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  • How do you remove decals?
    How do you remove decals?

    Removing decals can be a bit of a head-scratching (or rather a model-scratching) experience, but it doesn't need to be.There are several chemical-based solutions out there that will help you to remove old decals without the need for any...

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  • Do pilots come with model plane kits?
    Do pilots come with model plane kits?

    The vast majority of model plane kits do not come with pilots and these will need to be sourced separately.They are available from specialist suppliers so you shouldn't have any trouble obtaining one, but if you are not experienced in building...

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  • Will my model aircraft kit fly?
    Will my model aircraft kit fly?

    From the perspective of someone choosing a model aircraft for the first time, there can sometimes be some confusion surrounding the flying and non-flying types of model available. This could result in a prised model being happily lobbed out of an...

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  • How much paint is required for a model kit?
    How much paint is required for a model kit?

    Once you have chosen a model to keep you occupied for a weekend or two, you will need to buy some paint to finish it off, but how much should you buy?The answer to this question of course will depend on the size of your model, but for the...

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  • What is a tank wagon?
    What is a tank wagon?

    A tank wagon or tanker is a type of railway wagon used specifically for transporting liquids or gasses.Tank wagons have been around since the mid-1800s although original designs were made from banded wood much like an old beer barrel, in the...

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  • What is a tare weight?
    What is a tare weight?

    A tare weight is simply a vehicle's unladen weight and is commonly displayed on the side of railway wagons.Tare weight is an important consideration for railway operators because the simplest way to calculate the gross weight of a loaded wagon...

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  • What is a Felix Pole wagon?
    What is a Felix Pole wagon?

    Felix Pole was an ambitious employee of the Great Western Railway. Born in 1877, by the age of 27 he was working in the headquarters at Paddington Station and by the age of 44 was appointed General Manager.During that time, one of Pole's many...

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  • What's the difference between a bus and a coach?
    What's the difference between a bus and a coach?

    The word coach has been around since the 15th century and derives from a town in Hungary called Kocs (pronounced coach in English). this is where a particular type of horse-drawn carriage with the luxury of steel-sprung suspension was first...

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  • What are clip-on spectacle mags?
    What are clip-on spectacle mags?

    Clip-on spectacle mags are individual magnifying lenses for people who wear glasses but still struggle to see close up while modelling. The device looks very similar to a single lens of a pair of swimming goggles and simply clips onto the frame of...

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  • What is a Eduard ProfiPACK kit?
    What is a Eduard ProfiPACK kit?

    Understanding the names that manufacturers give specific collections within their range can be a little bewildering if you have not previously had the pleasure.Eduard's 'ProfiPACK' kits are a range of plastic model kits that are described by...

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  • What size nozzle should I use on my airbrush?
    What size nozzle should I use on my airbrush?

    There are several nozzle sizes available for airbrushes ranging from 0.1mm to 5mm. For many modellers, a medium nozzle measuring around 3.5mm will be sufficient for most modelling requirements.Nozzles of this size can create fine lines as thin...

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  • Should I use AC or DC to power my CDU?
    Should I use AC or DC to power my CDU?

    Although nowadays there are CDUs (Capacitor Discharge Units) designed for model railways that plug straight into the mains, it is still common practice for a lot of modellers to power them using the auxiliary ports on their controllers often...

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