"Horrific" -- I am so sick and tired of newscasters over use of this word. They use it for everything from a hangnail to a massacre in Syria. Yes, mass or brutal killings is horrific, but an accident on the freeway that tied up traffic for an hour can hardly be classified as "causing horror or shock". Well maybe if you had to go to the bathroom and are stuck in the traffic.
They didn't shut it down in that respect. They down sized and moved. The American HQ is still in operation and will still provide assistance and parts. It is in a much smaller office in Irvine and the warehouse is in Carson. Apparently, it was a money thing. Oh, they still own the land behind the old HQ and the RC track is also still there and operational.
I am actually very happy you posted this. No offense, but it means I will never own a Grex airbrush. I have tried them at shows and thought them to be solid pieces of equipment. Knowing this about them takes them off my list because I use so many different lacquer paints. I'll stick with my Iwata/Tamiyas and Badgers.
I have a very good friend who is retired from The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and he has always contended that every profession has its own jargon. The purpose of that is to keep out the uninitiated. The guys with office speak are doing exactly what you are doing for the same purpose. I have to agree with him, because over the years, I have had several professions and dealt with multiple professions. The jargon/language that each speaks is the secret hand shake for the club.
I see that from earlier posts we are now getting down to dialects. The south has to be the worst, but there are many others throughout the country. Deep south -Mayonnaise - Mayonnaise a lot of rain the other day. Wigidiger- Brought your wife wididiger. Texas- all - We drilled us a allwell. And I just love areas that drop letters. You know like that city that has the Ravens NFL team - Balamer. I will never forget the first time I got dictions from my father in-law. He said, "Go down to Blair road and take a left on Ekadal" The actual street names were Bel Air and Echo Dale. Don't even get started on Baston AKA bean town.
While we are correcting each other someone(yes, I am to lazy to look it up) mentioned the phrase " for all intensive purposes." The correct phase is "for all intents and purposes" and dates back to the 1500's. When one considers that a person may have intent and purpose in a legal environment it makes the statement more understandable. Other great Gallagheresque words would be- cents, sense, since. So close in sound and so far apart in meaning.
Ok, had to post my second favorite comedian's routine on language. I would have posted the one by George Carlin which is my most favorite, the I am sure that I would have gotten my knuckles rapped because George uses some pretty course language. That one you will have to look up on your own. In the mean time here is Gallagher on the English language! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mfz3kFNVopk
To be honest, most of the time when I get into the detail mode, it is more about learning how to do something new to create better detail or just for the fact that I can say, yes, I build that part from raw material. It is a very personal motivation, but the fun in this hobby for me is in the creation. I love building and new techniques or other methods. That is what got me into working more in metal and other materials. I recently purchased some Delrin and can't wait to get into machining it. Different material and different techniques.
You can do it successfully with the same process that you use of paint, however, you should check the surface for things that may need filler such as sink marks, seams and other issues with the plastic. If there are defects in the plastic that you would normally fix, then paint is the only way to go.
I guess I have to say "It depends". It depends on what the mood strikes me and to be honest I couldn't tell you why that is. I like an occasionally like an OOB build, others I like to do a little more and then some get the "full Monty". Having said that, I like all my models to be as clean as possible. Take care of all the mold lines, fill all the gaps, get the best paint job I can do. After that, it just depends on me.
And then there are the moments when I just like to get into the parts box and go totally Gonzo! Yea, that is an Ed Roth Surfite.