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 Posted: Tue Jan 18th, 2011 07:24 pm
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Well worth the effort, Perry.  :thumbs



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 Posted: Tue Jan 18th, 2011 07:29 pm
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It was a job I knew needed doing, but had trouble getting around to.:oops:

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Right! That's got that technique sorted, so your next task is an 'Eagle' comic cut away model of the Needles lighthouse......


:shock::shock::shock:


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[I loved those cut away drawings in the centre pages, submarines, bombers, blast furnaces, all sorts, oh, I nearly forgot the tanks...and Dan Dare!]



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I think one can buy a book containing those cutaways, Doug.
Was going to but never got a round tuit.

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http://books.shop.ebay.co.uk/?_from=R40&_trksid=p3984.m570.l1313&_nkw=eagle+cutaways&_sacat=267



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Oooh! That's very unfair DD, you know Doof doesn't like the purchase and money words! :mutleyWhat a great book, I too used to (and still do) love 'em.



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Another super job :thumbs

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ddolfelin wrote: I think one can buy a book containing those cutaways, Doug.
Was going to but never got a round tuit.

Yup:

http://books.shop.ebay.co.uk/?_from=R40&_trksid=p3984.m570.l1313&_nkw=eagle+cutaways&_sacat=267

NEVER, EVER, let SWMBO hear you say, "I was going to, but never got around tuit."

I said it once, and look what happened..........



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OOooh!  The 'AquaCar', super....

O.K., back to the thread, sorry, Mr.P.

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Wow - what a HUGE improvement Perry.

I really like that. :thumbs



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I agree with Peter. The railings and steps are much neater, which improves the while effect. Just shows as you become more experienced how you have to return to those early projects. Looks really good now.

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I agree

Your MPD is going to be the bees knees Perry............and certainly to a standard I will never achieve.



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It might surprise you how little experience of scratchbuilding I actually have.........;-)

I decided to make a change to the colour of the rebuilt top half of this model and have airbrushed it with it's first coat of bauxite red - or a colour as close as I could find to it. I 'borrowed' (with the shopkeeper's approval) a bauxite red wagon and used that to choose an acrylic paint of a similar shade. Bearing in mind that it will ultimately get a coat of grime, the colour is close enough. I chose Vallejo's 'Cavalry Brown'! :shock:

I'll put a couple of thin coats of this colour on the tank, steps and handrails, before dirtying it all up with other colours.

Photos to follow soon.

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The bauxite red has been toned down with some Vallejo 'Grey Black' for general grime and weathering, but as with the other models I am currently painting, there are still several other colours and tones to be applied.



Final details will be painted by hand after all the airbrushing is finished.

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That is looking very good Perry. That air brush sure gives the model a softer looking tone. Must be the lack of brush strokes, or maybe miniature clumps of paint left over from the brush?

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The paint applied with a hand-brush is often many times thicker than that applied by an airbrush. Airbrushing paint has to be very thin - almost like a semi-skimmed milk consistency - to get it to flow through the airbrush properly. This also has the effect of making it possible to apply 'mist' coats; so fine they are almost invisible. What use is invisible paint, I hear you ask? :shock: The technique for painting with acrylics involves building up several thin layers of paint to get the required colour, shade or tone. The thinner these coats are, the better the final result should be.  To tone down a colour than looks too bright is easy with this method. I'm looking forward to weathering some trucks and locos in the fullness of time. It should be much easier to control the effects with an airbrush than it is for a rather ham-fisted me with a hand-brush. :roll:

You certainly won't get any clumps of paint with an airbrush, because if the paint is thick enough to contain clumps, it won't pass through the airbrush nozzle and will simply clog up. You can sometimes get a little spattering though. Usually this is if the airbrush needs cleaning, or if the paint isn't of the correct consistency. I'm only now getting used to the 'feel' of how much the paint needs to be thinned to flow properly. When it does, it's a real joy to use. :brickwall

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Thats a great paint job Perry, I must have a look at this compresser/paint thing.
I do have a nail gun compresser big beast! wonder if that would work? with a paint sprayer.
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shunter1 wrote: Thats a great paint job Perry, I must have a look at this compresser/paint thing.
I do have a nail gun compresser big beast! wonder if that would work? with a paint sprayer.
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I can't really say if it will be suitable or not, but a bit of research on the internet may help you. There are lots of folk using airbrushes and compressors of many types, all of whom have a viewpoint! :???:

If it's just an general air compressor and not a dedicated nail-gun jobby, you will need to be able to adjust the air pressure and will also probably need an adaptor or two to fit your chosen airbrush hose.

When all is said and done, compressed air is just compressed air. Providing you can connect your airbrush kit to it and control the output pressure of the compressor, I would think there should be a way of doing it.

The usual safety cautions and disclaimers apply.

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Some good tips about consistency there Perry - I'll look at my cup of milky coffee in a totally different light from now on. :thumbs  Instead of  "Ahhh, that's great", I'll think "Yes !! That would go through my airbrush ".......:roll:

I think I'm going to have to spend some time practicing with mine.......

I like those colours - they give it that "grubby" look without overdoing things.  Also, the brickwork looks great. :cheers



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My compressor is a garage type compressor Derek.

As Perry said, as long as you can control the output pressure, the source of air isn't miportant.  Obviously you won't be able to sit it on the dining table ............:roll:

Oh also, you'll certainly need a moisture trap - these big jobbies generate lots of "wet" compressed air and it needs to be dry.  Just watch what comes out of the bottom of the tank when you drain them - loads of filthy, sludgy water - you don't want that on your prize building !!!



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