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K is for Krazy Kustom Kampfer Kompetition / Re: K-Rack and K-HDM's!
« on: June 03, 2007, 11:00:47 AM »
I'm interested in getting a mine rack and a set or two of manipulators, maybe that'll be the push I need to finally build my Kampfers...

K is for Krazy Kustom Kampfer Kompetition / Re: Kontest Sign-Up Sheet
« on: April 23, 2007, 06:18:56 PM »
I'm sorry to say that, barring a miracle, I won't have time to finish (or even start!) my Kampfer before the contest deadline. Please remove me from the list. :(

Why are you always thinking of ways to take more of my money?! :razz:

Doesn't HLJ sell Adler's Nest stuff? It might be possible for FFF members to order in bulk through them, like you did for those OreGun kits, then?

Painting/Priming / Re: Formula 409 and Stripping Models
« on: March 12, 2007, 08:34:14 PM »
Regarding stripping that spray enamel, I actually ended up using a substance that I've seen some people use before called "Purple Power." After about a day in that, the paint came right off with only a little scrubbing. Some of it got inside my gloves though, so the top layer of my skin came right off the next day as well.  :doh:

Model In-Progress / PG GP01/FB
« on: March 03, 2007, 10:18:01 PM »
I hope you attach the armor with magnetic hardpoints, because it would be a tragedy to cover up that beautiful frame!

K is for Krazy Kustom Kampfer Kompetition / KKKKK Progress Report
« on: February 24, 2007, 05:26:22 PM »
I'm still in the design phase, but I stripped the old paint off of one of my two Kampfers. I'll probably build and paint at least the frames next week. I'll post a thread once I've finalized the design.

Model Gallery / MG Crossbone X-1 Kai Kai (new pictures 2/22)
« on: February 22, 2007, 10:23:11 PM »
This past weekend I applied a final satin coat of Future and took a few more pictures, and I even bothered to use my tripod this time!  :razz:

Thank you for looking, and thanks to everyone who offered comments and suggestions! :)

Painting/Priming / Formula 409 and Stripping Models
« on: February 19, 2007, 10:49:12 AM »
I'm trying to strip a kit that I sprayed with Testors spray enamels about a year ago, and 409 doesn't seem to be strong enough to dissolve it. What should my next step be in order to increase solvent power without damaging the plastic? Castrol Super Clean? I know that lacquer thinner will work, but I am neither brave enough nor foolish enough to use it for this.  :P

Model Gallery / MG Crossbone X-1 Kai Kai (new pictures 2/22)
« on: February 12, 2007, 04:52:18 PM »
Skip the Tamiya Titanium Gold entirely. It doesn't affect the Alclad Pale Gold, and by itself it hardly looks gold at all. The makers of Alclad recommend and sell a gloss black lacquer to spray on before a coat of any Alclad metallic color, but I had no problems at all with a flat black acrylic. I'm by no means an expert on this, though...

Painting/Priming / Mr. Sufacer and Primer Questions (post 'em here)
« on: February 11, 2007, 01:41:18 PM »
Quote from: "oteebzo"
Ok I have reading this thread since it has been started and I am still wondering after all the feed back. I have never used yet cause I still have like 3 bottles of primer. But iI do have acouple of bottles of mr. surfacer. Do I thin it to AB or NO?I have read alot of people thinning but do I have to? can I run it straight from bottle?
Thin it around 50/50 or 60/40 with lacquer thinner to start, and then change it as needed if it's too thick or too thin. You might need to add a few drops of Mr. Retarder (I always do), otherwise it might "spiderweb" and dry in mid-air, which is always a huge disaster.

Model Gallery / MG Crossbone X-1 Kai Kai (new pictures 2/22)
« on: February 07, 2007, 08:16:45 AM »
Sure! The gold was done in this order:

Mr. Surfacer 500 --> Tamiya Flat Black --> Tamiya Gold Titanium --> Alclad II Pale Gold

The Gold Titanium looked terrible and I didn't have time to strip and start over, so I just sprayed the Alclad directly over it. I don't think the undercoats affected the color at all in this case, though it's typically recommended to have a black undercoat for any Alclad metallic colors.

Thank you for the comments, everyone! I promise I'll take some better pictures soon, once work isn't so crazy. :cry:

Oops, damn. That's what I get for being prudent and waiting for one of those silly "paychecks" before ordering.  :P Be sure to let us know when you restock!

Model Gallery / MG Crossbone X-1 Kai Kai (new pictures 2/22)
« on: January 31, 2007, 12:18:32 PM »
Thanks for your comments! I'm glad you both liked it. :)

The daggers are just for show (I probably won't ever pose the kit with them), so I didn't particularly care what color I used on the blades. Gold is a bit weird, but think of it like a fancy watch I guess...

