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Ray Von Ryan

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Great attention to detail shown by you.  Note to self to apply same level of diligence.  Keep up the good work and I'm sure it will turn out a stunner.
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Great attention to detail shown by you.  Note to self to apply same level of diligence.  Keep up the good work and I'm sure it will turn out a stunner.
Ray



Ray--thanks for the encouragement. I am hoping to bring my patience for basic skills up to the level with my "desire" for creating detail. I tend to rush rush rush the basics. I should focus there first, then go for the detail. Something like crawl before you walk and so forth!

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On the bench this evening: Masking and AB the base color on top of the Spitfire. I used Tamiya XF 12 J N Grey. Needs some PLEDGE and then some pre-shade before camo masking.
Still reviewing Bob's Spitfire step by step build as reference.


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Love it so far Ted!!![thumb][thumb][thumb] I need to do more scratch building, just need to get more experience under my belt. Can't wait for the reveal. Keep it up!

P.S Might want to hold off on the preshading on a camo paint scheme as the different colors will probably kill it off, go for post shading. This is what Bob usually recommends when doing camo work unless your not comfortable with post shading I know I'm not (yet)[tongue] but I'm getting there. Might try it on the P-38....we'll see.

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Neil,
Thank you. I've been following Bob's Step by Step Spitfire build to help keep my head in order. I am going to take the advice on not pre-shading
under the camo pattern.

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While the top base coat of paint was drying I watched several of Bob's step by step videos on the Spitfire again [third time for several].
I would like to "Tamiya Extra Thin Cement" all that knowledge in my brain. Knowledge + practice = skill. I closed the evening/morning with some
coats of PLEDGE in preparation for the camo masking. Till next time.............

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I have finished my "Mr Bobby Waldren" breakfast [as it is known in finer restaurants] of sausages and tape--YUMMY. Time
to get crackin [this yank is learning] with some green--I am using Tamiya XF 61 "Dark Green". Its going to pop off that grey really loud. Oh well.....
I did tape up separately for the fuselage stripe, which will be Tamiya XF 21 "Sky". The decals have a stripe for the fuselage,
but I would rather paint it on, and then it will match my spinner, which is the same "Sky" color. Odd thing, "Sky" looks more green
than ANY sky color I have seen--like blue, white, gray. Must be some history there?



and now the green.................

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I've always been one to admit my mistakes, otherwise your errors do not teach anything. Well, my masking worked very well. UNFORTUNATELY...
...................I forgot to allow for the thickness of the "sausages" as part of the camo pattern.

This is where you guys have to choke back your laughter because my Spitfire camo looks like a crazy "tribal" tattoo! Seriously,
I can't hear you so enjoy a good laugh at my expense.

My pattern is too thin and in some areas has points instead of the nice gentle curves. I plan to re-mask the
worst areas and try to correct as best I can with the AB
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As for the color snafu?......I am going to stay with the colors I have and see what weathering and
maybe some shading, decals, etc. do to the overall appearance. Would have been better to use the top base color on the bottom and the bottom color as
the base on the top--??? At least I am learning a lot from all of this and my errors do not discourage my interest in the hobby.

I will continue as soon as I stop crying and rolling in the floor [sobs quietly as he types on keyboard................reaches for another tissue..]


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I actually decided to revise the camo by brush. I thinned the Dark Green and applied as carefully as possible,
stopping to dry the paint with a small personal fan after each section was completed. I'm "ok" with it.


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Final bench work on this round. A few more paint touch ups here and there, then several thin coats of PLEDGE all over. Drying time, then a few more thin thin coats,
concentrating on the larger decal areas. NEXT item is masking and painting the fuselage band, THEN decals/stencils all over [this kit has quite a bit of stencils]

I also found another small problem---because I did not focus more on dry fitting the stabilizers a while back, they are glued in place with some gaps where they join
the fuselage. I had quickly dry fitted them early but forgot to work on them. I Painted the elevators and just before attaching I did some trimming/sanding.Still needs some\filler.

The picture below is the Spitfire IX C almost ready for decals and final bits....OMG, I still have to do the CANOPY at the very end! I bought some masking solution at
the hobby shop today in case I need it for the canopy?





