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Fleeing the onslaught +++Finished+++


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Just a marker in the sand for this year's Blitzenbuild. I will take advantage of the rule that allows removal of parts from the main sprues and will separate the pieces from their casting blocks today, and start the build tomorrow. This is what I am starting with and will post a start photo and time as I begin.

 

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And so we begin. All parts removed from their casting blocks and read for assembly etc:

 

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I thought the curved items were templates for the springs, but when I formed springs around them they were too large. These curved items fitted quite well to the underside of the pram, but solid items just look wrong, so I had to make springs to the right size by careful bendiing of wire pieces.

 

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Right, first session over. Unfortunately SWMBO is not well today, so I am now on domestic duties and won't be back to this for a while. Thankfully the GB is over four days, and I may have to do this in short sessions and use Tuesday: I am really sorry.

 

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12 hours ago, Natter said:

I am really sorry.

No apology necessary, SWMBO comes first. You have your priorities right. I hope she gets well soon. Looking forward to you continuing when you can. Regards, Jeff.

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Okay, here we go again...

 

Getting the Pram handle and the refugees arms in the alignment was a trial yesterday, but I thnk we got there. The hands are moulded with the pram handle, which makes them look natural, but means the pram height, pram handle and the arms of both refugees and the refugees themselves all need to be fixed in the right positions at the same time; a challenging juggling act.

 

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A coat of Mr Color black as primer...

 

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And so to paint.

 

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Four and a half hours in.

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I restarted at 1200hrs. You'll have to take my word for that as I didn't take a photo. Well I am another four hours in now, making a total of eight and a half hours so far; give or take a few minutes. The lady has saved her best curtains, the red velvet ones with the gold edging and fleur-de-lys detail on the bottom. She's not daft, if people think that she's so vain that she only saved her best fabrics they won't accost her and steal the food she has hidden in the bottom of her pram for her and her daughter.

 

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2 minutes ago, Jinxman said:

Looks great - what paint are you using please? It seems to cover the black very easily

The pram body is sprayed with Mr Color RLM 65 with Mr Color Azure Blue for the hood. The figures and the fabrics in the pram are brush painted with Vallejo Model Color. The brush painting takes more coats and is more time consuming, the Mr Color goes over the black really well and allows you to shade and highlight is you can get the spray fine enough. Fortunately Mr Color sprays beautifully using either their own thinners or their own Mr Levelling Thinner. Don't use Vallejo thinner in error, it clogs your airbrush 😡

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8 minutes ago, Natter said:

Don't use Vallejo thinner in error, it clogs your airbrush 😡

I once assumed you could thin Vallejo colours with Tamiya acrylic thinner. That was a huge gloopy mess. It took some time to react too, so it got into all the nooks and crannies of the airbrush too:rant: 

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I shall call it done for today. I started again at 1800hrs, so another four hour session; which I think makes a total of twelve and a half hours now. A nice push tomorrow should see this done by the deadline and within the 24hr total limit - even if I took the softest option.

 

This doesn't look much different from the 1600hrs photo, but the coats are highlighted and lowlighted, the head scarf and hat are painted and the faces are done as far as I am going to do them. The pram load is complete, including some repainting, and the hood is finished and ready to fit. I learn a little more with each figure I do, but I am definitely no figure specialist.  Anyway, as at close of play tonight:

 

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I started again at 1035hrs after heading in to town to get some shopping and then having breakfast. On with the painting and then I went with Plan A - use Bare Metal Foil Chrome to make the chrome trim strip on the sides of the pram. Error...

 

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I will never, ever, use Mr Color as a primer on resin again. Ever.  Lesson learned. Standard primer over the damage, Mr Color black over that, and then re-do the light blue.  Job done.

 

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On to Plan B. Paint the chrome trim with Mr Color Silver. Some more work and this is where I was up to at the time I started to make our evening meal ('tea' where I come from). This is where I was up to as at the end of the session:

 

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There is some tidying up to do before I call these complete. What did I make for our evening meal?  Sausages, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, hash browns, grilled tomato and a free heart attack.

 

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Done. I really didn't think I could do this in 24 hours of modelling, but it happened. I'll get some more photos in the gallery before the deadline. Thank you so much to everyone who allowed this GB to happen and to everyone who took the time to watch, comment and support. Thank you.

 

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