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Paints and Glues etc.
Most of our paints come in tiny tins or bottles because they are mianly
used for painting plastic kits.
Humbrol do enamel paints in small tins and we have a huge range of
colours. Revell also do enamel colours and we sell those too. Humbrol
make an acrylic range of railway colours. They also do acrylic paints
in spray cans. Tamiya makes acrylic sprays and they also do a range of
colours specifically for painting Lexan bodyshells. The colours of the
ordinary acrylic sprays begin with TS before the colour code number and
the Lexan spray paints begin with PS before the number. It is important
to buy the correct paint for the job, so if you are in doubt its always
better to ask.
Sending aerosol paints to customers now is difficult since Royal Mail
will not now allow sellers to send pressurized items i.e. aerosols in
the normal post. Some Couriers will still allow them to be sent, but the
costs involved are much higher.
In the same way that a workman is only as good as his tools, an artist
is only as good as his brush. Modellers have to be artists whether they
are painting a model railway layout or backscene, or an Airfix or other
plastic model kit. Flat brushes are useful for painting large areas,
whereas fine haired round brushes are needed to paint the detail on a
model face or uniform. There is a huge range of sizes and materials
from best quality sable hair brushes, to artificial hair or cheaper
natural hair brushes. We even sell glue or dope brushes made from stiff
If you are willing to spend some time going through a learning curve,
then an airbush is a very useful skill to acquire. Pricewise these
begin at a modest sum, usually under £20.00 and are used with a can of
pressurized air. They usually come with a single nozzle for general
purpose use. This is suitable for larger areas of paint, but if you need
to do more detailed work, you will need a selection of
nozzles. You can use a variety of paints in your airbrush, as long as it is thinned to a suitable consistency. We usually suggest the consistency of milk is ideal.
Problems usually arise with blockages in the nozzle so frequent
cleaning is required. Applying thin coats of paint which will dry
quickly is preferable to trying to do it all in one thick coat, as there
is a danger of paint runs.
For the more experienced airbush operator, different kinds of airbrush
are available including some which are used with a compressor.The more
expensive airbrushes usually come with a selection of nozzles which will
enable you to paitn considerable detail with accuracy.
We counted up how many glues we stock one day recently and we were
amazed that we actually had approximately 90 different glues on our
It makes things slightly complicated when a customer comes in asking for
"some glue" as we have to ask them what they are gluing. Perhaps we
shouldn't be surprised when we get requests for "something to stick the
gear lever back into my car"( i.real car) or for the fridge door, or the
trim on the oven.
There are different glues for plastic kits, or wooden models. Some
glues have different setting times such as Epoxy glues and others stick
straightaway such as superglues. Special glues are needed to stick foam
together . Its always advisable to check the composition of the things
you want to stick before you come and ask for some glue as we then stand
a much better chance of getting the right glue for you.