Wingsy 1/48 A5M4 A whole lotta (Rosie) masking

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Wingsy 1/48 A5M4 A whole lotta (Rosie) masking

Joined: February 27th, 2005, 4:34 pm

June 6th, 2018, 4:29 am #1

This is a really exceptional kit for a debut kit. The only gig I would give this boxing would be for the sink marks on three of the clear parts. There is a small hexagon shaped window in the cockpit floor that has a sink mark right in the middle. The window is quite obvious to anyone peering into the open/not close-able cockpit. I'd not been faced with such a problem in more than 20 years of active modeling. So, I filled the mark with CA, thinking that if this didn't work I would just sand it out and hope that the part would still have enough height to fit snugly into the opening. It did. The CA patch was visible when the surface was smooth so I just kept sanding.  I sanded the window starting with a medium sanding stick to the point that the mark disappeared. I followed that with progressively finer grades of sandpaper until I was at 2000. Then I polished the window with some Novus #2, followed by a buffing with a 6000 sanding cloth. A little brushing of some Future and you wouldn't know there'd once been a sink mark. The other sink marks are unfortunately not as easy to clean up. Both wing tip light parts have sink marks above and below. I filled these with small drops of CA and sanded them smooth with small folded strips of 400 sandpaper clamped in a pair of forceps. Brett also mentions the sink marks in his review of this kit. These problems are fixable, it's just too bad they have to be fixed. 
The base paint is Tamiya AS-12 decanted.  I'm thinning with a medium dry reducer. You can mix AS-12 with other Tamiya acrylic paints in order to achieve different shades of NMF. But, I think you need a lacquer type thinner to merge the two different properties of paint.  AS-12 dries exceptionally fast and you can handle it with impunity after an hour, maybe less. As you can see by the photos I've done a lot of masking. There's no concern on my part for having any paint lifted due to masking. I've coated the model first with some Tamiya primer and polished smooth. I've masked the the twin narrow horizontal wing panels and painted them with just a shade darker mix of AS-12. There are so many wing panels that I'm reluctant to do random panel shading because I think it would look quilt-like.  I'm using vinyl Maketar Hinomarus from one of their insignia sets. The fuselage striping was pretty much eyeballed with narrow strips of Tamiya tape and fortuitous lines of rivets to act as tape guides. I still have the fuselage Hinomarus and the angled red band with white accent stripes for the upper and lower wings to do. The wing stripes are going to be harder to mask than what I've already done, but I think I have it figured out. It involves copying the decal sheet and using the cut out images as templates. I still have the engine and cowling to do as well as two small bombs that have ONLY six micro PE parts to apply to each
I've photographed my model simply hand held using a new macro lens for my Sony A6300. I'm only using desktop light and ceiling light for lighting the model. The results are kind of dark and luminous and I kind of like them. Film Noir model photos. 

 









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Joined: May 8th, 2018, 3:12 am

June 6th, 2018, 10:55 am #2

Thats looking real good
Regards,

Glen

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Joined: May 18th, 2005, 7:03 pm

June 6th, 2018, 1:41 pm #3

Those are nice photos and thank you for sharing them. I did take one and just did a "White Correction" on it (one click on a sub menu) and came up with this which shows off your work much better. I hope you don't mind… QT8a2eO.jpg
Don McIntyre
Clarksville, TN


"The more I deal with people, the more I like my dog."
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