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Model In-Progress / HGUC Operation V (RX-78 first)
« on: October 29, 2006, 12:37:33 AM »
I broke another piece on my Master Grade F-91, so I gave up on it :(  I was mainly using it to test techniques and now I'm working on a model for real.  But yeah, if anyone needs some parts from the F-91 MG, I have all the weapons, the stand, and leg parts still on the tree.
So, I ordered my next kit, the HGUC Operation V three pack of Gundam, Guncannon, and Guntank.  I'm started on the Gundam first, even though we all know Guntank is the coolest of the three.  
This is my first time really having to deal with seams, though I used the plastic weld a few times on the F-91.  But this is the first time I've used it on huge parts, like the leg pieces.  I love the stuff.  After sanding, it looks like it was always one piece, not two.
I also, for the first time, am using putty, to take care of the gaps I miss.  I apply it to all seams just to be double sure they are filled.  I used Squadron green putty, mixed with alchol, so it's more liquid and I just brush it on.  Works great, since it flows into the seams and holes on the model.
Here's the different leg pieces on kabobs after one coat of primer.  I'm going to go back out later after pancakes and put another coat on, and another later if need be.  How many coats of primer do you guys usually do?  I'm using Testor's acrylic white primer from the little half ounce bottles.  
Here's a pic of all the pieces I'm currently airbrushing.  I've only got one coat of primer so far, so you can still seen some putty on it.
Here's an upclose shot of the foot guard dealy.  Those dark lines are the putty.  Just flows right into the cracks ^_^.  Love the stuff.
I'll post more pics later after some more primer coats.  I finally have a weekend where I didn't take extra work and I have no assignments or tests due next week, so I'm working on this model like crazy!
Oh, and I have another question.  The model came with a sheet of those stickers that are clear.  Not like the normal eye stickers and what not, but stickers that are like decals, but instead of rubbing them on, they're just stickers but clear all around.  Know what I'm talkin about?  Anyways, is there a way to apply those without being able to tell they are stickers?  Some are really cool and I'ld like to put a few on.


Model Talk / 1/144th Aircraft carrier?
« on: October 12, 2006, 11:54:50 AM »
I figured I'd ask this here and not the model help forum, since it's more of a question about if a model exists then a question on help building and painting a model.  If I'm wrong, please feel free to move this!
I got this idea for a diorama of having a GM fighting a Z-Gok or other marine type Mobile Suit on top of an aircraft carrier that's starting to go under.  But, I can't seem to find and 1/144th models of aircraft carriers.  Submarines, yes, but not of carriers.  Do any exist?

Model In-Progress / MG F-91 (Up close shot)
« on: October 11, 2006, 02:56:06 PM »
OK, so I wanted to take pictures of my poorly done model, when I realized that perhaps 7.1 megapixels is too much.  He's a piece of armor from the F-91 that I primed, painted, Futured, paneled, then Futured again.  From me just looking at it, it looks smooth an fine.  But, point blank under the lense, looks wierd.

Just thought it'd be neat to show.  I also noticed I missed some flash on the part...

I'm using some Ambroid Proweld stuff I bought at the local hobby store.  It was cheap, and as an added bonus, it apparently causes cancer.  Anyways, it has a brush, so I'm guessing it's pretty much the same stuff as the Tamiya brand shown in the walkthrough.
I know I'm supposed to apply it to both sides of the part, then squeeze them together.  My question is how long do I have after applying to squeeze the parts together?  I'm worried that on big parts, like the big leg pieces on an HGUC, that by the time I get the stuff on both halves, it'll dry up and when I squeeze the pieces together, notings going to happen because I was too slow.
I'd also like to thank everyone that's helped me so far on my model ^_^.  I always get quick responses here and it's been very helpful on my first fully painted model.  The models really been a testin ground for me, but I'd still like it to come out somewhat decent.  Thanks again!

Painting/Priming / Painting the inside of armor?
« on: October 03, 2006, 01:47:17 PM »
Hey guys!  Do you guys paint the inside of the armor a different color?  I was just wondering, since as I was looking at the direction booklet of the F91, and the insides of the skirt armor are painted a different color (black?  Dark grey?).  Just wondering aout how you'd guys would do it before I reach this part.  Personally, I'd figure that when, in the show, they'd build the Gundam, they'd just paint the chunk of armor white and slap it on.
EDIT:  Just realized I probably wasn't clear enough.  I don't mean the internals of the model, like the skeleton, but I mean on thins like teh skirt armor, as you can see in the picture, has it's insides painted a darker color, while the outside part is the normal white.

MOD EDIT: Image too wide to display - changed to link.  Also, no hotlinking to images that are not hosted by you.  Heck, bone up on the image posting guidelines:

Assembly/Scratchbuilding / Having a little trouble with the nubs...
« on: October 01, 2006, 11:02:06 PM »
First off, love the site, it actually got me to get back into modeling.  This time, I'm going the distance and I'm painting the models to look just like the box.  My first kit, and I'm so glad the store I went to had it, is the Master Grade Gundam F-91.
Anyways, I'm having a little bit of trouble with the nubs left on the piece from the tree.  To clarify just in case, you know how when you cut a piece from the tree, there's always a litle bit of plastic form the tree left on it?  That's what I'm talking about.  
I made the little sanding sticks and I wet sand the little nubs down (with 380 grit sandpaper, as it's the finest I could find) till I'm pretty sure they're level, but when I go to paint, they spot still ends up being lighter and you can tell there was a nub there if you look carefully.
Any tips on sanding these things?  Also, is it really bad if I sand other parts of the model when trying ot sand the nub?  I've done that, and I see the pieces get a bit scratched up, but when I airbrush them, they come out fine.  

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