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PlaStix

M4A1 “Goldie” Normandy 1944 - Eduard/Tasca 1/35 - update 07/01/18

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Remarkable.....I'd be pleased to lay down a base that smooth & even with my airbrush.  :coolio:

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3 hours ago, PlaStix said:
6 hours ago, wimbledon99 said:

Very nice Stix! Do you still use a brush on such large parts?

Thank you Nigel. Yes. - still done with Humbrol flat brushes and very thinned paint. This one is about three layers of paint in most places. I find, if I'm careful, most Humbrol and Revell paints brush very nicely these days. However there are some more recent batches of Humbrol paints which are quite oily and difficult to apply evenly.

 

Kudos to you Stix. That's even more impressive given the surface area!! :clap:

 

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13 hours ago, Ozzy said:

Nice colour Stix, I used the force when I fitted lifting handles even the tasca kit didn't have locating points.

Thank you Ozzy. Yes I do like Humbrol’s Olive Drab. I like the colour itself but also the current batch I've got goes on really well. It's almost as good as some of Revell's better acrylics. And it's odd there's no location points for the handles - if not pins and holes some manufacturers have some flat spots ready.

 

13 hours ago, Hewy said:

Stix I've zoomed in and as usual there is no sign at all that its been brush painted,  an absolute inspiration, like badder said earlier,  perfect, building, pe,  painting, its a thumbs up from me. 

Glynn 

You are way too kind Glynn. I had a few things in my favour with this painting - as I said to Ozzy - the current batch of Humbrol's Olive Drab applies really well, the brushes I used are currently at that ‘sweet spot' stage where they arn't new but the bristles are not spreading at all, they are not too firm and not too soft - the plastic is nice to paint on, there aren’t too many features to paint around - and the light when I took the photos wasn’t showing some of the imperfections in the paint! There are some!

 

11 hours ago, stevej60 said:

Great with some colour on Stix,lovely painting.

Thank you Steve. It's a shame to paint over some of the nice PE but it had to be done.

 

10 hours ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

Remarkable.....I'd be pleased to lay down a base that smooth & even with my airbrush.  :coolio:

Practice and luck this time around! 

 

10 hours ago, wimbledon99 said:

 

Kudos to you Stix. That's even more impressive given the surface area!! :clap:

 

Thank you again Nigel.

 

Right - I mentioned to Badder (above) that I'd done some work on the running gear yesterday. All the parts below were painted and had the start of the weathering applied while on the sprues and now, apart from some touching up here and there they are ready to be assembled:

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There's also some small rubber sections to fit inside which I’m assuming means the suspension might be slightly workable.

 

More later I hope.

 

Comments and suggestions welcome.

 

Kind regards,

 

Stix

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They all look nice and regimented Stix, the little sponge bits fit really well and everything moves nicely.

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On 14/01/2018 at 11:57, Ozzy said:

They all look nice and regimented Stix, the little sponge bits fit really well and everything moves nicely.

Thank you for the information Ozzy - I was a bit bemused by the spongy rubber bits to start with. I'll hopefully get around to building up these suspension units next weekend.

 

Couple of extra photos from the weekend - close up of the wheels, sprockets and idlers:

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Suspension mounting brackets:

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And a few to show the base weathering I have started to apply on the lower hull. First, after the Olive Drab painting, everything was given a very thinned wash of Revell's Aqua Gunship Grey. Then, once dry I went around all the detail (raised or recessed) with thinned Revell's Aqua Anthracite which I applied with a very fine brush. When this was dry I started to give everything a dry-brushing with a lightened version of the base coat which also included a touch of matt yellow and Humbrol Army Green - this is to try and emphasise the details:

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The front on this last photo hasn't had the Anthracite targeted wash yet or the dry-brushing applied nor has the underside of the sponsons.

 

Comments and suggestions welcome.

 

Kind regards,

 

Stix

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Looking great Stix

 

I can never understand how you manage to get such a great finish with a hairy stick

 

beefy

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1 hour ago, beefy66 said:

Looking great Stix

I can never understand how you manage to get such a great finish with a hairy stick

beefy

Thank you Beefy.

Lots of watching YouTube painting videos, lots of practice, very thinned (hopefully good quality, well mixed) paint, flat brushes, a good surface to paint on and, most importantly, lots of luck!

I've mentioned it before but, when I get chance, I will make a video showing how I do the painting. I don't have a video camera so I've either got to find a way to set up my iPad to film what I do or borrow a camera.

I have a couple of projects planned for this year which might make suitable models for a painting demonstration.

Kind regards,

Stix

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Yes super job stix, I'll be in the audience for tutorial video.

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Aye up Stix,

 

Smashing job with the paint work. Look forward to seeing your hairy stick tutorial video if you do one B)

 

Regards,

 

Steve

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On 15/01/2018 at 15:55, Bullbasket said:

What Beefy said........in spades. Lovely job.

John.

Thank you John.

 

On 15/01/2018 at 16:00, Hewy said:

Yes super job stix, I'll be in the audience for tutorial video.

Thank you and I'll try and sort out video as soon as I get chance.

 

On 15/01/2018 at 18:40, fatfingers said:

Aye up Stix,

Smashing job with the paint work. Look forward to seeing your hairy stick tutorial video if you do one B)

Regards,

Steve

Thank you Steve and yes I will try and get one done soon. I'm wondering if I might do it for my Type 10 build.

 

On 15/01/2018 at 23:15, wimbledon99 said:

Coming along very nicely Stix. Cant wait for that video!!  :popcorn:   :popcorn: 

Thank you Nigel........so no pressure then!! :frantic:;)

 

Kind regards,

 

Stix

 

 

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