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GazB

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  1. Thank you, Pete Its had me working for some time, hehe Cheers, rockpopandchips ^-^ Thanks, Chief. I'm pleased with how it came out Gaz
  2. Hullo all. Thought I'd finally post up some pics of my X-Wing build. I received this Christmas before last, but only in the past few months did I really crack it open with intent to complete it So here she be in progress Still need to finalise a surround for the base, probably out of balsa wood. Pilot is painted up (in blue), just needs a wash and a bit of highlighting Gaz
  3. GazB

    The Real Color Debacle

    I just wish they'd owned up to it. Gaz
  4. GazB

    The Real Color Debacle

    It would seem so, Leslie. Mind you as far as NATO green goes just about everyone seems to make it too dark bar Tamiya. Mig Ammo's NATO green is almost like Olive Drab, but still, when they clarified the authenticity of it they should've made the distinction that NATO green in reality differs between countries. That it has an RAL number suggests straight away that its not suitable for U.S. vehicles. I get the impression their WW2 colours may fair better (of course, I'm not really sure how we can confirm exactly how authentic they are) since that seems to be what they pushed most, but the NATO set wasn't particularly correct. Hey, Kallisti. This was part of the problem. They demonstrate 'things' but don't give you thinning ratios or a demonstration. The PR department regarding this product has been pretty ineffective and misleading. On Andy's Hobby Headquarters' vid about this, he remarks that there aren't any instructions at all on how to thin. I believe Tamiya, on one of their sites, told you how to thin their paint down. Hi, lasermonkey. I haven't. I've never had a Facebook page (don't trust them, lol). But at this point I'm doubtful they'd respond there either. They ignored four separate emails, in all of which I remained polite, plus two Youtube vid comments about the matter. That they went and silently deleted the first vid (and thus my comments pointing out the flaws) and uploaded it again (still not sure if they altered anything in it, can't compare them) without a word of acknowledgement suggests something of a shady practice when it comes to misleading people. They essentially tried to cover it up. Tbh, I wouldn't be surprised if my email had been blocked by them. Contrast this with Mig Ammo who responded within a day, and not only admitted that Crystal Colours weren't suitable for things like windows, but actually recommended another that brand (Mr Hobby) might work better. Gaz
  5. GazB

    Mig Ammo Crystal Colours

    Hey, Tony. When I watched the vid at the time I thought it strange that they didn't display anything behind the windows to show the clarity, but if you look closely you can in fact see that the windows take on a blacked out limo quality and aren't see through. I'm still curious about this other video where a guy combined Tamiya Smoke and Copper to paint the canopy of an EA-6. It frosted, but then he blasted it with Klear and it restored the clarity. Unfortunately, this technique didn't work on my test piece with Tamiya Clear, so I wonder if its only Klear that does it. Gaz
  6. GazB

    Mig Ammo Crystal Colours

    I sent an email to Mig Ammo about this and they replied back that the Crystal Colours aren't all that suitable for windows, more things like lights and whatnot. They recommended a clear lacquer such as Mr Hobby for this. I wish kits had pre-tinted parts, like Meng did with their Bradley. What's peculiar is that the Takom Typhoon recommends periscope green for its glass, but not only is the colour wrong (lime green as opposed to a bottle green needed) the Crystal Colours aren't good for those windows as Mig explained. Gaz
  7. GazB

    The Real Color Debacle

    It would appear so, Tony. There has to have been some disconnect between the PR team and the ones behind it for that gaffe. Gaz
  8. GazB

    The Real Color Debacle

    Well, how about that. AKIs official Youtube Channel appears to have removed their original video with the compatibility claims, the one I commented on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmSQMMKQl9o As you can see, its no longer there. Now they've put this one up: They still never replied to me. Gaz
  9. GazB

    The Real Color Debacle

    It appears they do require a lacquer thinner now. They've already removed their regular thinner from the list of options. We know Ultimate doesn't work, and X-20A seems to have mixed results. Still can't get my head around how distilled water is supposed to work with them. Gaz
  10. GazB

    The Real Color Debacle

    Hi, Jamie. Partly marketed as acrylics to get around certain barriers in shipping as well I think. But even so, considering they're basically the same as Tamiya and Gunze in idea, you'd think they'd function the same way. Gaz
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    The Real Color Debacle

