>My 7 year old son and I are trying our hands at kitbashing two old
>Bachmann F9As into an F9B, and repainting to CP Rail colors. The Badger
>acrylic is thinner than I expected, and obviously needs an undercoat.
It does not need an undercoat on plastic. It is pre-mixed to airbrushing
consistency, so it is thinner than most paints out of the jar. I have never
used a primer with it.
>We also plan to repaint our two Tyco C430s from SF to CP colors.
>Would someone kindly suggest what undercoat(s) might be appropriate ?
>Automotive gray (available) seems unsuitable. Is cleaning off the old
>paint the best approach ?
I would definitely clean off the old paint.
>If so, what do we soak the shells in ? I have hard that brake fluid will
I have used the PollyS/Floquil paint remover on Bachmann stuff before and it
was very effective. It did seem to weaken the plastic on some small parts,
though, probably because I let it soak, which it says not to do, but it was
much easier that way. The recommended method of brushing it on and
scrubbing it off (or something like that) was to slow. Maybe someone else
has a better suggestion.