I got my compressor repaired today and so was able to continue work on the Fury. I celebrated by spraying Alclad Aluminum on various parts.
This caused me to reflect (no pun intended) on my youth. I'm one of those guys who was an avid model builder up into high school, but then dropped it, and then re-discovered the hobby around when I turned 50. When I was a kid, any kind of silver finish meant a little square bottle of Testor's and a paint brush. It also meant brush marks, runs, not a few fingerprints, and much frustration. Now in my dotage I've discovered the airbrush and wonderful new products like Alclad. I don't intend this as bragging at all, but man, I'm still stunned when I think back on the mess I made as a kid, and then now come up with a finish like this:
I say it isn't bragging, because any credit is completely due Alclad. Doggies! I love this stuff!
Similarly, when I used to do a wooden propeller, it was generic brown out of a bottle. Now I read about all sorts of creative techniques, and very easily am able to do a wood grain effect with oils:
Again, no real skill on my part; just following other people's instructions and voila!
So I gotta say, I'm having a blast with almost every kit I start, trying out new materials and techniques unknown to me back in the day. Brings back the delight of being a kid--without the fingerprints.
Thanks for looking!
Sure is fun revisiting one of those old kits today with the knowledge, tools and experience to get a little more milage out of them
Looks great so far.
Thanks for posting.