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  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Mansfield, TX
Vortex Mixer
Posted by EdGrune on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 8:50 AM

Someone posted a link to one of these on another website, on sale on Amazon.  The price was good, an IPMS club buddy bought a lab version for north of a hundred bux.

Made for stirring test tubes, this device imparts a vortex spin on the contents mixing the contents of the bottle in a whirling motion.   Hold the bottle on the rubber cup for 10 to 30 seconds and the bottle is well mixed.   The bottle may be a Vallejo-dropper type or other small paint bottle.   Its worked well on Alclad, ModelMaster, Testors Square, and Tamiya.   I've not tried with a Humbrol tin, but I don't see why it wouldn;t work.  Drop some beads or ball bearings into the bottle for some long sitting hard to mix paint.   Similar units are available and have been shown on some fantasy figure painting youtube/websites

It does tend to walk across the bench.   Putting it on an old dish towel helps.   The paint is well mixed,  Alclad stays in suspension longer than hand mixing/shaking

Yes, I know there will be stories of Badger hand mixers or IKEA milk frothers used for paint stirring.   I have an IKEA,  see the background of the first picture.   This mixer works without removing the cap, prying the spout off, putting the mixer in & spinning before remembering to stop the spin before removing the blade and flinging paint across the room.

There may also be stories of the guys with jig saws or reciprocating saws which have been jury rigged with a paint cup.   They are heavy, not stored on the bench top, and require setup time.   This mixer is within arms reach on the corner of the bench.   Select the paint, spin it up, and resume work.

Search Amazon for tatoo ink mixer, less than 30 bucks.  It wasn't prime so I had to pay shipping, still less than 35 bucks delivered.   It shipped 4PX, which is a Chinese shipping conglomerate.  They said at time of order that it would take 3 to 6 weeks,  it arrived right on schedule in 3 weeks ( having sat in a warehouse 10 minutes from me for a week).  Last mile delivery was USPS.   I'm happy with it.

 

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    January 2010
Posted by rob44 on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 5:25 PM

I have used this minimixer from micromark for years with excellent results. It is only $11

 

https://www.micromark.com/Cordless-Mixer-for-Model-Paints

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    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, April 30, 2021 12:28 PM

Thin wood coffee stirring sticks is what I use. Simple and efficient.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

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

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    January 2020
  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Friday, April 30, 2021 5:21 PM

plasticjunkie

Thin wood coffee stirring sticks is what I use. Simple and efficient.

 

me too

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Posted by steve5 on Friday, April 30, 2021 6:05 PM

I got this a few years ago , nail polish stirrer , on ebay for about $5 .

 

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Friday, April 30, 2021 6:18 PM

I use either wooden skewers or my Badger paint mixer, depending on the type of paint.  I'm not sure any kind of shaking or swirling action would mix decanted Tamiya primer, but I mostly like stirring because it keeps paint from getting up into the cap and fouling the threads on the bottle.

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

  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, April 30, 2021 7:45 PM

wpwar11

 

 
plasticjunkie

Thin wood coffee stirring sticks is what I use. Simple and efficient.

 

 

 

me too

 

Yes

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

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

  • Member since
    December 2020
Posted by Thuntboss on Friday, May 7, 2021 3:22 PM

I have one of the "lab grade" ones and it's friggin AWESOME. I mix a bunch of different stuff other than modeling paint too.

"Do it as well as your experience and skill allow. Practice and persistence increase skill"

 

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    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, May 8, 2021 8:06 AM

Okay, I have to ask.

    What kind of creature is that in green next to your Link Sign? On the wall?

 Next, the Vortex mixer is a neat idea. I will have to look into that.There is a place here I can get stuff like that, Well cared for used! That's where I got my Heat Box! Do you remember going to or taking someone to an eyeglass place? And they kept dipping the Earpieces in this box full of fine sand to bend them? That's what it is. Great for bending or forming small Plastic and Nylon parts.

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Saturday, May 8, 2021 5:05 PM

Tanker-Builder

    What kind of creature is that in green next to your Link Sign? On the wall?

Its a mouse from the old 'Mouse Trap' board game that the kids had growing up.  Stuck a button magnet in the depression on the belly.  I have some hardware framing mending plates screwed around the work bench that allows me to stick notes, etc where they are easily visible

  • Member since
    May 2004
  • From: Land of Lakes
Posted by cbaltrin on Monday, May 10, 2021 7:26 AM

EdGrune
Yes, I know there will be stories of Badger hand mixers or IKEA milk frothers

Didn't take long for that point to prove out...Propeller

On the Bench:

  • Airfix 1/72 Fw-190D (1976)
  • Monogram 1/72 F-4J
  • Monogram F-14A
  • Monogram P-51D
  • Revel 1/72 HH-3 Jolly Green Giant
  • Monogram P-47D Done!
  • Italeri F-100D 1/72  Done!
  • Member since
    February 2016
Posted by lowfly on Monday, May 10, 2021 12:33 PM

I use this exact same machine...works great and it is relativly quiet!

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