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    Modern jet fighter, bomber, and attack aircraft.

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    The only time I can see the need to gently shake the AB once in a while is when spraying NMF to prevent the metallic particles from settling down to the bottom of the color cup.
  2. The RAM tape is not covered with the metallic coating, hence the sheen differences. Here is one from Hill AFB: In this case, the RAM tape is almost the same color as the base color, but it reflects light differently.
  3. I forgot Victory Models All these online stores are in the US, assuming you are located in the states. Some modelers have good experience ordering from Lucky Model in Hong Kong for newly released kits that have yet to arrive in the states.
  4. One of the best online sources is Scalehobbyist. The others are Sprue Brothers, KitLinx, MegaHobby, and Hobbyworld-USA to name a few. As for paints, I like Tamiya and Mr. Hobby Aqueous for acrylics, Mr. Color and MRP for lacquers. MRP can be airbrushed straight out of the bottle. The other three spray beautifully when properly thinned.
  5. My favorite: Saab 37 Viggen in splinter camo scheme Northrop F-20 Tigershark in Mercedes Anthracite Grey Metallic Convair B-58 Hustler
  6. Metallic gray might be the ticket?
  7. All of the mentioned airbrushes with 0.2mm nozzle are good if you are on a budget. You don't need the MAC valve; it's just one more thing to worry about. Unfortunately, all of them require the use of a small wrench to remove the nozzle for cleaning. Chances are you will strip the threads on the nozzle even if you are careful.
  8. How about adding a little bit of white or light gray to plain red or insignia red until it matches the decal? It will take some trial and error, so brush paint on a scrap piece of plastic.
  9. Absolutely. It's perfectly fine to repost about a subject.
  10. Thanks. It appears to be dark aluminum or painted dark gray, although it's still hard to determine from the pic. The picture of the tip is interesting. Some type of paper covering strapped on with white tape since I can see creases/wrinkles?
  11. Thanks for the info, Collin 👍
  12. What type of metal is the MAD boom made out of? Aluminum, steel, titanium?
  13. Chances are you know how to calculate a 10% tip when you go to a restaurant. If you order a $10 lunch, how much would the tip amount be if you plan to tip the waiter/waitress 10%? It's the same math.
  14. The color coming straight out of the bottle is not as light/bright as its non-faded counterpart, at least from what I've seen from my AKAN acrylics. In real life, green and gray tend to fade to slightly darker shades. To lighten a color by 10%, you would add one part white or beige to 10 parts color. For example, add 1 drop white to 10 drops dark gray. It doesn't have to be drops of paint. It can be milliliters, liters, fluid ounces, gallons, cups, or what have you. 1/10 = 0.1 x 100 = 10%.
  15. And yes I did stretch the airframe to scale length to accommodate the longer and more powerful Volvo RM8B engine:
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