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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Painting ...)
« Reply #150 on: November 14, 2017, 10:24:46 am »
This is coming along well. Taking your time and building slow is definitely better in my opinion. You really do excel at masking. Great work!
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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Painting ...)
« Reply #151 on: November 14, 2017, 11:07:54 pm »
I do love the colors you are choosing for this build it gives it kinda a real/animated look if that makes any sense

That's what I'm trying to go for, glad others can see it ...

This is coming along well. Taking your time and building slow is definitely better in my opinion. You really do excel at masking. Great work!

Thanks, it means a lot!
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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Painting ...)
« Reply #152 on: November 18, 2017, 12:22:11 pm »
Hello again everyone!

Another update.

Besides places where the green metal is supposed to be, painting is now DONE!

I masked off the back of the nacelles and sprayed Interior Blue/Green and then hand painted the end details the
darker shade of the same color.



You can also see where I painted Testors Chrome Silver Enamel on the upper chiller grills. Turned out nice. Let's hope
green colored Future over it looks even nicer. Those pieces will be my testbed, if it doesn't pan out, I'll strip them and paint all
the metallic areas just chrome silver.

I also painted the ribbed detail on the neck the darker color. Those were masked then painted by hand.



The lip underneath the bridge dome had to be painted twice. First some white then orange. Masking would have been a
pain so I just freehanded it. The nice thing about a gloss coat underneath is you can rub off wiggles in the paint line with a
wet toothpick. Not perfect but good enough since it will be a little tough to see anyway.



By mid-week I should be able to put some Future over everything.

I'll be so happy ...


Will be a big relief to have a protective coat. Getting to the point of diminishing returns here.

Hopefully next weekend will be the decals!

Cheers,
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« Last Edit: November 18, 2017, 12:26:23 pm by Spencer »
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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Painting ...)
« Reply #153 on: November 18, 2017, 12:34:05 pm »
Looking great.
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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Painting ...)
« Reply #154 on: November 19, 2017, 09:34:19 am »
Looking great.

Thanks!


Some more assembly.

I glued in the triangular intakes. Fit still isn't great, even with my whittling. But, you work with what you got.
Also snapped on the detail pieces underneath the nacelles and put the bridge dome in place. Pretty tight
squeeze there, but it's in.



FOCUS you darned camera! The top hat is only dry fit.



 
« Last Edit: November 19, 2017, 09:36:27 am by Spencer »
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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Painting ...)
« Reply #155 on: November 21, 2017, 08:16:07 am »
Spencer, you're making me want to build one of these!

And I'm STILL geeking out about the paint job! Well done!

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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Painting ...)
« Reply #156 on: November 21, 2017, 11:21:08 pm »
Spencer, you're making me want to build one of these!

Steve

Thanks man ...

Aside from its issues, it's really a nice little kit to build. I have three more in the stash.  ;D
I, of course  ::), am making the paint job a bit more difficult than it needs to be by going for that animated look.

My only hope is that the decals hold up. They're almost 10 years old (the paper says 2008), but look to be in good shape.
If they don't hold up for some reason, then I'll be trying decal bonder spray or liquid decal film for the first time.
If that doesn't work then there is always the Bird of Payne set I can get.


And I'm STILL geeking out about the paint job!

LOL!


I might take some time away from all the Turkey day family madness to put some Future on the subassemblies.

Spencer
« Last Edit: November 21, 2017, 11:26:15 pm by Spencer »
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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Clear Coat ...)
« Reply #157 on: November 23, 2017, 11:19:42 pm »
All Futured up!
But don't look too close  ;). A small amount of dust here and there, but that's the game you play.

Sprayed at 18 PSI a few to several inches from the surface in light coats.



When I was done, I saw my airbrush needle was slightly bent ... but it sprayed fine. A couple runs of the needle over some
600 grit paper and it was right again.

Will give the gloss until Monday to fully dry and cure before I work on decals, just to be safe ... I believe the end is in sight!

Cheers,
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« Last Edit: November 23, 2017, 11:48:13 pm by Spencer »
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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Gloss Coat ...)
« Reply #158 on: November 26, 2017, 08:54:32 pm »
Hello again.

A family matter has come up and I won't be able to do much of anything until later in the week.
When I get back to it, it will be decals!

But, I had a chance to try spraying green tinted Future on the upper grills. It didn't turn out so well.
It seemed like no matter how lightly I sprayed at low pressure, the capillary action between the grills
drew the Future to the edges and collected there.

So, going for something with a bit more "stick" I tried spraying a 50/50 mix of Tamiya clear green and
91% rubbing alcohol.



It looked pretty good at first, but the more I thought about it, the more I think this isn't quite the right look I'm going for.



The clear just knocks down the shine too much and makes it look too dark. I only sprayed two light coats. I think the scale
of the model is too small for it ...

But more to the point, I personally think it clashes too much with the other colors. My eyes kinda strain when put up against the other
blue/greens.

Don't get me wrong. It looks pretty, and is probably something I'll do for another build. I just don't think it compliments as well for what
I'm trying to do here.

What do you guys think??

I've stripped the parts and MIGHT try again, but I would like to button this thing up sometime soon ...


I did have a chance to try my DIY spray out jar. Worked better than I had hoped!



