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Just some general questions
Posted by MikeTheMediocreModeller on Saturday, June 1, 2019 2:58 AM

1. Is pin washing and panel-lining the same thing? Can I use the same product for both, eg Tamiya panel line accent color?

2. Is floor pledge good as a gloss coat? I've seen people use it 

3. Is there a way to make my own photo etch parts 

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Posted by armornut on Saturday, June 1, 2019 4:24 AM

#1 yes

#2 yes

#3 if you have the right tools and chemicals then yes, that said I haven't thought much about how PE is produced......interesting question.

  Panel washes and pin washes are the same thing different name. You can use any color of paint you wish just make sure it is real thin. Black is ptretty stark scale wise so a dark grey is recommended.

  Pledge floor polish,( Future), is an acrylic where gloss coat is either enamal or a lacquer. Hipe this helps and gets you better answers.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, June 1, 2019 5:18 AM

The only thing I can add is that panel lining is just what it says,panel lining.However pin washing also covers any raised detail like nuts and bolts and also nooks crannies and corners.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, June 1, 2019 6:50 AM

There are at home photo etch kits. Try www.micromark.comthey may carry one.

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Posted by gregbale on Saturday, June 1, 2019 7:45 AM


There are at home photo etch kits. Try www.micromark.comthey may carry one.

There are many excellent step-by-step tutorial videos available on Youtube for DIY photo-etch. Be aware that, while not exceptionally difficult, it is an involved process using noxious chemicals.

But like making your own decals at opens up whole worlds of new modeling possibilites.


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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, June 1, 2019 8:51 AM

I've never heard of anyone feeling successful msking their own photo etch.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, June 1, 2019 11:23 AM

I have made my own photoetch using the MicroMark set.  It works, but it is a lot of effort.  Many critical steps.  Messy chemicals, needing to get the UV exposure just right, etc.  I am looking for an easier way, like toner transfer etching.

Homemade decals are much, much easier to do than homemade photoetch.


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Posted by Pawel on Saturday, June 1, 2019 1:06 PM


I've had a friend at my previous work who used to do very good photoetch at home. Having him was a reason why I never started trying to do my own. But when I was studying, I have successfully made some home made printed circuit boards, and this can be done fairly easily. The etching solution isn't very toxic.

There are bacically two problems when making PE parts. One is a nice clean mask - a sheet in which some fields are very black and some are transparent. Those fields allow the photo-sensitive emulsion to harden, and this way they decide what parts of the copper sheets stay and which are etched away. The real pros, like my friend at work use two such masks, one for each side of the sheet metal. Those masks have to be aligned well.

Second problem when etching from two sides is the etching itself - it has to be even across the whole sheet. Normally, when etching the center of the sheet metal gets eaten away faster than at the edges - this could ruin your sheet. To prevent that the etching solution has to be constantly mixed and held at a certain temperature.

So - sounds complicated and I doubt if you can get a perfect PE sheet on your first try, but definitely can be done at home.

Good luck and have a nice day


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Posted by steve5 on Saturday, June 1, 2019 3:51 PM

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