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Jason Gaspard

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Well, I've finally heard back from the resin wheel folks...only after opening a Paypal dispute did they finally respond to my messages. If I understand their emails (no guarantee, they are French and in very broken english) and they are to be believed, the first package was lost and it has been resent. I've got a couple weeks before I need to escalate the dispute to get my Euro's back.

In the meantime I pressed on with the paint, just the Light Ghost Grey in light thinned coats. The effect does not show well on the screen, but the random look I wanted is there, nice and subtle. Likewise, the different colored panels turned out as I was hoping as well but the camera doesn't show it very well.








As you can see, I also unmasked the intake and exhausts. Aside from some touchups, I'm happy with them...The seams are visible but as you can see, unless you shine a light down them you can't see. I need to hit the intake seam with the white color where I had not taped (to avoid tape being trapped in the glued seam).






I also dryfit the wings, It took a bit of tweaking (breaking and regluing one of them) to make the angles match but it looks good now.




I will come back with some of the lightened main color to bleach out some panels and enhance the fading, then lots of masking and painting still to be done, the wheel wells, antennas, touching up the exhaust.

I experimented with trying to remove the carrier film from the decal, last week I put one of the spares onto a sheet of styrene card and left it to set. Today I lightly moistened it with enamel thinner and rubbed gently with my finger...idea being to pull off the carrier film and leave the printed image.
Well....it was a total failure, the whole decal lifted. So on with plan B...but I need a better scanner before I can use the Silhouette to cut the masks, the scan I took off the fax at work is way too resolution and not crisp enough to get a mask that isn't all rounded off. 




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very nice work Jason. Good luck with the wheels!
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Great job so far, this kit is on my wish list so I'm following the build.
Did you try to put the decals and the result was so terrible that you do the masks?

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Jason Gaspard

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I have not tried the decals yet aside from some tests on styrene card to test the mineral spirit technique (fail).

The wheels finally arrived a few days before the cutoff for me to escalate my PayPal dispute to a refund. 



But still an issue...one set (small/big) is ever so slightly ovoid...I'm at the end of my rope with this and am thinking of just calling this a $12 lesson well learned. They don't really look that bad and I did test fit them and you can't tell unless you directly compare. Also, the same misshaped set is full of microbubbles...almost like they forgot to degas the resin in the mold...ugh

I had some time tonight to sit down for some quality time with my Infinity. I lightened and heavily thinned the Light Ghost Grey (Model Master 4762) and further mottled the panels, pretty much exactly what I was hoping for. I had a seam open up (or I missed it before priming) on one of the wings, that was sorted with some green putty and a respray.





Then onto masking the wheel wells and myriad panels/antennas, not chancing any overspray!

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This is how I masked the round antennae on the dorsal side




Result:


I've got a bit of touch-up to do and some more panels that need sprayed but I'm nearly done with the painting. Time is fast approaching to deal with the decal/mask issue, I still need to get the better scanner...or just bite the bullet and see how bad these really look first....

Thanks for looking!


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Nice work Jason. Your attention to detail is staggering. [smile]
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your WIP thread is really good. nice pictures and great detail work to get it right..good luck with the panels and such.
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Very nice and clean build. The intake duct came out perfect.
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I really like your build, very clean and nice eye for details.

Wim.

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The last pieces for the project arrived in the last week or so...

1) Scanner to hopefully get better masks off the Silhouette, I had scanned the sheet at work on the fax machine but the resolution was too low and I was getting rounded off letters...here is the scan I will be using:


2) The crew figures from Hasegawa. I was going to do the Verlinden ones but with the scanner expenditure I cheaped out a bit...


3) The carrier base. I have seen this product from Uschi in several photos on the 'net but never found an honest review...maybe I've seen Untergang too many times but this little girl looks just like the hitlerjugend manning the flac and really creeps me out!


I knew it was just a printed image but I assumed (hoped?) it was printed on some sort of card stock. WRONG! it is spread accross 3 pages that need to be cut out. 3 problems with this:
-they are not straight cuts, angles and jogs need to be carefully cut out and need to match PERFECTLY for this not to look crap
-you are left with a non standard sized image that you will need to make a base for
-they are printed on thick photo paper, which is ok because the image is very well done and very realistic...however...the paper does not cut well at all, the middle between the photo coating tends to ball up and rip irregardless of the sharpness of the blade used. I tried everything from brand new scalpel blades, xacto blades, my wife's rotary cutter made for this material. I always ended up with a white edge where the cut was made. I made a bit of a dog's breakfast out of it.


This is obviously not glued down yet and would look better when that is done, but no matter what I do I will end up with the white lines that I will either need to blend with pigments or ink the edges or something...so instead of all that I'm going to try scanning them all and stitching them together in Photoshop then digitally remove the seams then print it off as a whole sheet somewhere (cant' do it at home because it is 11x17"). All in all, not impressed...especially considering the $15 price...if you are thinking of using one of their bases i would implore you to not do it. This is really going to be fun...

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I hope you get that base sorted Jason. It's a shame it's almost ok and you have to do all that work the get it right. Looking forward to seeing this one come together.
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Jason,
I am sure you will whip the problems with the base and get it like you want. The deck "file" I ordered online for a few dollars was pretty good. The instructions tell you to use paper that is basically card stock. I opened the files in Photoshop and manipulated the colors and then printed it. In the end I decided to make a real wooden deck but the company makes pliths for several carrier and ground scenarios. Maybe you could give them a try down the road? BTW--even overlapping the sheets and cutting them left a white edge. I figured I would have to run a felt tip along the edges but then I ditched using them altogether.

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Well the new scanner really came in handy...

quick cloning stamp job, good enough for government work...



Now to get it printed...

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looks great, and the pilots should see that yellow very well on approach---kidding--I knew you would solve any problems.
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I have been lurking but making no progress myself, I haven't made any progress in almost 6 weeks! Between the wheels, decals, base...total mojo suck and I put this on a shelf for awhile...

Last night I took stock of where I am and got back at it, I am deciding on which figures to use from the set, getting the deck tractor sorted, found a place to print the deck.

I spent a lot of time messing with the stencils in the downtime. They turned out pretty well but due to limitations of the machine it cannot print things too small or narrow which leaves out most of the small decals, I could have sprayed the ones I could make stencils for and use decals for the others but I was worried that they would look too different since I would have to try and match the black color from the decal sheet. So I am going to press on with the kit decals, but I will be removing as much of the excess carrier film before application...if it doesn't work I will rip em off and go to plan B. Speaking with Freedom about this via email they dropped a hint that there is a company working on aftermarket decals for this kit but there is no set release date.

I painted up the tires after (trying) to fill all the bubbles in the 2 bad ones and glued 'em on after installing the main gear and letting it set overnight.




I also installed all the antennae, 13 or 14 between top an bottom. Here you can see one of the kit decals, this was all one decal with film in the empty spaces, I removed all of that fearing biblical silvering if I hadn't.


Then the decals on the top side of the wings. The decals are not bad to work with considering they are thicker than even the worst Tamiya decals I have ever seen...I needed to bust out the Solvaset though, they laugh at Micosol and Mr Softer/Setter both. These were from the second set that had the strange creases in them, it looks like the setting solution is flattening them out.


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Jason-Great to see more of the work. best wishes with the decals, looks good from here so far.
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