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Re: Chronic's Research and Aeronautics Project (C.R.A.P.)
« Reply #735 on: July 16, 2017, 07:17:54 am »
Neat use for a chandelier  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #736 on: July 17, 2017, 03:35:53 am »
Yeah, it's pretty handy!!  Improvising on the spot and what not....  And heck, with the lights on, it provides a small bit of radiant heat that helps things dry up and the AC register is nearby, too... just gotta watch out for dust. I should have dusted the thing before I hung my wares up but I only knocked one little dust bunny off and I think it went right past the work.

The gloss coats appear to be in good shape on both projects!!! Time for transfers today! I'm not sure when or if I'll get to it... first time in a good while that I DON'T have any paying lawns to do today after I go out and pick up garbage. This means I now have to make an attempt on the gargantuan yard here at home (and also wash my dog... poor lil feller has grass allergy). It normally takes about 4 hours if things are going smoothly but things are NOT going smoothly so more like 6 hours. I'll either be working on it until about 2 PM, which is bunk, it'll easily be up around 100 by then (and still humid around here) or I'll have to break the project up into two days. This is more likely so that I'll have time and energy left to wash Buddy. lol 

Lil turd... he doesn't like baths. I have to pick him up and carry him out to the water spout then hold his collar as I soap him up. He normally does pretty well at this stage but when it come time for the rinse he turns into a wild stallion and tries to run off. It's all I can do to keep him stationary and it's rough on my back and takes a good amount of sheer strength and gusto to hold on to time. In short, it's no easy task!!

Oddly enough, the stand still has a bit of tackiness to it and still is emitting paint smells so I need to let it sit a few more days. This ridiculous humidity around here is slowing things down. That said, I can do some sanding on the Nipples-Go later if I get done with transfers in time. It struck me that I can go ahead and prime this up and even start putting on the gloss coats of black. Have to mask first... still not decided on how to do that. I have half a mind to use one solid strip across the windows which of course will leave a different shade of silver color there. This could potentially work because "window frames" but then again I don't think it would be correct so I'll likely be masking each individual window. Not a fan of masking in this fashion but it should go pretty quickly if I just put my head down and do it.

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Re: Chronic's Research and Aeronautics Project (C.R.A.P.)
« Reply #737 on: July 17, 2017, 05:39:38 am »


Lil turd... he doesn't like baths. I have to pick him up and carry him out to the water spout then hold his collar as I soap him up. He normally does pretty well at this stage but when it come time for the rinse he turns into a wild stallion and tries to run off. It's all I can do to keep him stationary and it's rough on my back and takes a good amount of sheer strength and gusto to hold on to time. In short, it's no easy task!!



That's exactly what my Doberman used to do. She'd finally appear to relent when being soaped and then as soon as you relaxed your grip she'd be off like a rocket  ;D And yet at the seaside or near rivers and lakes you had to keep a tight rein on her or she'd be in  :banghead:
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Re: Chronic's Research and Aeronautics Project (C.R.A.P.)
« Reply #738 on: July 17, 2017, 07:35:51 am »


Lil turd... he doesn't like baths. I have to pick him up and carry him out to the water spout then hold his collar as I soap him up. He normally does pretty well at this stage but when it come time for the rinse he turns into a wild stallion and tries to run off. It's all I can do to keep him stationary and it's rough on my back and takes a good amount of sheer strength and gusto to hold on to time. In short, it's no easy task!!



That's exactly what my Doberman used to do. She'd finally appear to relent when being soaped and then as soon as you relaxed your grip she'd be off like a rocket  ;D And yet at the seaside or near rivers and lakes you had to keep a tight rein on her or she'd be in  :banghead:

 ;D ;D   Ironic, innit!!!!! 

Mine is like a cat. I've never had him around lakes or ponds or anything but he treats the kiddie pool I fill up with water in the summer time as if it were full of lava and mailmen.  ;D
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« Reply #739 on: July 17, 2017, 02:51:29 pm »
Decalling is going SLOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW and I mean slow...  I got started around 3 hours ago and am probably about 20% done with each.  The F-84 slowed me down because I can't make much sense out of the transfer I chose for it and some are falling apart, etc. I'm having to improvise on the fly. It's actually kind of fun! This is a strange looking plane, though.... I'm not sure how good it's going to look, even after all the transfers are on, which normally ties everything together and makes the build *pop*.