    Hi, Duncan. To be fair to Ultimate, their chart about thinning was compiled before Real Color released, and it has worked with Hobby Aqueous and Mig Ammo (when needed). A major problem with Real Color is a lot of people have been misled on what it actually was, and they weren't particularly clear or forthcoming, or simply hadn't communicated properly with their HR team. I don't think they said it was an acrylic lacquer until quite recently. On emodels that's what it is now listed as, but I don't recall that naming originally. I haven't used water for thinning, though. I keep having visions of it exploding out as this wet mess and leaving a mark. Hey, leslie Oddly, the only thing that did work fairly well for me so far was brushing, though I'd only tested three colours. One went on fairly good (this happened to be the same and only colour so far that sprayed well after a small application of X-20A), and with three layers (on a small piece) got a nice coating. Another colourwent on okay. Although a lighter colour started to pick up darker stuff from the brush even after washing. It went on a bit better than Tamiya, which never brush paints very well except for small areas. Gaz
  12. GazB

    The Real Color Debacle

    Hey, Tony. The odd thing was, when I tried this the other day and dumped some distilled water into my cup to flush it through, I forgot it was there and tried painting the plastic cup I've been using for tests. It seemed to spray better. But on other flush throughs, it took a while to dump it out. I'm still completely confused by this paint. With a mix of Ultimate thinner that did nothing, about a 10% of X-20A, it sprayed more or less. Patchy, like not-quite appropriately thinned Tamiya white. So I figured it needed more X-20A. Today, I took a new jar and applied the X-20A directly, almost to the lip, leaving a little bit of space for mixing. Would barely spray. Just doesn't make sense. At this point, basically, Real Color thinner seems to be the only surefire way. I'd more or less disregard anything else they say works with it because the results seem inconsistent. Gaz
  13. GazB

    The Real Color Debacle

    Another update. So I had to get some new X-20A, and decided to build upon my earlier test and get one new jar of Real Color. I applied the X-20A to the jar, almost completely to the top. Transferred and tried to spray. Weak spray, wouldn't give continuous flow. I had to add maybe another five drops of X-20A to the cup to get it going, and it still only put down very thin, almost watery coats. But this additional need for thinner exceeds the size of the jar. Even so, it still struggled. At this point this 'high-compatibility' paint only seems to actually work properly with their own thinner. Otherwise you have to add a boatload to it. What is peculiar though, is when I did my earlier test with X-20A, I added only about a third of the amount to it than I did with the new one, and it sprayed better. Considering the Ultimate thinners had virtually no effect, I'm a bit confused as to why less X-20A made it spray better. Either way, Real Color as it stands is too much of a farce for me to use at the moment. I don't want to be constantly having to drop precise amounts of thinner into my cup or elsewhere every single time to try to get it right, or have to spend extra on empty jars just to thin the stuff down. So far it doesn't work with Ultimate thinners, and doesn't work particularly easily with X-20A either. I've still no idea how on Earth its meant to work with distilled water if X-20A won't cut it. P.S. if you want actual NATO Green from Real Color, get the Forest Green FS 34102. It appears to matche fairly close to Tamiya's colour, which is still the only NATO Green I've seen that matches real pics. Real Color's NATO Green is a darker shade, and their NATO set on the whole reminds me of Revell's colours for the scheme, suggesting it works better for German vehicles. Gaz
  14. GazB

    The Real Color Debacle

    Simpson Scandal Update! Homer sleeps nude in an... No, wait. Wrong one. So I did a bit of testing. I'm more or less out of it, but I transferred paint from the pots via brush to bring down the fluid levels and then added in some of my X-20A. It appears to do the trick. Colour I tested seems to require a bit more thinning down as it has that spatter you get with Tamiya White unless its well thinned. But, judging from the amount I added, a good mix would be roughly similar to the amount I add to my Tamiya paints. If it does work, I can just use X-20A in future, since the Real Color thinner, even the smaller one, is nearly twice as much. Gaz
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    The Real Color Debacle

    Hi, Chris. I've got a few little measuring cups. Some were Revell ones, and a few old medicine ones. I should probably pick up more of the empty eyedroppers Hey, Tony. I'm not sure. On their site they now list them as requiring things like Tamiya Lacquer Thinner, Mr Levelling Thinner, and their Real Color Thinner (plus distilled water, not sure how that one works). But originally, they also included the likes of their ordinary AK Thinner as well, which no longer seems to be a part of the blurb. I can understand language differences, but if they're going to market it to customers speaking different languages then they have to really double check on things before pushing a pricey product or answering questions about it. At £2.30 a pot this is the most expensive paint I've yet purchased in a jar. They didn't play it cautiously either. Even if whoever answered me in the YouTube vid didn't know for sure, if they said something like 'maybe it would work, but we can't be sure,' everything might have been avoided. If I'd seen that, I would have gone and bought the Real Color Thinner just to be safe. I spent a while trying to be sure I could use Ultimate Thinners because the AK stuff certainly isn't cheap, even on the smaller bottle. Gaz
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