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My second model on the bench

October 10 2011 at 12:01 AM
Erik Muntzing  (Login erikmuntz)
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Hello,

Wanted: Criticism that will help me get better as this is only my second model. Be tough, guys, I need it.

Some of you may recall back in August I posted some progress pictures of my second attempt at an Accurate Miniatures 1/48 P-51B. Well, I'm getting close. The OD and Natural gray soft line was created using a system of paper masks lifted slighty off the model with Play-Do. The wheel well covers still need to be placed and the canopy is being put off until I have 30 hours to mask it. That won't be fun. All paints are MM acrylic thinned with a mix of 60% 91% alcohol and 40% water. The ID stripes are decals and the final decals are still to be placed (including the nose art Chicago Gun Moll!!). The nose checkers are painted after a fun (no sarcasm) hour of cutting and placing masks free hand. The decal ripped and I decided, eh, I'll paint it.

Huge shout out to Chad Summers for amazing hints, tips, and ideas. Hes helped me in more ways then I can describe and is truly an amazing person. Thanks, Chad.

Now, this is try number one...still have this kit. I need to get it off the shelf of doom sometime and redo it.

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Now, a picture of the free-handed-masked-then-sprayed (or FHMTS for short, haha) nose checkers on attempt number 2.

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And a picture of the whole airplane.

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The spinner is not glued on yet. Errmmm, what else. I'll go more in depth with the final report of this but thought I'd update you guys on my progress.

God bless!
Thanks Vets!
Erik


    
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Red Steve
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I'm no expert but...

October 10 2011, 2:25 PM 

I think you are doing great! I see the peeled paint problem on the wing. One ques-did you prime it? It looks like bare plastic underneath. Per will help eliminate this. Also did you clean the kit? If you wash the parts before building it will get rid of the oil that can lead to this problem. That said let me tell you about my technique- I don't wash (unless it is oily to the touch) and I only recently primed. Priming really has helped sort out this problem and I use Tamiya fine primer or even other brands. The Tamiya primer is the best though.

Also, I always let my models sit a week or so to dry in between coats (except primer-a day is good I think) This is especially important if you do a future coat before decals.

Hope this helps a little, I think you are doing a great job painting!!

 
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Erik Muntzing
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No primer but did wash it

October 10 2011, 4:17 PM 

Hello,

I always wash models right out of the box with soapy water but didn't prime. I didn't really see a need to until now. I'm running to the hobby shop today so I'll probably look for some of that primer!!

Thanks for the positive feedback, too!

Erik

God bless!

Thank you, vets!

 
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