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  1. I haven't put a car model together since I was a kid, and back then they weren't much to look at. I usually got my dad to rattle can the body cause I was never too good at spraying things at the time. As an adult I've been doing aircraft since I got back into modeling. However, my son wanted to do some car builds, so he started working on one over the holidays. All good, until he got to the body prep & paint stage... Before he goes ahead and airbrushes it we wanted to make sure we know the steps to take to get that high quality, glossy finish. Sanding, buffing polis
  2. I genuinely hope AMK reissues this kit. I bought one back when it was first released and thoroughly enjoyed the build. I'd happily build another given the chance. Better still, I hope AMK scales down some of their 1/48th kits and releases them as 1/72nd kits. ๐Ÿ‘
  3. My bottle is the same slightly yellowish hue, but I look at this way... that's basically a 1" thick cross-section of liquid. Sprayed on it would be a couple thousandths of an inch, and that yellow hue would never be perceptible. I dipped a canopy in that last year and once it dried there's zero indication of anything discolored.
  4. Thanks for the kind words. I actually did a second layer of marbling after posting that shot... I felt the earlier comments were right, about seeing too many lines. The end result is below. I think I could have gone a tad lighter on the Dark Ghost Grey topcoat, but I was leary of how it would darken with the clear.
  5. It's actually grey... I think the contrast from the LED desk lap lightened it up a bit.
  6. I get what you're both saying. Thanks. I looked at the model when I woke up this morning and definitely saw where I could improve the marbling. Sleeping on it before moving to the next layer was the right choice. I'll probably do the same with each coat... I'd hate to go one step too far and have wasted all the time I spent trying to get it right.
  7. Making my first attempt at black basing, could use a little input. Also, this was done with a brand new Iwata HP-CS, so I'm learning that airbrush as well (holy cow, what an upgrade from an old Badger 360 I had)... I think the "marbling" looks decent, but I'm wondering if I should work it over with another layer of fine lines before moving on to the actual colors.
  8. When I ordered the paints I ordered their thinner as well... not the best option?
  9. Given the speed at which I produce models.... this should not be a problem. ๐Ÿ˜…
  10. Thanks for the input guys, much appreciated. I just wanted to be sure what I'm getting into... don't want to mess up a finish because I didn't lay the paint down in the right order.
  11. I'm primarily a Tamiya guy (ease of use, simplicity of cleanup), but I've recently picked up some AK Real Colors in an effort to improve accuracy of colors on my models. Mixing stuff up by eye just wasn't cutting it for me any longer. I know the LEA acronym (lacquer, enamel, acrylic) to determine the order in which the various paints can be layered, but AK has me confused as their site describes their paints as "acrylic lacquers". OK...? And what about cleanup after painting? I'm guessing Windex won't cut it any more.
  12. Might anyone have a link explaining/demonstrating this scrubbing pad technique? I'm looking to up my game and try something new on my current build.
  13. I believe the podcast episode in question would be this one: https://www.fighterpilotpodcast.com/episodes/072-f-117-nighthawk/
  14. Love the finish on this Tomcat. I haven't had the courage to make a really mottled bird yet... I always feel I haven't put down enough paint over the preshading and once I stop I realize I've gone too far and the preshading no longer shows. ๐Ÿคจ
  15. Can I ask what colors you used for our F-18s? I've got a 72nd scale Academy kit in the stash and some Leading Edge decals on the way for a build this year.
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