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  1. I've sprayed etch from a rattle can into the plastic can lid and then used this for brush painting. I know some do this and pour the paint into their airbrush. If you try this you must wear a spray mask as it can come back at you as you decant into the lid. To prevent the worst of this I cover over the lid with cling film and direct the nozzle under one edge of this. It's surprising that you don't need many squirts to get a useable amount of paint and it illustrates just how wasteful rattle cans are. Alternatively you can buy tins of etch primer for car spraying. I've not tried this option but suspect the primer will need to be thinned. For example… https://www.advancedpaints.co.uk/product/clostermann-1k-etch-primer/ I use the rattle can version of this paint and think it's excellent on degreased really clean metal. It will etch into clean brass very well.
  2. Acrylics can give a less than smooth finish when sprayed if it's too warm. The paint dries in the air before it hits the model.
  3. Anglian

    Panic buying

    In the last two days I've been to Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose to do my weekly shop that I would normally do in Tesco. I needed all three visits to get what was on my usual list. Tesco was an 8pm evening visit as I thought they might have been restocking by the time I go there. Fresh produce left and plenty of meet but many shelves were stripped bare. I bought a few things for the freezer that I'd buy anyway about every two weeks. No loo roll but I have a packet of that, no cat food that I wanted to buy. Sainsburys was the same, fresh produce, meet and fish but I got very little there. Very little frozen stuff left, no cat food, loo roll etc. I bought a box of cakes that I'd never normally buy, almost out of frustration. Shopped mid-afternoon. Waitrose. I arrived just before 8am and waited as the first hour was reserved for older people. Only myself and one other waited until 8am before going. There were plenty of middle aged people already shopping. One woman had bought huge quantities and I hoped the shop staff refused so sell them all to her. As I walked past her I muttered 'selfish'. She must have been there at 7am to get so much and she was middle-aged. I did quick dash around and was able to buy the four things I needed, including cat food but I was lucky as I had the last bag of the type I wanted. Many shelves were bare and they were bringing palettes of loo-roll directly onto the shop floor and not even putting them on the shelves. It was chaos in there. No tinned stuff not that I was looking for any. I bought one luxury that I never normally buy as a friend suggested it to me as I'd never heard of it – non dairy ice cream. I'm can't have diary produce so haven't had ice cream for over ten years… There were no queues to get into any shop. My plan is to keep doing top-up shopping, a few items every now and then, if I'm passing a supermarket, rather than trying to do a weekly shop. All had good supplies of fresh produce and bread. In one store I over heard the staff (they all looked exhausted). They said that they needed to shut all their shops for three days and they'd be able to get back to normal full stock levels but they just can't keep up as it is. I've started eating less, has anybody else?
  4. I'll add some Beatles tracks Please, please not me Run for your life Misery From me to you On a more positive note I feel fine
  5. There are a lot of these myths circulating online. Whilst staying hydrated is always a good thing the notion of the virus being washed down by drinking water to be destroyed by stomach acid is simply laughable. https://www.england.nhs.uk/2020/03/nhs-takes-action-against-coronavirus-fake-news-online/
  6. These sources state the ban will happen rather than might happen. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/03/13/mass-gatherings-banned-britain-boris-johnson-makes-coronavirus/ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/13/uk-to-ban-mass-gatherings-in-coronavirus-u-turn
  7. The released figures don't show the actual spread of the virus, only reported cases. It's possible that thousands of folks have it already or have recovered from it but with only minor symptoms so they are putting it down to a cold or another type of flu virus. The official figures may yet go up dramatically.
  8. Green Onions – Booker T and the MGs
  9. I have limited experience of Methfix but I like working with waterslide. I can design the decals on my computer and have a sheet printed. This way all the alignment and kerning (letter spacing) is all done precisely then it's a case of applying one decal. Being waterslide you have an endless amount of time to get it positioned exactly. Using both Micro Set and Micro Sol gives a perfect result, that when done well looks as if the decal has actually been painted on the surface. I tend to notice when lettering isn't straight, well spaced or the baselines aren't correct. For example, the base of a cursive character eg an 'S' will sit slightly lower than a letter with a straight lower stroke like an 'L'. Using waterslide in the way I've described solves these problems.
  10. 643 for me – a gorgeous looking model and well worth the wait.
  11. If you live in a listed building you can't.
  12. That's a very long way off. Currently they are saying that no new petrol/diesel engined cars can be sold after 2035. That might change. Right now electric cars are too expensive for the mass market. I actually think by the time we get to 2035 it's possible that new petrol or diesel cars will still be sold but only if they are very low-emissions types so this 'all electric' will actually be phased in over a decade or more. In the next 15 years we may discover that the electric car actually isn't all that green after all. Rare metals needed for batteries and what about their life expectancy and disposal etc etc? I currently drive a 27 year old petrol engined car and whilst I know cars of that age aren't exactly common, if only electric cars can be sold in the UK after 2035 it'll take perhaps 10 years for them to become the most common type on the road, say by 2045. Then of course there might be companies springing up to import nearly new petrol engined cars from abroad, to exploit a loop hole in the legislation, all of course depending on demand. We might end up like Cuba and be running around in classic petrol engined cars, no VED or MOT required ; ) Modern cars built now might last say, ten years, due to the complex electronics that tends to kill them off by being uneconomical to repair but really if we were actually going green the whole design philosophy need to change. New cars should really be built to last say 30 years. I don't have any figures to hand but I should think the process of building a new car is anything but green, relative to keeping an existing vehicle on the road and even if it does kick out a fair bit of CO2. Another challenge for the government will then be deciding how to replace all the tax that is currently generated by petrol and diesel sales. Do they put a new purchase tax on all electric vehicles making them even more expensive? The situation might even turn out to be just like the diesel debacle where the government incentivise buying so called 'greener vehicles' only to then turn around as say 'we got it wrong and actually we are now against such engine types.' Then of course there are the constant advances in petrol engine technology giving better and better fuel economy which might slow the uptake of mainstream electric vehicles and which currently the manufacturers are still continuing with. I don't think the electric car is going to be quite as rapidly revolutionary as perhaps currently thought. At the moment for example, the technology has been jumped on by luxury brands looking for extreme performance at any cost rather than to build daily runabouts down to a price. As the OP points out the infrastructure hasn't been thought out at all. How are 100 people living in a road of terraced houses or a block of flats supposed to all charge their cars at night and who unpicks the charging lead spaghetti in the morning? The local councils will all have 'elf and safety apoplexy over the trip hazards caused by all electric cables, etc etc.
  13. I like it! I have a similar motoring history.
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