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"Wait!!! You mean, paint comes in CANS?"
I am surprised at
how may folks use spray cans on models and it was interesting as to why they
don't use an air brush even though they may own one.
I like that
opening Schuyler! I too use spray cans to "bomb' certain things, like
roadbed, track, first coat on streets and sub-color for scenery most
anywhere... Models no.
"I never use spray cans for
model work. I want control over what, where and how much paint I apply."
Your right it is
called control, something some folks can MASTER with a can I but not I. Since
I was a kid on a bike riding to Brookhurst Hobbies in Garden Grove, CA with
the original owner the late John Lee (general manager of Knott's Berry Farm) I
was trained to use an airbrush, and it was, like Schuyler, a Binks Wren, two
as matter of fact and both retired. And a Miller compressor long since
retired. The airbrushes I have in the original boxes in the garage for some
strange reason, the compressor was scrapped.
time they were, as the kids say, the BOMB! Now its my Pasche mostly because of
the availability of replacement parts. I have several airbrushes (5) and
they all serve separate roles, like weathering and the like.
"I have a Binks Wren (two, actually) even still, and have gotten
compliments on the results, and have even done custom painting using them. The
Binks compressor finally gave out (acquired about 1975) and I bought a Harbor
Freight horizontal tank compressor to replace that, which is fine but kind of
noisy. I built a spray booth, which goes out the same window opening as the
clothes dryer (but not at the same time!) which was fitted (by others) with a
dryer vent fitting through a piece of plexi. That will be upgraded to simply
through the wall this summer, when the basement rework is closer to being
The Rust Oleum flat sounds interesting, but as faithful
readers may recall, years ago I came across a flat lacquer used in the
professional photographer trade to spray finished photos after they’d been
retouched. Of course, now, ‘retouching” happens in the computer but you can
still buy that flat a lacquer at a good paint store, the only problem being
that it comes only in gallon size, and needs to be let down about 4:1 with
I have used acrylics, but I don’t like them, and they
don’t like me.
I have been using
an airbrush since the late sixties in my hobby and in school, and Like Tony
reminds us that cleaning the airbrush between every change in color or
completion of my session I clean my brush. It is a matter of self discipline
and no big deal, just do it. I don't like acrylics and I have tried
many, I don't use them.
all things merge into one and a river runs through it.