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  • Member since
    November 2013
Posted by Daddy_O on Saturday, April 20, 2019 7:56 AM

Understanding that you are laid off and prob have the Testors paint on hand, I recommend priming as well. I like to remove my parts from the sprue and mount them to a toothpick or at the point where they will be glued. Use even brush strokes and be careful not to blob on too much paint, but don't be stingy either (its a fine line).

I also use Testors red, but I use the liquid for smaller parts. Put it on the parts and wait a few secs, then put them together. I also use CA glue (super glue).

For decals, I'm like you. I avoid them, but when I do decals I tend not to try to do them all at once. The pic shows my most detailed decal job and it took 3 sessions because I'm not very patient. It's one of the reasons I came back to the hobby and its working.

Well, good luck, and I recommend posting as you go and asking for specific help.

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  • Member since
    February 2008
  • From: Auburn KY
Posted by jonesmarc on Friday, April 19, 2019 11:02 PM

Hello Fesan, welcome to the SAE Forums.

There are ways of getting rid of brush strokes in paint, but it takes the right kind of paint with a lot of delicate sanding, and Testors enamel is not that paint. My recommendations would be buy a can of spray primer and color(s) you want to use on it.

As an advanced modeler, my go to glue has always been the red tube of Testors cement.


Hopes this helps


  • Member since
    April 2019
New build
Posted by Fesan on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 1:42 PM

Hello guys. I am getting ready to start my 2nd model in who knows how long and want it to look better then my first one. I have an AMT gt-350 shelby kit. What should be good steps to follow for a better/easier build? Should i clean/prime every piece? Using testors enamel brushing for most of it (laid off so had to hold off buying the air brush for now) how mich should i thin it for a consistent paint without brush strokes on the smaller pieces? Also what cement do you guys use? I have testors cement (red tube) and testors liquid cement at hand. And finally water slide decals please help i am terrible doing them. (reminded me why when i was younger i skipped them lol)


Thanks in advance


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