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Everything posted by dmjung

  1. Yes, mostly Vallejo air and color. Sometimes the gunze acrylics. I think I run around 15psi, maybe a tad higher. Normally I don't get spitting unless I'm trying to get the last ... little ... bit of paint. Self inflicted. :) I sprayed the parts for each assembly step separately so it was kind of a repetitive drill working with the airbrush. (Think exercises with a musical instrument.) And since most of the colors were mixes I could introduce a little variation as the build progressed.
  2. Built this mainly to get back into the swing of using my airbrush. Gundam kits are usually easy builds so I could spend more time working with the magic paint spitter.
  3. If registering online, do I put family members in the checkout notes? --David
  4. Did a little more blending and toned down the eyes a bit. It saved some class time that they partially assembled the figure and primed it beforehand, but that made it difficult to get paint into a few areas. I would have preferred to airbrush some of the parts, but brushing everything turned out OK. I'm happy with it, putting it in the case, and going back to the Airfix P-40 that's half-done. The main thing I got out of the class was to not agonize over the "correct" color and just mix the color I wanted/needed. And hand brushing paint works just fine like it always has. Post-class I learned to not drink a bunch of coffee before detail painting... 🙂
  5. I went to a miniature painting workshop at Andrea in Austin, TX last weekend and am almost done now with what I started. The last figures I actually "finished" were 1/35 and back in the mid-70's. Was fun, I'll do more... 🙂
  6. Somewhere between easy and impossible depending on who you end up talking to when calling the hotel.
  7. Wasn't really a problem...she was probably trying to get the Presidential Suite and one of you guys already had it booked for you and twenty of your closest friends. 🙂 We have suites at the Staybridge at the other end of the convention center. She's more interested in a certain kind of room than whatever the blocked-rate is and probably got two or three since she said she was thinking about flying in the kids for a couple of days. I'm not going to complain--how many wives say they're going to make reservations when you happen to mention that the website for the show is up. Or worry that you might not feel well when you come back from the vendor rooms empty-handed. I love my wife. 🙂 --David
  8. My wife called the Marriott today and was told they were full.
  9. I'm trying to not buy a kit unless I finish a kit. That hasn't really been working, but its the thought that counts. Right? Saw this being released and I was like, yeah, heck yeah. Battleship Yamato Type 94 46cm Main Turret in 1/200.
  10. All masking off now. Not as good as I wanted, but better than expected. I have to keep reminding myself this is supposed to be a fun oob build and not pitch it in the brake fluid to strip it down. :) I'm going to let it cure for a few days and then see what I can touch up. Probably smooth up everything and coat with a clear gloss. Then those decals...
  11. Hopefully, this is my last coat of sea blue. I have a feeling my leading edge masking isn't going to pan out, but we'll see. With some white for the camera to work with, this picture has the sea blue looking more normal-ish. And examining the picture I see a nice seam line on the right-wing fuel tank that I didn't pick out during the prime. sigh.
  12. It's Vallejo Glossy Sea Blue. I noticed that tint in the picture, but I think being shiny it was reflecting the inside of the paint booth. Or my cell phone camera just didn't get the color balance right. Sitting on my desk, it doesn't look gray at all--more navy blue, almost black when the desk lamps aren't on. Next picture I'll plop it on some white paper.... :) --David
  13. First coat of Glossy Sea Blue on the nether regions. Smells like...victory. (I'm trying to not think about those old decals and how nasty they look.)
  14. Worked on seams off and on all week. Reattached a stabilizer I knocked loose, etc etc, the usual comedy of errors... Last night decided I was ready for another primer coat. (Using Mr Surfacer 1000 in a can.) Last time I sprayed this primer I had stuck a bamboo stick up where the tail hook sits, but I was a little afraid that hook assembly was going to break out. So I glued some scrap sprue into the front wheel well. That handle worked quite lovely. Of course, the sprue and plane parted ways when I was basically done and just inspecting for anything I might have missed. The kit headed towards the nastiest surface in the vicinity--the paint booth filter. (I think that's a Law of the Universe.) I dropped the Lensmen kit I was building a few years ago at about the same stage of construction. Hopefully not a harbinger of things to come... --David
  15. Cool, I'll get some blu-tack and see how it compares to the Uhu stuff. --David
  16. I've used the UHU stuff for various purposes--which I assume is similar to blu-tack. I hadn't thought about using it for masking though. Have you had any problems with it pulling up the paint? --David
  17. Starting to look like an airplane. A few seams to work over, but maybe I can get it all done this next weekend. That would possibly be a record time for my finishing a kit even though I started it in the fall.
  18. Alright...my first big mistake. :) Acrylic primers (and paints for that matter) adhere mechanically so they need a surface they can key/lock into. I suspect a large amount of the bad press acrylic primers get is due to failing to prepare the surface. So knowing that and even thinking I needed to knock the shine off this old-school blue plastic, I shot an acrylic primer coat straight onto that shiny smooth plastic. It actually stuck fairly well where it could, but I knew it was going to end up being a problem, so time to practice wet sanding. At least I'm getting the raised panel lines knocked down a little. And for some unknown reason, I like wet sanding... To my eye, the Banshee has always had that ungainly, but graceful look to it. Kind of like a swan I guess.
  19. Dave, Yes, pretty much shooting for what the boxtop looks like... --David
  20. Started this one in the fall while undergoing radiation, so decided it's up next while I'm on a roll. I'm doing this one strictly OOB. Reviews indicated it went together well considering its age and so far no coronary-inducing issues. Hopefully, the old decals will cooperate...
  21. I actually had some Panzer Putty here (over-priced Silly Putty I suspect), but it had hardened up. I'll definitely be trying some Silly Putty in the future, but I'd like to master the liquid masking--I can see situations where it will be useful. Maybe 3rd time will be the charm with it. :) And while cleaning up my work-bench to get to the next project, I found my air-launched and missing shackle. Yay. --David
  22. So using varnish (at least the Vallejo acrylic) as an adhesive appears to have limited use. Something really light and won't be under any tension/pressure would probably be OK. And I've run out of parts I'm willing to mess with and not motivated enough to shoot another flat coat, so it's done. Forgot to push down one of the rear shackles before the picture, but didn't feel like taking the picture over. It's only a friction fit. One of the front shackles is somewhere on my floor...maybe it will turn up one day. :) One down, several thousand to go...
  23. Since I like building more than actually finishing the project, I'm trying a new technique to see if it works well (or at all). I'm seeing if the tow cables will stay in place using the flat varnish as an adhesive.
  24. As expected, the liquid masking was a bear, but I think it's just a matter of keeping after it--so I'll do some messing around on junk parts in the future. Using a bunch seems to work better than laying it thin. A gloss coat, decals, some washes, and a flat coat. Still need to add all the exterior odds and ends and some paint touch-up. I can smell the finish line and it's not just atomized airbrush cleaner...
  25. What did you use for the 1st wash? --David
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