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Kpnuts

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HI all my next bit of light relief after the Citroen
this kit has really strange build order in that the body is built round the interior which is ok if you're spraying it normally but the paint job I intend will have some feathering so I need to make sure it will all line up correctly when put together so( I'm hoping this will work ok) I've tacked all the body together so I can spray the body as a whole, thus making sure it will all line up. I will be trying a couple firsts on this kit Alclad 2 and candy colours so wish me luck.

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cool! my parents had a VW van when I was a kid--54 years ago!
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Hi all well here is tonights update, to all you Alclad 2 experts out there whats hapening here (it looks more like matt silver than chrome and it rubs off with your fingers) (the few small areas which do look like chrome are hard and dont seem to rub off) I used their black microfiller primer then their gloss black base coat then used the Chrome, do I need to give a second coat of the chrome or what?

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Hi Ken,

I'm far from an expert with Alclad but I do use it quite a lot.

Chrome is a difficult one to use mate, the gloss black surface has to be smooooth, I mean absolutely perfect and with a decent shine. The prep of the surface can take a few days to make ready for the chrome as it really needs polishing with Micromesh to get it spot on.

Then when you spray the chrome on you need to go really lightly ( just a dusting at low pressure ) the chrome Alclad is translucent and uses the black to make the mirror finish. Spray too much and it's easy to lose the effect. You need to go gently until you can see the mirror effect start to appear and then stop. Anymore will dull it down.
Then brush of the overspray with a really soft brush ( make up brush is good for this)

But the major problem is that the finish is really fragile on the high shine Alclads, although if you set the painted part aside for a few days it does get a bit better.
It rubs of just with handling and I've seen other modellers seal it with a clear coat and get good results, but whenever I tried it I managed to turn it from chrome into painted silver lol

I have got a true chrome finish in the past on small parts ( MotoGP bike exhausts and mirror struts etc) but it took a few tries to get it to look good. I don't think I would like to try and get that look on a whole bodyshell

there are a few different products out there to help Achieve a chrome finish but from what I've seen of the spray on ones they all rely on a perfect gloss black surface and are all quite fragile.

I saw one that was in a tube ( like oil paint) sorry I can't remeber the brand. But it was kind of like a wax that got applied over black with a cloth and the guy who was using it said it was easier to use than Alclad

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Your Citroen Avant diorama is Epic Ken,

Although I wasn't commenting much I have quietly followed your progress from start to finish and thoroughly enjoyed watching you bring it to life.

Awesome rust and weathering effects mate and viewed altogether on the finished model they look very realistic and authentic.

Don't doubt your skills mate, they are rocking ! And also don't take any notice of "those" modellers. You know the kind I mean ( the " that's not the way to do it " types) what they really mean is " I don't do it that way so it's not right "

You just keep doing things as you are, as I've said before it's really refreshing to see things get done in an original and unique way and I pick up all kinds of tips and ideas from your builds and also get inspired to try them myself

Good luck to you mate

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Thanks Peter I can already say what the problem is, too thick a coat, thanks for the info.
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Love these VW campers, wish I could afford a real one, they have been trending for many years now and hold there price & the VW transporter.
Very interested in these AK metal paints and great to see something this size get coated.
Once sanded do you guys wash / degrease the model, if so is it with just a spot of fairy?

Thanks for sharing Ken

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HI all, ok so I sorted the chrome out but putting the candy colour over the top seems to have changed the chrome effect (I think in a quite pleasing way) I'm going to do a couple more coats of the cherry red candy then remove the masking then mask up the cherry red and do the chrome and then (cant decide on orange or emerald green candy on the top) personally I'm looking forward to see how it looks, I think It may be better than I visualized originally.

 

 

 

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Hi all well here is the next offering I, have had a bit of an accident (trying to cut corners) instead of masking it up with tape I used masking fluid and its reacted with the paint (I think when i put the light bezels on and the VW badge on the front it wont notice much)
 
 
 
 
 
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Hi all well here is a tiny update I think I've hidden the damage from the masking fluid with a couple of strategically placed hippy flowers
 
 
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Hi all here is tonights update on this one
 
 
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Hi all here is the next update
 
 
 
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Hi all I just remembered I had these knocking around (I bought them ages ago for the christine dio) I feel another dio coming on, think I will call it a day in the park.

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Hi all here is tonights bit on this one (I may ditch the figures)(they are my achillies heal as you can plainly see)

 

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Hi all well I managed to get some done on this today but I recon its all I will get for the next week.
 
 
 
 
 
 
need to to a bit more work on the merry go round but I think it will work.
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Hi all here is the next update.
I've finished the merry go round, I've messed up some of the windows (cant seem to get them to fit very well I've seen other builds and the windows look fine so it must be me)


the missus is out tomorrow so hoping to finish it tomorrow (unless of course there is a bit list of to do items)

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