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  1. I'm in the process of building the Airfix Swift. Painted it with acrylic paint, Xtracrylix on top, Model Master on underside. Spent 3 days putting on stickers and last night used Humbrol Acrylic Gloss Varnish to seal them in having given it a good shake. Went back to the man cave this morning and the photos show what it looks like. Stickers eaten away, frosted and Matt varnish coat (tho the underside is barely touched ). The photos don't do justice BTW of the extent of the frosting. It's as tho I've misted it in light grey. Before I put it down to bad luck, write off the hours I've p
  2. so i got some of the new style 14ml Humbrol paint to try, i have used tamiya and vallejo for the last 15 years finding humbrol products to be sub par and generally unusable so i wanted to test these as i still know paints the H numbers, any matt black will forever be 33 . They spray very well when thinned with Isopropyl, they are very dense paints and take a lot of thinning but they don't seem to bobble on the plastic and very little tip dry, very easy to get fine lines , this paint is a massive improvement on what has come before, on the jar it is claimed to be made in UK, i
  3. I get through a lot of their thinners so I buy them in the 125ml size, more expensive than champagne - anyone have any tips on where to buy? Rustins tech support suggested just using white spirit however I wasn't convinced. I'm open to suggestions for different products... Thanks.
  4. will2017

    Paint Racks

    I'm looking for a vertical paint rack that will hold a variety of paint pots - Humbrol tins, Alclad (small / large), Xtracrylix As I appreciate budget suggestions, is there a vertical paint rack that I can get that will accommodate all of these? Currently they're all in a shoebox and I need the bench-space. Thanks.
  5. can the above mentioned gloss cote be thinned with water??
  6. I've been really busy over the last few weeks and haven't had a lot of time for kitbashing so I was planning on not contributing to this Group Build, but having been out in the garage to check it survived this week's high winds I came across this kit in the deep stash and thought it would make a good, simple and relaxing build. We'll see! It's a boxing from about 20 years ago and begs the question - what was Humbrol thinking??? Inside you find the typical 1960s-era small Airfix kit: Basic by modern standards and a bit flashy but not unbuildab
  7. Restoring and identifying my 40+ year old stock of old Humbrol Enamels has been a bit of a chore. I found this website.... https://robdebie.home.xs4all.nl/models/authentics.htm It helped me identify some that had me confused, for example a tin of R303, which is BRM Racing Green, probably from my Airfix MRRC car days! Finding modern replacements is harder, but I located a copy of a cross reference list printed by IPMS some years ago. I only have it as hard copy, but will scan it and upload as a pdf.
  8. Humbrol Clear (125ml) I should start this review with an apology to Humbrol. I’ve had this product in my possession for other two months but haven’t been able to write this review. This is not without good reason though, as I prefer to use a product of this type before reviewing it. Modelling opportunities have been very limited recently, so I haven’t had the chance to do so. I’ve finally managed to get out to the workshop and fire up the airbrush, so here is the review. Humbrol describe this new product as a thin, clear varnish that goes on clear and stays clear. Presumably tha
  9. Humbrol "Matt" paints. Anyone else get glossy results from their matt paints? BB
  10. Need a little help. Year ago, Humbrol made a color called Silver Plate, possibly HM20. It was a very bright, shiny silver, not quite chrome, that could be hand painted onto tiny details to look like silver buttons ( or aircraft hydraulic cylinders). Does anyone have any idea of a modern equivalent? The Silver Metallic #11 most recently sold by Humbrol is more like a semi-gloss aluminum shade, not silver. I'd prefer an enamel, but will entertain options. Thanks, Ed
  11. John

