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Painting/Priming / Airbrush, Airbrushing, and Compressor Questions
« on: November 29, 2006, 12:22:02 AM »
Can anyone recommend a good lubricant for an airbrush that I can get at a local store like Wal Mart or the like?
Also, do I just lubricate the needle, or other parts?

Painting/Priming / Airbrush, Airbrushing, and Compressor Questions
« on: November 07, 2006, 10:10:37 PM »
Thanks for the tips, FF.  I cleaned some of the bottle heads I use (since it's a sypon fed) and I left them in a cup of laquer thinner a few das ago after reading your post.  I've been bogged down by tests and work, and just realzied I had them still in the cup.  When I went out, they thinner had totally evaporated and the bottom of the cup was a big glob of paint!  Guess they weren't as clean as I thought.  So, now I have them soaking again just to make sure, along with my airbrush again just to make sure.  
Also, can anyone recommend a good lubricant I can use on my airbrush that I can find at local stores?

Painting/Priming / Airbrush, Airbrushing, and Compressor Questions
« on: November 04, 2006, 10:25:49 AM »
Hey guys.  My airbrush has crapped out o me and I can't figure out what's wrong with it.  I've cleaner every single piece of it with 409 and even laquer thinner, but whenever I go to spray some paint, it just get's clogged.  I know the paints not to thick because it even clogs on some Tamiya I mixed with like a 80:20 thinner:paint ratio.  Any ideas?

Model In-Progress / HGUC Operation V (RX-78 first)
« on: October 31, 2006, 04:04:11 AM »
OK, so I'm never touching Kryon again.  I messed up my airbrush, and it just chips off the pieces.  Tonight was one of those nights where you just want to pound down the thinner and let the loooooong sleep come over you :P  I found out that you should not thin Model Master paints.  No wonder the white primer wasn't working.  Live and learn.  So, I took a toothbrush and some 409 to the pieces I primed with Kryon, invented some new cuss words, and pretty much got most of the paint off the pieces.  I'm gonna let them soak in 409 over night and hopefully they'll be a little bit better.  On the plus side, I've got the cleanest hands in the world :P
So, I ****ed up majorly, but I'll just pick myself up and try again tomorrow night.  I came up with a color scheme that can pull me out of the fire if need be, though I'd prefer to do it in it's original colors.

Model In-Progress / HGUC Operation V (RX-78 first)
« on: October 30, 2006, 03:39:54 AM »
Waiting for the Kryon to cure, so I can sand it a bit.  Bought some 2000 grit sandpaper so I can rub off the tiny little dry bits on it.  I'll see how things work out tomorrow.

Model In-Progress / HGUC Operation V (RX-78 first)
« on: October 29, 2006, 04:21:12 PM »
I was using Testor's acrylic white primer.  I gave up on it and after reading a little in the primer thread, I noticed I had a can of Grey Krylon primer.  So I sprayed it in a bottle and airbrushed it on my model.  Worked great, except it got kind of clumpy in some spots, but that's OK since I can sand it smooth.  I think I'll buy a new can since the one I have is pretty old and do the rest of the model in it.  Covered everything, can't eve tell it was two pieces now.

Model In-Progress / HGUC Operation V (RX-78 first)
« on: October 29, 2006, 03:08:17 AM »
Hmmmm... I'm noticed that the putty in the seams and the little bit left on the pieces is still showing under the primer.  Will these go away one I do a few layers of paint?  I've done two oats of primer yet I can still see them.

Model In-Progress / HGUC Operation V (RX-78 first)
« on: October 29, 2006, 12:37:33 AM »
I broke another piece on my Master Grade F-91, so I gave up on it :(  I was mainly using it to test techniques and now I'm working on a model for real.  But yeah, if anyone needs some parts from the F-91 MG, I have all the weapons, the stand, and leg parts still on the tree.
So, I ordered my next kit, the HGUC Operation V three pack of Gundam, Guncannon, and Guntank.  I'm started on the Gundam first, even though we all know Guntank is the coolest of the three.  
This is my first time really having to deal with seams, though I used the plastic weld a few times on the F-91.  But this is the first time I've used it on huge parts, like the leg pieces.  I love the stuff.  After sanding, it looks like it was always one piece, not two.
I also, for the first time, am using putty, to take care of the gaps I miss.  I apply it to all seams just to be double sure they are filled.  I used Squadron green putty, mixed with alchol, so it's more liquid and I just brush it on.  Works great, since it flows into the seams and holes on the model.
Here's the different leg pieces on kabobs after one coat of primer.  I'm going to go back out later after pancakes and put another coat on, and another later if need be.  How many coats of primer do you guys usually do?  I'm using Testor's acrylic white primer from the little half ounce bottles.  
Here's a pic of all the pieces I'm currently airbrushing.  I've only got one coat of primer so far, so you can still seen some putty on it.
Here's an upclose shot of the foot guard dealy.  Those dark lines are the putty.  Just flows right into the cracks ^_^.  Love the stuff.
I'll post more pics later after some more primer coats.  I finally have a weekend where I didn't take extra work and I have no assignments or tests due next week, so I'm working on this model like crazy!
Oh, and I have another question.  The model came with a sheet of those stickers that are clear.  Not like the normal eye stickers and what not, but stickers that are like decals, but instead of rubbing them on, they're just stickers but clear all around.  Know what I'm talkin about?  Anyways, is there a way to apply those without being able to tell they are stickers?  Some are really cool and I'ld like to put a few on.


