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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Decals)
« Reply #165 on: December 03, 2017, 09:06:24 am »
I'm sure some of you have already discovered this, but I'll go ahead and post it. If you've had the same experience,
it would be reassuring to let me know about it here ...

I just applied Micro Sol to the wing decals, and after few minutes it began to turn cloudy on the Future.
Not on the decals themselves, just where it ran onto the gloss coat.

I had read somewhere, can't remember where, that it was okay and would go away when the solvent dried and what little was left would disappear
when the second coat of Future would go down.

Sure enough, most of it has gone away in the short time it has been drying.

Regardless, it looks as if it's going to take a few applications, and a poke and soak, to get these things to behave.

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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Decals)
« Reply #166 on: December 03, 2017, 02:33:33 pm »
Looks like I was just paranoid.

The Micro Sol dried up and all traces of the hazing are gone. There's just a very, very faint line where the edge of the pool was,
but that will be dealt with on the second coat of Future.

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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Decals)
« Reply #167 on: December 04, 2017, 08:32:45 am »
After a few applications of Micro Sol, I'm to the point of "come what may".

If there is any silvering left, it should be minimal. These thinner, glossy decals seemed less well behaved
than the thicker dull-coated decals I've used on other PL kits.

Anyways, I'll give them a couple days to fully dry then airbrush on another coat of Future.
Then, I'll paint Chrome Silver on the other grill pieces in preparation for the green candy coating

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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Decals)
« Reply #168 on: December 05, 2017, 12:27:11 pm »
I'm amazed at your dedication to this scheme, which is a cross between retro cool and clown vomit.  And TAS--oh boy what a stinker that was.  But this kit just looks fantastic, and you masking/painting skills have been exemplary.
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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Decals)
« Reply #169 on: December 05, 2017, 01:03:00 pm »
I'm amazed at your dedication to this scheme, which is a cross between retro cool and clown vomit..

ROFL!

Yeah, I would only recommend it if you really want to go for that animated look. There will be a more
"proper" Romulan and Klingon D7 in the future.


But this kit just looks fantastic, and you masking/painting skills have been exemplary.


Thanks. I appreciate it!
There are times where I ask myself "what have I gotten myself into?"
But, it's good practice and something I hope to use on my next build (which I'm already considering BTW ...)

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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Decals)
« Reply #170 on: December 05, 2017, 09:06:50 pm »
Second coat of Future now over the decals and the rest of the parts.
Everything looks pretty good. We'll see what happens when the dull coat goes down.

Now I wait ...

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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Decals)
« Reply #171 on: December 07, 2017, 07:22:38 am »
Second coat of Future now over the decals and the rest of the parts.
Everything looks pretty good. We'll see what happens when the dull coat goes down.

Now I wait ...

Pictures or it didn't happen, Spencer!  ;D

I'm glad to hear the decals and the discoloration settled down. It's nerve-racking to have gotten this far in a build only to have it ruined by the possibility of decal failure. I had a decal set disintegrate on me just as I was trying to put them on. Ended up hand painting the markings. It was for the best, but don't wish that feeling on anyone.

Keep going!

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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Decals)
« Reply #172 on: December 07, 2017, 08:38:18 am »

Pictures or it didn't happen, Spencer!  ;D




Had to recharge it again. Think it's time to get a new one.

Anyway, here's one. The greatest chance of silvering, I think, is here, but hopefully not much.



I might invest in some Solvaset. Supposed to be a bit stronger than Micro Sol, or so I've heard ...



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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Decals)
« Reply #173 on: December 07, 2017, 11:38:16 am »
Between those two products, I found it to be kind of a "it depends". It never hurts to have both on hand as one brand of decal may respond to one better than the other.
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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Decals)
« Reply #174 on: December 10, 2017, 07:38:33 pm »
Between those two products, I found it to be kind of a "it depends". It never hurts to have both on hand as one brand of decal may respond to one better than the other.

I ordered some Solvaset just so i have it. Might take a while for me to get it though ...


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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Dull Coat)
« Reply #175 on: December 10, 2017, 07:47:17 pm »
Another update!

I've sprayed on the dull coat. In this case, Krylon UV-Resistant Clear (Matte).
I find it to be pretty good stuff. A couple light coats and you're done.

There were a couple tiny spots of silvering, but I can only see it when I hold the parts right next to a really bright light,
so it's nothing to cry about. In normal lighting, everything looks fine.

I'll give the dull a couple days, mainly because I'm busy tomorrow, and then see about starting on the chiller grills.
I'll first have to paint them silver, then candy coat; but, after that, it's final assembly!

A couple pics.





No discernible edges like my last build. Looks "painted on" so



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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Dull Coat)
« Reply #176 on: December 11, 2017, 07:40:36 am »
It's looking good, Spencer!

I didn't see that you had already mounted it to a base. What is the reflective surface? Brass or a mirror?

Congrats on the decal and the "painted on effect"!

Mhiohs! (Romulan for success)

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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Dull Coat)
« Reply #177 on: December 11, 2017, 08:18:16 am »
It's looking good, Spencer!

I didn't see that you had already mounted it to a base. What is the reflective surface? Brass or a mirror?

Congrats on the decal and the "painted on effect"!

Mhiohs! (Romulan for success)

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Thanks Steve!

It actually isn't "mounted". The model can be removed so it can be "zoomed" around  ;D
I epoxied a piece of balsa inside the model and then drilled/enlarged the original stand hole for a brass rod.

The base is just a cheap wooden plaque I got from Michael's. I used inkjet transparency to print out the Bird of Prey pattern
and sandwiched it between the plaque and a piece of clear acrylic. The reflection in the pic is just a coincidence.
A couple older pics below.

It was funny in that it was the first thing I built because all my paint got caught up in the mail.
That was ... four years ago? Sheesh! Talk about taking your time! LOL!



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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Final Touches)
« Reply #178 on: December 12, 2017, 10:20:01 am »
I painted Chrome Silver on the rest of the details.

After sitting back and taking a good look at it, I've made a judgement call.
I've decided to keep the grill parts chrome colored.





They look pretty good as is, as there is just too much to mess up with the candy coating. Would be pretty much beyond any simple or moderate fix if something went wrong, especially at this scale.

I could probably still do it, but "you got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em".

I'll repaint the upper grill, let things dry for a couple days, then work on the final assembly.

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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Final Touches)
« Reply #179 on: December 12, 2017, 06:55:41 pm »
Very nice work.  Great job on the painting and the decals!
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