Well, I am making a slow progress with the Nautilus and with the Panthers I am building, but need some time to take photos and whatnot.
Meanwhile a useful tip for the paint jars.
As we know, paint settles, and it is quite difficult to properly mix it. So people use agitators.
No, not this guy. Other type of agitators. Normally stainess steel balls, dropped into the paint jar. You shake the jar, and the ball mixes your paint. (Professional advice: you can buy nail polish shakers for peanuts on aliexpress, so you don’t even have to do it by hand.)
This can be an issue since even stainless steel can actually rust in acrylic paints -it happened to me before. (I guess it is a matter of how good the steel is.) Regardless I found a solution: lava beads.
They come in different sizes, they are tough, they do not flake, splinter or rust. The perfect solution for agitating your paint.
(Another great option is using an electric milk frother.)