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#316 ClumsyDude

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 10:05 PM

What an awesome result, Jim!!

 

Thanks Ben. Got started on the touch up masking last night ... with all those compound curves it's incredibly time consuming. I spent an hour and a half and barely got through half of what I need on the white touch ups (let alone the red or blues).

 

Hi Jim,
 
Beautiful result on such a lot of complex masking!
 
Nick

  

Thank you Nick.

Wow, Jim...thats outta sight!
Nice work.


Thanks Shawn. Hoping to get to decals in a week or two, then it'll be even better!

  

Unreal!  That is totally bad a$$!  I love the hornet but the Academy kit can be a bear to build.  You have totally nailed it along with the paint job.  It really does look awesome...
 
Bryan

 

Yeah, no kidding about the kit. The detail is nothing short of brilliant, it really is ... but the fit around the intakes is a trial in particular. I'm keen to build another one, although I think this will be my last air show finish for a while!

 

Hey Jim great Paint Job!![/size]
 
Your preparation in the masking and has paid off, looks awesome.[/size]
 
 
If you plan on showing it off anywhere in Sydney I wouldn't mind going for a drive to look at it[/size]


Thanks Mario. Don't have any plans to show it but then I doubt it'll be finished before next Easter (there has to be at least 2 months in the clear coat and polishing). Maybe I ought to think about it, I've never done a show before!

Cheers
Jim
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 06:51 PM

Ok, minor update ... not minor in terms of hours, of course, just results. Plenty of touch ups of tiny blemishes in the paint, some with the airbrush, some with the 000 brush. Also some spraying of metal panels around the airframe, which I didn’t take pictures of.

First job was to extend the wing markings down the leading edge under the flap (they weren’t there because the flap itself covered the area while I was spraying the masks). The job here is to make sure that, when the flap is extended, the edge of the paint on the wing lines up with the flap. This doesn’t appear to be a factor on the real hornet, so probably a constraint of the scale model ... anyway, much painstaking masking, but got it right first time ...

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Next up, the bird slicer IFF antennas. I’m going to have to attach these after the gloss is sprayed, sanded and polished, so any gaps with the surface (if they don’t sit quite flat) will look terrible. So here’s my solution: I’ve masked off where they will sit. Now after I spray a few coats of gloss and lift the masks, there will be a very slight depression which the antennas will slot into, and it will look like they’re flush with the surface. Here it is:

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I was a little dismayed to notice that the star is too far forward! There should be about 1.5mm between the star and the antennas, but they’re touching. Nothing for it but to sand down the edges of the paint around the star, and respray ...

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Then it was on to the black walkways. These have a star in the middle of them, which I had placed previously by putting down the mask with the star, then lifting the mask. Now I laid the mask over the top, then masked around the outside with Tamiya tape.

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Masks up, ready for paint ...

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And voilà ...

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I have made a start on decals but no photos to show yet ... more in a couple of weeks. Thanks for following.

Cheers
Jim

Edited by ClumsyDude, 09 October 2017 - 06:53 PM.

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 08:03 PM

Absolutely beautiful Jim!
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 08:11 PM

Brilliant work
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 08:25 PM

Superb, Jim!

 

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 04:32 AM

Tony, Neo & Kev - thanks guys!  Hope to show some photos with decals soon.

 

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 06:34 AM

Just amazing!


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