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  1. I must live in an alternate universe, because as long as I have used them, Tamiya enamel paint has been excellent. Smooth coverage, plenty of pigment and no problems at all with lifting, however...you are using Tamiya enamel thinner? I have noticed that when I have painted Humbrol matt coat on top, using humbrol enamel thinner, there has been a slight issue with lifting. And Tamiya enamel is not the hardest wearing enamel, but more than good enough. I think you are doing something wrong there.
  2. For both this reason, the seemably lower pigment count in some shades compared to old bottles, and the price of the 10ml bottles (compared to the price of the old 23ml bottles that used to be on the stands), I don't really use Tamiya acrylics anymore. The enamel is still excellent, and I know the Tamiya acrylic is still a very easy to use airbrush paint, but I find other paints give better results these days. Who knows? Maybe Tamiya is using the quality control team from Humbrols old Chinese factory.
  3. Isn't the Methoxy methyl a psychedelic drug? Or have I got that mixed up? In any case, I take it that part isn't all that important if your bottle of butanol is working. Either way, if it works, excellent. I have used the retarder and it does indeed work for those that wish to work with it. unfortunately, I find my pots from the 80s (the old 23ml pots they used to sell) seem to be better quality than the newer stuff, However, it does help to know there is an economic alternative out there. Thanks for the tip.
  4. Looks great. I wish there were still 1/72 Buffalos on the market these days. They are as rare as hens teeth around here. I love the old Tamiya kit, but it almost seems like the only game in town at the moment.
  5. My advice: Only buy Humbrol acrylic from the new 18.2ml pots. It is very good paint. Anything else is a lottery.
  6. The never ending changing hues of Humbrol. This is why I have a vast painted spoon collection specifying what colour from what tin.
  7. I keep trying different metallics and keep being disappointed. Really, the only one I have consistent results with in the modern era have been Revell Aqua. Every time I use them, they work good. Out of the modern paints I have also tried Revell enamel (a strange sludge), Humbrol enamel (isn't metallic anymore), Humbrol acrylic (haven't tried the new stuff in the 18 ml bottle admittedly), Tamiya acrylic (weak), Tamiya enamel (awesome one time, rubbish the next), Model master enamel and acrylic (sometimes great, sometimes P weak), lifecolor, vallejo model color (both incredibly weak), the list goes on. Apparently there are a few airbrush only lacquers that are good, but since I use brush or airbrush, I need something that can do the job either way. I haven't tried the citadel metals, but there is a review for Revell aqua by a polish guy online where he compares the two, and Revell aqua beats them. Just google revell aqua revell. The website is called coloured dust I believe. I have also heard good reports about the Vallejo Metal color line. An alcohol based paint. Haven't tried it yet. I have some success with the model master enamel and acrylics, and tamiya enamels, but also some poor results. Revell aqua has been the only one that ticks the box every time. If you had asked this question years ago, I would have just said 'Humbrol enamel, now move along please'. But those days seem to be over.
  8. Jamie, thank god all of the paints are ok.... Just kidding mate. I am incredibly happy that what could have been a catastrophe for you and your family has been turned into a mere pain in the proverbial. Of course you have insurance to deal with next ... You and your family are safe, thanks in part to your little tike there and your own response. The good work of the local flame busters saved the rest. You cannot ask for more than that. All the best, Greg
  9. I know this is a little late, but I recently got a pot of Revell Aqua satin/silk white, and it seems to be a proper white. Not as good coverage as the matt variant though.
  10. Aha, it all makes sense now. Thanks a lot to you both Jack and Troy, that certainly clears things up, and as said, clearly shows just how much colour is affected in both photography and under the harsh desert sun. Amazing. Thanks for the heads up on the colours Jamie, I have an order to make. Perhaps you may need to manufacture a new tin of US navy buff And thanks too for your input Graham.
  11. Thanks gents, I must admit to having a certain ignorance of this period with the luftwaffe in Africa, so I was making up my own theory with zero evidence on the basis of: The Germans were deployed very hastily to fulfill a promise by Der Fuehrer to his mate Il Duce, and as the vehicles, tanks, et al were supplied 'as is' (there was no camo paint or scheme initially provided for them, with all being in the European Dark Grey scheme and merely covered in African mud and dust as an impromptu camouflage). I extemporised that this would follow suit for the Luftwaffe as well, with keeping the undercarriage/sides the standard European 65 or 76, while throwing some borrowed Italian paint for the top and spraying mottles on it with either an Italian olive or other dark olive green RLM that was at hand. With the unexpected success of the Afrika Korps (they were merely sent as a blocking force to keep the Italians in play, not drive on into the middle east), more thought went into logistics, specialised supplies for Africa, etc. So gents, I take it Colourcoats has good options for these? And if not (or, as is half the problem, they are not in stock here at the moment...), what enamel paint suggestions would you put fourth? I have access to Humbrol, Revell and Tamiya enamels. Greg (its all good Jamie haha)
  12. Hello all, I am guessing many of you know what aircraft I am talking about here; the 'Black 8' Me109e in Libya with the coloured photo. I am making the airfix 1/72 version, but the photos clearly show a different set of colours to those airfix suggests. RLM 78 seems to be a far too dark, steel blue colour, while the RLM 78 is far too dark brown. Are that a borrowed Italian aircraft colour? As it looks virtually the same as the sandy shade they used on their birds. I am guessing the underside is RLM 76 or a faded 65?
