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 Post subject: Re: Scale model hobby
PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 10:26 pm 
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So, here are some pix. After the photos I drilled a hole using a micro bit and a pin vice in the forward superstructure aft "bulkhead." It's no really a bulkhead it's just the end of that cast piece. I confirmed that it is hollow inside. I went out and acquired a jeweler's saw and some clamps, knowing that shit's gonna happen here that the boneheads at the casting shop did not anticipate.

OK first image. Forward hull section upside down. I've marked the spot where the casting shop in a fit of drunkenness decided to preassemble components that were cast separately. The blue shit is either epoxy or hot glue that the casting shop slopped out of the seams onto the exterior in a place where Ima have to proceed carefully to remove it.


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 Post subject: Re: Scale model hobby
PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 10:28 pm 
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Same image. You can see that the linear flow of the model is not true. It's warped. The linear details on the side of the hull show it clearly. Also, the seams are shit. There are gaps roughly 1/2 mm.


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 Post subject: Re: Scale model hobby
PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 10:30 pm 
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The engine nacelles have apparently been attacked simultaneously by the Klendathi, the Vord, certain denizens of LV426, and the Chtorr.


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 Post subject: Re: Scale model hobby
PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 10:32 pm 
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This is supposed to be an exterior surface. Some sanding and filling required.


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 Post subject: Re: Scale model hobby
PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 10:38 pm 
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View, from aft, of the forward hull section. None of that will be seen because the middle hull section joins in the area. I drilled a microhole in one of the concave depressions to determine whether or not the model is hollow. It is. Even without my drawn in line (which is off a little) you can see that the model is warped when viewed in cross-section. The seams are more shit.

So, the next step will be to try to separate the major hull components, along seam lines, from each other, in order to fix the horridly botched preassemblies done at the casting shop.

Looking at the crudded nacelles, I will probably cut those just aft of the "scoops" hollow them out, clean up the scoops, and add some sheet styrene to replace the lost resin from the cutting. I want the engines lit, so I won't be quick to reassemble those either.


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 Post subject: Re: Scale model hobby
PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2016 8:24 pm 
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OK. I was mistaken about bad subassemblies. Not quite sure how the silicon rubber casting process works, but the components were all single casts, the factory did no subassemblies. Yet somehow they managed a hollow cast. I removed a substantial portion of the upper forward hull in order to: (1) give easier access to the sides so that I can fix up the bent, crappy looking detailing that runs along the center of the side of the hull, and (2) have access to the interior for a simple light. That was a successful cutting job, with the cut being in a recessed, hidden place that won't be visible after reassembly. Cutting took me about an hour, working carefully around details using a thin X-Acto saw blade.

There will now be a pause for a while while I learn about circuits and the use of LEDs. I will receive an LED kit this week for NSEA Protector, so I will learn using that kit and post pix as stuff comes together.

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 Post subject: Re: Scale model hobby
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Resin kits are hopeless. You'll give up in a few days.

A better use of your time would be to develop your skills on simple subjects - an overall dark sea blue or gull grey over white 50's era naval aircraft; olive drab over grey army birds, and with a little practice, the light touch needed to finish natural metal aircraft like the F-86 and the aircraft grey interceptors like the F-102.

The feathered edge effect on three color USN aircraft can be achieved using clay strings to lift your paper mask off the surface, which gives a light fuzzy over spray.

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 Post subject: Re: Scale model hobby
PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 10:25 am 
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The feathered edge effect on three color USN aircraft can be achieved using clay strings to lift your paper mask off the surface, which gives a light fuzzy over spray.


That is very clever. Thank you!

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 Post subject: Re: Scale model hobby
PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 12:18 pm 
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Slowly cutting apart the Roger Young. I need to isolate the long flat central portion so that I can rebuild it from sheet styrene.

Meantime, for fun, I'm starting on two projects:

1:35 Ecto1 with #2 son.

Pegasus NSEA Protector with lighting kit.

Both are gloss white kits. Ima start with a base primer of Tamiya ultra fine light grey. Panel seams will be darkened and then the finish coat will be a light coat of Testors Model Master semi gloss white, followed by gloss clear, decals, and gloss clear. Wish me luck and inspiration!

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 Post subject: Re: Scale model hobby
PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:05 pm 
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Got a bit sidetracked. #2 Son (age 7) wanted to work with me so we built an Ecto 1 from Round 2 Models. I painted. He did major subassemblies.


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