There are a lot of things I just don’t understand about this hobby. Like the attraction to eggplanes.
But one that really flusters me? The way that some products will work like a damn charm on armor builds, but inevitably nearly ruin any aircraft they touch. And vice versa.
A few weeks (months?…you lose track of time with three little kids) ago, I was nearing the end of the road with my Challenger 1. It was time for the flat coat. And this is well-used armor, so I wanted dead flat. The solution was obvious – Alclad’s flat clear is the flattest flat clear I’ve ever used. It works a charm on aircraft.
The second it touched the Challenger is dusted and fuzzed up like nobody’s business. I literally had to sweep the dusting off with a stiff brush. Another go with Vallejo Matt Varnish worked perfectly.
Fast forward to last night. I needed to gloss the T-26 before moving into oil filters, so I pulled out Vallejo’s Gloss Varnish. It went down like a charm. So I figured, while I was at it, I’d spray down the MiG-21 to get it ready for panel washing.
I guess I forgot that rule that Vallejo Gloss Varnish SUCKS ASS on aircraft. Now I have a nice, rough texture on the wings.
I have no idea why this is the case. Why some products will work perfectly fine with one genre, but not the other. It’s all the same plastic and paint and clear coat. Apart from the shape there’s literally NO DIFFERENCE WHATSOEVER. And yet…there has to be, because it seems like crossing the genre streams, particularly with clear coats, results in instant regret.
Am I alone in this, or does anybody else have similar horror stories?