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  1. In economics, a false economy is an action that saves money at the beginning but which, over a longer period of time, results in more money being spent or wasted than being saved. For example, it may be false economy if a city government decided to purchase the least expensive automobiles for use by city workers, as cheap automobiles have a record of needing more frequent repairs in the long term and the additional repair costs would eradicate any initial savings. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_economy
  2. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=wood+texture+miniature
  3. Scale75

    Hey everyone, I know there are some people who are scale75 fans here and since the price hike might not have wanted to pay the premium. They are available now at michtoy for 20% until the end of the month. Also scale color acrylic thinner is finally available in the USA now too.
  4. Hey guys I put up a rust texture tutorial video on youtube. I'd appreciate if you have a little time to watch it and comment here or there about what you liked and what you didn't like and about what kind of content you would like to see. Thanks.
  5. Scarlet and Sable tutorial videos

    a tutorial about face painting. For the people by a person.
  6. Scarlet and Sable tutorial videos

    The next youtube https://youtu.be/3WYjsIJLQTE is up. This about using oil paints for weathering. Thanks.
  7. I'm ready to admit I have a problem. I collect airbrushes. Now thats out of the way. I'm curious about different brands of airbrushes and I feel like I really need to know exactly what a particular airbrush does before I can rule out whether or not it truly is as wonderful as the internet says it is (its not). I bought an H&S evolution AL plus. Its pretty good. Its about $230 american. I bent the needle the first time I cleaned it. My kneejerk reaction is say what a POS this thing is but its not. Maybe I just have grubby working man hands that are too rough on precision tools (fyi I do the same thing to my iwata and badger needles and they don't bend). I used a cotton swab with acetone on it and I lightly pulled away from the body towards the tip of the needle to remove the tip dry. I didn't do it light enough and the tip started to make a move towards the tropic of cancer and acquired a slight bend in it. Nothing serious but when you do a top down look at the spray pattern it clearly favors one side now. So now I'm steamed. I just ruined my brand new airbrush. HOW THE F DO YOU CLEAN AN H&S NEEDLE WITHOUT BENDING IT. Ok the anger is out, let the healing begin.
  8. I bought an evolution AL plus. Most of the euros rave about these airbrushes. many amazing miniatures have been painted with them. I find the pattern it sprays to be a little wide for my taste. I dislike the trigger feel. I prefer iwata, badger and then my H&S in that order.
  9. Minitaire Brand Airbrush Paint

    I advise using some Createx W500 reducer. The minitaire work well with that reducer. I had very very bad tip dry when I used them and finally when I tried using the W500 they transformed from poor to very serviceable.
  10. I've used vallejo chipping medium its terrible. Its inconsistent and I have always had a different experience using it. I would try it out on different test pieces first until I could figure out how to make it work consistently. However if you have some money or are lucky and you already have it in your house is tres emme ultra fine mist. I heard about this product in the scale modelling community. It works consistently there is a learning curve but I find that tres emme behaves the same way every time, vallejo seems to act differently each time i've used it. I've used vallejo about 3-4 times and I couldn't get it to work right.
  11. [SPLIT] Vortex Shakers

    These are all great anecdotes but why don't we start with how many people have died or gotten sick from buying a used vortex mixer. Friends, friends of friends and acquaintances are accepted. Maybe even something you read on a forum.
  12. [SPLIT] Vortex Shakers

