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June 27th, 2018, 1:26 am #11

Thanks! Kind of doing just because I’ve never actually documented my own process... plus now uploading pics is so much easier... so this is kinda done for the four top colours, I did the thinned out second coat on the top green and earth and a thinned third coat on the lower green... less time consuming then it sounds...
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June 27th, 2018, 5:03 pm #12

"Less time consuming than it sounds" AND you have a life. :)
I'm not retro, my stash got old. ~John Krukowski
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June 28th, 2018, 4:35 am #13

82480979-AC1B-4D2D-9018-36070FBC658D.jpeg Ok, let’s see if there’s a decernable difference on my crappy cell phone pics... I go over the edges of the camo to soften the hard edges of brush painting. I go over the demarcation lines with a Q tip with thinner, then paint over the line with a fine brush with the darker colour of the two. I find messing around with this enough you can actually get some control over how soft you make the line by how wet with thinner the area is when going the line with the brush... so yeh, maybe lots of work with a brush to try to make it look like I’m not using one (you can tell close up but if it’s less obvious at 2 feet and that’s good enough for me...)
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June 29th, 2018, 11:56 pm #14

Making a bit more visual progress now other than this whole biplane thing totally messing up my order of things... so here’s the decals and some pastel weathering, a little black around the guns and brown for dirt and dust around the wing root. I’ve been messing with white pastel on the canvas surfaces to make a real subtle variation between the metal surfaces. Also some white and brown pastel brushed onto the tires and everything gets sprayed in rattle can dullcoat 7B23ECFE-01A0-4613-9960-3E17D57D34E4.jpeg 3BFE12FA-FAFF-4761-964F-866901A6E23F.jpeg 22A5B8C8-32F7-474E-8F85-7346A02D87F5.jpeg
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June 30th, 2018, 12:00 am #15

Cheap chalk pastels I bought 15 years ago... I always mean to get some more variation than just these three colours but they seem to get the job done... speaking of which I’m trying something new for the exhaust around the engine cowling CFF01CEF-D57E-45AD-9F4E-6209C97881BC.jpeg 2F9819AC-5F72-47A3-86BE-1C3730C2CC5C.jpeg
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July 1st, 2018, 5:23 pm #16

Straight-up rattlecan overcoats do much to help even everything up and level everything out don't they. Even during my airbrushing phase I used clear lacquers straight out the can for those reasons, and because I keep my models forever so I like to have a good thick coat of sealer to keep the decals from flaking off in a few decades lol...train guys I know are famous for thinning their clearcoats and yeah some of their older equipment show signs of decals lifting off, some rather badly. Not gonna happen to me, if I can help it. My work doesn't look as microscopically fine as it could but it's a small price to pay for a tough and lasting finish, I think.

Keeping models forever has also taught me that these thick overcoats do settle down over time. On my airplanes I use semi-gloss probably more than I should but over time it settles down to a satin-looking or even flat finish. Of course it's tempting to apply the finish I want right off but the batch of semi-gloss planes I finished 10 years ago during a building binge are calming down rather nicely now. I finished three NMF P-51's in that batch and now the anti-glare panels aren't shiny anymore but the NMF itself still has some nice life left in it.

I don't build for contests but if I did I'd wait ten years to enter anything. :)
I'm not retro, my stash got old. ~John Krukowski
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July 1st, 2018, 11:03 pm #17

A bit of weathering and I can finally no longer put off dealing with attaching the upper wing which is a pain in the butt being the outer struts don’t really have the right angles on the attaching points... this is my ‘jig’ and I’ll have to wait til the glue sets and see if I have to do any tweaking. I was going to attach all the rigging to the upper side first but figured it might add to the mess and I’ll just make it straight first. 4F6E0D55-5AA7-483E-A414-893EAA057811.jpeg ED082C61-895D-4BC3-BE6C-8C5AC6796357.jpeg F26220A8-D3CD-4EC1-A62C-2381D70FF2B9.jpeg
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July 4th, 2018, 3:35 pm #18

Rigging! 20 sections down, 6 to go... wasn’t too bad, it’s not perfect but looks good enough from 2 feet away. 288C755D-33FB-47DC-868B-6CED3152EC43.jpeg 07841EE3-4CB0-4C86-B909-4BA85703BE86.jpeg
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July 6th, 2018, 4:15 am #19

Getting close... some more crappy cell phone pics and I’ll have to take some quality ones once it’s finished... 13AD5DC7-EB47-438C-A8A8-BA191E0DFB83.jpeg 4EA021BC-9D1A-4316-8670-0C36540D3CB3.jpeg 383F73A2-3EEA-4722-BAF4-BE518CB72BA9.jpeg
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July 9th, 2018, 12:40 am #20

Finished! C327EE4F-E43B-4DBE-AAB7-B59D1DA2DEB0.jpeg
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