Assembly/Scratchbuilding / Putty Questions
« on: October 28, 2006, 09:15:11 PM »
I bought a tube of Squadron putty today.  The green variety, since the man at the hobby store said there was difference between it and white, and green would be easier to see on a model.
I mixed it with alchol in the ratio of about two thrids putty, one third 91% alcohol.  It's freaking magical how this stuff works.  I brush it on (bought a $.50 paint brush at Michaels) and it dries practically instantly.  And since it's mixed witht he alcohol, it flows through the gaps, but still fills them to make the pieces level.  Also, fills in holes I may have after cutting the sprue off.  I highly suggest trying the stuff!

Painting/Priming / Using Sticky Tak
« on: October 25, 2006, 09:09:30 PM »
Dolly, I think I've had a similar problem.  I use some 3M putty stuff I found at the office store (guy said it was the same, so...) and sometime it leaves like a residue that when I try to paint over it, the paint comes out a different shade.  My suggestion is to put the sticky tack on a part of the piece that won't be seen.  Like the inside of armor, or a peg, for example.

Model Gallery / HGUC zgok (weird scheme)
« on: October 24, 2006, 09:13:16 PM »
Pretty cool.  Looks like you did that shading technique, but instead of a darker shade of the blue, you used a completely different color!  It looks like it could lay on the ocen floor, and you could tell it was there from above water.

Model In-Progress / HGUC 1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam Elbow mod.
« on: October 23, 2006, 09:12:49 PM »
I just ordered the Operation V three pack so I look forward to seeing how this project turns out!

Model In-Progress / Gundam RX-79(G) - Mega Man ZX - Color Advice Needed
« on: October 22, 2006, 09:23:20 PM »

Real quick, in MS paint, I did some color changes.  I think only the top part of the head should be red, while below the V-Fin should be that cream color.  Also, I think that part where the cockpit opens should be dark grey, too.  In the Megaman picture, he has that little indent on his chest where it's grey like I attempted to show in my picture.
Also, I think you should make all the light grey parts a dark grey too.  The light grey just doesn't work on the model for me.

Model Talk / Tamiya Changes Focus...
« on: October 20, 2006, 02:58:28 PM »
If Tamiya wanted to expand into new markets, they should've made air fresheners that smell like their paint.  I love the smell of cracking open a fresh jar of Tamiya, but I'd like to get that smell with, you know, not killing brain cells.

Painting/Priming / Mr. Sufacer and Primer Questions (post 'em here)
« on: October 20, 2006, 04:19:00 AM »
I have one more primer question.
If I spray my model with a flat white primer, do I need to still paint the white parts white?  Probabl a dumb question, but I just wanted to make sure of this.  Thanks!

Model Talk / OrangeCon 2006: Now with Pictures :)
« on: October 16, 2006, 05:23:15 PM »
Ah damn, I wish I saw this sooner :(  It's ot to far of a drive from where I live.

Model Talk / 1/144th Aircraft carrier?
« on: October 12, 2006, 11:54:50 AM »
I figured I'd ask this here and not the model help forum, since it's more of a question about if a model exists then a question on help building and painting a model.  If I'm wrong, please feel free to move this!
I got this idea for a diorama of having a GM fighting a Z-Gok or other marine type Mobile Suit on top of an aircraft carrier that's starting to go under.  But, I can't seem to find and 1/144th models of aircraft carriers.  Submarines, yes, but not of carriers.  Do any exist?

Model In-Progress / MG F-91 (Up close shot)
« on: October 12, 2006, 01:38:22 AM »
I'm using Testor's flat grey acryll primer in the little bottles.  SPrays on a very light grey.
Also, I've found that thinning Future with Tamiya thinner works best.

Model In-Progress / MG F-91 (Up close shot)
« on: October 11, 2006, 09:19:17 PM »
Shinobu, I don't know.  I've been airbrushing this whole kit, so I can only guess the scratches are from sanding, which I don't see how, since I'm sanding with like 600 grit.  I figured priming followed by painting wouldn't make that show up.
Also, when just looking at it with  he human eye, I can't see any scratches.  Heck, I can't even feel any scratches.  So, beat me what those are.

Model In-Progress / 1/60 PG Buster Gundam
« on: October 11, 2006, 08:00:55 PM »
Ashinomori, I have a question on how you do you models.
So, I take it you build it up, fill the seams, make your mods, then you prime the whole kit already built?  You don't take it apart and prime each piece?  That seems to be a pretty viable strategy, since you're only priming parts that will be seen.  I take it for painting you'll take it apart, though, right?

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