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Time for another update! Even though it seems like I'm racing through this, it still somehow feels like slow progress.

 

Anyway, I decided to experiment with using the kit decals for the panelling effects, and while they were OK, I'd definitely mask and paint them next time. For starters, the printing is surprisingly coarse, with the dot pattern quite visible close up. They're also quite thick, and I'm still trying to deal with some residual tenting issues around raised details. And the last issue, one of my own making, is that I misplaced some of the underside panels, creating gaps and misalignments along the way. I decided not to apply two of them at all in the end, as there was no way they were going down over the raised details in those areas (I did try with one of them).

 

Here are the photos:

 

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I've started to weather the rear panel, ready to be inserted later:

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I've also started to paint the pilots, base-coating with Fire Orange from the new Infinite Colour range from SMS:

 

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They'll need another coat before I can move on.

 

Lastly, I prepared the kit stand with a simple black-and-white finish:

 

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I should have taken that photo against a blue background, as there's no hope of seeing anything against a white one!

 

Anyway, once I can get the decals to all fully settle down, I'll seal them in with a clear gloss coat, paint the dark nose panel (oddly missing from the decal sheet), and begin the weathering process. Should be fun!

 

Kev

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5 hours ago, Out2gtcha said:

Great show Kev!  I love these kits and looks like this one is going together well despite any difficulties you had.

 

Thanks, Brian. The difficulties were all of my own making - including seemingly having lost the ability to lay down a decent gloss coat! But my aim with this build is to practise some weathering and end up with a decent shelf-sitter.

 

Kev

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Really enjoying your work on this one Kev!  I can see in the photos what you mean about the decals, they almost look a like non-slip texture coating until you enlarge the image then they look more like the print in a comic book illustration. 

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22 minutes ago, Rockie Yarwood said:

Really enjoying your work on this one Kev!  I can see in the photos what you mean about the decals, they almost look a like non-slip texture coating until you enlarge the image then they look more like the print in a comic book illustration. 

 

Thanks, Rockie. I'm hoping the decals will blend in better with some weathering and clear coats, but I think they'll look OK at normal viewing distances anyway. We'll find out soon enough, I guess!

 

Kev

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1 minute ago, mustang1989 said:

Gloss coats can be tricky at times depending on temperature and humidity levels. This is coming along very nicely Kevin!! 

 

I'm just really out of practise, and seem to have reverted to spraying it on like a fire hose! So my panel lines are all a bit pillowy now. And of course, this just attracts every hair and speck of dust in the room. It doesn't help that my trusty Iwata HP-C Plus is playing up at the moment, so I've switched to my standby H&S Evolution airbrush, which has a larger needle/nozzle combination, and I have far less control with it. It's amazing what flat coats and weathering can hide, though! Let's hope I don't screw that up, too...

 

Kev

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More out-of-practise modelling from me, as I continue to make mincemeat of the world's easiest build! The wee Snowspeeder has just received a panel line wash:

 

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This is actually the second attempt at the panel line wash, as my first attempt with oils (my usual approach) all but wiped right off completely during clean up. I had to fall back to some AK Interactive Panel Liner, and even then, it's still pretty patchy, and I'm far from completely happy with it. Even so, I think it'll be fine as the basis for further weathering. I must remember to paint that panel in the nose, however!

 

Kev

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I've come to suspect that my difficulties with the initial oil wash were partly down to thinning it with Tamiya X-20 enamel thinner - something I've never done before. The rest of the issue was caused by my poorly applied gloss coat.

 

Kev

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You're gonna laugh or say "no way" when I tell you this....every one does....but this is what I use for my gloss coats whether it be one for decaling purposes or for a gloss finish on an auto build. Painlessly easy to use and clean and gets perfect results every time.

 

Badger Model 350 External Mix Airbrush | MisterArt.com

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45 minutes ago, mustang1989 said:

You're gonna laugh or say "no way" when I tell you this....every one does....but this is what I use for my gloss coats whether it be one for decaling purposes or for a gloss finish on an auto build. Painlessly easy to use and clean and gets perfect results every time.

 

Badger Model 350 External Mix Airbrush | MisterArt.com

 

Oddly enough, I actually have a no-name version of that stuffed in a drawer somewhere!

 

Kev

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5 hours ago, mustang1989 said:

You're gonna laugh or say "no way" when I tell you this....every one does....but this is what I use for my gloss coats whether it be one for decaling purposes or for a gloss finish on an auto build. Painlessly easy to use and clean and gets perfect results every time.

 

I used a Badger 350 for years and years, never had a bad thing to say about it.

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Nearing the finish line now, with the weathering and assembly mostly complete:

 

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Not sure how I feel about the weathering to be honest, but I'll sleep on it and take a fresh look tomorrow.

 

My current to-do list:

 

  • finishing painting the pilots and install;
  • paint and install rear gun;
  • add any final weathering;
  • final flat coat;
  • remove and paint inside of canopy;
  • demask and install canopy parts;
  • mount on stand;
  • buy another one!

Kev

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