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It has come together very nicely. Almost to the finish.
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Nearly there Steve. Been a great little kit. Keen to head to bigger (as in scale) things though. lol
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Haha, I hear you Simon
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Had a ....funny morning.
First of all I applied some of my newly acquired wash from Vallego last night, 2 coats, in anticipation of a quick start this morning. Stuff wouldn't budge with water this morning. I read the bottle (after the horse has bolted of course) and it says "Grey for models painted in grey and dark colours, perfect for rain marks and pin washes." No mention of sludge washes. Lesson learned.
So I bought out the cotton buds and thinners again which made things a little sticky for a while. As usual I had the obligatory weapons fall off in the process, reglued after the event.

Then I started on the base I want to present it on and I was spraying it with my cheap acrylics, which seemed to block the airbrush. Pulled it apart and gave it a good clean, put it back together and the nozzle thread sheared. No pressure it was like tinfoil from new. Off to the LHS where it was gladly swapped for a new one, thanks Luke.

So I was/am getting a little paranoid about working on this too much any more. So with the new airbrush in hand, I gave it a nice matte coat, stripped the canopy mask, that will have to come off for a clean and a rescue of the detached ejector handle (I did hear a rattle a week or so ago, I figured that was it. lol) but I'm not doing that now, it can be revealed as is. When I'm more confident with everything I'll rip the canopy off and clean it up. 

Here's a preview to the reveal, I need to go do some stuff then I'll knock up a quick base. [smile] Came out ok, I'm happy with the result.


The mistakes that have affected the end result are noted. These are things I will learn from. 1. Clean the model thoroughly before painting. Check the primer coat more carefully and sand as necessary, I think the primer coat was the main offender for the roughness. I reduced the air pressure and came in a little closer for the colours. Just general handling. I have pretty big hands and I shake a bit and I wear strong glasses (stronger than I read with) when modelling. Sometimes my hand/eye co-ordination is distorted and I bump (and break) things. lol No way around that other than being more careful. On a positive note, all the new stuff I have will serve me well for future builds. I'm looking forward to starting a nice kit next, and applying what I've learned so far.

Thanks all for your interest and comments. [smile]

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We always learn more from the bumps in the road than from the smooth patches. It has turned out very well. Nice job.
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True that Steve, it's almost expected in some cases. What's life if not a challenge? [smile]
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I think it turned out really nice Simon, assembly and paintwork look spot on mate, and these 2 things are the fundamental processes to achieving a good result, and as this is your 1st completed model using new paints, tools and an airbrush I don't think you have anything to worry about, for your next ones.

There will be a bit of experimenting and some trial and error as you get stuck into using your new products for weathering etc, but this is part of the fun and once you start to see how each one performs and the effect it gives, you will soon get the experience of knowing exactly how to apply it and how it will look on the finished model, exciting times ahead buddy

Again great job on this, looking forward to,seeing it in reveals

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Thanks Pete, yeah there's a stack of firsts, which is why I'm happy with how it turned out. The kit helped, it didn't give me any grief, even the landing gear stuff was a "oh well" and a quick fix, like we do.

I've been really quite run down the last couple of weeks and I'm happy this is done. I can turn the clock off now and just hop into cruise mode.

The base got a shirtload of paint today. It's a felt pad kids use to put... felt on. lol The texture looked interesting so I grabbed them (2) from a local Op Shop for a dollar each I think. One was bright green and the other bright pink. lol
Anyway I had to swish a fair bit of paint on the runway part to get the felt to sit down a bit and rid it of it's colour so it'll take all night to dry out. Another quick coat tomorrow ... (how are we doing for time? lol) give it a touch up with the AB, and we should be good.

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Tamiya 1:32 F-4J Phantom "Marines"
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