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djsmeltzer

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Gel pens
« on: September 12, 2006, 03:46:49 PM »
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Hi all,

I was wondering what brands of gel pens everybody uses.  I got a few to try out and have found some that work and some that don't.  My red is no good.  I have a great black and a couple of good white ones.  What do you use?  What colors?  What brands?  What do you look for?

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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2006, 08:51:29 PM »
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Re: Gel pens
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2006, 09:47:45 PM »
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Some of my earlier work was with gel pens, but I was unable to get a nice smooth flat look with them.  I like the Pigma Micron pens for black and blue, and just plain old acrylic paint (watered down and applied with a fine tip brush) for whites or light colors.

Examples:

Black PM pens.  Note how this looks like what it is in real life; it mirrors the look of the big fat markers.


Paint. 

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Re: Gel pens
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2006, 10:30:31 PM »
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Gel pens are different from paint pens but that's not to say I wouldn't be interested in knowing about what paint pens you use.

When I get a chance I'll look at mine and detail what's in my collection and what seems to work and what doesn't.  I have one very fine black gel pen that worked great.

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Re: Gel pens
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2006, 01:18:25 PM »
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OK, here is my take of my stash of pens...

I have three called Gely Roll from Japan.  All three have a very fluid, somewhat runny consistency.  They are not the most opaque.  The white is the worst of my three white pens.  I also have a blue and a yellow.  The blue covers ok and the yellow could be better.  They all have the same runny characteristic.

The uni-ball Signo (UM-153) is a nice white pen.  Very opaque.  It makes lines that are a little thick, but you can make thin lines with some patience and practice.

The last of my white pens is my favorite.  It's a Pentel Hybrid Gel Grip K118.  Nice thin lines.  Nice opaque color.

I have two Pentel EnerGel pens, one black and one red.  The red is very transparent.  Not good at all. The black tends to run a bit.  I wouldn't recommend it either.

My last pen is a black Pentel Hybrid Technica KN123T.  It's 0.35mm line. Very nice!

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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2006, 12:14:04 AM »
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Re: Gel pens
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2006, 02:04:39 AM »
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I posted this in my "home" forum, but will post it here for those
that may have missed it-my take on paint markers, etc:

When I first experimented with graf, I bought some Elmer's
"Painters" paint markers, with a fine tip. Once I started playing
around, the tip wasn't "fine" enough for me, so I started using
very fine brushes (5/0-20/0) BUT still using the Elmer's paint
markers & pumping the paint out the tip onto my pallet. Why?
Well, the paint with those to me seems to have an almost perfect
consistency, & cover & flow well. I HAVE used the actual marker
tip also in places where fill was needed, but like I said, the tip
wasn't fine enough for some of the real detail.

You can get the Elmer's markers at "Wally World", but they just have
the "basic" colors. I've gotten some more different colors at the Pat
Catan's craft store here, but that's a regional craft store (Eastern
Ohio-Western PA) & would imagine Michael's would carry them, but
I'm not sure-our Michael's closed up a couple months ago!

I want to add too, I've noticed some using magic markers it appears for
graf tags-IMO is this-when you use a magic marker on a plastic train car,
it looks exactly like that-a magic marker on a plastic train car!

I've been happy up to this point with what I'm working with, but I'm always
open to others' suggestions-like KLUKE, may check out some other paint
marker/gel pen options, & see how workable they are!

Here's some unfinished tagging examples I've done on a currently stagnant
Railbox model I have that has other issues I'm not happy with-anyways,
pics go as follows: proto-model-proto-model. (I'm still striving to improve-
these were done quite awhile back!)
(I apologize for the size differences in the pics, but you get the idea.)




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Re: Gel pens
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2006, 11:50:11 PM »
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I use a silver Sharpie marker to do aluminum window frames and other small silver details, like grilles on automobiles and such.

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