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Offline acctingman

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Re: Airbrush recommendations
« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2017, 07:27:47 AM »
Yea, I think I'll pass on the cheap propellant based option. Going to buy a  Paasche H on the recommendation from another forum and a nice little 3 gal compressor. All can be had for $100

The other option is visiting my local(ish) model shop and signing up for a class and maybe seeing if I can score a used combo from a more experienced modeler!  O0

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Re: Airbrush recommendations
« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2017, 08:03:05 AM »
So, does anyone here who builds want to share their techniques? Maybe how you go about your build?

I never know the sequence. When do you wash? Weathering?

Is there a "noobies" guide to building or a step by step? It's been forever since I built a model kit  :uglystupid2:

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Re: Airbrush recommendations
« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2017, 04:26:25 PM »
I'm always a tad confused with "the process". I suppose it really depends on the model.

The old way is build and paint as the instructions instruct but to prevent wastage of time and paint, it's best to assemble parts, prime, paint, build, paint.

My personal preference for an aircraft, for example, is to build the cockpit, assemble the landing gear sections and weapons and prime them then paint them and then weather them. Don't forget to put a semi gloss or gloss coat on them before weathering.

After that, stick the cockpit in, cover it up, assemble the model (leaving off the landing gear and weapons), prime the model, then paint.

Once painting is done, gloss coat, decals, gloss coat (or a coat of the kind of finish you want) and then weather.

Finally stick the landing gear and weapons on.

When weathering, don't forget to put a "finishing" coat on beforehand to help with rubbing it off. Also don't forget to put a gloss coat on before putting the decals on to minimise/prevent silvering.

I use MicroSol and MicroSet for the decals and they've never let me down (only when I've used them wrong).

UMP (Ultimate Modelling Products - ) do a good line of washes and primers.

The type of washes you want will obviously vary from model to model. When using primer, You need a bigger needle in the airbrush - probably at least a 0.2 and better with a 0.3 because the primer is thicker. Don't thin the primer down.

Be prepared to do a bit of hand painting for all the wee parts.

These are things I've picked up from around the web. They are by no means gospel and you will find your method. But be aware it will likely alter slightly from model to model.

You've already found Andy's Hobby Headquarters on Youtube. His channel is excellent and I'm always amazed at how easy he makes the process look. He has excellent technique. Though he does mainly do armour...very little in the way of aircraft.

My Challenger II that I did, I assembled the wheels, assembled the body and the turret. I then primed the body, wheels and turret. I then painted, glossed, decalled, more gloss (well semi gloss), fitted the wheel and tracks and then chucked a load of weathering solution on. It's really quite scary at first to make your model and paint it only to decide to rub this dirty wash all over it. But it does give them an authentic look.

I've done two tanks - Challenger II and Leopard 1A4.

Challenger II

Leopard 1A4

Aircraft I've made
Su-27 Flanker

Sea Harrier

Alba gu' brath