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August 7, 2022

Evan teaches us WWII British green camo

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Evan drops another great video.

April 2, 2022

More modeling content

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Listeners of the podcast know that one of my goals in each modeling project is to try new things. One of my current projects is really allowing me to do that. I am building the Minicraft B-52H for my brother who spent 20 years flying them. It is my first 1/144 scale kit (new thing #1)

While working on the kit, I used Tamiya lacquers for the first time. (new thing #2) See previous blog post. Also, on the recommendation of my podcast partner, I tried Citadel’s Nuln Oil shader. (new thing #3) So far I really like the way it came out.

Outriggers with Tamiya and Nuln Oil

April 1, 2022

Some actual modeling content.

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I know actual modeling content has been a bit thin on the ground here for a while. My apologies. I hope to fix that starting now.

Recently, I accidentally discovered a brand new hobby shop in Sellersburg, IN. Upscaled has been operating about two months.

They have a great selection of paint lines, including the new Tamiya lacquer paint line. I’ve been wanting to try these,especially their metallics. I picked some up. Yesterday I used them for the first time. I must say my first impressions are good.

This is the Flat Aluminum

So far, so good. I will keep you posted.

September 2, 2021

I have to stop watching YouTube.

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I use Zem brushes, but this is good advice.

 

June 22, 2021

Experimenting

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:54 pm
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I like Colourcoats enamel paints.  While they are a bit hard to come by in the US, they are just really nice paints.  They remind me of the original Humbrol paints from way back when.  I am using them on my Mosquito, which, by the way, has entered the paint booth.  It was primed with Mr. Surfacer 1500 Black and as usual, the primer performed great.  I applied the underside Medium Sea Gray, thinned with Colourcoats thinner.  It performed well.  However, I wondered if you could thin Colourcoats with Unicorn Tears™.  I had never tried it.  I didn’t see any reason it wouldn’t work.

So, tonight I thinned some US Medium Gray.  I sprayed it on my paint mule.  Unsurprisingly, it worked well.  Not 100% sure it was any better than thinned with the Colourcoats thinner, but it is nice to know it works.  My mojo is high.  Looking forward to getting the Mosquito painted.

 

December 17, 2020

Dot filter technique

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An interesting dot filter technique application.  Heavier than I’ve ever seen it done before.  What do you think? (Other than the guy should be wearing a glove when handling the model.)

May 13, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #9 Out of the paint shop

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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