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Posted by PhoenixG on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 2:52 PM

Gamera

Looks friggin' perfect to me!!! 

I rarely get masking to work out that well. I don't get much paint to peel up, just leakage under the mask. I'm tried lower spray pressure and carefully spraying away from the mask and I've been having much better results. 

 

Thank you very much!  Glad to hear those 3.5 hours were well spent!
I've read a lot about masking and ways to minimize color leakage and tried to use them all including everything you mentioned.  Still had several spots were more a good amout of clean up was necessary.  You can spot them in the photos if you're looking for an eye spy challenge.  :)
 
I'll be getting plenty more practice in as the forearms and legs progresses.

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Posted by PhoenixG on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 3:08 PM

Gloss coated and test fit with foream and shoulder pieces.

Thought I would take a photo of the loose fit to give an idea of where this is going.

Test fit

Was originally going to do the forearms in red but I am liking the current color scheme and may stick with it.

I used Pledge Gloss and not sure if I like it this glossy or how it is going down.  I chose the PG because of the "self leveling" feature.  Not sure I am seeing that.  I am getting this uneven pebbly texture and in some places what looks like crazing. 

PG uneven coat

more PG problems

Appreciate any thoughts the group may have on this unexptected behavior from the Pledge.

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 6:37 PM

Looks good! I agree on the white arms. 

I tried Pledge as a gloss overcoat a few times and got the same pebbly 'orange peel' look. So I stopped using it. I've heard it's 'self-leveling' if you brush it on but I like airbrushing to get a nice even overall coat. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by PhoenixG on Thursday, November 4, 2021 2:23 PM

Pledge is officially on my limited use list now.  It does not react well to Vallejo thinners.  Thinned some model color with airbrush thinner to detail a section and everywhere it touched turned into a gooey mess.  Been cleaning up the aftermath.

Maybe it was a weird set of circumstance that caused it or carelessness on my part.  Regardless, done with the clean up and moving on. 

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Posted by PhoenixG on Friday, November 5, 2021 1:25 AM

Legs masked and painted.  Forearms and shoulders seams cleaned up and filled.  Arms need another coat of the white grey before removing the mask on the red.

Photos of test fit.  Masking not yet removed on the legs.  

Like how the head and visor turned out.

test fit front

Panel lines were done with a light grey pin wash.  I think the subdued color looks better.  A black pin wash would have been too dark.

test fit back

Thinking of repainting the hands in red.  The black doesn't flow with the rest of the color scheme.

The high gloss isn't working for me.  Will try the final clear coat as a satin.

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Posted by PhoenixG on Monday, November 8, 2021 2:45 PM

So it's been a rather frustrating couple of days working on this. 

Final check before disassembling the legs for a clear coat. 

headless walker

While that was drying I started in on the build of the fire extinguisher backpack.

This is going to be hacked from parts of a Super Valkyrie kit. 

sv parts

These packs are attached to the back of the robot.  I am going to try and  use the attitude jets as connectors for feed lines between the two pods and the foam dispensing gun.

fitted pack

Didn't like the bit that stuck out so hacked it off

sv first cut

The original part was fitted for a different model so cutting having to remove some of the raised detail to create a better fit.

sanding downfinished removal

used the tip I learned from FSM to mask around the part to minimize loss of detail.  Had to remove it to take off the remaining stub.

I have plans to further mod this so it looks like there are pressurized tanks in the pack.  That means removing more of the existing structure.

second stageseparation complete

Got that final bit removed.  But broke three blades doing that to get both sides.  I kept binding the blade in the created gap while I was scraping out the plastic.  A fine tooth saw is on my wish list.

Haven't done any scratchbuilding before so no styrene bits available to use.  Went to the hobby store to pick up some cylinderical styrene.  Came back, wrong size.  Measured.  Went back.  Wrong size again.  Sigh.  One more trip in my future.

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Posted by PhoenixG on Monday, November 8, 2021 2:53 PM

So while all the above was happening the clear coat was drying and since I couldn't work on the backpack, went to work more on the legs and found this.

