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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
  3. haveblue

    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.
  4. 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.
  5. haveblue

    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?
  9. Thanks for the heads up...just saved me a day and a train ticket
  10. I think the first trade day is tomorrow but I could be mistaken..I’m hoping to go on the Saturday but I was really hoping to see a new 1/32 tamiya kit
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    Zoukei Mura in 2018

    Sorry if its been mentioned before....I just got a magazine delivered in the mail and it says V7 of the 229 with be on sale May the 26th.
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    Zoukei Mura in 2018

    Weird....yep....I've seen a lot of stuff (especially in Akihabara) that you'd probably ask security to help them out of the store in another country Insulting and polite at the same time...yep and yep haha
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    Zoukei Mura in 2018

    Hi Bill, Happy to help, as others have already linked a site which explains a lot of hobby stores in Japan I'll just post a couple of pictures of where the stores are in relation to the nearest train station, because thats the easiest way to get to these places really I'll rank the places in order of my preference... Yellow Submarine : Best selection of PE, a different selection of kits to Yodabashi...and I can buy AK interactive/MIG there. Hobby Square Tokyo : This is where you will find all the ZM stuff including all the accessories for each kit they make, good selection of Vallejo paints Yodabashi Camera: By far the biggest kit volume in Tamiya (even more than the actual Tamiya store) and good for Trumpeter etc, good for tools as well. Volks: Where you can also buy ZM kits, but they don't seem to stock as many accessories, great for Vallejo as well, also sells Alclad paints. BIC Camera: I go here because they have the cheapest Mr Hobby thinners ($6 for 400ml of levelling thinner!) and paints but very limited on kits. Tamiya Plamodel: Worth a visit for sure, but underwhelming on kit selection...I go here to get my Tamiya Model Magazine which they sell in English. Yellow Submarine (level 6) and Hobby Square (level 8) are in the same building (Radiokaikan)...use Akihabara JR Station Radiokaikan address: 1 Chome−15−16,Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021 Yodabashi (level 6) address:1-1 Kanda Hanaokacho, Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-0028 Volks (level 5): In a separate building to Yellow Submarine and Hobby Square, but next door...use Radiokaikan address and go one building West Bic Camera (Level 4...I think)...1-11-1, Yuurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006....theres also a shack shake nearby! Use Yurakucho Station Tamiya Plamodel : 4-7-2 Shimbashi, Minato, Tokyo 105-004...use Shimbashi Station, 5 min walk from the station Sorry one last picture....these are retailers around the world who stock the ZM Super Wing Series, found the list in Hobby Square:
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    Zoukei Mura in 2018

    Actually the photo is from a building right next door to Volks, its called Hobby Square Tokyo. Heading into this building which is literally next to volks on the Eastern Side, its called Radiokaikan Inside the building there are 3 stores which sell modelling stuff, but the best 2 by far are: On level 8, they sell the ZM models and actually have a better range than Volk's On level 6.....I like this store better than Hobby Square, but they don't stock ZM Cheers
  15. haveblue

    Zoukei Mura in 2018

    I caved Extreme restraint shown not to buy handfuls of add ons
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