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1/72 Last Exile, Vanship by Hasegawa


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Since I bought a load of new parts for the very annoying Neo airbrush I thought I would give it one more chance to redeem its self, so I have re-started my Vanship build. This really is a very nice kit and I have been working on the wiring and drilling for the LED`s for ages now, so though I would try some paint in a plan to motivate myself into getting it finished.

I should say the LED`s are pre made buy the lovely people at smallscalelights.

Work I have completed so for , I have hand painted the cockpit and added some seat belts, drilled out all the holes for the lights and wires and made a start on the pilots.

These are the parts from last nights efforts, I pre-shaded with black then I went over with gun metal in versus levels to give it some interest and in a moment of madness I then added some clear smoke to the forwards section and more around the vents and then added clear yellow over the round ball parts. I had no idea if this would work but I`m very happy with the results, especially the clear yellow.

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Sorry about the seam lines I did a crap job with them. Added a bit of AK true metal on the turbines inside the engine parts.

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Nice going. The paint looks real nice on the Claudia drive. And I had trouble with those seems lime too...

Claudia drive, I had forgotten what they called them, thanks.

Fitted all the LED`s last night, so going for a sub build tonight. I`m still undecided on colour, red or aluminium?

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Ok so i have had a bit of a nightmare with the red clear. First 2 light coats whent down ok but i went for a third in an attempt to get a deeper red and its all gone orange peal like. I thought i could live with it so i glued to kit together. Then this morning i have decided i can not even look at it in this state, so even if a make a mess of trying to clean it up it will be better than it is now.

So i have cut some the paint back with tcut and then clean with alcohol wipes. Its looks like quite a nice weathered kit at the moment but im going to have a go at masking it all and give it 2 more coats of clear red.

Wish me luck.

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Good luck. Both my builds of this died with the red coat. Orange peel galore!

Though if it's not to late, one of the things I did was to open the port holes on the sides. It creates a nice effect and you can use Micro Kristol Clear or some equivalent for glass.

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Good luck. Both my builds of this died with the red coat. Orange peel galore!

Though if it's not to late, one of the things I did was to open the port holes on the sides. It creates a nice effect and you can use Micro Kristol Clear or some equivalent for glass.

I like the open port idea i will try that on the next one i build, after this one goes in the part bin......

I think the orange peal is down to me not thinning the clear red enough and spraying at a higher psi than i normally do. For some reason my brush is now spraying of center unless i spray at 22-25 psi with a brand new nozzle and needed fitted.

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I have spent most of mother's day (yes im in the mother of my 2 childrens bad books) buffing, cutting, sanding, painting more sanding and re painting my first crap paint job, so im now finished my second paint job there are a few ruff patches and marks but if this kit really wants to be weathered kit then i will roll with it. It looks a lot better what ever else i do with it. Few!

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Thanks all much appreciated. I'm really happy with the red as well and glad you all like it.

There's still time for some more drama as i need to gloss it now before decals and i had intended to paint in the bigger decals (white wheel arches and whitw strip) but i may have chickend out. I also need to do some weathering as well but im not sure how to go about that yet.

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Thanks for all the nice comments about the red, but after looking at it for a few days I decided that the finish was still very ruff and the overall look was not right and the colour was a bit to much for this model. So I have given it a much more warn and weathered look, I've not really attempted weathering on this scale before and there is still a few more washes and muddy to add but its starting to come together.

its a terrible photos as well.

This one was just as I started on the brown wash.

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