As promised, another update today : I airbrushed every part on this to keep it all as smooth as possible to try to replicate the metal, I then had to go over some parts with the chrome colour to pick up some details. I tried to leave some of the gold colour showing through in places to give it a natural highlight. Mr Hobby metal paints were used. I slipped away from the instructions here too and went with the reference images of the restored car as much as possible.
Joe, Leon, Kyle, Gary, Boots, thanks a lot guys I appreciate that very much.
I did a load more on this today and then I had to rush out on the school run so I never got around to taking pics. I'll get some tomorrow after a I have painted the rest of those parts. Its a pretty complex paint job on this if you intend to airbrush as much as possible. There's a lot of masking up and that's what's taking the majority of the time. I'm having fun though and can't get enough bench time to satisfy my need to build.
Right fella's a bit of a rant first and foremost. This is what happens when you use Humbrol Masking fluid. I had meticulously masked off the silver and black parts of these base plate sections yesterday so that I could freely spray paint the racing white. I sprayed five coats of the white on top of Tamiya white primer and all was looking sweet. Then I came to take off the purple masking fluid (Maskol as seen here)
And this is what I got. It wouldn't come off properly and the only way to shift it was to scrape it off along with the underlying paints which had previously looked rather nice. As you can see here there's still a fair bit of the fluid on the parts and at this point I almost threw the kit out especially as parts got broken off as I tried desperately to remove the fluid.
I didn't get a decent pic of the rest of the parts as I was a bit rushed and some parts can't be seen here at all. But I'll get better pics tomorrow.
Everything else has gone fine. I managed to get off all the Maskol and subsequently all the racing white too by using Lacquer thinners. The Maskol is now in the bin, never to be used again. The parts have been repaired and re primed tonight so I'll get that racing white on again tomorrow.
Post by DieselRocket on Feb 5, 2013 13:42:43 GMT -5
Dang, that's a crappy break. Nothing more frustrating than something that ought to be simple and "work", and it doesn't. But, with your skill, I'm sure you can save it - don't toss it in the can yet!!!
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Gary, Kyle, Chris, thanks fella's. Yeah it's very frustrating but thankfully sorted now, I'm determined to get to the end of a build for once, this year will be the 'year of at least 10 Boo Builds' No more half finished blogs from me.... Don't hold me to that as you never know in this game
Sorry to read the news Boo, have to say I bought a bottle of Maskol to help me with my bike builds. First time it went wrong a bit like yours I put it down to my lack of ability, second time made me wonder, third time, it was consigned to the bin...
I sometimes use blu tac as a quick fix mask, either that or I spend a lot of time with tape and scissors.
On the upside, the rest is looking good, keep the faith mate!
Kyle, lol, its usually me that's got the half finished stuff. I've had so many issues over the last year that getting a kit finished has been really hard to do. With my house move I've had to postpone some blogs that I had on the go too as I've misplaced a few parts. Actually I did finish a motor bike build last year that Chris B sent me. I bought a few bike kits after making this one as I enjoyed the process so much. Its not perfect as I had nothing to sand and polish it properly to the standard I now know is par but it was fun to paint and I learnt a lot on it.
Luigi, thanks buddy. I have used it a couple of times previously and it had been OK. I used it on clear plastic windows though where there was no paint involved. So this was the first time it had been put to its intended use and it failed big time. I'll have to look into what other options are out there now coz they lost my confidence with this one.
Prof, thanks matey. I know it sounds harsh but its actually good to hear its not just me that has had issues with Maskol. Ironically I would usually only rely on masking tape too, it takes time but is 99% certain to work well. I just figured that I'd actually use something that I bought for this job instead of taking so long with the tape. I wish I hadn't Oh well, by rule of thumb I should make a better job of it this next time
Thank Ya Dicky, and yeah the bin is the best place for it. Its not just the fact that it ruins your work, it wastes so much paint and good thinners to paint in the first place and then theres the fact that you waste thinners having to strip it. Chrissy said to me 'I can't believe you actually stripped it and didn't bin the whole thing after that' I think that shows my previous mentality towards problems like this, sometimes I'd be looking for an excuse to scrap a build. But my heart's in this one and my mojo is rather tip top
Exactly mate, the time and effort especially in my current circumstances was at the top of my reasons not to scrap it. Its a struggle just to get into the loft so all that time invested is heightened tenfold. Just to take the pics for the blog is a struggle as there's no room to even put my camera bag down safely. I'm not letting some manky Maskol put me off this one
You're right on the money regarding the appreciation of the more straight forward builds too. The Templar knight was always going to be a straight forward top quality kit and I'm enjoying that more than I thought possible. I think its the first time in a long while that I've built anything that I didn't put extras on, something which can also drag a build down when those extras don't quite go to plan or they get a little tedious.
More on this tomorrow evening guys, without the Maskol mishaps
Many thanks Kyle, Spud & Gary, much appreciated. I'm not a fan of decals which was one of the reasons I decided to airbrush all the torn metal effects. It was a nice challenge and I can't wait to try that sort of stuff on a larger scale car. I was thinking one of the Mustangs in 1/12 would be an ideal platform unless there's any Japanese cars in 1/12, they would suit the custom paining style more.