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    Corsair colours

    Was the Corsair ever all over Navy Blue in WWII? Or was that simply in Korea? Was it ever an all over intermediate blue in WWII? I've looked at a few sites on this, and it gets a bit confusing.
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    Dragon Smart Kits 1/35 and photo etch

    A lot of the small scale armour kits I've encountered with photo etch also have styrene parts to use instead of the PE. Does anyone know if Dragon's 1/35 Smart Kits (e.g. the Panzerjager I with the 30 sided gun shield and 47 mm gun) have plastic parts to use instead of the photo etch?
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    Good way to make holes in plastic?

    I want to make a hole in a plastic schurzen plate (1/35) to indicate damage (either by AP round or HEAT round, haven't decided yet). I would imagine heating something and just poking a hole through would be a good idea, but what's a good way to do this without catching the plastic on fire or...
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    applying flat clear with a hand brush

    I have sometimes tried to apply Tamiya's flat clear or Acryl's flat clear with a hand brush. The results are not so good. The surface ends up kind of splotchy, and it's more semi-gloss than flat. Can anyone tell me if there's some technique to this to get a genuinely flat finish?
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    Uniforms for Stug IV crew

    As far as I know, uniforms for a Stug IV crew can be black (if SS) or Field grey for a lot of other units. I'm building Tamiya's 1/35 Stug IV and don't want the crew to be SS, and I don't have field grey. Is Panzer olivgrun at all a plausible colour for such a crew? German grey perhaps? I've...
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    tabletop size for 1/72 or 1/100 miniatures?

    I'm thinking of getting back into miniatures wargaming (WWII, probably North Africa or Soviet Front) using my big army of 1/72 vehicles and figures or maybe starting a new one with 1/100 Zvezda equipment. Is a table top of 2 x 3 feet workable for either scale? I may simply make up some fairly...
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    Filtering out World of Tanks

    I've been trying to look for youtubes of the Japanese type 61 tank, and there is page after page of World of Tanks crap. Is there a way to filter out World of Tanks so I can get to the real stuff? CanTANKerous
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    Vallejo Model Air for handbrushing?

    My local hobby shop seems to carry the Vallejo "Model Air" line of paints as opposed to the "Model Color" line. Does anyone know if the former can be used for hand brushing?
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    video cameras for youtube model videos

    Can anyone recommend a good, (hopefully inexpensive) camera that takes good stills and videos? I'm thinking of making some footage of my models and uploading them to Youtube.
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    mediaeval cogs

    Can anyone recommend a good kit of a mediaeval cog? I've been pootling about the net and they all seem to approach $100 or so. Does anyone know of anything cheaper?
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    Ford Mutt -- Camo Suggestions?

    Just bought Tamiya's 1/35 Mutt and am inclined to paint it the Army version/82 Airborne version according to Tamiya. The instructions are a little vague. It seems the pattern calls for Buff (XF-57) Red BRown (xf-64) and Flat black (mixed with Field grey???). The Buff and Red Brown are to be...
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    1/24 automotive figure recommendations?

    I may be soon purchasing a 1/24 car model of the 1920s. Can anyone recommend any figures (probably a driver and passenger) that would go well for this period? Male or female, whatever.
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    Am I the Only Person who handbrushes?

    I need to know if there is some sort of website or book that teaches one how to use handbrushes--not just for details or for figures, but for whole kits. I have been handbrushing for years and most of what I turn out is shit. But I hate airbrushes. They produce great results, but they are a...
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    A Missing Market?

    I am always surprised at how few of the car model kits out there are of cars from the 1930s and earlier. Considering the vast number of auto manufacturers there were in Europe and North America in the first part of the 20th century, you'd think there would be all sorts of untapped potential...
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    EUREKA Afrika Braun

    After long being frustrated by a very simple thing, I think I have the answer. Used to like using Modelmaster's Afrika Braun (which I think is supposed to be RAL8020) for my DAK vehicles. But I only use acrylics now, and couldn't find any match for this in the brands available to me. So I...
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    ADVICE? Just bought Trumpeter's 1/35 Canadian AVGP Cougar

    I thought I would do it in NATO green and maybe NATO BLACK too. OR I could do something crazy and paint it Tamiya XF-2 flat white for a UN scheme. I am not a very skilled modeller, and I do all my work with the hand brush. Also, white I find is a very difficult colour to deal with. Any advice...
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    Handbrushing only?

    I have used an airbrush in the past, and I know about its advantages. However, I just don't use them anymore, because they are not fun to use even when they work as they should. I guess I am focused on process at least as much as on results. But almost all the painting advice I have ever heard...
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    Topolino by Bronco

    So I understand Bronco is coming out with a 1/35 civilian version of the Fiat Topolino, complete with a female driver figure and a dog figure. Does anyone have any idea when this might be available?
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    The Philosophy of the Stash

    Just a few thoughts of mine about stashes:
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    The psychology of stash building

    I used to fear that if I let my stash grow too big I would wear out my interest in model building. That is, I would "spoil" myself or something, and become like people who buy tons of books and don't read them. But now I'm beginning to feel, since I have dropped my discipline more than ever...