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Date added: 11/02/2018 This Humidity is Killing My Painting.

Simon Says you've got to love summer...... but the heat and humidity is killing my model painting. And it's true ... the acrylic paint is drying so quickly its clogging up my airbrush, and any attempt to paint with a brush just results in a streaky, sticky (sometimes furry) mess.


You do, however, have a few options that might help. You can use retarder, thin your paint, use a square brush with synthetic bristles and work quickly.


Retarder slows the paint drying time considerably, which is an advantage when you are using your airbrush, as it keeps the paint wet as it lands on your model and has a better opportunity to 'level'. It also reduces the blocking of your air brush tip, although you should always have a little paint thinner and a stiff paint brush to removes the dags that seem to grow on the tip of your air brush.


Thin coats of paint are always better than thick. Build up your colours with a few coats but always makes sure you give at least six hours drying time between coats. Using a square brush with a flat end provides a more even layer of paint coverage and reduces the number of brush strokes needed to cover an area. Work quickly and avoid going back over areas just painted.


When you thin your acrylic paint NEVER use water. Acrylic paints are NOT water based paints. Various solvents are used as 'carriers' in acrylic paint. As a rule of thumb, use the manufacturers thinner and retarders.... as a last resort you can use isopropal alcohol....but not the rubbing type. You can of course clean up with water as acylic paints do dissolve in water.


The best way to learn is to try something new, but always perfect your technique on something other than your latest master piece!!!


Good luck and be cool!


Date added: 05/11/2016 Simon Says Hobbies and Games Identical Kit Competition


Last month Simon Says Hobbies and Games kicked off our inaugural Identical Kit Competition. The idea of the identical kit competition is for intrepid model makers to venture into the unknown. Armed only with their imagination and modelling know how they are expected to interpret an unfamiliar, simple model kit into their own creation.


Plastic model kits were purchased by Simon Says Hobbies and Games customers from our store located in Browns Plains, south of Brisbane. Each identical model kit was carefully wrapped and sold with strict instructions DO NOT OPEN UNTIL 9th of OCTOBER. Modellers were then given three weeks to get cracking on their creations. Entries would be received back at the store on Sunday the 30 October for judging. The prize for senior and junior categories is respectively, $100 and $70 Simon Says dollars. All entries are displayed in our local library in Browns Plains for a month to be judged by the library patrons using whatever criteria they want!


The identity of the identical kit can now be revealed as the venerable Doyusha Golf Ci 1.7 model kit (which began life in 1974 as another brand), anyway judging from the feedback it was sufficiently obscure to make the serious modellers mutter expletives under their breath……..Simon Says a job well done!!!!


We have had a great response to the competition with 15 fantastic models received. There were both really great builds, and some awesome interpretations of the kit. The best part was first time modellers having a go. Judging is now well underway with library patrons taking the time to study each entry and fill in the voting slips. So if you are in Browns Plains head to the library on Grand Plaza Drive to see the models on display. And of course pop into Simon Says Hobbies and Games to say hello.


Simon Says the winners will be announced in early December.

Date added: 07/06/2016 Runway 13 Airbrush review

    Product Review


Runway 13 Airbrush product # AL-133B


Having airbrushed for a few years now and using a few different types of airbrush, my latest being a Blackstar, I’ve been happy with the results that I could acheive with it until now.


On a recent visit to Simon Says Hobbies and Games shop I happened upon the Runway 13 airbrushes that Simon was unpacking and had a quick look at them and thought to myself they look very well constructed.  I went away for a while to think on it.... do I really need a new airbrush?  Well having thought about it, I took the plunge and bought thel  AL-133b middle of the range brush.  This morning I took it for a little test drive and I have to say it was an investment well-made. Now, don’t get me wrong,  I don’t claim to be an expert on airbrushing,  but in my humble opinion this air brush would make an excellent first time airbrush for a double action airbrush.


The main body is constructed of aluminium with the head needle and cups, of which there are three different sizes, complete with caps which are constructed of chrome plated steel. I tried it at several different air pressures and found that it worked best for me at around 18-20 Psi. I didn’t have to drop the pressure for the line work as I found that, if I did, it developed a slight spattering.  Having said that others might find different results with thinner paint. On the test run I started out just seeing how the coverage was and how tight I could get the line work, and was very happy with the results. ( see picture #1).  I then went on and tried a bit of a paint job starting with pre shading to camouflage (see Picture #2). I then did a quick German mottle camouflage job (see picture #3). I have to say that I am very happy with the results bearing in mind that these were just quick practice paint jobs and that I use Tamiya and aero master enamel paints. I will say that with more practice and becoming more acquainted with the airbrush I am sure I will be able to pull it in even tighter. I found it to be very well balanced and easy to use and clean.  I must say that for a quick 20 minute session I am extremely happy with my purchase and my old airbrush has been relegated to the odd job department, so if you are looking for a great air brush for beginner to experienced at reasonable prices I say you can’t pass on these Runway 13 series of brushes.  


There are several available from $65.00 for a double action gravity fed model to the box set alloy body gravity fed box set with different needle sizes hose and fittings for $185.00. So in closing, if you are looking to get your first air brush or upgrade I can recommend this range of airbrushes wholeheartedly.


This review is a personal opinion on a product that I have purchased


Ken Kahl


Runway 13 Air brush results

Date added: 19/05/2016 Why hobbies?

I came across this interesting article about the benefits of hobbies for developing disadvantaged kids. The article maintains that hobbies provide kids with skills, which assists them in growing beyond the life on the streets, “A number of factors proved important in helping kids succeed, but one key ingredient seems to be having an 'identity project'—a hobby, interest or passion that makes it easier to 'not be about the street”.

Whilst most of us are blessed to have our children safe at home, there are still pressures of modern life. Daily we hear of online bullying and the tragedy of youth suicide - maybe there are some lessons that we can apply that might make a difference. A simple thing as a hobby might give a young person that sense of identity or the confidence to be ‘good’ at something- and of course new friends………just my thoughts.

Have a read of the article at

Simon and Heather