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Hobby Boss Easy Assembly 1/48 P-47D - Work in progress

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Hobby Boss Easy Assembly 1/48 P-47D - Work in progress
Posted by Nikola on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 5:19 PM

Hi gents,

 

While the clear coat on my first NMF build (HB Easy Assembly P-51D) is left to dry for an infinite amount of time, I decided to try my second NMF build, this time using buffable Mr. Metal Color and I think that I have found a winner for now.

I primed it with black Mr. Finishing Surfacer 1500 (no buffing), marbled it with Tamiya Nato Black and coated it with Mr. Metal Color Aluminium. Doesn't need thinning, sprays kind of dusty but once polished with a cotton bud, paper tissue

or cloth it gives a really nice finish. It takes buffing very well since it was designed for it I guess. It dries in 10 min and it is ready for buffing.

Apparently I shouldn't even dream about masking it before protecting it first, so I will probably go with Tamiya X22 with levelling thinner. This needs more research.

 

Thanks for looking.

 

Best,

Nikola

 

Unbuffed Mr. Finishing Surfacer 1500:

 

 

Marbling with Tamiya Nato Black using Uschi Trinity Splatter:

 

Buffed Mr. Metal Color Aluminium:

 

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 7:44 PM

Never tried Mr. Metal Color but love your results! Heart

 

Thanks for letting us know how they work!!! 

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

 

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Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 8:10 PM

I like the color variations you got with the undercoats you used, and the topcoat coverage.

Hope they hold true through the buffing process

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Posted by Nikola on Thursday, July 8, 2021 3:59 AM

Gamera

Never tried Mr. Metal Color but love your results! Heart

 

Thanks for letting us know how they work!!! 

 

 

Thanks Gamera. We'll see how it turns out. :)

So far so good with these paints. This is my first time using them so I am no expert.

I haven't tried Alclad and similar stuff which many swear by so I can't compare.

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by Nikola on Thursday, July 8, 2021 4:07 AM

goldhammer

I like the color variations you got with the undercoats you used, and the topcoat coverage.

Hope they hold true through the buffing process

 

Thanks Goldhammer. 

I think it still needs a bit more buffing in some areas to show the variation more. I'll see because maybe it doesn't need to be seen all around. 

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by the Baron on Thursday, July 8, 2021 7:40 AM

I'm with the others, I like how your natural metal is coming along.  I'll have to try those paints myself.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, July 8, 2021 10:26 AM

This is looking GREAT!!! Looking forward to more of the painting/ weathering process.

                   

 

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Posted by Nikola on Thursday, July 8, 2021 4:28 PM

This is after second buffing and some play with the masking tape ripping off some paint.

As for the clear coat which will be next, I tested Tamiya X22, Alclad Aqua Gloss and Mr Color GX UV cut gloss and decided to go with Alclad since there is the least alteration to the metal sheen. Wish me luck. :)

 

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by Nikola on Saturday, July 10, 2021 5:03 AM

Hi gents,

 

This is after Alclad Aqua Gloss coat. It looks like it only slightly killed the sheen and depth. Not bad.

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by Nikola on Monday, July 12, 2021 5:29 AM

 

Well gents,

 

This is going to be harder than I thought. I should have expected a catch since it was just going too smoothly. 

After masking I had to remove the entire Aqua Gloss coat since it just lifted off when I removed the masks. 

Mr Metal Color is very durable when buffing, but the clear coat just doesn't hold that strong to make masking possible without problems (except in few places which can still be seen on the model).

 

Maybe Mr Metal Color should be used on areas which don't require further masking, painting, etc...

 

I buffed it again, as much as I could, and will now have to find another solution for protecting and masking. The saga continues...

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, July 12, 2021 1:51 PM

Continuing to come along nicely so far.

                   

 

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Posted by Nikola on Thursday, July 15, 2021 2:26 AM

mustang1989

Continuing to come along nicely so far.

 

Thanks Mustang. Appreciated.

NMF is definitely the most difficult thing I've tried so far.

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by Nikola on Thursday, July 15, 2021 5:15 AM

Well gents,

 

First successful masking and color. I didn't use any clear coat this time, just buffed the hell out of it until there was almost no pigment to be seen on the cloth.

Yesterday I did the black tail stripes and white base for the invasion stripes. I am afraid to mask the red and white now but I guess I will just have to make a leap of faith. :)

Will test it on a plastic spoon which I prepared for that.

 

Masking was not perfect so I will have to do some touch-ups.

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, July 18, 2021 7:35 AM

Coming along very well. Good turnout on that red and good job with the masking to make it look that good.

                   

 

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Posted by Flight Line Media on Monday, July 19, 2021 8:42 AM
Great work! How do you like the easy assembly series from Hobby Boss?

Andrew

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Posted by Nikola on Monday, July 19, 2021 8:54 AM

Operation successful, the patient lives.

The gloss white invasion stripes survived masking.

 

Next are the decals and then OD anti glare because of the tricky masking around nose art text (pic at the bottom). I will have to protect the decals before masking somehow or think of another approach.

