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Techniques For Mastering An Airbrush...

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For those who don't already know, an airbrush is simply a precision air driven paint sprayer. However, it differs from a conventional paint gun or spray can, because it is precision instrument that can be adjusted to achieve different and highly detailed effects.

Airbrushing can add amazing realism and special effects to any model railroad layout. An airbrush can be used for all sorts of projects from weathering buildings, adding subtle effects to landscapes and backdrops, through to adding realism to advertising signs and rolling stock.

Airbrushing is a skill that takes time and practice to master, but when done well, results in a very good finish. However, don’t expect to get a good finish first time... it takes practice.

Many airbrush artists create works that are so sharp in detail, so lifelike as to mimic the real thing. An airbrush can also be used to get the opposite effect of feather-edged, cloud-like softness... the type of subtlety that couldn't be achieved with a paintbrush. So, whether it is detail, from fine lines to wispy, or mere suggestions of color, an airbrush is a versatile tools to use on any model railroad layout.

Here is a sample page from the ebook...

Airbrush Spraying Techniques

The first important tip is to always start spraying before reaching the model and continue spraying after leaving the model. This will give a more even paint coverage on the model. It will also give you time to stop spraying if the paint splatters or the color or effect doesn't look right. Here is what I mean:

Test the spraying again on a piece of old newspaper before spraying your model.


1. Start spraying before reaching the model.

When spraying hold the airbrush at an angle to the model being sprayed. The paint cup needs to stay upright to avoid spillage.

The airbrush should usually be positioned between 6 inches to 18 inches from the model depending on the size of the model being sprayed and the volume and intensity of paint required.

2. Move the airbrush smoothly at a steady pace.






3. Don't stop spraying until you are past the end of
the model.


Don't try and coat the roof with just one coat of paint. Three or four light coats are usually best. Make several smooth passes with the airbrush with the first coat being just a light dusting of paint that might look very pale in color. Allow drying time between coats by following the paint manufacturers guidelines. Repeat process 3 or 4 times.

The Model Train Help Ebook currently includes a bonus section on "Mastering An Airbrush Step-By-Step."


  • The secrets to using an airbrush for weathering buildings    
    and trains.
  • How to best mix paint to stop it from spluttering.
  • The easy to use kitchen product that will save you money.
  • Step-by-step diagrams for controlling the flow of paint
  • And, a clever tip to stop moisture dripping on your
    paintwork...and more!


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Here are 9 top rail excursions and vacation destinations to get you started (there are many more) :

1. Trans Siberian railway tours

2. Switzerland's Alpine scenery by train

3. Reunification Express tour - Vietnam

4. USA Coast to Coast

5. Canadian Rockies and a journey on the Rocky Mountaineer

6. Australia & the Ghan Luxury Train

7. Discovering Japan by train

8. London to Jordan, by rail

9. China by High Speed rail

Click the above links to read more above each of these rail journeys.

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At the moment the Model Train Help Ebook includes a bonus section explaining airbrushing techniques.

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