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GrahamF@Iconicair

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  1. I'm an old hand at this, some people just don't 'get' how if you bid early all you are doing is raising the price for the eventual end sale price. If you really want it just think what your absolute max price would be then bid in the last 10 seconds, You have the best chance then, If you do that any earlier it's like showing your hand in poker and is utterly pointless. The theory if you bid high early you put people off is utter hogwash, you're just burning up the value of your bid, remember it's a world wide web and somebody out there probably has more money than you or is more stupid than you. All they need to do is bid a few pennys more. I've done this buying CNC machines and it usually works, if you are bidding a lot higher at the end and also [ because I have a good idea of it's usual selling price] it doesn't give them time to think about raising their bid. Graham
  2. I think bottom line is you're using too much of either, the liquids to all intents and purposes are 'clear' but if you dried them all out in a block they would be white, and what you're seeing is too much of the fluid drying out into a semi white patch. Graham
  3. We are doing a short run of the Supermarine Attacker F1 /FB2 as we had a number of requests and we are fulfilling those orders at the moment, but if anybody wants one, now is the time as we shall stop producing in the next couple of weeks. The belly tank has the rivet detail on this time.... The Link is http://www.iconicair.com/attacker Regards Graham
  4. A similar thing happened with model railways, Hornby in the early years couldn't get the electric motors to fit in the British locomotives at HO 1/87 scale because they are smaller than European counterparts, so they tweaked the scale up to 1/76 called it OO but not the track, so now we have trains running on track that is too narrow and you can imagine there are lots of off shoot societies that model it correctly to differing degrees of accuracy. One manufacturer bucked the trend the Italian company Lima but then they were bullied into scaling up to OO in the 1980's and at one point were supplying the same model in two different scales. Graham
  5. looks Fab, Love the interior painting especially. Graham
  6. The cabinet looks great Carl, I've got one for my live steam trains but I could really do with just two more shelves evenly spaced! I keep toying with the idea of welding on another set of rods then grinding all the originals off... I keep looking at the various lighting options and there are some that are linked together by thin wires and fit via magnets in the middle of the shelves but not sure how good they are. Graham
  7. Here's one, it's on the Lancaster test shot model, but you get the idea. Graham .
  8. Just received these images of Bob Lawrence's built up Tractor the first one built probably. Took him less than a day. Graham
  9. Not you're normal sort of bench but I'm making 4 more Narrow Gauge wagon kits to go with the completed one for my Garden railway Steam locos, Scale is [ SM32 which is 16mm to 1 foot, so 2ft gauge on 32mm wide track 1:19 Scale] I'm doing this in between casting David Brown RAF Tractor kits behind me, I also suffer from not enough bench space, I've always got a PC and other computer stuff on my bench like a 3D Scanner which doubles up as a shelf as its used only occasionally and is right PIA to unplug and set up, which I'm going to sort out soon after this lot is out of the way. Graham
  10. The RAF David Brown Tractor is available now, below are a few images, it is a full resin kit and the front wheels are positionable on its axle, also with decals. www.iconicair.com/tractor Regards Graham
  11. It's not a black art but it takes some setting up to get consistent results, here are a few tips, btw I've been doing this since 1987. 1. Your master part needs to be strong and very well finished and shiny, a trick to get this made easier is to vacuum form over your master and then vac over that again, I assure you it works, and you get a crystal clear result. 2. have your master raised off the deck by a slab that recesses in slightly, that way the plastic will tuck under slightly rather than web out which leaves you with no edge to cut to. 3. A lot of machines have timers and if you are doing mulitples it allows you to get the correct heat setting before pulling your mould up. The plastic usually drops down as its melting and then tightens up, once you see a little bit of smoke a few seconds afterwards this is the time to pull up the mould. 4. Allow the mould to fully rise into the plastic before you put the vacuum on. 5. Some plastics need to dry out before use to remove any hint of moisture before starting. 6. If you ever get a forming stuck to a mould a quick blast from an airline between the mould and the edge of the plastic will pop it off easily. 7. Don't be too stingy with the size of the sheet you are going to use the more you use the less likely 'webbing' will occur. Graham
