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9 hours ago, Moa said:

 

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The moirée effect in the model is the product of the interaction of the corrugations and the given definition of the image file.

And there I was thinking they were interference patterns like what I was tort at skool!

 

All the best,

 

Ray the ever-learning

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11 hours ago, Moa said:

I will never do that to you (or any Martian) 😄

It could get very messy, remember I'm from a planet whose denizens are not noted for their pacifist tendencies.

10 hours ago, billn53 said:

That’s right. “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst”

 

Blurglecruncheons at the ready!

 

Martian 👽

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15 hours ago, bigbadbadge said:

More importantly did the toilets survive the tests,  could have been messy !!!

A thought just occurred to me- are the  toilets flush-riveted? (I know- I know...)

Mike

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2 hours ago, 72modeler said:

A thought just occurred to me- are the  toilets flush-riveted? (I know- I know...)

Mike

Now that does gain you some remission of sentence in the Naughty Corner.

 

Martian 👽

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Clear coat on. Instead of the proverbial acrylic floor polish, this time I used, for the first time. Alclad II Aqua Gloss Clear. It atomized much, much finer than the floor polish. Once the coverage was completed, the metal paint shine was subdued a bit, which is normal and I like, but after a few hours it picked up big time, and the metal coat was very shinny again indeed. So I conclude that this product has a longer drying time, and renders a coat much clearer coat than the usual household floor polish. 

Masks have been now lifted:

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Hello Moa, those leading-edge corrugations really show very nicely indeed - they were very much worth correcting. Excellent work.

 

Ray

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10 hours ago, Moa said:

Alclad II Aqua Gloss Clear

Is this a water-based gloss or does it have a high lacquer content?  Can you clean it with water?  Probably others have answered elsewhere, but this piques my interest.

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10 minutes ago, TheyJammedKenny! said:

Is this a water-based gloss or does it have a high lacquer content?  Can you clean it with water?  Probably others have answered elsewhere, but this piques my interest.

It cleans up with water or IPA
 

More info here:

 

 

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1 hour ago, TheyJammedKenny! said:

Is this a water-based gloss or does it have a high lacquer content?  Can you clean it with water?  Probably others have answered elsewhere, but this piques my interest.

Hi

Yes, it cleans with water (as per their own instructions). Bill also posted above.

 

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9 hours ago, Ray S said:

Hello Moa, those leading-edge corrugations really show very nicely indeed - they were very much worth correcting. Excellent work.

 

Ray

 

6 hours ago, billn53 said:

What Ray said ☝️

 

 

6 hours ago, RidgeRunner said:

That is gorgeous Claudio :)

 

5 hours ago, bigbadbadge said:

oooooooo I like that , as said above the wing leading edge corrugations really do look great. 

Chris 

 

Thanks everybody.

The fix seems to be fairly effective. Still I am sure this can be improved. As I mentioned before, because I did the foil first than any other work on the wing, it suffered a few small nicks and little bumps that could have been avoided.

But the basics are there for other modelers to apply if they feel like trying.

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10 hours ago, Ray S said:

Hello Moa, those leading-edge corrugations really show very nicely indeed - they were very much worth correcting. Excellent work.

 

Ray

Yes, they do. And the model is so shiny that the reflections off the corrugations activated the sensors aboard the OrbitJet. There were so many sensor returns on our monitors that for a moment I thought Moa had launched a missile attack on the Martian!

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Just now, Space Ranger said:

Yes, they do. And the model is so shiny that the reflections off the corrugations activated the sensors aboard the OrbitJet. There were so many sensor returns on our monitors that for a moment I thought Moa had launched a missile attack on the Martian!

No bang bang, please.

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5 minutes ago, billn53 said:

No bang bang, please.

When I realized that the sensor returns were coming from Moa's location, I instantly knew that they could not be offensive in nature and stood down from alert. I have reprimanded my sensor crew and scheduled additional training for them. Sorry, Moa! Crisis averted.

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3 hours ago, Space Ranger said:

And the model is so shiny

It is. But not from every angle.

As I commented above, after applying the floor polish clear coat, the shiny goes a bit down, which is pleasant. But this Alclad Aqua clear coat is a dedicated product, so it actually enhanced the shine, it's shinier now that after applying the "metal" paint.

I have to mull a bit over this, either re-mask everything and plug the door again and respray with a semi-gloss, or just leave as it is and look at it back in ten years. By then the shine surely will be less evident.

Artificial light:

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Natural light:

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I think I will leave it as it is.

 

 

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Looks lovely to me.  The dings in the wing leading edge could be bird strikes!!! Just thinking about it you could have got away with saying that and we would have all believed you!!!

Chris

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If you’re feeling brave you could try rubbing it with some graphite ( used as dry lubricant for locks) it will dirty it up a bit but also impart a more satin sheen. Back when I used to specialise in aircraft from a certain antagonistic Western European airforce; which will remain unnamed; this was actually the best method to get the correct finish.

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Just now, Marklo said:

If you’re feeling brave you could try rubbing it with some graphite ( used as dry lubricant for locks) it will dirty it up a bit but also impart a more satin sheen. Back when I used to specialise in aircraft from a certain antagonistic Western European airforce which will remain unnamed this was actually the best method to get the correct finish.

Me thinks not! But appreciate the comment and the good intention.

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1 minute ago, Marklo said:

If you’re feeling brave you could try rubbing it with some graphite ( used as dry lubricant for locks) it will dirty it up a bit but also impart a more satin sheen. Back when I used to specialise in aircraft from a certain antagonistic Western European airforce; which will remain unnamed; this was actually the best method to get the correct finish.

Interesting you should suggest this. For my tri-motor, I weathered the corrugations using a variety of powdered metallic pigments. Worked like a charm, but I needed a clear coat to fix the pigments.

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5 minutes ago, Marklo said:

If you’re feeling brave you could try rubbing it with some graphite ( used as dry lubricant for locks) it will dirty it up a bit but also impart a more satin sheen. Back when I used to specialise in aircraft from a certain antagonistic Western European airforce; which will remain unnamed; this was actually the best method to get the correct finish.

Interesting you should suggest this. For my tri-motor, I weathered the corrugations using a variety of powdered metallic pigments. Worked like a charm, but I needed a clear coat to fix the pigments.

 

(Why this posted twice, I do not know)

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The graphite tends to stick ( which is exactly what graphite shouldnt do, maybe that’s form an even layer of graphene )so provided the model isn’t handled excessively a clear coat isn’t entirely necessary. 

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