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  1. Hey Everybody, Here's a little ditty I've been pecking away at for a while that has suggestions for matching the dilution of paint (ex 25 or 40%) and airbrush nozzle size (ex 0.15 or 0.40mm) to the spray job (Fine-Line or Clear Coat). Drop me a line if you have any comments or Q's Thanks and Cheers! --John https://modelpaintsol.com/guides/matching-the-paint-dilution-and-tip-harder-steenbeck-infinity
  2. Hey Guys, For those of you that occasionally delve into 1/48 scale aircraft, the new Minicraft T-34A is out and reviewed here: https://modelpaintsol.com/reviews/minicraft-48-t-34-mentor-11671 I've tried to address the riveting issue's raised on other sites by making a pictorial comparison between the kit and a 1:1 Mentor. Bottom Line: To me the rivets are not a big deal; nothing that can't be handled with a little sandpaper and re-scribing if you choose to do so. We'll see how the kit is received....... Thanks! --J
  3. Thanks for the feed back! I appreciated your time. I'm in the process of getting some smaller racks for both the 2 and 5ml tubes so stay tuned. best, --J
  4. Thanks for your comments. I appreciate you bluntness ("old and a fart") A couple of things to consider -These tubes are good for smaller sized mixes (2-5 ml) such as the average airbrush paint cup. Tamiya bottles are great but not so much for smaller volume mixes (too much head space). -Pipettes are good for volumes of ~1ml or so but not much smaller. The 2ml tubes have gradations smaller that 1ml making smaller volume mixes easier and more accurate. -The tube racks are 4.25 for two. Each rack holds 25 tubes. So, 4.25 get's you rack space for 50 tubes. That seems reasonable too me. -Glad you have an endless supply of Tamiya bottles My build rate has never been fast enough to generate a lot of free bottles for mixing or storage. -Not a tech. Thanks again for your comments and best regards, Stuka, M.D., Ph.D.
  5. Hey Guys! So I've been working on this article for a while Laboratory Centrifuge Tubes! These are awesome for measuring, mixing, and storing model paints. They'll take Lacquers, Enamels, whatever.......... I've been using them for 20 years. I didn't want to add them to MPS until we had a source of well made, graduated tubes. Now we do. Here's the link: https://modelpaintsol.com/guides/spin-tubes-tool-for-measuring-mixing-storing-paint Drop me a line and let me know what you think! --J
  6. Hey Everybody! I just put the new Mission Models metallic colors (Duraluminum, White and Dark Aluminum, and Silver) through the MPS paint test and was really impressed with the results: -Easy to spray -Blendable into as many shades as you want to mix -Resistant to enamel washes without using a protective clear coat Here's the review: https://modelpaintsol.com/guides/new-mission-model-metallics-white-aluminum-duraluminum Drop me a line if you have any questions or comments at john@modelpaintsol.com Thanks!
  7. Hey Everybody, I just had another large scale plane on my bench for a review and what an awesome kit. The new ICM Bü-131D Jungmann. This kit is just begging for some super-detailing. https://modelpaintsol.com/reviews/icm-1-32-bucker-bu-131d-jungmann-32020
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    New Review of MPS Paint Tools

    Hey Chris, Sorry for the late reply. No, I've not received any reports of acrylic paints reacting to our stainless steel mixing balls. We source ours from a company that makes them for nail polish (human use). Because of that they have to meet strict guidelines with regards to chemical reactivity. There's a lot of on-line sources for steel mixing balls that aren't always what they appear (i.e., stainless). Thanks for the heads up though. Best, --John
  9. Hey Everybody, A very detailed review of our paint mixing, storing, and transfer tools went up on Hyperscale today. Lots of good pics with a breakdown of the tools. We're pretty pleased: http://www.hyperscale.com/2018/reviews/tools/mpsaccessoriesreviewbg_2.htm
  10. Hey LSP folks, I don't review many "big boy" kits but fell hard for the new Roden 1/32 O-2A. With a little elbow grease this kit will build i to an impressive model! Here's the review: https://modelpaintsol.com/reviews/roden-132-o2-skymaster Nice Kit!
  11. Hey Everybody, I've translated a life-long canopy fetish into a new "How-To" article on buffing and polishing clear parts. Here's a link: https://modelpaintsol.com/guides/getting-scratches-out-tricks-for-clear-parts-canopies I hope you find something helpful
  12. I couldn't agree more Hooked for life. I have added a few drops of Future floor wax (or Pledge with Future Shine as it's now called) per paint cup of diluted Tamiya to increase the hardiness of dried Tamiya. Works pretty well.
  13. CANicoll and eoyguy: thanks for the comments!! There is going to be a follow-on article where additional thinners/cleaners will be tested. MEK will definitely be included Thanks for the suggestion.
  14. Since I used to be a "lab rat" in my other life I'm happiest when I have an experiment cooking on the workbench. While playing around with various thinners and cleaners in my shop I struck upon the idea of setting up an assay to test how well thinners and cleaners remove dried acrylic paints. Some of the results were surprising! Here's the link: https://modelpaintsol.com/guides/airbrushing-tips-v4-airbrush-cleaners
  15. Stuka

    Xtracolor in N. America

    I just found the enamels on Roll Models: multiple pages in their catalogue. Here's the link: http://www.rollmodels.net/search/resrchnu.php I hope that helps!
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