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  1. And now, for extra credit in your philosophy module: what do you do if you can't get that site to work?
  2. This is always handy for situations like this: http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/. Funnily enough, I first found it on modelingmadness.
  3. When you need to glue two parts together, and you've made sure the mating surfaces are completely flat and completely clean, and you've got the superglue to the exact consistency you need, and you know it will take ten minutes to set, and you have to hold it in your hands because no jig on earth will do the job, but that's alright because you've finally perfected your Zen technique for breathing through your ears ... ... the phone will ring.
  4. Anything will fit perfectly so long as you don't apply glue. Anything engineered to fit perfectly without glue* will be impossible to take apart after test-fitting, unless you break it. Items dropped on the floor become invisible to the naked eye and can be found only with the naked foot. You will run out of a crucial paint colour only when it's another week before you can buy more and there's absolutely nothing else you can be doing to your model to fill in the time. * I have my doubts about this - sounds like the "non-iron shirt" to me
  5. Have you tried adding a little soap to your wash? It reduce the surface tension and generally helps it to settle where you want it. Though, on a very glossy surface, its scope for helping will be limited.
  6. Yes, it's been at a number of shows in the UK, and it's very nice. Can't say what the Hannants situation is. But I do know that Kevin who makes them has some intermittent but serious health problems, so manufacture and distribution can be a bit patchy.
  7. The bit that sticks out is 58mm, including the little flare that fairs it into the radome. It's also wide - roughly 1.6mm at the root. You could use it as gym equipment on the real thing.
  8. No, it doesn’t. Misprints matter only when they’re a small sample of the total output - say, a mis-strike on a coin. Or notorious Bibles like the Wicked Bible (“thou shalt commit adultery”), where the entire production run was all misprinted but there were enough other Bibles around for the mistake to be clear. A misprint on a model kit box will have two disadvantages on this front: · every one of them will be the same. This will change if there’s more production later with the mistake corrected, but then you run into point two: · there isn’t a market for it.
  9. It’s that time of year again! The North Surrey Military Modelling Group’s annual show will be on 1 February this year, once again in the Banstead Community Hall (SM7 3AJ for satnav fans), with doors opening at 10am. We have clubs: Aldershot BMSS Cambridge MAFVA East Kent Faversham Hailsham Horsham Gravesham Shepway Southdowns Welling We have traders: Elan 13 John Bareham Models John Pol MDP Military Modelcraft International S&M Simon
  10. Please, please … before posting this question, look it up first. The topic comes up every few months on just about every modelling forum and has been discussed definitively many, many times. Better to look at one or two of them than to ask afresh, because (as you'll see from those other threads) it always turns into an argument and someone says something they shouldn't.
  11. And "non-thermally protected" means they have the smooth finish for Air Force use, not the rough finish for Navy use.
  12. I've not dealt with PSP myself but it can't be very different from other steel material laid on the ground. One essential thing to remember is that it wasn't ever in use for very long, so it wouldn't go all orange and rusty. Instead, its finish was more like drain covers and such that you might see on the road. When I paint something like that, I start with deep grey; then a heavy dry-brush with dark brown, possibly in two shades; then for the metallic sheen you have a choice. One way is to dry-brush again, more lightly, with gunmetal or dark iron. Another is to use 3B or darker pencil.
  13. And the 747-8, which at the last count had about 60% of the A380's sales and has been on the verge of cancellation at least twice. All this is proof that all businesses make mistakes and many are run by twits. I thought there would be crowing the moment I heard about this. Why? How can anyone get so worked up about airliner? Well, OK, an airliner that's not Concorde ... This is probably true, though. When you can build engines so big that you can fit other aircraft through the nacelles, and keep them running for twelve hours, four does seem extravagant.
  14. A little later than it should be, but … here's a plug for North Surrey's annual show. We're at Banstead Community Hall again, since it's a good venue with loads of parking; the address is Park Road, Banstead SM7 3AJ. Show opens at 10am and closes when the traders (we've nine of them) slope off or the bacon rolls run out, which means around 4pm. Hope to see you there!
  15. Your polystyrene cement is, of course, a solvent, which works by dissolving a little bit of plastic so that the two parts have effectively become one when it sets. A few kits are made of plastics that aren't polystyrene. The most likely is ABS, which is related to polystyrene, but not closely enough - some early Trumpeter kits were made of that. The only Hobbycraft kit I've built, though, was ordinary polystyrene and ordinary glue worked, so I'm not sure what might have happened with their B-36s. However, while straight polystyrene cement won't work on ABS, methyl ethyl ketone w
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