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Steve Noble

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  1. Very nice result. It just goes to show that the airbrush is simply a tool for us to master. Your results speak for themselves. I know some people prefer to brush paint and there's nothing wrong with that. I think it's how everyone starts in the hobby, but there are just some things that only an airbrush can do. After years of using one I find it a fairly easy tool to use. But at first, the learning curve can be pretty steep
  2. I think acrylics dry so quickly. If you're an aircraft modeller and doing intricate camouflage schemes with the tip almost closed, that's the situation where the paint dries in the tip and clogs the airbrush. As a car/bike modeller I'm never spraying with the tip closed off like that, usually I have the tip wide open for coverage of large areas. That in itself negates any problems of 'tip dry' as the paint in the tip is always wet, always flowing..
  3. So true However, lacquer paints do smell, not terribly badly, but more so than acrylics. So I do understand the need for acrylics too where people can't have any smell from their paints for whatever reason.
  4. First rule of business, look after your customer base. If you don't you won't have any and no business anymore. It doesn't take long for your customers to shop elsewhere if you fob them off all the time, or worse still, switch to another brand. I think at one time Humbrol had a great product, but they messed about with it, went through some issues with quality etc and people lost faith in it. Add to that the poor management in general and you have a recipe for disaster..
  5. I've not touched Humbrol for years. Don't know what they're like now but they had some real quality issues with their paint a while back. Mr Color, Alclad, Zero paints for me now. All a joy to use and good quality from every jar. If I had to rely on 'local' model shops for my supplies I'd have packed up making models years ago. The internet has killed the old fashioned high street shops, but it's here to stay. Postage costs can be high, but there's always somebody offering a cheaper or sometimes free delivery if you shop around. Wasting my time, fuel and money to travel 50-60 miles to my 'local' model shop only to find out that they don't stock what I need is more costly than the postage to be honest..
  6. Usually when I see a post about someone struggling with an airbrush they're using acrylic paints. 99% of the time a change of paint will see them right. It's amazing what a difference just changing the paint can make. I too discovered lacquer paint a long time ago and would never be without it. It makes any airbrush a joy to use
  7. I remember this kit from my youth and it was a real pain to paint. You did well and the finished build looks very nice
  8. Warm water with a little detergent and use a soft brush to agitate the Novus should fix it..
  9. Very nice build Gary, it turned out well!! As for the suspension, well I think it's maybe a tiny bit low, but only just. Doesn't detract from a beautiful build What's the next model you'll build?
  10. Cool looking Corolla, always loved a Safari car as well. I remember doing the Tamiya version and the decals were difficult to apply, but you made a fine job of these!! Well done
  11. Nice looking Corolla!! Not a criticism but headlamp lenses should have a black edge and the smaller indicator lenses should be orange with a black edge. Also all the grilles on the front under the main grill and headlights should be black. It's small details but it does add a lot to the front end.
  12. Got everything working fine, no leaks. I used Loctite on the adaptor that goes into the regulator and the rubber seals were sufficient on the hose connections. First time I've had an automatic stop/start compressor and must say it's definitely a plus point to not have it running all the time
  13. That's more the paint, not that you're doing anything wrong. It's just soaking into the under layers and the gloss is sucked out of it. When I used to spray full size cars we called it sinkage. Try a light rub down and reapply the gloss. You may have to do it multiple times before the surface stays glossy.
  14. I just bought myself a new compressor (Jun Air 3-4) and a new braided air hose. In both ends of the air hose, compressor end and airbrush quick connect end there's a rubber washer. Am I right to assume that the rubber washer seals the air hose and i don't need to use ptfe tape or a thread sealing liquid? Or should I still use the tape or thread lock?
  15. You must always get the primer coat very smooth, as any texture will show through into the gloss layers. If you paint with Mr Color straight onto the spoon (no primer) the finish will be like glass. It's the primer that gives the surface texture..
  16. Whilst I admire your resolution to test all these things, I still prefer to use the proper Mr Color levelling thinner. I put a lot of effort into my models and the paint finish is the final step. I wouldn't want to risk a sub standard finish by using a home brew thinner and ruining all my preparation work. It's made by the manufacturer of the paint to work with their paint..
  17. Vallejo paint over Tamiya clear shouldn't be a problem, they're very gentle paints.
  18. Yes, I would imagine that would be okay. What paints are you using and what clear coat? Usually if they are all the same brand you should have no issues over painting.
  19. You can still fix the tail section, it's not too late. Photocopy the red decals and trim them out, lay the photocopy onto the tail section and you will have a guide where to mask and stop the blue. Over paint the blue areas with a little white and problem solved..
  20. Just looking again at the box art and you've painted the blue too far, it will show through the red decals. You need to have white where the red decals will go and mask precisely the edge or you'll end up with two shades of red, darker where the blue paint is underneath.
  21. Hope I'm not too late but the tail section needs very precise masking because the red decals do not cover any blue areas as they are very thin and slightly translucent. So you will see blue through the decals if the masking is not perfect. Also not a criticism, just an observation, but to my eye the light blue colour looks miles off the shade it should be? Maybe it's the lighting or the picture, but it looks too pale to me.
  22. Photocopy the decal sheet. Lay wide Tamiya tape across the photocopy. Use a sharp knife to cut along the yellow line, thus creating a mask from the tape. Remove from the paper copy and apply to your model in the correct position, spray and remove the mask, et voila, you have your perfect edge. Apply the decal over the two colours, job done
  23. That's Gunze aqueous, they are similar in guise to Tamiya acrylics. Mr Color are the lacquer paint version.
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