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4 days and counting

I have to admit it, I’m excited. springfield is just 4 days away and even the idea of 16 hours in a car with my brother can’t dampen my mood. i just love going to train shows and going to the biggest one in the country is great. i hope i get a chance to see some of it.

the disks are burned and packed, the layout is running (still needs work but I think it will show well) All I need to do now is pack some cloths and find my fez.

On a completely unrelated note: Consider it a tip of the month.

I use a lot of dull coat. In an effort to save a bit of coin I bought a large can of Krylon matt uv resistant spray. now i know that this can happen with any clear coat but this was particularly bad. I had just sprayed a big commissioned job. hundreds of hours of work and watched in horror as it it turned a foggy white as it dried. OK don’t panic, I’ve seen this before. i remembered that a second spray will some times correct the problem. I did that after the model was good and dry from the first spray. the improvement was very good but not perfect. i wanted to try to understand what was happening so I ran a test bu spraying some art work in my scrap pile. Again it turned milky white. I did a strip test across the face of the art. one strip was one respray. Another strip was two sprays and the last strip was sprayed over with Testors dull coat. each strip sprayed showed improvement but I have to say the Testors worked far better, both clearing up the fog and leaving a nice surface. So I’m endorsing it. Testors works best.


Hope to see lots of you at the show


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Reader Comments (3)

I just wish Testors would make a can of dull coat that was worth the money. I too have gone through the Krylon test, didn't have it fog up but found that it didn't turn out as dull as I wanted. Airbrushed options are good too but you can't beat the convenience of picking up a can of dull coat for a quick shot.
January 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCory
I finally got to meet you guys at the show. I really liked your layout, and walked away even more impressed with what you can do with this 'technology'. The printed models allow great results even if your handiwork is less than perfect. BUT, if you take the time to be extra careful with the knife, color all the edges carefully, reinforce walls here and there, and be a little creative, the models come alive. I also really liked your tiny rolling stock and box cabs. I am looking forward to building them in O scale and detailing them up! I think they are going to be awesome. Keep up the inspiring work!

January 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBen
About the Krylon milky-ness issue. Thom told me that he was told to paint the models with gloss first, followed by the matte or flat coats. Maybe it has something to do with the product absorbing into the paper/wood?

January 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBen

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