More on Model Air

I added another “half dropper” of Windex to the Vallejo Model Air and I’m happy to report that the paint works better and is actually more “usable” with the additional thinning. I’d hesitate to add more Windex because you run into diminishing returns (in plain language the paint becomes too thin). Here’s what I’m calling
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Vallejo Model Air is good paint for brushing and I could probably learn to use it for all my work–if I had to. But first, all the Testors Model Master Acryl and Tamiya Acrylic paint would have to disappear from the market, and I’d have to test the new Mission Models paint to make sure
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I found this very cool video showing a fellow painting Mission Models acrylic paint. He thins the paint to an insane degree (50-50 paint to thinner ratio) and STILL gets good coverage! I gotta get me summa dis!┬áBecause I live in a city that still has a few “real” plastic kit hobby shops I can
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My opinion of Vallejo’s products changed radically after using their Metal Color aluminum paint. I like their acrylic putty, but I LOVE Metal Color. The stuff is bullet proof. All of the problems I had with it were due to my lack of skill with the new medium. It really is amazing stuff, for painting
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This model kit was supposed to be an “easy” build after a rather difficult project (the Revell Golden Hind). It’s supposed to be a “shake the box” kit from good old Hasegawa. It was supposed to be relaxing and fun. Anyway, I’ve put on the decals, which is my favorite part of building a plastic
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One of the many thing that I encounter on Hyperscale (you know and I know that’s where it is) is discussion about “scale effect.” This is the idea that paint “gets lighter” the further you are from it–or something like that. It’s not a scientific concept, it’s more of an belief system. And it’s true.
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Let’s look at the three primary pigments. There are “three” primary pigments because color experts are not of this earth. I don’t know what kind of extremely potent hashish these guys are smoking 24/7, but it must be good stuff. Here are some pigments that I would consider to be “primary.” The oddball in this
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Mixing colors for painting models of military subjects is a dark art–but not too dark. I’m going to present some introductory information here, in the hope that some enterprising model builders may take this information and build on it. Or something. Let’s start with the basics. The colors of World War II subjects can be
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A rogue’s gallery. Grippy McGroiney. Known for his powerful grip and hideous facial scars, he once gripped himself into such a fury that he had to spend three days in a Singapore flesh-pot to cool off. Miles Puller. His tireless belaying of previously belayed belaying pins is legendary. Snappy McSukup. Snappy is known for following
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Adding the “spots” to this particular color scheme is a real problem for the model builder–even if you use an airbrush, it’s a problem. You have to mask it (how?) and then spray, or try to fake it without masking and just assume you’ll get by on the universal “airbrushed is OK” rule. On the
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