Airhead711 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 249 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2843 times:
1 more question for ya Brian.How do you fill in the gap between the 2 fuselage halves?I have the 2 halves of my model together now but there is a gap down the middle of the fuselage.I'm going to try to use putty to fill it in now but i'm not sure how successful it will be.
Brianhames From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 795 posts, RR: 2 Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2837 times:
Nope, I didn't use any primer.
Here is what I did to fill the gap: First, I used about 400 or 600 grit sand paper to make the two halfs flow together better, then I used a more fine grit, and even finer until all the scratches from the rough sand paper are gone, that hides the seem pretty well, then I used a little bit of contour putty on the areas where the seam is more visible. And then, 4 layers of gloss white spray paint helped hide the seam until its almost invisible.
Well I hope that helps you, and good luck!
My next model is a Revell 1/144 Lufthansa A340, but I probably won't get around to that one for another couple weeks or so.
Dragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3920 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2707 times:
That model came out very good! I would never be able to do that and make it come out that good, I used to TRY and make model car kits and ALWAYS messed them up with either to much glue, a lousy paint job or something like that That's why I buy 1/400 scale die cast model planes instead of plastic kits.
Brianhames From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 795 posts, RR: 2 Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2636 times:
Heh heh, nice touch with the krispy kreme box! I just typically use the model box itself...
To answer your question about when I paint. I USED to paint EVERYTHING before I put the peices together, but I kinda determined that that was a bad idea because is glue seeps out then it eats away the paint then you have touch it back up and usually won't look as good.
So recently I put the all the big peices together and do all the sanding and stuff, then I paint it, I do this with all big peices, for example the two fuselage halfs, if the wings come in halfs, then I put those together then glue. But for smaller peices such as engines and the landing gear assembly I paint those peices before I put them together.
The model looks great so far! I have a minicraft CO 772 waiting to be put together, who knows when I'll get to that kit. I have 6 or 7 models I need to build still! But you have to be in the right mood to build models. At least I do anyway!
Continental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5476 posts, RR: 21 Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2622 times:
Thanks! So far, I assembled the engines, and it looks great! I luckily got the last Gloss Gull Gray, the color of the Continental aircraft today at the hobby shop!! I'll show you all the finished result whenever I finish!!
Brianhames From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 795 posts, RR: 2 Reply 22, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2498 times:
Heh heh, sorry its taken me so long to reply, haven't been in the message boards in a while.
I do have an airbush but I didn't use it for this model because I depise cleaning the thing! But for the fuselage I probably put about 4 layers of spray paint on there, its pretty thick, and that helps give it a smooth appearance and it also helps hide the seam. Since gloss white is one of those paints that dosen't spread or go on very easily you may want to use a primer so the white has something to stick to. I've never used a primer but I heard (after I was done with the model) that is a good thing to do. So you may want to give it a shot!