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Re: Squirrels NX-01 Enterprise 1:350 alternate lighted
« Reply #30 on: June 12, 2014, 10:07:07 am »
When you say hobby store base coat, what does that mean?   Is it an enamel base coat, or water based acrylic?  I'm assuming acrylic if it will strip with Simple Green.

And when you did the test and got wrinkling, how did you apply the paint?  Did you spray it, or just put a drop on?

What is the purpose of the black base coat?  Is it for light blocking, or is it to influence the color of the top coats for pre-shading? 

If for light blocking, I'm not sure why you wouldn't put it on the inside any ways.
Enamel, label got torn off so can't tell brand but its common hobby store stock, black label.
yes,drop.
black base for color enhancement, color shift says use black to enhance color. later I found out color shift has transparency factor. manufacture reconfirmed (in e-mail) black base is critical for max effect.

I am more inclined to strip because the first can of light blocker that I used for both inside an outside ran out and I have to finish with another can of black which did not quite match, one is gloss, one is flat, so there is an inconsistency in the base coat that I am concerned with. (3.5 oz isn't enough for whole model)(which is scary cause I only have 4 oz of the color shift, but then again im not doing inside with color shift)

I have light blocker inside with white on top of it,
« Last Edit: June 12, 2014, 10:08:42 am by NMSquirrel »

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Re: Squirrels NX-01 Enterprise 1:350 alternate lighted
« Reply #31 on: June 12, 2014, 07:56:52 pm »
...And this is how I knew before I asked you used a drop:

http://scifimodelaction.com/sfmaforum/index.php?topic=3546.msg49083#msg49083

I'm pretty sure why the paint crinkled.  When applying different base paints, you can't put that much liquid down.  If the bases are incompatible, the solvent in the wet will eat/destroy to dried base paint.  This is especially true of harsh lacquers over enamels.

You avoid this by doing light, misting coats.  Put down a mist coat by spraying a light cloud over the surface--once.  Then walk away, eat some sushi, come back, repeat.  After 3-4 light mist coats, you will have sealed the enamel layer from damage because there will be a dried layer of lacquer over it.  You never want to douse a kit with paint anyways, so putting a drop down was akin to dropping thinner on that spot.

Simple Green is one way to strip enamel, but I prefer EZ Off oven cleaner, Fume Free.  It does the job in hours,not days.
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Re: Squirrels NX-01 Enterprise 1:350 alternate lighted
« Reply #32 on: June 12, 2014, 08:41:30 pm »
I appreciate your help,

I still have to wait for money.

been thinking about the contrast between gloss and flat...may have to take some liberties...

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Re: Squirrels NX-01 Enterprise 1:350 alternate lighted
« Reply #33 on: June 14, 2014, 02:00:50 pm »
ok after spraying with Simple green over night, (from about 1:00pm to 10 am..) and scrubbing with kitchen scrub brush in kitchen sink..(warning, those with spouses may want to cover area for this..:) )



most came off, still a couple stubborn areas but will spray today, scrub tomorrow..



funny how the pieces I soaked in a tub did not come clean..



Had to post this one..my Granddaughter Chy


that would make a cool avatar..

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Re: Squirrels NX-01 Enterprise 1:350 alternate lighted
« Reply #34 on: June 14, 2014, 03:02:11 pm »
My, what large eyes she has... ;D

If Simple Green doesn't get it off enough to make you Happy, try switching to oven cleaner.  I am impressed with how much you got off, though.  Most strippers need a good brushing before they get to work.

Not sure that came out right...
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Re: Squirrels NX-01 Enterprise 1:350 alternate lighted
« Reply #35 on: June 16, 2014, 10:26:28 am »
crap.

just noticed the hole where the planetary sensor goes is deformed and warped.. tried to use heat gun to fix and got too close.. tried to use putty and it looks horrible.. would show a pic but it doesn't show.

gonna have to order a new ship..
oh well, wanted to see what it would take to install four nacells anyway..


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Re: Squirrels NX-01 Enterprise 1:350 alternate lighted
« Reply #36 on: June 16, 2014, 12:06:47 pm »
Is this a clear part?  Can you just get a replacement?
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Re: Squirrels NX-01 Enterprise 1:350 alternate lighted
« Reply #37 on: June 16, 2014, 12:58:18 pm »
You may be able to get replacement part from PL.
Certainly with asking about.
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Re: Squirrels NX-01 Enterprise 1:350 alternate lighted
« Reply #38 on: June 16, 2014, 03:08:25 pm »
thought about it (still can do both).. but also wanna build up a kit bash kit..60 isn't that much for extra parts.

Its the lower saucer section that is damaged the place where you put the clear planetary sensor, the big hole was not round and around it, it looked like it had sunk into the rest of the mold, like they took it out too soon and it collapsed just a little.

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Re: Squirrels NX-01 Enterprise 1:350 alternate lighted
« Reply #39 on: June 16, 2014, 03:22:44 pm »
You can get an Arduino Pro Mini 328, it's almost the size of a quarter and the USB would be on a separately purchased breakout board - so there's no need to keep the USB on it when the programming is complete, you can just buy a different add-on board for the power or build your own. Also the Arduino Pro Mini 328 is only about $10 USD. Of course you'll have to buy the board to do the programming with the USB, that's about $15 USD, but that can be reused in other projects. You may have to make a simple transistor board to power the LEDs though, so the Arduino by itself isn't everything you need. From what I've read the Arduino can't handle the miliamps the LEDs would pull so you instead send the outputs to a transistor that turns the LED on or OFF from the power source.

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Re: Squirrels NX-01 Enterprise 1:350 alternate lighted
« Reply #40 on: June 17, 2014, 04:44:32 am »
Where you able to get any parts off this?
http://scifimodelaction.com/sfmaforum/index.php?topic=3611.0
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Re: Squirrels NX-01 Enterprise 1:350 alternate lighted
« Reply #41 on: June 17, 2014, 09:16:03 am »
Where you able to get any parts off this?
http://scifimodelaction.com/sfmaforum/index.php?topic=3611.0
apperantly not, he hasn't responded to me. and its missing the saucer section..

will have to get a printer before contacting Round 2.

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Re: Squirrels NX-01 Enterprise 1:350 alternate lighted
« Reply #42 on: June 17, 2014, 12:53:17 pm »
Too bad. Are you thinking a Stargazer like configuration for the four nacelle configuration?
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Re: Squirrels NX-01 Enterprise 1:350 alternate lighted
« Reply #43 on: June 17, 2014, 02:24:46 pm »
yea, but with the NX it would look more X-wing..
haven't decided yet whether I want to go that route (then I would have to order more lights), but it may be easy enough.

and I have been messing with the putty on the ship, this is actually the first time I have used Tamiya putty, it handles way differently than sheet rock mud.. :)  (excontractor)

it may come out ok.. got lots of time to play with it.

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Re: Squirrels NX-01 Enterprise 1:350 alternate lighted
« Reply #44 on: June 17, 2014, 03:43:36 pm »
hmmm..


I just did a search and didn't find any NX's with 4 nacells, hasn't anyone done four on the NX??

 




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