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  1. Hey Guys, We just got a shipment of the new AK Weathering Pencils Techniques Book and have combined them with our own "Mess-O-Weathering Pencils" (the complete set of 37 pencils) and an all-metal, old-school pencil sharpener to make the MPS Weathering Pencil Combo Yes, we love our combos. Here's a link for more info on the Combo and large format pictures of the techniques book. https://modelpaintsol.com/news/the-mps-ak-weathering-pencil-combo Thanks and Happy Modeling!
  2. Agreed! I especially like the finish of the paper; crisp photography without too much glossy shine. I picked up a couple of volumes while at their table in Vegas; couldn't help myself:) Thanks for the comment.
  3. Hey Guys! While at the IPMS Nats in Las Vegas, I ran into the Casemate Publishing boys; nice folks:) One thing led to another and before ya know it, I was walking away with multiple detail books from their Duke Hawkins series. These are awesome books crammed with pics taken with a modeler in mind. First up and one of my faves; the SEPECAT Jaguar. Check out my review with multiple pics from the various detail sections covered in the book: https://modelpaintsol.com/reviews/sepecat-jaguar-detail-book-duke-hawkins-001 Thanks! --John
  4. Hey Guys, I picked up the HK Models Lancaster "Nose Art" boxing a few months back and have been looking to add some aftermarket sets. Airscale and Eduard have both produced multi-media detail sets so, of course, I had to pick up both and compare. I know you understand:) Here's a link to the review with a lot of pics of both sets. https://modelpaintsol.com/reviews/cockpit-detail-sets-hk-models-32-lancaster Thanks! --John
  5. Hey Guys! Here's part three----whew! That was a lot of pictures Enjoy! https://modelpaintsol.com/news/ipms-vegas-2021-part-trois
  6. Hey Guys, Well, I'm headed back on the Plastic Model Mojo Podcast to answer your questions on painting and airbrushing Here's a link to the announcement: https://modelpaintsol.com/news/submit-questions-to-dr-strangebrush-for-the-plastic-model-mojo-podcast Or, you can email your questions directly to me at: John@modelPaintSol.com. Thanks!
  7. Hey Guys, Much to my web guys frustration, I just put up a slew of additional pics from IPMS Vegas 2021. Preparing this second volume reminded me of how many quality builds were on the display tables. Part Trois is in the works......... Enjoy! --John https://modelpaintsol.com/news/ipms-vegas-part-deux
  8. Hey Guys, I just returned from IPMS Vegas where an amazing collection of over 3,000 models was on display. The average build level was the highest I've ever seen at the Nat's (this is my 4rth). Thanks to everyone that took time from the show to attend my presentations on airbrushing. It was very nice to put faces to names:) Enjoy the Pics! --John https://modelpaintsol.com/news/ipms-vegas-a-report-from-the-front
  9. Mr. Vondracek, Thanks for the email:) I've got a huge collection of your transfers and have used them for years so thanks for such great products! Glad the 20ml jars are working for you i.e., no evaporation, etc. Unfortunately, there is no 30ml version available in that specific jar. I am working on adding a 50ml version. For a quick answer, you might try our pharmaceutical-grade 40ml storage bottles that come with mixing balls, a funnel, and a guide for marking gradations. A pic and link are provided below. Thanks again for the email and let me know if you have additional questions. Best, --John https://modelpaintsol.com/model-paint/paint-storage-bottles
  10. Hey Guys! A big part of our business is to provide as much technical assistance on paint dilutions and airbrushing as our customers require, whether they've purchased their airbrush from us or not. With 5 years under our belt, here are comments from Model Paint Solutions customers: https://modelpaintsol.com/news/mps-customer-comments-version-2-0 If you have a question on airbrushing, drop me a line Best, --J
  11. Yup; you sure can! MRP is a great paint--good choice:)
  12. Hey Guys, Although the scale is small for this forum, this article on my Eduard 1/48 Me-109G-6 in a metal finish has a recipe for using Mission Clear Primer as a Metallic Clear Coat; pretty handy for sealing a coat of lacquer metallic prior to using enamel panel liners. Most importantly, Clear Primer doesn't affect the metallic sheen of the finish or appear over-glossed as Future or similar can. Here's the link: https://modelpaintsol.com/builds/eduard-48-me-109-red-8-82111 I hope you find it useful. Cheers! --John
  13. Hey Guys, I just picked mine up from my local hobby shop. Although it's wanting here and there, with some help from the spars box and/or some aftermarket parts, it will build into a really neat looking model. I'm hoping this turns into a fad as I would love to have more of these large-scale nose-section models; thinking of a Marauder, B-25, or Ju-88 Here's a link to the review: https://modelpaintsol.com/reviews/hk-models-32-avro-lancaster-nose-art-01e033 Thanks! --John
