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Deluxe Materials 40ml Perfect Plastic Putty Tube # 044
Deluxe Materials 40ml Perfect Plastic Putty Tube # 044
Offered by Model Hobbies
Price: £6.78

4.0 out of 5 stars Near-perfect solution to filling gaps and joins in plastic, 22 April 2015
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This Perfect Plastic Putty is excellent for filling small gaps and joins. It’s easier to use than Milliput, for instance, which needs to be mixed from two separate tubes.

PPP dries without shrinking and is water-soluble, so easy to clean-up. It’s easy to work with and to sand and buff, and the dried result takes airbrush paint easily.

Recommended.


Model Air Set - Basic Colours (x8)
Model Air Set - Basic Colours (x8)
Offered by SnM Stuff
Price: £17.76

5.0 out of 5 stars All the basic airbrush colours in one box, 21 April 2015
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Spanish manufacturer Vallejo specialises in paint formulated for airbrushes, and this starter-pack of 8 basic colours is excellent for the novice airbrusher to get going.

The paints may be used straight from the bottle into the airbrush, or thinned 4:1 with Vallejo thinner if several coats need to be built up.

The silver is particularly good as an airbrush colour. Recommended.


Vallejo Model Air 200 ml Thinners
Vallejo Model Air 200 ml Thinners
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Mix it up for a better result, 20 April 2015
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This Vallejo thinner is to avoid potential blockages when using acrylics in your airbrush. It’s especially useful if you’re using a fine needle, i.e. smaller than 0.25. A ratio of 1ml thinner to 4ml paint is ideal.

If you’re spraying more than one thin coat to build up the colour in order to ensure all the surface detail is retained then deploying the thinner ensures the paint remains free-flowing; it’s much more effective than using just water as a thinner.

The Vallejo bottle is fitted with a small nozzle which enables you to apply the thinner a drop at a time, or squirt in a larger amount if your airbrush has a larger reservoir and you’re preparing to spray a big surface area.

The only gripe (a small one) is that the product is quite expensive for a modest 200ml bottle.


Vallejo Model Air 200 ml Airbrush Cleaner
Vallejo Model Air 200 ml Airbrush Cleaner
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Clean your airbrush & keep it clear of blockages & blowback, 20 April 2015
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Though much more expensive than IPA, this airbrush cleaning fluid from Vallejo is worth the extra. It removes all traces of even dried-out paint and deep-cleans the airbrush parts (especially the tips) like nothing else.

If you're using acrylics, try diluting the fluid 50/50 with water between colours and then leave the residue wet in the airbrush after flushing it through. This will ensure your next colour will flow freely right from the get-go, with no blocks or blow-backs which can otherwise happen with thicker acrylics (especially with cheap airbrushes where the parts may not be so finely machined).

You don't need much of this cleaning fluid; even a small bottle can last a busy airbrusher for weeks.


A Tribute To Jack Johnson
A Tribute To Jack Johnson
Price: £5.28

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4.0 out of 5 stars The definitive jazz album for rock fans, 16 April 2015
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If you're a rock music fan who has listened with an open mind but never really warmed to jazz, this could be the album which unlocks the door for you. Miles Davis' ground-breaking fusion period book-ended by `In a Silent Way' in 1969 and `Agharta' in 1975 is normally associated with his best-seller `Bitches Brew', but `A Tribute to Jack Johnson' is a hidden gem from this period.

To many this is "not real jazz" but more like a rock album. No written melodic compositions underscore this music; the action is purely on the improvisational interplay of these virtuoso jazz musicians over rock/funk/blues rhythms; fusion at its purest. The ace rhythm section of 19-year old Michael Henderson on electric bass and Billy Cobham on drums lay down a heavy rock-funk groove on `Right Off', the explosive 27-minute opener, over which Miles' trumpet and Steve Grossman's soprano sax soar in complex patterns, ably supported by John McLaughin's raunchy guitar riffs. Miles' playing here is possibly his best-ever, full of inventive improvisational musical phrases delivered one after another with a power and conviction that pins you to the wall. Only the normally excellent Herbie Hancock is not on top form; he dropped by the studio on his way back from the grocery store and was co-opted to play a contribution on a rough-sounding Farfisa electric organ. Unprepared, he thumps out some chords and simple phrases for three minutes to fit in with the improvisation, and departs.

