Monthly Archives: March 2013

Airbrush Setup

Wanting to improve the quality of my builds, I finally bit the bullet and forked out for a complete airbrush setup. I read the excellent guide written by my mate John from The Painting Bunker, then we hooked up and spent a few hours driving around Brisbane together picking up all the bits and pieces.

John’s advice was to spend MORE on the compressor and LESS on the actual brush. That sounded a little counter-intuitive to me, but he made sense. According to John, and he – literally – is the expert, you should expect to trash your first airbrush due to a variety of reasons. So spending $100+ on a brush isn’t too smart. Instead, I bought a $60 job from Supercheap Auto.

There are effectively two functions of an airbrush that you need to make a decision about. One is how the paint feeds into the brush. There are Gravity Fed and Syphon Fed brushes, and they’re pretty self explanatory. The Gravity Fed brushes have a little “tub” attached to the top of the brush and when you press the trigger, the paint drops into the brush and out the nozzle.

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Posted by on March 21, 2013 in Tutorials


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1970 Buick GSX Pimp Mobile – Part 2

Yo, check it out Playa. Iz got some pimpin’ stripes on my ride fo shizzle.

Thanks to a post I saw on the modelcarsmag forum a while ago, I’ve been trying my hand at pinstriping. My first effort was on my ’82 Corvette Snap-kit and was pretty simple. I tried a few designs but failed every time I had the tape crossing over itself. So this time I wanted to push myself. You only get better by doing something new, right?

I searched the web for pinstripe designs and using what I saw, I came up with my own design – one for the hood and one for the trunk. LOTS of cross-overs in these designs, so I was nervous during the whole experience. The problem with pinstriping is that you can’t check it as you go. Once you remove that tape, the process ends, so you have to leave it there until the piece is completely painted and ready for polishing or clear coats. It’s a scary time.

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Posted by on March 5, 2013 in Cars, Monogram, Tamiya


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1970 Buick GSX Pimp Mobile – Part 1

Yo, what up G? Fo shizzle my nizzle, this here pimpin’ Buick ride is off da hook, yo!
LOL, sorry about that, but I’ve been getting a bit carried away with this build. Believe it or not, I bought this kit as a donor for my Corvette with gullwing doors. I planned to make pop-up headlights for the ‘bette, so I needed small diameter lenses, which the Buick has. The problem is, the headlights on the ‘vette failed, mainly because I lost two of the lenses. So at the end of this build, the lights on the Buick are gonna be a bit funky.
1970 Buick GSX Pimp Mobile - Part 1 via scalemodelworld

So when I was looking for my next (current) build, I saw the Buick and thought it might be fun. I had no idea just what an amazing car this was in it’s time, so despite having bought it as a donor, I’m kind of glad I ended up with it. But this is NOT going to be a standard build. Could you tell from the post title?

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Posted by on March 3, 2013 in Cars, Monogram, Tamiya


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Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI – Part 2 (complete)

What an awesome kit this was. Thanks to being on holidays, and being continually motivated by the quality of this kit, I finished the whole thing in about 2 weeks. But it wasn’t without it’s frustrations. There were three main issues I had with this kit:

1. They give you a complex colour scheme for the undercarriage and then you’re supposed to cover it all up with panels;

2. The wheels steer, but once you add the mud flaps in the final stages, they fit so close to the wheels, that they end up only steering about 2mm; and

3. Some of the 1 million decals didn’t seem to fit properly.

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Posted by on March 1, 2013 in Cars, Tamiya


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