  14. Hey Guys, I just completed the Tamiya P-38 and used soap chipping on high wear areas and the prop; worked pretty well. Here's a link to the article: https://modelpaintsol.com/guides/paint-chipping-with-soap Thanks! --J
  15. Hey Guys, AK has released some Wood Grain Decal sheets that are very nice and made for 1/72 up to 1/32 scale. I'm just looking for an excuse to use them:) Here a link to my review with zoomed pics: https://modelpaintsol.com/reviews/ak-wood-decal-sheets-ak9081-and-ak9084
  16. Hey Matt, That's a total bummer. I suspect your second coat of Aqua Gloss was shot as a wet coat over the first coat? I've done something very similar myself and concluded that I applied a wet coat too aggressively and the excess thinner in the Aquagloss ate through the underling coats. I agree with Out2gtcha that your best bet is to let it cure a few weeks, buff out with using Micromesh (6,000-8,000 grit), and re-shoot. Your fortunate in that the Mission metallics tolerate these kinds of "repairs" better than most other metallics in my hands i.e., the new coat can be successfully blended with the underlying coat. In addition, the fragility of the Aluminum and Yellow coats suggests, to me, a lack of sufficient binder or cross-linker in your mix. As you know Mission uses polyurethane as a cross-linker and the amount of polyurethane (in the forms of the Mission Poly additive or Mission Clear Primer) added to the mix is at the discretion of the user. When I had a similar problem I upped the percent of Polyurethane (in my case Clear Primer) in my mix and the resulting coats were much hardier. Here's a link to an article on the Eduard Hellcat on my site. At the bottom of the article are suggestions on diluting and spraying Mission paints including metallics. https://modelpaintsol.com/builds/eduard-72-f6f-hellcat-night-fighter-7079 If I may ask, how do you dilute your Mission paints and metallics for spraying? Glad to help if I can. Best, --John
  17. Hey Guys, The Silver Wings Tiger Moth-----What a Kit! I'm sitting on more than a few SW kits and this Tiger Moth is par for the course with those folks: beautiful. I know Max Williams already did a very thorough and knowledgeable review with pics of this kit on LSP here: https://www.largescaleplanes.com/reviews/review.php?rid=2317 Thank you, Mr. Williams; loved it. I just did a review of this beautiful kit as well so if you want to see additional pics, here it is: https://modelpaintsol.com/reviews/silver-wings-32-dehavilland-dh-82a-tiger-moth-32-022 Being weak about such things I'll be starting this beastie in short order......... Thanks and best, --John
  18. Sorry for the delay. I'm building the new ARMA FM-2 and my refs show a Matt White (FS37925) for the undersides. For my build, I used Mission White to which I added a few drops of Elfenbein (roughly a white-bone color) making it a slightly cream-colored white that looks good to my eye. I hope that helps! Best, --John
  19. Glad to help. If you could provide me with the specific aircraft you're modeling I'd be glad to make a suggestion. Best, --J
  20. Hey Guys, I just got my hands on the Gloster Gladiator by ICM: Nice! The Gladiator has been on my short list of favorite bipes for a long time and I think this kit does justice to it. Besides lacking a seat harness, the kit seems quite nice and complete. Here's a look at the kits parts and decals: https://modelpaintsol.com/reviews/icm-32-gloster-gladiator-mk-ii-32041 Thanks! --J
  21. Hey Ray, Note that in the picture, our jar is filled with straight acetone. Yes, they can withstand lacquer/enamels, ?, for years and years since they're made from a laboratory grade plastic (polyethylene terephthalate , PET), which can withstand chemicals even stronger than lacquer. All of the paint mixing/measuring/storage tools on MPS are made of PET and that's why ALL ARE 100% GUARANTEED Thanks for the question! I hope that answered it. Best, --John
  22. Hey Guys, We have a new Mini Paint Jar that's a great replacement ye olde Testors/Model Masters glass bottles. They're good for use with lacquers, don't leak, have gradations, are stackable, and come with stainless steel mixing balls. This is an item we've been planing for a while. By obtaining large stocks we're pleased to offer 6 bottles per set for just $5.85. Not too shabby Each set comes with a mixing table for preparing percent dilutions using the gradations on the bottles. Here's the link: https://modelpaintsol.com/news/20ml-mini-paint-jars-with-gradations Thanks! --John
  23. The more I look at it the more I want to build it I don't think the texture will be an issue under a coat of primer and buffing. FYI: There's more tiddly bits for this kit on Hannants and I'm feeling particularly weak so..... Best, --J
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