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FROM THE August 2011 ISSUE

Transferring paint

Tip: I am French-speaking, so feel free to make any corrections if needed.

For many years now, I have been an avid Scale Auto reader. Every issue is enjoyable, and can be helpful one way or another.

While reading the airbrushing articles in the April 2011 magazine, I thought maybe this tip could help other modelers.

Every time I do an airbrushing session, I use a large glass dropper [Based on photos that accompanied his tip, Claude is using what we would call a “turkey baster” – Ken]. I use the vacuum action of the dropper to transfer the hand-mixed paint from the can to the airbrush jar. Good quantity control, easy, quick, no mess.

Then I pump and release some reducer in a clean jar to rinse the dropper. This reducer is then mixed with the paint to thin it as required. No lost material.

When the painting is finished, the dropper is once again used to clean the airbrush. The dropper is filled with reducer, which is pumped out through the airbrush. Works great for me.

Claude Boulais
St.-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada

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