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My First Heartbreak 27/Jan/19


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9 hours ago, DocRob said:

Wow, that's big trouble with the Colour lifting. Did you rub the plastic with alcohol before priming. Normally Alclad Primer was pretty strong and adhered well, when I used it.
Paint is looking great now, so no way to stop you, right :D?

Cheers Rob

Yessir, I gave it a rubdown with alcohol.  Just seems that any tiny spot not sanded, the paint lifts.  More this morning...  Still, I'm going on.

8 hours ago, coolboxx said:

Beating this in to submission, great job. 

Thanks, mate!  Though it's still putting up a fight!



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HI everyone!

     I applied four masks today and had four areas of paint lift.  Live and learn, I guess. 


There really are white borders on the underwing crosses.  You also may notice some differences in my yellows.  The oil cooler had huge paint lift today, and whenever I needed yellow, I used three colors from Tamiya to brown it up a bit which I mixed in the paint cup of the airbrush.  I didn't always get all of the previous color out of the paint cup.


I wanted the wing walk lines to be low vis./faded looking.  I used 5 parts XF-7 flat red and 3 parts XF-66 light grey.  Because I have recently added the gloss coat prior to decaling, they look darker than with the eye.



Did a little detail painting, too.  The MG 131's, tailwheel, main wheels and LG, heat stained exhaust as well as the exhaust stain which is mostly hidden by the black motif on the fuselage sides.  Even  did a little minor chipping on the wing root which you can barely see.


The gloss coat seemed to blend everything together a bit.  The main camo colors have a sheen, where all of the Tamiya paints used for markings were matte.


Thanks for looking!




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4 hours ago, Peterpools said:


Looking so good - mighty nice progress.

Any reason why the paint lifted with the masks?

Keep 'em comin


Thank you, Peter!

All I can figure is that the areas where the paint didn't lift were sanded during the building process.  Before painting, everything was given a thorough rub down with isopropyl.  Because of nice (though incorrect) surface details made by Monogram/Revell I avoided sanding wherever possible.  I always thought the Alclad primers would bite into the bare plastic...  but apparently I was wrong.



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HI everyone,

    Special thanks to all of you who shared this voyage with me.  A couple of days ago I began to feel that whatever questions I had had been answered, and whatever need I had had been fulfilled.


Despite the inaccuracies of the kit, I had a great time building it and expanding my skill set.


There are a few more photos at the completed LSM section: 


Thank you!



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