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cristoff

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Hi all,

Finally aproaching the closing stages of this build, just want to finish it as well as possible!

Couple of questions -

1.Would you recommend a wash on something like this model (Red Arrow)? As a rule, they always tend to look fairly clean, dont want to unneccasarily weather the model and make it look scruffy!
2.If i do weather the model, is this done after the decals, but before a final laquer cote?
3.With the final varnish top coat, would you mask the clear canopy, or varnish the whole model?

Many thanks,

Chris.

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MickD67

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Hi Chris,

Let me see if i can help here,ive built a couple of black RAF Hawks but not the Red Arrow's version as of yet.

1. Yes but only the panel lines and not to dark perhaps a med red/brown shade just to break up the surface detail.

2. I would very lightly weather just the wheels and wells, and this would be at the final stage after decals and
clear cote as i would like to keep the weathering in a matt tone.

3. Canopy masks are the very last thing i take off my build, all my glass would have been dipped in Klear/pledge before masking.

Hope that helps Mick.

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cristoff

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Thanks Mick,

Thats really helpful.

This is my first kit for about 15 years, and the first one i have taken fairly seriously! I didnt pre-dip my canopy in clear before hand, in my impatience to see my painted canopy i removed my masking (Doh!) do you think a coat of clear on it along with the rest of the model would do any harm? or would you re-mask?

Ta!

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MickD67

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Chris if your canopy is fixed to the kit i would get a very soft brush with some Klear and gently paint the complete canopy, paint very slow with even brush strokes to avoid bubbles in the clear, when this is dry
mask it all including the frame then spray your final clearcote.

If the canopy can be removed i cant see a problem with dipping it at this stage but make sure it is nice and clean and free of dust.

Cheers Mick.

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