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May 13, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #9 Out of the paint shop

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:47 am
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Another update.  Previous update here.  The MiG is done with painting and has now been glossed in anticipation of decals.  So far, so good.












And here she is glossed up.

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


December 4, 2019

Colourcoats paints

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:22 am
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I am a huge fan of Colourcoats paints.  They remind me of the old Humbrol paints which I liked a lot, and its not just the packaging.  Here is a web page with PDFs of all the colors in all their different ranges.

December 2, 2018

Paint rack

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:37 am
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I’ve previously mentioned that I was looking for an acrylic paint rack for some of my paints.  I found it on Amazon, and it arrived.

I previous had been keeping my paint in an Ikea rolling 9 drawer cart.  It works, and is good for long term storage, but it isn’t good for quick access to paints I am using for a current project.  I photo of my current storage is here.



























I’ve now assembled the acrylic paint rack I got off Amazon for $20.  It is of good quality and holds everything but large Tamiya and large Alclad bottles.  I really like it and think it will really help with the organization of the new model room.

Acrylic rack





















For $20 this is a good solution to my need for paint storage for paint being used for current projects.  Highly recommended.

November 28, 2018

Paint rack

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:18 am
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As I organize my new model room, one of the difficult parts to organize is my paint selection.  I found this on Amazon.  It looks like it may work.  In fact, in one of the purchaser photos, you can see someone using it to organize Model Master paint bottles.  I’ll report more when I get it.

August 8, 2018

Model Paint Solutions

Filed under: IPMS,Modeling — dknights @ 4:50 pm
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Attended a seminar by these guys at the 2018 IPMS/USA Nationals in Phoenix.  It was very good.  I am not a fan of acrylics, but am willing to give their Mission Models Paints a try.

January 23, 2018

2018 Modeling #8 & #9

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:21 am
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Date: 1/21/2018

Time 12:00 a.m. to 12:40 a.m. (.67 hrs.) & 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (2.0 hrs.)

2018 Total time: 9.4 hrs.

I had a 9 day gap since my last modeling session.  Not good. I will try not to let that happen again, since I’ve become convinced that modeling isn’t like riding a bike.  If you don’t model regularly, you do lose skills and lose your place on your current project.

One benefit of keeping track of my modeling time like this is I’ll be able to tell how many hours it takes for me to complete a project.  My goal is always to finish 5 kits a year, but that may be unrealistic given the number of hours I model in a year and the number of hours that it takes for me to complete a project.  We will see.

I know I keep promising photos, but really there isn’t much to photograph.  I did a lot of work on the cockpit of the T-33.  I used a dot filter technique to break up the monotone color of the interior.  I followed it up with Roy Sutherland’s Future wash technique.  This was my first time using this technique and I am generally pleased with it.  Next time I’ll use more pigment in the wash.

I swear there will be photos next time, and I hope it won’t be another week and a half.

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