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Model In-Progress / MG F-91 (Up close shot)
« on: October 11, 2006, 07:55:16 PM »
Quote from: "riccardo"
Well at least you can say you have a wonderful macro!!!
which camera do you use?

P.S> I'm working on the same model

Hey Ricardo!  Saw you post, too.  Pretty nice kit, huh?  
I use a Canon Powershot A620.  VERY nice camera.  It's only downside is it takes AA batteries, but if you buy some rechargeable ones, your set.  THe best part is, it only cost me $200 at office depot.  Highly recommended if you're trying to find a decent digital camera.
How far on the kit are you?  I've got the body and the head done, and I'm workig on the arms.

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 going to try using the Future stuff, but I just wanted to clarify the steps in doing it.  If I'm understanding things right...
1.  Paint the model.
2.  Put on Future, UNTHINNED, and NOT mixed with flat base.
3.  Do panel lines and decals
4.  Put on another coat of future, this time, mixed with a flat base to desired glossiness.
And to apply it, real quick passes with the airbrush, followed up by drying it with air, and then repeat until an even coat?  
Do I have this right?  Also, anyone have pictures of what each of the different finishes look like on a model?  Glossy, semi gloss, satin, etc?  That's fine if not, but I was wondering what mixture I'd use to get the look of the kits as they appear in the manuals of these Gundam kits.

Painting/Priming / Mr. Sufacer and Primer Questions (post 'em here)
« on: October 09, 2006, 11:57:20 PM »
Yes, I noticed I'm kind of clogging this topic.  Thanks for your help!

Painting/Priming / Mr. Sufacer and Primer Questions (post 'em here)
« on: October 09, 2006, 11:32:03 PM »
Thanks, Zero.  To tell you the truth, as this is my first fully painted kit, I'd be so embarassed posting it here  :oops: My panel lines came out so sloppy.  I don't know how you guys get them so precise and smooth on your kits.  Mine bleed into the surrounding paint!  Am I supposed to put a coat of FFA before paneling?  WIll that make them more sharp?

Painting/Priming / Mr. Sufacer and Primer Questions (post 'em here)
« on: October 09, 2006, 11:01:03 PM »
I ended up grabbing a couple of bottles of Testor's flat grey primer.  The color it comes out depends on the color of the plastic I pray it on.  In the bottle, it looks more like a dirty white then a grey.  It's the only kind of primer I could find in store that was flat and not in spray cans.
And I'm using Tamiya flat white, blue, and red for my "Gundam" colors.  They seemed to match the direction book pretty well.  If anyone can recommmend what they use for typical Gundam colors, I'm all ears.  I wanted to do the model in all flat colors, ad then use the Future floor coat to make it shiny in the end.

Painting/Priming / Mr. Sufacer and Primer Questions (post 'em here)
« on: October 09, 2006, 10:23:49 PM »
Hey guys.  So, I started priming all the pieces of the model now, and I've noticed now that the colors are coming out very dull.  The whites, the red, the yellows, and just so dull now, as opposed to when I was just putting them on the plastic.  So, will a clear coat make the colors more vibrant?  Or if I'm going to be priming from now on, should I grab some brighter colors?

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!

FF (or anyone) I have a question about the tutorial.  
The first clear coat you put on.  You do this after you paint each individual piece or after assembling pieces?  To clarify more, would I put a clear coat over each piece of the head or would I put a clear coat over the assembled head?

Painting/Priming / Airbrush, Airbrushing, and Compressor Questions
« on: October 08, 2006, 04:38:11 PM »
Hey guys, I have an airbrushing question, but I guess it's more general then just that.  I was  painting the engines on the back of my MG F91, and the middel of each is yellow, while the outside is grey.  So, I figured I'd airbrush the piece yellow, then mask it and do the grey.  However, the yellow was not coming out well on the dark grey.  So, two questions:
1. Is it possible to paint a lighter color onto a darker plastic?  I did like quite a few coats and it still did't come out.  
2.  What about it I sprayed the piece in the grey first, then masked the grey to do the yellow.  Would the yellow come out looking darker on the grey paint, also?

Painting/Priming / Mr. Sufacer and Primer Questions (post 'em here)
« on: October 07, 2006, 01:38:56 AM »
Just a quick question.  Does any company make flat white primer?  I'd like to use white primer so the colors I paint the model will show up how I want them, and not darker like with gray.  Oly white primers I can find are semi gloss or gloss.

Assembly/Scratchbuilding / Having a little trouble with the nubs...
« on: October 04, 2006, 11:30:05 PM »
Funny thing, my mom was visiting today, and saw me sanding with one of the sanding sticks I made and she said it looked just like a nail file, and apparently, her boyfriend has cases of nail files he got from somewhere.  So, she gave me a few she had in the car, and I tried them out, and they work WONDERS.  I sand most of the nub away with the really gritty side, then use the very fine side to flatten it out and even it out.  Seriously, with this method, you can't even tell there was a nub BEFORE even painting it.  Thanks for posting that link, Gamera.  Came in handy :)

Model Gallery / MG Crossbone (Commision for my boss again)
« on: October 03, 2006, 01:54:08 PM »
The gold looks incredible on the model.  Really show up on the dark color scheme.
Just a quick question as the onyl time I've see the X-1 and X-2 was on Super Robot Wars Alpha 2, but are they the exact same Mobile Suit, just painted different colors?

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 02, 2006, 01:16:25 PM »
Thanks for the replies!  I've been doing what the FF model guide says,  but a little bit of the nub still shows up.  Maybe I'm just not sanding enough.
I'm going to try and put on some extra coats of paint and sand better, and if that doesn't work, I'll give that nail file trick a try.  Thanks again!

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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