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  1. I dump the entire Airbrush in a jar of  lacquer thinners and place that in the tub of water. Give it about 5 mins in the ultrasonic and then pull it out and rinse and reassemble. I do this every 6-9 months . I'e been doing it for years and the airbrushes (Sparmax DH-103 and iwata HP-C plus) don't appear to be any worse for wear. The O ring in the air valve does swell a little but this does down after 10 mins or so 

  2. 11 hours ago, habu2 said:


     You also may need to increase your distance from the model to increase depth of field, then crop the image to get your "close-up". 



    The line above is the easy way to get  good clear images with decent depth of field. As well as the obvious - using a tripod and manual aperture setting. With that I think F16 is about is low as you need to go, any lower just brings slower ans slower shutter speed.


    Even for close ups you're better cropping a larger /wider image than zooming right in 

  3. Do the intake parts on the T bird not fit like they do on the single seater? I've always found them to narrow to correctly mate with the fuselage halves. I solve this by cutting the finished intake piece with generator/CSD fitted  down the middle as you can't see all the way down there anyway 


    As for Instrument panels and sidewalls. The Hasegawa decals fit great and look as good as anything else. 

  4. On 4/9/2020 at 10:41 AM, viper730 said:

    What kind of seals are in the DH I spray mostly solvent based paints...Thank You


    Dunno, I've never replaced any seals. I wouldn't even know where to look. The O ring at the back which adds friction to  the needle screw stop wore out but I never replaced it as it is really only there to  provide resistance to stop the needle stop screw moving from where you set  it, .


    I spray lacquers and I do soak the entire airbrush in lacquer thinners when cleaning it in an ultrasonic cleaner. The thing is  pretty indestructible unlike the Iwata...I've had the Sparmax for about 12 years IIRC it cost about $50 USD. As you found out Sparmax are part of the Iwata group. I was told this when I bought my first Sparmax about 20 years ago (IIRC DH-125)  I sold that a guy who paints motorcycle tanks. 


    I also had a DH-102 for a few years and sold it to partially pay for iwata HP-C plus. Is the Iwata better ? Hard to say, but I know it's not $200 USD better. 


    Bang for buck i don't think you can beat them. 

  5. Depending on how much want to spend the Sparmax DH series are good quality for 1/2 to 1/3 the price of Iwata. Spare parts are reasonable as well Unlike Iwata which are horrendously expensive) .


    I have a Sparmax DH -103 (0.3mm) and a Iwata HP B Plus (0.2mm) and I use DH 103 for 95% of my modelling. 

  6. On 2/10/2020 at 6:40 AM, Ollie T-Y said:

    Follow a good guide of the Revell kit and you'll dodge the issues with the kit. 


    On 2/10/2020 at 7:38 AM, Nathant said:


    Absolutely this. The Revell kit has detail that rivals Eduard/Tamiya/Hasegawa. The fit issues are mostly preventable by following other build guides. I just finished an Italian IDS and the surface detail just pops perfectly all around on the finished model. 

     Some links to good guides would be great.

    All Iv';e seen are ones where people have struggled with the kit.  It looks like typical Revell. OK but not great, and built to a price point. 

  7. 4 minutes ago, smokeriderdon said:

    For those asking about the probe covers, these are the ones I used.






    Forgive the crappy pic, but you get the idea. They work great.


    And sir, fantastic job with yours! Looks great! And what makes you unhappy with your work on the exhausts?

    Just the overall finish, It didn't help I broke them installing them so had to do some repairs. 

  8. 6 hours ago, Darren Roberts said:

    You did it the right way. I'm actually  not that far off. We're selling our house and downsizing, which will take care of everything, including college for my daughters, although I'm still going to make them pay for chunks of it. I've found if you don't have skin in the game, you don't always care as much as you should. 

    Never a truer word spoken 

  9. 16 hours ago, Rocketdrvr said:

    Nice build!  Only question I have is where did you find the covers for the air sensors on the fuselage and the burner cans?


    Never seen the red covers for the fuselage sensors before.



    They were a set from Two Mikes Resin. I think they aren't available any more

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