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Garage Queens 2019 Group Build
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Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 - 03:26 PM UTC
Iain, "half decent" is pretty good actually!

KUTGW!
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Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 - 12:07 PM UTC
Ok folks, I've had some help and worked out how to set up the Group Build Galleries for Automodeler now. It has changed a bit since I was admin on the P-47 SIG.

Garage Queens 2019 Group Build Gallery

I have now also added links to the Gallery and enlistment page to the opening post in this thread.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 09:38 PM UTC
After stripping it got a new coat of primer, then I pulled out my old airbrush with a bigger nozzle.



Starting to look half decent.
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Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 12:33 PM UTC
Good progress, D.!


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I hope everybody else is getting some bench time in, looking forward to progress reports!

Cheers, D



I will love to contribute more than commenting, but I have two builds on my bench already and my European trip to prepare. In conjunction with overly busy schedule, I think it is safe to say I won't be able to start (continue) my BMW before my return from Europe.

Cheers!
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Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 11:54 AM UTC
Engine and driveshaft mounted on the El Camino.


The only other "progress" on this build is a bit of playing around with various paints on scrap chrome to get a finish I'm happy with to avoid stripping and repainting the kit chrome parts. Alclad chrome over the kit chrome didn't really make much difference. Dullcote with a slight black tint looks like the clubhouse leader at this stage.

I hope everybody else is getting some bench time in, looking forward to progress reports!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Friday, January 18, 2019 - 04:08 PM UTC
Hi Sean, great to see you checking in on our adventures here. Are you planning to join the fun?

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Damian, the El Camino is looking great! I like everything about that interior bucket-- color scheme and weathering and detail painting. Good choice on the dull black paint too.


Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated. I am very happy with how it looks so far. As I said, I still plan to add a few touches of an earthy colour here and there as well.


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When you say "Some obvious little touch-ups to do where the chrome has crept under the masking, but nothing major", what exactly did you end up doing to get that corrected? Use a fine brush and super-steady hand? Or remask the chrome and then fine brush-- or finely tuned airbrush?
thanks in advance,
Sean


A tiny little bush (20/0 I think it is), a tiny little drop of paint, and a steady hand. A JD on ice to calm the nerves is a prerequisite as well.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Friday, January 18, 2019 - 09:56 AM UTC

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Ya know, totally didn't notice until you pointed it out!! Gah!!



Haha! All of us have the same issue, Charlie! Macro photography isn't our friend, right? Honestly, I won't bother myself that much either with all the seam lines if would be to have a closed bonnet.

KUTGW!
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Posted: Friday, January 18, 2019 - 04:38 AM UTC
Damian, the El Camino is looking great! I like everything about that interior bucket-- color scheme and weathering and detail painting. Good choice on the dull black paint too.
When you say "Some obvious little touch-ups to do where the chrome has crept under the masking, but nothing major", what exactly did you end up doing to get that corrected? Use a fine brush and super-steady hand? Or remask the chrome and then fine brush-- or finely tuned airbrush?
thanks in advance,
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Posted: Friday, January 18, 2019 - 03:29 AM UTC

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Great to see this one back on the bench Charlie, also good to see you trying out some new techniques. They all add to the picture that you are trying to build!

Cheers, D



Found some time while my wife takes night classes!!The way I figured, I already put the dullcote on so if the wash didn't take, I could just wipe it off.

Thank you too for the kind words. They really help me stay inspired and excited about the hobby.
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Posted: Friday, January 18, 2019 - 03:28 AM UTC

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Well done, Charlie! I like the general look and the wash worked just fine! Too bad for those seam lines which are quite visible. I know, they are very difficult to see on the white plastic and difficult to remove, but once paint applied, they just stand out too much. Good exercise nonetheless - metallic colors are not easy to master.
KUTGW!

Cheers!
Gabriel



Ya know, totally didn't notice until you pointed it out!! Gah!! Good news is the seam on the coolant line will be covered be coolant hose when completed. Next engine will definitely have the seams on the oil pan/trans pan cleaned uop and filled.

I really appreciate the kind words. makes me feel like I know what I am doing. LOL
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Posted: Friday, January 18, 2019 - 03:21 AM UTC
Great to see this one back on the bench Charlie, also good to see you trying out some new techniques. They all add to the picture that you are trying to build!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:56 PM UTC
Well done, Charlie! I like the general look and the wash worked just fine! Too bad for those seam lines which are quite visible. I know, they are very difficult to see on the white plastic and difficult to remove, but once paint applied, they just stand out too much. Good exercise nonetheless - metallic colors are not easy to master.
KUTGW!

Cheers!
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Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 04:51 AM UTC
Small update!!