Oh and by the way, those crazy Molossians paint their canopy reinforcing vinyl webbing black to match the limo tint, those nutters!  ;D ;D  (Yeah, I'm fast tracking... I started painting them white like the would be normally but just wasn't feeling it).

Enterprise... well.....Go figure.. again, not dry fitting is killing me. Transfers this time....I'm having to cut pieces out of them so they can fit around protrusions and raised areas and to deal with elevation changes. Sheesh... had to do one while it was wet already. I have got to learn to remember to test fit everything including the transfers!!! I normally do, though, but I always seem to forget one or two things which is always more than enough to wreck things.  :rolleyes:

Oh well.. I should be finished with at least the Enterprise. the F-84 still needs all the fiddly stuff like gear and gear doors glued on so I might not get to it this evening. We'll see.

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« Reply #740 on: July 17, 2017, 05:10:23 pm »
Wow!  I really thought I could just whip these transfers on at lightning speed. Wishful thinking!  ;D ;D     Most of the ones I was trying on the F-84 fell apart so that created all kinds of delay... mainly due to me brainstorming my way around the problem.

But that ain't nothing... this little Enterprise...man... out of the three kits that came in the box, this one has about 10X (seriously, not joking this time) the transfers of the other two...  possibly combined, and at 1/2500 scale they are TINY... ITTY BITTY... and as I said before... I'm having to trim them to fit the contours of this ship.   Not only that, I keep stumbling across things that are missing such as the landing pylons on the saucer section. I had to dive into my stash and find some adequate transfers then trim them to the proper shape and size. Thank God they didn't fall apart and are now happy at home on the bottom of the saucer section!!!  But yeah, there are, with the two I scratched up, FORTY in total.

That said.. these transfers are REEEEEEALLY bringing this one together!! I'm ALMOST half way done with them as far as count.... 22 still to go.... but already this thing is looking really cool!! 

Also had to stop and paint a few things that weren't provided in the kit transfers and weren't even mentioned in the instructions.

This is turning out to be a full "work day" of model building!  ;D

Should be done soon but, but I don't know. I'm off work tomorrow so I'm having a few beers and I may get to the point where the tiny transfers are just too much. Not to mention I have to apply more gloss after it all, so, there's also that needing done.  :o ;D
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« Reply #741 on: July 17, 2017, 06:02:04 pm »
13 transfers to go! Down to the ones that make sense the most to put on last which are also some of the tiniest! Things are going well, however. I will be done with transfers in 30 mins or so then I will do another gloss coat.
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Re: Chronic's Research and Aeronautics Project (C.R.A.P.)
« Reply #742 on: July 17, 2017, 07:01:20 pm »
Careful! Don't rush it!
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« Reply #743 on: July 17, 2017, 07:24:58 pm »
Roger that! 

I'm actually done decalling and it looks great! I'm going to gloss it here in a few.  Had to glue the deflector dish back on and I just couldn't get it to line back up the way it came off.. so I need to put a tiny bit of gold paint on it (waiting on the CA to dry... ) to cover the gap. No worries. I'll do that in a minute then let it gry then I can gloss it. 'Bout an hour from now I should be able to provide pictures.

For all the things I messed up, I think this lil feller WANTED to be finished because it turned out really good! There're flaws here and there but the overall product is neat! I really like it.

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« Reply #744 on: July 17, 2017, 08:03:19 pm »
I go outside and am immediately pissed off.  (LOL)   No matter what side of the house I go to...... WIND.  And this is bunk! It's 10 o'clock at night!! I HATE Oklahoma weather!  No matter.....  I hung the starship on an ornament hanger then hung it from a clothes hanger then stepped inside my shop...  I figure if I just stand there and hold it... then spray.. I'm good and also won't lace my arm and hand up with gloss coat.  ;D   

It worked well if I didn't spray too much. Seems like it should be a done deal, now. I have it hanging from the chandalier once again. I'll check it in an hour or so..   :lol: :thumbsup:
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« Reply #745 on: July 18, 2017, 08:28:52 am »
Enterprise is looking good!! I struggled with taking pictures but I think I got some good ones.























