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  1. I have seen a couple of paint charts comparing the various brands of paints to one another. None of them cover all the model paints available and none of them cover the MS paints. I am unable to find the copies I have of these charts - and I might have deleted them as they were essentially useless. Check out Chuck Passaro's build log of the original MS longboat kit to see the colors Chuck used. He designed the original smaller scale MS longboat kit. Best source you will find for the longboat. Kurt
  2. Bob is correct about the article in Shop Notes 2. It was very costly to print this with accurate color chips and the original author of the article, Eric A. R. Ronnberg, Jr., was consulted and gave final approval of the reprint. In Shop Notes 2 it is 4 pages of text, 5 pages of color chips and two large photographs of models by Mr. Ronnberg with one model having three additional color chips specific to that model. The text in SN2 has been shortened from the 7 pages in the original article. The original article in it's entirety is available on our CD set - The First 40 Years from the NRG store. NRG members get 20% off the $74.95 price of the two disc set. The article in PDF format can also be obtained by contacting the office - it is not available direct from the store at this time but if you tell Mary you want the article by Ronnberg on colors she will ask you to pay $2.50 and we can email you a PDF copy. Be advised that your computer screen may not show the colors matching the printed colors in SN2. So unfortunately if you want the full text you will need the PDF article from the Office and a copy of Shop Notes 2 for the actual color plates - also from the office or store. The price of Shop Notes 2 is $35 - NRG members get a 20% discount saving $7. If one is interested in the research and text the PDF copy might be all you need. One quote from the article is "The specific colors must be treated as approximations -- randomly-chosen points, each within a range of shades to which a specific name was given" so while the PDF colors might not match the color chips in Shop Notes 2 exactly, even they are approximations. But if you are at all familiar with Mr. Ronnberg's work you know that his "approximation" is pretty darn close to right on. It's a matter of how accurate you think your screen reproduces colors. Kurt
  3. The masking technique I mentioned will work with any combination of paints. Kurt
  4. Have you seen the supercharged nitro Harley Davidson bikes run? They are absolutely scary!
  5. They have also shortened the length for the Nitro cars to 1,000 feet from the old 1,320 due to the high speeds and running out of shut down space. The funny cars are running almost identical times and speeds to the top fuel dragsters today. Kurt
  6. A tip to avoid the bleed under the tape with the second color - after you have the masking tape in place for the second color - in this case over the white, lightly spray the edge of the tape with some of the white paint. If there is any bleed under the tape it will be white and it will never bee seen. The addition of the light mist of white seals the edge of the tape to prevent any of the red bleeding under. Do not spray towards the white at the edge of the tape or you will get a build up. Just a mist and at close to 90 degrees. This should solve any bleed issues assuming the tape is tight to the surface. Hope this helps next time. Kurt
  7. The hangers for the steam pipes are a neat detail that you have added. Kurt
  8. Some photos of my airbrush station and associated stuff. The spray booth - just out of the box. Badger sent this to me several years ago to test. I liked it and use it for all but larger hulls. Has the proper explosion proof motor and wiring. I added a nylon stocking to the exhaust duct that I added coming off the back that catches some fine particles that get past the filters. If I use it for solvent based paints I add a piece of duct and move it over to exhaust out the window. But it's not an issue 90+% of the time as I use acrylics almost exclusively. I don't think Badger ever sold these units but there are similar units on the market. If you only use acrylics a spray booth is a DIY project - but, in my opinion, if you use solvent based paints unless you have the knowledge and access to the specialized class of electrical components to use with flammable liquids it's best to purchase a properly built booth. The photo below shows the booth after a lot of use. My set up is contained on a hospital patient table that adjusts for height (I used to use it for rigging until I vowed to never rig any model with more than a single mast). The spray booth sits on top and the compressor sits on top of the base in a small tray I made. The black rectangle on the flex arm is a 3 level LED light that has greatly increased the lighting for my set up. As it's outside the booth there isn't any concern about paint over-spray getting on the lens. The filter needs to be replaced soon. I have two filters with the front one being discarded when dirty and the back one then becomes the front one with a new filter piece behind it. The arrangement of Airbrush holders and accessory items w/o the spray booth in place. My airbrushes now all have quick disconnect fittings so I have eliminated multiple hoses and having to bend down and change the hoses (with quick disconnects) at the regulator. I keep my paints in a file cabinet I got when a pharmacy shut down. The drawers are sized for prescription forms so the paint bottles are not lost in a deep drawer. The drawer pulled out and the two below it hold all of my paints. The nice thing about having the set up on wheels is I can put it into an alcove when not being used freeing up floor space. Kurt
  9. Bob; I agree that it does reduce the danger by providing extraction of the hazardous fumes. However I take exception with the rest of your statement that "fire/explosion hazards are probably not a relevant issue in hobby installations." I say this a retired Chief of Fire Prevention with a lot of experience with spray painting. If the air to fuel mix in and around a spray area - regardless of hobby or big scale - reaches the lower explosive limit, the hazard is at least equal and possibly more in the hobby use just because in most home areas there are absolutely no safety features found in large scale painting areas such as proper electrical connections, sealed conduits, etc. Just because one only sprays occasionally doesn't make them immune to the laws of nature. If the area has a fuel/air mix that falls between the lower and upper explosive limits of a flammable liquid and any source of ignition is within the area, a fire/explosion is very likely to happen. I have seen the results of thinking this isn't an issue for the small or infrequent use as well as by the frequent users with big spray booths with all the safety features who do spraying outside the booth because it was only a little job. Auto body shops are prime examples of this - and a source of significant numbers of fires. Please don't ignore the warnings on the paint containers to use in a well ventilated area as there are also health concerns about breathing the same fumes. Kurt
  10. I routinely use rattle can paints in my airbrushes. The trick is getting the paint into a jar w/o getting paint all over the shop. Usually a tin foil sort of closed shield can be formed around the top of the jar and the spray nozzle of the spray can. Use exam gloves and push down the nozzle through the tin foil and 90%+ gets into the jar. Let it outgas for a few minutes and then use in the airbrush. Get to use some colors that just are not available except in a rattle can but with the ultimate control in application - the airbrush. Kurt
  11. Expanded information on the 2019 conference has been posted to the NRG Web Site. https://www.thenrg.org/nrg-2019-conference.php The downloadable registration form is also now posted. More than half of the rooms have been reserved so make hotel reservations ASAP. The tour numbers are limited by both museums so sign up early to assure you will be able to participate. Kurt
  12. Thanks Gregory. FoxtrotHotel and others - Please don't continue to question or discuss the policy until you have read the rules about pirated kits. They are pretty clear. As Chuck said, we are looking at some changes for original work by some of these banned mfgs - but until then the rules as written stand. Kurt
  13. Congratulations Roger. I am working on a review of your book for the Journal and I have to say that you earned the honorable mention for sure. Kurt

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