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  1. I have been working on a 1/48 Tamiya F4D-1 Skyray off and on for a year. I painted it with Gunze Mr. Color Lacquers and then decaled it. However, the 2 long stripe decals that are placed where the wing meets the fuselage are both wrinkled. I used repeated applications of MicroSet and even gave some Mr. Mark Setter a try to no avail. I have no idea why only those two chose to wrinkle, as the paint was the Mr. Color Lacquer which is a gloss paint. So the surface shouldn't have been the issue. I really don't want to strip the model and order new markings and start over, so my question is this:


    If I were to tape the surrounding areas off very carefully and sand the two decals off of the paint, and then re-apply two new decals (or even paint them on) what do you think my chances of success are? I ask because I have yet to complete any model in 3 years of being 'back' to the hobby and I want to see this one through. The rest of it looks spectacular, if I may say so, and if I have to start all over again, I'm likely to chuck it against a brick wall. I'm so close I can taste it with this build and to be honest, I think Tamiya decals suck in general. They seem to be a wee bit thick.


    All advice welcome and much appreciated!



  2. Thanks for the help fellas. I stated incorrectly that I had an acrylic under the lacquer. I actually had used Mr. Surfacer 1200 to prime- just had a brain fart. This, even though the can was sitting right in front of me. I actually picked up some ProModeller Wash a couple of weeks ago and after great success using it on the landing gear I might just use that. I might just Future coat the nose cone and the glare shield and not the rest of the model as the Gunze lacquers have it veery nice and glossy now. Then I will seal it with Dulcote.

  3. So, I have a Tamiya Skyray that I am ready to decal. The white (bottom) and gull gray (top) were shot with Gunze Mr. Color Lacquer paints. I had masked the front nosecone and glare panel in front of the windscreen prior to shooting the lacquer paints and once they were dry (48 hours to be safe), I masked the rest of the plane and shot the glare shield and nosecone with Tamiya acrylic flat black. I'd like to seal the acrylic black with Future in preparation of the acrylic wash. I know lacquer over acrylic is ok as it worked beautifully in the past. Question is- if I shoot Future over the entire model is it going to stick to the lacquer and be the hard, durable shield it has been in the past? OR, do I need to mask the black acrylic areas and Future coat that independently? What I should have done was to spray black lacquer but I didn't have any so... I used what was available.


    Many thanks for the help and input- I'm ready to get some decals on this bird for our Friday meet!




  4. All,


    I am going to try my hand at ship building and I very much enjoy the scale effect given by using photo-etch. In the past building planes I usually used a very small piece of glass and a razor blade, as the parts were usually not long or wide. However, I notice that I will need to make larger bends on ship models, and far more intricate. I have seen the Hold & Fold, and I am thinking of getting one. Before I do that I would like your input on what works best.




  5. Geeeeez, Ralph...that would be the death of me! It takes me an hour just to open the box and unfold the instructions!!! :blush::blush::blush:


    Yeah, I'm the same way! I could spend an hour looking at the decal sheet. It would be a real fun challenge to give it a shot. It takes me an hour just to get going. I have to clean up the model desk so I can get it dirty again...

  6. Hehehe- this is great input! In fact I just ordered Dragon's USS Livermore so I'm looking forward to the build. Also looking forward to finishing this Skyray. I have been working on it off an on for about 6 months. It will be my first completed build in a year. Lot's of stops and starts on other kits. Once I got my mind around the fact that it's ok to 'mess up' I felt better. I'm guessing this happens to other modelers as well.


    In any case, it's going to be fun trying a little something different. The Nationals was a major motivator! Thanks for the input everyone!

  7. Here's what's happening. On the bench I have a Tamiya 1/48 F4D-1 Skyray that I just painted. It looks good, though I can see a few flaws in my seam work that I just knew that I had fixed. Either way, I'm actually pretty satisfied. I say this as I have been 'back' to modeling for the last year after a hiatus to finish school. Anyways, so I have been an aircraft guy all my life. My first build with my Dad was Monogram's B-29. Ever since then I loved things with wings.


