• Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About ChippyWho

  • Rank
    Pushing the envelope of mediocrity...

Profile Information

  • Gender
  1. Only a fool, an absolute fool, would not want to follow this...and I pity that fool!
  2. The rear section (Part #R1) of the Eduard ones looks like an absolute witch to clean up -the resin 'plug' sits right inside the front edges of the fins... I'd steer clear of anything in two sections anyway; the Tamiya ones are probably worth buying the Block 25 kit for!
  3. Indeed they do, and it contains many fine items. Their service is excellent, and if your package is like mine it will arrive all wrapped in brown paper and proper string!
  4. Diluted ammonia-based cleaner ('Windex', I believe, in North America) will make short work of removing the old paint/Future. Just apply & remove carefully and you shouldn't damage the plastic. To remove any scratches/marks from that process I recommend the suite of polishes by Tamiya, working through to the very finest one -or, so I'm told, regular toothpaste!!! The last thing I airbrushed with Tamiya clear was an HUD reflector; it worked out OK with much the same procedure you the second attempt. Because, unless you keep the paint jar thread and plastic cap absolutely sterile, tiny flecks of paint will dry therein to a weird, crispy solidity. Next time you open the jar, they will come loose and fall into the paint -the airbrush will spit them out as diminutive pellets that will show up on your lovely clear transparency. And it all looks a lot like the one in the photo!
  5. I have the 1/72 Su-34 sets; tentative test-fitting would support the dimensional accuracy of most parts for the Italeri plastic. The account of an actual installation can be found here...the Good Bit starts on Page 2. (Would it not have been easier to shrink the real thing?!)
  6. Zvezda indeed, as is the recent Academy boxing, which has a few p/e bits thrown in IIRC. For some reason, in Europe the original usually retails for a LOT less than either re-pop! Wonder if that goes for North America too?
  7. Interesting subject; sorry to hear the RAF is pulling the plug on theirs... Will watch this one's becoming with much interest!
  8. Heh -saw the title & thought 'Ridge Racer Type IV'!
  9. Got 'em now! Well worth waiting for, too.
  10. Can't see owt but a sort of grey 'No Entry' sign!
  11. They are absolutely fine; I use them on a few things with Lifecolor thinner and never had any grief. Masking a fairly simple splinter pattern on Revell's little Go 229 (Tamiya yellow tape, no primer) suffered no pull-ups. Coverage was good and various washes/filters did no harm at all. I understand thinning ratios can be an issue, but roughly 60 thinner/40 paint on a mild, dry day seemed to airbrush nicely for me. HTH
  12. Oh HELL Yeah!!! That pesky gap in my 1/48 (un-built) Navy collection is going doooowwwwn...
  13. This is why I LOVE Scooters!
  14. Great to see a few uncommon variants of my favourite jet appearing on the forums here and there now -this is a superb example!
  15. ...Oh HELL no -never sprayed the stuff in me life! It levels itself out, so just use a soft, flattish brush slightly moistened with water and apply sparingly with slow strokes -this will avoid bubbles forming. Come back 20 minutes later and it's all smooth and satiny. If you'd rather spray it, I heard tell that it's best done at really high pressure (maybe as high as 30-40 psi!) and sort of wafted on from a safe distance while the airbrush is kept moving swiftly back and forth across the target area. As to 'proper' colors, I usually fudge up something that looks vaguely like the best photos I can find. But then I have a largish drawer-cabinet stuffed with all manner of paints accrued over the years -wonder how they all got there...?! (Something to do with being unable to leave a model store empty-handed!)