Airbrushing and wing leading edges

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tomcosgrave
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Airbrushing and wing leading edges

Postby tomcosgrave » Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:28 am

Hi all,

So I'm having my first really tiresome problem while getting to grips with airbrushing - the paint keeps missing the leading edges of the wings! If I take the airbrush in too close the paint will pool and start to run and it obviously looks awful.

What is the best way to hold the model to ensure paint goes onto the leading edges as evenly as possible?

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beowulf
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Re: Airbrushing and wing leading edges

Postby beowulf » Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:47 am

erm...you are masking the edge, arnt you?

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Re: Airbrushing and wing leading edges

Postby tomcosgrave » Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:50 am

Ah. No.
The top and bottom of this model is one colour, so it never occurred to me!

Edited to add - not sure if that would help solve the issue - the paint is not landing on the leading edge of the wing at all. It's not a problem where colour is going where it shouldn't.

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Re: Airbrushing and wing leading edges

Postby tomcosgrave » Fri Jan 22, 2016 6:26 pm

Had another attempt at this and it was better.
I think it's just technique and maybe the mix of paint.

I'm going to stop painting the Zero now and get on with finishing the build, putting a gloss coat on and get the decals down, then a matt coat - and then onto the next model...

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Re: Airbrushing and wing leading edges

Postby beowulf » Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:31 am

to me it sounds like the paint is too thin

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Re: Airbrushing and wing leading edges

Postby tomcosgrave » Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:45 am

I think that was an issue alright. I thickened it up for the second attempt and it was much better.
I'll get there, it's just practise!

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Re: Airbrushing and wing leading edges

Postby Vinny » Sat Jan 23, 2016 11:17 pm

Yeah, I think the paint is too thin and running off the edges. Either way you shouldn't be getting runs. If the paint is too thin just buid up the colour in very thin layers allowing a bit drying time between each. If the paint is too thick and your getting runs you're being way too heavy handed with the paint and you'll end up filling surface details with all that paint. The key is to take it slowly and build your colour up. Trying to cover in one or two coats isn't a very good idea… especially when you get around to pre-shading and you don't want your top coat to cover all the pre-shading underneath.

It's all a learning experience and it's good have a few kits to practice your airbrushing skills on. We've all been there with runs, heavy application of paint etc.

Practice, practice, practice!

Keep going!
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