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TedUSA

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Great result with the headrest. looks exactly like leather. The pilot is excellent. The highlights and shadows
give real "life" to the figure. SPot on!

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really nice cockpit and pilot. [thumb][thumb][thumb]
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generalgrog

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Major join is a success. I had to do quite a bit of trimming at the bottom of the cockpit...I'm not sure why, but the bottom of the cockpit was interfering with the wing section. It was actually making contact. and I had to trim a good 1/8" off. I thought I had done something wrong when I inserted the cockpit, but it mated all the way to the top of the fuselage, so I'm not sure what went on there.

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I also threw in some pics of the propeller, landing gear, and engine exhaust prep. I gave everything a nice bath in warm water and dishwashing detergent to prep for prime spray.

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I thought the stock exhausts were a little bland so I got out my pin vise and drilled some holes.


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I just have to clean up the join areas, and get the canopy in place, and I think I will be ready to start priming..and get this guy ready for final paint.

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Looking exciting as you advance. The exhaust drilling is nice nice nice. Glad you included the pilot.
I am a fan of little plastic men myself!

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generalgrog

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Well, I've hit kind of snag in my build(see end of post).

But wanted to post some build pics first.

As I'm getting ready to prime, I thought I would take the opportunity to post the stock decals and the aftermarket masking, I plan to use.

Stock decals, I will probably only use the warning lines.

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Montex mask kit.

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I haven't had good success with the Vallejo putty trick, because it fills in the wrong holes. then I realized I should be masking areas where I don't want the putty to go...This picture is after I messed up, you can see the rivet hles and seem lines that were filled by the white putty.

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Following picture is further sanding with mask protection.


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Photoetch oil lines on landing gear.

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Now for the bad news...

Everything was rolling along nicely as far as  the filling and sanding bit of the model, and I was going to get the canopy masked and set in place for my prime coat...when I noticed this.

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A nice little mold line or spiderweb thing running down the middle of the wind screen. And to make things worse, this kit has two windscreens(I assume for options) and both have the same problem.

Ack!!  I was watching one of the videos (one of the helicopters I think?) And I saw that Bob said there may be no hope to be able to fix this defect.

I don't want to overreact but after spending all this time and effort to run into this is kind of problem is upsetting.

So the question is...is it possible to buff this defect out or am I going to have to live with it. will Tamiya replace it?


(edit.....I just did some internet searching and it seems that there are aftermarket cockpit canopies, Falcon is one manufacturer so all is not lost)

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generalgrog

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After taking a short break from the build, I have started back on the project.

My Falcon canopy has come in, and I am wrapping things up for prime.

This comes as a set, and has many other variations, but all I needed was the one for the VB.

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I decided to use the canopy that came with the kit as a form of masking, I used micro crystal clear to temporary glue it down, and of course masking tape to finish the job.

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I just needed to finish up the radiator fairing and I'm ready for prime.

I didn't have time to hunt around for some wire to use as radiator piping, so I used a part from a tank kit I purchased. I was looking on-line about how to create some realistic antenna wire, by melting sprue with a candle, and stretching it. So I thought I could use that technique to make my own radiator piping. So I took some pieces and used the candle to soften the plastic so to create a 90 bend. It worked marvelously. You do have to be careful, because the first tiny piece I tried, was too close to the flame and caught on fire!!


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Allright..got to clean the surface off and prime it up.

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Looks like it's going to be a sprint to the finish line for me, as I will be traveling for the holidays next week.

So I got the prime on, preshading and bottom base coat.

I didn't have any grey primer so I used white, hopefully this won't be problem later.

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it's going to be close, but I think I can do it.

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generalgrog

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Finished the camo base coat. Came out pretty good, I've got a few touch ups to do. It's been great fun painting this spitfire.
Paint instructions call for 50/50 mix of these colors for light color.

These colors mix up to exactly the same shade as the plastic don't they?

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And now for the dark color..same thing... 50/50 mix.

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I followed Bobs method of putting the tac worms on.
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I have to say that I really love these Tamiya paints for airbrushing. They are terrible for figure painting, but they were a dream for airbrushing.

Gonna start post shading, gloss and then decals/masks.

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Hi GG,

The build is coming along nicely and that's really nice camo work. Looking forward to seeing this one finished. Loving the colour scheme.

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generalgrog

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OK wanted to show the post shading.

This was really tough, At first I kind of felt like what I imagine a guy walking on a tight rope feels like. I purchased a new airbrush (badger 155-7) because my older cheap one just was ready for the junk pile. Anyway getting used used to airbrushing and finding that fine line between too much air, the proper thin mixture, and the technique for how to work the double action airbrush so as to get proper control took a few hours, and I had to correct some mistakes, but I think I finally got the hang of it.

I'm thinking that these airplanes didn't get much washing due to the water shortage in the desert? Assuming they were based there? So I was thinking of doing some "extreme" weathering with some dust effects and so forth..I don't know we'll see how much time I have.

Anyway..on to the pics.

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Going to seal this with gloss coat and start on the montex masks.

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Looking good from my perspective. Nice camo pattern and colors.
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The good news...the decals and masks are complete.

The bad news.....I got in way over my head with the masks. The end product turned out "ok" and looks pretty good from far away actually, but when you get up close you can see pretty significant errors. Since I have never used masks before I wasn't prepared for the complexity involved in using them, and I have ended up with a lot of "happy accidents". I didn't think to seal my decal work before putting masking over the decals and a few of them tore as I removed the masking. Also, it was ridiculously hard to get all the mask pieces to line up PERFECTLY..so this spitfire just went from moderately weathered to majorly weathered to try and cover up the masking mistakes.

Lesson learned for me..if it can be done with a decal, use a decal!!

Everything was going sooo well too.

Bob.... please do a video on the proper method of using montex masks...[bawl]

Well, I don't think there is anything that can't be covered up with weathering..so I'm glad I bought that bottle of africa dust effects!!



All masked up and ready for paint.

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After all the paint went down...what a mess!!

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Masking removed...

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As we get closer we can start to see where the problems are...[frown]

My flag ripped...

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This star isn't all that bad...

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Pretty bad here...

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Well problems aside..it's getting near completion.

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3 days left....

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You will make it!!!  I feel your pain on the decal problems. I tore several of mine, but not from the masking you were talking about. I was so FORTUNATE to have extra decals
to draw from. IN the end, my heavy handed weathering covered some of my decal disasters. Best wishes as you approach the line!!!

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Hummm very nice indeed[thumb]
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generalgrog

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Thanks for the encouragement guys!!

As I got a chance to sleep on it, things really aren't that bad. I think I can fix most of the stars by respraying the over sprayed blue parts.(and I really was wanting to do some post shading on the star's anyway) Definitely going to put another coat of gloss on first!!

Also when I do the pin/weathering wash I think that is going to help a lot.

This has been a great learning experience and will only help me on my next build and beyond.

I'll have to get creative on how I'm going to fix the torn decals.....[sneaky]

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