Cheers,
Spencer
« Last Edit: November 26, 2017, 11:38:58 pm by Spencer »
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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Gloss Coat ...)
« Reply #159 on: November 27, 2017, 07:40:47 am »
Spencer, sorry to hear about your family matter. I hope it wasn't anything too serious!

I agree with you about the color of the green; doesn't really seem to fit with the other paint in the scheme.

Just thinking here but, what if you painted the part and then sprayed the future on it? Perhaps the darkening of the color my be in part due to a chemical reaction between the tint drying at different rate than the future; or vice verse. If one were allowed to dry before the application of the other, perhaps the darkening of the color would be lessened. Just a hypothesis.

About the excess paint - if you are using a double action airbrush, maybe, after the application of the paint, you could just use the compressed air to "blow" or "move" the excess paint away from the "gathering points". They may help prevent pooling of the paint and save some details.

Again, just spouting ideas.

See what you think.

Ahead, Warp One!

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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Gloss Coat ...)
« Reply #160 on: November 27, 2017, 08:42:18 am »
Spencer, sorry to hear about your family matter. I hope it wasn't anything too serious!

I agree with you about the color of the green; doesn't really seem to fit with the other paint in the scheme.

Just thinking here but, what if you painted the part and then sprayed the future on it? Perhaps the darkening of the color my be in part due to a chemical reaction between the tint drying at different rate than the future; or vice verse. If one were allowed to dry before the application of the other, perhaps the darkening of the color would be lessened. Just a hypothesis.

About the excess paint - if you are using a double action airbrush, maybe, after the application of the paint, you could just use the compressed air to "blow" or "move" the excess paint away from the "gathering points". They may help prevent pooling of the paint and save some details.

Again, just spouting ideas.

See what you think.

Ahead, Warp One!

Steve


Nah, nothing serious, just time consuming.

I tried blowing air around with the Future, but I still couldn't get it where I wanted it to go. The finer grills on the main hull would be worse I think.
The Future is just too watery I believe. That's why I went with the Tamiya clear green, so it would be more adhering and would dry faster. That stuff is really
dark.


BUT, I think I may have a solution. I'm going to try mixing the Tamiya Clear Green (X-25) with a mix of Tamiya Clear Gloss (X-22), maybe 50/50 or more, plus
a touch of clear yellow (X-24) and thinning it with their Lacquer thinner so I can spray lighter coats. It should also dry quicker and maybe not dull the shine as much.

« Last Edit: November 27, 2017, 09:22:45 am by Spencer »
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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Gloss Coat ...)
« Reply #161 on: December 01, 2017, 06:56:33 pm »
Good news everyone!


I'm back on the build, and my Tamiya clears came this morning. So, here's what's been happening ...

Rather than scrapping the plan of clear green over the grills, I stripped the the paint from my previous attempt, repainted the chrome silver
and tried again, this time using a mix of Tamiya Clear Green, and Clear Gloss with a little bit of Clear Yellow. Rather than dish out any more cash for
their Lacquer thinner, I decided to stick with the Isopropyl alcohol.



Don't ask me what ratios I used. I just mixed until the color looked right on a toothpick and went with my gut for the rest of it.  ;D
I sprayed at around 20 PSI in a few light coats.

Here is a side by side of the previous result (left) and the new color (right)

Too Dull                                                                                                                                                      Much Shinier


Too Dark                                                                                                                                                      About Right IMO

MUCH BETTER! The second grill isn't quite as nice, but it was all good enough to break out into a happy dance! I have plenty of the mix left over for the
other parts as well. The (former) chrome parts up in the "top hat" will stay the hull color, but all the other grill pieces will get this color. Masking for the grills
in the nacelles will be a chore, but I'll figure something out.


The Future coat has had a week to cure, so I'll be working on the decals over the weekend!


Cheers,
Spencer
« Last Edit: December 01, 2017, 07:21:45 pm by Spencer »
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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Decals)
« Reply #162 on: December 02, 2017, 11:03:49 am »
Well, the decals are down!

A couple issues:
While the decals were a bit more robust than I expected, there were a couple scratches on the windows. Not sure from where. I keep
all my decals in protector sheets in a 3-ring binder ... oh well.

The starboard windows on the front bulb (the prow I believe it's called?) were also printed crooked, so I had to slice them up and manually adjust as best I could.

I put the extra command rank feathers on last.
NOTE: To those who are thinking about building this particular variant, the wing decals are translucent enough that the lower feather lines show up a
bit on the top feathers.
I thought about leaving them off, but this is a Capital Ship dang it!

More after some pics ...







The lines on the lower feathers can be seen a bit through the upper feathers, but it's not easy to see in the pic.



I can see more than a few places where silvering will be an issue. Not as easy to see with these glossy decals.

I'll let them dry until tomorrow and then give them a good soak (and poke and soak) with Micro Sol. That should
deal with most of the issues.

Looking pretty sharp!

Cheers,
Spencer
« Last Edit: December 02, 2017, 03:29:28 pm by Spencer »
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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Decals)
« Reply #163 on: December 02, 2017, 06:05:40 pm »
Looking very sweet!  Nicely done!
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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Decals)
« Reply #164 on: December 03, 2017, 08:58:03 am »
Looking very sweet!  Nicely done!

Thanks!
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