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With all the painting I have been doing of late - and the fact that this Tomcat Model was dropped into my life complete, however No Decals. My Passion for Macross - and Roy Fokker's VF-1S I wondered what the Last Tomcat might have looked like when the VT's were brought into service... 11 hours of masking and here is the result...so far! I would love all of your input on this direction of model building - imagination, but with thought.
I was cleaning my airbrush for the first time, and some time during disassembly, a plastic seal called a "packing" went missing. It's supposed to be located between the "central block" and air hose and it very small--I didn't even notice it the first time I took it apart. Below is a pic of the central block and air hose. That figure-eight depression on the red plastic cover is where the "packing" is supposed to go: I know it's a stupid question, but is this part essential to the airbrush? I could have sworn it wasn't even there when I first took the airbrush apart. I searched the entire room, but that plastic part is nowhere to be seen. The airbrush worked fine the first few times, so I was wondering it that packing thing was even needed. Any advice?
And now we move on to problems with primer. I just noticed that Tamiya also sells a "fine" surface primer, along with its regular primer. The regular ones have a rather grainy finish, and I have to wet sand the parts to get a smoother finish. Thing is, I've already bought three cans of the regular stuff before realizing there's another version. Honestly, I'm not sure if this has to do with the humidity in the air or the primer itself. Can anyone give any advice on the difference between the "fine" surface primer and the regular stuff? Or is the grainy finish due to the weather and spraying distance?
Finally set up my Tamiya Spray Works basic compressor and airbrush. I tested it out with diluted food coloring just now, and the airbrush keeps spraying air even when I'm not pressing the trigger. I inserted the needle as deep as it would go without forcing it, and it decreased the airflow, but there's still a little air shooting from it. Or maybe I should use a little more force and insert the needle a little deeper? Is this normal for airbrushes? I thought only double-action airbrushes sprayed air when the trigger isn't pulled? The one included with my compressor set is a single-action one. I'd appreciate any advice.