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  1. Yikes! I know it was a short-range interceptor and it never clouds over in the US, but no compass?! Look where the Canucks had to stuff it. [Update] But it's very small in 1:72, and its housing is square, so I might not bother getting a round tuit.
  2. D'oh! Sorry, the Canadian variant was the CF-104 not the F-104C. Hasegawa looks my best bet. Thanks, all.
  3. Toluene smells a bit more generic paint thinners. I seem to recall it was in the original formula for Micro-Weld. It was banned many decades ago, and good riddance too. The classic nail polish remover of old is acetone, as that cosmetic was cellulose based. No idea if it still is, but acetone itself is relatively benign (our bodies sometimes make it) and it is still present in many household products.
  4. The Airfix F-104 has a much narrower canopy than this tooling. Does anybody know which is/are the most accurate kits in 1:72 scale? F-104C preferred in my case, as I have a particluar Canadian machine in mind.
  5. Pear drops! Suddenly it all comes back to me, after all these years. My Revell enamel and thinners smell of pear drops. So does acetone, a standard cellulose solvent for a hundred years, until the world changed and things were forgotten that should not have been forgotten. Revell have been putting cellulose solvents into their enamel paints! No wonder they are so aggressive. Or am I as mad as Gollum?
  6. I don't see that at all. Any good artist's supplier still has a huge range of oil and watercolour paints alongside their newfangled wonder-acrylics. Linseed oil is still boiled up and sold in bottles for the oil painters, and a new generation are coming to appreciate the qualities of the medium. There is no reason to suppose that model-making is not going the same way (No Humbrol, not linseed though, aaarrgh!). The big problem is that the market is fragmenting as every new formula and brand is introduced, while modelling is less popular and hence the market is also shrinking. Acrylics hav
  7. So they buy in (maybe Rustin's) ready-made paints directly, then mix'n'match for the tinlets? Or maybe it is more like a manual version of the Halfords machine; tip small quantities of bottled colours into one of two or three base colours? (Beancounter: "No you can't have a machine. It would still need someone to push the buttons, so you might as well do the rest while you're at it"). Either way, they are not their supplier's biggest customer and will be treated accordingly.
  8. There's that reality TV series following Hornby, can't recall its name. They did a piece on Humbrol paints once. It's a tiny cottage industry; mix up a batch in a bucket and when the colour match is right, squirt it into a few hundred tinlets and put them into store, where many will sit for some years. So once a colour is out of stock, you just have to wait for the guy to get round to mixing that bucket again. And he probably has to wait for the supplier to send all the necessary small bags of pigment or bottles of dye; until the last one is in, the bucket is kept busy on colours he can m
  9. Chatting to my local model shop proprietor, he told me that Humbrol will be severely cutting back their enamel paints range from the beginning of next year. He gave me a printed list of the surviving colours. It lists just 87, little more than half the range in the current 2022 catalogue. I have not seen mention of this to the wider public, apparently the news is strictly for the trade at the moment. Can anybody confirm it?
  10. The little "finlet" triangle for the tailskid should be smaller. It does not protrude backwards past the ruddder hinge line, and the trailing edge also angles forward from its root. I think you have the leading edge in about the right place. Also, keep an eye on the thickness of the flying surface trailing edges. Keep up the good work!
  11. Re. the power train, the two systems would be kept fully independent because one was bound to break down before the day was done. Clutch between each engine and its drive axle an essential ancillary!
  12. Ventilation: slightly raised rectangular panel with shallow vents all round the sides? I'm sure there is a nautical name for them. Air supply for the belching monsters* would not be separated from that for the engines' feeding and cooling, so a fair amount needed. But don't want the exhaust outlets too close. I still think that ejecting the exhaust sideways and drawing in air from the top is the best bet. Are you going to show all the interior gubbins? If not, and nothing fits after all, why worry? It never did Thunderbird 2 any harm! * Army rations and all that, don'ch'a know. Espec
  13. How very, VERY dare you! We are drawing him down into our own dark and murky depths, which he can as yet barely conceive!
  14. Random thoughts: Commander sat beside the driver. Both have slit windows fore and aft One question: are the engines aligned the same, as in the prototype, or rotated as in the Mk II? I'd be inclined to internal (ie protected) pipework and orifices belching sideways from one front and one rear corner. Two machine guns one end, big bangy thing the other: better balanced for both weight and space. Corners cut at an angle to improve manoeuvrability in tight spaces and machine gun angle of fire. Two occupied by ammunition, one by exhaust piping with a small, odd-shaped workbench
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