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  1. I have question for the experts on these forums. After years of not modeling, I'm building a Tamiya 1/32 F-16CJ. This is a superb kit. Can anyone provide some ideas for how to paint the fine raised lines that represent, for example, the electrial cables, hydraulic lines, etc., on the engine? This is a generic question that also applies to resin landing gear bays (e.g., aftermarket parts) and such. I another thread, chuck540z (https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/60892-tamiya-f-15c-kicked-up-a-notch-dec-117-done/page/6/3 ) outlines a method using a barrier coat. The idea is to paint the part (for example) with a lacquer-based paint of the color intended for the electrical cable, or hydraulic line, etc., , followed by a layer of acrylic clear coat, and then the final color in an acrylic paint. When all is dry, you can use a toothpick (or some such device) dipped in acrylic thinner, and use it to gently remove the acrylic coats. Since the base coat is a lacquer paint, it isn't removed by the acrylic thinner, and you end up with the detail in the correct color surrounded by the final coat color. The problem I've encountered is that trace amounts of the acrylic thinner affect areas that are not intended to be removed, and the final results is not the best. I'm curious to know how other paint these details. Any ideas will be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  2. I'm about to begin building a Tamiya 1/32 F-16CJ. All of the paint colors in the instructions are Tamiya paints. There are many fine details that need to be painted by brush - they are too small to be airbrushed. How well can Tamiya paints be painted by brush on small areas? I've used Model Master enamels for many years for such applications, but (as we know) they are going aways. Is it feasible to paint the Tamiya colors by brush? Any hints for doing this? Alternately, any suggestions for paints from other manufacturers? Thanks in advance.
  3. Chuck - I've read many of your past build threads, and I'm following this one. I've learned a great deal from the excellent descriptions you provide of how each step of the build is accomplished. Most of all, I've learned some excellent tips on how to do various things. I know that writing these threads is a lot of work. Like many folks, I really appreciate your efforts. Thanks very much!
  4. I'm using some photoetch parts that are intended to cover inlets and outlets on an aircraft. The PE parts contain a dense array of very fine holes corresponding to the actual grids on the aircraft. Does anyone have any clever ideas about how to preserve these holes through the painting process? I suspect that after being covered by the paint layer they will be filled and essentially lost. Thanks in advance for any help.
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