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Model Air user’s guide

1. Choose the range you are going to use on your model, using historic references and profiles. The colour chart will be very useful. Check that the dispensers are in perfect condition. If not, use paper towel to clean them.
2. You can apply a preliminary coat of primer if you so wish, leaving it to dry for to 2 to 4 hours, following the instructions for Vallejo Primer.
3. The characteristics and behaviour of the Model Air colours also allow them to be used directly as primer. The use of neutral tones such as a white or grey is recommended.

4. Select the base colour according to the colour scheme you want to use, vigorously shaking the container up and down. Starting with a dark shade which acts as pre-shading is recommended.
5. Once the lid has been unscrewed and the dispenser tip of the container is clean, you can put the paint straight into the cup of the airbrush, checking that it flows evenly.
6. Although it is not necessary, adding drops of thinner in a ratio of 1:3 is recommended. The thinner does not alter the binding and covering capacity of Model Air.

7. If you wish to obtain a glossy finish, add a few drops of Model Air Gloss Varnish, mixing it with the paint using a soft hair brush.
8. Use a soft hair brush to mix the paint, varnish and thinner evenly, making sure you get right to the bottom of the cup.
9. Several thin coats should be applied, allowing the paint to dry between coats. Avoid trying to cover all the surfaces with a single coat. Model Air dries quickly, although the process can be speeded up by spraying air with the airbrush.

10. Different Model Air products can be mixed without any problem to provide your model with volume, avoiding the monotony of a flat surface.
11. By lighting and shading, using masking and defining areas, Model Air provides subtle changes in shade with a satisfactory outcome for the model maker.
12. The final result has a realistic appearance and provides additional protection against subsequent treatments and artistic effects, such as filtering, washing or melting.

13. Ensure that your airbrush is completely clean before beginning the painting processes, checking in particular the tip and that the needle moves freely.
14. Using a 0.2 needle is ideal for modelling work, as it allows extensive surfaces to be covered and small details to be defined.
15. Use pressure of between 0.5 and 1kg in your compressor, first trying it out on paper until the desired line is achieved.

16. During use, regularly clean the tip with paper towel dampened with alcohol or Vallejo Cleaner, as the formulation of acrylic resin can cause the accumulation of pigment on the tip after a period of continuous work.
17. Changes in colour require the airbrush to be cleaned quickly, emptying any remains of unused paint into a recipient.
18. Then add an amount of Vallejo Airbrush Cleaner, pouring it straight into the cup of the airbrush.

19. Loosen the rear thread of the needle stop and carefully move it back slightly, so as to allow the cup to be cleaned easily.
20. Using a no. 10 soft brush, stir the cleaner inside the cup, subsequently emptying the contents of the cup and removing any solid remains which could prevent the tip from moving through.
21. Remove the Airbrush Cleaner with the leftover paint and any solid particles which could prevent the tip from moving freely, pouring it into a recipient.

22. Add the Cleaner again, spraying it onto cellulose paper towel, and increase the pressure of the compressor to between 1 and 1.5kg. This will help to unblock and completely clean the movable mechanisms and parts.
23. As part of the general cleaning process, the needle can carefully be completely removed, avoiding any sudden movements or rubbing against the tip. The needle should then be cleaned with Cleaner and paper towel, before inserting it back into the body of the airbrush.
24. The tip of the needle can occasionally be gently sanded down with 600-1000 grit wet sandpaper, leaning on a flat surface. This will remove any remains embedded in the metal as it is sanded down.

Categories:  Model Air
Date of publication: 03/06/2010
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