Saturday, December 13, 2008

"just a blog"

All being well I'm watching the Quo tonight at Wembley Arena...!

Been a Quo fan most most of my life, seen them every year since about '82, the only year missed was '98 when I moved up to Scotland.

So come on Quo, give it to us...!!!!!

Friday, December 12, 2008


Brushes come in various sizes and forms. For most people they are of pointed tip variety, however many other shapes can often help out, depending on your needs.

For me I tend to use the pointed tip range, but I do have a few others, flat brushes can be very useful when painting large figure Gauge O and buildings. Within the range of brushes I have, they range from '5' through to 'ooooo'. Depending on make, the '00000' can vary in size, it is best to look for brushes at trade stands or from makers that you have personal knowledge of.

I once purchased a 'oo' size brush that was thinner than my 'ooooo' brush from a named paint brand.

I use four different types of brush, these are divided by my judgement of their quality.

1. High quality, these are either by brush tips or brush hair type. The finest quality brushes are reserved for detail work. I once painted a station master, complete with watch chain in 'N' gauge, 'OO' gauge and Gauge O are both excellent working scales for fine detail work.

2. Mid range brushes, normally reserved for older high quality brushes and brushes used for general painting. As with high quality, the bristles must offer a good shape.

3. Cheap brushes are ideal for large amounts of non essential paint work, such as scenery. These can vary in size, but normally cheap brushes are sold in boxes or packs, offering mainly the larger type brushes. These packs also come in handy when applying PVA glue to models or scenes.

4. These are the left overs from the above three types, idea for weathering models, applying additional paint detail in places that are non essential.

Try to use brushes until the very end of their life span. If you do use brushes with PVA, just put them into hot water and rinse the PVA off, your brush is then ready for use again.

Sunday, December 7, 2008


Modelling uses different forms of glue, the most commonly used are:

Liquid Poly
Super Glues

Like paints, keep the lids on and once used recap them, never leave PVA near the track, clear-up spills immediately, forget the modelling, glue can cause disaster.

If you are lucky enough to be modelling in an environment that is wihtin your home, make sure the carpets are protected, ideally when building models, have a work bench type of area to use.