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Old 07-03-2014, 06:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone ever done that? If yes, can you share your experiences? Thanks in advance
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I and others do it all the time. In my case I've probably done full repaints on about 300 diecast airplane models and partials on so many I've lost count of them.

At the outset---about 20 years ago, I, like many, was afraid to touch, let alone apply paint, to the models---even if they had flaws or I wanted another scheme. Then, I worked up some courage and started practicing on models I didn't care all that much about. I decided to do only brush painting, using Humbrol enamels, mostly, and really butchered some models. I kept at it however, and rapidly made progress. First thing I learned was that you didn't have to strip off all of the original paint and markings--as many do. You merely sand down any bumps---mostly around the markings----until you have a smooth surface to work with. Sometimes, a little inscribing is called for if the old paint has clogged up an important panel line. Also, you want an absolutely clean and dry piece before applying your paint.

The next thing I learned was to paint several camouflage colors separately, not one on top of the other, as this often leaves you with some portions of the surface higher than the others. I also learned----by trial and error---how to brush the paint on---regular strokes in the same direction and not too much paint on the brush. Also, I learned patience----in the case of enamels, wait at least six hours ( more is preferable ) before adding a new color. And when you are done, let the paint cure for at least 24 hours before applying decals.

One of the things that bothers most brush painters is the lack of an even finish and their inability to replicate feathery mottling, as on many German WW2 fighters. I worked out ways to deal with both problems----but it took a while. Finally, I graduated to weathering and staining/chipping my models----but that and decal application are another story. More later.

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Not to toot my own horn but rather, to show how practice and dedication can lead to steady improvement, here are three pictures. The first is a 1995 paint job I did on a WW2 recognition model of a FW-190. At the time, I was really proud of this awful effort:
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The second picture is of a 1999 paint job performed on a solid plastic model of a Japanese Nate. As can be seen, by this time, I was much better in terms of painting canopy frames and tight lines, such as those in red along the upper wings and fuselage:

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The third picture shows a redo of a Carousel 1 FW-190D completed last month. While not perfect, by any means, it shows how much progress one can make from modest beginnings:
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Wow, that FW-190D looks great for brushwork, impressive.

Can anyone show airbrush painting?
Airbrush can lay on very thin coats of paint, but I imagine paint getting under the masking tape where panel grooves are.
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Many thanks, guys
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Old 07-05-2014, 10:53 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Wow, that FW-190D looks great for brushwork, impressive.

Can anyone show airbrush painting?
Airbrush can lay on very thin coats of paint, but I imagine paint getting under the masking tape where panel grooves are.
Use good quality masking tape like Tamiya's and burnish it down well with a metal tool like the blunt end of a nail-file.
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Can anyone show airbrush painting?
Airbrush can lay on very thin coats of paint, but I imagine paint getting under the masking tape where panel grooves are.
As Roydair mentioned, use a good masking tape. I also use blue tac (silly putty) for hard-to-mask areas.



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I use Tamiya masking tapes too.
Not bad for most of the surface, but I will definitely suggest blue-tac for surface with lots of penel lines!
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Silly Putty works well too.
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