Discussion in 'Lounge' started by Ronaldo, Dec 5, 2019.

  1. Ronaldo Well-Known Member

    I pondered over which title to give this thread as there are many routs I could go down .

    After almost a lifetime in this hobby ; some fifty years :eek: more than a lot of people manage to stay on the right side of the grass.

    I look back at the changes of casting paints and materials which both have moved in leaps and bounds .

    Re paints , I changed to oils when Humbrol started messing with paint formulas and eventually lost their way , but even oils have not escaped the medlars , namely with cadmium and chromium colours
    and of course Lead and zinc white ; not all for the bad .

    Very recent article here on metallics using all sorts of compounds which was the way 20 odd years ago then came along Humbrol rub and buff ' great stuff till they feked with it , new substitute GW metallic which I cant remember the name of , but again more messing and we end up with Leadbelcher a poor substitute for the latter , and of course we have all the golds to deal with now most of which although much better than the ubiquitous Humbrol gold are still far too grainy .
    I have managed to master a technique using PD Models (Dino) gold powder and hope to try his silvers with the same results .

    Castings ! we have also come a long way in 50 years but even so there are still a few gems of times gone by that really cant be bettered of which I have a couple , Richard Almond and Ray Lamb mounted Dragoon , wish I still had his Cuirassier standing by his horse .

    Resin quality has also improved but there is still a lot of not so good stuff kicking around also , Verlinden resin was very good and an Avant Garde leader at one time , even bases are so different from the wooden pastron switch mounts we used to use :rolleyes:.

    To conclude I am cleaning oot the man cave that has prompted this little nostalgic rant " I have just to many models for this modest Hoose " to many Keyboards ,guitars and all other types of amalgamated shit .:rolleyes:
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  2. yellowcat A Fixture

  3. megroot A Fixture

    Nice reading Ron.
    If you have a decent Yamaha keyboard out of the PSR range, maybe we can talk :)

  4. peedee A Fixture

  5. fogie A Fixture

    I suppose most of us with a bit of mileage on the clock have seen a few changes in this hobby - many of them I think
    have been for the better. (We'll draw a veil over the few that haven't).

    I'm a bit concerned about this need to tidy things, Ron, - I'm told that it's something that comes upon us with age and
    an awareness of mortality. Us 'veterans' should resist this insidious impulse and revel in our glorious welter of 'stuff
    and clutter'. Personally, I can match you with figures and paint but instead of the keyboards and what have you, with
    me it's model trains and radio controlled aeroplanes and all the associated nonsense that goes with them. I am gradually
    sinking in stuff and thoroughly enjoying it.

  6. Ronaldo Well-Known Member

    What I do have which needs to go is a Korg O1WFD Midi with built in 16 track sequencer
  7. Ronaldo Well-Known Member

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  8. Ronaldo Well-Known Member

    I forgot to mention all the fishing stuff and associated fly tying gear and as for power tools , that mania still goes on as battery power has even made big inroads into the more heavy weight division coupled with interchangeable batteries allowing purchase for what they call here naked bodies ; at a great reduction in price:nailbiting: .
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  9. fogie A Fixture

    Way to go..............:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO: !!!!!!!!
  10. peedee A Fixture

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  11. Babelfish A Fixture

    As teenagers me & my mates used to take Verlinden kits and get high sniffing the resin behind the wheelie-bins down at the local shops.

    Just kidding .... but the smell of that stuff was heady :confused::confused:.

    - Steve
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  12. Chris Oldfield Well-Known Member

    Verlinden’s resin got a little less smelly when he moved his operation from Belgium to the USA.
    Must have been a big disappointment for some.......
  13. Wayneb A Fixture


    I second that emotion....Enjoy what you got while you can......No matter how old you are "No one is guaranteed tomorrow and today's not over yet".
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  14. Mirofsoft A Fixture

    AAAHHH Where are Rose Miniatures gold, silver, bronze ... powders ....
  15. OldTaff PlanetFigure Supporter

    Well, I have still got, and use, Rose Antique gold powder, plus Campaign Colours gold and silver powders. Many years ago I was given two shades of Printers Gold paste by the late,great Jim Woodley( flats artist). All these metallics work well and mix with oil paint.

  16. fogie A Fixture

    Back in the seventies at one of the shows, I met a chap who introduced me to sintered metal powder. In exchange for a packet of
    sandwiches - he'd forgotten to bring any - he gave me some little jars of iron, brass, copper, and zinc. I still have them and use them
    regularly Mixed carefully into the appropriate base colour oil paint and then gently burnished with graphite dust to enhance the
    specularity, the effect is just right for me.

  17. yellowcat A Fixture

  18. Ronaldo Well-Known Member

    Never liked them but they were a good option in a very sparse market .
    Pd Models Aka Dino is where its at today : albeit he is a little feker who loves to crush your hand on a handshake :D but his stuff like his bases are superb .
  19. theBaron A Fixture

    I never used those, but I am a fan of Gammage's figures. I still collect and paint his Imperial Germans, and his Seven Years War 54mm figures.

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  20. theBaron A Fixture

    A propos of the spirit of this thread...

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