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September 2, 2021

I have to stop watching YouTube.

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I use Zem brushes, but this is good advice.


June 22, 2021


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:54 pm
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I like Colourcoats enamel paints.  While they are a bit hard to come by in the US, they are just really nice paints.  They remind me of the original Humbrol paints from way back when.  I am using them on my Mosquito, which, by the way, has entered the paint booth.  It was primed with Mr. Surfacer 1500 Black and as usual, the primer performed great.  I applied the underside Medium Sea Gray, thinned with Colourcoats thinner.  It performed well.  However, I wondered if you could thin Colourcoats with Unicorn Tears™.  I had never tried it.  I didn’t see any reason it wouldn’t work.

So, tonight I thinned some US Medium Gray.  I sprayed it on my paint mule.  Unsurprisingly, it worked well.  Not 100% sure it was any better than thinned with the Colourcoats thinner, but it is nice to know it works.  My mojo is high.  Looking forward to getting the Mosquito painted.


December 17, 2020

Dot filter technique

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:39 am
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An interesting dot filter technique application.  Heavier than I’ve ever seen it done before.  What do you think? (Other than the guy should be wearing a glove when handling the model.)

May 13, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #9 Out of the paint shop

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:47 am
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Another update.  Previous update here.  The MiG is done with painting and has now been glossed in anticipation of decals.  So far, so good.












And here she is glossed up.

January 22, 2020

Paint and mask test, part #4

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:09 am
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Previous posts are here, here and here.  Continuing the testing, I removed the second masked area on all three painted surfaces after 5 days in place.  Note this is well outside the time recommended by Molotow.  I was able to remove the masking without difficulty.  None of the paint finishes were affected, but some of the Mission Models paint did come up in the removal process. I don’t know if the masking affected the adhesion or Mission was just more delicate a finish and thus more vulnerable to scratching during the removal process.


January 18, 2020

Paint and masking test Part #3

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:36 am
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In the last installment, I applied the masking fluid directly to all three painted surfaces.  Molotow recommend leaving the fluid in place for no more than 48 hours before removing it.  However, my plan was to start at two days and then remove subsequent areas of the fluid at later intervals to see if the extended exposure had any bad effect on any of the painted surfaces.  I sprayed WEM gray enamel over the areas of each of the painted sections where the masking fluid had been applied.  After 48 hours I removed the first masked areas.  The masking fluid came up easily and none of the three painted areas was adversely affected by the masking fluid.

January 16, 2020

Paint and masking test–part #2

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:08 pm
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In a previous post I discussed using a spare Phantom wing from the scrap box as a “testing mule” for using the Molotow masking fluid pen over several different type of paint to see what effect it might have on the paints. I’ve applied  some masking fluid to each paint area.  All the paints were allowed to dry for at least 24 hours before application of the fluid.  Molotow recommends not leaving the masking in place longer than two days, but I am going to push that and see if longer exposure has any ill effects.  You can see in the photo below the masking fluid applied to each painted surface.

January 15, 2020

Test, test, test….paint and masking test

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:00 pm
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On episode 3 of the Plastic Model Mojo podcast I mentioned that I had picked up a Molotow 2mm fine liquid masking pen.  I was initially impressed and decided to run a  test to see how it reacted to various paints.  So, I grabbed a old F-4 Phantom wing from the scrap box and laid down three different paints to test.  From tip to wing root I laid down some Mission Models acrylic paint thinned with their thinner polymer mixture, some WEM Colourcoats enamel, and some AK acrylic thinner with Mr. Color leveling thinner.  Photo below.  I will be posting updates as the test continues.

Paint/mask test. #1


December 4, 2019

Colourcoats paints

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:22 am
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I am a huge fan of Colourcoats paints.  They remind me of the old Humbrol paints which I liked a lot, and its not just the packaging.  Here is a web page with PDFs of all the colors in all their different ranges.

December 2, 2018

Paint rack

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:37 am
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I’ve previously mentioned that I was looking for an acrylic paint rack for some of my paints.  I found it on Amazon, and it arrived.

I previous had been keeping my paint in an Ikea rolling 9 drawer cart.  It works, and is good for long term storage, but it isn’t good for quick access to paints I am using for a current project.  I photo of my current storage is here.



























I’ve now assembled the acrylic paint rack I got off Amazon for $20.  It is of good quality and holds everything but large Tamiya and large Alclad bottles.  I really like it and think it will really help with the organization of the new model room.

Acrylic rack





















For $20 this is a good solution to my need for paint storage for paint being used for current projects.  Highly recommended.

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