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    Post  AdriaN on Wed Mar 23, 2011 5:16 pm

    I used alclad polished aluminum & dark aluminum. I also had used MM stainless steel but it came out too blueish and didnt like it so went over with dark alum. It doesnt peel with masking BUT if you look closely to the tacky part of the tape youll see shiny particles of the paint that got pulled off. if you keep doing it youll start seeing change in the finish. Alclad peels easily if you spray alclad on alclad.


    Now im having problems with the decals. too thick Neutral Neutral
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    Post  bcauchi on Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:36 pm

    Brilliant work Adrian, you are really getting good at these bare metal jets, this is even better than your previous one. Keep it up man, you could build a lovely collection.
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    Post  Guest on Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:08 am

    Adrian Yesterday I saw it at the club. It's coming really nice and that ALCLAD finish is excellent!!
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    Post  AdriaN on Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:27 pm

    Canopy FINALLY masked! cheers
    it took around 4 hours to do. Very time consuming & required a lot of concentration. I was drained by the end of it Sleep

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    Post  David on Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:54 am

    Very promising

    keep it up

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    Post  Guest on Sat Mar 26, 2011 1:07 pm

    the masking maybe an annoying task, but in the end it is all worth it. Keep it up!!
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    Post  AdriaN on Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:54 pm

    Forgot to post how i 'treat' my canopies! Twisted Evil Gives added protection and shine Rolling Eyes


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    Canopy ready!
    im quite happy with it. except that round thing on the side. Photos make the lines look a bit ugly..
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    Post  AdriaN on Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:56 pm

    Front canopy disaster Evil or Very Mad



    Front part had been ready since july, looking pretty, and definetely my best paint job till now.
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    Until i began to remove the backing masking tape and found 2 big 'dirty lines'. One on the front wind shield, the other on the side.

    At first i thought its the masking tape glue.. no big deal. But was too hard to be the glue. I immediately knew it was Klear which gotten under the masking when i brush painted it once.

    No big deal! I just threw the canopy in Klear to let it soften these lines, and id just wash them off.

    After 30 mins i went to check it to find the paint BEGAN TO BUBBLE/WARP! pale No




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    While still 'wet and soft' I removed all the paint and... were back to square one again! Evil or Very Mad
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    Why this happened im not sure. reaction with the laquer? or a reaction with the acrylic black. if im not mistaken i had mixed the black with Klear. Brushing and dipping in klear never effects acrylic or anything.
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    Post  bcauchi on Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:17 pm

    No worry Adrian, it is in pristine condition again so at least it was not ruined, just a repeat paint job but the rear part is really nice, well done. I don;t mind the round part, i think it looks great too, not the easiest thing to mask.
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    Post  Guest on Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:33 pm

    Setbacks do happen, so do not give up you are doing a nice work. As long as the clear part is ok, you can redo the painting. Keep going!!
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    Post  AdriaN on Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:07 pm

    The front canopy has been re-primed with black. i re-used the masks. Tomorrow alclad.
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    Post  AdriaN on Sat Apr 16, 2011 8:21 pm

    Decalling is well underway... & taking very long. There are a lot of decals, most are big, but the toughest till now were the nose section and fuel tanks. Its also my first time using Mr mark setter/softer & i need to keep waiting (hours) for the solutions to 'do their thing'.
    Next step is the tail section (8 pieces) Still havnt figured out what tail number/pilot name to do..

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    Post  skyhigh on Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:36 am

    Adrian looking very nice...... cheers
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    Post  bcauchi on Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:41 pm

    WOW great work Adrian, it is looking really great, keep this up.
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    Post  Guest on Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:45 pm

    Looking nice, keep it up!!!
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    Post  AdriaN on Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:29 am

    Decalling soon over. Just tail number and pilot name to go. Decals are taking long to do & need a lot of concentration, but are quite fun. The red line arund the fuselage frustrated me because i simply couldnt get it to go round in a straight line! Here it is:
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    Tailplane decals left a lot of gaps which will need retouching Sad which is a risk since i do not have an exact red paint match
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    Bit of a smudge while using revell color clean as a decal softner (which works really well)
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    Post  Guest on Thu Apr 21, 2011 5:29 pm

    Beautiful Adrian. I think the decal problem will not be a difficult task for you. You solved far more difficult problems in your modelling than this.
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    Post  bcauchi on Thu Apr 21, 2011 6:59 pm

    Lovely work there Adrian, you are really becoming great at these bare metal jets. Those decals make it really stick out.
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    Post  AdriaN on Fri Apr 22, 2011 5:27 pm

    Even though the seat belt decals were clear and detailed, they look somewhat babyish and flat.
    So i decided to paint over them and scratchbuild seatbelts using masking tape and wire.
    Im not terribly happy, but they look more realistic now.

    BEFORE
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    PAINTED OVER
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    WHEELS
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    FLAPS, GEAR DOORS, CANOPY (NOTE I USED MAJ. DICK CATLEDGE'S NAME NOT JACK)
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    CANOPY AREA, HUD
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    Post  skyhigh on Sun Apr 24, 2011 12:09 pm

    Adrian I thing you better look at these drawings...

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    Post  AdriaN on Sun Apr 24, 2011 12:17 pm

    Please keep in mind i havnt stuck on the headrest yet!
    Well, my seatbelts are pretty close. Colours i used are pretty much the same lol!
    Note the headrest wasnt always red!
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    Post  skyhigh on Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:00 pm

    AdriaN wrote:Please keep in mind i havnt stuck on the headrest yet!
    Well, my seatbelts are pretty close. Colours i used are pretty much the same lol!
    Note the headrest wasnt always red!

    I now that you haven't stuck the headrest yet , and the headrest wasnt always red,I was trying do give you an idea of the seatbelts....

    you have copy the decals seatbelts and they are wrong , for me they look more like a horse shoe...


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    Post  skyhigh on Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:46 pm


    Now if you whant to do the correct detail it's up to you ...

    or your just happy built OOB............
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    Post  Guest on Sun Apr 24, 2011 7:55 pm

    Adrian, uptill now you have been doing a terrific and nice job, but do as marco says and scrap those seatbelts. They look like a toy, way too big and the sit/attachment is not right. You are still in time and the seat is well exposed in the cockpit so there is no excuse Evil or Very Mad
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    Post  AdriaN on Mon May 16, 2011 10:09 pm

    Panel washing done. it took me 3 weeks on and off Embarassed
    I used water colour. It is a great weathering medium, way better than oil!
    I know these birds were kept very clean, but i felt it needed a bit of a wash to break up the individual panels & to give it more depth.
    Unfortunately i couldnt get the wash in all the panel lines and some lines look 'broken' or do not have any wash Evil or Very Mad Sad


    BEFORE
    The water colour is mixed with water and dish soap to break surface tension. Left to dry for 24hrs and wiped with a DRY cotton bud. I left some wash for 3 weeks, making it harder to take off
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    AFTER
    When it was ready it was given its (several) final coatings of Klear. Before that it was wet sanded and sprayed then p.washed.
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    Wheel bay weathering still to come
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    My favorite part Smile
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    Panel lines blended in nicely with panel shades and decals Smile As you can see on the tail, lines are a bit broken from close up Evil or Very Mad
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