Paints, Customization Materials and Advice?

For pictures & videos or created works such as Signatures, Avatars & Wallpapers.

Moderator: Chaos Incarnate

Paints, Customization Materials and Advice?

Postby Mobius » Tue Dec 25, 2012 4:56 am

What do you guys use for custom work, from tools to paints to materials for things like lightboxes or puddy? I'm sure that we all have found different things, and I'm about as certain that new people entering the field would want to know of these things, as well as general tips. I mean, I'm still a noob by comparison to some of you guys.

For paints, I tend to lean towards acrylics, especially of the Tamiya variety. I'm fortunate enough to have a hobby store a couple towns over that carries the paints. At over double the size of other paints like Testors and generally a higher quality IMO, along with a quick drying time, they're really nice, if a bit expensive. They also have clear paints for tinting parts or 'candycoating' - painting a part with a base silver or aluminum, then painting the clear color over it to achieve a sort of glow.

Primers, I've had good experience with one of Model Master's enamel primer spray-on products. It gave a very nice coat, took to acrylic paint very well despite being recommended for enamel, and dried fairly quickly. I will advise against Testor's spray-on primers, as you can read in my ongoing saga of Natsume's recolor, that was a disaster.

As for other things, I use the fine point Gundam Markers for panel-lining, various paintbrushes for painting, and other miscellanious things from sprue clippers to files. Can someone tell me though how to:

1) Make a good lightbox for photography

2) How to use a hobby knife (I've NEVER been able to determine its purpose).
User avatar
Mobius
Class A Shinki
 
Posts: 160
Joined: Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:45 am
Location: Western MA
Shinkis owned: 3
MMS owned: 0
Favorite MMS/Shinki: Fliers~

Re: Paints, Customization Materials and Advice?

Postby Xehn » Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:49 pm

Use acrylic paints, not enamels. Not familiar with lacquer-based paints though.
And make sure you thin your paints enough. The range I hear is somewhere around the consistency of milk.
User avatar
Xehn
Kamen Adminder
 
Posts: 1288
Joined: Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:28 pm
Shinkis owned: 32
MMS owned: 0
Favorite MMS/Shinki: Partio

Re: Paints, Customization Materials and Advice?

Postby MrHolister » Tue Dec 25, 2012 10:10 pm

A hobby knife is just an exacto blade. It is to clean up nubs left from sprues, or to do fine detail work in some types of polymer clays. It makes very clean cuts and has a small point so to be precise.
Shinkis for sale or trade!
viewtopic.php?f=26&t=2119
MrHolister
Class S Shinki
 
Posts: 407
Joined: Thu Nov 15, 2012 1:05 am
Shinkis owned: 13
MMS owned: 0
Favorite MMS/Shinki: Vitulus

Re: Paints, Customization Materials and Advice?

Postby Mobius » Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:10 am

MrHolister wrote:A hobby knife is just an exacto blade. It is to clean up nubs left from sprues, or to do fine detail work in some types of polymer clays. It makes very clean cuts and has a small point so to be precise.


Huh. I can see it for the clays, but I've always used files/sandpaper for nubs. *shrug* To each their own!
User avatar
Mobius
Class A Shinki
 
Posts: 160
Joined: Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:45 am
Location: Western MA
Shinkis owned: 3
MMS owned: 0
Favorite MMS/Shinki: Fliers~

Re: Paints, Customization Materials and Advice?

Postby bang04 » Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:45 am

1. Light tent you can find cheap DIY in youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utt5p4zv1WY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11Xt8PF2VSA

the most easy way and cheap is using big cardboard and white paper

http://dudetimedoodles.blogspot.com/p/l ... orial.html

Major tools for model
Cutting tools
1. Art Knife - to cut and detail
2. Nipper or cutter - Tamiya nipper is great

http://www.heavyarmourstudio.com/InstructTools1.html

file and sandpaper
1. file set (not a must)
2. sandpaper - for smoothing surface. They have 2 type wet and dry and the more number mean the more fine. you should have No. 600, 800 and 1000. 1000 for finishing.
http://www.heavyarmourstudio.com/InstructTools2.html

Glue & epoxy & putty
1. Plastic Cement: this will melt plastic a little and bond it together
2. Super Glue:
3. Epoxy Putty: for sculpt, I use Alteco because of low price
4. Tamiya Putty or Mori Mori: for detail

Coloring
1. Spray Can: Tamiya is suitable for modeling
2. Gunze or Tamiya Acrylic Color: for painting with Brush or Air Brush
- Surface Color: first layer of color before you paint with Air Brush. it will make color more durable and make surface flat.
- Color: use any color you want
- Clear or Top coat: last layer after you finish panel lining and attach decal. this will made color and decal more durable
3. thinner: to dissolve color. it's not necessary to use Gunze or Tamiya
4. retarder: additive thinner for easy painting by brush
5. enamel color: black for panel lining after you paint your work ( before top coat)
6. Ronsonol lighter fuel: for cleanning enamel color
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_xPlHhw_9XDw/S ... +fluid.jpg

http://www.heavyarmourstudio.com/InstructTools3.html

How to build gunpla sword calamity (Japan): this will show you how to use many tools
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQJ5ZdNjeFk
User avatar
bang04
Class A Shinki
 
Posts: 142
Joined: Wed Aug 01, 2012 12:41 pm
Shinkis owned: 7
MMS owned: 3
Favorite MMS/Shinki: Altlene

Re: Paints, Customization Materials and Advice?

Postby Ranalcus » Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:22 am

Why would you want to make a DIY lightbox?
When you can buy one for really cheap (an yes i had seen in japanese "Model Graphix" model kits magazine, that lightbox for 17k yens... ;___;).
Never use a DIY if you can buy something good for the sillghty more money. But thats just me...
Here at Allegro.pl (Polish version of Ebay) you can buy a lightbox + 2 LED lights for around 20-25 $.

I use Pactra ( cheap good for dioramas etc.), Games Workshop and Gunze/Mr. Hobby now.
Are Tamiya Acrylics that good? I am using airbrush now (better that the first one but still not Iwata level).
Ranalcus
 

Re: Paints, Customization Materials and Advice?

Postby bang04 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:39 am

Tamiya is good because it has spray can and many color shade like gunze.

ฺBut if we talk about quality, I think Gaia color is better. Gaia color has less color shade but easily paint by air brush.

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2717/4077 ... z.jpg?zz=1
User avatar
bang04
Class A Shinki
 
Posts: 142
Joined: Wed Aug 01, 2012 12:41 pm
Shinkis owned: 7
MMS owned: 3
Favorite MMS/Shinki: Altlene


Return to Creativity Corner

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests

cron