Tamiya 1/35 Panther Ausf. A Part 12

Put a gloss clear coat on in preparation for weathering. Once that was done I applied a mist coat of Tamiya XF-57 Buff and X-20A Thinner at about a 75:25 ratio. This helped knock down the starkness of the base color and added some ‘dust’ to the model. I had left the kit for a few weeks and as I was about to resume work, disaster strikes in the form it falling onto the floor.  No major damage but a few small parts have gone missing. It will definitely be a painting test bed for future builds now. I continued by doing a pin wash using the Tamiya Panel Accent Color.  I have the black and brown and they both work very well for getting into crevices to represent where the dirt and grime accumulates.  I then applied Vallejo rust to the back exhaust pipes and some Vallejo fuel spill…

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Dealing with seams in tires.

At least here is how I do it for landing gear wheels in aircraft. I use the following tools.  Spru cutter. Self-gripping tweezers. UMP Sanding Sticks Flex-I-File Sanders Toothpicks. Something to hold the toothpicks. In this case Mr. Paintstation. Craft glue (not pictured). The F-18 Hornet I’m currently working on has some rather pronounced seam lines on the tires. Using the UMP sanding stick I sand what I can while the wheel is on the spru.  I sand just enough to remove the seam, but not so much to create a flat spot on the wheel. The wheel is then cut from the spru. By using the self-closing tweezers I have a good grip on the wheel to sanding the two attachment points.  I then finish up any areas that need it with the Flex-I-File sanders. The wheels then are put onto toothpicks using the craft glue in preparation for priming/painting.

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Hasegawa 1/72 F-18A Part 5

Sometimes life gets in the way of the workbench. It can also distract you a bit too much on the bench. Why do I say this?  Stay tuned dear reader… Got the lower half of the fuselage and the landing gear doors painted.  Then realized something was wrong….. I had reversed the colors.  I have no excuse for missing that earlier.  Oh well….  Time to repaint the top and re-mask the bottom.  This weekend is the first time in about a month I’ll have some time to make some serious progress on this build.    

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