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A new project is on the table... A VENOMOUS VIPER...Finished!


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Yes, I have gone back to working on a larger scale, this time it’s academy’s 1/35 AH-1Z Viper. I sat down this morning at 8:30 with a sealed and bagged kit, 6 hours later I have a mostly assembled (in

Ordinance sucks to paint and decal. 

Progress, cleaned up a few seams and spotted in a little more black paint.

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I ran into the first problem I had with this kit, my top canopy panel had a small bow in it near where it glues to the fuselage. Not serious, but I had to glue the canopy together with extra thin so it would bend back. I had planned to paint it off the Model, but fortunately it worked and we are back to prepping for more paint. I always get nervous using glue on canopies, but  what else are you going to do? Overall, this has been a great kit.

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6 hours ago, 1to1scale said:

I always get nervous using glue on canopies, but  what else are you going to do?

Nice save, do you Future the canopy parts before? I do it almost always and had no probs with fogging, no matter what glue I used.

Cheers Rob

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Once I switched from Solvaset to Mr Softer, they started working way better. I managed to finish every decal, now it’s down to last minute checks for any silvering, then another coat of gloss before a wash, then I will be limited to oils and pigment for final weathering, the rivets are simply too sharp and snag paper, cloth, and cotton buds, so I have to be selective on how to finish it.

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59 minutes ago, harv said:

Is Mr. Softner available in the states ?.....harv

Yes, I believe I got mine from Hobbytown, but I have seen it elsewhere. I found 8 different sellers on Amazon.

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The decal job looks very smooth, like the underlying paintjob. No silvering, no nothing, which is the best outcome you can hope for with the trying duty of decaling. Your viper will look great in the end.

Cheers Rob

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