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Moving on from Testors MM Paint?

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Moving on from Testors MM Paint?
Posted by jimbot58 on Monday, January 18, 2021 2:01 AM

My latest project of the minute is a Fujimi F-4K British Phantom "Yellow Tails" and the color call out for the main color is a RAF Extra Dark Sea Grey BS381C/640. I have a bottle left over from the MM II line of paints in a Dark Sea Grey which I assumed is the equivalent. I started spraying some of the parts with this paint but my airbrush soon clogged! I ran the rest of the bottle through a filter and even though I mixed and stired thoroughly, I found the paint to be full of lumps, many as small as grains of sand! More than enough to clog things up! No more of this paint!

I headed to the hobby store and I now see there are many new lines of paint available so the heck with Testors! What I selected is AK Interactive line of paint in an acrylic lacquer? in this color I could not find a specific thinner to use with the paint. When I asked one of the employees there and I was told, "Oh, just use what ever you usually use." Thanks Buddy!

One recomendation I found online said to use the Mr. Color thinner. I did a test spray of this paint mix and found it seemed to spray well. However, I am wondering if this is best to use with this paint?

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Academy 1/72 SR-71 and Monogram B-52 "Big, Bad, and Beautiful"


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Posted by keavdog on Monday, January 18, 2021 2:47 AM

Ya, we are all in the same boat.  I like Mr color paints with their leveling thinner or MRP paints straight from the bottle.  Tamiya are still solid 50:50 with isopropyl alcohol. 

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, January 18, 2021 6:35 AM

Their was a thread here thst recommended Tamiya Lacquer Thinner for AK Real paints,I intend to give that a try.

I love to use it also on the regular Tamiya paints,it's just perfect.

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    November 2018
Posted by oldermodelguy on Monday, January 18, 2021 8:39 AM

According to the info at this link I will provide, lacquer thinner is fine for thinning AK acrylic lacquers. So are several other forms of thinner to include water ( I'd go with the LT personally). These paints are in the new formulation we see coming out as hybrid acrylic lacquers. So here is the link : https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/real-colors-acrylic-lacquer-paints

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Posted by knox on Monday, January 18, 2021 9:12 AM

Our LHS started carrying the AK paint line, and their thinner.  I was also told that Mr Color thinner would work just as well.  

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Posted by hogfanfs on Monday, January 18, 2021 9:20 AM

I walked into my local Hobby Town and found the Testors MM paints to be almost bare. I have several bottles of MM paint still at home and will use them as I can. But, I have been using more and more acrylic paints and I'm really starting to like them. The big plus with acrylics is not having the wife complain about the smell that MM enamel gives off.

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, January 18, 2021 10:04 AM
Mission Models are good too,lots of choices now.

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Posted by jimbot58 on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 7:34 PM

Thanks guys! Much better answers than I got from the LHS guy. I didn't get much of a chance to look at what else was available as it was very busy that day! I was surprised because they were actually having RC car races in there. Considering the restrictions we have been under for so long, I was very uncomfortable in there.

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On my workbench now:

 

Academy 1/72 SR-71 and Monogram B-52 "Big, Bad, and Beautiful"


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    April 2020
Posted by Eaglecash867 on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 8:29 PM

Mostly using MRP paints now.  Those are acrylic lacquers that shoot beautifully right out of the bottle.  Cure time is less than an hour.  Great selection of specific military colors for a bunch of different countries and time periods.

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, January 23, 2021 7:47 AM

Tojo72
Mission Models are good too,lots of choices now.
 

Yes Mission Models is good too but unless you use primer it scratches very easily. I found out by accident on a build but luckily the scratches added to the weathering process and looked good. 

Mr. Thinner is fantastic and works great with both Tamiya and Ak paints.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, January 23, 2021 8:22 AM

plasticjunkie

 

 
Tojo72
Mission Models are good too,lots of choices now.
 

 

 

Yes Mission Models is good too but unless you use primer it scratches very easily. I found out by accident on a build but luckily the scratches added to the weathering process and looked good. 

Mr. Thinner is fantastic and works great with both Tamiya and Ak paints.

 

Yes I only like the enamel or lacquer type primers

  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, January 23, 2021 8:53 AM

Tojo72

 

 
plasticjunkie

 

 
Tojo72
Mission Models are good too,lots of choices now.
 

 

 

Yes Mission Models is good too but unless you use primer it scratches very easily. I found out by accident on a build but luckily the scratches added to the weathering process and looked good. 

Mr. Thinner is fantastic and works great with both Tamiya and Ak paints.

 

 

 

Yes I only like the enamel or lacquer type primers

 

Yes

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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