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Painting/Priming / Re: a possible enamel thinner/ brittle plastic
« on: September 17, 2007, 02:05:47 PM »
so im guessing turpenoid is a no. i heard about using lighter fluid. can i use the cheap stuff for a barbecue, or can i only use the expensive kind for lighters?

Painting/Priming / Re: a possible enamel thinner/ brittle plastic
« on: September 17, 2007, 06:25:58 AM »
thanks, Ezechiel! :D

i will try to pick up some today, or this week and try it out. also, what effect does turpenoid have on tamiya/gunze acrylic?

Painting/Priming / a possible enamel thinner/ brittle plastic
« on: September 16, 2007, 09:48:14 PM »
hello again!! sorry to make a new thread if i'm not supposed to , but I am scared to post in the other threads reguarding similar problems, because I don't want to dig up an old thread and break any forum rules.

Anyway, I picked up something called "naptha" or "naphtha" at the hardware store, because it says on the container that it can thin enamel.(i only plan to use it for a panel line wash.) I tested it and it mixes well with enamel, and it doesn't affect acrylic paint :-).it had no imediate effect on the plastic, but after soaking a piece of sprue in it for a couple hours, the sprue  became seriously brittle and shattered :twitch:. I don't want to spend all the time building and painting a kit to ruin it at the end :(.  So, would it be a bad idea to use this for a wash, or is it safe? has anyone ever used the stuff?

P.S. Can you use turpenoid to thin enamel? i have heard about FF's satisfaction with the stuff, and i could get it from michael's art supply.

Painting/Priming / Re: Water as a thinner
« on: September 08, 2007, 07:13:32 PM »
gunze acrylic says "water to thin" on the side of the bottle, but you will get faster drying with alcohol anyway. ;)

Model In-Progress / Re: RX-78 GP03S v.2
« on: August 24, 2007, 10:30:53 AM »
Roken: I think he means his first In-Prog thread... not his first model. ;-)

Very nice WIP. I have another Gp03 all cut out and ready to detail up when I get back in the mood for Gunpla. Seeing stuff like this though is getting me back in the mood. :lol: Love what you did with the shoulder armor vents. That's a tricky and poorly detailed spot and something I was trying to decide what to do with.

The calfs are looking good as well. Those leg seams are a bitch!

I have an old Hobby Japan that has a section on detailing up the MG GP03s if you'd like scans sometime.

To the kit, looks very nice. I really like the armor segment removal on the parts like the legs and skirts, accents the overall design of the Stamen very nicely.
Always up for scans. As if one needs to ask! :lol:

scans!  where?  :ninja:
yeah post 'em (or pm me with them) please.

as for the stamen, i have never seen one with that many details added. you make it sound very easy. i can't wait to see it all primed.

Model In-Progress / Re: GM Project
« on: August 23, 2007, 05:41:04 PM »
i never knew a GM could look more bad-ass than a gundam! i am overwhelmed at all the mods! could you explain to me how you added those things inside the gun's barrel?also, what type of glue did you use to attach the details? i am amazed how the details all came together and are still coming ! the amazing part is that they look like they belong on the model, and not out of place.

Model In-Progress / Re: MG Gundam OWY version
« on: August 17, 2007, 11:14:43 AM »
great job, i realy enjoy the heavy weathering on the gundam hammer. i believe what's missing, or is incorrect is the color. it looks fantastic, and fine with me, but it is a bit lighter than the gatling shield parts from the iwsp. mabe try drybrushing with a darker color, or giving it a darker filter, or even a dark wash. but if it isn't that big of a deal, don't worry.

Model In-Progress / Re: Sazabi MG
« on: July 19, 2007, 11:42:24 AM »
i love what you have done to the sazabi! it makes me want to give mine another try...
i especially like the shoulder and shield. i am sorry if this has been mentioned, but where do you get the ribbed/ grooved styrene, and what is the official name? i have tried the evergreen styrene website, but it doesn't give you a picture to help you find that stuff.

great job on the sazabi
-identity chrisis

p.s. sorry for threadjacking you  :stupid: i thought that i should ask you because you have the stuff, instead of making an entirely new thread.

Assembly/Scratchbuilding / Re: Putty Questions
« on: July 18, 2007, 06:47:32 PM »
First post! I'm re-entering the gunpla world after having stopped for many years, and.....

I have a quick question about thinning Tamiya Putty, namely, how do you do it?

