Thunnus Posted February 19 Author Share Posted February 19 Thanks guys! Appreciate the sympathetic comments! 21 hours ago, JayW said: Well John - I have seen your repairs before and they turn out perfect. I suppose this will too. But as many builds as you have done what do you think happened here? What's different? One thing that's different on this one versus my past few is that I didn't rivet this one. When I rivet, the entire surface gets sanded and I think that creates a better bond between the paint and plastic. The paint lift occurred in areas where the plastic was not sanded. I probably won't incorporate primer on builds where I've sanded the surface but I'll have to consider it for these types of situations. After removing as much of the weak spots as I could with sticky tape, I sanded the area with 600# sandpaper first and then 1000# sandpaper to feather the edges of the paint down to the plastic and hopefully not leave any hard edges. The general area was then sprayed with Mr Surfacer 1000 thinned with Mr Leveling Thinner. No sign of raised edges so the paint repair should be fairly seamless. Most of this area will be covered with high contrast markings so I decided to skip the marble pre-shade and just half-heartedly trace some panel lines with black. In parallel with the fuselage repair work, I re-did the upper wing stars and bars. The Olive Drab was then restored. The Real Color OD 81 was sprayed first and then a slightly lightened version was sprayed over that. So here's where we are at now... I've also started to weather the fuselage sides and wing root area by gently Micromeshing the OD paint to reveal traces of the Tamiya AS-12 Silver base layer. A closer look a the completed stars and bars on the wing. The big test will be the masking to come... stars and bars and bottom invasion stripes yet to come on the fuselage and then the stripes and numerical code on the tail. Stay tuned! LSP_Kevin, Dandiego, TAG and 20 others 23 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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