The album contains only two long pieces. The second `Yesternow' begins quieter in tone, builds to a crescendo and then subsides; a fine dynamic complement to the full-on `Right Off.' Here McLaughlin is on top form, his trademark super-fast guitar licks engaging in an energetic dialogue with Miles' inventive phrases on the trumpet. You can hear sections from the `In a Silent Way' recordings spliced in, and they fit with the groove of the piece.

This single-disk CD was spliced together by the excellent editing of Teo Macero from different sessions, and you have to say he did a fine job (Miles concurred with his customary bluntness by telling Teo "I like it...you did it again, motherf*****"). Macero was ahead of his time in viewing recording sessions as a film editor would treat film footage, producing a seamless and highly atmospheric piece of work edited together from several hours of improvisational playing. If you want the entire unedited originals, seek out the 5-disk box set `The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions.'


Pulse
Pulse
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Absent Roger Waters, the `Division Bell'-era Floyd delivers an epic live performance from 1994, 16 April 2015
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This review is from: Pulse (Audio CD)
This epic live-on-stage album was recorded on the `Division Bell' tour in the late summer of 1994, by the Waters-light version of Pink Floyd. All the recordings are from UK/European concert dates.

Whilst acknowledging Roger's exceptional lyrical and songwriting skills during his years with Floyd, you have to say that here he's not really missed. Guy Pratt does an excellent job as fill-in bass player as David Gilmour takes centre stage with some outstanding guitar work and lead vocals, supported by Richard Wright's rich expansive soundscapes and Nick Mason's solid and energetic drumming.

The first disk opens with a spine-tingling rendition of `Shine On You Crazy Diamond' followed up by the Barrett-era classic `Astronomy Domine', rarely played by the band onstage since the early 70s. The remaining material is from the seminal `Division Bell' album, and capped-off with `Another Brick in the Wall pt 2', another Gilmour composition.

The second disk is a complete and truly excellent performance of `Dark Side' in its entirety, followed by three encores including Gilmour-classics the WYWH title-song and `Comfortably Numb'.

`Pulse' is arguably even better than `The Delicate Sound of Thunder' as the definitive official-release live-on-stage Pink Floyd album. The rejuvenated `Division Bell' band radiates confidence, experience and professionalism. With none of the interpersonal tension so evident during Roger's last couple of years with Floyd, the band here is more relaxed and the resultant music outstanding. `Pulse' is a corker, and essential for any Pink Floyd collection.


Animals ( Remastered)
Animals ( Remastered)
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Price: £8.86

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4.0 out of 5 stars Animals 2011 remaster: Roger Waters' political vitriol takes over, 13 April 2015
This review is from: Animals ( Remastered) (Audio CD)
`Animals' released in 1977 followed on from the seminal recordings DSotM and WYWH, and is where Roger Waters most obviously took over as Pink Floyd's dominant writer/band leader until his acrimonious split from the band in 1985. Pink Floyd's collegiate, co-operative partnership gradually gave way to Waters' political vitriol, which here takes centre-stage: his Orwellian view of Britain bursts with anger and energy, but the result is nevertheless very ambitious with some memorable high-points.

The album is anchored around four long musical pieces themed on different segments of capitalist society: dogs as financiers/industrialists, pigs as politicians and sheep as `the masses' who are essentially controlled and exploited by the other two groups. David Gilmour is credited as composer of only `Dogs', the musical high-point, with the lyrical content penned by Waters. The music for `Sheep' was worked out during the sessions for WYWH and performed during the previous couple of years (you can hear `Sheep' performed onstage and titled as `Rolling & Drooling' as an extra on the extended WYWH remaster).

The 2011 remaster is a great improvement over all previous releases of `Animals'. Vocal harmonies are crisp and bright, guitars beautifully balanced and Richard Wright's virtuoso keyboards anchor these epics to create a very professional sound. Released at the high-point of the British New-Wave movement in 1977, `Animals' makes few concessions to the new sound (i.e. it's not imitative or `sheep-like') but goes its own confident way. Musically it's survived the years well, even if its lyrical content now sounds simplistic and dated.


Sticky fingers
Sticky fingers
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Price: £19.37

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4.0 out of 5 stars The 2009 remaster of the Stones' iconic 1971 classic, 4 April 2015
This review is from: Sticky fingers (Audio CD)
`Sticky Fingers' was released in April 1971, the debut album on the band's own `Rolling Stones Records' label. It's the first Stones album to feature Mick Taylor playing on every track as a full band member, and to feature no musical contribution from band's founder (by then deceased) Brian Jones.

