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July 17, 2019

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July 16, 2019

Mark Norfolk added the Trumpeter Challenger 2 in 1:35 to his wishlist
1:35 Challenger 2 (Trumpeter 01522)
Challenger 2 Enhanced Armour
Trumpeter 1:35
2011 | Changed parts
16. July at 21:32:18 Share

July 15, 2019

Mark Norfolk added the Meng Model Leopard 2 A4 in 1:35 to his wishlist
1:35 Leopard 2 A4 (Meng Model TS-016)
German Main Battle Tank
Leopard 2 A4
Meng Model 1:35
2015 | New tool
15. July at 19:37:02 Share

July 14, 2019

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July 12, 2019

Mark Norfolk added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: July 12, 2019
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Fernando Saenz Hi Mark!! looks good... this is my principal reference...
4. July at 13:19:05
Mark Norfolk Very nice reference painting Fernando! Looks like the artist almost had the modeller in mind! :)
4. July at 13:47:31
Patrick Hagelstein Nice! Even from this angled picture it sure looks squared up now!
4. July at 17:11:44
Mark Norfolk So primed with two coats of matt white enamel (thin!) and then a similar layer of humbrol 165 on the underside. Thought that one was a bit thin and smelly so next coat moved away from what was roughly a 50:50 mix to one perhaps 75:25 in favour of paint. Coverage is excellent but there are some pretty visible brush strokes - up close anyway. Think I will smooth off with a polishing stick and apply a thin layer again across the grain so to speak, before a final thin layer with the grain: see whether I should have stuck with the thin coats...
12. July at 19:05:56
Mark Norfolk The painting has highlighted a pretty significant step remaining just aft of the wings, mostly on the left. Something to bear in mind with future builds - all a bit tight round there now to sort that one now. It didn't seem significant before the paint went on...!
12. July at 19:08:18
Patrick Hagelstein Yep... That's the benefit and drawback of painting. All that shiny plastic that looks so good at first glance, kicks you in the face once a layer of paint reveals all those (little) blemishes. That's why a lot of people first hit a model with a sprayed on (airbrush or spray can) coat of primer. Primer has the benefit of filling small imperfections without obliterating fine details. (Don't ask me how it works, just enjoy the wonder unfolding. ;) ) Seeing that you are painting with Humbrol enamels, thinning the paint has been a good step! But then you have to wait.... Enamel cures relatively slowly and levels out after a while eliminating some of those brush marks. By going back after a while (maybe even some days) the first layer is cured enough to not be that effected by the second coat. The positive thing that second thinned coat does is ever so slightly interact with the previous coat and help leveling out the two coats. Luckily you discovered this on the bottom side, you still have a whole top side to experiment! :)
12. July at 19:46:05
Mark Norfolk I'll see how it looks in the morning, but I do wonder if I went too thick too soon: we'll see! I do have a can of spray primer but I'd added too much plastic (wheel struts and covers) before I got it & too much to benefit: one of the major lessons from all you far more experienced modellers is the staged approach you adopt. As someone advised me and as you too hint at Patrick - a learning experience. Thanks for your tips and feedback - they are much appreciated. :)
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July 10, 2019

10. July at 05:47:01 Share
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Mark Norfolk now follows Rui S
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Mark Norfolk now follows Augie
10. July at 05:43:56 Share
Mark Norfolk
Query about thinning (Humbrol) enamel paint. I have been using Humbrol brand thinner but it really stinks. I have seen a video on you tube suggesting acetone but also found a product called ‘Bob Ross odourless thinner’. Does anyone have experience with either or any other (preferably not very smelly!) alternative? The suggestion with acetone is it lengthens an already has long dry time!
9. July at 20:08:02 Share
Augie Acetone will also make it very chemically active and likely to eat the plasitc.
Bob Ross (Happy little accidents) odourless thinner is for oil paints and not enamels.

You can try VMS thinners for enamels, but as I said in my previous mileage varies, for humbrol as it stands, their stuff does work best sadly.

Other option is to move in to acrylics which are generally less odour too.
9. July at 20:20:03
wilky I find the smell of acrylic paint worse.
Maybe it's because of sucking down enamel fumes from childhood that I don't really notice them now
9. July at 20:29:30
Mark Norfolk Thanks Augie & Wilky - I have bought a few acrylics but the vast bulk of my paints are enamels (& to be fair in good nick given they have sat unused for nearly 20 years :) ). I just really notice the smell of Humbrol thinners and wondered, so started exploring. Humbrol it is: fan on and window open!
10. July at 05:39:47
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July 9, 2019

Mark Norfolk added the Ustar (double) Model grinding and polishing tools to his stash.
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July 7, 2019

Mark Norfolk added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: July 4, 2019
24. June at 18:57:57 Share
Mark Norfolk Main bodies together: hope that was wise re: painting. Should I fill the couple of tiny joint gaps? Any recommendations / advice appreciated.
24. June at 19:00:35
Rui S Well i would say that gaps are unrealistc, so they should not be visible. At least whem the figure is in the up right position.
If very small they Will be filled with a good drop of Paint. ;)
24. June at 20:47:58
Mark Norfolk Thanks Rui :) I like your thinking about the figures being upright.
25. June at 04:11:56
Mark Norfolk So troops filled (thanks Rui!), mounted in / on my home made skewer holder and primed. Sadly proud of the adapted block of wood :) Hats off to Andreas Koziol for the inspiration with his cat scratcher adaptation.
4. July at 14:10:25
Rui S Nice progress Mark.
You can also use styro foam to stick what you want. That's what o use.
7. July at 17:58:22
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Mark Norfolk added the Airfix BAC TSR-2 in 1:48 to his wishlist
1:48 BAC TSR-2 (Airfix A10105)
Airfix 1:48
2009 | New tool
7. July at 04:42:29 Share

