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Any proficient model kit builders here

Postby andys » Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:10 pm

Haven't built a plastic kit since I was very young but going to have a crack at a Yamaha VMAX kit I've had lying around for ages.
Just need a few tips about painting and detailing.
Anyone ?

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Re: Any proficient model kit builders here

Postby CaptAirhead » Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:22 am

How you approach it depends very much on your skill level, what tools and equipment you have available and of course the scale of the model. Most of the models I have built over the years have been 1:72 or 1:32 although I have built a few larger scale.

For brush painting, I prefer Tamiya Acrylic Paints:-

ImageTamiya Acrylic Paints and accessories by Ian Beat, on Flickr

In addition, you will need some good quality brushes, thinners, cleaners, masking tape and, if you intend using mixed colours, some small bottles for mixing etc.

For Air Brushing, I like Vallejo Acrylic Paints:-

ImageWP_20181113_22_52_49_Pro by Ian Beat, on Flickr

For Filling, repairs etc I use a variety of fillers and putty:-

ImageModelling Materials. by Ian Beat, on Flickr

Whichever method you go for, it is important to prepare the components well by trimming, smoothing and sometimes even filling. Don't be in too much of a hurry to remove all the components from the sprue as it is sometimes better to keep them on the sprue for painting.
I usually give the parts a coat of primer before the final coat but be careful not to put too much on that the detail is obliterated. If you are applying water slide transfers, there are various products which will help give a more realistic finish. I use Micro Set.
Like most painting jobs, the finished result will only ever be as good as the preparation so take your time and leave each component to dry properly between coats.
Any questions, just ask.
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Re: Any proficient model kit builders here

Postby andys » Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:09 am

Thanks captain airhead.
This model fortunately doesn't need to much painting.
Could you advise me on the forks.
The parts are chromed plastic, but I need to paint the lowers black.
Seems simple but how would you get the paint to adhere to the very shiny surface.

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Re: Any proficient model kit builders here

Postby CaptAirhead » Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:56 pm

There's various methods for painting over plastic chrome.

1. Remove the chrome by soaking in bleach then use oven cleaner and a toothbrush to leave clean plastic
2. Immerse the parts in dilute caustic soda till the chrome dissolves.
3. Apply a good primer such as Krylon then paint as normal.

Last time I painted plastic chrome, I nipped out to the shed and grabbed a rattle can of etching primer that I was using on the car. Worked quite well. I gave that model away so don't know how long the paint finish lasted.

Whichever solution you go for, try it out first on a piece of the sprue.
Ian.

Edit.
Should have added that if you uses a chemical solution ( 1 or 2 above) to remove the chrome, wash the part well in warm soapy water and allow to dry before painting.
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