  13. I am pretty chuffed about it myself, but we still have to wait for a) the old rubbish to depart the stores and b) the new paints to ramp up production wise.
  14. Hello all, After scouring the internet, harassing UK modellers, hoping to find whether the new formula, made in the UK Humbrol Acrylic paint was any good, I came up trumps. I decided to order 5 colours myself and put my life on the line in order to see whether anything had changed with this much maligned paint. Is it still paint on sandpaper? Does it have enough pigment to cover a white primed wingtip? Well, things have certainly changed... The colours I ordered were 33 black, 34 white, 29 dark earth, 60 scarlet and 64 light grey. I wanted a green and blue to round out the colour spectrum, but there wasn't any in stock, which we will get to later... The paints come in tall, somewhat narrow plastic bottles with fliptop lids. I believe many other acrylic paint brands use them, including citadel 20 or more years ago. I am too lazy to post photos, so google search for them under Humbrol acrylic 18.2ml. Yes, 18.2ml. Same price, more paint. This leads them up against Revell Aqua, Vallejo, etc favourably, leaving the old 14ml in the past. Just regarding the bottle, if you are one of those people that must paint from the bottle (I am not) then make sure you blue tack them down; they look like they could fall over quite easily...On to the paint! After giving them a thorough stirring and ladeling a small amount onto my mixing area, thinning when required and painting with a brush on unwashed white plastic dessert spoons; H33 black: a good consistency. A lazy person could brush from the bottle, but don't. I thinned it slightly with demineralised water, stirred it up, and glided it on to the spoon. One coat covered it neatly. The paint leveled out by itself, and no brush strokes at all. The finish is slightly satin, and reminds me a great deal of Model Master acrylic paint. So far, things are really looking up for Humbrol... H34 white: Here we go. Flat White. Always a nemesis, but....not so much here. The paint was extremely thick in the bottle. I thought I was looking at Revell Aqua for a second (which I didn't mind, Aqua being my favourite acrylic paint), and I even put some demin water in before stirring it further. This was tricky, as the paint almost filled the entire bottle to the top, but I managed. I then ladeled some of the still very thick paint onto the mixing plate, and thinned it down further with water, bit by bit, then, after mixing it all up with the brush, glided it over the spoon. Again, the paint leveled out excellently and, while not fully opaque, did a damn good job of it. The second coat completed the coverage. Yes, I just said that. Again, satinish finish, and excellent coverage for a white. Humbrol has good paint? Stop those cat calls gentlemen... H29 dark earth: Ah, my favourite shade for this RAF/Commonwealth colour. I know this is always in dispute, but I don't care. Moving on... Same consistency as the 33 black, same procedure, same excellent leveling. Took two coats to cover to full opacity, no brush strokes. Almost an exact match for the H29 new enamel, just the tiniest bit lighter, I think. My vision is pretty good, but the difference is incredibly small. Things just keep getting better.... H60 Scarlet: Red, another problem child of the painting world. Coverage is usually poor....well, consistency is the same as the 33 and 29 above. Same procedure. Two coat coverage, with the possibility of a third here. I am fairly happy with the two coats, but a third might make a slight difference. In any case, really good result. Again no brush marks, good leveling. What can I say? H64 light grey: Same as above in all details except one coat coverage. Well, Humbrol has turned a corner. I haven't bothered airbrushing them, but since they don't have the sandpaper grit in them, which was the airbrush killer for the previous iteration, I cannot see why using usual procedures with water based paints cannot be used. For brushing, I can say: go and buy a few pots and see for yourself. I cannot see you being disappointed. as I am pretty fussy with paints. About bloody time Humbrol. Now start getting these things into the shops in numbers, and take back the old rubbish still sitting there. Oh, and expand the colour range to at least match the enamels. Enjoy
  15. I can get away with no primer with acrylics after thorough washing and using paints that stick well (Revell Aqua, Model Master Acrylic, etc), but Vallejo has never worked for me in this way. Those rattlecans will get the job done for you, and at least speaking of the Tamiya, it dries quickly too (though it does stink until it dries...). Good luck.
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