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Hauptmann61

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Afternoon chaps,
I just came across an interesting video clip on youtube on another modelling channel about canopy. Now here on Genessis Models I found Bobby's video on cleaning up and polishing canopies very very useful and brilliant, apart from some dipshit PC brigade moron obviously in a government department that wont allow Tamiya polishing compounds to be sold here in the UK. The explanation I've heard borders on being so ridiculous its not worth elaborating on......especially as it appears you can bring it in from abroad anyway without problems.

But I digress. Have you guys heard about dipping or airbrushing your clean canopies with Gloss Lacquer? The result apparently gives a super clear shinny finish. Its a real first for me so would be good to hear what you guys think and especially Bobby's opinion on this as well.

Finally still on the topic of canopies. Do you chaps have a preferred supplier to obtain the Tamiya polishing compounds here in the UK? Best I've seen so far is through Amazon via a Japanese supplier. Of course if there is a locally available polishing compound that can be recommended that would be great to know about too.


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I got my Compound set direct from Tamiya.
I sympathise with your Import Rules in the UK, as here in Ireland you can not even get Mr Surfacer, Alclad II, Cellulite Thinners, Vallejo Airbush Thinners to name just a few...

I sometimes go up to Belfast, on the train, where I buy what I need and then get the train back. Or, if I visit my family in the UK I post some back to myself here in Dublin. Mind you got a hell of a shock when I went around Southampton where 4 Model Shops have closed because you can buy it all on-line....oh dear.

Lacquered canopies. I've seen this done on a model...waiting for the video test to be released.

I'm also interested in the new Vallejo Acrylic Metalic paints...they appear to be amazing.

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I know its bonkers, many of the items you just listed are readily available on some of the well mentioned hobby online stores such as emodels and Models R Go....so why not Tamiya polish???? One could use some very colourful adjectives here but we will refrain. Its a real shame to hear hobby stores closing but the internet has sadly killed off these guys as they simply cant adapt to the prices. For us as modellers and in these trying times I think we are all watching the wallet.

I just ordered a whole bunch of stuff direct from Ammo Mig direct where even if I add the postage here to the UK I still paid well under what i would do if I bought the exact same products from suppliers here. 

Vallejo model air is my first choice i must say and yes the new metallic range looks cracking as do the new Vallejo Air War series. Those two new USAF and US Navy sets were just what i was looking for.

Im very curious about this Lacquered canopies so will be watching this topic with interest.

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You can dip your clear pieces in Future/Klear...which is about the only thing that stuff is useful for in my opinion. It's not all that complicated and looks great if you're just careful in making sure you don't have air bubbles or buildup on the edges of pieces.

I'm a little skeptical of what's being talked about in the video you reference. That person has a very poor understanding of paint chemistry in general, and since the specific product being used hasn't been mentioned I'm not confident it actually is a lacquer. Whatever it is appears to work wonderfully, so I'm curious to see.

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