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Best putty and solvent?
Posted by Dancing Imu on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 11:01 PM

Hi there!

I'm back to modelling after about a 30 year hiatus.  My skills are still decent, but I'm looking for something better than what I find at my local not-really-for-modelling hobby shop.  Specifically, I've been using Testors decal solvent and Testors Contour Putty.  Neither one seems to really be doing the job.  The solvent doesn't really pull the decal down around details, and the putty is horrendous, at least, with the skill I'm using.  I'm putting down this dry powder putty and sanding it, and it comes out as very obviously being there.  It just doesn't seem to sand to a decent finish well enough.

So, what are the solvent and putty that I should be using?  Or do I already use what's best?

Many thanks!

Tags: decals , putty , solvent

  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 11:40 PM

I try not to use decal solution, but when I do I like the various Microscale products. Or, for general use on a decal that set well, diluted vinegar.

Putty is another matter. There is a wide variety of opinions on this. Which has told me that it MOSTLY matters on technique.

I got away from Squadron Green because it needs to be thinned to work well.

I like Tamiya Gray but it's way pricey.

Like stretching sprue, using CA is way above my skill level.

My favorite now is Bondo Glazing and Spot Putty.

  • Member since
    July, 2013
Posted by steve5 on Thursday, September 28, 2017 12:01 AM

tamiya , markfit strong , really suck's it down . for decal solution

like G said , tamiya gray is one of the best but a bit pricey , vallejo acrylic putty is really good for small gap's , not so great on large one's

 

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Northern New Jersey
Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, September 28, 2017 5:56 AM

I use Micro set and Micro sol for decals,for tough ones I use Solvaset.

For seams I have been using Mr Surfacer 500

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, September 28, 2017 8:49 AM

There is a long thread current on puttys  in the Techniques forum in the Tools, Techniques and Reference Materials area of the FSM forums right now.  Interesting thread- take a look.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    January, 2013
Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Thursday, September 28, 2017 11:31 AM

Don Stauffer

There is a long thread current on puttys  in the Techniques forum in the Tools, Techniques and Reference Materials area of the FSM forums right now.  Interesting thread- take a look.

 

 

 

The trouble is Don, the thread is probably so old and not stickied, , no new member is gonna search countless pages for that thread.

  • Member since
    April, 2017
Posted by Dancing Imu on Thursday, September 28, 2017 1:44 PM

Thanks guys, that's a big help.  I'm building a 1/72 scale Me-262 that was donated to the local hobby shop, actually bought in 1972!  It's actually really well fit, but it has some issues joining the wings to the fuselage. 

Thanks much for the info on the putty and solvent!

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