  12. My Mum had a massive stroke on Jan 12 this year, and the past few weeks have been visiting hospital until recently when she was discharged into a temporary care home until they organise an at home 'care package' this will involve about 4 visits a day by nursing staff to our home. She's in a really bad way and has not made any progress recovery wise and her prospects are pretty grim. She was sent back to hospital last week from the home as she wasn't eating or able to take her medication, so of course with this Covid 19 going on I am focused on looking after my Dad, trying to get food and supplies and keeping out of the way of other people, plus trying to finish The new RAF David Brown Tractor kit [ which is now done ] I'm just moulding the parts now. The care home put a lock down on saturday so my Dad saw her briefly and his worry is that it might have been the last time. My feeling is that as far as the economy is concerned it will not return as before, my last experience of a recession in 1989 [ yes this is one aswell ] is that the damage will be quite permanent and the effects of that last one followed me around for years. In a way with mum in the care home in lockdown has at least prevented an army of nursing staff coming to our house and possibly transmitting the virus, but its been quite hard to get my Dad to stop worrying about everything! Graham
  13. I noticed our local supermarket was out of anti bacterial hand cleaner [ understandable] but toilet roll? Is that because everyone will be crapping themselves in fear of getting Covid-19? My younger son knows some health professionals and they're saying it's no worse than any other Flu strain. Graham
  14. I produced my first and last Jet kit last year, The only reason I decided to do the Attacker was to make use of the wing CAD and somebody said that if you do an aircraft that had service history it would sell better than the previous Spiteful and Seafang. So after spending many hours of CNC and machining a couple of visits all the way down to Yeovil to measure and check the last survivor I completed it. Which is not free to do by the way. The sum total was sales of 45. If it had been made by anyone else ( and the masters whittled out of wood by hand ) it would have retailed at twice the price and still be selling. I think what some people really want is the more esoteric jets but only if they are injection moulded by the big boys but this is likely never to happen because the cost of the moulds is 100's of thousands and it's only ever likely to be 'mass' appeal jets like American jets. Graham
  15. Thanks for the link some great shots, that second spit landing was a hard one! he dropped it on to the deck. Graham
  16. I'm not overly worried by this, I've found that model videos of my own products however good and complimentary of them they are actually increase sales by a factor of zero. I think there are armchair modellers and then there are youtube modellers who are just entertained by what they 'could' buy. The Internet is very fleeting in it's effect and I for one am now convinced that old fashioned print and face to face selling is the way to go as well as being able to sell via website if that's needed. Graham
  17. Yes will have it on my usual turntable display. Graham
  18. Still a few details to do like the Dashboard detailing, engine block, seat and rear cable drum and frame. should be available early December. Graham
  19. Looks great I like the rivet detail and straps in the wheels, I noticed on that photo of the vehicle with the holes in the wheels the thickness of the metal, It looks like cast iron to me? especially with the triangular ribs around the edges, which would account for the weight. Graham
  20. The MK 21 it was the first Griffon Spitfire I had ever seen, it was temporarily at the base of the Vickers Building in Millbank by the Thames in the mid 1970's I must have been about 10 or 11. I remember thinking wow! this is a sort of modern looking Spitfire, I liked it's even more aggressive looks, It's never gone away and I've been CAD drawing one up on and off the last couple of years. Graham
  21. Our new 8000lb 'Cookie' E type Bomb Trolley is now available to order :- http://iconicair.com/8000lb/ Regards Graham 8000lb Version by uniquenarrowgauge, on Flickr Iconicair 8000lb Cookie Trolley by uniquenarrowgauge, on Flickr Iconicair 8000lb Cookie Trolley 002 by uniquenarrowgauge, on Flickr Iconicair 8000lb Cookie Trolley 004 by uniquenarrowgauge, on Flickr
  22. In the UK that's actually illegal it's known as 'Constructive Dismissal' a friend of mine who used to be a big noise in the unions would make mincemeat of them, and from what he told me anyone knows employment law very well, usually better than your employer can always find ways of tripping them up. Graham
  23. I don't get why they can't replace them, it's not like their bought in, it's just time and a cup of resin?? Still they do very well. Graham
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