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Can't sleep---so back to the bench. Bits of this and that. Wanted the exhaust a bit rusted. Mask above and below exhausts with tamiya tape, then mixed
black, dk brown, and a reddish brown [pastels] to get the dirty rusty color + some texture. I brushed a very thin coat of Micro Krystal Klear on the
exhausts, then poured the pastel mix on top. Used a cotton wool bud to "impress" the pastel into the MKK. Turn the model over and dump the loose
pastels, a bit of work with the cotton wool bud, and done. More of the mix used to create the exhaust carbon stains on fuselage.


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Eventually I will have to finish the canopy frame. When I take the tape off the canopy I have to either use more tape or the masking fluid to
get the job done. I used one of the extra pieces of Canopy from the kit to practice using the masking fluid. May be my best
approach? will paint later and see what I get.



UPDATE. Masking liquid worked OK, but some paint seeped in between the putty and the canopy. It got inside the canopy
and ruined the whole game plan. bummer.OH well, on my Spit, the canopy is all glued together solid and seeping should not be
a problem??

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At the bench this AM. Another coat of PLEDGE on the Spitfire to protect my pastel work on the exhaust and MG areas.
I had also painted the navigation lights on the wingtips last night.The paint was dry this AM so I put a thin coat of
Micro Krystal Klear over them to simulate a glass lens of sorts? Forgot to paint the rudder nav light!!!

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Rudder navigation light is CLEAR--checked sources.I sanded the tip of the existing light [solid plastic] flat, then added a tiny drop of
Micro Krystal Klear to create the clear lens.

The right wingtip, GREEN, left wingtip, RED, belly light, RED.

The light behind the pilots canopy is either CLEAR or AMBER. That light was used for communication between pilots when radio silence
was being kept. They used Morse code between themselves by flashing the light.


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Still repairing more of my OTT chipping. I had masked the spinner [SEE PAGE 5] and propeller tips
with Micro Mask. Finished sanding the blades and repainted flat black. I wanted the blade ID markings
back so I folded a piece of Tamiya tape, punched out 4 small discs with my 16g needle
"punch", then glued the discs down with Micro Krystal Klear. Coat of PLEDGE sealed the
work.



I got a bit excited [AGAIN] and pulled the masking off the canopy early. I had broken the original pieces
trying to mask them with Tamiya tape. Fortunately the kit had additional canopy pieces. I assembled the
"replacement" canopy pieces on the fuselage and glued them down, then masked the whole canopy with tape.
FORGOT that I have to spray the entire model with MATT Varnish. So I needed to mask the canopy again!
I decided to use some Micro Mask.


NOTE: Since the MATT VARNISH I am using is water based, It is not recommended to use over water
based products. Therefore.....I applied some PLEDGE
over the Micro Mask on the canopy and let dry
BEFORE the application of the MATT VARNISH. Everything went OK.
Of course, the entire Spitfire had
several coats of PLEDGE [all dried very hard] before the Varnish.



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READY FOR THE MATT VARNISH--knees knocking! Hehe........"once again into the breach"





GUARANTEE you ALL of that shine is gone now!! The Spitfire and all the bits are MATT FLAT................

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After the MATT VARNISH was applied, I had to remove the Microscale Micro Mask in order to
get the canopy frame painted.





AND THEN ANOTHER DECAL DISASTER! that decal had many coats of PLEDGE over it + the MATT VARNISH. Problem???
Not enough drying time between all the layers of PLEDGE and the MATT VARNISH before I applied masking tape???






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Fortunately I was able to rescue the peeled off "K" from the Tamiya tape and place it back on the Spitfire.
Removed Micro Mask from canopy. Glued on ALL the bits. Touch ups and then the reveal. Won't be long.


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I've been waiting a bit to get my DSLR out of the shop. I want to use it for the final reveal shots. I also made a "soft box" to shoot pictures in.
I hope my images come out good after all my TALK about my camera and such!

I am also thinking about how to display the Spitfire. Does anyone here use the commercial "display" boxes for their models? the ones with the
black base and the plexiglass top? I'm thinking about making a diorama type "base" on one of the display box bases, then placing the clear top
over it to keep dust off. Thoughts?? thanks.

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I forgot to point out how I waited till the very end to put the Machine Guns in place. I saw where Bob had left out a delicate piece in one of the step by step builds [Corsair] and went back to pop it in near the end. When I glued the wings together, I did not put any glue around the MG openings. Near the end of the build I sanded the "tab" attached to the back of the MG's very thin, pried the wing open a bit with a thin blade, and slipped the MG kit part into place [with a bit of tamiya Extra Thin Cement on the tab]. I let some TETC seep down around the MG openings and also on the wing join line.Had to do just a tiny bit of paint touch up and all done. No MG's sticking out to get broken off during handling! Thanks for the tip Bob!
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Finally got around to creating a simple base for the Spitfire. Pictures of the base being made are in the diorama section of the forum.


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Very cool Ted! Awaiting announced photo session :-)

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