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Very quick update... So much for a nice quick build. I painted hundreds of tiny scratches and chips over the surface. I think next time I might try out one of the various chipping solutions available as this took hours. Another little thing i did was to mask off and paint the thin red markings at the rear of the fuselage. There are no decals for this with the kit and I think it adds interest so didn't want to leave it out. I've decided I'll have to scratch build the rear radiator as it's quite a prominent feature and another point of interest so I'll have a go at that tonight. I should have another update soon with a painted engine test and some more weathering on the body. I'm also still not completely happy with the blue and may re-do some of the markings. Cheers
Cult TV Man has some news from Round 2 about some new kits due before end of 2017. First up is a 1/1000th scale snap kit of DS9's USS Defiant. Rather more interesting to me is a Space 1999 1/48th Nuclear Waste Area #2! Set will include Moon Buggy. 8 Lamp stands with bases and lighting kit, some of those hexagonal crates they had everywhere, Nuclear waste covers and 10 figures. Also thrown in is 1/24th Moon Buggy with figures. Also coming is an accessory set of nuclear waste canisters for the cargo Eagle and a fully built display Eagle. Probably won't be able to afford them but it's nice to dream! http://culttvman.com/main/round-2-news-new-space-1999-and-star-trek-kits/ Paul Harrison
Thanks Kev, The hairspray technique isn't hard, but there are various factors that can affect the outcome, so it's a good idea to practice a few times before doing it on the final piece. In essence, the hairspray (HS) is acting as a soluble mask between the base coat and the top coat of paint. You paint the piece with the base colour that you want to show through, allow that to dry then add a couple of coats of HS. Once that's dry you add the final top coat of paint. When the top coat is touch dry, wet the surface with water, then start to rub the paint with a course brush. The water will be absorbed through the top layer of paint and start the dissolve the HS, which will then start to lift, bringing the top coat of paint with it. The amount of HS you add, the length of time you let it dry before adding the top coat of paint, and how thick that layer of paint is will all affect the outcome, so it's worth experimenting a bit. I usually spray the HS into a jar, then transfer it to my airbrush, rather than spraying it strait from the can. As an alternative to HS, you can get ready made chipping fluids that work in exactly the same way from various manufacturers. I'd recommend the AMMO one if you're looking to pick one up. There's a demo video of it here Andy
rockpopandchips replied to TimMather's topic in Science Fiction DiscussionEmbrace the inner geek!
Thanks! These little guys are a great break from some of the bigger Star Wars kits I've been working on. The detail Bandai can get into these things still amazes me. I'm working on the Y-Wing now, and all the little pipe work on the main body is there. Still deciding how I am going to paint those...
Mike replied to TimMather's topic in Science Fiction DiscussionA teeny-tiny Snowspeeder and AT-ST from Bandai's wickle wange Oh, and another Rick & Morty tshirt
injidup replied to TimMather's topic in Science Fiction DiscussionGot my first ever sci-fi kit today. Bandai's 1/12 Star Wars Rogue One K-2SO droid.
batcode replied to Lee Chambers's topic in Ready for Inspection - SF & RealSpacelooks great, very nice work and the lighting looks great....
This is an incredible build, and it has inspired me to buy my first sci-if kit (K-2SO of course!). Thanks very much Andy, I've really enjoyed reading this build, and also your AT-AT and AT-ST. Do you have any tips for your "hairspray" technique? As a car modeller, I haven't heard of that before. cheers, Kev.
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Thanks, glad you like it, Regarding the weathering, the mid section was weathered with enamel washes. I generally use thicker washes (AMMO engine grime is a favourite) as shading around panels and details. I'll paint the wash around the detail areas, then blend away the edge with a soft brush. The mud on the feet was done by applying a slurry of earth coloured pigment mixed with white spirit. You need to be a little careful with the white spirit though, as this is where I had problems with the plastic cracking. As an alternative, you can dilute the pigment with enamel thinner or pigment fixer, both of which should be a little more gentle on the plastic. Another option for mud is to brush some acrylic resin (Vallejo make this, as do other companies), then stipple dry pigment onto it. Once it's dry it leaves a very realistic crusty earth look. Andy
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