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  1. That's the Iwata stuff isn't it? So my Vallejo cleaner should be OK as I think it is pretty similar? I also use an IPA based home brew but I don't know how that will work with the Mr. Color - will test it and see.
  2. I've just bought some Mr Hobby Aqueous colours along with the aqueous thinner to experiment with - think I will order up some of the clear to try too. What did you clean your airbrush with afterwards?
  3. Just come across this - am thinking of buying this kit so thanks for posting. Nice clean build - nice interior details too.
  4. Absolutely brilliant - loved this, pure genius! Awesome attention to detail.
  5. Hi Jeff - lovely build. You really nailed the look on the wheel/tyre/brake assembly and I love the carbon on the diffuser. Top work!
  6. Hi Troy, Many thanks for putting all this info together, really appreciated. I have ordered some of the Vallejo retarder and will be ordering some of the Ferrari Red to test too. I also found out that the Revell Aqua Colour Mix I have is both a thinner and a retardant - it may be that I haven't been using enough of it in my mixing. I will be experimenting over the next couple of days and will let you know how I get on. Thanks again, Ant.
  7. Hi Troy, Thanks for replying. I hadn't thought about retarder for the gloss acrylic - something I will definitely try! Regarding the flow aid, I have found that it actually makes tip dry a less frequent issue but perhaps using the retarder instead would also reduce the chance of this happening whilst also slowing the paint dry time. Yes, the water I use is distilled. I had thought of going the 'matt, then gloss coat' route and have experimented with Pledge 'Revive It' and Alclad 2 Aqua Gloss. I have brushed these on - am too worried about messing up my airbr
  8. Hi Nigel, Thanks for your input on this, very much appreciated. I did wonder if them being a Iwata distributor would mean that other makes would be regarded as inferior and it sounds like that is the case. As you and uncletommy said, it seems I have many more hours of YouTube watching ahead! Best, Ant.
  9. Hi Paul - sandy, grainy finish on my gloss coats. Spraying on a Ferrari 458, using no.34 Revell Aqua and the no.220 Humbrol Acrylics. For both I have tried thinning to the consistancy of semi-skimmed milk, using water, flow aid and Revell Aqua thinners. I have tried spraying at everything from 10 psi to 20psi and varying the distance from the model - no difference. So I am having to sand after each coat. However, spraying any matt paint results in a smooth finish. I am stumped.
  10. Hi there, I am a relative newbie who is (still) struggling with getting to grips with my H&S Evolution airbrush. I build cars and bikes and only shoot water-based acrylics due to my working environment. However, after much advice from numerous sources, experimentation and sanding (!), I am still experiencing the same issues as when I started. Does anyone know of any modelling airbrush courses available (once this lockdown is over!)? I am based in Surrey and have found one offered by Airbrush.com, based in West Sussex. This sounds ideal - but I wondered if anyone knew of any ot
  11. Great build - those wheels look particularly good - top job!
  12. Thanks for the info on the procedure - I am going to buy the micromesh pads and use them on the colour coat. On the test model I used 3200 grit which was a bit too aggressive and scored too deeply into the paint, but I can imagine how the finer grits would work. I'm then going to brush paint the Alclad 2, leave that to settle and try some Tamiya polishing compound to get a final strong gloss. That's the plan, anyway..... Once I have something to show, I'll post some images. Thanks again all for the invaluable advice! Best, Ant.
  13. Hi Troy, Yes, it is the water-based paints I am concentrating on, as the smell of even the Tamiya is enough to cause havoc in my house. Best, Ant.
  14. Hi Alan, I might try the Citadel paints if they are water-based then. Thanks for sharing the post on the 911 - what a tale of perseverance! Very interesting and the result was definitely worth it. I have a standard Revell 911/930 Turbo in my pile of kits to make, along with another Ferrari and a Honda RVF750. As it is only car and bike kits that I am interested in trying, I am determined to develop a satisfactory technique for achieving a smart gloss finish! Best, Ant.
  15. Thanks Troy - I tried using a link generated by Google Photos, but no luck. I will try again shortly as it may be operator error! I will have a look at Matt's tips, thanks for supplying the link. I am definitely going to give Spiny's suggestions a go - the finish on the Skyline's hood is really good, if I could get it half as smooth as that it would be a major improvement on what I have now.
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