Musically SF's reputation is overshadowed by the epic follow-up `Exile on Main Street' but for many fans, including me, SF has the edge as an enjoyable rock album. The band is in overdrive and thoroughly enjoying themselves as they tear through a fine palette of rock and blues numbers, kicked off by the perennial rock anthem `Brown Sugar' (courting controversy as usual, Jagger's lyrics are all about the joys of having sex with dark skinned women), and tempered with the more mellow `Sway' and `Wild Horses'.

If you don't have this album and want to buy a hard copy, which of the many versions should you go for, or does it matter? The 2009 remaster is OK (NB the 2010 remaster of EoMS is unfortunately not as good) though some fans consider the result `too loud' and compressed. At least the hiss has been eliminated, and the subtleties of the music such as the sax solos are crisp and up-front. The 1994 Virgin release is also good, though not great. We've yet to be offered the definitive mix of SF (Steven Wilson, where are you?).


Looking On
Looking On
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Price: £37.68

4.0 out of 5 stars Looking back on Looking On, 29 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Looking On (Audio CD)
`Looking On' recorded in 1970 was Jeff Lynne's debut with The Move, persuaded to join by fellow Brummie Roy Wood following the departure of Carl Wayne and Trevor Burton. The resultant band became a talented three-piece: multi-instrumentalists Wood and Lynne, and drummer Bev Bevan.

The character of the music is much more 1970s-prog-rock than The Move's previous pop-oriented recordings. The 2008 re-issue is superbly remastered and expanded with 7x bonus tracks, most of them alternative takes of those on the original album.

The original album tracks benefit most from re-mastering the analog tapes. Long `heavy' numbers like the opener `Looking On' and closer `Feel Too Good' are juxtaposed with thumping rockers `Brontosaurus' and the rock-and-roll influenced `When Alice Comes Back to the Farm'. Jeff's `What?' and `Open Up Said the World at the Door' enrich the album and offer contrast to the heavier Roy Wood-influenced sounds.

Following the indifferent `Shazam', the ELO debut set Jeff Lynne on a new direction. `Looking On' is therefore a one-off with a character all its own, never repeated but interesting for fans of 1970s rock music especially for its inventive arrangements and deployment of non-standard instrumentation (cello for example, with a classic 9-note riff deploying its own time-signature in `When Alice comes back to the Farm').


Road Angel Gem Advanced Alerts and Safety Camera System with Traffic Blackspots
Road Angel Gem Advanced Alerts and Safety Camera System with Traffic Blackspots
Offered by BASS JUNKIES - Wolverhampton
Price: £159.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Functional with some good features but cheap-and-plasticky with irritating sound: many improvements needed, 21 Mar. 2015
I have used four different Road Angels over 10 years: the small oval classic model, the 6000 incorporating GPS navigation, the big-screen Vantage now out of production, and now this Gem which may be the last time I buy and use a RA.

PROS

* Charges continually via in-car cable

* Updates from the dashboard so you don't have to take it into the house and connect it to a PC like the old models

* Small & unobtrusive (if you see this as an advantage) with good graphics

* Mount it on the inside of the windscreen or the dash = both locations are problematic

* Correctly IDs speed cameras 95% of the time and alerts you to their presence

* eAssist option (which you may never use, or only once in the product's lifetime)

* mph/kph easy to change over when you drive abroad

* RA's tech-support is reasonably knowledgeable and responsive

CONS

* The magnet-attach dash-mount is so weak that the unit spins around every time you corner, so you need the screen-mount for a secure fitting - which in my vehicle means the Gem ends up too far away to see clearly, as the device is too small

* The build quality feels cheap and plasticky, less substantial than previous models

* The rubbery buttons are fiddly to use, a regressive step from the big easy touch-screen & quality-feel of the Vantage

* The speed limits on roads I know and use a lot are incorrectly displayed (i.e. `60' is displayed for 3 miles in a `30' zone); this has never happened before with a RA product

* Screeching, irritating camera alarms (one reviewer describes them as "like a demented dalek") with no `mute' button will drive you nuts - another step backwards from the superior Vantage

* You need to subscribe to the regular update service (where RA makes its money) or the unit rapidly becomes out-of-date and useless

If you want a speed camera detection device then the RA Gem is better than nothing. RA however needs to pay more attention to the driver experience of the device in daily use, and stop compromising on design & build quality to maximise profits from such a blatantly cheap-to-manufacture product. RA: what's wrong with your marketing department? You can do better than this.


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