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  1. This is perhaps the most beautiful AA airliner model I've seen. 9.9999 out of 10. Which colors did you use? And as much as I hate to ask, I have to...why is the AA on the vertical stab crooked? I think you should reapply that decal to make it level. That would give it a 10/10 for me 🙂 But seriously, NICE WORK!!!!!
  2. Took a hiatus due to it being too cold and due to my analysis paralysis of building/buying a spraybooth (which I don't want to do). So waiting for the weather to warm a little so I can paint in the garage or outside.
  3. THanks for the info! I started with Squadron putty but have fallen in love with Perfect Plastic Putty. It's pretty easy for a noob like me to use. Only challenge with it is not wiping it off while cleaning up the area,
  4. Thanks for the recs.. One final question on this. I know I don't need to thin the paints, but I do have a Mr Color grey I plan to use for the tail/fairings. I also have Mr Color thinner. What's the best way to thin it for application by my Eclipse airbrush? I have a dropper - Am I looking to mix it to the consistency of milk?
  5. Thanks for the responses guys. The airliners I fly are plain ole' gloss white. That's a project for another day :)
  6. I have a 737 and 767 currently primed with Tamiya primer and ready to be painted in USAir and AAL liveries using Spaz Stix Mirror Chrome. I'm reading very conflicting advice about how to proceed, specifically when to use the Pledge floor thing, the micromesh, the black gloss base and the chrome. Right now my plan is to mask off and paint the light grey areas. Then mask them and paint the gloss black tamiya spray paint. Then use micromesh to get the fuselages super smooth. Then use the mirror chrome and then clear coat. But I read the with spaz stix you first spray the chrome then the black backer which makes no sense to me. They say to clear coat it but then I read that clear coat dulls the finish. I reached paralysis by analysis. Anyone have any good info/anecdotes? Thanks!
  7. So I've finally got my Iwata Eclipse Airbrush, my PointZero Compressor/Tank (off Amazon for $90), my cleaning pot/kit and I'm ready to get started. I'm very confused reading about clear coats though. My first couple models are USAir and AMR bare metal. I plan to use light gray for the fairings, etc and Spazstiks ultimate mirror chrome for the fuselage and metal parts. So my question - why clear coat? What does it do? When should I do it? After the grey and before the black gloss? After the chrome? After the decals? On another note, anyone recommend the airbrush spaz chrome vs the spray can? Thanks as always
  8. So I live in a townhouse with limited space and a small garage and all the spray booths I'm reading about basically need a fan and a vent to somewhere outside which is not practical with my set up. Anyone have a similar situation? Is a booth necessary if I use a furnace filter and a respirator with the garage door open?
  9. So after months of research I think I've narrowed my decision to an Iwata HP-CS Eclipse or the HP-CR Revolution for my first airbrush. Anyone have any final thoughts on either of these? Looks like about $140 for the HP-CS and $95 for the Rev. My anticipated use scope is 1/144 airliners. The Eclipse looks great but one thing I'm reading is that the nozzle is smallish at .35mm. Is this something that would likely be a problem for spraying fuselages, wings, etc? I plan on purchasing a compressor/tank for about $90 on amazon. Thanks for feedback!
  10. Broke beyond repair one Revell 767-300 (1/144) windshield and lost another. Anyone have any suggestions on how to replace or scratchbuild?
  11. Thanks Bob. I was kind of thinking the same thing. I ordered some of the curvy tamiya tape and plan to use that around the wing body fairings. This is my first attempt using this technique. I've basically used Chrome spray paint from Lowes in the past but want to try airbrushing chrome.. Do you have a good suggestion for the gray? I know voodoo gray was the choice of the past, but it seems hard to come by these days.
  12. Working on AAL and USAir jets with polished aluminum finishes and had a question about application. I plan to use Spazstick mirror chrome over tamiya black gloss coat. Is there an ideal time between application of the black gloss coat and the chrome paint? IOW do I need to apply the chrome soon after the gloss? Also, is it better to mask and paint the light grey parts of the fuselage and tail first or is it ok to mask the chrome once cured then paint the gray? Thank you,
  13. Not sure how much this helps but.. https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/62094 Also search Freedom Air (barf) since they did some of the flying for AWAex and Mesa too.
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