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  1. I feel your frustration. I don't think microsol is going to work if you have lacquer on it as it needs to penetrate the decal to soften it. I am not an experienced aviation modeller and I don't know what may have caused that issue, but I do hope you find a solution as it's looking great. Best of luck with it.
  2. I did note the lack of seatbelts in the kit and I believe that's accurate. That takes some guts! 🙂
  3. Thank you. Inevitably there are a few mistakes here and there but I was happy with how it turned out. I am considering HMS Fly as my next model, determined to try again!
  4. Hi all. Well after my abandoned Speedy project I decided to complete an automotive model I’ve had in my stash for a while. This is a white metal/etch/vacform kit in 1/20 scale from Japanese manufacturer Model Factory Hiro. Took me around 3 weeks working most evenings and weekends so quite a quick build compared to a ship. I enjoyed the build and now considering another ship project, only this time one without copper 😂 Hope it is ok to post this here!
  5. Thanks for all the positive encouragement. This wasn't my first model and it won't be my last, but I did learn that copper is not something I am going to do again. Again, not the fault of the kit at all. Reluctantly it's gone to the great shipyard in the sky today as stripping it and sanding it yet again when the hull was already thin was not appealing. But I will try again with a different subject and would unreservedly recommend Vanguard models. But you don't need me to tell you that 🙂 You either succeed or learn. In this case I've learned!
  6. Appreciate your comments, but I don't have it in me to strip it and start a third time. And as an experienced automotive modeller, I know I won't be able to get the base good enough to paint now it's been covered in glue, and I wouldn't be happy with it anyway. I think on balance it's better to write it off as a learning experience. I'm ok with it. I've learned a lot getting to this stage, and I admire well applied copper in some of the ships I see on this site. I just wasn't able to achieve it here to my satisfaction. Just to restate, it was nothing at all to do with the quality of the kit and everything to do with my skill level. Best of luck with your builds and thanks for the positive comments. Cheers, Mark.
  7. Well after completing the rest of the copper I've decided to abandon this project. Nothing at all to do with the kit, I just don't like the copper at all and can't see myself displaying this model so can't see much point in devoting more time or money to completing it. It's a great kit, really well designed and thought out and in better hands than mine will undoubtedly build into a great model. Thanks to everyone for their help, especially Chris for the support and sending more parts. Maybe I'll have a go at something else - this just turned out not to be for me.
  8. Oh ok, I thought it would be more technical than that 🙂 Thanks - I will do so. Appreciate all the advice.
  9. Thanks. I wasn’t planning on sealing it at all I thought it would all just dull down regardless of fingerprints. Is this assumption incorrect? I still have the other side to do so likely to be a fair few more fingerprints yet 😊
  10. Well by comparison with some of the beautiful work on the site this isn’t the best effort, but I am ok with how this turned out in the end. I may redo some of the ‘slivers’ of copper at the waterline and I didn’t get the waterline perfect but compared to how she looked at the weekend I’ll take it! I’m not sure I would do another coppered hull though to be honest. Anyway I won’t post about copper again just wanted to show what I managed to achieve in the end. Thanks again to everyone who provided help.
  11. Thanks. I think I’m in agreement about leaving it be and letting it dull over time. Yes I have a couple of small gaps. Where I seriously misplaced I took the tile off and did it again, but for some I found it hard to place the tile without any gap at all and these tiles are quite thick so the overlap is noticeable if you have one. I’ve continued further up the hull since the photos and stopped using paired tiles at the bow and stern and went back to singles which helped. I’m not going to strip any more off, but I will keep your feedback in mind as I progress. Perhaps I’ll display it from the other side 😀
  12. Thanks Keith. I am happier with it. I’m not sure I will polish it as I quite like the duller finish, but out of interest what did you polish it with?
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