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 Posted: Sat Jan 5th, 2013 09:58 pm
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mwiz64 wrote: I'm assuming I'll have to use the airbrush to use these colors. No, not have to.

An airbrush is the fastest way to get a smooth overall coat of paint.
for painting an overall body color it often takes longer to clean the airbrush than the painting did.
And with skill, luck, and a few arcane incantations, airbrush can be used for fine weathering effects. Easiest is doing an overall coating of dust. Next simplest is fading colors as you paint - start at bottom then add a little more white (or similar) as you move up.

With the right paint/thinner mix and airbrush nozzle setting the paint will be nearly dry as it hits the model. But just as with spray cans, hosing one spot too long will get you runs, drips, and errors.



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 Posted: Sat Jan 5th, 2013 11:26 pm
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I think I want to play with the airbrush on the old box cars. I bought that darn thing years ago and have never really used it. It's a single action Badger and I have a nice little compressor with it too assuming it still works. If not,maybe ill just get a can of compressed air. There isn't much rattle can paint that would be suitable at the LHS. I'm going to play with the salt method too.

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 Posted: Sun Jan 6th, 2013 12:09 am
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I use CO2 bottle, gave away my Paasche compressor...I love the bottle-silent, easy to use, and has more CFM than the compressors so you get better spray. I have a regulator, PSI gauge, and manifold for 2 brushes, can go from 5 PSI to enough to blow holes in styrene. If you get canned air, put the can in a pan of room temp. water about half way up the can...let it sit a bit and then use, the air will last a lot longer.

Woodie-been doing custom work for over 40 years and do know something about airbrushing...



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 Posted: Sun Jan 6th, 2013 03:22 am
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So do you just go to someplace like a paintball gun supply store and get your Co2 bottle refilled?

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 Posted: Sun Jan 6th, 2013 03:47 am
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Nope, I go to a welder's supply for that. I have a 24" tall CO2 tank which must be tested each time it is refilled. It cost about $40 and the fill is about $15. A tank may last about 100 or so paint jobs. Now, I imagine that you could use little paintball tanks. You do need the regulator to use a 3/8" NPT fitting (standard) which also fits Paasche (etc) braided air hoses. Badger's hose uses the same fitting. Take the air hose with you when you check these things out. Also, I don't need a moisture trap with the CO2, you do need one with a compressor. Have fun.
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 Posted: Sun Jan 6th, 2013 07:11 am
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Oh, I like the idea of quiet!



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 Posted: Mon Jan 7th, 2013 01:52 am
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Well, I couldn't wait to get the NBW castings on it. I might add them later. I also couldn't wait to fiddle with the airbrush. So I moved ahead without those two things.

This little guy was hand painted with a very thin blackish color paint. The figure painter guys call it Nulin Oil. I then hit it with the Bragdon powders. I still need to tweak the weathering a little. Particularly on the side rods and wheel counter balances. I want to add a little junk to the deck. Not a lot. Just a few details like some chain and maybe a gas can... Not sure just yet.

I think it turned out pretty good for a first scratch built train model. I've put together some plastic kits before but I've never painted them much less weathered anything before. No, not even my planes were weathered. I kept them bright and shiny and mostly covered with iron on plastic film. All in all, I'm pretty satisfied with this little critter. I don't really think I can call it a Brookville anymore. It's not really a model of anything they exactly made.

I think I'm hooked on 1:35 scale. I can't imagine going any smaller and I love the fact that my stuff is a bit unusual in that regard. Now this little guy needs the rest of a 1:35 scale world to live in... or at least a few hundred "1:35 scale" square feet. That's next.












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Nice!



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 Posted: Mon Jan 7th, 2013 02:16 pm
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Thanks, Ray. I was rather surprised with it. I know it's no show stopper but it's a lot better than I thought I was capable of. Of course, it's really not a scratch build. It's more of a kitbash. The Model A hood came from a Lindberg car model. The roof, horn and exhaust came from a Boulder Valley Models kit. Obviously, the frame and mechanics came from Bachmann Davenport. All I did was cut a little styrene and brass to make the cab. Oh, I made the rounded end beams by cutting a curved piece of balsa on my scroll saw and then I faced it with sheet styrene.

I see I still have a flaw on my engineer figure. I missed filling a seam on his side right under his arm. Oh well. I can live with it the way it is.

Also, I'm not sure about getting it working as an RC model and that was one of my original goals. I don't have anyplace for a battery, unless maybe I permanently attach it to a car that houses the battery.



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 Posted: Mon Jan 7th, 2013 03:11 pm
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Mike, for a first try at airbrushing, you did right well!

I would suggest a little spritz of oily black on the ends of the connecting rods---grease leakage, you know--

Other than that--VERY well done!


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