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May 31, 2002, 11:35 AM
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What kind of paint for Tiger Moth?

Well I finnally picked up the Tiger Moth from the LHS. After reading all the posts and looking at some of the mod's, I've decided to paint the TM in the colors of the one at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome.
What kind/brand of spraypaints can I use that won't eat the foam?

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May 31, 2002, 12:44 PM
Michele Somaschini, Spain
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I used thinned TAMIYA acrilics for my Cub.

Covers OK and dryes very fast. Easy to clean (alcohol or water).

Use an airbrush for better covering. You'll save weight too.
May 31, 2002, 02:05 PM
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Testor Model Master is foam safe. Also the little cans of acrylic Krylon. Check the can.

The testors will eat the foam is applied heavy. Use light coats.

May 31, 2002, 06:17 PM
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The Krylons work but some of the metalics can eat some types of foam.

I think they are all safe for the TM's foam as I tried a little Chrome on part of an old TM before spraying my MiniMax with it.

The Chrome did attack an older expanded foam model I had. Others have been no problem.
May 31, 2002, 07:58 PM
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Testors has foam paint that works; however, my son and I both went too fancy in painting our TM's and made them too heavy. Don't get carried away with adding stuff. Just fly it.

May 31, 2002, 08:06 PM
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Stock sucks!

I used Humbrol Acrylics thinned with a bit o' water and airbrushed on. Total paint weight was less than 9 grams. (yeah, I measured it before and after!)

Ok, ok, so corey painted it but it was my idea...
May 31, 2002, 09:01 PM
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DAAAMN! that is some paint job 2wise4gas.

I found some tamyia acrylic paint today, couldn't find the maroon and silver I liked so I'm doing it in Camo!! I saw a pic of one with green and brown camo with a yellow bottom on the fuse, I wish I could remember where I saw it... I didn't know you could thin the acrylic paint with water. I bought the acrylic thinner, oh well.
Jun 01, 2002, 10:34 PM
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Thanks! I didn't know there was such stuff as acrylic thinner...
Jun 01, 2002, 11:01 PM
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Hey guys let me offer some suggestions. I come from a scale modeling background (you know, plastic models) so I have sprayed a little Tamiya in my time. If you will thin it with Isopropyl Alcohol when you airbrush, it will work great. Also remember that "flat" paints will give you much better coverage. If you love that gloss look, just airbrush your plane with Future floor wax. Thin it with a little water, and remember LIGHT coats, and it will really shine up your model. Keep your airbrush moving to avoid those dreaded puddles, and remember to keep it light so not to add weight. Also a tip for all of you using Tamiya acrylics, Windex window cleaner will clean up your airbrush lickity split, but keep it away from your model, it will also ruin that paint job. Happy modeling.........

Eddie Krieger
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Jun 02, 2002, 01:48 AM
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Tamyia paints

Well I finished painting the TM today. The tamyia paints arent too bad. I think that the tamyia acrylic thinner is nothing more than isopropyl alcohol. At least thats what it smells like. I can't believe I payed $7 for that little bottle. Oh well, live and learn.. anyway I'm posting a pic of it. It's my first attempt at painting foam in camo paint.
I'll post another when its all done and ready to fly.

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