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ct gunpla
October 30, 2014, 8:44 PM
Hello everyone. I been in the gunpla game for about 2 years. Have done oob builds and some canned spray paint. Now I'm moving over to airbrush. Going to learn and destroy some kits lol. Not going to be easy but hopefully in a couple months I'll will get good at it and keep on getting better.

Thought I would start with a cheap kit. So I went to my local hobby store and pick up a HGUC Nemo Unicorn Desert color ver. Looks like a great kit. Easy to put together and a good start to my airbrush learning.

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w133/turbodragon24/Nemo%20WP/IMG_20141025_135628_zpsqqdj9yfm.jpg

SO I started by cleaning all the parts with dish soup and warm to cool water. Them I removed all the parts from the runners. Cleaned up all the parts and get them ready for Primer. Only took a picture of half the parts ready for primer.

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w133/turbodragon24/Nemo%20WP/20141026_092844_zps6jfgnjad.jpg
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w133/turbodragon24/Nemo%20WP/20141026_164951_zpsm3x55dqc.jpg

For colors I want to keep the desert color look but make it more real them anime. So I'll be using Vallejo model air colors and color Tamiya colors. Hope it will turn out good. First time trying to figure out 4 colors that will work well together. Like they say practice makes perfect. Going for a more rocky desert color theme. Shold be fun.

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w133/turbodragon24/Nemo%20WP/20141026_092958_zpskhwirbko.jpg

Well this is update 1. Everything is going well and will post next update this weekend. Feel free to comment and give tips. Love to learn.

ct gunpla

thwalker13
October 30, 2014, 9:11 PM
This will look pretty sweet in desert colors man. Can't wait to see some updates.

gundamENGR
October 30, 2014, 9:27 PM
Nice nice, what airbrush setup did you end up purchasing?

ct gunpla
October 30, 2014, 10:10 PM
Nice nice, what airbrush setup did you end up purchasing?

I got the Iwata NEO NC and a Master TC-T20 compressor with tank. Should be a good starter setup.

MechaEevee
October 31, 2014, 4:12 AM
Are you going to give it any weathering or battle damage? Or are you going for a clean look?

ct gunpla
November 2, 2014, 4:24 PM
Are you going to give it any weathering or battle damage? Or are you going for a clean look?

just a clean build.

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So today I primered HGUC Nemo parts. First time using a airbrush. Did some practice on some paper and random stuff. Iwata feels good. Using Vallego surface primer I sprayed all the parts in grey primer. Vallego primer sprayed on smooth and easy. Amazed on how it layed down on the parts. Going to let the parts dry for couple hours before base coat is applied.

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w133/turbodragon24/Nemo%20WP/20141102_143947_zpsvfn0l2nf.jpg
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w133/turbodragon24/Nemo%20WP/20141102_144041_zpsclpyser5.jpg

There's some pictures of my setup. I don't have a workspace just yet so having everying portable it great. Spray booth is from ebay and works great. Not very loud and does work well. Airbrush is a Iwata NEO NC. Using the airbrush I just have tip dry just once in the 1hr I primered these parts. Man just took 5mins and was use to the duel action trigger. Compressure is from TCP and it works ok. Once the airbrush trigger is pulled the psi drops by 5-6psi. So if you want 20psi just set the compressure to 25psi or so. Once the trigger is pull the psi is stable which is what I wanted. Having the tank on the comressure helps alot. Learning to airbrush is first step into becoming a good modeler/gunpla builder.

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w133/turbodragon24/Nemo%20WP/20141102_144022_zps0gbdbu5x.jpg
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w133/turbodragon24/Nemo%20WP/20141102_144009_zpsu9jqayl5.jpg
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w133/turbodragon24/Nemo%20WP/20141102_144001_zpsgoc37gwg.jpg
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w133/turbodragon24/Nemo%20WP/IMG_20141102_143654_zps5puh6u6p.jpg

Again super impress by the Vallego primer. With the airbrush the primer is much more smoother and easy to keep a even flow. Still I have so much to learn but an very excited. Thank for viewing and commenting everyone. Next up date should be with the base coat on the parts.

Asterisk
November 2, 2014, 5:48 PM
You and I have the same setup. Almost entirely. I don't have the airbrush cleaning thing, but otherwise, identical.

ct gunpla
November 2, 2014, 10:53 PM
SO when the primer dried I attack it with base color. Useing Vallejo model air paints. Khaki Brown (71.024) used on the chest, shield, lower feet, ankle armor and rear leg thrusters. Dark Yellow (71.025) used on head, arms, legs, skirts and upper feet. Camouflage Light Green (71.006) used on legs, arms, and skirt on individual parts. Camouflage Black Green (71.018) used on chest vents ans shield center piece. Again Vallejo paints are amazing. With the airbrush paint went on smooth and easy. Again simply amazed. Never going back to spray canes again.

