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Mike K added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: February 20, 2019
20. February at 06:38:48 Share
Neuling An impressive Fliegende Festung! Clean build.
20. February at 08:50:55
Mike K Danke
20. February at 11:44:15
Martin That's just great.
20. February at 12:36:59
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Mike K added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: February 20, 2019
Project: Academy F4U-1
1:72 F4U-1 (Academy 12457)
20. February at 06:51:55 Share
Stefan Schacht very nice
20. February at 07:12:35
Mike K Thanks Stefan!
20. February at 07:48:18
Guy Rump Beautiful model, great paintwork :)
20. February at 07:49:45
Holger Kranich Nice Corsair! The Academy kit looks way better than the Revell ones.
20. February at 07:57:36
Alexander Looks great! What technique did you use for the panel lines?
20. February at 08:04:40
Mike K Just some post shading and panel liner...oil wash as.well
20. February at 11:45:37
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Mike K added the Revell B-17G Flying Fortress (1:48) to his completed kits.
1:48 B-17G Flying Fortress (Revell 85-5600)
B-17G Flying Fortress
Revell 1:48
1997 | Changed box
20. February at 06:46:31 Share
Mike K added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 14 images
1:48 B-17G Flying Fortress (Revell 85-5600)
20. February at 06:34:59 Share

July 21, 2018

Mike K
Anyone know of exhaust nozzles for Italeri's 1/48 F-14 Tomcat? Or a set made.for another kit that will fit?
20. July 2018 at 19:03:53 Share
Patrick Hagelstein Is it an F-14A or F-14B/D?
20. July 2018 at 19:24:36
Mike K Sorry....It's an F-14 A
20. July 2018 at 19:26:23
Patrick Hagelstein I don't know about a specific set for the Italeri kit but both Aires and Eduard make fantastic sets for a number of kits. Hasegawa, Hobby Boss or the new Tamiya one. Not sure about any size differences that can't be fixed with a little sanding but maybe other members might chip in on this question.
20. July 2018 at 21:08:29
Mike K Thanks Patrick. You're right. It doesn't need to be a perfect fit. Close enough will do. I just don't want to pick one at random, because with my luck it would be the worst fit of all of them.
20. July 2018 at 21:12:32
20. July 2018 at 21:13:08
Patrick Hagelstein If it doesn't matter, than go for the Eduard (Brassin) one. It has the most acurate turbine and spray rings.
20. July 2018 at 21:14:31
Mike K Awesome
21. July 2018 at 00:16:24
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June 17, 2018

Mike K
Hey everyone. I hate to be that guy but I'm at the end of my rope. I really need some help. I've been using cheap knock off airbrushes for a while now without too many problems. But lately they've been acting clogged no matter what I do. Thorough cleanings don't help, I've tried new nozzles, new needles, polishing the needles, different thinners, different paint , highly thinned paint. even a different compressor, hose, and moisture trap.
I figured it was time for a better airbrush so I bought a Paasche Talon aaaaand SAME PROBLEM right out of the box.
So in desperation (even though I could NOT afford it} I bought a Harder and Steenbeck Infinity.
I don't think I need to tell you how that worked out.
I'm about ready to give up the hobby.
Any and all advice would be ENORMOUSLY appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Mike K.
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Mike K Our weather is moderate right now
15. June 2018 at 23:36:58
Mike K I have tons of Tamiya and mr. Hobby paint. They should work fine
15. June 2018 at 23:38:59
Thomas Tuerler Hi Mike.

From far away, it seems to me you don't have a problem with materials but with methods, or incompatible residues of liquids (cleaner, thinner, paint) in the airbrush.

Frequently I also had these problems. Now I follow some basics, since then my airbrushes run fine, if I omit one point, usually the paint clogs ;)
- be relaxed, patient and positive, no time pressure
- clean your airbrush and let it dry after every use
- use 2 airbrushes for different colors (enamel and acrylics) unless you clean it really good
- before you put paint in the airbrush, put some drops of the right thinner (the one you will use to thin the paint afterwards) in and spray out into a tissue
- always mix paint and thinner outside of the airbrush, for example in a cup. If it clogs, you'll notice then already
- I don't use retarder, in my case ( Tamiya and Gunze paints) it is more important to thin correctly
- when you clean the airbrush, pull the needle back about 1 to 1.5 cm, remove head and nozzle and then pull out the needle from the front. Always.
- keep all your liquids clean, take out with a pipette, and always use the same pipette for the same liquid, keep the pipettes clean (I use old glass pipettes from my wifes special cosmetics)

Then I can support what Spanjaard says: try with water, alcohol or thinner first to make sure the airbrush is ok and clean. If in doubt, always use thinner formulated for the paint (Tamiya for Tamiya paint etc).

Did I mention that it is best to be relaxed and positive and that all material should always be clean?

I am confident you'll have success, I wish you a lot of fun with your airbrushes :)
16. June 2018 at 05:43:05
Glenn . I use cheap airbrushes and have no problem Just make sure you clean everything VERY WELL make sure everything goes back together correctly and check that there is no damage to the "O" rings and the needle. Bleed your compressor everytime don't leave air in the tank. I only use acrylic paint such as Gunze Mr Color. (Thin the paint until it's like water) And blow some metho through the brush between color changes. Try not to paint if it's too hot or too cold. Good Luck
16. June 2018 at 06:38:08
Spanjaard by the way, i most forums etc you read the mantra "use the thinner of the same manufacturer", right? well, don't :) i was a training last year, and the guy was using thinners from different brands, and even mixing them.... results were incredible. For some paint brands, the thinner that did not work at all, was the one of the same brand! so go ahead and try with the ones you have. levering thinner as Michel suggested can work really well with other brands.
You do not need to have a full cup for testing. take a empty jar, have a few drops of paint, and a few drops of thinner (or thinners) and mix it really, really well , and then place it in the airbrush and try.
i use a good old small glass syringe to take the paint from tamiya jars. then i add the right amount of thinner and make it go in and out the syringe a few times. going through the mouth of the syringe a few times does mix it quite well. and with a graduated syringe you can measure pretty well. i do not like the plastic ones, glass can be cleaned and used for ever
16. June 2018 at 08:26:50
Mike K Thank you everyone. Looks like I'll be busy troubleshooting this weekend. I think I may have found the issue. It seems the cups I use for mixing paints react to lacquer thinner,. it softens the plastic. They are cheap disposable shot glasses from the dollar store so avoid at all costs.
16. June 2018 at 15:08:06
Spanjaard i suggest to use metal or glass... very cheap options out there.
16. June 2018 at 18:05:16
Thomas Tuerler Mike, that would be great if you had found the troublemaker!
17. June 2018 at 05:35:46
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