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  • Member since
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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, May 22, 2022 8:29 PM

 

Almost done with the couch. Had a setback learning the process where I had to strip the piece and start over. The good news is that I nailed it down to my liking, and I will use the process for the interior wood. The bookcases, the organ, and the ceiling panel will all be mahogany. Unfortunately, the images does not translate the subtle detail that I put into the wood grain.

1. Base coat of Vallejo wood.

2. Stippled Vallejo Mahogany.

3. Blended by spraying the same Vallejo Mahogany.

3. Sealed it with MRP Gloss Clear. (My first time using it and it performed well, straight from the bottle.  No thinning and it sprayed on cleanly).

4. Masked the wood and sprayed Alclad Brass followed by MRP Gloss Clear.

 


Next is to mask all but the cushions and spray the color.

End of update.

 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 9:50 PM

The couch is done and there were no major disasters. The masking did its job without pulling paint. Hallelujah.

I used Tamiyia LP series paint for the fabric. LP series for no other reason than I wanted to try their lacquer. It worked well. I wasn't about to do a pull test on this, so I can't say how strong it is. It sprayed very well though.

An LP layer was applied, then a black wash, then another layer of LP to blend the two. After that I dusted Testors Dullcote. And when I say dusted, I mean dusted. I ended the application dusting between 12 and 15 inches away. This produced a soft look mimicking velvet. Again-- the images don't capture it well.

I put a lot of time into this because it is the centerpiece of the salon. 

And that is one piece under my belt, many more to go. Lol.

Later...

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 8:42 PM

Looks awesome to me Bakster! 

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

 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Thursday, May 26, 2022 2:54 PM

Gamera

Looks awesome to me Bakster! 

 

Thanks Cliff.

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, May 27, 2022 12:48 PM

Hey! Bakster!

      I just thought of something. I would be dumb enough to try a Melt Cast using.050 sheet styrene. That's just me.The idea is Clarity . Those are a lot clearer than I expected. Now, is there any way you can polish the panes more? That would work I believe.

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Friday, May 27, 2022 3:49 PM

Bakster
I put a lot of time into this because it is the centerpiece of the salon.

And a fine centerpiece it is, too.

The velvet effect is probably truer to Disney, too.  Possibly to Verne, too, as French tastes in upholstery ran that way (the English Victorians were more keen on read dyed leather for "fine" furniture, when they were not using "broadcloth" in elaborately loomed patterns).

The red will be better for drawing the eye in through the windows, too.

Hmm, now the notion of lighting color raises up.  Verne would have presumed gas lighting--which, in the day was a white light with an amber cast, nowhere near as yellow as candle flame (more like the mantle of an oil-fired latnern).  Vern hinted at other-worldly energies, so a blue-white could be appropriate.

The Disney studio lighting was a "pure" sort of white for the movie, so, that case could be made, too.

The tricky part is that gas lighting did not flicker (this was considered a technological improvement).  And "flickering" could be seen as a way to add interest to the model's lighting.  So, I'm torn on which way would "feel" right.

And, it matters as a blue-white LED will give a slight purple cast to the sofa; a warmer white will skew "orange"--but be more "red velvet" to appearance (how my mind wandered into this, actually).

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Friday, May 27, 2022 4:10 PM

Tanker-Builder

Hey! Bakster!

      I just thought of something. I would be dumb enough to try a Melt Cast using.050 sheet styrene. That's just me.The idea is Clarity . Those are a lot clearer than I expected. Now, is there any way you can polish the panes more? That would work I believe.

 

Hey TB, polishing could be tough. I think the issue is not so much clarity, but more about distortion. Having faceted faces and many at angles to each other distorts what you can see at any given angle. You end up having to jog your head around to see things and some of the panes are so small, forget about it. I am moving forward with the idea that I will have limited viewing BUT, I will make the glass bubble removeable for if a person wants to see things in an unabstructed view.

Thanks for your thoughts on this.

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Friday, May 27, 2022 8:45 PM

CapnMac82

 

 
Bakster
I put a lot of time into this because it is the centerpiece of the salon.

 

And a fine centerpiece it is, too.

The velvet effect is probably truer to Disney, too.  Possibly to Verne, too, as French tastes in upholstery ran that way (the English Victorians were more keen on read dyed leather for "fine" furniture, when they were not using "broadcloth" in elaborately loomed patterns).

The red will be better for drawing the eye in through the windows, too.

Hmm, now the notion of lighting color raises up.  Verne would have presumed gas lighting--which, in the day was a white light with an amber cast, nowhere near as yellow as candle flame (more like the mantle of an oil-fired latnern).  Vern hinted at other-worldly energies, so a blue-white could be appropriate.

The Disney studio lighting was a "pure" sort of white for the movie, so, that case could be made, too.

The tricky part is that gas lighting did not flicker (this was considered a technological improvement).  And "flickering" could be seen as a way to add interest to the model's lighting.  So, I'm torn on which way would "feel" right.

