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  1. When it comes to paint use the manufacturers specified reducers. Reduction varies depending on each paint brand, type of paint, color of paint, and the level of pigment in the paint, and the size of nozzle/needle you are using. The general rule of thumb for airbrush reduction is the paint to have the consistency of 2% milk. HOK paints are available at Coast Airbrush or TCP Global. If you are going to use HOK paints, make sure to use a respirator. I cannot stress this enough. They're very toxic.
  2. My method has been to use Testors Acryl wood color for a base, then use a ratty old brush and dry brush burnt sienna or raw umber. After that I do one of two things - if it is just a plain wood panel I will wash it with a burnt sienna oil wash, or if it's a steering wheel or something requiring a varnished look, top it with Tamiya clear orange.
  3. Hey Charlie, it is indeed true. However, the guy who owns/runs the hobby shop that sponsors our IPMS club told us that Testors is planning to bring back some of the colors under the Testors name. As mentioned earlier Vallejo would be a very suitable replacement. Reaper gaming paints are another option.
  4. PM sent with a link. You're welcome. Feel free to contact me with any other questions airbrush related.
  5. With regards to the links you have posted above to various airbrush kits, I'd avoid them personally. If you have only $100 or so to spend, I'd recommend the Badger 200nh and this oilless compressor from Harbor Freight http://www.harborfreight.com/air-tools/air-compressors/16-horsepower-58-psi-oilless-airbrush-compressor-69433.html
  6. A Paasche H is an example of an external mix airbrush. The air passage and paint needle are separate of one another. The air blowing over the nozzle/needle assembly syphons the paint out and sprays it. It's essentially like a rattle can. An internal mix is like a Badger 200nh syphon or an Iwata Eclipse gravity feed where the paint and air mix inside the body of the airbrush. An internal mix brush gives you better control and smoother paint patterns. I have a Paasche H external mix brush and I only use it for base coats on wargaming miniature commissions because it performs better with heavier pigmented paints. The rest of my airbrush arsenal is internal mix and various needle/nozzle sizes depending on what I'm spraying. (I do custom painting on the side as well). If you are going to be using an airbrush for base coats only, I would recommend the Badger 200NH. I've had one for years that I use pretty well exclusively for painting everything from the engine components to body parts. Using a coupon for Michaels you can get one for $50 or so. It's a single action airbrush that you can adjust your paint pattern at the back needle chuck and press the button for air and paint much like a rattle can. If you want to get in to something a little more high end on your $100 budget, I'd recommend the Iwata Eclipse. You can get these at Hobby Lobby with the coupon for that $100 range. Both are easy to get spare parts for. Paasche VL is on the same level as both of these as well. Another thing to consider is what type of paint you're going to be spraying through your airbrush. If you are spraying lacquers/urethanes then get the Eclipse or a Badger Patriot 105. If you are just painting acrylics, any airbrush will be fine.
  7. This is a commissioned piece that I painted for a local gaming gent. He wanted a centerpiece for his army. The level of detail in these little guys is absolutely astounding. As the dime in the picture indicates, they are quite small. No finished pics as the customer was going to assemble it himself and install magnets for swapping out parts. The base is meant to have a lava effect to it. Over 60 hours of brush painting excluding the base which was mostly airbrushed.
  8. Mike

    Xbox 360 controller

    I shot you each a PM.
  9. Mike

    Xbox 360 controller

    I know exactly what you're talking about. I've seen on online and it's absolutely the coolest thing I've seen for video gaming.
  10. Mike

    60 Bel Air

    Thank you guys for the kind words. I'm just waiting for the customer to pick up.
  11. Mike

    60 Bel Air

    This one was a project for a friend of mine. It's a gift for his father-in-law this Christmas. I was shown four pictures of a graffiti and toilet paper covered car post-wedding, and told it had gray interior. Through many hours of research and some help from the 60impala.com site, I was able to produce an approximation of the interior and convert it to the Bel Air trim from the Impala. I also re-worked the tail light section.
  12. My beloved bride was kind enough (and appreciative of my hobby) to buy me a lawyer's book case for my birthday two years ago.
  13. Yes and no. Yes in that they are coming out with some nice reissue and new tooling for the folks that are actively building. No in that at some point they HAVE to start appealing to a younger market or recapture the interest of my generation (I'm 35) of the late 20's to 30's crowd and get them back in to it. I think we were one of the last of a generations to grow up building kits before the era of Gameboys, Playstations, etc. came to be. The flip-side of this is that the table=top gaming market is HUGE right now with games like Warhammer 40k. They're not automotive kits, but guys are buying, building, and painting just the same as they would automotive kits.
  14. Mike

    Xbox 360 controller

    I just sent a PM to you.
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