July 5, 2019

Mark Norfolk added the Airfix Blackburn Buccaneer S Mk.2 in 1:72 to his wishlist
1:72 Blackburn Buccaneer S Mk.2 (Airfix A06021)
Blackburn Buccaneer S Mk.2 Royal Navy
Airfix 1:72
2019* | New tool
5. July at 22:59:04 Share
Mark Norfolk added the Tanmodel Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk2A/B in 1:48 to his wishlist
1:48 Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk2A/B (Tanmodel 2205)
Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk2A/B
Tanmodel 1:48
2019* | New tool
5. July at 22:57:57 Share
Mark Norfolk added the Italeri A-10A "Jaws" in 1:48 to his wishlist
1:48 A-10A "Jaws" (Italeri 2659)
A-10A "Jaws"
Italeri 1:48
2007 | Changed decals
5. July at 12:19:57 Share

July 3, 2019

Mark Norfolk added the Tamiya Masking Tape (10mm Width) to his stash.
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July 2, 2019

Mark Norfolk added the Akan Isopropyl Alcohol to his stash.
No Isopropyl Alcohol (Akan 74093)
Isopropyl Alcohol 250ml.
2. July at 15:24:50 Share
Mark Norfolk added the Tamiya Paint Retarder (Acrylic) to his stash.
2. July at 15:23:57 Share

June 29, 2019

Mark Norfolk added the Deluxe Materials Perfect Plastic Putty to his stash.
No Perfect Plastic Putty (Deluxe Materials BD44)
Perfect Plastic Putty Fills fine gaps, Creates invisible seams
Deluxe Materials
29. June at 21:26:01 Share
Mark Norfolk added the J's Work Reverse Tweezers to his stash.
29. June at 21:25:24 Share

June 27, 2019

Mark Norfolk added the Tamiya Extra Thin Cement to his stash.
No Extra Thin Cement (Tamiya 87038)
Extra Thin Cement 40ml
27. June at 19:03:41 Share

June 26, 2019

Mark Norfolk
So folks, the vast majority of my paints are Humbrol enamel. I have purchased a few Vallejo and one Tamiya acrylic and I'm persuaded of the benefits of an airbrush - something to save for. (For now I will have to brush them on: one thing I have learnt in recent weeks is why my attempts to brush paint Tamiya Acrylics failed so abysmally 30 years ago!). What I am interested in though is any views on the quality difference between Humbrol and Tamiya enamels. I wasn't fussed until I found the latter readily available on ebay and it got me to wondering. Anyone with experience of both have a view?
25. June at 13:26:48 Share
Olivier 30 years ago acrylics were not so frequent. Humbrol enamels used to be the reference in the old world.
Nowadays I enjoy the AK real colour range but they are acrylics.
25. June at 17:16:28
Augie So I may as well wade in here, as I am known as a brush painter only and my take on the brands.

1) Humbrol (enamels)
Currently, humbrols are a mixed bag quality wise when it comes to brush-ability, they are having in my opinion huge quality issues which means some pots will arrive and the paint is so thick, you can invert the can once opened and the paint does not drip! It thins poorly with 3rd party thinners but fairly well with humbrol own brand. Older Humbrols are still my go to paint and with the right brush and patience will go down without brush marks.


Again they have issues with newer batches, not quite as thick but really do not seem to thin well unless thinking with a mix of iso pro acohol and vms thinners. Older batches cover well with out masses of fuss.

2) Tamyia (Acrylics)

I find with these they need thinning with X-20 thinners when brushing else they dry very quickly. A few drops of VMS Slow-mo makes them easy enough to work with. Another factor with these is room temperature anything over about 22 room temp and unless you thin excessively then they are hard work.

3) Vallejo (Acrylics)

Used a few of these and have never really had to do anything with them to brush with. They just work.

4) Hataka (Acrylic)

I've used the "brush" and "airbrush" ones of these and find again they just work with brush, minimal fuss but to my mind expensive.

5) Revell (Both)

Revell enamels, I find are quick thick and need thinning down with own brand thinners to get a nice consistent smooth finish. They don't have the quite the same issues with 3rd party thinners, they react well to humbrol thinners, but poorly to VMS thinners.


I quite like them, react well to VMS thinners and go on nice and smooth without too much fuss.
25. June at 17:50:59
Mark Norfolk Thanks Augie - that's very helpful & informative. I have found what you describe with Humbrol - not as extreme but yes some thicker, some thinner. Loads for me to take on board though - thank you so much.
25. June at 19:07:18
Mark Norfolk Olivier - please excuse my ignorance but what does AK stand for? I have not heard of that brand. Thanks.
25. June at 19:09:42
Derek Huggett @ Augie - Pearls of wisdom from the High Priestess of the Hairy Stick! I have found very similar results over the years. Very useful views/comments for those of us who still don't 'blow' our finishes! :)
25. June at 19:45:46
Augie Welcome mark, glad to help
Derek, its nice to see others who still dont rely on blow ;)
25. June at 20:55:35
Mark Norfolk Thanks Olivier! :)
26. June at 05:18:26
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June 25, 2019

Mark Norfolk added the X-ACTO CUT ALL KNIFE to his stash.
25. June at 14:41:52 Share
Mark Norfolk added the X-ACTO #1 PRECISION KNIFE to his stash.
25. June at 14:41:20 Share
Mark Norfolk added the Humbrol Gloss Clear to his stash.
No Gloss Clear (Humbrol AC7431)
Gloss Clear 125ml Bottle
25. June at 14:38:20 Share


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