And, it matters as a blue-white LED will give a slight purple cast to the sofa; a warmer white will skew "orange"--but be more "red velvet" to appearance (how my mind wandered into this, actually).

 

Hey Capn, thanks. And thanks for your input about the material and lighting. I will reflect on this. I will surely experiment with the lighting, and what color will look best. I will test out diffusion as well. Heck.. if want to get really crazy...I could try colored gel diffusers. That might be interesting!

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, May 28, 2022 1:37 PM

Bakster
That might be interesting!

Could be indeed. 

I'm having this rememory that the pipe organ had a distinct violet cast in the studio lighting (this could be an error of memory, though).

Hmm, will we revisit building squid for this one, or find a new pelagic monster? Big Smile

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, May 28, 2022 6:16 PM

I'm having this rememory that the pipe organ had a distinct violet cast in the studio lighting (this could be an error of memory, though).


You may be right. I'd have to check. 

Hmm, will we revisit building squid for this one, or find a new pelagic monster?

I am leaning toward using the one that comes with the model. I am on the fence but leaning to it. Of course, if I do, there may be a twist to it. Wink

 

 

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  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Saturday, May 28, 2022 10:18 PM

Bakster

 

 

Hmm, will we revisit building squid for this one, or find a new pelagic monster?

I am leaning toward using the one that comes with the model. I am on the fence but leaning to it. Of course, if I do, there may be a twist to itWink

 

 Of that  I have No  doubt Wink

This is taking off with an artistic/modler bent, good fun.

 

Steve

Building the perfect model---just not quite yet  Confused

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    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, May 29, 2022 2:09 PM

DUSTER

 

 
Bakster

 

 

Hmm, will we revisit building squid for this one, or find a new pelagic monster?

I am leaning toward using the one that comes with the model. I am on the fence but leaning to it. Of course, if I do, there may be a twist to itWink

 

 

 

 Of that  I have No  doubt Wink

This is taking off with an artistic/modler bent, good fun.

 

 

Hey Duster-- glad you are enjoying it! It's all about having some fun!

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, May 29, 2022 2:29 PM

Some mundane for this weekend...

For all these pieces I followed the same wood painting process noted with the couch. I will add that I used MRP Clear Gloss mixed with several drops of MRP Clear Semi-Matt. I love their paint...it sprays like silk with no thinning and with good coverage.  

I masked the books to keep the basecoat. I wanted the lighter color intact for when I paint the books. Masks are still in place with these images.

Same about the masks.

Capn-- I went with the overall wood scheme on the organ. This is heavily masked and why it looks so gnarly.

 

Next up is to pull the masks and start painting those areas. Maybe tomorrow. We shall see.

Later!

  • Member since
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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, May 29, 2022 2:31 PM

The cephalopad saga with te Seaview was fascinating enough, back in the day.

And that was before all the new skills with casting, vaccum pumps and the like.

So. Many. Possiilities. Smile

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, May 29, 2022 3:01 PM

CapnMac82

The cephalopad saga with te Seaview was fascinating enough, back in the day.

And that was before all the new skills with casting, vaccum pumps and the like.

So. Many. Possiilities. Smile

 

That cracks me up, Capn. Thanks for the laugh. Yes

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Posted by PhoenixG on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 2:29 PM

Bakster
I put a lot of time into this because it is the centerpiece of the salon.

Been getting caught up on the last few weeks.  Enjoying seeing all the details going into making the bigger picture.  The couch certainly has earned the role of center piece.

 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 11:35 PM

PhoenixG

 

 
Bakster
I put a lot of time into this because it is the centerpiece of the salon.

 

Been getting caught up on the last few weeks.  Enjoying seeing all the details going into making the bigger picture.  The couch certainly has earned the role of center piece.

 

 

Hey Thanks, Phoenix! Thanks for following and posting too. 

Speaking of possibilities... 

Couldn't this make a cool dio for a time portal? You walk through bookcases and into another time and space. Would be sort of like the Star Trek episode when Spock and McCoy end up in a frozen tundra where Spock falls in love with a woman that was sentenced to go there. Ah the possibilities are endless. 

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Posted by PhoenixG on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 2:30 PM

Bakster
Speaking of possibilities... Couldn't this make a cool dio for a time portal? You walk through bookcases and into another time and space.

LOL. That got me thinking of the Time Tunnel TV series and what it would look like to have that in Nemo's library.

TTTT2

An interesting mashup of stories. :)

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 11:36 PM

That's a good one, PhoenixG. And that is another good TV show. Maybe this is how Nemo derives his technology... from the future. Wink

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, June 2, 2022 10:32 PM

The wood grain looks great! Super work Bakster! 

 

I think I'd take the whole friggin' submarine though time though. Didn't the Seaquest series have something like that? Sorry I watched the first season but the second was so gawdawful I only got about two episodes in and dropped it. 