Now I wondering if I should panel line the kit? Let me know what you guys think. Also wondering should i clear it now or with all the parts put together. I use to clear coat gunpla once there built up. But with the airbrush I think be easier to clear it in pieces. Any input would be great.

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w133/turbodragon24/Nemo%20WP/IMG_20141102_210708_zps4rdok1yk.jpg

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w133/turbodragon24/Nemo%20WP/20141102_204625_zpszrg3fllf.jpg

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w133/turbodragon24/Nemo%20WP/20141102_204632_zps8aihhm9q.jpg

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w133/turbodragon24/Nemo%20WP/20141102_204657_zpswqvq7ige.jpg

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German Grey (71.052) used on all grey parts frame, hands and weapons

Dlinker
November 3, 2014, 2:43 AM
I vote for yes on the panel lining. It always makes the kit look tons better. I would suggest clear-coating everything in segments (foot, shin, shoulders, etc) instead of as they are so you can avoid difficulty with assembling afterward. If you clear coat now, you'll risk running into more friction damage on your paint job. Then, do an enamel wash to panel line everything.

ct gunpla
November 3, 2014, 7:30 AM
I vote for yes on the panel lining. It always makes the kit look tons better. I would suggest clear-coating everything in segments (foot, shin, shoulders, etc) instead of as they are so you can avoid difficulty with assembling afterward. If you clear coat now, you'll risk running into more friction damage on your paint job. Then, do an enamel wash to panel line everything.

Thanks for the tips. Means alot. Wondering if you can recommend a good top coat to use with a airbrush. Also I should top coat gloss for the panel line wash them flat coat if I want it none glossy? I always used gundam markers for panel lining.

Dlinker
November 3, 2014, 12:18 PM
See if you can get a bottle of Alclad Aqua Gloss Clear (acrylic) or Alclad Gloss Klear Kote (lacquer). It's durable stuff (provided you give it two days at least to cure) and doesn't smell like death. And you're right, put a gloss top coat on first, then panel line wash (and decals if you're using them), then put on your flat coat on top of everything.

ct gunpla
November 3, 2014, 1:33 PM
See if you can get a bottle of Alclad Aqua Gloss Clear (acrylic) or Alclad Gloss Klear Kote (lacquer). It's durable stuff (provided you give it two days at least to cure) and doesn't smell like death. And you're right, put a gloss top coat on first, then panel line wash (and decals if you're using them), then put on your flat coat on top of everything.

Sounds good. I'll try to get Alclad 2 top coat. I see it's made for airbrushing. That will help with clean up. Thanks for the info.

skulblaka-ven
November 3, 2014, 1:43 PM
That's a nice works, especially if you are a first-timer on AB, but considering your experience on spraycan, no wonder then. IMO using spraycan a lot more trickier than airbrush. The most exciting part in using airbrush is you can get any color you want.
And second to Dlinker, again, vote yes for panellining, never fail to make the kit looks better.

ct gunpla
November 3, 2014, 2:08 PM
That's a nice works, especially if you are a first-timer on AB, but considering your experience on spraycan, no wonder then. IMO using spraycan a lot more trickier than airbrush. The most exciting part in using airbrush is you can get any color you want.
And second to Dlinker, again, vote yes for panellining, never fail to make the kit looks better.

Thanks man. I was so surprised how well it turned out. Of course there are couple parts I have to put another coat just because I didn't get paint in the small places. Yes I will be paneling the kit. You guys made a good point. I'm already planing on my next custom kit. Getting this airbrush setup is like me just starting out in gunpla again. Has me all excited and wanting to practice and try new colors and treats. Great have a community there we can share build, ideas and help each other out. Thanks again guys.

Plamobot
November 3, 2014, 4:17 PM
I third the panel lining. That more than anything else really makes a kit pop!

Looking forward to the final build, those desert colors look awesome. GMs and Nemos never get enough respect!

ct gunpla
November 3, 2014, 9:12 PM
I third the panel lining. That more than anything else really makes a kit pop!

Looking forward to the final build, those desert colors look awesome. GMs and Nemos never get enough respect!

Thank man. I hope the color's I pick out work well together.

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So I just order Alclad klear gloss and klear matte top coat. Guessing I can get lacquer tinner at Lowe's for cleaning out my airbrush. I also find I have AK interactive enamel wash premade laying around. So I'll use that for panel lining.

Wreeper007
November 4, 2014, 12:30 AM
Get a bottle of future floor polish (now the bottles say pledge floor polish with future, or something like that).

Spray that through straight, no need to dilute.

You can then line with diluted enamel paint. Just thin it out, load a brush and just touch the lines, capillary action will dray it in. Let it dry then take a q tip and put a little thinner on it (and I mean a little). Move it across the line where you touched it or wherever there is wash outside the lines.

