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Offline modelerdave

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Re: Battlestar Galactica Colonial One
« Reply #30 on: December 05, 2018, 11:06:13 am »
Man oh man I HATE the stupid conning tower! I cannot get a decent paint job on it to save my life. I need to sand most of the paint off the top yet again.

Anyway, no pics of that horror show, but I have been working on some homemade aztecing for the white upper hull. Once the conning tower has a respectable base coat on it I will do some aztecing on there as well.

These are showing up a little brighter than in real life, and after another pass to fill in a few more spots with aztecing I will do a mist of white to blend even more. But depending on the angle they are very subtle.

Base coat is Vallejo Dead White and the aztecing is Testors Aztek Pearl.

I have experimented with a more "industrial" type of aztecing for the lower hull and have done one successful test shot. I will post pics of that once it's done.

RIP my Tamiya tape.













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Re: Battlestar Galactica Colonial One
« Reply #31 on: December 05, 2018, 05:35:50 pm »
I did a round two of aztecing today. This is almost done. I think I need to do a little more toward the front of the hull but I'm considering everything else finished. All of this taping is as tedious as it looks.

The visibility is definitely dependent on how the light hits it, which is exactly what I wanted. It changes from fairly bright to nearly invisible depending on the angle.













And my screwup number 3,421. Somehow I accidentally managed to melt part of the lower hull.  :( It looks like my soldering iron is the culprit but I have no idea how. I am in the middle of puttying and sanding in the hope of salvaging it.


The "industrial" aztec test for the lower hull. The color is off but the pattern is what's important and I like how it came out. Again, I was going for subtle because this model is not very large.

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Re: Battlestar Galactica Colonial One
« Reply #32 on: December 06, 2018, 07:13:21 am »
Modelerdave,

Hang in there, Buddy! Speaking as one who knows screwup numbers and thinks your 3,421 is kinda low, compared to my own, ;) I know you will recover from this and all screwups. I firmly believe that perseverance is a character trait all modelers possess in abundance. The only hobbiests who have it in greater quantities are those who play golf. ;D

I was gonna say your aztecing on the hull looks fabulous! I did something similar on my NSEA Protector. Your's, however is, IMHO well done. If this is just the hull, I can't wait to see the rest of the ship!

Hang in there and push through. It'll be awesome!

Your comrade in the school of hard knocks,

Steve
"To be honest with you, Picard, a significant number of my crew members have expressed a desire to return even knowing the odds. Some because they can't bear to live without their loved ones, some because they don't like the idea of slipping out in the middle of a fight."

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Re: Battlestar Galactica Colonial One
« Reply #33 on: December 06, 2018, 07:22:54 am »
Thanks, Steve. I wish I knew how it got melted! I was horrified when I saw it. I have an extra lower hull (I needed a second kit because of an earlier screw up that wasn't fixable) but I had already glued in the engines, side engine deflectors, and soldered a bunch of the lights together. Taking it apart would be awful. So I'm going to try to fix it. If I can't, I still have the spare to fall back on (But I think this is salvageable).

The upper hull aztecing is done. It's very hard to photograph. Using a flash helps (the last photos) but in real life the pattern is not so nearly pronounced.










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Re: Battlestar Galactica Colonial One
« Reply #34 on: December 12, 2018, 05:30:45 pm »
More aztecing... (sigh). Man is this tedious work.

First pass at the conning tower aztecing. This was done with lots and lots of Tamiya tape sliced up with an x-acto knife.


Lower hull aztecing. This was done a little differently. I took a piece of screen door replacement, used liquid mask to fill some of the screen holes, then cut out others to make a template mask that I could hold down over the model and spray. It's maybe half an inch square with tape around the edge to make a frame or sorts.

So why didn't I do this on the upper hull? Because the edges are kid of fuzzy. I tried an experiment and it didn't look as good. But here I am ok with a more industrial kind of look.






The flash on the phone camera makes them stand out more than they do in person.




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Re: Battlestar Galactica Colonial One
« Reply #35 on: December 17, 2018, 03:20:28 pm »
Minor update while I fight an awful sinus cold. Oh, my aching head...!

A little more paint work done on the conning tower, and I painted the blue stripes on the upper main fuselage. I decided to paint them rather than use the decals because I

 




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