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

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, June 2, 2022 10:34 PM

Bakster

 

 
CapnMac82

The cephalopad saga with te Seaview was fascinating enough, back in the day.

And that was before all the new skills with casting, vaccum pumps and the like.

So. Many. Possiilities. Smile

 

 

 

That cracks me up, Capn. Thanks for the laugh. Yes

 

With sea monsters I hope you don't go with a giant sea turtle. 

It would hurt my feelings... Broken Heart

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

 

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Thursday, June 2, 2022 11:33 PM

 

"With sea monsters I hope you don't go with a giant sea turtle. 

It would hurt my feelings.."

 

Lol!

(Imagine the out of sync lips)  Gamera is coming! Gamera is coming!

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Friday, June 3, 2022 10:18 AM

Couch looks very good, Steve. And so does the wood piece you are working on now.

And good to know MRP clear works ok over the top of Valley-Ho. You saved me some testing, thank you.

-Greg

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Friday, June 3, 2022 11:44 AM

Greg

Couch looks very good, Steve. And so does the wood piece you are working on now.

And good to know MRP clear works ok over the top of Valley-Ho. You saved me some testing, thank you.

 

Hey Greg-- thanks for the kudos, and it is great to hear from you.

Yes-- there were no issue with the MRP clear!

You have a way of making me want to yammer:

I am having quite the adventure trying to paint the books. My kingdom for a brushable paint that does not streak and look glopped on. In short-- one that looks airbrushed. I have had some success with craft paint but it has to be applied in a heavy coat. Not so good when you are working with small sections that are blocked off. 

Anyway-- last night-- I relented-- and I meticulously masked a section of books, mixed a custom color of Tamiya-- spray a test piece--and what happens?  It was spitting droplets of paint something fierce. I could not believe it. I have never seen this with Tamiya. This is old paint that I am using. Could that be the issue? Was it not thinned enough? Maybe.

Here is the bottom line. Stick a fork in me, I am DONE with acrylic paint. I am tired of the fight. I am going lacquer/maybe enamel only.

And that is my story for today.

 

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Posted by Greg on Friday, June 3, 2022 1:19 PM

Yammering always welcomed.

Bakster
My kingdom for a brushable paint that does not streak and look glopped on

I know you just said you are done with acrylics, but have you tried brush painting with Vallejo Model Color (not Model Air)? What I do is put some distilled water (distilled because of my anal-retentive nature) in the pallet cup next to the drops of paint I'm using, dip the brush in the water, maybe flip it off a little, then dip some Model Color on. Once you do it some, it sort of all falls into place.

No idea about the spurting Tamiya.

 

-Greg

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Friday, June 3, 2022 3:16 PM

Greg

Yammering always welcomed.

 

 
Bakster
My kingdom for a brushable paint that does not streak and look glopped on

 

I know you just said you are done with acrylics, but have you tried brush painting with Vallejo Model Color (not Model Air)? What I do is put some distilled water (distilled because of my anal-retentive nature) in the pallet cup next to the drops of paint I'm using, dip the brush in the water, maybe flip it off a little, then dip some Model Color on. Once you do it some, it sort of all falls into place.

No idea about the spurting Tamiya.

 

 

Hey there, Greg. No, I have not tried that particular methodology. I will try it. At this point, I have nothing to lose. I would love to find something I can brush well with. 

Regarding the Tamiya. I did notice when I was mixing the two colors that they were not blending well. The paint was streaky. I didn't think their acrylic had a shelf life but maybe it does. The paint is probably 5 years old. It looked ok though. It was not clumpy or anything along those lines. 

I went to HobbyTown today and purchased the colors I need in Tamiyas LP lacquer offering. I have heard good reports about this paint. The one time that I tried it, it went well. Famous last words! It always works well until IT DOESNT! Lol.

Again... if I could get all the colors I need in MRP brand I would be set. The paint works well straight from the bottle. It is the cleanest spraying paint I have ever used, and the results are awesome.

 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, June 4, 2022 5:20 PM

One is down. This is slow work. I will be glad once I am past the bookcases. 

The book bindings are sprayed with Tamiya LP series red and brown. The open book is sprayed with MRP white. Both are top coated with Testors Dullcote, and both had a wash applied.

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Posted by PhoenixG on Saturday, June 4, 2022 11:05 PM

The results look to justify the effort.  Everything looks sharp and clean on the writing desk.  Has me believing there is text on those pages. :)

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, June 5, 2022 11:33 AM

PhoenixG

The results look to justify the effort.  Everything looks sharp and clean on the writing desk.  Has me believing there is text on those pages. :)

 

Hey thanks, PhoenixG.

"Has me believing there is text on those pages."

If you read the text you'll find Nemo's notes about sea creatures and harvesting food from the ocean floor. Wink

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, June 5, 2022 8:22 PM

Desk looks great to me! 

I do most of my handbrushing of figures etc with Vallejo Model Color. I rarely use anything but acrylics- frankly I've gotten to hate enamel and other sorts of paints. 

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

 

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