    Rustins Fire

    Rustins, who contract manufacture Humbrol paints for Hornby, have a note on their website saying that their warehouse was destroyed by fire on Monday evening: On the evening of Monday January 8, 2018 Rustins suffered a damaging fire at our warehouse in north London with all of our stock destroyed. The London Fire Brigade attended to put out the fire and is investigating the cause. At this point our factory appears to be in working order. We are working on our business continuity plans to liaise with our customers, suppliers and employees to get back to production as soon as po
  12. Having returned to modelling after a gap of some 40 or so years some of my Humbrol tinlets, which go back to the late 60s or early 1970s needed checking. Whilst most are in perfect condition a few had succumbed to the passage of time and were what seemed to be beyond help. I was reluctant to throw them away. But reading through many posts here I thought it was worth trying to recover them. I bought a "Trumpeter" branded battery mixer and some Humbrol thinners. Step 1 was to put about 5mL of the thinners into the tinlet and using a metal spatula cut up the solid p
  13. Good evening. I am returning to modelling and suspect that the Stork Margarine tub hiding in my garage containing paints purchased in the early 1980s had probably had it, so it's time for me to re-stock. I do remember buying the very first Tamiya acrylics back in 1981/2 and at the time, those of us punters in the Manchester Model Shop (happy days) were looking at them like prehistoric man looking at an iPhone. I am thinking to building my base collection using Humbrol acrylics. Logic: Humbrol is probably the easy default brand and it's supporting good old Hornby, and acrylic bec
  14. Hi I was looking to buy 1:48 A-10 but considering the expense of the model, I really want to make it perfect. One problem I have had in the past is decal silvering, even with Humbrol Decal Fix, so now I want to buy a varnish to help me apply them better (I have never used a varnish before). I have searched the internet and most people seem to use Alclad or Humbrol - given the fact that I have never used any Alclad products, I will look to buy Humbrol. I need a gloss varnish to apply the decals onto, however, Humbrol offer different ones: https://www.humbrol.
  15. Hello all. For many years (long ago) I used only Humbrol paints. Then, they became hard to get in the U.S>, so I switched to Model Master. I recently dug out some of my now 20 - 30 or more year-old Humbrol paints, and I still marvel over the super tiny pigments. My questions: Does Humbrol still make enamel paints with the very tiny pigment. ( I read a few years back that their supplier in China had dried up)? How do they cover whether air or brush painting? Is there anything else out there with a super fine pigment, that is airbru
  16. RidgeRunner

    Humbrol tins

    Hi all! Does everyone struggle like me to keep these tins sealed and the paint lasting until the very end without drying up? I am thinking about decanting in to "Wilkin" small jam jars. Has anyone out there tried this? If so, what is your experience? Thanks, Martin
  17. Just having a look through the stash and one of the contenders for next build is the Trumpyboss 1/48 MiG 23MLD Flogger K. The colour call outs are pretty vague and non specific so I'm wondering if there is another kit out there with better colour call outs to use. If there is a decent enough walkaround I might be happy enough with that tbh.
  18. I am currently working up to starting my first kit in a great number of years, and I've noticed a lot of talk about how good/bad the paints are these days. I used to use Humbrol enamel tins back in the day (1990s), but it seems from some comments that they've changed the recipe and gone downhill. As my first model I'm looking to build an ADV Tornado in 1:72, so lots of shades of grey. I don't have an airbrush so the paint will be manually brushed on. Has anyone got any good recommendations - I am prepared to ditch Humbrol forever if there is a decent alternative.
  19. Hi all. My most recent project has come to an end. Minicrafts little 737 kit is rather simple, but also a joy to build. Added antennas, and beacon lights. Decals are from Max decals. Paint from Xtracolor (Maersk blue) Humbrol ("Boeing grey", corroguard, nose) and Alclad for leading edges of wings and vertical/horizontonal stabilisors. Here goes: Cheers Robin
  20. Hi, what scale is a Sea King helicopter from Heller Humbrol Bobcat / Bobkit? Not Airfix tooling but snap fit from Heller mould. Is it 1/72 like their Super Puma Cougar and other Bobkit kits (Transall, OH-6, Harrier T4, F-16 and Phantom) or is out of scale? Thanks
  21. Humbrol Acrylic Paint Humbrol Humbrol is a brand name synonymous with scale modelling. With a long and rich history in the hobby, there won’t be many British modellers who have never prised open a tin of their enamel paint, squeezed a tube of their polystyrene cement or dipped one of their paint brushes in a tin of their thinners. Their history is intertwined with that of another iconic brand too – Airfix. Humbrol have had a range of acrylic paints available alongside their long-standing enamel paint range for some time. Now that they have moved most of their manufacturing
  22. Afternoon folks - as I haven't enough Alclad for my current Lightning project I thought I would give the Humbrol Metal Cote a bash. Now I tested it on the spare Lightning fin - let it dry for half an hour then tried buffing it up with a micro cloth and micromesh pads but I can't see any improvement! I figured it must be my flawed technique and I better ask the experts! So can anyone give me some advice on getting Humbrol 27002 polished up to look like polished aluminum? thanks Chris
  23. Hello all. I'm in a state of confusion at present, heh. Ok, so here's the issue. After quite a hiatus I've recently got back into some modelling. Back when I use to make models, I put them together, painted them and added the decals, and that was it. I never used varnishes or washes or weathering. For Christmas I received a Bandai 1/72 Y-Wing starfighter. A bit different from what I used to make, being a clip-kit, but I actually quite liked not having to faff around with glue, sticking the parts to myself more than the other pieces So anyway. I gave it a coat of Tamiya primer, then some fl
  24. Anyone tried the new Humbrol Luftwaffe enamels (the ones in the 24x range) yet? What are they like for colour accuracy and actually drying matt like they are supposed to? Any other observations?
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