Dlinker
November 4, 2014, 2:53 AM
Guessing I can get lacquer tinner at Lowe's for cleaning out my airbrush.

You guessed right. Get a big can of that hardware store lacquer thinner and you're set for nearly any sort of cleaning needs.

ct gunpla
November 4, 2014, 10:43 PM
Get a bottle of future floor polish (now the bottles say pledge floor polish with future, or something like that).

Spray that through straight, no need to dilute.

You can then line with diluted enamel paint. Just thin it out, load a brush and just touch the lines, capillary action will dray it in. Let it dry then take a q tip and put a little thinner on it (and I mean a little). Move it across the line where you touched it or wherever there is wash outside the lines.

Thank for the tips :D

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You guessed right. Get a big can of that hardware store lacquer thinner and you're set for nearly any sort of cleaning needs.

Biut tinner smells so bad lol.

Plamobot
November 4, 2014, 11:17 PM
I can vouch for Future's awesomeness. I handbrush it to gloss coat my models, and it works perfectly.

Wreeper007
November 4, 2014, 11:26 PM
It does level out nicely, just beware of it drying faster than you anticipate.

You can also tint it (with food color, inks, paint) and use it as a transparent paint.

You can also sand clear parts (like canopies) with high grit then dip in future. It makes a very clear part. Similar to those headlight restoration kits.

Dlinker
November 5, 2014, 2:26 AM
If you're going to work with lacquer thinner, please use a respirator. When you think about it, having to use one when using lacquer thinner is a minor downside since it's never a bad idea to protect your lungs from any sort of paint particulate.

ct gunpla
November 7, 2014, 7:21 PM
I can vouch for Future's awesomeness. I handbrush it to gloss coat my models, and it works perfectly.


sounds good thanks

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It does level out nicely, just beware of it drying faster than you anticipate.

You can also tint it (with food color, inks, paint) and use it as a transparent paint.

You can also sand clear parts (like canopies) with high grit then dip in future. It makes a very clear part. Similar to those headlight restoration kits.

interesting.

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If you're going to work with lacquer thinner, please use a respirator. When you think about it, having to use one when using lacquer thinner is a minor downside since it's never a bad idea to protect your lungs from any sort of paint particulate.

yea of course. saving my lungs is very important

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Update:

SO I got the main parts put together. Going to do some hand painting on the kit. Them gloss top coat and panel line wash. After that matte top coat. I can see now how I have to adjust how to airbrush. Paint is not even layers. Need to keep practicing and get better for sure. But for my first airbrush kit it turn out good.

Camera flash off
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w133/turbodragon24/Nemo%20WP/20141106_190457_zpsxvx7pmkm.jpg

Camera flash on
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w133/turbodragon24/Nemo%20WP/20141106_190442_zpseuhpj9gu.jpg

My Alclad 2 top coats came in. Also pick up some more paints for next projects.

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w133/turbodragon24/Nemo%20WP/20141106_171420_zpsupoueafr.jpg

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w133/turbodragon24/Nemo%20WP/IMG_20141107_172632_zpscdvl3otr.jpg

So not sure if I should post the fully built kit here or on the show off model kit thread. Let me know

Zeta
November 7, 2014, 7:23 PM
That Nemo looks pretty snazzy. Kudos on the excellent paint job.

ct gunpla
November 7, 2014, 7:57 PM
That Nemo looks pretty snazzy. Kudos on the excellent paint job.

Thanks man.

skulblaka-ven
November 7, 2014, 11:23 PM
Great paint job, man! Double thumb up!

ct gunpla
November 8, 2014, 11:59 AM
Great paint job, man! Double thumb up!

Thanks means alot.

Dlinker
November 8, 2014, 9:21 PM
With some panel lining, this kit is going to look great. Feel free to post your pics in the Completed Kits sub-forum to save yourself some effort.

ct gunpla
November 9, 2014, 7:35 PM
Just did panel line wash. What a pain. First i had the wash too thinn. Them I think i had the thinner and enamel paint mix good. The clean up was a bad. Didn't not clean up well. THe enamel thinner did remove some base color. I have panel wash in the past but not on a painted kit. Now the kit looks like it has some weathering on it. Holy balls it suck so bad cleaning up the panel lines. Kit the kit now looks like shit. Well I'm going to flat coat it later this evening and post the finished kit soon.

Wreeper007
November 10, 2014, 12:42 AM
Was there a gloss coat involved?

ct gunpla
November 10, 2014, 7:05 PM
Was there a gloss coat involved?

yes alclad gloss clear before panel lining

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kit is done. post finish pictures completed/ show off thread

Dlinker
November 10, 2014, 8:31 PM
Might want to try an acrylic gloss coat on your next kit to see if that makes a difference in terms of not damaging plastic.