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Just airbrushed for the first time!

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Just airbrushed for the first time!
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, July 25, 2003 8:10 PM
I just have one thing to say to everyone that may stumble on this board wondering wether or not they should airbrush. DO IT!!! It's well worth the money and time. I couldn't wait any longer and since I had everything ready, I took a test run on a finished model that I had attempted to paint using brushes. (rather than ruining a so far perfectly assembled unfinished model)

I can honestly say that it looks 100% better with only one coat of airbrushed paint that with several paintbrushed coats. Overall I think it was a pretty good session, although I probably sprayed too much for one coating (I kept on spraying and spraying)

there's a few things that I will need to address in the near future...

1. I tried to paint a fully assembled plane, but did the topside only, I have to figure out if and how I should spray one coat all around somehow

2. I have to cut down on the paint I use for each coat, It's something that even with brushes I always found hard to control, I overdo it on everything.

I also learned a few things while attempting this for the first time... (which I should mention were covered on this board more than once)

1. Airbrushing will NOT cover up imperfections left unattended. I can clearly see the dust particles that had settled on the previous coat of paint I had applied with brushes. (how they got there to begin with beats me)

2. Either I was spraying too much of a mist or I didn't make enough, I needed to stop halfway to mix another bottle. (maybe I should use the big bottle that I never thought I would need to) point said... Always make more than you're gonna need.

3. All the work I put into assembling a work space totally sealed from the rest of the closet obviously paid off since the fumes did get pretty bad. (I underestimated that aspect, but good thing I did pick up a painter's mask)

sorry for the long post, just excited to have finally tried it... Cool [8D]
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Posted by shermanfreak on Friday, July 25, 2003 8:22 PM
Another satisfied customer ...... LOL

They can make a big difference.
Happy Modelling and God Bless Robert
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  • From: USA, GA
Posted by erush on Friday, July 25, 2003 10:53 PM
congrats stang! You're on your way now.

To address painting your plane. I sometimes do just what you did and do the top and later do the bottom. If you can make a holder that will fit in some holes like mer1122 suggested here
http://www.finescale.com/fsm/community/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=4092

You can hold it and paint the whole thing in one sitting.

Try to do light coats and your paint will go a little farther. Start at one end go to the other, then go back and so a second light coat, etc till you get good coverage. You'll also avoid runs that way.

As you discovered, an airbrush paint job will show more imperfections in the kit than a brush job will.

Keep practicing, that's what makes you better!!

Eric
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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, July 26, 2003 5:54 AM
Congrats and welcome to the club! Best of luck to you.
Lee

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, July 26, 2003 9:14 AM
Word up homey!
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Posted by allan on Saturday, July 26, 2003 11:50 AM
Hey, nice to hear that. Welcome to the world of invisible toxic paint fumes. LOL.

Some other matters you will need to address:

1. The airbrush requires as much care and attention as the model youre painting.
2. Try to master the ins-an-outs of your airbrush.
3. The nozzle and needle are among the most sensitive parts of the airbrush. Keep it clean and straight.
4. Most importantly: Enjoy!


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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, July 26, 2003 11:44 PM
Originally posted by allan

Hey, nice to hear that. Welcome to the world of invisible toxic paint fumes. LOL.

Some other matters you will need to address:

1. The airbrush requires as much care and attention as the model youre painting.
2. Try to master the ins-an-outs of your airbrush.
3. The nozzle and needle are among the most sensitive parts of the airbrush. Keep it clean and straight.
4. Most importantly: Enjoy!
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Yeah, i'm not taking any chances, I literally took the thing apart and dipped the nozzles in thinner, and cleaned the needle thoroughly. I had a bit of a problem cleaning the paint intake tube (where the bottle attaches) so I just poured thinner in there as well (Q tips were too big to fit in)

Otherwise it's not really that complicated or time consuming to clean the brush thoroughly (as much as i thought it was going to be anyway)
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  • From: Hayward, CA
Posted by MikeV on Sunday, July 27, 2003 1:36 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by stangfanatic

Yeah, i'm not taking any chances, I literally took the thing apart and dipped the nozzles in thinner, and cleaned the needle thoroughly. I had a bit of a problem cleaning the paint intake tube (where the bottle attaches) so I just poured thinner in there as well (Q tips were too big to fit in)


You need some 'Airbrusher's brushes' for that purpose.
They sell them at Coast Airbrush, BearAir and Dixie Art.
Here is a photo of them:


Mike

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. " Charles Spurgeon
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, July 28, 2003 4:24 PM
i just use qtips (the actual brand name ones) with a bit of the cotton pulled off so they arent so fat...they work awesomely for cleaning those tight spaces...

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