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  1. Nice work! Will you be using the kit decals or aftermarket? David
  2. That’s awesome! I think that might have to be my first subject when I get a 3D printer! Oh, yes, your progress looks good too. David
  3. Nice choice, Loren! It is a great kit. However, those slat tracks sure do like to break off. Is that “The Child” I see in the background? Where did you find that? David
  4. Another option: cover the wing root with a Sharpie pen, insert the wing, then move the wing up and down. Any high spots should rub off the ink and be revealed. I’ve had similar geometry issues too that involved breaking and/or cutting things to set them right. It can be a frustrating hobby at times. David
  5. Markh-75, try scraping the recess with a curved blade to enlarge it, or sanding the wing to make it smaller. You might also try making a jig out of wood or Lego to hold everything in place, then apply your choice of adhesive. I wouldn’t bin it just yet. David
  6. Good progress, Matt. Are you thinning your paint? Metallic paints like Alclad have low viscosity and spray beautifully straight out of the bottle, but your other paints need to be thinned to atomize correctly. That might explain your splattering. David
  7. Very large gaps indeed! I would suggest a long sanding block to remove the leading edge step. Start with 150 grit and move up to 400. You could have it flattened out fairly quickly. Just my . Looking really good so far. David
  8. This is why I love BM. Such amazing resources shared with each other. David
  9. If you haven’t already thrown out the tape, you could try soaking it in paint thinner (not lacquer thinner) or even WD-40 to dissolve the adhesive and release the torn decal. David
  10. That is going to look amazing with the bright red tail fins. I love the badgers too! David
  11. Serkan, I mixed up my own thinner for Future with isopropyl alcohol, ammonia (ammonium hydroxide), and distilled water, and had great results. Unfortunately I no longer have the exact ratios. The IPA may have been 10-20%, and the ammonia 1-5%. It just takes a little experimentation. David
  12. No, not enamels (they are not forgiving!). I mean artist oil paints. I use Winsor and Newton paints and Mona Lisa odorless thinner with great results for washes, and undiluted paint for heavier streaking. Turpentine can be used as a thinner as well, but will start to strip paint down to bare plastic if you are not careful. You should be able to easily find some videos. David
  13. Great looking Phantom. Have you considered oil paints for dirtying the underside? They are very forgiving. David
  14. “Phantastic” job weathering the belly. I also love the metallic effect you achieved on the stabilators. Those HGW transfers are intriguing. I might have to use them when I finally get to my ZM Phantom. David
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