    Enter the 2009 Nationals. The last Nats I went to was in '05 and I basically gravitated to the planes, ignoring the ships, cars, armor, etc. This year though, I looked at EVERYTHING. The ships though, mystified me and gave me a slap in the face. A BIG one. I left the Nat's wanting a IJN Nagato like a bear needs honey. Same with Trumpeters' Yorktown, and Academy's new Oliver Hazard Perry. I still bought planes- my heart just had a hard time letting go. Now though, I want to trade and sell what I have and move over to ships. The challenge of doing all the photo-etch railing tempts me. I want to experiment with waterline kits and dioramas. I am completely taken.


    The point of this is to ask- is this normal? Also, if I pursue this new venture, which scale is recommended? There are a phenominal amount of 1/700 scale ships and a decent selection of 1/350. I like WW2 and Modern Era. I am experienced in handling photo-etch but on 1/700 scale it looks like a real challenge. Any thoughts and suggestions much appreciated. My first thought was Tamiya's USS Fletcher, I heard it was a good kit for a beginner?

  8. All,


    I am getting ready to spray the topside of a Tamiya F4D-1. The instructions call for AS-16, which comes in a spray can. I'd prefer to shoot it from my airbrush if possible. I assume I would use the straw method to get it into a jar. My questions are- does it need to be thinned further or is it ready to roll as-is? Also, do I need to adjust my air pressure? I usually shoot Gunze Mr. Color around 18-20 psi, as I tend to thin it heavily and shoot multiple coats. I have spiderwebbed pretty bad in the past and learned my lesson.


    I have acrylic already mixed up- I have heard that it will lay down over lacquer very well. I ask because I shot Mr. Color White lacquer on the underside of the aircraft. Would that be ok?


    Thanks for all help!

  9. Why?


    Well, it started with my Dad. The first kit we put together was a the Monogram 1/48 F-14A, when it had just been released. He traveled a lot so it was 'our' time to bond and have a really good time. We used to model and watch Carl Sagan on the tube. Then I remember going to my first hobby shop with him and buying a 1/48 Monogram B-29. We had a lot of fun with that kit and I can still remember that hobby shop. For me, it was like a whole new world. I used to love going to my grandparents house and playing with my dad's old builds. I build because it reminds me of the old times and because it gives my love of aircraft, armor, and ships something tangible to hold on to. I enjoy the hunt for the right kit, but so does my stash. I also like the research involved- kinda gets me pumped about the build.




    Lately I have been focusing on WW2 aircraft. I have a love affair with the 'Jug' and the B-25. In the end though, I model what I fancy. If it's a ship, then I'll usually focus on 1/350 scale. I have only done one, the USS Missouri, but I am sooooo tempted to break the bank and grab the Nagato from Hasegawa. I like the size and complexity of the scale. As far as aircraft, mostly 1/48 and 1/32nd scale. It's easier for my eyes to add detail when it's a little larger! I love armor too, both modern and old in 1/35th.


    I build because it gives my mind something to do. I'm a graphic designer so I can be creative but modeling gives my brain and creative abilities an outlet.

  10. I too, am looking forward to this kit. I've been wanting to do a nice sized dio since I read that they were going to release one. I thought about the Collect-Aire kit but I'm too scared to even consider tackling one, as I've heard they are a tricky beast. I'm thinking that Kinetic will be mostly on-time with the release. I have enjoyed their F-16 series, recently began the Sufa. Well done, with a few rough spots but overall, well-engineered.


    I'm hoping it'll retail for less than $100 but even so, I'd empty the monthly kit budget for one!

  11. Hi all,


    Just wanted to poke my head in and say hello. I was a member until '06, having joined at the Atlanta 'Nats in '05. Then I decided to go back and finish college so my wife and I moved and with that, my membership lapsed. As did my modeling time. I finally finished last year and have found myself back in the hobby full-swing. I'm currently working on a Tamiya Skyray and loving it. I decided to re-up because I had such a fantastic time at the Atlanta 'Nats, and met a lot of great modelers. It's nice to have a 'home' where we can talk shop. It'll be interesting to see how much modeling I get in once my first child is born in January, but I'll find time!


    My building interests are 1/48 and 1/32 scale WW2 and Modern Aircraft. I have a love for the P-47 and the B-25. Rugged and mean. I'm hoping to start attending meetings here in Charlotte once I get the info. Above all else, it's great to be back here!

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