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January 6, 2022

Really liked this video

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October 4, 2021

A question

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:28 am
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Below is a really nice PLASMO 72nd scale diorama.  In it he uses the AK foam product.  Since we know AK takes commercially available items and repackages them at a mark up for modeling uses, does anyone have any idea what the foam actually is and whether it is available from a more direct vendor?

June 8, 2021

700th scale dio

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The Andy’s hobby Headquarters YouTube channel has some nice videos.  This one on a 700th scale ship/beach dio is particularly nice.


November 5, 2020

AK Weathering Pencils

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:11 pm
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My recent MiG-17 build was my first use of the relatively new AK Weathering pencils product.

I am using them again on the Special Navy Biber and I continue to be impressed.  The pencils can be used to create what AK refers to as both “wet effects” and “dry effects”. In reality this refers more to the way the pencils are used, either wet or dry.  One tip, you want to do all your wet effects applications before doing the dry ones, since using the pencils wet over an area with a dry application will change the look of the dry effects.

I am doing some rusting effects on the Biber.  Here is some rust applied with a “rust pencil” and then manipulated with a paint brush dipped in water. (Don’t give me any grief about the eyelet not being drilled out.  This model is OOB for use as a weathering mule.)

As you can see it is possible with these pencils to create a very nice rust effect.  One of the best thing about there pencils is that if you don’t like they way things came out you can remove them with a paint brush dipped in water.  Here is some rust on the hatch hinge. (sorry for the poor photo, but this is an extreme close up of a small model)

Here is a photo to add a bit of scale for reference.

I will have a fuller report once I complete the weathering process.

June 6, 2020

AK weathering pencils

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:27 pm
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With the MiG-17, I am going to use AK weathering pencils for the first time.  Here are some helpful videos.



January 22, 2020

Paint and mask test, part #4

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:09 am
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Previous posts are here, here and here.  Continuing the testing, I removed the second masked area on all three painted surfaces after 5 days in place.  Note this is well outside the time recommended by Molotow.  I was able to remove the masking without difficulty.  None of the paint finishes were affected, but some of the Mission Models paint did come up in the removal process. I don’t know if the masking affected the adhesion or Mission was just more delicate a finish and thus more vulnerable to scratching during the removal process.


January 18, 2020

Paint and masking test Part #3

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:36 am
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In the last installment, I applied the masking fluid directly to all three painted surfaces.  Molotow recommend leaving the fluid in place for no more than 48 hours before removing it.  However, my plan was to start at two days and then remove subsequent areas of the fluid at later intervals to see if the extended exposure had any bad effect on any of the painted surfaces.  I sprayed WEM gray enamel over the areas of each of the painted sections where the masking fluid had been applied.  After 48 hours I removed the first masked areas.  The masking fluid came up easily and none of the three painted areas was adversely affected by the masking fluid.

January 16, 2020

Paint and masking test–part #2

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:08 pm
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In a previous post I discussed using a spare Phantom wing from the scrap box as a “testing mule” for using the Molotow masking fluid pen over several different type of paint to see what effect it might have on the paints. I’ve applied  some masking fluid to each paint area.  All the paints were allowed to dry for at least 24 hours before application of the fluid.  Molotow recommends not leaving the masking in place longer than two days, but I am going to push that and see if longer exposure has any ill effects.  You can see in the photo below the masking fluid applied to each painted surface.

January 15, 2020

Test, test, test….paint and masking test

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:00 pm
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On episode 3 of the Plastic Model Mojo podcast I mentioned that I had picked up a Molotow 2mm fine liquid masking pen.  I was initially impressed and decided to run a  test to see how it reacted to various paints.  So, I grabbed a old F-4 Phantom wing from the scrap box and laid down three different paints to test.  From tip to wing root I laid down some Mission Models acrylic paint thinned with their thinner polymer mixture, some WEM Colourcoats enamel, and some AK acrylic thinner with Mr. Color leveling thinner.  Photo below.  I will be posting updates as the test continues.

Paint/mask test. #1


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