I searched the topic but didn't manage to find what I was looking for. If the topic has been addressed links would be greatly appreciated.

you can squeeze out some putty into a bottle or dish, and the stir in some mr. color thinner or tamiya lacquer thinner until it is the thickness you want. the process is the same for squadron and bondo putties. you can make it as thick or thin as you like it. actually, i believe tamiya primer is just extremely thinned putty.

this guy does it, he thins the putty to make a rough-cast texture. he does this at about 4:18 into the video and it shows the putty, thinner, he stirs it around and dissolves it and then he brushes it on and that's that! you probably don't need to make it that thin just for filling seams, though.

congratulations everyone!!!!! everyone made an awe-inspiring kampfer, especially the heavy modders! there was not a single kampfer that wasn't great!!  hopefully i'll be in the next gunpla group build!! congrats and keep modeling!  :lol:
P.S. maybe someone could start a thread about sales on other sites, because isn't that kinda the reason the komp happened? i do check often, but i seem to have missed these sales :doh:

Great Job Guys!!
- identity chrisis

you're like a pro at this!!! you should be paid to build gunpla!!! :yeah: that's my vote for #1 kamp :number1, if i had some sort of vote..... :doh: and i second the idea of a styrene tutorial! :D

Painting/Priming / Re: Acrylic or Lacquer
« on: July 03, 2007, 12:47:10 AM »
personally I have never used lacquer, but I am considering it because the gundam color sets are lacquer, the gundam kits have color guides referring to mr. color(gunze lacquer) , and laquer is much more durable for posing. however, it is not easy to get in the U.S., and  it is more toxic, and you have to use mr. color thinner which is expensive.
in my opinion, the benefits outweigh the problems.
I believe you should go for it , and if you end up not liking it so much, no big deal. here is what I suggest: buy a cheap 1/144 or sd kit and buy a gundam color set(which is the same as mr. color) and test it out! 

you can get all of these things inside the U.S. at this online shop, incase you don't know any retailers:

I hope this helps!
-Identity Chrisis

is it possible to glue parts together A. by tamiya cement or B. CA glue after it has been primed?,i assume not, but i see people who put mr. surfacer on their kits while still on the sprue, and i believe they also glue the parts, so does the mr. S/ primer have to be removed to glue the parts?
here is where i see a guy do this:

it is pretty much the first thing he does after taking it out of the box, while on the sprue, but he also primes it more thoroughly after assembly.

Painting/Priming / Re: Gundam Head Vents
« on: July 02, 2007, 11:44:08 PM »
check ouy this japanese modeler on youtube:

he starts to do this at about 5:10 into the video :D sorry it is sooo long :sweat:
just to clarify, he is doing it on an rx-78-2 gundam ver. ka, first painting the whole thing, then painting the "grills" with black enamel and then wiping out the excess  paint with a swab dipped in lighter fluid/ enamel thinner. i hope that you can do this with the strike, but i am pretty sure you can, even though it has different grills.
hope this helps! ;)
-Identity chrisis

Kit Specifics / cutting braided fiberglass tubing (gundam ver. Ka)
« on: April 20, 2007, 07:53:04 PM »
i was so happy when my friend returned from japan with my Mg z'gok and Gundam ver. ka in his arms :D :lol: :razz:. he had been kind enough to offer to buy me something(that i paid for) in japan.

well, anyway, i was wondering what the best method to cut  the fiberglass tubing included for the back of the knees.  the kit has just enough, and i didn't want to risk ruining it :(. the long strip needs to become 4 13mm. pieces, as clearly stated in the instructions, but it says nothing, even in japanese about cutting it.

i figured someone would have experience, and your answers are appreciated. :lol:

Hey, fulcy  you need to get some of those energy line replacement beads as well. i am ready to  make a large order, but i will wait for spikes and/or line replacement. :drool:

And on another note, i love the metal slug emoticon! :run

Kit Specifics / Re: differences in MG Z'Gok/ MG Char's Z'gok
« on: March 27, 2007, 06:11:12 PM »
Thanks zero, i will look there  :lol:

Kit Specifics / differences in MG Z'Gok/ MG Char's Z'gok
« on: March 27, 2007, 06:31:30 AM »
My Question is about any differences in z'gok and char's z'gok.i am not sure which to buy, because they might not be the same kit with different colors. for example, char' zaku is different from the regular zaku, besides the color change. all i want to know is if there are any differences between Z'gok and Char's z'gok. :D
identity Chrisis

Concepts / Re: Choosing Color Scheme Ideas
« on: March 12, 2007, 08:12:17 PM »
i am trying to figure out what color to do the panel lines with this scheme:

i am making  a MG zaku f2 where the legs/arms are close to second from the right, the torso color is the far right, and some stripes are to be done in the blue second from the left.
this is kinda general and the colors won't be exact, of course.

Model Talk / A New Year for Modeling!
« on: January 31, 2007, 05:01:55 PM »
Quote from: "zerobxu"
With luck, 2007 might be the year I stop hand-painting and start air-painting.  :lol:  Who knows. That's about as far as my modeling goals go.

i realy and highly advise you to go for it . your models will turn out even better than they already are.

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