Brushpocalypse Now

‘Tis a sad, sad day for brushpainters. It seems that Testors have quit making hobby paint altogether, and blamed it on The Covid or some such… and there’s nothin’ a body can do to rise up the dearly departed. So, without Testors paint, what do we have? Well, we have Revell. Sort of. I’m not
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Some ideas haunt me. Like the idea that maybe it’s not clear that this blog is about model building in the least toxic way. No, seriously. That’s what it’s about. I thought that was obvious. Oh well… (I just have this awful image in my head of somebody going “Oh…really? It’s ABOUT that? No kidding?
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I’ve noticed that my Google ranking has been slipping. I mean, I don’t know if they object to my profanity or what, but my site doesn’t pop up as much as it used to when you Google “brush painting.” I guess it pays not to try to push the river by attempting to coin a
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As a part of my review of Vallejo Metal Color, I’m including a link to my video on how to apply it: …and some photos of the finished products.

…when they’re out to get you. (Apologies to Woody Allen, who certainly knows more about what this means than anybody. Now.) I found out that a window cleaner named “Windex” was good for thinning Tamiya acrylic paints. Tamiya’s paints are bastards to use for anything. Straight out of the bottle they provide a lot of
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I use a type of paint that I’ll call “Ammonia Paint.” I call it that because (to me) it smells like ammonia. Not a strong ammonia smell, but just enough to let you know it’s there–like the horseradish in Horsey Sauce. Hey, it’s good. The sauce, I mean. I can’t help it if some feeb
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I don’t use masking tape for two reasons: 1) It leaves a raised line at the edge, and 2) it pulls up acrylic paint. So I learned not to use it. BUT!! I AM open to learning new things. Today, I watched this video from the talented Robin Sealark. In it, she explains that one
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I came up with an idea called the “finish chain” that I thought was important, but it really needed more of an explanation than I could provide in a single blog entry. So I’m going to try, here, to explain the idea a little further, despite the fact that I know very well that my
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I almost bought a bottle of Golden Acrylic Matte Varnish today, just to prove that I’m a man. So, we’ll just have to pretend that I have some. Here’s the deal. I’m always encountering a forum poster who is crying loudly about his matte varnish drying to a frosty froth. Not clear. Frosty. Now, on
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I think that it’s time that I faced up to the fact that this may be the one thing I do really well. Big sigh. Here we have applied a second coat and done the stippling to “feather” the edges of the camouflage. I explain how this works in this blog entry. I have seen
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