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Encore/Squadron 1/48 A-37B Dragonfly W.I.P.

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  • Member since
    April, 2016
  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Friday, February 10, 2017 12:20 PM

Ah, thanks Patrick! I did figure out the Q-tip thinner thing yesterday. Also I may not be thinning my paint enough. I'm starting to get some experience on this device after that complicated camo job plus all mistakes and bumbles I've done, lol. Practice makes perfect they say.

Good to hear from you, 

Max

  • Member since
    September, 2016
  • From: L.A. (Lower Alabama)
Posted by SaltydogII on Friday, February 10, 2017 1:58 PM

Hodakamax

A few more notes on the camo colors and painting. The tan is MM Acrylic Dark Tan and the green is MM Medium green. MM Dark green did not have enough seperation and I mixed MM Gloss Black in small amounts to get the desired effect.

I'm having trouble with paint build-up on the needle on my Badger 200G airbrush making for short spray times. This requires running lacquer thinner through it or even minor disassembly between each color change.

Part of my problem is that I haven't ran the airbrush for a few years and I'm starting a new learning curve. I probably should experiment with some enamels before the next project which is a 1/48 Academy F-4C Phantom. The A-37 is practice for this project which I'm starting to see to be a good idea. Embarrassed

So that's my brief report on the project and my trials and tribulations after my two year hiatus from modeling. I think I'm starting to get the hang of it again and as always, thanks for your comments and advice!

Max

 

Max, spraying MM Acryl effectively without tip dry, especially tight demarcation lines, is nearly impossible. If that is the only paint choice you have access to,I recommend purchasing some blu-tak poster putty from Wally world and masking the edges of your cammo pattern with it. Roll it up and bend it following the cammo pattern you have above. Place the tape on top of the poster putty, not on the a/c surface to avoid hard lines. The larger the diameter of the rolled up poster putty, the softer the demarcation line will be. The only other recommendation would be to switch paint brands to Tamiya or Gunze and purchase some Mr. Leveling Thinner to thin it with. MLT has a retardant mixed in and Tamiya/Gunze paint thinned with this stuff 2 parts thinner to 1 part paint is simply dreamy. If you haven't tried Mr. Paint lacquers, they too are awesome right out of the bottle. I spray small, thin lines hours on end with no tip dry using the forumula I just described. If you are set in your ways and don't want to switch, The only way to get a quality, even coats of paint with MM Acryl is to soft mask when doing cammo such as what you are doing. Been there and done that. hobbyworldusa.com carries Mr. Paint here in America. Fantastic product.  

Chris

  • Member since
    April, 2016
  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Friday, February 10, 2017 3:29 PM

Hey Chris, thanks for all the info. I think I've struggled through on this one but I'll try this on the next project which is a 1/48 Phantom. I'm re-learning and this all sounds like really  good advice. 

Thanks again!

Max

  • Member since
    April, 2016
  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Monday, February 13, 2017 11:55 AM

I'm calling in the experts before I make this big step. It's time for decals, always a serious time for me and I don't want anymore silvering decals. Final finish will be gloss as shown. Should I now spray the entire aircraft with Future, apply decals and apply a final coat of Future or a coat of clear?

Advice will be appreciated!

Max

  • Member since
    April, 2016
  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Thursday, February 16, 2017 8:31 AM

When you're on page two, it means it's time for a WIP report however minor. I usually hand paint canopies but due to not being as steady as in the past I opted for masking with my new-found Tamiya masking tape. That stuff works great!. I'm somewhat pleased with the multi-color rendition. The canopy will be displayed open so there is still work to do on both canopy and interior.

My freehand camo job left a somewhat rough surface in my to-be-gloss paint job but I've been lightly sanding the finish and applying thin clear coat layers. I guess this is how you get experience, lol.

Reporting and getting closer. Not perfect but I'm coming back up to speed after my two year absence. I'll keep after it!

Max

  • Member since
    February, 2014
  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Thursday, February 16, 2017 5:01 PM
That looks pretty good to me Max! I'd be more than happy with it. I usually hand paint my canopies as well, but I think I might try masking the next one just for something different.

On my bench: 1/48 Revell A-6E Intruder

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Thursday, February 16, 2017 8:16 PM

Get the finish as smooth as you can, whatever it takes.  I like Future thinned 50 50 with Tamiya thinner, put on in several thin coats until the gloss is right.

John

To see build logs of my models, go here: http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

  • Member since
    March, 2015
Posted by Toshi on Friday, February 17, 2017 5:14 AM

This is looking awesome, keep it up!  You're on the homestretch!

Toshi

  • Member since
    April, 2016
  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Friday, February 17, 2017 10:55 AM

Hey John, thanks for the info on the Future/thinner mix. I'll give it a shot so to speak!

 

And Toshi, thanks for the encouragement!

 

And Bob, Got that A-37 started yet?  Smile

 

Max 

  • Member since
    March, 2013
Posted by patrick206 on Friday, February 17, 2017 4:22 PM

Hey, Max - It's lookin' mighty nice. The canopy masking turned out just fine, I'd be happy with the model on my shelf. Great job.

Patrick

  • Member since
    April, 2016
  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Friday, February 17, 2017 9:54 PM

Hey thanks Patrick! Everybodys encouragement really does help! I've always built models throughout my life without anybodys input. This is fun and the Forum gang has been great with encouragement and info. All good!

Max

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