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  1. Hi Gareth, sorry it took me a while to look in here again. Sadly the guy from Village Photos just disappeared and broke most of my build threads from the past several years. I've no idea what happened to him - perhaps he took ill or worse during COVID, or perhaps he just thought "sod everyone, I'm moving to the Bahamas". It's annoying, but there's no point getting upset about it. I had been meaning to rebuild this thread for a while so your post has given me the motivation to do that so I've started rehosting all the images and relinking them all. It is a bit of a scutter as we say in parts of
  2. Not to be argumentative, but in many cases there is a way to prove it one way or the other - there are lots of surviving administrative records in The National Archives which do just that. Unfortunately there are no reliable published resources on this subject, because hardly anyone can be bothered with the tedious (and expensive) work of primary source research and instead just fabricate/regurgitate/embellish as applicable to pad out a book and it will be published and people will hand over their money and just assume there is substance behind it. However, all that said, as above there i
  3. I've just read back the last page and see it's HMS IVANHOE. I can categorically state that she did not have a wooden deck. The 9 members of the I class were the first users of trowel-on deck compositions Semtex, Supertex and Aranbee. I know one was grey "the colour of dry asphalt", one blue and one brown but don't know which was which nor which of the three brands went on which ship, so you have some latitude there to choose. Also it was only marked walkways - the rest of the deck would have been dark grey non-slip paint. Latex deck compositions were not to be painted. As for anti-
  4. Sorry I've been away. Destroyers would seldom have wooden decks - that was more a cruiser and larger class thing. Destroyers tended to have steel decks and stuff overlaid which changed depending on timeframe. Corticene early on, cork matting around gun mounts sometimes, trowel-on latex type non-slip compound from around 1941 onwards but it's class and ship dependant. The I class for instance were built with the latter from the outset as the first guinea pigs. As regards anti-fouling, everyone assumed they knew it was red until last year. It turns out there was around 17
  5. I always enjoyed Jonathan Whaley's Hawker Hunter "Miss Demeanour" displays in that beautiful starburst scheme it had. I do recall one written account (magazine interview I think?) where someone expressed their displeasure at his non-historically correct paint to which he responded something to the effect of "I've done my time in HM Armed Forces and I'll paint my aeroplane however I want to".
  6. I prefer to see a Buchon than to not see one They're good looking aeroplanes (I think) and they're capable of performing entertaining displays.
  7. I understand what you mean. It's not a "what if". The aeroplanes really flew, for an appreciable number of flying hours at that, in these schemes. I'm going to have to build a Casa Heinkel with Transport Merlins at some point.
  8. I'm very late to this, but last year you said the above. Azure has no green whatsoever. It leans on the red side of blue giving it a violet quality. Typical CIELAB values would be somewhere around L64 a-1.76 b-23.65. The negative a-value means it has a red component, not a green component. I'll try to get the pigmentation of the original. Can I assume the context of interest is metal skinned aircraft using lacquer paints rather than fabric skinned aircraft?
  9. Hi, I prefer oils I think. They're ultimately more versatile and the more powerful tool, although there's a steeper learning curve to get up. Chalks are easy to get a result from but that result is somewhat limited in scope. The trick to working with oils that is working well for me is to squeeze a little out of the tube(s) onto a piece of corrugated cardboard a good hour or so before I want to use it. The cardboard will wick away a lot of the excess linseed oil. Then I work mostly with a fairly dry brush. The cardboard doubles as a mixing palette and somewhere to wipe off excess oil pain
  10. Ahhhh I see. Well you made such a small thing of it that it passed me by entirely!
  11. Is that you? If so, it's taken me much too long to put two plus two together!
  12. I finished something. Naturally there have been other tasks which have fallen casualty to my wasting time on toy planes. I find it very difficult to find motivation for models when there's an extensive backlog of more pressing tasks I must complete. As such, this modest pair have been on the go for around 2 years. The Spitfire is Eduard's 1/48 Mk.IXe boxing, with a few bits adjusted to portray IXc MH434 in one of the several identities worn in the film. AI-H appears to have worn the serial "N3317", all of which I understand were stick-on lettering for the film, and is the aircraft flown b
  13. Thank you but I seldom bother. We make what we make because I like it, but it's a cynical world and there's always someone frothing at the mouth to suggest I pretend to like it because we make it. Your post previous was spot on though. The simplistic definitions are very muddy now. I have a prototype acrylic resin binder paint which thins using naptha same as our enamel does. It's also worth highlighting that the enamel family also includes paints based on alkyd resin, a modified polyester resin which is a polymer. These to a practical user have a lot more in common with solvent dispersib
  14. Hi Bob, You're right, AK's WWII paints are based on dud research but RN ships in the 1970s were wearing a different colour entirety. Strangely, nobody has yet dug out the primary source documentation giving the exact date the order was issued to change, but we are certain of what the order was and we think it came into effect some time in 1968. From that date onwards, all Royal Navy surface vessels have had their vertical surfaces painted in BS381C-676 Light Weatherwork Grey. The two deck colours we know for certain the Royal Navy has used in the same timespan as BS676 a
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