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Paul Budzik

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  1. The fact that you think shaping a piece of wood, no larger than a couple of coffee stir sticks, is "extreme", pretty much says it all. So perhaps your method is at the limit of your comfort level, but I would prefer to not draw conclusions about the limitations of other modelers, so I like to present a choice.
  2. I've been working on an alternative method of creating a Spitfire Mk XIVc. I like this method much better ... I know there are a few individuals out there who staunchly hang on to the idea that you should use the Airfix PR XIX as the basis for conversion to the Mk XIV. I think that idea is a bit limiting and, from my point of view no less work, but that depends on your comfort and skill level ... for those of us who grew up with Pinewood Derby cars ... adding a spine is by far and away the easiest with a minimum of surgery. If you like to stay in plastic and are good about hanging on to fine surface detail ... I think the Eduard conversion is by far and away the best choice and the one that I actually find most appealing. In any case, here is a short video illustrating a few of the differences and things to be aware of if you want to use the PR XIX kit ... and why a method using one of the more up-to-date kits will result in a more correct model ... Paul
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1bFscCJjh8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zAtBzNmh5A Paul
  4. The Sculpt is much grainier ... I've never found it useful for modeling. Paul
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uI7mMHSWMEg&t=5s Paul
  6. Here are a couple of fixes for issues that I pointed out in the review ...
  7. If these are indeed true lacquers, every subsequent coat is a solvent for the underlying layers. Lacquer paints actually dry ... in other words ... they get hard due to the evaporation of the solvent. Application of additional coats will soften your underlying layers. If you want to gain some understanding into paint types ... give my page about paints a read ... http://paulbudzik.com/tools-techniques/Airbrushing/paint.html
  8. Looks like it won't be released until April ... the box in the video is fictitious. As far as I can tell, you will be able to build either standard or clipped. From these images ... it doesn't look very impressive. https://www.airfix.com/media/catalog/product/cache/8/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/a/0/a05135_supermarine-spitfire-xiv_product_1_web.jpg https://www.airfix.com/media/catalog/product/cache/8/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/a/0/a05135_supermarine-spitfire-xiv_product_1_web.jpg Paul
  9. Eduard will have to step up their game if they are going to compete with Tamiya on this one. I'm building it now and it is one of the best engineered kits I've seen. You can see whoever designed the kit is a real model maker. Neither Eduard's Spit IX or their newest Tempest are thought out as well, or precisely molded, as the Tamiya kit. I also prefer Tamiya's representation of surface detail. Eduard would be better served if they moved up their timeline on the Tempest Mk II. They would have an exclusive on that one. Paul
  10. Do you still have the Monogram B-26 Marauder?

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