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marvin20

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  1. It seems like there is an issue getting the H300 and up paints even from sites overseas. My go to site for Gunze paints is Sealmodel.com (in Hong Kong) and they are even out of the majority of these paints in this range: http://www.sealmodel.com/products.php?category_id=157&pn_pr=3 I wonder if there is a manufacturing issue?
  2. My experience with painted surfaces and CA glue has not bee a good one. It seems that the CA will adhere to the paint and not the plastic and create a weak bond. So if using CA glue, I'd suggest that you clean off the paint between the mating surfaces prior to applying the CA glue. Just my opinion.
  3. You can also try this AMMO brand double sided tape. https://store.spruebrothers.com/product_p/amm8044.htm HTH, QT
  4. I would also agree with Scale Hobbyist, Sprue Brothers, Lucky Model, and Hannants as great sources to purchase model kits from. With Lucky Model, if you can wait to receive your kits, you can wait and purchase a lot of kits when they have their $10 USD flat rate shipping special, which takes about two months from the time the order is placed to get your items. Hannants has some model kits that you may have a hard time finding here in the US, but shipping charges are quite expensive from the UK to the US.
  5. marvin20

    Mr Color

    While they are not in the US (they're in Hong Kong), I've gotten my Mr. Color paints from www.sealmodel.com They typically have what I'm looking for and the price per bottle is very reasonable (ranging from $1.60 - $1.80 USD). http://www.sealmodel.com/products.php?category_id=158 They also carry the Mr. Hobby Color (the aqueous line) of paints (ranging from $1.70 - $2.00 USD) http://www.sealmodel.com/products.php?category_id=157 They used to be able to ship 9 bottles or less by air, but not so sure if that is acceptable any longer. I typically orde
  6. Have you tried www.sealmodel.com This is where I usually get my Mr. Color/Mr. Hobby paints from. Their pricing for these paints can't be beat. Here's a link to the start of the Gunze Mr. Color line of paints. There are 5 pages to go through. http://www.sealmodel.com/products.php?category_id=158 HTH
  7. I was wondering if anyone here in the forums has recently received any orders from Hobbyworld USA? I currently have 2 orders in with them, one having been placed on 31 Dec 2019, and the other on 14 Jan 2020. I've sent a couple of messages asking for an update on the status of these orders (last one sent two weeks ago) and have gotten no reply at all. In my previous experience with placing and receiving orders from them, it has never taken this long before, nor has it taken this long for them to reply to inquiries about the status of an order. Hoping that everything is okay.
  8. I've had some great success using this product by AMMO: I get mine from SprueBrothers: AMM2051 AMMO by Mig Lucky Varnish - Matt (60ml) https://store.spruebrothers.com/product_p/amm2051.htm HTH
  9. Are these designed to fit a specific kit? Or will they fit on both the Hasegawa and Kinetic F-104 kits?
  10. If these symbols appear on the painting instructions pages at the end of the instructions, the "gradients" as you call them will correspond to those areas on the model that should be painted that color. For example, if the underside of the model has the gradient listed for D, then it would be painted the color that is called out for the letter D, and the topside would be painted E. The paint colors for each letter in the flag are listed at the beginning of the instructions. If it was a three color camouflage pattern on the topside of the model, then you'd have additional paint callouts with d
  11. I have tried spraying Mission Model paints through an Iwata Eclipse, Badger Khrome, and Badger Sotar 20/20 all with the .2 mm tips and have found the following to occur. If I am spraying a single color, I have no issues when airbrushing. It is when I need to switch to another color, say the tri-color scheme on Vietnam era Phantoms. I will run some of their thinner through the airbrush to clean out any let over paint from the first color, and then put in the second color, and I get sputtering from the airbrush. If I strip the airbrush and give it a thorough cleaning before spraying the second c
  12. If you are looking to purchase items and get them quickly, I would suggest these two websites, both of these suppliers are located in the US and have quick turnaround on orders and great customer service: SCALEHobbyist https://www.scalehobbyist.com/index.php Sprue Brothers Models http://spruebrothers.com/ Now, if you are looking for an item, that you can wait to come to you, I would suggest Lucky Model https://www.luckymodel.com/ They can ship things out right away if they are in stock, but they are located in Hong Kong
  13. Curt, No problem. I hope that you are able to finally use your double action airbrushes soon. I personally disassemble my airbrushes after each airbrushing session and clean it with either 90% or greater Isopropyl Alcohol, or lacquer thinner. I first spray a cup full of these through the airbrush to ensure that I have gotten most of the paint out of the system. Then I will take it to my bench, take it apart and clean the tip, needle, cup and exterior with cotton buds (Q-Tips) and a dampened (with alcohol) piece of paper/kitchen towel. If I am spraying multiple colors during that se
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