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Tamiya paint question
Posted by JerB on Friday, January 1, 2021 6:22 PM

Hi again guys,

The more I have been thinking about it the more I think I might have a go at airbrushing. My question is though how far will one jar of tamiya paint go after thinning ? i would be using it to base coat a 1/16 rc tank

Any tips would be awesome

jeremy 

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, January 1, 2021 6:38 PM

One of their 23ml jars should be enough or more than enough to paint a typical 1/16 scale tank. The 10ml jars may not quite be enough for a larger tank in that scale.

 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, January 1, 2021 6:42 PM
Order two in case you knock one over

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Posted by JerB on Friday, January 1, 2021 6:58 PM

Thanks for the tips guys I appreciate it

im also considering Vallejo model colour as I have a lot of that along with their thinner. Just don't know if I should try vallejo or tamiya or both lol

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Posted by KAYSEE88 on Friday, January 1, 2021 7:21 PM
For 1/16, use spray cans for base then use airbrush for anything after that!

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, January 1, 2021 8:25 PM

JerB

Thanks for the tips guys I appreciate it

im also considering Vallejo model colour as I have a lot of that along with their thinner. Just don't know if I should try vallejo or tamiya or both lol

 

For ease of usage, I'd say go with Tamiya. Vallejo Model Color has a finicky reputation for airbrushing. Aside from thinner, you may need to add flow enhancer and other such things in addition to their thinner. Tamiya is thin it and go to work- pure simplicity.

 

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Posted by Jon_a_its on Saturday, January 2, 2021 1:48 AM

Use Tamiya paint for a R/C chassis, it's a lot more resilient than Vallejo, which is 'known' to be a PiTA and fragile if not undercoated.

I would also use Tamiya #87194 Lacquer Thinner with Retarder (Orange Cap).

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Saturday, January 2, 2021 10:09 AM

If you've never airbrushed then Model Color really isn't a good starting point. Let me re phrase that, not an easy starting point. Model Air will spray right from the Bottle though.There is a bit of magic and mystery going on to get Model Color to spray right even from color to color. Tamiya is a tougher finish than either MA or MC. Easy to mix and spray.

 

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Saturday, January 2, 2021 10:56 AM

Jon_a_its

Use Tamiya paint for a R/C chassis, it's a lot more resilient than Vallejo, which is 'known' to be a PiTA and fragile if not undercoated.

Vallejo is a PITA and fragile even when its undercoated.  I will always know it as "Marshmallow paint"...it smells a lot like marshmallows and is about as tough.  The Model Air colors I tried didn't spray well at all straight from the bottle, and their FS equivalents for SAC SIOP colors weren't even close.  I was already spoiled though by having been using Tamiya Acrylics and Model Master Enamels.

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