• MechaColle Sub VTOL & Jet VTOL Update #6: The Waiting Game

    Finally the paint’s all on! Had to go back and [heavily] spray more white on the underbelly and touch up some of the red of the Jet VTOL because of some transfers and scratches.
    Seriously, fuck white paint.
    Now I just have to wait for the paints to cure before I apply the waterslides. Fortunately I used enamels (Testor’s basic Gloss Red & Yellow and Model Masters Gloss White) so I only have to wait three, four days at most for the curing to complete (I’ll be using decal setter and softener on the waterslides and want to be safe and avoid any unfortunate chemical interactions).

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    MechaColle Sub VTOL & Jet VTOL Update #5: Detail Masking When using an airbrush to paint details on a single part or assembled structure, you can never have too much masking. -Never.-
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    If you want something super cheap, Testor’s makes a single-action called the Aztek.
    But the best ones to use are double-actions, they allow you to manage the amount of paint coming through and separately from the airflow control.
    More importantly is having a moisture trap and possibly pressure regulator right at the compressor.

  • Verfor99 posted a new activity comment 2 days, 12 hours ago

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    MechaColle Sub VTOL & Jet VTOL Update #5: Detail Masking When using an airbrush to paint details on a single part or assembled structure, you can never have too much masking. -Never.-
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    That’s not really a problem if you manage to stay within reason of the manufacturer’s recommended ratios when thinning.

  • MechaColle Sub VTOL & Jet VTOL Update #5: Detail Masking

    When using an airbrush to paint details on a single part or assembled structure, you can never have too much masking.
    -Never.-

    • otaku replied 4 days ago

      The other tip that goes with yours is to NOT thin the paint too much or it will bleed out. For factory-thinned airbrush paints, I pour them in airbrush cup and shoot. No thinner.

    • I’m thinking of switching to an airbrush for painting, since I’ve only used Gundam Markers and Tamiya Sprays. Do you have any recommendations on where to start?

    • You should get an airbrush where the tank to hold the paint is on top of it.

    • Depend on your budget and location. Reason being you can get replacement parts easily if the product is made near you.

      Any dual action airbrush is good. Avoid no names at rock-bottom prices. You can’t find replacement parts. Badger 105 is a good start.

    • That’s not really a problem if you manage to stay within reason of the manufacturer’s recommended ratios when thinning.

    • If you want something super cheap, Testor’s makes a single-action called the Aztek.
      But the best ones to use are double-actions, they allow you to manage the amount of paint coming through and separately from the airflow control.
      More importantly is having a moisture trap and possibly pressure regulator right at the compressor.

    • Ok thanks! I’ll look into dual action and ones that hold paint on top. I’ll see the Badger brand recommendation too. Hope there is somewhere close since I’m in Canada that sells this stuff!

    • Try ebay, amazon and online hobby shops. I get replacement parts there. Local hobby shops are worth a try.

      Another good one to consider is Paasche Talon. I like Badger 105 because the trigger is so soft that I can control precisely how much paint is coming out. Paasche triggers are semi-hard. I’ve dropped the 105 a few times right on the bathroom floor and the tip didn’t bend. 105 has no crown. Paasche has crowns. Do rinse the inner parts and cap the tip after use.

  • CHROME MACHINE!! Update #4: Paint Prep

    When spraypainting any snap-together or jointed model kit, it’s important to leave the kit as disassembled as possible and cover all pegs and holes with some manner of masking.
    Failure to do so can result in a much more difficult or dangerous final assembly, as multiple layers of primer/paint/topcoat make peg-hole connections require much more force to squeeze together, or place damaging stress on polycaps.

  • MechaColle Sub VTOL & Jet VTOL Update #4: Base Color

    I’ve laid out a base of Tamiya’s TS-30 Silver Leaf spraypaint, the remaining yellow, white, and red applications will be done later by airbrush.

  • MechaColle Jet VTOL Update #3: Gap Filling

    Slathering Liquid Green Stuff (from Citadel) into leftover gaps from seam-gluing to fill the holes and even parts out.
    Liquid Green Stuff’s pretty easy to use. Just mix with water to activate it and spread it on. It sands very well once it’s dried & cured but it also shrinks down a lot, so multiple applications may be needed.

  • MechaColle Sub VTOL Update #3: Gap Filling

    Slathering Liquid Green Stuff (from Citadel) into leftover gaps from seam-gluing to fill the holes and even parts out.
    The back-end piece didn’t sit very flush with the bottom of the fuselage, so there’s going to be a lot of LGS slathered on and sanded down to make up the difference…

  • CHROME MACHINE!! Update #3: Gap Filling

    Slathering Liquid Green Stuff (from Citadel) into leftover gaps from seam-gluing to fill the holes and even parts out.
    Fortunately I didn’t have to gap fill on too many parts, though I had to put a lot on the backpack.

  • CHROME MACHINE!! Update #2: Gluing & Sanding

    Working through the assembly, gluing in any seams that need to be hidden, then sanding down the excess goop.
    Fortunately every seam gooped out very well, won’t have to use very much Liquid Green Stuff to full gaps.

  • MechaColle Sub VTOL Update #2: Gluing & Sanding
    Working through the assembly, gluing in any seams that need to be hidden, then sanding down the excess goop.
    The cement gooped out much more than I thought on the wingtips, which are also very sharp and pointy. Ouch!
  • MechaColle Jet VTOL Update #2: Gluing & Sanding
    Working through the assembly, gluing in any seams that need to be hidden, then sanding down the excess goop.
    The antenna array went in much more steadily than when I build the Space variant last year, though that’s because I learned my lesson and didn’t sand down the tiny bit of flash at the bottom of the part.
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    MechaColle Jet VTOL / Sub VTOL Update #1: Announcement Finally posting [late] announcements of by Beginner\'s [tentative] entries: Bandai\'s MechaColle Ultraman Series Jet and Sub VTOL aircraft! MechaColle enters new territory with a new line featuring snap-together 10-cm-long scale replicas of the various vehicles from Tsuburuya\'s hallmark tokusatsu franschise, Ultraman!
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    Still not sure which one I’ll be more proud of, plus I have an Intermediate entry, I may go with that instead.

  • CHROME MACHINE!! Update #1: Announcement

    Finally posting a [late] announcement of by Intermediate’s [tentative] entry:
    Obtained though unknown means and enhanced with [maybe] forbidden technologies, it’s the phantom Gunpla known only as CHROME MACHINE!!
    A [maybe] stolen unit from the Yajima Corp’s mass-produced Hi-Mock army reserves, featuring greatly enhanced performance and a full-body anti-beam coating, CHROME MACHINE!! is a melee berserker like no other, rushing into battle in the blink of an eye and tearing its opponents apart with savage fierceness.

  • MechaColle Jet VTOL / Sub VTOL Update #1: Announcement

    Finally posting [late] announcements of by Beginner’s [tentative] entries:
    Bandai’s MechaColle Ultraman Series Jet and Sub VTOL aircraft!
    MechaColle enters new territory with a new line featuring snap-together 10-cm-long scale replicas of the various vehicles from Tsuburuya’s hallmark tokusatsu franschise, Ultraman!

    • I think you are the only one doing Ultra kits! Which Vtol will you do? My personal favourite is the space version, and from Ultraseven Ultra Hawk ichigo (or the to be released sangou).

    • Still not sure which one I’ll be more proud of, plus I have an Intermediate entry, I may go with that instead.

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