Tried out some Dullcote to see if I could bring down the chrome a little:



Just got some semi-gloss painting out of the way



I would like to add more detail to the engine, but for now, just a wash will do. Never done a wash on an engine before. then again, I haven't build a model car since I was 13. I also got the wild idea to thin out the belts on the accessory drive. Never tried that before but was please with the results.




That's all for last night.
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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 03:53 PM UTC
Iain, I feel your pain mate. It's not only you. Gloss paint hates me as well. It wrinkles itself up at the sight of me. I've never been able to work out what I ever did to upset it

Hopefully you two can make up and everything will be shiny again. I'm going to try buying my gloss paint some flowers before I go any further

Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 01:47 PM UTC

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Because gloss paint hates me I have gone backwards. The paint finish on the lancer turned to custard so the whole body got a metho bath to strip it right back to primer. Primer coat got a little damaged as well so a trip to a hobby store(35 minutes each way) to get some white primer was required.
No I am back to trying to get a decent white paint finish instead of getting ready to spray the red.



Ouch!

I understand 70 minutes is a terrible waste of bench time! However, you're on the lucky side as I am located two weeks (shipping time) of the closest hobby shop. I've learnt to make do with what I have and after some years I managed to come up with some functional formulas
Yes, we know white is the "right" color, but we also know she's a very mischievous color as well.
I keep my fingers crossed!

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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 11:34 AM UTC
Because gloss paint hates me I have gone backwards. The paint finish on the lancer turned to custard so the whole body got a metho bath to strip it right back to primer. Primer coat got a little damaged as well so a trip to a hobby store(35 minutes each way) to get some white primer was required.
No I am back to trying to get a decent white paint finish instead of getting ready to spray the red.
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Posted: Monday, January 14, 2019 - 12:03 AM UTC

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My opinion, there is quite a noticeable difference in the tone and gloss, but given that everything will be toned down with some weathering I'm not inclined to strip off the kit chrome and repaint.



D., I am afraid the painted chrome will "take" the wash / dirt much easier than the plated chrome and the difference can become even more obvious.
Lacquer paints should do good straight over chrome, you just need to clean the seams and proceed "as usual".

Gabriel
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Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 07:59 PM UTC
I say leave it as is, it's all going to weather at different rates anyway
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Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 07:21 PM UTC
Hi Damian

I'm guessing you will give the grill a dark wash or black paint, to simulate the holes in the grill. If you do, there won't be much chrome left, so the difference might not be so noticable. How about the bumpers, will they be chrome? They have a large surface, so dryfitting the bumpers, to assess, how noticable the difference is, might be a good idea.
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Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 04:59 PM UTC
Opinion time everybody -

My opinion, there is quite a noticeable difference in the tone and gloss, but given that everything will be toned down with some weathering I'm not inclined to strip off the kit chrome and repaint.

I would really like to hear your views before I start the next stage.

Cheers, and thanks, D
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Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 03:17 PM UTC
Unmasked once again!




Very happy with where this is headed and how it is coming together. Some obvious little touch-ups to do where the chrome has crept under the masking, but nothing major.


The next step will be to have a look at the kit chrome against the painted chrome and decide whether to strip the kit chrome parts and repaint to match.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 01:17 PM UTC
Masking, painting, unmasking, touch-up, masking, painting, unmasking. Strange how something so frustrating can also be relaxing and soothing

Dullcote is on, I'm really liking the look of this finish now. A couple of hours to cure and I will unmask the chrome and see how it all looks.


Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 01:41 AM UTC

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Hi Iain.

I was trolling through one of the local Facebook Buy/Swap/Sell forums yesterday and saw some Lancer Evo decals for sale. They were to suit a Hasegawa kit, not sure if they are of interest to you? Let me know and I will try to find them again.

Looking forward to some photos of your progress mate.

Cheers, D



Appreciate the offer, but fun tickets are a bit light on the ground at the moment so it's going to be a while before I get around to deciding on the decals.

I'm still half hoping the original decals will turn up.
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Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 01:28 AM UTC
Hi Iain.

I was trolling through one of the local Facebook Buy/Swap/Sell forums yesterday and saw some Lancer Evo decals for sale. They were to suit a Hasegawa kit, not sure if they are of interest to you? Let me know and I will try to find them again.

Looking forward to some photos of your progress mate.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 11:50 PM UTC
Did some spraying on mine today but there's not a lot to show. On the bike I simply resprayed the gold parts to fix up some poor coverage, handling damage, and to darken the colour slightly. Still got the typical oversize flake look that most acrylic metallic paints seem to suffer from but looks better.

The lancer got an attempt at gloss white, which turned out a bit garbage. It was hard enough spraying a white topcoat over a white primed white plastic, but I have had zero luck getting any gloss finish when spraying acrylics lately. Will have to buff it back and try an enamel paint to see if I have better luck like I did with my Subaru.