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Painting a Tamiya Mini dashboard--which part first?

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Painting a Tamiya Mini dashboard--which part first?
Posted by Dan A on Friday, April 30, 2010 7:28 PM

This question has me confounded. The dashboard will have the top and bottom, plus the oval-shaped pod for the gauges, painted black; everything else will be gray. Since I'm airbrushing it, with Tamiya acrylics, I'll need to mask it. I have no clue if I should paint the black first, and then the gray, or vice versa. What would y'all suggest?

In progress: Hasegawa P-51D/K (being built as a D), Tamiya Morris Mini Cooper 1275S, Testors Kaman H-43B Huskie (held up by lack of parts)

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Posted by Dan A on Friday, April 30, 2010 8:16 PM

Here's the pic:

The sunken-in area will be gray, and it looks like it will be a real pain to mask. I'm thinking I might want to paint the black first, as the gauge pod looks much easier to mask.

In progress: Hasegawa P-51D/K (being built as a D), Tamiya Morris Mini Cooper 1275S, Testors Kaman H-43B Huskie (held up by lack of parts)

To be resumed sooner or later: Academy M151A2 with Eduard photo-etch

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Posted by Brizio on Friday, April 30, 2010 10:10 PM

I'm building the same car, here a pics.

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Posted by Dan A on Saturday, May 1, 2010 12:44 AM

Brizio, do you own a 1:1 Mini? If so, I'm very envious!

In progress: Hasegawa P-51D/K (being built as a D), Tamiya Morris Mini Cooper 1275S, Testors Kaman H-43B Huskie (held up by lack of parts)

To be resumed sooner or later: Academy M151A2 with Eduard photo-etch

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Posted by Brizio on Saturday, May 1, 2010 8:22 AM

No I didn't own it... :( I got this pics from a guy, because I'm building a Mini Cooper... :)

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Posted by Dan A on Saturday, May 1, 2010 11:21 AM

Have you gotten to the interior yet?

In progress: Hasegawa P-51D/K (being built as a D), Tamiya Morris Mini Cooper 1275S, Testors Kaman H-43B Huskie (held up by lack of parts)

To be resumed sooner or later: Academy M151A2 with Eduard photo-etch

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Posted by Brizio on Saturday, May 1, 2010 11:31 AM

No yet... I'm waiting to find 2 stock tires for it, like the two that are on the roof rack (Mini Cooper #177 Monte Carlo Rally) because I don't want use the snow tires that came with the kit. :)

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Posted by Supraman on Friday, May 7, 2010 11:42 PM

This seems to be a very popular kit. I just picked one up on Wednesday for my daughters room. It will be pink and purple, with butterflies when finished. But to the dashboard, I am just going to use brushes as its size is flippin' tiny.

On the desk, 2 Revell Blue Angel F-18's, Tamiya British Quad gun tractor, Tamiya Morris Mini

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Posted by Dan A on Saturday, May 8, 2010 1:06 PM

Supraman

This seems to be a very popular kit. I just picked one up on Wednesday for my daughters room. It will be pink and purple, with butterflies when finished. But to the dashboard, I am just going to use brushes as its size is flippin' tiny.

It does seem to be a popular kit, and there are several different versions of it--which do you have? Mine is the Morris 1275S Cooper, with a green car and a man and lady on the box.

As for brush-painting the dash, what kind of paint are you using? I've found that Testors paints go on well with a conventional brush, but Tamiya/Gunze acrylics do not. A Microbrush works well for application of those paints.

In progress: Hasegawa P-51D/K (being built as a D), Tamiya Morris Mini Cooper 1275S, Testors Kaman H-43B Huskie (held up by lack of parts)

To be resumed sooner or later: Academy M151A2 with Eduard photo-etch

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Posted by Supraman on Saturday, May 8, 2010 8:23 PM

I have the same one. I wanted something that can be passed off as girlie. I just can't see a Panther tank in pink. :) Although a Porsche 911 would look good too, the hobby shop I go to didn't have one in stock.

As for paints, I am using Tamiya acrylics and lifecolour acrylics. No problem brushing either.

On the desk, 2 Revell Blue Angel F-18's, Tamiya British Quad gun tractor, Tamiya Morris Mini

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Posted by Dan A on Sunday, May 9, 2010 1:03 AM

You're right--I can't see a Panther tank in pink, either. Your Mini sounds like a fun build; will we get to see a WIP thread for it?

In progress: Hasegawa P-51D/K (being built as a D), Tamiya Morris Mini Cooper 1275S, Testors Kaman H-43B Huskie (held up by lack of parts)

To be resumed sooner or later: Academy M151A2 with Eduard photo-etch

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Posted by GeeBee on Friday, September 17, 2010 11:19 AM

I've built 4 of these kits now, plus one I converted to a basic Mini, I usually start by using grey primer and adding the body colour to the front, which is part of the engine bay, mask that off then spray the top dash panel, which on the Coopers, were black vinyl, take off the masking tape and the front should still be in the grey primer, the middle clocks i usually just hand paint using Tamiya acrylics

 

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Posted by Drake69 on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 3:42 AM

I'm also building one for the wife, and hers is the rally racing one with the Coopers with hood numbers on them (I'm going with the stock wheels/interior). I used brushes for the dash as well since it's so tiny to work with, but I decided to use Tamiya Light Gray and Semi Gloss Black with Chrome Silver for the trim levels. I'll also be using Testors Flat Interior Tan for the ceiling and interior sides, the same gray for the panels behind the door trim, and Testors Emerald Green Metallic for the entire body (her color pick, and it looks GREAT!).

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Posted by GeeBee on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 4:52 AM

I forgot to mention that I used chrome bare metal Foil to do the clock rings, looks much better that silver paint.

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Posted by SuppressionFire on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 5:37 AM

GeeBee,

Great looking dash!

As for the easiest way to paint it I would spray gray then add the black as a heavy wash, starting with straight thinner to 'flow' the black in just like the easy way to paint tires on tank road wheels. A well defined sculpt is your best friend when it comes to keeping your colors separate. The gray could use a darker shade to simulate shadow on the upper surface, hold upside down to aid this wash.

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Posted by Drake69 on Thursday, September 23, 2010 2:53 AM

Just finished mine...

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