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Miatatom

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About Miatatom

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  • Birthday May 31

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  • Scale I Build 1/24

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  • Location Soddy Daisy, TN (near Chattanooga)
  • Full Name Tom Shirley

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  1. Miatatom added a post in a topic Purple Pond Surprise!   

    Good info to know. Thanks!
  2. Miatatom added a post in a topic 1956 Foose FD-100 - in black!   

    Great job! I love those 56s.
  3. Miatatom added a post in a topic Polishing paint without clear?   

    Color choice can be challenging but most colors can be had from http://www.mcwautomotivefinishes.com/
  4. Miatatom added a post in a topic Polishing paint without clear?   

    Yes, lacquer thinner is an excellent thinner for enamels. I have only one suggestion. Lacquer. I started with enamels but I don't use them for anything any longer. But, that's just me.
  5. Miatatom added a post in a topic Masking tape??   

    Everyone has opinions so I'll give mine. I'm not so keen on Tamiya tape. I've done tests using several types of tape. Most of them work well. The one issue I have with Tamiya is that if you leave it on for a while (I tested them all for 24 hours), you might get some residue from the tape. I use yellow Frog tape. No residue. I don't typically leave tape on that long but sometimes, if there's a lot of taping to do, it might be on for more than 12 hours, but that's just me and my methods. Like Snake, I don't use the "factory edge" either. I have a small mirror that I lay strips on and cut clean edges with a scalpel. I also like 3M Fineline tape for masking complex pieces. If you use 3M, you have to pay attention to your spraying as it is a little thick so it's easy to pile paint up at the edge of the tape.
  6. Miatatom added a post in a topic Polishing paint without clear?   

    I agree with Snake. Polishing will make the paint look like a million but the mold lines will be even more noticeable. Also like Snake said, yes, you'll probably sand/polish through the paint there too. I've stripped quite a few bodies in my time and will probably do so again. You really did a great job of laying the paint down for a first timer. Attention to detail with good body prep will make you a great builder.
  7. Miatatom added a post in a topic Bad Bugeye Sprite   

    I bet my lap times at Road Atlanta are quicker. 
  8. Miatatom added a post in a topic how to bend delicate photo-etch parts?   

    I don't have one but these look handy. I'll be interested to see other answers since I have a couple of PE projects.
    http://www.paragrafix.biz/product_detail.asp?PPartNum=pft-5
     
  9. Miatatom added a post in a topic Need help with paint color.   

    Actually, the OP mentioned model paint. I was just asking a clarifying question. Sorry for the confusion.
  10. Miatatom added a post in a topic Need help with paint color.   

    But it's enamel. Got a suggestion for lacquers.
  11. Miatatom added a post in a topic how do you mix bottle-paints?   

    I made a fixture to hold my variable speed Dremel. The stirrer is a short piece of coat hanger bent 90 degrees at the end and flattened a bit. Works like a charm, no sitting there holding it, and cost pennies if you have some scrap wood.
     


  12. Miatatom added a post in a topic "Montana Gold" Spray Paint – Experience Anyone?   

    That feature has me wondering if they have a Tamiya equivalent nozzle? I called my local art supply store and they said $10.95 for an 11 oz. can. Going to try and get something real close to Gulf blue and give the stuff a try. The local carries the Gold and Black series. 
  13. Miatatom added a post in a topic "Montana Gold" Spray Paint – Experience Anyone?   

    I might ride over there tomorrow and I'll let you know what I found out. The store is in the Hamilton Place area.
    ART CREATIONS
    7351 COMMONS BLVD 
    37421 CHATTANOOGA, United States
  14. Miatatom added a post in a topic "Montana Gold" Spray Paint – Experience Anyone?   

    Just found one store in the Chattanooga, TN area that does carry the Montana Gold and Black series paints. Headed there soon to check the prices and see if they have a good substitute for Gulf blue. I wish the local Michael's carried them. That 40% off coupon is nice.