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F-8 Crusader by Captain Slog – Eduard - 1/48 - FINISHED

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1 hour ago, vossiewulf said:

 I've never known Microsol to do much of anything useful, it's the acetic acid in Microset that makes the decals flexible to conform to underlying surface. 

 

My limited understanding of the two is that the Set is a mild softener as you say ( even smells like vinegar) but the Sol is more aggressive for difficult surfaces.  My experience is the Sol really softens the decal and it goes all wrinkly (leave well alone during this stage!) but when it dries it smooths back out and really sinks the decals into the panel lines and rivet details.  I haven't noticed this pronounced conformity using Set only. I think the solvaset is more aggressive again? but still feeling my way!    

13 minutes ago, Richmond said:

The micro clear coat forms part of microscale set from BNA

Thanks will have a look.

 

Cheers

Slog

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Solvaset is pretty strong, since I think it was developed by Champ Decals back in the day. Champ decals were pretty thick, so strong was good. The newer decals we use don't need the strength to settle down.

 

One tip if you get silvering under a decal it to let it dry completely, prick holes with a pin in the silvery area(s) and reapply some solution. Usually happens on wood boards on the lines between the boards, but it can happen on panel lines, too. As a last resort, slit the dry decal, but you risk seeing a line where you cut.

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Hi All,

 

Just a quick update.

 

Below is the resin wheels and disc brakes and the kit front undercarriage all cleaned up.  There is a supplied piece of PE to replace the kit A-Arm at the top but decided not to use it.

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Here is all the undercarriage parts and wheel well doors almost ready for prime.  I still have to clean up the filler used for some small ejection pin marks.  I will prime everything in 1500 surfacer.1398271382_2Undercarriage.thumb.JPG.0f1b8b318a6aed6318b38e34b48430de.JPG

 

I also did the decals on the port side and came out not to bad.  The problematic nose decal went down a lot better this time around as knew what to expect this time.  Still a couple of touch ups needed.  The nose decal is a different shape from the artwork so will need to extend the anti glare black from the canopy forward inline with the front of the red. 

I will need to also touch up with some red to meet the canopy black and will need to touch up with red on the underside where the decals meet but other than that pretty chuffed how it turned out.  That’s the decals complete other than a couple on each wheel.

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Just a quick mock-up of the cockpit. The cockpit PE top trim can just be made out (not glued yet) and a couple of coloured PE side consoles attach to this.  Still got bits and pieces to add to the seat also.  The yellow ‘rubber’ seals are actually decals and went on pretty well to the front screen but the main canopy came in two halves and messed up slightly on the ‘practice’ side but know why and this side went on pretty good.

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Hopefully get some priming done before I head off again tomorrow night.

 

Cheers

Slog

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I'm still searching for a go-to clear coat. Tamiya clear is just not as reliable as I would like. Don't know of a better alternative right now, but I'm still searching.

Try Klear floor wax or Pledge 🙂

 

Great Build! 

 

Dirk

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7 hours ago, Dubz said:

Try Klear floor wax or Pledge 🙂

 

Great Build! 

 

Dirk

I need to try it again. Years ago I tried it and had trouble shooting it properly through my airbrush. I'll practice first on scrap. Best I recall, as soon as I saw it go gloss on my subject model, it ran like rain falling off a roof. 

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Hi All,

Back in Perth for a week and finished the Crusader off.

 

Last time back I managed to prime all the under carriage components and wheel well doors and now finished them up with colour coats and the last of the wheel decals and a couple of No stand stencils on the doors.

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Got to say the landing gear and wheels on these birds are pretty spindly compared to Phantoms and Hornets etc.

I forget about the resin wheel well door actuators to go with the resin wheel bay, which have a couple of arms to slot on to the doors. One of the brackets was broken off but found in the box and easily fixed with a drop of CA.  Shown being trial fitted before painting and gluing.

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Lastly a few bits and pieces of photo etch in and around the cockpit and the previously made HUD finishes it off.

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It was gloss clear coated previously for the decals and this time wanted to finish it a satin but only had Tamiya Gloss and matt so tried mixing it 50:50 to see if that gives satin.

Finished

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I did leave off a few little bits and pieces and had a big picture of weathering it in my head but ultimately bottled out as what I did wasn’t turning out how I envisaged and didn’t want to mess with it anymore.  However the photos don’t really capture the weathering/staining I did do very well.

 

It’s certainly not up to Plasmo or Scale-a-ton standards but considering it’s my first plastic build since my adolescent Airfix days I am pretty chuffed how it turned out.  It was great fun and learned lots of lessons for the next one.  Hope to get a few days on the Borodino before heading off again next weekend.

 

Cheers

Slog

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Thanks to all for the comments and likes, much appreciated.

 

9 hours ago, popeye the sailor said:

you'll have to do more ;)   then you can try out some of your ideas.

exactly, just need to practice, try out different techniques out and practice, practice practice...

 

I did break open the box and peruse through the contents of the next build again...

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but sensibilities kicked in! With only a couple more days before heading off again I am spending the time working on the rear decks of Borodino.

Cheers

Slog  

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Nice, quarter inch scale Sundowners Phantom. They did some innovative work in the air to air arena, back in the 70s.  We USAF Phantom drivers copied a lot of their stuff. I'll be watching that build with great interest.

 

And a very nice job on the Fox 8, Slog. Only saw a few back when I was in SEA.

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48 minutes ago, Canute said:

Nice, quarter inch scale Sundowners Phantom. They did some innovative work in the air to air arena, back in the 70s.  We USAF Phantom drivers copied a lot of their stuff. I'll be watching that build with great interest.

 

And a very nice job on the Fox 8, Slog. Only saw a few back when I was in SEA.

I miss the  4 echo's,  fox's  and later golf's   we used to see over in the UK.

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