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About CzarPeppers

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  1. Hello from the Dominion of Canada

    I'm on Vancouver island, just south of Nanaimo.
  2. I know that buying empty containers for paint etc can be rather absurdly expensive, but if you know anyone who uses an e-cigarette ask them if you can have their empty e-liquid bottles. Many of them are basically the same dropper style that Vallejo uses, making them great for paints that you airbrush with, they just need to be cleaned out well. The fancier ones are a little bottle with an eye dropper built into them, which I find are less useful but I use one of them for enamel thinner. I'm personally a vape... ist? And I have found many different uses for these things, so if you know anyone who does it could provide you with a gold mine of useful containers.
  3. DIY drying stand for airbrushing parts

    I just use some of that blue 1 inch thick insulation foam, works brilliantly.
  4. Bringing Out Panel Lines

    Are you brush painting or airbrushing? Back when I still painted my models with a brush, after I did what I felt would be the second last coat of paint on the area I was painting, I would use a pencil with a softer lead (I think it was a 4B) and go over all the panel lines within the area I was painting. Once I did that I would take a one of those ear swab things and go over the panel lines with it in a small circular motion which would spread the soft lead (well, graphite) around and created a shading effect. Then Usually I'd rub straight along all the panel lines after to blend it a bit better. After that I did the final coat of paint on top of it, if I thought the shading was still too strong I just did one more coat of paint. Make sure when you do the coat on top of the shading that your brush strokes are all in the same direction, because it will make the shading drag to some extent. But I find that if you brush in the direction of airflow this doesn't necessarily look bad in the end. It just ends up looking like some streaking effect from some leaking oil or filth etc. How strong you want this effect to be is completely up to you, or whether or not you want to do them at all. I did it pretty strong at first, but found over time I've gone for a more subtle effect to the point where it is something your brain only really notices subconsciously to give the surface some variation (if that makes sense). I realize on actual aircraft there aren't really panel lines or shading, but I find on 1/72 and 1/48 models when there isn't some kind of panel lining, even if it is subtle, it can look rather amateurish. Not always though of course. Making scale models can be funny, because sometimes I find doing something unrealistic can make it look more realistic. I think this is because some techniques are less about recreating something on the physical aircraft and more about recreating the effects of light and shadows on something that is suppose to look of a much larger scale. This is something I didn't realize back when I was a kid doing car models and couldn't figure out why my models didn't look realistic even though all the colours were correct and my painting neat and tidy.
  5. Hello from the Dominion of Canada

    I've been modeling for almost a year now, and felt like I wanted to get involved with the community. I have lurked around here for awhile now, so I thought I would say hello to my fellow scale modelers.