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Getting back into the hobby ...

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    August 2020
Getting back into the hobby ...
Posted by 1Coroner on Sunday, August 23, 2020 1:29 PM

Hi all .... been away from modelling for many years and now getting back into it.  The tools and technology sure have improved!  I plan to build the 1/8 Revell XKE patterned after the real-world one I owned in the early 70's.  There are about half a dozen on ebay this week.  Eye-watering prices, but there you go.  I plan to strip the chrome off the wheels (great advice on this forum BTW) and paint them, because they were painted from the factory on my car.  A question ... I have a Grex TG3 airbrush with .35 needle.  Is this suitable for painting such a large model?  I've read that some car modelers paint with rattle-cans to get good coverage.  Good advice?  I just finished a five year restoration of a Panther J72 which uses Jaguar running gear.  I had webers on it for a while, but went back to SU HD8 carburetors.  I can supply photos of both carb setups if someone could benefit from them.  


  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, August 24, 2020 12:37 PM

Welcome to the forum, Kendall. The Jag sounds like an interesting project. Good question about the airbrush. I'm not familiar with the dynamics of the Grex airbrush, but 0.35 mm tip does sound a bit small for such a large body. Are there larger tips available for that airbrush? Spray bombs are certainly another solution. Many builders use them, even on 1/25 scale kits with good success once good technique has been developed. You may get better advice asking your question in the 'Paint & Bodywork' section of the forum. Good luck, and enjoy the forum.

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  • Member since
    June 2018
  • From: Now Chenoa, IL (formerly Katy, TX)
Posted by Lei007 on Monday, August 24, 2020 9:09 PM
If have or can get a 0.5 or 0.8 mm tip and needle for your airbrush, you'll have an easier time on large area coverage and you can use metallics an less thinned paint, especially if you are using acrylics.


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