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  1. Where is the bonnet ? Decidedly I'm a subscriber to mishaps A tool escaped my hands and of course have found fun to hit the bonnet that was quietly curing on my bench ! No photograph, but the painting job has to be done again, starting from zero ... Well, let us be philosophical, I get better with the airbrush each time I use it
  2. I'm hesitating between Alclad Klear Kote Gloss, Gravity Colors Clear (3 components) and Zero Paints 2 Pack Clearcoat Diamond Finish I've already tried Alclad Clear over Gravity Daimler Silver, when I have cleared the underbody, and they match well, without any undesirable reaction... Furthermore, it dries and cures very quickly The Gravity Color clear 3 components would match perfectly with Gravity Colors paint, but I know, by (bad) experience, that it is very difficult to spray correctly (possibly due to the fact that I'm a newbie in clear coating) and that overall it
  3. Good evening guys All is going well today, my son, my daughter in lw, my grand-son, and....my painting job After the slight sanding job of the primer to get it smooth, 3 coats of semi-gloss black, a good drying and a light sanding of this underlay, I've sprayed successfully 2 light coats, then a medium and finally a wet coat of Daimler Silver My God ! These Gravity paints are absolutely fantastic. You could see for yourself: There is some (very few) dust particles here and there and
  4. It's explained in my Friday post: " Why X18 semi-gloss black and not gloss black X1 ? Because my purpose was not get a bright finish, as if I would have to spray then a metallic color, such as Alclad aluminum, chrome etc.. My aim was to get a black smooth surface, which: - 1/ allow the Daimler silver to get a better shine than if I had sprayed it on a grey surface - 2/ avoid the solvents of Gravity Daimler Silver to react with the primer underneath"
  5. Good morning "Brittanica" No news at the moment from my Canadian family, so probably good news Hereunder some pictures of the Daimler Silver in day light, with the doors, after the 2 first coats - Of course, still a bit of undesirable dust to spoil the photographs ! And the scratches at the rear of the top vents have almost disappeared (what is annoying with "almost" is "almost" ). The result is frankly imperfect , but much better and acceptable. I can do no more, imho... Stay tuned for the next stages
  6. It doesn't look as it is a scale model Superb work, as always, Pascal It make makes me want to purchase one of these MFK kits, for instance the Maserati 250F 1957 GP Monaco 1:20
  7. My grand-son Mickael was born at 5:45 pm local hour, his weight 4060 gr, and is doing well My daughter-in-law had to undergo a cesarean section, and she has fever and possibly a leg-vein thrombosis and/or an infection, so I'm very anxious, as you can imagine. Compared with this kind of issue, my paint one is very minor ! Nethertheless, I've solved the problem of my scratches, and I'm waiting tomorrow afternoon to start again the painting job.
  8. In paint there is pain I've noticed a big defect on the bodywork paint, once dried Where I had used files to open the rear top vents, the plastic has been scratched sometimes rather deeply, and this wasn't visible on the white plastic, neither with the primer and the black coat, otherwise I would have fixed that before the painting job But with the silver one, the scratches have been strongly revealed, ans it's impossible for me to live with this ! So, let's go for a new Glanzer bath, putty, sanding, putty, sanding, priming, and so on ... A bir
  9. Evening Gentlemen While I've begun interesting things with the final coats of paint over the bodywork, it's still the morning in Canada where much more serious things are happening My daughter-in-law went 2 hours ago in labour room and is actually giving birth to my first grand-son (I've already 2 grand-daughters). I couldn't resist to share with you all this great new. Preparing for the birth which could not occur before several hours, I let you see where I am with my MB gestation:...2 light veil of Daimler Silver has been sprayed at the moment :
  10. Eevening Gentlmen "In paint, there' pain..." ....really true; at least for me ! This afternoon, I've sprayed 5 super light coats of thinned Tamiya semi-gloss black X18 over the bodywork, doors and bonnet. I had planned to spray only 3 coats, but after the third one, I got a bit of orange peel, and I've had to sand it carefully to remove it....so, to get finally an even aspect of the paint, I've had to spray to coats more Why X18 and not gloss black X1 ? Because my purpose was not get a bright finish, as if I would have to spray then a metallic co
  11. Good evening Chaps Well ! the bodywork, the bonnet and the doors have been primed again with Alcald Grey Primer and micro-filler: 3 light coats and a wetter one, with slight sanding 3000 grit between each layer. The result is rather good, it remains to sand the surface as smooth as possible with 4000 the 6000 grit before applying the bright black coat. I've also finished the underbody with the black painting of each bolt: Tomorrow, I'll spray the black under-coat
  12. Thanks so much Roy,, for your kind words, much appreciated. I don't forget my Ladybug, and I don't forget too that it's thank to you that I've had the chance to gather a large collection of reference photographs. As I've said several times previously, I'm now retired, so, I've much more time to spend for my hobby than before. A lot of administrative work has still to be done to finish my medical career , but I hope to be totally free on July. At this time, it will be possible to reorganize my personal office at home, which is actually used as medical-administ
  13. I don't think that the problem were due to solvent.... Indeed, the gravity color didn't react at all when I sprayed it over an Acrylic coat of Tamiya X1, as you can see on the underbody I think that Gravity color reacted with the AK primer which covered the body Anyways, the body, bonnet and doors are now prepared for the new painting job, and the surface is as smooth as a baby skin... Stay tuned for the next steps
  14. Good evening Gentlemen Not a big progress tonight , because I've had an issue with the body painting First of all, I've painted the underbody As you could see if you visit Brabus website,, the underbody has 2 colors: - The centre major part is a kind of light metallized brown - And 2 lateral strips have the same color than the body, so Gravity Colors Daimler Silver for me I've tried to reproduce the first one, mixing Alclad Aluminum ALC-101 and Alclad Exhaust manifold ALC-123 The underbody was primed with AK Grey primer and
  15. The same word than Olivier for all everybody, not only modelers, all over the world ...
  16. In reality, the undertray isn't transparent enough: it looks like cathedral glass, so what you can see through it is very blurry That's why I've primed it and that I'll paint it light metallic brown, as on the real car. Probably I'll purchase a second kit, in order to build only its chassis, and will present the whole car and its (enhanced) chassis side by side, in a showcase with mirror plate for the floor.
  17. No, Paul, no floor for the boot, and I've not planned to scratch one, because, at the moment, I've neither planned to make the boot openable
  18. Nice build of a vintage car, love her
  19. Good evening Gentlemen Well !.... a new page is turned over today with the completion of the tub. Despite of some imperfections, particularly on the dash, I'm pretty happy with the result I've got, and I'm proud to share it: The cases have been attached together with some "UHU Patafix", and the set has been attaches on the rear shelf with thin double-sided tape It remains to touch up red paint her and there and to paint the left fixture, which is new one, because the or
  20. Evening guys 2 straps made: Tomorrow, they will be put in place and the tub will be finished . Wish me luck for this delicate job Stay tuned if you like
  21. The explanation is worst that what I thought But, clearly, it's been the case !
  22. Sorry @Pouln, I think I guess the general meaning of your acronym PIA, but not sure. Could you precise, please ?
  23. Evening and a happy and better new year, gentlemen My first strap is just done, using Aber buckles (1/35 scale, normally intended for soldier's rifles straps). The prong of the buckle is not long enough, so it's been difficult to get it appearing out of the strap's hole where I've threaded it, despite of all my efforts. But nethertheless, the result seems convincing, at least in my view. I hope you''ll enjoy it, because it's been a painful job. This strap is made of 7 parts: 3 leather strips joined by 2 buckles, and 2 belt loops. The end stri
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