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My first build. Part IV: The finished first model.

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My first build. Part IV: The finished first model.
Posted by Manifoldhead on Thursday, April 16, 2020 8:08 PM

 

Hi all, well I completed my first attempt at a serious model. Boy, did I learn a lot!
 
1.Airbrushing is MUCH harder to learn than I expected. I keep getting a sandpaper finish and my airbrush keeps leaking air intermittently and the air valve keeps sticking…..it’s a brand new valve…more troubleshooting needed. I think I will practice using acrylics because the cleanup requires less nasty chemicals.  I got an ok finish spraying Rustoleum out of the can, sanding, and polishing it with McGuiers polishing compound.
 
2. Decals take a learning curve as well, unfortunately, I messed up the PLYMOUTH one so I have it only on one side. The good news is that once I got the hang of it, they are relatively easy and I look forward to doing models with cool decals.
 
3. Doing the chrome trim is REALLY hard. I tried a Molotow chrome pen for the chrome trim. I got a 1mm tip pen. I applied it right over the yellow paint. I think the 1mm pen is too small this job. It gooped up and made kind of a mess. I had better luck using a small brush and dipping it in the chrome paint and painting it on.
I will try BMF on my next model. I seems to me that masking for the Molotow is the similar to masking with BMF and one less step…….we shall see. Anyway, the chrome trim is probably the thing that came out the worst and needs the most improvement.
 
4. Superclean works, but you need to give it a week to strip the paint AND the primer. I’m kinda glad I went through that process.
 
5. Toothpicks are an ESSENTIAL tool. I need a GOOD toothpick dispenser.
 
6. Doing the engines is my favorite part. ( I haven’t gotten into the detailed wiring and hoses yet, so my tune may change on that.)
 
8. Doing dashboards is going to be a challenge.
 
7. I think I’m hooked. I’m going to finish the old model I got 20 years ago and never started, then I want to do some kind of modern kit…..a hot rod of some kind where can I do a little customization.
 
Here are some photos of my firstborn. Overall, I’m pretty happy with it, considering. It is pretty sad compared to you vets, but it will live on my shelf in a special place. Number two might not be so lucky…:-).
 
 
 

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  • From: Auburn KY
Posted by jonesmarc on Thursday, April 16, 2020 8:32 PM
You did pretty good job for your first build. Rookie mistakes and all, you should be proud on how it turned out. What airbrush are you using?
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  • From: SW Idaho
Posted by rodnic47 on Thursday, April 16, 2020 9:18 PM
Holy smokes, that is something to be proud of, first build or not! Good job!
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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, April 16, 2020 10:10 PM

Good looking model. Nice and tidy. You did a good job. That's one to be proud of for first kick at the can. Your tenacity paid off. 

BMF has a learning curve to it, but if you try it, I think you will like it. 

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

  • Member since
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Posted by Manifoldhead on Thursday, April 16, 2020 11:31 PM

jonesmarc
You did pretty good job for your first build. Rookie mistakes and all, you should be proud on how it turned out. What airbrush are you using?
 

 

Thanks. I have a Badger 200 with a medium needle and nozzle.

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Posted by Manifoldhead on Thursday, April 16, 2020 11:34 PM

rodnic47
Holy smokes, that is something to be proud of, first build or not! Good job!
 

 

Thank you. Tips from here helped a lot.

 

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Posted by Manifoldhead on Thursday, April 16, 2020 11:40 PM

Bainford

Good looking model. Nice and tidy. You did a good job. That's one to be proud of for first kick at the can. Your tenacity paid off. 

BMF has a learning curve to it, but if you try it, I think you will like it. 

 

 

Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems like if I do a good job masking for the liquid chrome, then I might as well as just masked with the BMF in the first place. I bet there is a lot more to it than I realize as I found out with just about everything so far.

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  • From: Auburn KY
Posted by jonesmarc on Friday, April 17, 2020 1:01 PM
I'm not familiar with the Badger 200 series, but if this is a new airbrush, your valve needle might be sticking? I have an Iwata revolution, the air-valve needle in that kept sticking for a bit until it got itself broke-in. Like mine, yours just might need time.
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Posted by Manifoldhead on Monday, April 20, 2020 1:41 AM

jonesmarc
I'm not familiar with the Badger 200 series, but if this is a new airbrush, your valve needle might be sticking? I have an Iwata revolution, the air-valve needle in that kept sticking for a bit until it got itself broke-in. Like mine, yours just might need time.
 

 

It's actually old. I thought Iwas going to start doing models and never did.  I got this as a present and neveer used it. I had to replace the air valve. I put a drop of gun oil on it and we'll see if that helps or screws it up!

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Posted by rcarlisle on Monday, April 20, 2020 12:52 PM

Hey!  Looks great, especially for a first attempt.   I wish my first would have been that nice.   Keep working on it and keep practicing and using the airbrush til you get it working properly.   And maybe practicing just getting it working correctly.  Keep building.  we need more modelers in the hobby

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