Which airbrush for detailing a studio scale Tie ?

gladus63

Active Member
I bought a studio scale tie from Steve and I was wondering which airbrush would gave the best result for detailing it ?
Same question for the emperor palpatine head ?
I was thinking about the Iwata micron CMC plus, is it good for that purpose ?


Thanks


Cedric
 

Gigatron

Sr Member
The micron series are great for very, very fine line work.

For larger areas, I would go with an eclipse. The CS is a top feed, so it can do really nice fine line work but it can also do larger areas - a 2 for 1 brush, if you will. I personally use the BCS (a bottom feed) because I generally don't use an airbrush for detail work - I just don't have the skill for it.

Either way, You'll never go wron with an iwata.

If you're interested, here's a discussion we had a while back concerning airbrushes, paints and techniques.

http://www.rpf.invisionzone.com/index.php?showtopic=78141

-Fred
 

gladus63

Active Member
Thank Fred for your reply, I read the thread in the archive and I'm wondering if the HP-CS IWATA could detailed enough the vains of my palpatine eyes that I'm making ?

I intend to use Tamya acrylic paint.

In the archive someone wrote that you could use alcohol as a Tamya paint thinner, is any alcohol good for that purpose ?

Thanks

Cedric

PS : it's easy to make this eyes
 

STEVE THE SWEDE

Sr Member
Tamiya paints can be thinned with Isypropanol, same stuff as used in window cleaners. However, IMO Tamiyas paints work so much better if they are thinned with Tamiyas own thinner. Costs more but clearly worth it IMO.

Cheers,

Steve.
 

fettster

Sr Member
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Thank Fred for your reply, I read the thread in the archive and I'm wondering if the HP-CS IWATA could detailed enough the vains of my palpatine eyes that I'm making ?

I intend to use Tamya acrylic paint.

In the archive someone wrote that you could use alcohol as a Tamya paint thinner, is any alcohol good for that purpose ?

Thanks

Cedric

PS : it's easy to make this eyes
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i really like those eyes.

how did you do them?
 

Gigatron

Sr Member
The CS could easily handle the thin lines if using a thinned paint being shot between 5 and 8 psi. The real problem is control. Are your hands steady enough to do fine line work like that?

I find eye veins are best done with a round, 5/0, camel hair brush. The near-needle point of that brush is perfect for a job like that. They're a little more expensive than regular, run of the mill paintbrushes, but they are so worth it.

Very rarely will a job ever be done with one kind of tool. I've been airbrushing for the better part of 2 yrs now and I don't think I've ever done a project that was strictly all airbrush.

But don't get me wrong, I'd love to be able to add a micron C and an eclipse CS to my collection one day. Between those three (micron C, eclipse BCS and CS), there shouldn't be any project you couldn't handle.

-Fred
 

gladus63

Active Member
First, thanks you all for your help,

"i really like those eyes.

how did you do them?"


As for the eyes, you need to find a washer which have the size of the retina (1/2 "), you paint it and let it dry.

Then you make a mold with clay or modelling paste using something spheric (1 " in diameter).

After this is done, at the bottom of the mold you make a little "depression" with another round thing (1/2 " diameter for the retina).

Then you fill this little "depression" with clear resin. (2 parts epoxyde)

When it's dry you stick your painted washer on the clear resin (at the center of course) with another small amount of clear resin. But beware of not filling the center hole of the washer, you will have to fill it with clear resin mixed with black ink (I used old bubble jet printer black ink).

And your are almost done, just filling the rest of the mold with white resin.

Hope this will help you (it makes my french brain almost overloaded to traduce)

Ask me if you need some details
 
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