How To Paint

I read somewhere about the idea of adding Tamiya Flat Base to Future and making a clear flat finish out of it.  The “Flat Base” is just some kind of silica (ground glass?) suspended in something. It’s added to gloss colors to make them flat. It can be added to glossy Future to make it …

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Oh yeah. Here’s where we start to get unprofessional. Yeah, that’s right. Maybe I DO wanna be a french fry! So the parts are painted in a color that looks much brighter when photographed (Yeah I SAID it looks brighter when photographed). My goal here is to not mess up the cockpit by trying too …

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When I have tried to explain what I do on a model building forum, I usually end up describing exactly what’s often called the “Be a Kid Again” group build. “Go for it kids! Relive your childhood before you discovered how to do real modeling! Build a model with just a paintbrush! No masking! It’ll …

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Japan and Great Britain have so much in common that it’s surprising to me that the media hasn’t adopted this theme and made a movie out of it or something. They’re both island nations, they’re empires, they really, really like plastic model kits. Most of the plastic model kit stuff you find is from Japan …

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The paint brush is a very old device. Probably invented so long ago that the origins are lost in the mists of time. No doubt the very first ape-like hominid to apply red ochre to a cave wall was confronted by the decision to either dab the brush to the wall, and create an image, …

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Paint has come a long way in the last century. The paint industry has created a radically different technology than existed a hundred or even fifty years ago. Today’s paints are less toxic, more durable, require less maintenance, look better and last longer than old-fashioned paints. Unfortunately, nothing new and better comes free of cost. …

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