BIRDS EYE VIEW:

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Looks Smashing Ted!!![eek] Don't know why your crying lol that looks like the same camo pattern that's on my Spit[cool] Keep up the good work
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Looks Smashing Ted!!![eek] Don't know why your crying lol that looks like the same camo pattern that's on my Spit[cool] Keep up the good work


Neil,
Thank you. I dried my "tears" and spent time coming up with a repair. That is what we do as
hobbyists [talking like I been doing this for years]. We solve problems and find a way to resolve disasters.I felt like the pattern was OK after the revision except for the port wing tip. Fortunately a roundel will cover that specific area a bit? The basic pattern I tried to follow was in the instruction sheet with the kit. Four versions of the Spitfire IX in terms of part options, colors, decals, and camo patterns.

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While I am going back and forth in my brain deciding which color to paint the fuselage stripe and spinner, I worked on some of the "bits"
that will be going on near the end. One of them is the Pilots rear-view mirror. I was not satisfied with the idea of a dot of silver paint
covered with the micro kristel klear. I needed a really tiny reflective material for the actual mirror. I had kept some paper backed foil
that is the seal on my needles for my diabetic insulin pens. It is mirror shiny and thin, but you can handle it because of the paper backing.
But how would I cut the material that small? My multi-punch does not go that small. This is what I did:
1. Took a 16G hypodermic needle [I've been using it as a drill] and cut the beveled tip off. OH NO, the cutters crushed the end.
    I got a stainless steel dental probe and opened the end of the needle back to its nice round shape.
2. It was easy to punch the needle into the paper backed foil, but now my mirror is in the end of the needle. I needed a piece of wire
    that just fit the inside of the bore of the needle. If I used a smaller wire, it might puncture the foil or bend it. Floral wire was perfect.
3. Once I popped the foil out of the needle, I could not find it! It had flipped over and the paper side is a light blue. Finally located it.
4. I had painted the mirror housing on the sprue earlier and it was dry. I did not paint the inside of the housing. I used a tiny tiny drop
    of Micro Kristal klear to glue the foil in place and then put another tiny drop over it like a thin lens.

All good, right? Nope. Since the MKK dried it is nice and clear, but the foil looks like it is sitting even with the frame of the housing.
I can't tolerate that. It should be just below the rim of the housing. I should have drilled the housing out just a bit.

OK, I'll do it all over and get it right. When it is done, as you turn the model and light strikes the foil, it will look like a real mirror, or it should.
I hope all this helps someone at some point.

UPDATE: When I removed the foil from the housing it dawned on me--the micro kristal klear that I put UNDER the foil had pushed it forward. I
did just a couple of good turns with a drill-bit into the housing, popped the foil back in, THEN put a tiny drop of MKK over the foil. Gluing the foil
from the backside was huge overkill. Surgeons in the operating suite used to say, "The enemy of good is better"



BTW--the silver probe with the 21G needle chucked in it came from a dissecting kit I had when I was about 10yrs old. At the time I had a binocular microscope,
a chemistry set, and a full dissecting kit. The probe is all I have left but I have kept it for 47 years! [Now I have reached a new high in boring you guys]

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Awesome detail on your build!

I think the pattern looks pretty good, and the color's interact real well, maybe you can come up with a historical context for that particular shade?


Looking forward to the rest of your build.

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Awesome detail on your build!

I think the pattern looks pretty good, and the color's interact real well, maybe you can come up with a historical context for that particular shade?


Looking forward to the rest of your build.

GG


GG,
Thanks for the encouragement! When I was getting the colors, I had the kit instruction sheet but all the listed colors were Italeri Paint codes. It never occurred to me to use one of the charts I found online to match Italeri colors to other paint manufacturers. Instead, I went through pages and pages of British WWII "official" color charts, the Federal colors, and their equivalent in paint from other manufacturers. I saw the "official" spitfire color combinations. I read so much that I got totally confused. Between internet pages and various authors/sites, they had listed federal and tamiya color descriptions and numbers wrong. Caused a LOT of confusion. I finally settled on a set of colors. Problem is, bottles and numbers and caps and paint "names" and the human eye all tell a different story. I let the whole subject get way too subjective. I could have made it all a lot easier by following the kit instructions and tracing the Italeri colors to Tamiya or Model Master or some other manufacturers--or I could have taken advice from the forums HERE!!!


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