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On 3/17/2019 at 8:59 AM, jmreed76 said:

Nice to see you back at it Bryan! Outstanding as always buddy. Your WIP threads are a work of art as well.

 

Thanks buddy, nice to see you back on the forums.  Hope you are doing well...

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Got some paint on.  I was having some issues with my H&S infinity, it was difficult to get a tight line as I had before.  I ordered a new needle and nozzle set with helped but I was still having issues.  The biggest problem was I kept getting tip dry and the brush just wouldn't spray well.  I've used this brush for about 10 years and it's always been great to use.  I'm using MRP and MR Color paints which are always fantastic.  I did see on a forum that some MRP can be a bit more finicky but who knows.  I just kept at it and got it the best I could.

 

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I didn't like the MRP color for the dark areas that are FS 36081, it was more brown than dark grey.  I tried to lighten it but it turned into a weird shade.  MR. Color wasn't all that much better so I ended up mixing up some colors on my own.  

 

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MRP lightened

 

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All colors on but they are too dark.  Getting these colors right was more difficult than I thought it would be.

 

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A little weathering and masks make with my silhouette machine.  I am so glad I got this thing!

 

I was able to lighten up the paint by spraying a very thinned coat of light grey.  I used darker paint to do the touch ups that are on the real AC.

 

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I had to cobble decals from 4 sets to match what I needed.  Some of them were too light but a super thin coat of grey brought them all together.  Still to light but better then before.

 

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This one is from Fightertown F/A-18 sheet.  Yes I broke off the tail probe like I have done with every other F-16 I've built.:whistle:

 

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I forgot to post photos of the exhaust.  I think it's a bit too gold looking so I still have some work to do.  Do you guys think the color is off?

 

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The kit comes with an extra pedal part and of coarse I glue the wrong one on (the one without decals).  I had to pry it off and glue the correct one on but luckily it didn't mess anything up.

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“I forgot to post photos of the exhaust.  I think it's a bit too gold looking so I still have some work to do.  Do you guys think the color is off

 

i looked at alot of these when doing mine. Looking through my Falcon book I don’t see anything this gold. Assuming the pic is capturing it accurately. 

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3 hours ago, themongoose said:

“I forgot to post photos of the exhaust.  I think it's a bit too gold looking so I still have some work to do.  Do you guys think the color is off

 

i looked at alot of these when doing mine. Looking through my Falcon book I don’t see anything this gold. Assuming the pic is capturing it accurately. 

 

Yeah, this is what I was looking at replicating.  There are a lot that look this way but I still have some work to do.

 

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Doing some work on the landing gear bays...

 

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Thanks for stopping by...

 

Bryan

 

 

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Looks great! The exhaust looks a bit light, maybe darken it up a bit. One other thing, seems to me the camo pattern on those NSAWC birds is originally hard-edge but may become soft-edge as touch-ups are applied.

 

Cheers,

Marcel

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2 hours ago, Marcel111 said:

 One other thing, seems to me the camo pattern on those NSAWC birds is originally hard-edge but may become soft-edge as touch-ups are applied.

 

Cheers,

Marcel

 

Oh now you tell me! :hmmm:haha.  I had a hard time figuring what to do since some pics I swore looked hard edge while others looked soft.  I was having a hard time with my airbrush too which had never been a problem before.  I'm going to do the Topgun F-16B which is hard edge for sure.  I have the Steel Beach paper masks for that one which I will cut out on tamiya tape with my shiny new silhouette machine. :thumbsup:

 

I think I'm gonna use some clear smoke to diffuse and darken the exhaust then apply semi gloss flat.  It's hard to tell in this pic but that what I did with this panel.

 

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