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    Zoukei Mura in 2018

    I might be reading to much into this, but the USAF was formed in 1947, so I’m placing my bet on the single seat fighter being an F86 ....it’s just the liquid cooling part that’s throwing me off.
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    Zoukei Mura in 2018

    I must say I’m rather impressed that ZM keep customers in the loop about their kits in development
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    Dipping Canopies

    Re the gloss coating varnish: it’s quite thin in viscosity, and applied with the same polishing clothes used with the tamiya compounds. It says on the instructions not to apply too much as the clear plastic may become cloudy or opaque. Other than that it was really easy to apply and when I pick up the canopy now I don’t leave fingerprints on it. It seems to eliminate some of the fine scratches if there’s any still left after you’ve gone through the 3 types of polishing compounds
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    Decal sizes

    Are you looking for what percentage to increase the decals by? This might help http://www.finescale.com/~/media/import/files/pdf/9/c/0/tips_for_scales.pdf
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    Dipping Canopies

    Never shook or stirred it, just dipped the canopy straight in..tried it on 3 canopies, always bubbles. Maybe it's me or maybe I got a bad container of the stuff...
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    Dipping Canopies

    Ok for those that are still interested/care this is what I have concluded...dipping canopies is out and polishing canopies is in. AKI Gauzy agent just kept leaving bubbles over the canopy with or without the windex treatment Alclad aqua gloss 600 does not leave bubbles, but it doesn't completely eliminate the fine scratches from the micro mesh I now polish the canopies with the Tamiya compound and finish with the gloss varnish. Results are better and faster than dipping: Much happier with the end result!
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    Dipping Canopies

    Thanks everyone much appreciated...I've actually been running a bit of an experiment with these canopies. I've ordered 5 more from Tamiya so I will relay my results. Things I've learned so far: Windex does indeed remove the AKI product, thanks for the tip Kev! I switched gears away from the scalpel and just micromeshed the seem off the second canopy. With this canopy I dipped it in Alclad Aqua Gloss Clear to see if the results would be different. Following the same process with both canopies...first placed in a jar of windex, and once removed and dry inspected against a light background for any dust etc. I wiped both canopies down with a reading glass lens cleaner: Then dipped canopy "A" with the AKI Gauzy agent and "B" with the Alclad Aqua Gloss, both left to dry under a glass container overnight. Results: I found that again the AKI product left a lot of bubbles (not dust) over the canopy (tried taking photos but similar to above). Now having said that this could in part be down to me as I've seen a video on youtube with the AKI product, and a brush was used to remove some of the bubbles. I tried the brush method but these bubbles seem to form on their own while the product is drying. Canopy "B" had much better results with the Alclad, there are only about 4 pin head sized bubbles on the back of the canopy and you really have to stare to see them. Having said that I would probably have to dip the canopy twice with the Alclad because I can still see some evidence where I micro meshed the canopy. Next round of testing I've got one canopy left before the others turn up, so I'm going to try polishing that with Tamiya compound and then applying the Tamiya Gloss Coat Varnish afterwards. Cheers, HB
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    Dipping Canopies

    Thanks everyone I’ll try and locate some windex today (bit hard to come by where I live)... Cheers, HB
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    Dipping Canopies

    Thanks Kev...I actually dried the canopy in a sealed glass jar to prevent dust drying into AKI coat...never thought about removing it with Windex, thanks for the tip! I have 2 other canopies with the kit, might scrap a seam off one of those for a second attempt.
  10. Hello all....I am building a Tamiya P51 which has a seam on the canopy. I scrapped the seam off, polished the canopy with various grades of micro mesh and cleaned with soapy water. I then dipped the canopy in AK interactive Glass Coat Gauzy Agent, and wicked the excess onto wet paper towel....how do I stop getting bubbles/dust getting trapped in the canopy re the picture above? Also I have an extra thick layer only in one part of the canopy as indicated by the arrow... Should I be airbrushing this stuff on? Thanks, HB.
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    Fake Iwata Airbruhes

    Thanks all for the responses, much appreciated. I brought my HP CS from eBay store in Australia, it was cheaper than others I’d seen advertised but not by a whole lot. Out2gotcha I’m not sure I could mottle with the one I’ve got but I’ve never really tried, so it would more be operator error than airbrush Gwana, completely agree with your thoughts on counterfeits and copies sometimes coming off the original production line...been to Shanghai a few times and have seen in first have in the markets there haha...suddenly the OEM part is compete against itself due to “extras†being made and siphoned off along the way
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    Fake Iwata Airbruhes

    Thanks for the heads up on hobby lobby, not looking to buy at the moment just curious what the tells are on the fake ones
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    Fake Iwata Airbruhes

    I should add I’ve had a HP CS for a couple of years, paid around $120 USD for it at the time...I see a lot of reports about this brush being a pretty good one, however sometimes I find it a little underwhelming, especially for detail/fine lines.
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    Fake Iwata Airbruhes

    Does anyone have any identifying marks/clues or differences that they could point out which separates the genuine article from the fake?
  15. Thanks for the heads up...just saved me a day and a train ticket
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