Model Gallery / 1/100 MG Crossbone Gundam X1 Ver.KA
« on: January 31, 2007, 12:10:23 PM »
I would never have guessed that you hand-painted this if you hadn't pointed it out! You must have an exceptionally steady hand to take care of all those details. :) Great job!

Model Gallery / MG Crossbone X-1 Kai Kai (new pictures 2/22)
« on: January 30, 2007, 10:55:04 PM »
I've worked on this kit on and off since late December, and since it only needs a final coat of Future I thought I'd post it for your enjoyment (or perhaps the opposite :P). As far as colors go, the white armor is Tamiya white + german grey over black, the blue is Mr. Color cobalt blue, and the gold trim is Alclad II pale gold. I really enjoyed building this kit, and I'm interested to see how it will stack up against the Core Works conversion set (if I ever get around to building that...).

The Ashita base, available through Fulcy, of course, was an interesting experiment. I didn't really like the included control booth, so I hollowed it out and added some Wave 1/100 Mobile Staff and an LED. It was probably more trouble than it was worth, but it was fun to try. I also added a ladder and cage assembly that my LHS happened to have and drilled an access hole through the scaffold. I had planned on matte-coating the base after adding the panel lines, but the gleaming factory-fresh look it has with the gloss coat is growing on me. :)

Anyway, pictures! I've been much too busy lately to spare the time for proper pics with my tripod, so please excuse the slight blurring in some of them. Thanks for looking!

(Mods, please let me know if there are too many thumbnails, and I'll switch them to links.)

Painting/Priming / Airbrush, Airbrushing, and Compressor Questions
« on: January 26, 2007, 09:53:16 PM »
Quote from: "BobSpamGundam"
I think I'm havening a similar problem to mrmaigo's.

I have a Badger crescendo 175, dual action, bottom feed, hooked up to a compressor. (unsure of the brand)

It didn't do this from the beginning but in the past few months it's been spraying irregularly, in that it will be spraying paint perfectly for a few seconds and then just air,then paint again. it appears as though it is losing suction, I can't for the life of me figure it out as it does this with water too.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to my problem.

I had a similar problem with my Badger 200, and it turned out that the siphon tube had cracked away from the rest of the jar lid a bit, so it wasn't able to create proper suction. I solved the problem by switching to a gravity-fed brush.  :wink:

(I'd had other issues as well and was generally unhappy with my Badger 200 anyway, it was just another excuse to ditch it.)

Model Help* (Check Stickies and Search First) / Re: Paint Questions
« on: January 13, 2007, 10:51:27 PM »
Quote from: "zerobxu"
You might try testing it out on a piece of sprue to see what happens (and then post the results, of course).

Gladly! I went for the gold (so to speak) and tried it on my in-progress kit.  :oops:

These parts were all primed with Mr. Surfacer 500 and then sprayed with Tamiya acrylics. The base coat was flat black, and gold titanium was the original intended final color. (It turned out to be too silvery for what I needed.) This was my first time spraying with Alclad paints, but I'm very, very pleased with the results. The lacquer paints do not seem to have mixed with the unprotected acrylic undercoat at all! The gold in the pictures is Alclad pale gold, and the outsides of the thruster bells are Alclad steel. I think I'm in love with these paints.  :lol:

Model Help* (Check Stickies and Search First) / Re: Paint Questions
« on: January 13, 2007, 12:51:58 PM »
Could someone please run through the different paint types (e.g. acrylic, enamel, laquer) and briefly describe which paints do and don't play well together? I finally got some Alclad paints, but I'm afraid to spray them on any pieces that already have acrylic paint on them. Is a coat of Future enough to protect the acrylics from the thinner in the Alclad, or will masking be enough protection?

Specifically, I have two situations in  mind: 1) spraying the Alclad on a small area of an acrylic-covered piece as a trim color; 2) replacing an acrylic color with the Alclad by respraying and not stripping the acrylic first. Will I damage the plastic or get a poor finish in either case?

Somehow I knew the second I placed my order for those bases, you'd get the thrusters back in!  :lol:

If these are going to be available soon (like in the next week or two), can you just wait and append them to my open order? If not, no worries. I'll just order them later.

Finishes, Decals, and Weathering / Decals Questions (Ask them here!)
« on: December 17, 2006, 11:13:24 AM »
Quote from: "zerobxu"
The best way I've personally found to remove transfer decals is plain ol' clear tape. It may take a couple of tries, but if you're careful it won't pull up the paint.

Yes, I found this out the hard way when placing a dry-transfer a little too close to a previously applied one.  <_<

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