Matt Bacon

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  • Location Ilkley, West Yorkshire
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  1. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Heavy haul before diesel   

    I can't shake the image of a wagon train heading West with that bringing up the rear, carrying the lah-di-dah folks from the big house to their new estate in Colorado...
  2. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Airbrush / Compressor   

    When I had to replace the water trap on my set up, I had a "doh" moment. For ten years I'd been using the coiled hose attached to the airbrush, and a straight length from airbrush to water trap. I though that the coils were supposed to work like an old telephone handset cable.
    But no! The nice chap who I bought the replacement from told me that the coiled hose should be fitted between the compressor and the water trap, to cool the air without taking up too much room, and the straight one from the water trap to the airbrush. Much better all round. 
    As Harry says, you'll get a million options for preferred kit. I started with a Badger 150, which was OK, but I fairly quickly moved on to a double action Iwata BC-S which has served me well for the last decade. These days I use it alongside a H&S Evolution Al+ 2in1 with a smaller needle. If you wanted to, you can get an additional handle for the Iwata that allows it to work like a single-action brush by setting the needle position in one place. I tried an Aztek for a while, before the Iwata, but I really didn't get on with it at all.
    For a compressor, I have one of the attached. Mine's a SimAir branded version, but they come with various brands.It's been bombproof, quiet and effective for 10 years.
    My best advice would be to try to find a "real world" supplier, and go and talk them, try a few different set-ups out, and find the one that suits you and your usage. Even if you can't go in person, I'd still recommended finding a specialist airbrush retailer (these days, that may not be a hobby shop -- they're just as likely to be used for "nail art" or full size graphic art) and giving them a call to talk over your requirements and budget. Unfortunately, the two very helpful and friendly companies I've used ( and are in the UK. You may be able to find a supplier among the trade stands at a model show as well.
    edit: These guys: are about an hour up the road from you in Brooksville. The owner's cell number is on the web page, so I'd give him a call!

  3. Matt Bacon added a topic in Car Kit News & Reviews   

    Revell (Germany) Ferrari 250SWB! New for October
    Just got my "New Model Kits Autumn 2105" e-newsletter from Revell, and kit 07056 is 1:24 Ferrari 250 SWB:

    It's probably the older Italeri kit, but that's pretty good, much better than the Esci/AMT version, and it will be a lot easier on the wallet than the Gunze Sangyo kit.
    I'll be having a couple, for sure!
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  4. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Painting and paint fumes question   

    The only time I'd consider using a silver base would be if I wanted to block the dye from a red plastic body leaching through into the top coat colours (and I've seen 2K Clearcoat suck the red _through_ a layer of yellow base which looked completely unaffected when it was sprayed first). In this case I'd probably spray the silver coat directly onto the plastic, then prime, then shoot the top coats. Except these days, having been burned twice, I have some dedicated Zero Paints Sealer basecoat which is specifically intended as the tool for the job.
    And really, really, get a mask and some extraction. Even with water based acrylics -- you may not smell much, and the vapours aren't actually toxic and carcinogenic chemicals, but fine mists of particles do horrible things to your lungs whatever they are made of...
  5. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Taking pictures of your models   

    I've often wondered about why the models I take pictures of don't look quite how I expect when I've seen the real thing. In particular, supercars never look as flat and wide in a photo as they do in real life. The following aren't my best models (don't get bent out of shape by the SLS's surface finish, a really hard to photograph attempt at "Alubeam", or the 458's shut line enhancement, which needs re-doing). But they are two cars that I've seen often enough to recognise, and I've measured up both kits so I know that the models are precisely and accurately scaled in all dimensions. Anyway, after a bit of internet research, and some tests, I reckon that for most DSLRs, a 35-40mm focal length lens and a camera height 2.5" - 3" above the "ground" gives a pretty good representation of what you'd see looking at the real thing...

