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Just finished airbrushing ...need help

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    November 2005
Just finished airbrushing ...need help
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, June 21, 2003 6:09 PM
Hey All,
I need some advice.I just finished topcoat of a Catalina.I mixed a bit of testors dark sea blue into some intermediate grey to make Blue-Gray 35189.I have successfully airbrushed it to the top of wing,fuselage halves down to "waterline" and I guess next will be the white/grey underside.

1)Have I done things correctly so far?

2)When I spray should it look as flat as it is now,or make paint "wet"?

3)Should I have assembled model completely first?

4)When would I spray on Future floor wax?

Stuff is drying now
I am using a Mactools airbrush...which appears to be a badger going by their website pics....and testors large cans of compressed air.
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    April 2003
  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by RonUSMC on Saturday, June 21, 2003 8:01 PM
Go ahead and assemble that sucker. Putty, sand, and then paint the overcoats. I personally like to spray light colors first, moving to darker colors.

Most people totally assemble the model before even thinking of doing a coat of paint.

After the final coats are on.. spray future to seal it.. then decal.. then future.. then weather.. then flat coat. Active Kits: 1/48 AM Avenger 1/35 Sd.Kfz 251 Ausf C
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    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, June 21, 2003 8:30 PM
Thanks Ron...

I have never been a putty guy but next model will try it out with that fingernail polish remover trick to smooth out.

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    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, June 21, 2003 11:39 PM
tried to spray bottom coat of Model Master flat white mixed with testors airbrush thinner and airbrush acted up.It's time for a new one and an air compressor.

Sad [:(]
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    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, June 23, 2003 8:53 PM
Vermont, those cans of compressed air will suck your wallet dry so fast it'll make your head spin, and the first time one starts to poop out in the middle of a job you'll regret ever using 'em. I know, I was a can man once...
A decent compressor will set you back less than $100, about the price of ten cans, and you'll have years of use, and down the road you can always sell it and get some of your money back, something the cans can't do.
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    January 2003
Posted by shermanfreak on Monday, June 23, 2003 9:29 PM
Couldn't agree more on Glenn's assessment of those propellent cans. Scratch together a couple of bucks and get yourself a compressor. I got mine from a local hardware store, a bit bigger than what I needed but it comes in handy for other things too.
Happy Modelling and God Bless Robert
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    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, June 26, 2003 8:01 PM
Vermont, same as you I was not a putty man but now after advice given here I started using putty and allthough I'm still miles behind in quality as shon on this site, I can see improvement. Even so much that I thinking of rebuilding older planes. It is really worth wile to use putty in order to get a good finish.

And get an compresser it is money spend wish. You will notice the difference right from the start.

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