So, this seems to be the the method of choice for me at my current skill level. I have a chalk wash technique which would have worked well also, but in a different way. I liked where the weathering led, and it gave the appropriate look at what I had envisioned in my mind's eye for a service-heavy-use Viper that's been through a lot of extended conditions, though nasty elements.
But this wouldn't be where this story ended. I still had some ideas tumbling about in my noodle to make the bird a little more realistic ....retro thrusters!!! Stay tuned!
A few more shots I'd taken to this point...
Last Edit: Jan 26, 2019 19:53:11 GMT -5 by Whiterook
We are now nearing the end in this build. I mainly did the bottom of the Viper, weathering it much as the top. I didn't snap any pics of her belly. I also touched up some of the top and sides, as well.
But one of the big things I worked on was the nose. I painted the nose cone exterior a dark gray, and then a coat of lighter gray on top; followed by some chipping. Then some 'dirt' washed inside the nose cone. All done in Folk Art acrylic. Next came the fun part...out came the old pin vice and on went the Retro-thrusters!
I drilled so that I broke the surface, but not drilled all the way through. Next, applying some oil paint dark brown almost to black, and then pulled for some streaking effect.
Next came the Reto-thrusters to the port and starboard engines.....and also notice the laser blast was finished up, reducing the size and enhancing the shape.....
Near the bottom wing.....
Last Edit: Jan 26, 2019 20:12:11 GMT -5 by Whiterook
And finally, the point at which some of you have been waiting to see (including me at this stage!!!)....off with the canopy masks!!!
But first, some reasoning behind some of the method to my madness: The early version Vipers as seen in the re-imagined series (I think these were the 'museum Vipers originally on display, for the transition of the soon-to-be decommissioned Galactica to a museum), and particularly in "The Plan", as well as the last year of the show... were pretty glossy; yet the original series seemed to be more satin. I chose a combination in the end. I really didn't like the look of the gloss, and especially where there is some heavy weathering on it. I sprayed a dullcoat on her....and....well....didn't like that either. So I brushed on a light gloss to areas and left others satin. I tried to go with the fact that aging would turn some areas satin, but in my view, not all.
Ok, back to the build...
This is the Recon Viper in all her glory. I'll post up some more fitting Finished pictures at the end, but for now, this is what the final product will look like before display:
The canopy came out very good, compared to previous efforts of mine on other models. This was the first time I believe I used masks so extensively and successfully. Note that I have used real airbrushing masking material (the clear stuff, and very high end), but in the end, I guess I'm just into simple methods, and the Painter's tape worked a peach!
And what a difference airbrushing the 'metal' fame of canopies makes!!!
...I tried to chip it lightly, and not go overboard. I also placed washes under the canopy to bring some depth and enhance the separation between canopy and fuselage. I also tried to indicate the chipping in the direction that space born particulate debris would have been sucked into the upper scoop; as well as the dirt and dustiness on the back canopy.
(Damn...even I have to admit that's beautiful, ROFLOL!!!!) The back edge of the fuselage would have had a bit of a dead-space whirlwind effect I believe, so I made it grimy. All in interpretation, I guess.)
Personally, and all kidding aside, I really did like the way it came out. And also, it was really nice to finally see the Pilot again!
Last Edit: Jan 26, 2019 20:36:43 GMT -5 by Whiterook
Well folks, we're wrapping up build part of the Colonial Recon Viper!
Up next was the base....and actually, it's a pretty solid base that is included with the kit. I assembled it and let set. Nothing to really photograph in progress as it was a pretty straightforward four pieces glued together. And of course, sanded down all the flash, mold lines and pin marks.
The excitement though, was in the airbrushing! I found the magic mixture of Tamiya Acrylic to 91% Isopropyl; and decreased my psi down to 20 psi (I had the foolish thing on 40 psi!!!).....magic! Sprayed on with control and ease not hitherto experienced, my friends ....AWESOME! Felt like I actually knew what the hell I was doing!
I always felt like I was rushing with the side-to-side swiping coats, and turns out it's because I was! The pressure was so frakkin' high that I had to haul a$$ or experience the dreaded runs (no, not that kind!). This was much more ease and please, so to speak. Used Tamiya Semi-gloss black.
Next, some Future floor polish brushed on with a wide artist brush, on the name plate for a high gloss.....
And then the decal.......
And yup...my famous cat food cups....a modeller's best friend!
A final coat of Future went over the decal to seal it in and give it a good protective coat. The trick with the Future is to do only a single swipe of the art brush; two at most...and wet. Allowed to dry overnight, the Future floor acrylic coat levels all the brush lines.....
The base stand pops into the undercarriage of the Viper, and you can theoretically gimal the Viper to pose in different directions? I really don't know...it's a good friction fitting with a solid hold.
Conclusion on the building process: This was much more fun to build than I anticpated. What really got me was, the freedom to roll with it; to not be bound by trying to capture exact details, exact camo colors, etc. It could morph and become anything I wanted it to become. That energized my inspiration and turbocharged my experimentation and creativity. Everyone should step WAY out of the box every now and then; I am a firm believer in that now! I hope you enjoyed the ride as much as I did building her! And thanks for bearing with so many pics and posts in such a short time frame...
AND DRUM ROLL PLEASE.......
Last Edit: Jan 26, 2019 20:52:51 GMT -5 by Whiterook
Many thanks!!! I just love that fighter, so it was awesome to not only build it finally, but to also customize it to play a small role in the lore. I remember watching the original series every week and it was s amazing to me. Of the builds I've done and will do, this will likely always be at the top 5 I'm most attached to.
Great result there WR - yer nailed the build, yer weathering looks very effective and yer made some nice improvements as yer went - coupled with a real enthusiasm for your subject and some good photography this has been a very enjoyable inaugural MSC blog
Good work 10/10
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My wife picked me up a Mk VII for Christmas. I've the old show original Cylon fighter, as well. Others on deck are:
* A Babylon 5 Space Station * A Babylon 5 Space Station that I plan to scratch into one of the "lost" Babylon stations * A Babylon 5 Space Star Fury, likely to be made Psi-Corps or Ivanova's * A Klingon Battlecruiser
Hi all! Been a very long time since I've been on the forum...apologies. I'm trying to get back to the bench to work on some kits. It's been a long time since I did any work on models, so hopefully 2019 will see a restart!!!
I came online for some inspiration, which I've already been finding. But while here, it dawned on me that the threads I did do back in the day had PhotoBucket links, which I don't use that service anymore so taking the lead from your Postimg.cc feature, went through this thread to get pictures back in (took me awhile to find the dang pics!!!). I'll try and find the pictures for my other builds and fix those in time.