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  1. I've received two different orders of MM Clear and had a question. One looks like it's an older bottle and one looks newer. The older one looks like it's amber colored and the other is clearer. Is the amber one still good? My first model will have some white body panels and I don't want the clear to tint it.
  2. My eyes aren't what they used to be and I need a lot of light. My workbench area is OK in the lighting department but sometimes I just need more to be able to see small stuff better. I've got a Harbor Freight visor with 2 small lights on it but it's not enough. I've also got a lighted magnifying glass but it's an el cheapo and I'm not crazy about using it. I'd thought about a small spot light or maybe a visor light like this one: http://www.hobbylinc...on/donlt-06.htm What's everyone else using?
  3. I agree with Futurabat. I'm just on my first build in over 50 years and what he said seems to grasp what I'm thinking about my own builds.
  4. This is one on my list of future models to do. I'll be interested to see your results and impression of the kit.
  5. Congratulations to all of you above that have quit. I did so on June 3, 1972.
  6. I really haven't started doing it yet but I have a model with some specks of dust that needs some attention to look decent. I don't plan to enter any contests at this time and with my shaky hands probably never will. Just want it to look good. Sanding with 4K and clearing is probably the route I'll take. I used to use FinesseIt (sp) for compounding when I painted my vintage race cars (the real ones). I shooting Testors or MM enamels. What compounds does everyone use?
  7. What about this method? http://www.briansmodelcars.com/tutorials/tutorial/118
  8. I was wondering what everyone uses to rub out their paint after color sanding? Just elbow grease or something motorized? Is there anything like that available? I'd wondered if an electric toothbrush would work. The kind that has the orbital head. Cut the bristles off and glue a pad to it and then polish away. Does that sound stupid or what?
  9. Seems like the original box a model comes in is highly valued if it's in good condition. I guess I'm missing something here. What makes them so valuable?
  10. I'm mixing at 2 parts paint to 1 part thinner. The only car I've shot so far is white and red two tone (BRE Datsun) and it came out OK. A few dust specks. I haven't tried the lacquer thinner yet but I do have some left over from my days of racing and painting real cars. I'll try that with a higher PSI setting and see how it works.
  11. Some are saying to airbrush enamel at 15-20 PSI. Others quote Donn Yost as saying that 32 PSI is optimal. Who's right?
  12. Has anyone tried these brands? What is your opinion? http://www.micromark...base-paint.html http://www.micromark...base-paint.html An ounce for $5.25 (Polly) and $4.75 (Flo) is a good price and they brag about being good for models and spraying.
  13. If you shop HL with any regularity, go online and subscribe to their newsletter. You'll get a coupon at least every week for 40% off on any single item per visit. I always print out two and have the wife check out separate from me if I want more than one item.
  14. Right now, I'm on my first build in over 50 years and using Testors and Model Master enamel with a Badger Patriot 105 airbrush. Seems to be going OK but I wonder what everyone else is using and why. Is it enamel, lacquer, aqueous acrylic lacquer, petroleum based acrylic enamel and which brands do you prefer? TIA
  15. Yep, you're right! Just checked and it is FS31136. The instructions call for insignia red. I just searched the Model Master http://www.testors.com/products/135245 Didn't see a gloss number. Does it come in gloss?
  16. Here's my setup. I'm using a 25 gallon shop compressor hooked to a Harbor Freight regulator with moisture trap (small one) and then to a Badger Patriot 105 airbrush. Pressure is set on about 15-20 PSI. I'm painting a BRE Datsun 510 which is a 2 tone paint job (red and white). Paint is mixed at 2 parts paint to one part Testors enamel thinner. I'm shooting Model Master Insignia Red and Model Master white. When I applied the white paint, it came out fine, nice and shiny. When I applied the red paint for the other parts of the body, it came out flat (no gloss). Anyone have any idea why?
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