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This video taught me that I dont know how to use an airbrush

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    December, 2016
This video taught me that I dont know how to use an airbrush
Posted by JohnMatt on Thursday, February 02, 2017 9:45 PM

This guy accomplishes on a Saturday afternoon what would take me a month.  Finished in 4:15.

I would never consider building the entire kit and then spraying it all at once.  I tend to build subsystems and pieces separately, prime and paint off the body.

I mean, he doesn't even prime it, let alone mask anything.  I'm just so cautious in everything I do.  He probably flushed his brush three times doing this.  I'll probably do it 20 times.

I really need to let go and find a way to do this faster.

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Posted by XF-15DCC on Friday, February 03, 2017 5:26 PM

I would stay with what you like. Remember, he is building a Tank (nothing against Tank fans) but in battle they are beat to crap so maybe his way of painting suits the kit he is building along with his level of detail.

I dont go crazy flushing out my brush but that also depends on the color difference I'm using. I wouldnt shoot red then white on a mild flush.



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Posted by DasBeav on Friday, February 03, 2017 5:39 PM

I am a relative NOOB and nowhere near a perfectionists...But he missed some spots and had to have some overspray. That would bug me.

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Posted by JohnMatt on Friday, February 03, 2017 9:48 PM

I guess my point is that he looks at it like he's building a model.  I look at it like I'm trying to build a museum piece.  I need to find a happy medium between the two.

When I say in the thread title I don't know how to use an airbrush, I mean that he's just so casual about it.  I would spend a day watching YT videos about pre-shading while he just picks the thing up and does it, no worries.

Then again, he owns a model shop and does this as his job.  I'm only on my third build and the fear of doing something 'wrong' hangs over my head like a black cloud.

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Friday, February 03, 2017 10:15 PM

Uh... I think painting tank after assembling is the norm for most thread heads since most are one color then add the camo schemes particularly Panzers. So I don't see nothing wrong in painting after assemby on tanks.

I mean I assembled my Sherman tank first then paint. Well. except the road wheels and threads of course.

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Posted by bob29579 on Thursday, February 09, 2017 5:36 PM

To put this into a little more perspective...  He only uses two colors, black, then tan.  The build is 4 hours 15 minutes long, the video is 35 minutes long. That means the speed up is 7 or 8 times normal time, so it took him over an hour to paint this.     A little black shading and the wheels are black, then he just puts the tan on it.        Right ?

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Posted by hogfanfs on Thursday, February 09, 2017 6:54 PM

This should not teach you that you don't know how to use an airbrush. This video just shows that every modeler can be different in how they perform a build. Simple as that.






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