Tamiya Modeller Sidecutters


As a side from my builds I recently picked up a pair of these Tamiya Modellers Side Cutters or sprue cutters as they are sometimes called on a visit to my local model shop and I am that impressed thought I would post about them.

I was always skeptical about these when I saw them on the shelves of the model stores as they seemed so expensive, especially compared with my cheapo Draper cutters I had been repurposing as sprue cutters but I have to say these are worth every penny.

They feel solid and extremely well made, the handles are nicely moulded and don’t feel like the plastic is going to come off in your hand whilst you’re using them. The cutting edges are extremely sharp and the blades are narrow enough to get fairly close to the model part but easily avoid cutting too close and damaging the part.

I know theres nothing exciting about sprue cutters but if your in the market to get a new pair or are looking to upgrade your existing set then you could do a lot worse than to pick a pair of these up. They really do make the tedious task of removing parts from the sprues a little less tedious!

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Budget Airbrush with Big Promise


I thought I would pop up a post about a new airbrush I picked up a month or so ago, I usually use an Iwata brush for my work with acrylics but I wanted to have a play about with some lacquer based paint so decided rather than running it through my Iwata just to order a budget airbrush off Amazon for my experiments with the new paint. I had a look and ordered this Agora-tec dual action 0.2mm for the princely sum of £23.95 delivered! I was expecting the brush to be some cheap chinese generic and not much good at this price but I have been pleasantly surprised.

Firstly the brush shipped from Germany not China, and secondly it turns out this is a really nice brush. The nozzle is stainless steel rather than brass and the only thing I have done to it is buff the needle to polish the tip and its given me some great results. I am amazed at how fine I can get the detail with this brush too.

It has an adjustable needle stop and an airflow adjuster on the brush making fine tuning for detail a little easier and if you look in the images above it can produce some really fine lines/detail. The above pics were taken using a premixed Revell Aqua Acrylic that I had just used for large coverage through a 0.35mm needle on a different brush, this has been sprayed on to a sheet of standard white copier paper and I hadn’t adjusted the thinning/air pressure at all, you can get a much more even line if you spend the time to set it up properly.

Budget Airbrush with Big Promise


I thought I would pop up a post about a new airbrush I picked up a month or so ago, I usually use an Iwata brush for my work with acrylics but I wanted to have a play about with some lacquer based paint so decided rather than running it through my Iwata just to order a budget airbrush off Amazon for my experiments with the new paint. I had a look and ordered this Agora-tec dual action 0.2mm for the princely sum of £23.95 delivered! I was expecting the brush to be some cheap chinese generic and not much good at this price but I have been pleasantly surprised.

Firstly the brush shipped from Germany not China, and secondly it turns out this is a really nice brush. The nozzle is stainless steel rather than brass and the only thing I have done to it is buff the needle to polish the tip and its given me some great results. I am amazed at how fine I can get the detail with this brush too.

It has an adjustable needle stop and an airflow adjuster on the brush making fine tuning for detail a little easier and if you look in the images above it can produce some really fine lines/detail. The above pics were taken using a premixed revell aqua that I had just used for large coverage through a 0.35mm needle on a different brush onto a sheet of standard white copier paper and I hadn’t adjusted the thinning/air pressure at all, you can get a much more even line if you spend the time to set it up properly.

Productive afternoon at the office!


So it was quiet on Friday afternoon in the office so I decided to make a new paint rack for my bench. It’s constructed from 10mm white PVC Foam (the green is just the protective masking on the material) which is all glued in place. Bottom shelf is wider than the rest to allow for thinners bottles, mixing jars etc.

My Airbrushes

Airbrushes and my new Neo by Iwata


So my new Airbrush arrived this week. As I have mentioned before I hadn’t really done much in the way of airbrushing in the past but over the last few weeks I have done much practising with the generic dual action one that came with my compressor kit. I have to say I thought the generic was an excellent airbrush and certainly probably more than adequate for most modelling requirements, however I decided I was going to treat myself and ordered a Neo by Iwata.

The Neo arrived well packaged, thick card box that put me in mind of iPhone packaging with the brush, nozzle spanner and small cup sitting nestled inside a High density foam insert. On unboxing the brush and comparing the brushes side by side you can see from the image above with the large cup attached to the Neo there is very little in it size wise between the two.

The detachable cup on the Neo is a nice touch and will certainly make cleaning and easier affair. There is quite a difference in weight between the two brushes too, with the Neo being a lot lighter in the hand.

I hooked the brush up to my compressor and straight away noticed the difference, the Neo atomised the paint into a much finer mist that strangely still seemed more dense than that produced by my generic brush, and the coat went down much more even.

Even the action on the brush seemed almost more responsive, it really doesn’t take much movement on the trigger to go from a fine line to a full wide coverage mist and the brush is capable of emptying even the larger of the two cups in what seems like only a couple of seconds.

The one thing that the Generic does have that the Neo doesn’t is the adjuster on the end of the brush that sets a limit to how far back you can pull the trigger and increase the flow. I have to say as a newbie to airbrushing I did find this feature particularly useful on the generic, but with the Neo I will have no where to hide and will simply have to learn better brush control.