Has Tamiya changed its putty reciepe?

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Has Tamiya changed its putty reciepe?

Brad Cocks
Brad Cocks

September 2nd, 2003, 5:41 am #1

Whats going on is it just me?.The orange capped stuff I used to get was darker in color and thicker.This is the second tube of runny light gray stuff.The reason I ask is that it appears unsuitable for making zimmerit, the other putty was great.Does anyone know if they have changed it ?
thanks
Brad
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ian sadler
ian sadler

September 2nd, 2003, 11:47 am #2

at a recent model show my mate opened up a new tube and made this very same comment , as he put it , it is too runny and has no substance to it , after half an hour of trying to use it he binned in favour of my humbrol , tube cheers ian
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Simon Yang
Simon Yang

September 2nd, 2003, 4:01 pm #3

Whats going on is it just me?.The orange capped stuff I used to get was darker in color and thicker.This is the second tube of runny light gray stuff.The reason I ask is that it appears unsuitable for making zimmerit, the other putty was great.Does anyone know if they have changed it ?
thanks
Brad
There are actually 2 types of Tamiya putty. The 'basic type' is the light, grey runny stuff. The other tube is the darker color drier stuff. Unfortunately, they are packed in similiar tubing, both with orange caps. You have to look carefully on the tubing and read the minimal English that is on there.
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Brad Cocks
Brad Cocks

September 3rd, 2003, 12:32 am #4

Whats going on is it just me?.The orange capped stuff I used to get was darker in color and thicker.This is the second tube of runny light gray stuff.The reason I ask is that it appears unsuitable for making zimmerit, the other putty was great.Does anyone know if they have changed it ?
thanks
Brad
Thanks mate, I knew it had to be so that runny stuff is no good for zimmerit, now to track down the other type.
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Brad
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Bob Clifton
Bob Clifton

September 3rd, 2003, 3:26 am #5

There are actually 2 types of Tamiya putty. The 'basic type' is the light, grey runny stuff. The other tube is the darker color drier stuff. Unfortunately, they are packed in similiar tubing, both with orange caps. You have to look carefully on the tubing and read the minimal English that is on there.
I get the feeling that the runny stuff is not designed that way, it is just badly mixed. I've found that if you take a bit out and remix it on a pallette, the end result is fine.
Now, this is not to say that I'm satisfied with this result. On the contrary it really ticks me off. It appears that Tamiya once seems to have this attiutude of "We'll sell this crap and people will still buy it."
I hope for Tamiya's sake that whatever name they sell it under it is NOT the formula that it is designed to be. I recall a simlar situation with a putty years ago called Dr. Microtools. This stuff was the best but all it took was one batch being mixed badly (just like the Tamiya stuff) and sales went way down. However, the Tamiya problem seems to have been the same for quite awhile, hasn't it? Tamiya just keeps selling it though.
Bob Clifton
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Simon Yang
Simon Yang

September 4th, 2003, 2:18 am #6

Thanks mate, I knew it had to be so that runny stuff is no good for zimmerit, now to track down the other type.
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Brad
Actually, when I think about it, the light runny stuff reminds me of a thicker version of Mr Surfacer. Maybe this is how they are marketing it, in a tube--instead of in a jar.

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Bob Clifton
Bob Clifton

September 4th, 2003, 7:11 pm #7

I contacted Rainbow Ten and asked what they thought and if they'd heard of any problems with the runny stuff and according to them it is probably just stting too long in the shop where it was purchased. They seemed to feel that the Tamiya putty (and probably otherf putties as well) do not have as long a shelf life as we would hope.
If this is the case, I think I might shift away from the Tamiya product to something that lasts a bit longer.
All the best
Bob Clifton
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Brad Cocks
Brad Cocks

September 5th, 2003, 2:11 am #8

The tubes I got were both from new shipments.When I think about it, it is more like mr surfacer.It is total poo and no good for making zimmerit with the tamiya raking tools.Also there are slight differences in packaging,So are there two types?
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Bob Clifton
Bob Clifton

September 5th, 2003, 3:24 pm #9

mixing the runny stuff? Like I stated before I found that if I squeezed some out on a piece of plastic and mixed it, I was able to get a very good consistency. I'm not expert on zimmerit but it looks thick enough to stay in place after imprinting with a tool.
All the best
Bob Clifton
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Brad Cocks
Brad Cocks

September 6th, 2003, 11:51 am #10

Thanks Bob, it can be mixed thick enough but it doesnt "feel" the same when raking with the tamiya tools, the older one I had seemed different stuff all together thats why i was wondering maybe two types?
Thanks for the help
Brad
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