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Hey, how long does it take for this thing to dry or fully cure?

I'm just confused because I'm hearing different dry times from different places, someone said it dries within an hr or two and other said it takes more than a week  :twitch:

So, after painting the model and apply FFA, how long do I have to wait until I can start adding decals and panels?

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Assembly/Scratchbuilding / Re: Scope Lenses?
« on: June 05, 2010, 05:29:32 AM »
Omg, this is exactly what I needed, thanks fulcy!  ^_^

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Assembly/Scratchbuilding / Scope Lenses?
« on: June 05, 2010, 04:51:43 AM »
So I'm building a MG Strike Noir and after assembling the kit, I realized I had to use a sticker for the scope or paint em in. I despise those stickers and will NEVER use them, I also don't want to paint in the scopes so I was wondering if there are any aftermarket parts out there that can replicate scope lenses. I remember seeing a link where they sell scope lenses for monoeyed gundams, not sure if those will fit though, so please guys help!

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Model Help* (Check Stickies and Search First) / Re: Paint Questions
« on: June 05, 2010, 02:03:04 AM »
Okay, after doing a massive amount of research, I'm more than convinced that it is best for me to invest in an ab/compressor in order to produce some quality gundams in the future. But before I go and do that, I have several questions that need to be answered.

1. After reading FF's tutorial, he suggested tamiya primer over mr. surfacer and I was wondering can anyone provide me a link to a nice deal of quality tamiya primers? Because when I tried searching online, all I could find was the mr. surfacer primers. How does the 1200 match up to the tamiya primers, do they provide similar quality?

2. I.E, if I were to prime using mr. surfacer, do I have to resort using strictly mr. color paints or are does the TA paint work nicely wth the mr. color stuff?

3. I know that both companies are acrylic based but I also know that some brands hate eachother. At home I have a box full of citadel paints laying around and I was wondering if I could put em to good use. Do the citadel paint work great with the other brands or are they incompatible? Can I use em for airbrushing? How will I go about thinning the citadel stuff? Because when I used em to paint my minis, I usually used water to thin out the paint.

4. I also have these washes from citadel which I believe is acrylic, I'm sure most of you know what they're used for. Anyways I was thinking of using these washes that I have for panel lining but then I heard it works horribly with FFA since that is acrylic based as well. Is there an alternative step for applying the panel lines with the washes or do I have to invest in a different paint for panel lining? If so, suggestions would be nice.

5. After painting and leaving the model to dry/cure, do you secure them in a dry booth or a cover of some sort to protect it from dust? Or do you just leave em on the clips to let dry?

I just want to make sure I know what I'm getting into before going out and purchasing all the paint. Thanks in advance, your replies will be greatly appreciated.

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Hello folks, so here's my story.

After browsing the net dued to my daily habits, I ran into a blog and it was a blog about gundam kits (Danny Choo). It was like love at first sight, I knew about these things ever since I was a little child but now that I've grown and have done some miniature modeling (wh40k to be exact) in the past, I now want to continue my experience with modeling and painting with gundams. I've done a fair amount of research prior to purchasing the Strike Noir which is my first MG kit and hopefully not my last. I ultimately made this decision after seeing FF's Noir and reading/watching reviews on this very kit. So I already have it built OOB and I'm loving it, although there are some flaws like the looseness of the blade located on the right wing and some minor chippings from cutting out the sprues carelessly. Anyways I am planning on painting this guy but like everyone else I'm a bit nervous considering the fact I've taken a year hiatus of painting and that this is going to be my first MG kit which I shelled out about 50 bucks on(including S&H). I'm also going to point out that I will be painting the kit with a brush instead of airbrushing because of my budget, also plan on sticking with the MG series for a while until I'm confident enough with gunplas then I will probably try and pick up the PG series but that's going to be a while. So I would like to know your experiences with your first gundam models and I want to know if there are any painters out there that uses a brush and not an airbrush, especially on gundam kits. It would be nice if you guys provide some pics of your very first gundams as well.

Oh and a question before I go regarding the gaps in between the head of the kit. I know I have to fill it with putty which I do have at home but the question is, is it safe for me to wash the kit after applying putty and sanding? Will the soap/detergent affect the putty in anyway? Thanks in advance.  :D

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