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14 hours ago, wm cheng said:

To the people who use Flory washes - I love it after discovering it.  Now however a few years later, I find some of them really thick, what do you use to thin them down again - is it just water?  They seem to bead up more than flow.  Also even after a lot of shaking, I find a lot of the pigments seem to be clumping and not mixing finely enough (or at least you can see the "grit") - at least not like it was when it was new a few years ago (it was smooth like watery paint when new).  Is there a proper way of "refreshing it"?

water with a teeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeny-tiny drop of dish-soap [per bottle] would be my first-try. 

also I would recommend a couple of marine-grade ball-bearings or nuts [marine-grade essentially means they're rust-proof, but testing for yourself is always recommended... caveat emptor etc...] to help agitate and homogenize the wash in the bottle.

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Hi Convectuoso! It will if it gets into the joints. If you can keep the joints masked off, that should be safe. A clear coat on a transformable model IS a GREAT idea since you want to seal down the decals so they do not rub off easily. It's keeping it out of the joints that's fun. IF you can build parts, seal them and then assemble them (masking off the finished parts) that helps. Carefully look at your model and think about where the coating could flow into. I hope that helps. - MT

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6 hours ago, MechTech said:

Hi Convectuoso! It will if it gets into the joints. If you can keep the joints masked off, that should be safe. A clear coat on a transformable model IS a GREAT idea since you want to seal down the decals so they do not rub off easily. It's keeping it out of the joints that's fun. IF you can build parts, seal them and then assemble them (masking off the finished parts) that helps. Carefully look at your model and think about where the coating could flow into. I hope that helps. - MT

Thanks for the advice

I'll let you know how it goes

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I was wondering if anyone had any personal experience with AMMO products by MIG Jimenez based out of Spain.

https://www.migjimenez.com

They have a whole host of products for weathering effects and washes. I'll be honest, I felt like a kid in a candy store when I discovered this site. I bought a few things here and there to try out, but I'm curious if anyone else has tried any of the stuff on that site and whether they had good results or not.

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MJ - I would also ask in the "What's lying on your workbench" thread too for more feedback. I haven't personally used them, but I hear good things about them from my fellow modeler's club members meeting. I hear some are good and some will clog your airbrush. There are also some good videos out there on how to use them too. Hopefully you get better feedback from our members:D - MT

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I am not sure where this question should go but I figure this thread might be good as any...I have a bunch of 1/144 TomyTec model kits that I hope to get around to putting together. I used very light touches of a medium "Insta-Cure" Cyanocrylate adhesive in some ones I put together a few years ago. While this adhesive does work, it is quite messy if you get it wrong. Would any of you folk know of a better adhesive that will be nicer to these pre-painted kits? I recently marred the paint of a diecast that I was trying to repair as I miscalculated how much glue that I needed...

I haven't in a long time put together any plastic kits in a very long time. With the constraints of pre-finished kits, the margin of error seems to be a lot smaller. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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I built a lot of those back when they came out. I just used regular Tamiya Liquid or Extra Thin Liquid Cement. Never had an issue. They are still perfect to this day in my display cabinets. I never had to use CA glue on them. They are EXTREMELY well designed and manufactured kits. I think most of, if not all the parts were undergated on the sprue trees as well, so take note of that when clipping them off the trees. Highly recommend magnifying glasses to assemble them if you're like me and your eyes aren't what they use to be! 

 

I only wish they had made more!!! Really wanted the entire Delta 31 squad in fighter mode! 

 

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@wsna Welcome to MW! I was just about to post the text below when Derex posted an update. His method would be better. But if it's not what you want...

Sanity is right, that is a good idea. You can get a tube with better control or buy tips separately from hobby and craft shops. I just get a .07oz (2 gram) tube of "The Original Super Glue" (Red Cap). I started using it lately because the applicator doesn't seem to get clogged as easy.

The alternative is to get an applicator as posted in the link below. If you're a little crafty, you can make your own. Get a needlepoint needle and file/grind down half of the eye. The open area will hold a tiny amount of glue and only release it once touched to a surface - but be fast before the glue dries. I made one of these. You can stick the needle in an old paintbrush handle or something for better control. You have to scrape the glue off with each use as it dries. I hope that helps! - MT

https://www.micromark.com/Micro-Glue-Applicator_2

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That's actually really funny @MechTech, I was just browsing the micromark website yesterday and looked at that very tool and thought hmmm....I might need one of those for PE parts for a certain ship model I have in my future! :lol:

 

I could spend a small fortune on that site! 

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4 hours ago, derex3592 said:

I could spend a small fortune on that site! 

Too late! I already did! They have great stuff too! I HIGHLY recommend them. Over the years I've gotten their power tools (disc sander, drill press, band-saw and mill). Their stuff has variable speed motors so styrene doesn't melt when being machined. The smaller sizes fit on your workbench without eating up real estate. - MT

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46 minutes ago, MechTech said:

Too late! I already did! They have great stuff too! I HIGHLY recommend them. Over the years I've gotten their power tools (disc sander, drill press, band-saw and mill). Their stuff has variable speed motors so styrene doesn't melt when being machined. The smaller sizes fit on your workbench without eating up real estate. - MT

AND I just noticed they carry paint now too! shhhhh...they aren't out of stock yet like most places so keep it on the DL until I get my order in! :spiteful:

 

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Thank you all so much for the advice!

I should have mentioned this somewhere, but I have been a lurker for quite some time. MW somehow come across my radar when I first saw some Graham's posts on the 1/72 Yamato VF-11B. Yes, it was that long ago! So shy of going for the Bandai Chogokin DX Vf-1s, I think I joined somewhere when Yamato started previewing the 1st generation VF-1s.

While my variable toy collecting ended a while ago, I have some kits stowed away. I did a while ago use a toothpick (yes, I did whittle it down as needed) for (3) of my F-22s. They came out alight except for that fourth one which I bungled pretty badly. I do have some Tamiya thin cement. 

All though that glue applicator will save a lot of trees...The last time I visited MicroMark, a miniature table saw landed on my porch. 

I thought it a bit funny...the wife not too much.

I plan on giving both a go in the neat future.

-WS

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