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Painting/Priming / Alclad and paint layer question
« on: October 11, 2008, 07:06:28 AM »
Hey guys, just found some Alclad Chrome at the LHS yesterday and decided to get it, though it was expensive as hell ($30!!!!).  I've seen some of the stuff ya'll have pumped out using it, and have definitely been impressed  :)  I'm trying to get a plan of the paint layers before I start using it, so I don't mess up too bad.  I'm using Tamiya Acrylics mostly, and the Alclad Chrome says it needs an enamel gloss black undercoat...

So...  I'm going to prime first, I assume (using Tamiya spray-can primer, extracted for use in my airbrush), then for the parts I want chromed, put down the enamel gloss black, then the alclad goes right over that?  And then if another color is needed (say, clear orange like the in the Ball thread that comes up in the search results), will that go right over the alclad?  I'm using Future for my clear-coat - will that work over the alclad as well?  Anything else I need to keep in mind, aside from what's already been discussed (ie, wear respirator due to lacquer paint, etc  :) )  My biggest concern is mixing the three paint types for now.  As long as I know which order to paint everything in, I should be golden.

Capitalism Corner* / Need a MG ZZ Manual
« on: October 06, 2008, 09:42:27 AM »
Hey guys, does anyone happen to have a spare MG ZZ manual floating about?  I got the kit recently sans manual.  I printed out the necessary pages from dalong, but the resolution he used to scan the older manuals just isn't quite enough to make out some of the details.  If anyone can lend a hand, let me know!

Kit Specifics / MG Crossbone KA/FC vernier question (and arm question)
« on: October 06, 2008, 09:41:35 AM »
Has anyone replaced the ends of the 4 (crossbone!) verniers on either Crossbone gundam, where it looks like a piston should be, with a working version? (well, one that moves anyway).  I'm talking about the two round pipish looking things near the ends, before getting to the actual thrusters.  Every time I look at that I think it needs something ALA MKIIs ankle joints.  If anyone has done this, how would I go about accomplishing it?

Also, how in the world can I get the arms to stop popping apart when folding down the little X beam thing on the  wrists?  Thinking some CA might be needed, but I don't want to do that til after I get it painted.

Other than the wrist thing, though, this is by far one of the coolest kits I've purchased recently; so much so that I'm chomping at the bit to get the Full Cloth version (I got the KA vers).  And that's unusual for me, since I HATE building the same kit twice (though with the MK IIs, I've made an exception...  Strike kits, however, are getting on my nerves).

Capitalism Corner* / WTB Neograde MG Hyaku-Shiki Mega Bazooka Launcher
« on: October 03, 2008, 06:37:21 AM »
I recently got a MG Hyaku-Shiki and thought I would give it some firepower with the NeoGrade MBL.  Alas, they are long sold out of them, and eBay and even the recasters have not sight nor sound of it.  Someone let me know if you have a spare one lying around!

Kit Specifics / Priming and Painting joints question
« on: May 19, 2008, 07:38:32 AM »
I've recently started painting my gundams, and have run into a problem with joints (mostly arm and leg joints), but have run into it on som weapons too (the ones that have movable parts, like handles, etc).  This has occured mostly on HG 1/144 kits so far, as I haven't had the balls to start on any of my MGs yet, but I can see this same problem coming up on them (specifically the inner frame on the strikes and freedoms, etc).  The problem I'm having is, how do I prime and paint them?  Especially when it comes to parts where getting rid of seams first, then p&ping the joint.... how?  The ones I've experimented on so far (a couple of X kits) I put the legs together, got rid of the seams, and primed, but ended up totally missing priming part of the joint that holds the upper and lower legs together, or it ended up pooling around the outline of the upper/lower on the joint.

Should I prime the joint first, then assemble the rest of the limb around it, mask and then prime the rest of it (after the seam is gone of course)?  Then what to do about the guns?

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