    I... I hadn't even thought of that... Glow in the dark minis! And is Robert equipped to detect residual radiation? Can he actually work with it? Would residual radiation on one of these things, if any, more than the radiation you are getting from that smartphone in your pocket right now? I mean, let's not over react. Let's be cautious, that's all. I generally roll my eyes when people get on their high horse and preach safety. I mean this is a mini forum after all not a hazmat refresher course. I believe in personal freedom and I served in the military to protect peoples right to do whatever dumb stuff they want to do. I wear earplugs, I wear a respirator. I wear safety glasses when I cut brass rods. I always wore a full face helmet on a motorcycle because I was almost killed on one and I would be damned if I lived the rest of my life with brain damage or missing a jaw. But I would never tell people to do what I do. However, I'm a product of the 80's and nearly every movie had some kind of nuclear threat in it, war games, project x, ferris buellers day off (j/k I was on a mathew broderick roll) mad max, red dawn, terminator and so on. So there is this deep seated animalistic fear of all things radiation. A more cynical person might thing that perhaps a very subtle viral marketing campaign was going on to push people away from procuring their own mixers and going through more "trusted" sources. Nuclear material is very tightly controlled and I have to believe disposal procedures are such that any kind of equipment that even had a chance of being exposed would be destroyed or quarantined but accidents happen. I think they found a USB stick in a computer somehwere in the middle east that had all kinds of CIA operatives and informants information sticking in a computer that was available to anyone passing by...
  13. [SPLIT] Vortex Shakers

    mine is 120vac times and .65 amps. I used max voltage instead of RMA or average peak. converted to HP using a google converter I get .105 HP peak if you were running at max voltage and max amperage. So its actually probably less than that.
  14. [SPLIT] Vortex Shakers

    Wow I think I missed the fine print about these things being used possibly in radioactive applications.
  15. I'd be on the look out for clumpy or gritty pigment. If you don't have that then they ate probably fine. I have had acrylics hobby paint sit in my mailbox in -20 to -30 Fahrenheit without residual signs of ruination.
  16. I'd use a rake or another special effect brush. Probably make it easier.
  17. Scale75

    if you read the forum rules the actual verbage is that you aren't allowed to sell things for personal gain, look for a job or conduct commerce. Commerce by definition is the exchange of social views or attitudes. So really posting to this forum in anyway by anyone is forbidden. So I say elf it. Take your chances.
  18. Scale75

    Anyone take the plunge on the new book yet?
  19. [SPLIT] Vortex Shakers

    I think maybe the problem with mine could be that I got the one with the rubber platform instead of the cup. For scale 75 which is very thick it doesn't seem violent enough to vortex the pigment. However if most of your paint is reaper of Vallejo this will serve you well.
  20. Gryphonne Sepia Wash

    That recipe looks pretty dang close. I approve.
  21. [SPLIT] Vortex Shakers

    I have used scale 75 bottles that have space. I put one with a mixing bead ball in it and it doesn't seem to really be agitating it like I saw in the video. I think my used one might be a little weak.
  22. [SPLIT] Vortex Shakers

    My mixer works well with Scale 75 paint that's good. I have scale 75 that's been upside down and it's from some of the earliest batches so they are overfilled and the really thick clay like pigment is crammed into the tip. I've been having problems with my scale 75 drying streaky and chunky. I really hope this thing will restore them for me.
  23. [SPLIT] Vortex Shakers

    If this thing works on scale 75 then it's worth it 100%
  24. Painting headaches

    Reading glass were a revelation for me this year. I don't need glasses yet but they really help. I almost can't paint without them now. And your light can be affecting you, get more light get white light 6500k+. Finally if you are concentrating a lot, focusing a lot at your job then you may not have it in you to paint at night. I often don't. If that continues during your time off then something else is going on.
  25. Scale75

    maybe. What is more likely based on nearly every order I've placed with MICHTOY ever is that they can get it by Friday. They just don't tell you which Friday. I'm not slamming MICHTOY in particular, since every online retailer doesn't really have an accurate in stock status. For a lot of the Spanish products in stock actually means can order the item. If you don't believe me call MICHTOY and ask if everything is there. If it is I'll be surprised. To that end they do make good on orders but can take weeks. To save on shipping they wait till everything arrives to ship. My record is 5 weeks after I ordered I think. Usually I think it's 2-3 weeks. This can probably be avoided if you specify you want everything on hand to ship immediately and agree to pay shipping twice. The order was for some enamels once and another time it was for some Tamiya paints. If you do order and your item happens to actually not be "in stock" (clutch my pearls!) Follow up. One of my orders lingered on a shelf in limbo before I called to determine its whereabouts.