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About AlanDavison

  • Birthday 04/03/1946

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    model making in most of its forms, especially, boats, planes and trains in plastic, wood and metal

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  1. I never thought that a suggestion for possibly including a flag as part of a kit would raise such a strong reaction. I wish I had never mention it.
  2. I am glad to hear you wife continues to recover and I wish her well. I am sure that working full time for Vanguard Models will prove a wise choice (you certainly seem to have the skill set) and I wish you every success for the future.😊
  3. I must say that I agree with James H, MDF is far superior to ply. In my experience it does no swell warp or split under normal working conditions. I agree that MDF is softer than ply but if you treat it with care it is fine. As with any timber you have to treat it with respect, don’t force it, work with the grain (if there is one), etc. With my Speedy, I left the fragile stern counter framing off until I had almost completed the first planking, thus reducing the possibility of damage. Looking forward to future build instalments and the release of the kit, I guess, in late spring, early summer.
  4. I agree that Caldercraft/Jotika make some fine models, even if some of the kits are now becoming a bit dated and are in need of a makeover. Regarding the HMS Surprise model, I don’t think you will ever see it in production from Caldercraft as I suspect it is more than production issues that prevented it being marketed. If you think about it Jotika must have spent a lot of money in development and to stop production at a stage when it was just about ready to go on sale says to me that there are other technical/legal issues in play. We will probably never know why the kit was not issued, but we have a growing market with other companies so we have more than enough to last most of use a lifetime of happy model making.
  5. Congratulations on a superb build. I particularly liked the quality of the paint finish. Perhaps when you’ve completed your bathroom conversion you might post some photos the boat in its natural watery element ie floating along side a squeaky duck!!😂 looking forward to the album.😊
  6. Glen, I’m sure you do yourself an injustice regarding your skill level! regarding cost, some of us who live on modest pensions do have to watch the pennies but £500+ doesn’t sound to bad for the quality and detail we will receive.
  7. Hi Chris, Spring, early summer was my guess. Do you intend to offer any option like you did with Alert & Speedy, or is that too complicated? Have you any idea of price, yet. Are we talking £4, 5, 600 or more. I note you intend a full compliment of ships boats, which is great, but will you also be including other often forgotten items such as seats of ease, flag lockers, manger and so forth. This has to be the model to die for. Can’t wait
  8. If Chris can’t do them then you can try the Model Monkey web site, they do a range of 3D printed 1/48 (and most other scales) ships canon as well as a host of other nautical items.
  9. I usually finish with a spay coat coat of matt or semi-matt varnish, so it really does matter weather you use gloss or flat paint
  10. Looking good. But how do you keep your workstation so tidy? I try, but end up with all sorts of files, knives and brushes scattered all over the place!
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