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Re: Chronic's Research and Aeronautics Project (C.R.A.P.)
« Reply #746 on: July 19, 2017, 02:45:32 am »
Woke up at 3 AM today so I could get done with work early before the heat is too much and so that I can get back to model building!!

Going to finish up the F-84 today.  Transfers are half done then it's time to glue on all da fiddly bits. 

After that... I'd like to stop and repair four 1/700 Mustangs that I have. I bought a lot off ebay for $4 shipping and all..... 12 built 1/700 models. 4 Me 262s, 4 163s, and 4 Mustangs. Problem is... I wasn't very careful when I opened the box and knocked off one propeller on each of the Mustangs! Bollocks!! Tinier than...well... I dunno.. they're so small but I managed to find 3 of them and will have to scratch up a fourth then it's time to break out the glue and fine tipped needle nosed reverse action tweezers to put them on.  Ought to be interesting....   I'll provide pics, too, because ol' boy that built these little fellers did an EXCELLENT job.

Next after that I'd like to look at my defunct 25 year stalled Space Shuttle project. I stupidly broke off all the engine nozzles thinking it was a good idea as part of the refurbish. I'll be gluing them back on if I can... they came off all wrong and it wasn't pretty.. I should have left them on there and just masked them over. OH WELL, lesson learned.

Beyond that.. I'm considering doing a build for the Sci Fi GB. I have a Ferengi ship I'd like to build in a Starfleet livery but I don't have any transfers. I might be able to find some in the internet but the price has to be right. It's going to be a "Captured" ship re-christened U.S.S. (Billy) Mays NCC-1995. 

I don't know if I'll get this far today or not because I have tons of yard work and house chores to do, too.  Beyond THIS stuff, I have other stalled projects I'd like to work on. I'm trying to take the opportunity to get all, or at least a bunch, of that stuff finished while the SF GB is going because I probably won't be participating with more than one build. This could change... but... I'm really lacking in suitable kits and ideas right now. We'll see...

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Re: Chronic's Research and Aeronautics Project (C.R.A.P.)
« Reply #747 on: July 19, 2017, 05:41:23 am »
That would have been an interesting episode  ;)

Reminds me a little of one of my favourite Far Side cartoons. ;D
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« Reply #748 on: July 19, 2017, 09:01:48 am »
EDIT:  First off, these were built by ebayer mntjulp.  Just superb.  He says, "I've hand-painted them and added scratch details including props, guns, antennae and tail wheels.  At 1/700 scale they are very small with wingspans of about 5/8". "

OK....  Tedium first....   the 1/700 Mustang repair project.

I managed to lose one of the props....   and also break another off so that's 2 I now need to scratch build. I was going to use the plastic off of the package that holds them cheap little Testors throw away brushed but it's WAAAAAAY too thick.. I'll have to find something else. Either way.... I DID manage to get 3 of 5 props glued back on. 2 Mustangs are now complete again. I would have done a third but the prop I was gluing on didn't match up with the others. One of the planes had "thinner" props on it.


Them little specks there....  are the props. 700 of them stacked end to end would be about the size of a real one. SMALL! 


1/72 props there for scale reference.


Komets... amazing that all 4 of those antennae are still intact... . ..


Sturmvogels.  This dude that painted and put the transfers on these is good at what he does!


Mustangs!  Look how neat!!   

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Going to check up on lunch and try to find some thin clear plastic to cut up to make a couple more props. Might have to resort to cutting up a sandwhich baggy. Being so small, the, the pieces ought to be "stiff" enough despite being so thin. I have to get the correct thickness though or the new props simply won't look right.

 
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« Reply #749 on: July 19, 2017, 10:54:28 am »
Making my own props wound up being a huge pain. I eventually used the thin plastic wrap that went around a roll of paper towels but cutting something so small without it disappearing instantly after is a task, indeed. Not to mention if I still have the tiny little thing, merely grasping it to get it to the work was difficult. I finally got them both on, however, but rubbed all my pen ink off so I'll try to come back in later and shade them up so they match the rest. Either way....they're on now!  Not too shab looking and I ain't complaining at this scale....  They look just fine. Damn near need a magnifying glass to see it all anyway.. 



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