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Painting/Priming / Re: Airbrush, Airbrushing, and Compressor Questions
« on: December 14, 2008, 11:03:57 PM »
Having the spring problem as well with mine (44 or so psi when idle) so I'm going to apply your fix. It sprays thinner fine at 30, but not paint, although I believe my nozzle is the problem--when I take out the nozzle on my Aztek A320 (but keep the nozzle casing on) I get a real nice steady flow of air, but with the nozzle in there I get next to nothing. (It was subject to a bunch of trial and error with my old compressor so it's probably broken.) Moreover I still have no idea what the hell the little needle and spring combo does--I can't get anything to come out with it in there like it says to have it in the instructions, only when I take it out... and when I stick it in there to clean the nozzle with, paint sticks in the spring. I wish I could just get this crap right for once after a half year of trying and a hell of a lot of money wasted along the way. Anyway, gonna try and buy a new nozzle tomorrow (how widely carried are Aztek nozzles?)

(Sorry about the double post but it's pretty pointless just to edit a month old one with new info nobody will look at.)

Model Gallery / Re: HG Aura Batler Todvierres
« on: December 12, 2008, 03:13:15 PM »
Looks fabulous. Not even Guinness could ruin that kit.

Mind going in-depth on the painting techniques you used? I'm curious, I've never seen a kit look anything like that. It's very different from what you normally see, yet awesome at the same time.

Model Gallery / Re: SD XXXG-01D2 DETHSCYTHE-HELL
« on: December 11, 2008, 10:54:56 AM »
You are my hero. Your work amazes me and this is no exception. It looks really awesome. Only minor gripe is that the paint scheme is wrong, but I assume you did that on purpose--I actually kind of like your colors more.

Model Gallery / Re: MG Casval RX78
« on: December 11, 2008, 10:53:16 AM »
then it's just the 1.5...

you should change the title to reflect that. I laughed when I read "casval RX-78" and then realized... it was blue.

looks very good regardless

Painting/Priming / Re: Airbrush, Airbrushing, and Compressor Questions
« on: December 02, 2008, 11:12:23 AM »
I like it so far. No issues at all. The pressure regulator is odd, but it's my first use of one so maybe that's how they work. I set the pressure by holding down my AB button. But at first there's a slight build-up of pressure before it stabilizes. Nothing major as long as you don't immediately start spraying paint on the part after letting it sit for more than 10 seconds or so. Airblast, trigger back, smooth painting.

Awesome, ordered. I've never used that either but I hear that with all airbrushes/compressors/air supplies/whatever, that you need to spray it on something else first because pressure builds up. So you're saying that if I let the airbrush sit I'll just need to get out the extra pressure first? Not a problem. I'll work on the thing with the spring too. I just feel like there should be a catch somewhere, since the other compressors I was looking at were in the $150+ range... maybe I'm just a crappy shopper. Also those were Aztek/Testors compressors because I wanted something that was the same brand as my airbrush so as to avoid fitting problems, so maybe that was my problem.

Also, I've got an Aztek A320 (lol) and a bunch of different thread size adapters. If it doesn't fit, do you know if I can just go to the hardware store or something and see if they'll make me an adapter? I mean it doesn't have to be the same company compressor and airbrush as long as the thread fits, right?

Thanks again

Painting/Priming / Re: Airbrush, Airbrushing, and Compressor Questions
« on: December 01, 2008, 04:51:40 PM »
This Week at Harbor Freight: Item 92403

AKA the Central Pneimatic 30 PSI Oilless Airbrush Compressor.
Includes Filter, Hose, 1/4 NPT Male Adapter and Roll of Teflon Tape.

Only $44.95!

My old compressor is dying a slow, painful death so when I saw this I picked it up. I haven't sprayed with it yet, butI plugged it in and it's quieter than my current compressor. Has a pressure regulator and moisture trap/filter. A great buy!

I'll let you guys know more once I try it out, but if you're looking for a cheap compressor, go get it!

A little update here. I'm about to use it for the first time and noticed that the pressure was a tad high. 40psi. So I turned the bolt for the pressure release valve and there was no change whatsoever. I removed the bolt and within there's a spring and a plug. The spring, based on the loosening of the bolt allows so much air to come out of the plug and thus controls the pressure. Well, the spring on mine was REALLY tight and so regardless of the loosening there was no change.

Simple fix: Get wire cutters and trim the spring by 3-4 rings. That fixed it perfectly for me. Less does nothing and more would likely cause trouble later if the spring loses tension.

What's your verdict on this compressor? I'm looking at getting it for Christmas, and if it's good enough for you, well, it's good enough for me. (I currently have that stupid "blue ice" Testors mini compressor which I was overcharged $30 for, and, durr hurr, doesn't work.) Thanks.

Model Gallery / My first airbrushed kit (critiques more than welcome)
« on: June 16, 2008, 08:06:03 PM »
Johnny ridden's Gelgoog marine. Works canonically, since the Marines served under Kycillia, as did Ridden, and... no one cares.