WTH

 

No idea where that black stuff came from but it wasn't there when I put it down and I can't find what it may have come in contact with.

Started to sand it off before realizing it wasn't hard but gel like.  Gunked up one sanding stick with it.  Had to use a rag to rub off most of what was there which peeled up the paint.Bang Head

With lots of cleaning and sanding got it back to this. 

messed up leg

Taking a break from the comedy of errors that was the last couple of days.Dunce

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 9:36 PM

Lookin' good!!! 

I got some mysterious black stuff on my cyborg figure- I have no idea where it comes from... 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by PhoenixG on Thursday, November 11, 2021 4:53 PM

Gamera

Lookin' good!!! 

I got some mysterious black stuff on my cyborg figure- I have no idea where it comes from... 

Something I'll have to keep an eye out for then. 

Your cyborg turned out amazing!

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Posted by PhoenixG on Thursday, November 11, 2021 5:16 PM

Been working on the backpack.

Started with this.

startingpoint

removal1removal2

And finally removing the top of the pack.

removal3removal4

Layout of what it should look like.  The image on the right has the pieces held together with poster tack.

layouttack

Sanded the topof the cylinder so it matches the angle of the top.  That way the cylinder looks as if it is poking through.  Not sure I like the length of the cylinder.  Probably make it longer so the pack has a more balanced look.

Decals I printed for the model.   Thought it would be amusing to have some fire extinguisher and warning signs on it. Smile  Will probably reprint the checkering as it came out more green than yellow.

decal sheet

Lucky to have an old copy of Photoshop Elements as I was able to use calipers to get the sizing and Elements can resize images based upon inch measurements.  Saves on a lot of trial and error for fit.

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Posted by PhoenixG on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 12:02 AM

Quick progress update.

Pack frame is pretty much done.

pack1pack2

Longer cylinders are cut to length and bottoms glued.  Will finish shaping them after they've finished setting.

cylinder1

The legs have been a real b***.  Lots of warping in the plastic causing misalignments and valleys.   Drawn the line in the sand and they are what they are, tired of monkeying around with them. 

The light at the end of tunnel is visible and I am pretty sure it's not an oncoming train. ;)

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Posted by PhoenixG on Saturday, November 20, 2021 11:25 PM

Fairly big update with many pictures.  Finally got the pack assembled and 95% of the decaling done.

pack2

pack1

Torso with the single Fire department decal.

torso

And assembled with pack mounted.  Some lens distortion making it look more squat than it is.

assembledback

assembled Front

Comparison with to his partner.

duo

The foam dispensing gun still needs finishing and a little bit of detailing left but all the major work is complete! 

I was surprisd at the amount of work  needed to create a clean looking model.  Making something look dirty is a lot easier.  Big Smile

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, November 25, 2021 9:43 AM

Oh that's really cool! I love the idea of a giant fire-fighting mech!!!

 

Sorry I haven't been around. I've been looking at your posts but been on vacation/holiday and the Wi-Fi has been horrible so I couldn't really post much. Then I get home and have a pile of work to catch up with.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by PhoenixG on Sunday, November 28, 2021 6:43 PM

Gamera

Oh that's really cool! I love the idea of a giant fire-fighting mech!!!

 

Sorry I haven't been around. I've been looking at your posts but been on vacation/holiday and the Wi-Fi has been horrible so I couldn't really post much. Then I get home and have a pile of work to catch up with.

 

Hope you had a wonderful vacation/holiday.  Smile

Response are always welcome, but not expected.  I take no umbrage from a quiet topic.  Smile

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Posted by PhoenixG on Friday, December 3, 2021 11:32 PM

Completed the fire extiguisher.  Calling this done.

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Posted by Real G on Saturday, December 4, 2021 1:33 PM

YesYes  Now go hit those forest fires!

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, December 5, 2021 6:18 PM

Whoa!!! That looks awesome!!! 

Great job! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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