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  1. Actually, the original ended up in the middle. Stuart
  2. It took a while but I finally did it. Original engine at the bottom. Used lamp black artist oil with Mona Lisa thinner. Please provide your thoughts as this is the first time weathering for me.
  3. Thanks very much for posting the link. I’m reading the article now. Looks like a mosquito with the same paint scheme as I picked. Stuart
  4. Thanks Mark. Now I understand the complicated masking for canopies 😀 We had dinner with an artist last night and he showed me a trick for making straight lines with a liner brush. Stuart
  5. Those are really cool looking. I’m going to have to stick to brushes for now. Just so I’m sure, you don’t bother with masking if you’re brushing, only if you’re using an airbrush. I’m always looking, much to my wife’s chagrin, to improve the tools I use.
  6. Good morning, i have read several threads in other forums and watched a video but I would like to hear this forum’s take on this. Painting guides show perfect smooth lines at curves an I have yet to get that right. Stuart
  7. Yes it is! I almost gave up after ruining the engine on the very first plane I tried to build (P-51D). Happily I followed advice given on these forums. Put that one on the shelf, opened the Spitfire and started asking questions. Five models later I’m ready to build the P-51, my favorite. I bought a new engine sprue on EBAY and am starting from scratch. Stuart
  8. Thanks very much. I definitely did a better job of taking enough time to do this right and putting to use the suggestions and recommendations from you guys.
  9. Thanks very much! I am very happy with this one and will continue building until I can’t. The P-51D is next. Stuart
  10. Thanks very much! When I listen to you guys I do so much better. Stuart
  11. Here is where I stand with this build. Still have to put a gloss coat over the decals and decide on any attempt at weathering the plane. I only have the models I have built since March 2020, nothing old to practice on 😀 I am going to make a wash to help make the engine look more realistic and will post results regardless. I believe it was suggested that a blackish brown wash would do the trick. Thanks as always! Stuart
  12. Unfortunately I did use a solvent in the misplaced hope I could move the pieces after application. I had to stop or make things much worse. It sounds like all I needed to do was use water or the decal set and that is a lesson learned for sure. BTW, I did try using water as suggested and the pieces would not budge (as also clearly stated). This is the first time I did anything beyond simple application of the decals over a painted surface and there's no question they look a lot better with use of the gloss and specific procedures. They go on a lot better. Perhaps just in my imagination but they seem to "snap" to the surface now. I'm not sure how to proceed yet. I certainly can look for the decals on EBay but removing it appears to present a problem with damaging the underlying decal. I still tend to get heavy handed some times. Trying to use paint to fix the problem feels a bit much for my talents at this point (but please don't let my attitude stop you from making alternative recommendations to fix problems). The tail is removable so I can access the decal easily any time. I assume something (or nothing) must be done before I put the final gloss coat on. There was one other decal mishap and I hope this one gives you a laugh after a long day. As it turns out I stopped short with the dark grey coat on the side of the fuselage. Here's how I found out. I cut out the "danger ejector seat" decal that goes on the side I was working on. I applied the micro set and moved to put the decal in place. As I noted it seemed to snap to the surface like a magnet but it literally disappeared! I thought I dropped it. Well, of course I can say it now, and you probably already have, the decal was designed for a much darker surface. I'm not going to lie, I said a few cuss words as I searched for the decal before I finally realized what happened. You guys are great and, thankfully, very patient. Stuart
  13. Well the placement of the tail decals was very good on one side and not so much on the other! The first side went on great and I am very happy with the result. Unfortunately the tiger tore at several places on the other side. It went down like a magnet and missed the outline on the lower decal by a lot. My attempts to raise it off the surface and move it were a disaster but I couldn’t leave it where it was. This is likely one of those questions that will elicit several answers but I would really like to know what any of you would do in this case. Matching the colors with paint seems doubtful. Of course the lazy answer is do nothing and display the model with the good side facing the viewer.😀 Thanks to all for providing your insight into successful model building. Stuart
  14. Okay, so the sequence should be micro set, first decal, micro set, overlay decal, micro sol. Do I have it right?
  15. Hey guys, when you stack decals like this does the micro sol go on the bottom decal before you place the overlapping decal? thanks! Stuart
  16. Thanks for the kind words and for providing your insight into successful model building. I’m also going to buckle down and mix and apply a wash to the engine displayed on the dolly. Someone earlier commented that it looked way too clean, I took that as a compliment 😀 Stuart
  17. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!
  18. Good morning, Based on what I see it sure seems only one coat is required and I worry that I put too much on. can you tell by looking at the photos? 24 hours will be up after lunch so it’s time for decals. The tail fin is chock full of them so I’ll start there and will post results. As always thanks for the help! Stuart
  19. Thanks for the prompt reply. I do not own an airbrush (yet). Stuart
  20. Quick question. Do I need to wait between coats of the gloss? It’s going on tomorrow morning. thanks!
  21. Good morning again, I followed the exacto/decal set solution method to get the decals on the fuel tank to settle down. It worked great at the locations where I actually placed the decals in the right spot. The photo shows these, one being a little off center but it still settled down nicely. I am happy with the results, thanks!
  22. Good morning, Thanks for the very detailed recommendations. I went to Walmart yesterday and bought Revive It and will proceed with your directions on the decals on this F-16. Since restarting model building I have used nothing but acrylic paints. I assume using oils on top of acrylic paint is an issue - it was pointed out to me that water based washes are required in this case. So if I go down the road with oils do I have to change my paint type? Stuart
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