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I Just Painted Some Ground Support Equipment...

February 13 2018 at 11:53 PM
Bruce  (Login Neptune48)
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...with COLOURCOATS ARUS02 Marine Corps Green (FS24052) enamel. I thinned it 1:1 with Mr. Color Leveling Thinner — I've thinned enamels with lacquer thinners for years with no problems.

I used an Iwata Eclipse HP-CS gravity feed double-action airbrush, with a pre-set handle and a crown tip, at 12 PSI. Flow was excellent, with no clogs or sputters. The paint went on smoothly and both covered and leveled well.

COLOURCOATS paints are manufactured by Sovereign Hobbies in the UK. I purchased the paint online from H&B Hobbies in Massachusetts, which raises the question: if Sovereign Hobbies can, why can't Hannat's market Xtracolor to the U.S.?

Maybe it doesn't matter now if COLOURCOATS carries the colors I need. I had been a big fan of Xtracolor and was very disappointed when they became unavailable in the States. Those U.S. retailers who carry it (Roll Models and Sprue Brothers at least) are apparently flushing inventory and have no plans to re-stock. As Brent from Roll Models said in a post below, there are "shipping issues." It looks like Hannants is missing a big opportunity — that is, of course, if the U.S. domestic market is at all significant.

The models are drying now, and I plan to shoot the remaining unpainted portions tomorrow night. The equipment set includes the Hasegawa generator, the hydraulic test unit kitbashed into a freelance air conditioner, and two scratch-built AG330 SR-71 "Buick" start carts (the Chevy powered version), all 1:48 scale.

I'll try to make some pictures and post them after the second session has dried, if anyone is interested.


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