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A Day with the Air Brush

German infantry in front of three Ban Dai Hanomags

German infantry in front of three Ban Dai Hanomags

In 2009 a buddy gave me an airbrush, and then I deployed to Iraq, moved twice, retired, and changed jobs.  Today was the first time I had a chance to play with it.  About a year ago, my dad replaced his compressor and gave me the old one.  Last time I used an airbrush was probably 35 years ago with Humbrol oil-based paint.  There was a bit of a learning curve with getting the consistency right with acrylics and also learning how to operate this model air brush.  The results are passable.  These are all 1:48 kits, and I will use them with my 28mm Combat Patrol(TM) games.

German infantry in front of a Fuman Hetzer

German infantry in front of a Fuman Hetzer

Italieri 3-ton 4x2 cargo truck

Italieri 3-ton 4x2 cargo truck

Fuman Sherman 76mm

Fuman Sherman 76mm

The Sherman and Hetzer kits came with stick on “decals,” but they had a hunter green background.  I tried cutting the stars out of the background, but the results were pretty lousy.  Instead, I hand painted the stars, which is slightly less lousy.

Rear of Fuman Sherman 76mm

Rear of Fuman Sherman 76mm

These aren’t going to win any contests, but they are good enough for gaming.  This was a fun project, and I enjoyed getting to play with an airbrush again.  I also air brushed a bunch of science fiction vehicles for 28mm Combat Patrol(TM): Science Fiction, but I haven’t done the detail work on them yet, so those pictures will wait for another day.


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