Hey Radicons, another newbie here. life long artist but I've never worked with customizing Transformers ever. I've never even seriously painted a model car! Maybe a couple as a child but i didn't know anything about clear coats and base coats (and still really don't!) i have painted plenty of Horizon superhero models and that's what gave me the bug to start trying my hand a modding and painting TFs. I mean they are really models that you can literally transform into another model! They are also really bad ass... oh, and addicting! I've been lurking on these threads for the past 6 months looking into the different paints, tools and techniques i can use to start creating my own customs for my ever growing TF collection. I just look at them and see all the little details that are lost do to the lack of paint apps.It really tends to bother me knowing i could change all that with my own personal touches. I've got pages and pages of suggestions on where to get these different materials and and now I'm confident enough to order what i need to begin customizing, yet I'm very overwhelmed! and here is question #1. I was wondering if there is a certain place online to get all of the materials at once, or at least all of the different paints instead of, 1 type of paint here, 3 types on another site and clear coat at yet another? is there a nice little list of items or paint names/codes, for lets say, Bumblebee that someone may use that i could get to order from? I'm sure it really depends on what colors you want to use etc. so here is my short list of bots I'm planning on repainting/modding to start learning. all ROTF figures so far but i plan on repainting my G1 Devastator eventually and my MP prime. Ravage: (seems the easiest to take apart and mod). HA BB: (also seems a bit easier to take apart and i love this mold very very much!). Voyager Megs: (a little more detailed and probably save until i get the feel of everything). Leader Prime: (I'm sure this one would be the hardest to detail the way i want him so ill save him until I'm completely comfortable). question #2 I'm also using an airbrush for a lot of the bigger pieces, so what size tip should i use? I currently own size 3 & 5 tips and needles. question #3 how DO you actually know how far you need to go when disassembling a bot? I've read where people have just totally masked a bot instead of taking him apart! this seems a bit crazy, especially with the detailing needed on some of the inner joint pieces. i just don't see how you could get to them comfortably. question #3a when painting these inner joint areas where the screws attach the separate pieces, am i right in saying i will need to shave down some or all of these so when painted, the friction of the joint movement wont peel the paint off? question #3b thinking about all of the detailing you Radicons give your customs, are you waiting sometimes 3 to 10 days per coat of EVERY individual color before painting the next? for example: complete base coat then wait 3 to 10 days; darker grays in the grooves, wait allotted amount of time, etc. It seems like that would take months for some of the ones I've looked at on this site. question #3c Does a hair dryer help or hurt? question #4 how the hell do you know when to use acrylics, when to use enamels or lacquers?!sometimes i feel like reading so many different suggestions and techniques can do a bit more harm than good since everyone seems to have their own way of doing things. I'm not looking to completely copy other styles I've seen here, i just want to make sure I'm not triple ordering things because i wasn't aware of something i should have ordered the first time. Alright. I'm sure i could go on and on and I'm sure no one is willing to pass out from reading a longer wall-o-text than it already is. I just want to thank everyone that makes it through this and has time to send or post me a reply. i love the comradery here and hope to one day be able to give sound advice for others just beginning this challenge.