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My First Model: Help!  
User currently offlineSkywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5
Posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5547 times:

I just purchased a Beechcraft Bonanza 1:42 model and a UAL 777-200 1:144 model. I have no clue what to do first, and the directions only cover how to put it together. Do I paint the parts first, then put it together, put it together and then paint it, or put it together, put the decals on, and then paint it? I'm totally blank on this one. Also, do you have to get an airbrush to avoid brushstrokes? Or can I just get a really small brush? If I do need an airbrush, how much does a lower-end one cost? The decals are not peel-and-stick. How do I apply these? Lastly, what can I use for a stand? Sorry for all the questions, but like a said, I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT I AM DOING!


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User currently offlineElcableguy77 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 523 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5515 times:

First off, welcome to a fine hobby!
As for painting, use an airbrush, and put the major assemblies together (i.e., fuselage, wings, horizontal stabs)
The decals are the water-release variety. Trim closely around the decal using small scissors, like the ones some use to trim fingernails (look in the women's cosmetics section of Wal-Mart and the like). Then, place the deals in a bowl of warm water and let them soak for about 10-15 seconds, then place the decals on the plane (after painting, of course).
Another tip on painting the landing gear: paint all the struts and wheels while they are still attached to the trees.
As for trimming the pieces off the trees, use some sprue cutters (Xuron and Testors are two good ones), a hobby knife for rough clean-up of the area where the parts were attached, then varying grades of hobby sandpaper for fine clean up (start with the rough paper, then work to the finer grades).

I am by no means an expert, so I am sure there are those out there with more and/or better ideas.

Happy modeling!

-Gavin



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User currently offlineSkywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5484 times:

How much does a basic airbrush cost?


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User currently offlineDoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3441 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5463 times:

Its not just the airbrush, you'll also need a compressor or propellent. If your on a budget, yo can hand paint smaller assemblies and spray paint the big bits. I like automotive sprays as they are cheap, glossy, and quick drying. Just make sure to warm them up, shake well, and practice on scrap first. do one REALLY light coat (just a dusting) before putting the serious paint on.


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User currently offlineN60659 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 654 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 19 hours ago) and read 5037 times:

Quoting Elcableguy77 (Reply 1):
First off, welcome to a fine hobby!

I second that !!!

Here is a nice little link that would guide you on the general techniques. The aircraft and the scale are not the same but the general idea is about the same. Hope this helps. Good luck !!!

http://modelingmadness.com/scotts/civil/767.htm



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User currently offlineElcableguy77 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 523 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5016 times:

Also, a good magazine to invest in is Fine Scale Modeller. Published by Kalmbach, they do an excellent job, with many how-tos, tips and tricks, and a photo gallery for motivation.
You should be able to pick it up in any decent bookstore or newsstand.

-Gavin



Former ZW F/A | "Wisconsin 72A, contact departure, see ya."
User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7564 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5016 times:

For the decals, i recommend Micro set and micro sol, micro set acts as a glue for the decals, they can come off easily with out it, micro sol melts the decal so it has a "painted on" look.

Airbrush, i have one and it makes models look much easier.

The airbrush i have retails for $120 and i get the cans for now, until i find an extra $120 for the compressor. However, if you continue to build models, its an investment that will make your models look nice and not streaky.



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