Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

702 Excellent

About steelpillow

  • Rank
    Advanced Member

Personal Information

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. That Humbrol 90 looks distinctly too pale, judging by other references I have seen, not to mention an old model of mine painted in their old Sly Type S. Fine to serve as a base for weathering a time-served old rattlebucket, but not for a pristine display job. Humbrol have stopped making both colours now, and their 23 Duck Egg is too blue, as well as too pale. I need this RAF/FAA Sky for a model I am making at the moment, so I just got a tin of 90 off eBay. It is definitely too pale. My intention is to darken it with some reasonably strong green and see how that goes: probably need a touch
  2. Don't forget the burrs and goose-grass all over the spaniel's hairy ears. A burr would be about 0.5mm across at 1:24...
  3. Very nice, I wouldn't mind that in my front drive. Bit upmarket from the Skoda Felicia of that very colour which once parked there. Bertone's styling is the most stunning car of all time, IMHO. Such a shame that of the several 1:24 kits available, none has even a half-decent engine, or opening doors & front.
  4. Yuck! I can smell that from here! All too realistically done. There are three working farms and two riding stables along the lane where I live, and their delightful slurries get periodically transported from collecting pit to field. But none of them has quite grasped that a muck-spreader is not just a slurry truck being driven down the road a bit too fast. When we first moved here I had dreams of riding my bike into town to do the shopping; that didn't last long! The only touch missing is the smear on the front door sill where the passenger caught their trousers.
  5. OK you've convinced me. But maybe it's just a couple of dozen old layers of that black rustproofing gunk....
  6. Possibly related to its status as the beast of choice to go lurching over rocks for weeks on end.
  7. Indeed. I'll second Humbrol or Revell Plasto, although Plasto is a bit soft and sticky, so can be messy to apply. However, a word of warning. These solvent-loaded formulas tend to shrink as they dry out, and for a deep layer of filler that can take weeks. I have finished and painted models, only to find a couple of months later that the filler has sunk and left a dip in the surface. Safer to superglue some scrap plastic across so you only need a skin of filler.
  8. Very nice. For some reason my archetype GT40 is white with a matt black anti-glare bonnet. But this lady in red comes close. The GT40 belongs in that elite group of most beautiful cars ever, arising in an inexplicably tight little group of sports coupes during the 1960s; Ford GT40, Lamborghini Miura, Jaguar E-Type, Marcos GT and a Ferrari or two to choice. Honourable mention to the Ford Mustang fastback and Aston Martin DB III. Somehow, all their 1950s predecessors were a touch workaday and 1970s successors got too musclebound. Like greyhounds compared to labradors and bulldogs.
  9. Mine used to live on my copious supply of study bookshelves, but nowadays I have an even more copious stash of books, so the models are stacked in boxes on the top shelves - and half my books are in boxes in the attic too. I put one or two on the living-room mantel piece on occasion, but then get ticked off because "I can't dust it now". Look, it takes an insane partner to put up with the likes of us. Mutual madness is the only way.
  10. Now, now, let's not have any pointed remarks...
  11. A propos of not-polystyrene, I'd love to see some PLA kits on the market. Can be 3D printed, injection-moulded or vacformed as suits the part. Biodegradable if I mess up and have to start again. Did I forget to mention the prototype Spitfire, with options for its various build states (props, exhausts, additional u/c doors, tail fin/rudder, tail wheels/skid). In its pale blue-grey Rolls-Royce quality shiny paint finish, even the RAF cooks left their kitchens to troop out and watch it fly over. 1:72 preferred, as 1:24 would be irresistible but wreck my domestic bliss....
  12. They were. Every nation had its own rule book, its own house style if you like. It was influenced by things like secrecy, politics, habit/culture, research data, budget spending, etc. Some shared chapters with each other, but none shared the whole book. American, French, British, Russian and Chinese prototypes all had their typical features. The styles could evolve rapidly with each new advance in technology or change in fashion, perhaps the most obvious being the advent of area-ruling for supersonic fuselages, but they all remain distinct. I think the Brits had a general minimalism, whic
  13. Not the exact sequence, that is a typical Internet myth. They are both examples of what is known as a logarithmic spiral. Each step is a constant multiple of the one before. You can find similar spirals in sunflower seed heads, snail shells, and many other places in nature.
  14. Really? I find it quite useless for serious facts.
  • Create New...