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  1. Great progress Keith. I have to concur with Michael, it's nice to see traditional skills in drawing. Richard P.S. When I searched the shipyard on Google, it returns a status as "Permanently Closed". I do not know if this is for just one location or the whole concern. It may explain why you didn't get a reply. Cheers
  2. I imagine that approaching the builders of your boat for hull lines has already been considered and, I have not seen the original boat plans either. If I may ask, what drawing set do you use? I have a set of Hall instruments which was one set that I inherited off my late father. Cheers Richard
  3. Hello Keith, I should like to tag along, if I may. Interesting that you should choose this scale as apposed 1/35, I know it translates as 1 inch is 3 feet and is a known scale for ship plans. All the same, it will be an enthralling undertaking to watch. All the best . Richard
  4. I have also used/own Pro-Art prolene as well as their angled shaders and "polar" synthetics, brilliant brushes. I also own a wallet of the system 3 brushes, although they are more suited to larger jobs, again, very nice brushes. When lining in the scale we would normally build in, I have used a Bow pen for thin lines, just load up with Humbrol and thin about 60/40 paint to thinners.
  5. There seems to be some confusion about "natural bristle" etc. Bristle are brushes made from Hog hair, Chunking bristle from China being a particularly good all round, multi media brush able to manipulate heavy body acrylics and oils. Sable( Mustela sibirica, A type of weasel) brushes tend to be used mostly with watercolours and acrylics because they are not as heavy a paint, they are used less with oils other than with filters and washes. The vallejo paints that Antonio is using are well suited to sable or sable synthetic blends. I am not aware of any brushes that like to be abused and, you should have a few brushes as "throw aways" or older brushes relegated for this purpose. I would advocate care, as with any decent tool. Smaller brushes that hold less will not dry out slower, surface area/volume ratio says the opposite, only retarding mediums will slow the drying time,all other things being equal eg how much a paint has been reduced, temperature etc. I too have seen many tatty brushes and less range than I would like in otherwise good shops. I order online from artist supplies or direct from the manufacturer, these brushes will likely have been handled a lot less than shop bought ones and are easy enough to return if need be. I also never buy from "tool catalogues", they are at best, very average brushes. I know this may seem to be labouring the point( After all, the title did include "Good brushes") but I own hundreds of brushes, not all very expensive, but all good quality and some nearly 30 years old. There are enough bespoke manufactures offering extensive , affordable individual brushes and sets to satisfy most needs.
  6. Hi Druxey, Yes, they are really nice brushes and I have purchased too many ha ha. Cheers Richard
  7. Hello, I would second Winsor & Newton series 7, high quality Kolinsky sable and perfect for use with Vallejo paints. Other brushes of similar quality would include: 1. Da Vinci Maestro Kolinsky sable 2. Raphael series 8404 Kolinsky sable 3. Rosemary & Co Kolinsky sable ( Several series and very good value for money) There are others but, these are some of the very best and that I have personal knowledge of. Synthetics also offer a cheaper option, I own a number from all of the above manufacturers. Bare in mind that high quality sable brushes will hold moisture content better than most man made bristles. The separation of the brush into "forks" is likely lack of moisture, more of a problem with cheaper brushes but may still happen as the paint mixture dries in the brush. Vallejo do a "Retarder Medium" no. 597 to add to your paint, this may help (only add a drop or two, very little) It is very much "You get what you pay for" with brushes, as is the case with most things. The brush soap is a great recommendation as well. Rosemary & Co have a website where you can download a catalogue or request a free hard copy, and it is well worth getting. ( I am not connected to them, just a customer) Hope that helps Richard
  8. Riccardo1966

    Home Made Mini Mill

    Hello Keith, I thought I would pop in and say "hi" and to have a look at any further progress. Hope that you are keeping well Kind Regards Richard
  9. Hello Dan, I have been looking at some of your previous card builds, they are superb, I did not realize how very good these models can be and will pull up a chair for this one. Regards Richard
  10. Riccardo1966

    Home Made Mini Mill

    Looks like a very interesting project, could be of much value in a future build. Regards. Richard
  11. Riccardo1966


    Beautiful model Kieth, What an achievement and was a great pleasure to tag along on your exquisite build.
  12. Hi Nils, Not much room to work on that detail dense deck. Fantastic work. Regards Richard
  13. Hello Patrick, Simply amazing levels of detail and so neat, It is too easy to be over critical when looking at small scale models at high magnification. Your model is superb. Hope that you are having a Happy Birthday. Cheers Richard
  14. Hello Kieth, It has been a pleasure to watch your build, it is a thing of great beauty. Looking forward to some final photos of Altair and as to what you will decide is your next project. Wishing you the best and a quick and full recovery for your wife. Richard.
  15. Looking very good, the figures really add so much especially in a scale that clearly shows faces etc. Cheers Richard

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