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Tamiya 1/350 USS Missouri Hull Painting Issues

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    March 2021
Tamiya 1/350 USS Missouri Hull Painting Issues
Posted by garyinok on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 12:55 PM

Hey gang, so I'm building the Tamiya 1/350 USS Missouri kit as my first model in a very long time. I served on the Big E back in the 80's and eventually want to build her, but to build skill sets and practice I started on the Missouri. So first thing out the gate I started with the hull. It came out OK, but now that I've learned a little I think it could be better. So my question is how do I strip it all off to try again?

I sprayed it with Alclad white microfiller primer, Decanter Tamiya TS finish, and Alclad gloss clear. My plan was to put it in a shallow plastic tub filled with water and lots of sandpaper. Not the easiest plan so anybody got any ideas? I could probably live with it, but since the practice is what I am after doing it over seems to make sense.

Thanks in advance for any help.


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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 1:15 PM

There are all sorts of paint strippers, both commercial and home brew.

I like a product called Chameleon, available in the past from Squadron. 

But there's many others specific to plastic models.


AFA home brews, EZ Off or other cleaners with lye will do the trick.



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Posted by garyinok on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 2:49 PM

Thanks Bill;

I can't seem to find a source for Chameleon here in the states.  I see a lot of talk about brake fluid.  I am sure it will be a lot better than to try and sand it off but since Alcald is a lacquer based I was not sure that anything would remove it.  I may not need to take it down that far anyway.  I just want to fix the top coat.

Thanks again.  Any other ideas would be a big help thanks.


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Posted by garyinok on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 7:30 PM

So I got a post on another forum suggesting an air eraser.  A mini sand blaster using baking soda. Harbor freight has one for like $27.  I think I'm gonna try that route. If it works no chemicals and it should be pretty quick. Anybody else do this?  I had never heard of it.  

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  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 8:05 PM

It sounds like interesting idea and one that might be worth considering, iif it works.

I imagine this would best be used outside where the sprayed material would just blow away and not get into or onto things best left alone.  Let us know how it goes.

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 8:05 PM

They use soda blasting in the full size world.  You'll have to move pretty quickly to avoid creating bigger problems.

I'd create a test panel with the same materials in the same order to try it out before commiting to a model.

Water alone won't neutralize, you'll have to wash down with white vinegar.  We were never told that on the first one, and had to strip and start from bare metal again, on a full size pickup.

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    March 2021
Posted by garyinok on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 9:04 PM

That's good to know on neutralizing.  I have some spare parts all painted up to test first.  Being new to this I have to remove paint and start over from time to time. Hope this works out. 

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  • From: North Carolina, USA
Posted by Model Monkey on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 10:04 AM

Concur with the air eraser.  Common household baking soda is a good grit, non-toxic and plentiful, easy on plastic.  Use the air eraser outdoors or in the garage; air erasing can be messy.  The paint being stripped may be harmful so wear a mask.

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Posted by garyinok on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 12:29 PM

Yep mask and garage for sure. Wife's already not crazy about the paint booth in the house. I'll post up some pictures if it works out. I did a little sanding last night and that's going to be a long process. Hope this is faster.  

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    August 2019
  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 7:44 PM

Well, how's it going .  .  . are your efforts being successful?

The reason I ask is also that I'm wondering what the differences are between the version you are building and say the hull of the 'modernized' version of New Jersey. You see, I just happen to have a Tamiya 1/350 modernized New Jersey hull that I'm probably not going to be using .  .  .         Just a thought.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

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    March 2021
Posted by garyinok on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 6:42 PM

Well yes and no. The baking soda worked good.  No damage to the plastic at all. The down side is its slow. Way to slow to do anything other than hard to get spots and small parts. I ended up making a dip tank and soaking in iso.   That did the trick. Pretty much down to bare plastic now.  


Thanks for the offer on the hull. I think I'm in good shape with this one.  


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