  6. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic 1950 Alfa Romeo Alfetta 158 - The Merit/Smer/Atlantis Kit From The Fifties And Some Extra Work   

    That looks fantastic, Jurgen. Excellent scratch-building and detailing, as always. Having done one myself, I know exactly how much you've made a silk purse out of... let's say unpromising materials. I know you prefer to build everything "buttoned up" -- it's just a bit of a shame in this case, since the Alfetta and Talbot-Lago are the only ones where Merit actually gave you an attempt at an engine!
  7. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Penske Corvette .   

    Excellent stuff. Looks fantastic. Are the decals in the kit, or did you go aftermarket?
  8. Matt Bacon added a topic in General   

    Now, THIS is a Porsche 918...
    OK... no contest. This is going to be the colour scheme for my "Weissach" 918. I'll use the Martini decals on an all-white "vanilla" 918 built from the other kit...

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  9. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Ferguson tractor: what goes around comes around...   

    The Heller kit looks to be way more detailed -- "124 pieces" versus the "over 50 components... with cement" of the Airfix. With luck, it'll be in the great tradition of Heller 1/24 kits, with plenty of parts that are very faithful to the prototype. At least with a tractor, the engineering of the real thing is pretty chunky, unlike some of the suspension components of the "golden age" cars that they are just starting to re-issue!
    I'm definitely having one!
  10. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Ferguson tractor: what goes around comes around...   

    Completely new and in honest to goodness 1/24. I just think it's cool that the "Holy Grail" of Airfix collectors now has an alternative, state of the art, new-tool kit. Sometimes it can take decades, it seems, so don't give up hope on some of those subjects that have never been done by anyone except Palmer...
  11. Matt Bacon added a topic in All the Rest   

    Ferguson tractor: what goes around comes around...
    Apologies for those of you who know this already, but it's interesting to us "Classic British Kit" collectors. The very first Airfix kit was a Ferguson tractor. Initially released in 1949 as a built promo for the Ferguson company, it was also released as a kit from 1955-59:

    It's about 1:20 scale.
    And now, here come our friends from Heller, almost 70 years later!

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  12. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Seat belts in model kits   

    I tend to use a medical tape with a fine woven texture. It's white, but takes paint or marker pen colours very well. It can be stuck onto lead foil for precise positioning of posable belts, doubled over and sliced into strips to use as a pure fabric belt (handy for supercars where it disappears into an inertia real behind the seat), or stuck onto something slightly springy like thin brass or plastic card when you want to do a standard "B" pillar mount above the tub:

    If you bend the spring material outwards slightly, then as the tub goes up into the car, the upper mounts will slide up the B pillar, pressed up against it by the springiness of the belt.

  13. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic $7.99 models back at Ollies!   

    I'd love the Auburn Boattail and the Chrysler Atlantic, but I rather sadly, my nearest Ollies is 3208 miles away, in Massena, NY... ;-(
    The box art on that Lindberg Stutz Racer is nice, too... very reminiscent of the Airfix 1/32 series of cars from the 60s...
  14. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic DIY Carbon Fiber decal (or paint)?   

    Craft store or dressmakers shop. It's called tulle, and is used for veils in wedding dresses and underskirts if you want that 50s look. It's basically nylon or rayon mesh, and comes in a variety of levels of fineness of mesh weave. My local department store with a big craft section carries 5 different grades, so you should be able to find the one you need.

    I use black and Zero Paints "Graphite Grey", but any darkish metallic will do. You can mix things up a bit by swapping which one you use for the base colour, and which one you overspray with.
  15. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic What's Coming in 2016?   

    1/24 488 GTO, AMG GT and new Audi R8 from Revell Germany
    1/24 Acura/Honda NSX and Jaguar E-Type Coupe from Tamiya (OK, the latter is more of a wish based on the 300SL, but...)
    1/25 2016 Ford GT from Revell (and then Revell Germany) (Ford is so all over marketing that car that I suspect we'll actually get at least two - a snap kit for "juniors" and a full detail model)
    1/24 Lambo Huracan from Fujimi (and also possibly Aoshima)
    1/24 McLaren P1 from Aoshima
    1/24 Citroen DS "decapotable" from Ebbro
    1/24 Escort RS1800 from Belkits
    1/32 Aston Martin DB10 from Airfix