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  1. I'm currently building Tamiya's latest Spitfire, #61119. I've liked every Tamiya kit I've built so far, really good quality stuff. The same is true here, except for one bit. The kit comes with a "masking sheet" for the cockpit canopy. I've gotten to the point where I need to mask the canopy for painting and after a few minutes of picking at this masking sheet, I realized it's just a piece of masking paper with some lines printed on it. It's not pre-cut. I think the modeller is supposed to go over the lines with a knife and cut them out. Needless to say, I was really disappointed. I've put in an order for a proper set of masks from Eduard, but I was curious if this was how Tamiya provided masking sheets for all the other models that have them?
  2. This is Hasegawa’s Vanship in 1/72. https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0q5oqs3qcpRtc A Vanship is a flying machine from the anime TV series “Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing”. I actually saw the model first and was intrigued by the design, so I watched the series. It’s pretty good. What attracted me by the design was the mix of retro styling combined with a sci-fi element. It’s similar to steampunk, but instead of victorian era designs, this is looks more 1930s or so. I used Mr Hobby Surfacer for the primer. The metal bits towards the front were done using Mission Models chrome over Tamiya gloss black. I kept the coverage thin to make the metal look dark. The metal bits at the rear were done using various Testors/Model-Master flat metallics dry brushed over Tamiya flat black. (I’m experimenting with various ways to simulate metals). The red and white bits were painted with Mission Models paints and then covered with Tamiya’s clear gloss. I used no clear coat over the metal bits. This is the first model I’ve done that needed to be finished glossy. All my previous stuff were finished in flat, and while there may have been an intermediate gloss coat for decals and/or weathering, I didn’t really care how good the gloss looked because I was just going to spray over it in flat. Not so on this model; the subject is supposed to have a gloss finish. While the result isn’t terrible, it certainly doesn’t look like it’s going to ripple if it’s touched. I’ve seen much better gloss coats, albeit on larger scale models. I tried using a bit of Novus #2 on the gloss coat, with no effect. That Tamiya gloss dries hard.
  3. I'm coming back to the hobby after a hiatus. The last time I built anything, the internet existed but the world-wide-web did not. There wasn't any online shopping back then. Now, I'm amazed at all the stuff I can find out there. There's even a new genre or two (giant robots? really?). I used to do a lot of WW2 and modern era aircraft, but since returning, I've done some more fictional subjects. I've done a couple of Warhammer kits and a few kits based on anime subjects (but not the giant robots). I've not given up on the kits based on real subjects, and will probably return to them at some point. I'd describe myself as a "casual" modeller, I'm not interested in winning or even entering any contests. I learn something new with every kit I put together and I suppose that's what I'm looking for.
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