Anyway, I'm reasonably happy since it's the first thing I ever tried my airbrush on. ran into a lot of problems but it didn't come out too bad in the end. I learned a lot which is important.

Also, it's not that shiny in real life; the camera flash did it.

Model Gallery / Re: 1/100 cao cao
« on: June 13, 2008, 09:42:22 AM »
This is amazing. Fantastic job. Hell, even if it was an out of the box kit it would still be incredible.

Ah, I got it now. My problems were stemming from using a Badger propellant can, and it was either, like, all or none--the air (and thus paint) would either come out like the Nile, or not at all. I finally found the right pressure. Either way, I should invest in a compressor. -_-

Thanks for the help. Not like anyone cares, but I'll be posting my first airbrushed kit tonight once it dries, so you guys can laugh at my legendary failure.

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/250 Jaburo Diorama WIP
« on: June 10, 2008, 10:18:04 PM »
Looking good, but I assume it would be too difficult to get the Z'Gok spearing the GM through the chest as per the infamous shot from the anime, right?

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/100 MG Zaku II 2.0
« on: June 10, 2008, 10:15:15 PM »
Looks solid, but FYI the pic in the first post still isn't working.

Model In-Progress / Re: NEW PROJECT 1/100 Z-GOBLIN
« on: June 10, 2008, 10:07:07 PM »
Oh man, this is freaking outstanding so far. This thread could be a tutorial itself. So many awesome helpful pieces of advice... keep it up, can't wait for the final. You're really putting a ton of effort into this.

Thanks, I'll have to check this out, as I've been looking for other hobby shops in the area- I live in Oak Park.

Today I went to Forever Timeless Hobbie Shop, or something like that, at 4438 West Belmont. INSANE amount of model kits and supplies, including Tamiya Acrylic... definitely recommended.

Another question as I slowly and painfully pop my airbrushing cherry. Well, two.

1. If I spray on too much and sit the part down to dry, then it slowly starts kind of lumping/pooling in a certain area, what's the best course of action? Wipe it down with a paper towel and do another coat?
2. Is it normal to use WAY more paint when airbrushing than I normally would brush painting? :/

Okay, so I know the number one goal of airbrushing is to prevent spiderwebbing and ripples, and I know how to do that... but what if it DOES happen? Just strip it and try again? :/

Model Gallery / HGUC Yu Kajima's GM Command
« on: June 08, 2008, 10:35:12 PM »
I've done like a trillion gunpla and never post them here, so here goes. I just finished this. To start, I doubt many of you have played the Saturn Blue Destiny games. This is Yu Kajima's GM Command made for a diorama where he's fighting the BD-1 as seen in the games. The reason it's a Space Type is that that's what he pilots in the games--in the manga, they changed it to some random variant that was the artist's interpretation of a standard GM, and I like the games a lot more than the manga anyway. Anyway, I never ended up buying the BD-1, so it's standalone for now, but I might. The thing with the ankles and feet and whatnot is that it's supposed to look like it was fighting on the ground for a long time, after a long and drawn-out battle with BD-1; that involves mud, sand, etc, and it looks stupid to see mud splashed up to the neck of a twenty meter robot. The landscape is more barren and muddy and dead than all grassy, but this was the only real bsae I had made at the moment lol, it's just an action base with crap on it. Anyway, I really like how this came out. Entirely handbrushed, although I did buy an airbrush a couple days ago... it's just been too damn hot and humid to use it. Anyway, enjoy.

[Edit: After reading the picture posting guidelines, decided to just link these]


Model Gallery / Re: MG Zaku II ver2.0
« on: June 08, 2008, 08:51:33 PM »
That looks fantastic. Looks liek it was pulled straight off the kit box. I particularly wanted to say that I love the colors you used, and I applaud you for actually putting forth the effort to put all the decals on that kit, because there are a LOT of them.

Painting/Priming / Re: painting internals on MGs
« on: June 08, 2008, 08:48:19 PM »
I generally assemble as much of the internal frame as I can and paint it all as one. I then do a rust wash and some metal wearing, and paint assorted crap silver, like pipes and whatnot. I don't have pics on me atm, but it produces a nice look.

Blurry Picture 1.
Blurry Picture 2.

I am using lighter wheels as part of the shoulder component of another project I am working on at the moment.

Are you actually using the Q-tip as part of the model, or just to hold it up for spraying or something? It's not a bad idea, I never thoguht of using Q-tips. They would make a good pole as long as you don't need to apply too much pressure.


Related. (Reed and Wakkein from MSG. Not going to mention the source.)

Need to try this with one of my lighters sometime. A store here is giving away free lighters every time you buy a pack (standard BIC), so now I just have to find a way to get rid of the fluid. I'm already thinking of some places I can use the parts, though.

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