Paints

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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I’ve given the model two coats of Vellejo Metal Color (Aluminum). I’m still learning to apply this material with a brush, and because I’m basically inventing all this stuff from scratch, progress can be at what I’d call “a stately pace.” It just amazing stuff. Every time I use it I’m tempted to give up …

Continue reading Planning Stage: P-51B Part 5

There probably wasn’t a Luftwaffe camouflage scheme that combined the colors dark green, light blue and RLM 02 “gray.”¬† Anyone who has been around actual combat aircraft (I was a USAF crew chief) can tell you that change is constant, and when new instructions are issued, old instructions, in the USAF anyway, are destroyed. No …

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I’m still picking my jaw up off the floor after discovering that Badger Model Flex is good paint for brushing (some colors are, anyway). The world is full of materials that can be adapted to brushpainting as opposed to airbrushing, but many of these products are just not on the radar of the average builder …

Continue reading Deep Thoughts About Paint

I guess I really should provide some kind of guide explaining what my “ratings” actually mean. So here goes. Keep this in mind–a higher score is always BETTER. Five stars is best. Zero stars is worst. I’m not one of those people who have strange, obsessive ideas about numbers. I don’t avoid fives and zeros …

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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 …

Continue reading Model Air Adhesion

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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