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, July 19, 2021 10:45 AM

Nikola!

 That is going to be one fine looking Big ole JUG!

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Posted by Nikola on Monday, July 19, 2021 12:07 PM

mustang1989

Coming along very well. Good turnout on that red and good job with the masking to make it look that good.

 

Thanks Mustang, appreciated.

I had to gather my will power to mask it the second time after the hickup I had with Aqua Gloss. :)

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by Nikola on Monday, July 19, 2021 12:12 PM

Flight Line Media
Great work! How do you like the easy assembly series from Hobby Boss?
 

Thanks FLM, glad tou like it so far.

Although they lack detail (and maybe some accuracy but I don't know since I am no expert) these kits are very good, come together nicely and quickly, and are excellent for beginners or for practicing new techniques like me here with NMF. Parallel to this one I am building their P51D where I tested Vallejo Metal Color.

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by Nikola on Monday, July 19, 2021 12:14 PM

Tanker-Builder

Nikola!

 That is going to be one fine looking Big ole JUG!

 

Thanks TB. Appreciated. Will try not to disappoint. :)

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by Nikola on Thursday, August 12, 2021 6:56 AM

Hi guys,

 

A little update after a while.

 

Main decals are on. The decals are fine and tough, and conform to the panel lines and shapes without the need for a decal softener which is very nice, although the white on them is somewhat translucent.

However, the painting guide and the decal/stencil scheme is terrible so for the stencils I will have to take a look at one of Tamiya's 1/48 P47 kits and try to work from there.

Some of the decal sizes on the drawings do not correspond to the actual decal sizes at all, haha.

 

Next are the stencils and then a clear coat for protection. After that the OD anti glare and so on...

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Thursday, August 12, 2021 8:22 AM

Nikola, this "Jug" is looking great!  I've bypassed this kit on my local hobby shop's shelf so many times but after seeing your build I'm thinking of picking this kit up.  My birthday is right around the corner and I've asked my wife and kids to get me that aircraft jig that you have in the pictures.  Are you happy with it so far?

TJS

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Posted by Nikola on Thursday, August 12, 2021 9:14 AM

MR TOM SCHRY

Nikola, this "Jug" is looking great!  I've bypassed this kit on my local hobby shop's shelf so many times but after seeing your build I'm thinking of picking this kit up.  My birthday is right around the corner and I've asked my wife and kids to get me that aircraft jig that you have in the pictures.  Are you happy with it so far?

 

 

Hi Tom,

Thanks, appreciated! :)

As for the jig, I like it a lot. Very useful thing.  

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, August 12, 2021 11:32 AM

Despite the problems you've had she's coming along beautifully now!!! Yes

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

 

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Posted by Nikola on Friday, August 13, 2021 10:22 AM

Gamera

Despite the problems you've had she's coming along beautifully now!!! Yes

 

Thank you Gamera. Appreciated. :)

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Friday, August 20, 2021 3:19 AM

Hi guys,

 

Just a little report on the effect of Mr. Color GX-100 on Mr. Metal Color metalizer.

It looks like it only slightly killed the sheen, but nothing too bad.

However, in one area (just left of the rear part of the canopy) it slightly reacted with one of the leftovers of Aquagloss which I couldn't completely remove. Nothing serious and should be easy to touch up especially since OD anti-glare will cover half of it.

 

Before GX-100:

 

 

After GX-100:

 

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, August 20, 2021 7:18 AM

Nikola!

 Hello! Please Don't change a thing. The variable color tones look great. A silver Bird shouldn't be the same sheen all over. Especially" Big Ass Bird"

 

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, August 20, 2021 11:46 AM

I can barely tell the sheen difference in the photos- in any case she looks fantastic!!!

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

 

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Posted by Nikola on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 2:55 AM

Well, this NMF saga unexpectedly turned into a ''what if'' scenario. The big bird has been captured!

I didn't have a heart to crash her so I landed her safely into to the enemy territory.   

The new markings are leftovers from Airfix's Stuka and are BS of course. 

 

One of the many lessons which I have learned throughout this NMF journey is DO NOT MASK MR. METAL COLOR if you have any other coats or decals on it! 

It pulled off the decals and two coats of clear coat just like that. I weakened the stickiness of the masking tape but still no mercy.

Mr. Metal Color is great paint but just does't have the proper grip to hold masking well, probably due to it's ''powederness'' which makes it buffable I guess.

So - spray it last since it has great coverage, buff it, decals, protect and weather. Did I mention not to mask it? :)

 

Also, due to this ''powederness'' it is very hard to control hairspray chipping method. 

 

Anyway, on to the photos (17 of them, sorry. It's very hard to get proper angles on NMF) (still got to finish weathering properly though):

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 8:26 AM

Tanker-Builder

Nikola!

 Hello! Please Don't change a thing. The variable color tones look great. A silver Bird shouldn't be the same sheen all over. Especially" Big Ass Bird"

 

 

 

Thanks TB, glad you like it.

As you can see, I had to change a few ''minor'' things, haha. 

NMF is still ok I think. 

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

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