TRAINING COURSES

Lessons in the art of airbrushing and weathering

I'm pleased to announce that, in conjunction with The Airbrush Company, I’m holding three one-day courses in the art of airbrush painting and weathering for railway modellers.


Day One features 'Airbrushing for Railway Modellers', with an in-depth, practical look at how airbrushes can bring a heightened realism to your finishing work. There will also be demonstrations of air supplies, mixing and thinning paints and various airbrushing techniques.


'Weathering Techniques for Railway Modellers' is the subject of Day Two, with a hands-on study of how to create ultra-realistic models using an airbrush. Tools, paints and materials are covered, along with a range of special techniques such as distressing and buffing paintwork to create anything from a light misting of track dirt to a heavy coating of filth! Rolling stock, buildings and scenery will be covered.

Day Three's 'Advanced Weathering Techniques' is a new course designed to develop a modeller's existing airbrushing skills in terms of detail work and weathering. Advice is given on special paint formulas, techniques, tools and materials and the advanced nature of this course follows a more hands-on approach. The day covers a range of topics, including how to blend areas of new paint with factory finishes and 'zero priming' techniques, along with pre- and post-shading, highlighting, pin washes and distressing.


The courses run on weekdays and are based at The Airbrush Company's premises in Lancing, West Sussex. Running from 10am to 5pm, students will have access to a wide range of high quality airbrushes, paints and equipment. A maximum of 8 places are available for each day (5 for the Advanced Airbrushing class), so book early to avoid disappointment!


For prices and course dates, call Lisa Munro on 01903 767800, or go to www.airbrushes.com

Maybe see you there!

22 comments:

  1. im looking forward very much to the course in November george.

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  2. doug@copystatic.co.uk15 November 2013 at 12:02

    Attended the first two courses in November 2013 after waiting almost a year for a vacancy. Having precious little success with airbrushing hitherto, I was able to learn why I was messing up and how to go about getting good results. I learnt much about enamel and vinyl paints and hope to get on the advanced course in 2014. Really good value training.

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  3. Many thanks for the endorsement, Doug. Glad you enjoyed the courses.
    All the best,
    George.

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  4. Hi George I have just booked the Weathering course in September after failing to get on last year, I am really looking forward to it. Can you recommend anywhere to stay in the vicinty. Kind regards Andy Small

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    1. Hi Andy. The Airbrush Co. should send you a list of recommended local hotels and B&Bs with your booking confirmation. From personal experience, I've enjoyed stays in the Windsor Hotel and the Grand Victorian Hotel, both in Worthing, although the latter has no car parking (but it's next to the train station).
      See you in September!
      George.

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    2. Hi George Looking forward to September, found a hotel in The New Sussex in Lancing. Do I need to bring anything with me, stock etc? Andy

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    3. Hi Andy, Glad you got accommodation sorted. Yes, if you can bring some stock with you, it'll allow you to practice some of the weathering techniques. I'd say 5 or 6 wagons and maybe a smallish loco or two. Older stuff is recommended rather than expensive new models! Just ensure that they're clean (no oil or grease on the bodywork etc) so the paint will stick.
      See you in a few weeks!
      George.

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    4. Hi George Ok thanks for the reply

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  5. Highly Recommended to anyone, Did the first course in 2013 and the last one in June this year. Yep getting a space is hard. George is a great instructor and takes the time to explain everything clearly whilst leaving lots of time for practice you to try the different techniques out. My confidence and ability with an Airbrush has moved on massively. Weathering of course but also total paint jobs to re-livery coaches and wagons and I know I now have the skills to do locomotives as well.

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  6. Hi George Many thanks for the excellent course last Thursday, I really enjoyed it. Now trying to get a place on the advanced. A fantastic day. Andy.

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  7. Thanks for the kind comments. Glad you enjoyed the courses - keep practicing!

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  8. Hi George
    Do you think you might repeat course No 3 (Advanced Weathering) later in the year. I cannot make March 27th & the July date is full.
    Andy Small

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    1. Hi Andy, Sorry you haven't been able to get a place. I was hoping to run all three courses again in October or November, but am not sure I'll have time. I'll definitely be doing them again in 2016 though, probably twice.
      If you give the Airbrush Co. a ring and ask them to put your name on the waiting list, they'll give you a buzz as soon as any more dates are confirmed.
      Hope to see you again,
      George.

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    2. OK George Many thanks
      Andy

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  9. Thanks for a great day on the Advanced Weathering Course last Thursday. Very informative & enjoyable. Andy Small

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  10. Hi George I have read in your book that Tamiya must be diluted with Tamiya thinners. Will Lifecolour not be as good? Andy Small

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    1. Hi Andy, Yes - only Tamiya's own thinners will work, due to the high alcohol content of the paints. Lifecolor is primarily water-based, so their thinners are pretty useless for Tamiya.
      Cheers,
      GD.

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  11. Hi George At your last course (Advanced Weathering July 16th) we discussed Alclad Laquer. Is there much difference between Light Sheen & Semi Matte?

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    1. Hi Andy,
      Yes, there is quite a difference between the two. Light Sheen is a very gentle mix of satin and gloss, while semi matt is much flatter. But not as flat as the straight Matt!

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    2. Hi George Thanks for the info. Love the depot in Aug Model Rail. Loads of detail. Reminds me of Springs Branch

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  12. Dear George
    Is there any plans for airbrushing courses in 2016 as its a subject area I want to learn.
    Kind Regards
    Samuel Bennett

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    1. Hi Samuel,
      Sorry, no courses planned for 2016, but will probably be back at it in 2017. Contact The Airbrush Company to register your interest, as they tend to get booked-up very quickly.
      All the best,
      George.

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