircrew to include co-pilots, navigators, radio operators and gunners. Is aircrew not the correct term. I would have called the guys you are referring to as ground crew. Unless you are referring to something else in which case I totally missed it. Cheers, Nigel
  10. I’m pretty new to aircraft modelling, did a load as a teenager but when I came back to the hobby, I concentrated on 1:35 AFVs. But interested in doing some aircraft and am left wondering what do you do about air crew. Many kits don’t come with them, fine if you are displaying wheels down on the ground but what if you want to display it flying. Cheers, Nigel
  11. I’m surprised by this, not because we already have the Tamiya Cromwell but because this must be a new mould from Airfix. I thought they were just reboxing old Academy stuff. Actually, I’m quite excited if this is true because I’d written off the Airfix 1:35 AFV range as an unnecessary but if they are going to be doing new stuff then that’s much more interesting. From what I understand, the Tamiya Cromwell is an early version and I’ve heard that the Airfix model will be a late version. Very interested to see what Airfix have to offer. Cheers, Nigel
  12. When it comes to straight masking tape I use the yellow Tamiya stuff. Just wondering whether anyone uses flexible tape and if so whether you have tried the Modelcraft and if so how it compares with Tamiya. The reason I ask is that there is currently a subscription deal on with Tamiya Model Magazine - sign up for two years and get five packs of Modelcraft tape (which is worth about £35). If the tape is worth having and useful, that makes the magazine £2.45 an issue. Tempted, if the tape is any good. Cheers, Nigel
  13. I’d love to see The Tank Museum’s companion video ”Painting Matilda Tanks - or How We Fooled Model Companies for Decades” To be fair, I was at the museum a couple of months ago and they appear to have repainted a lot of their AFVs including the Matilda, which now sports a caunter scheme that Mr Starmer would be happy with. Cheers, Nigel
  14. I was talking about 28mm scale - comparing the price of detailed 1:48 kits with simple 1:56 wargaming models. At 15mm those Zvezda models are pretty good. I’d say the PSC ones are slightly better but I prefer both of them over the resin and white metal alternatives. Cheers, Nigel
  15. That is actually cheap for wargaming models. Go up to 20/25mm and you are talking £10. Go to 28mm and you are up to £20. When I look at 28mm which is 1:56, it always peeves me thatI can get a detailed 1:48 kit for less. Cheers, Nigel
  16. That was my point earlier - very popular with wargamers. Wargaming scale is expressed as the height in mm of a six foot soldier - so 15mm wargaming is roughly 1:100. This sort of stuff https://www.theplasticsoldiercompany.co.uk/world-war-ii-2/15mm-soviet/ Cheers, Nigel
  17. Amazing work - you could make a 15mm wargaming table look incredible. Cheers, Nigel
  18. To be fair, I have done plenty of business trips to both Australia and the US and they have some pretty decent beer these days. Cheers, Nigel
  19. Is the Tamiya scriber any good? Would have gone with the Scribe-R but realistically I’m not going to find one easily. Cheers, Nigel
  20. An Australian, an Irishman and a Scouser are in a bar. They're staring at another man sitting on his own at a table in the corner. He's so familiar, and not recognising him is driving them mad. They stare and stare, until suddenly the Irishman twigs: "My God, it's Jesus!" Sure enough, it is Jesus, nursing a pint. Thrilled, they send him over a pint of Guinness, a pint of Fosters and a pint of bitter. Jesus accepts the drinks, smiles over at the three men, and drinks the pints slowly, one after another. After he's finished the drinks, Jesus approaches the trio. He reaches for the hand of the Irishman and shakes it, thanking him for the Guinness. When he lets go, the Irishman gives a cry of amazement: "My God! The arthritis I've had for 30 years is gone. It's a miracle!" Jesus then shakes the Aussie's hand, thanking him for the lager. As he lets go, the man's eyes widen in shock. "Strewth mate, the bad back I've had all me life is completely gone! It's a miracle." Jesus then approaches the Scouser who says,...... "Back off, mate, I'm on disability benefit!" Cheers, Nigel
  21. The Scribe-R looks good - trouble is that no one seems to have any in stock. Cheers, Nigel
  22. After some recommendations for a scriber. Just a basic one, but a good quality one. For when you have joined two parts, smoothed out the seam but you now need to complete the panel line that got rubbed out in the process. Cheers, Nigel
  23. Last time I went into my Hobbycraft it was practically bare of Tamiya paints, and the extra thin glue that I went in for. I then went to a model shop for the glue - same story - but they told me that they were struggling to get any Tamiya stock. Doesn’t mean Tamiya are on their way out, basically it is just Covid messing with everything. Cheers, Nigel
  24. I love Ju-88s, one of my favourite German aircraft but I dislike the egg-like front end variants. You’ll never see one in the Meng Toon range because they simply can’t make real life look any more cartoonish. Call me conservative but give me a regular Ju-88 every time. Cheers, Nigel
  25. nheather

    1/35 Flak 88

    As far as I can see, there are only four (three actually) and they are all basically the same kit, so same quality and detail. What is best depends on what you want to build. Depends on whether you want to do a PAK 36 or 37. And whether you want a crew or not. And whether you want wheels or not. The 36 has a crew and wheels The 37 has wheels but doesn’t have a crew The 37 mit Behelfslafette doesn’t have wheels nor a crew The 2 in 1 kit is basically a combination of the first two so you can build either a 36 or a 37 and has wheels and a crew Cheers, Nigel
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