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Re: Moments of Zen
« Reply #1230 on: May 24, 2021, 02:04:17 pm »
I also have to figure out how i'm going to paint the engine's exhaust cause the engine's cover still has to be glued on and i'm not sure if the Molotow's chrome paint that i'm planning to use on the exhaust can withstand masking without coming off or getting blemished in the process.

Paint a piece of scrap plastic with it and test it.
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Re: Moments of Zen
« Reply #1231 on: May 24, 2021, 03:13:06 pm »
I also have to figure out how i'm going to paint the engine's exhaust cause the engine's cover still has to be glued on and i'm not sure if the Molotow's chrome paint that i'm planning to use on the exhaust can withstand masking without coming off or getting blemished in the process.

Paint a piece of scrap plastic with it and test it.

 :thumbsup: Good call, thanks, Scooter. Sometimes when i'm too eager to finish something i tend to skip the tests and just go for it but it is better to test something like this beforehand cause i've never sprayed Molotow's chrome paint through my airbrush and don't know how it holds up to masking and handling. I'll also use the test item to see if a clear varnish will make the chrome become dull.
I've also been testing the fit of the canopy and this is another part of this kit that will be problematic.
Seems like almost every part of this kit needs quite a bit of work to get it to fit properly... :banghead:
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Re: Moments of Zen
« Reply #1232 on: May 25, 2021, 06:07:17 am »
Sometimes when i'm too eager to finish something i tend to skip the tests and just go for it

You and me both  :banghead: You'd have thought I'd of learnt by now ?  :-\
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Re: Moments of Zen
« Reply #1233 on: May 25, 2021, 06:57:33 am »
Sometimes when i'm too eager to finish something i tend to skip the tests and just go for it

You and me both  :banghead: You'd have thought I'd of learnt by now ?  :-\

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Re: Moments of Zen
« Reply #1234 on: May 26, 2021, 12:18:54 am »
You are both correct, gentlemen.
Some simple things like testing techniques and products are easy to forget when us kids just wanna play with our new toys. ;D
Last night i did some polishing on the Blue Thunder's canopy because it had a few scratches so tonight I might be able to mask the interior for some paint. :thumbsup:
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Re: Moments of Zen
« Reply #1235 on: June 05, 2021, 04:41:19 am »
So, what have i been doing with my life? The Blue Thunder has been on my bench as the priority build for over 6 months now and i have to admit, this kit has been dragging my mojo down...
From seams that need what now seems like endless PSR sessions to a canopy part that, besides having deep scratches that i haven't been able to polish out, there's a considerable gap on the top aft section where it connects to the fuselage... :banghead:
I'm in too deep to simply chuck it onto the shelf of doom and it is my favorite helo so, i'll keep working on it anyway...
Last night i did begin the process of gluing the canopy on. Had to use a few strips of tape to hold it in place and applied TET glue to the areas where there's a window frame and Testor's clear parts glue where there is no frame. Today i'll be taking the tape off to see if it worked or not and then see if i can move on to work on closing the remaining gap on the top aft section.
As this as been such a mojo draining project, i'm in desperate need of a booster and i've been wondering if the upcoming one week GB could be right opportunity for that so i've been thinking of what i could build for that.
By seeing Dizzy's and Gondor's Hawk builds, i've been going back to my ideas for the Hawk kits i've bought and they seem like a good choice for now so, i'm just going through my stash at scalemates to see if anything else could be a better choice for the occasion...

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Re: Moments of Zen
« Reply #1236 on: June 06, 2021, 03:07:18 am »
Well, i spent a while going through the stash yesterday and finally came to the conclusion that my plans for a PoAF Hawk are going to wait for another occasion cause the idea i had in mind would complicate the whole thing and that's not what i want right now. I need a quick build and i won't get bogged down waiting for stuff i needed to be delivered.

Instead, i believe i've found the perfect model and idea for what i want to do in the one week GB. I wanted a quick build so what's better than a Snap-tite kit?  :wacko:



I know, some may think i'll be cheating but, i will do everything to turn it into a "real" model, except for the landing gear.
I did consider the surgery needed and looked for suitable parts in my spares' box but i don't have anything that fits the bill and i'm not going to waste time scratchbuilding what i need or steal the parts from the F-16 kits i have in the stash.
This model comes with a stand and besides, i have Academy's 1/48 kit too so, that one will be built with the gear down.
I will give it proper missiles and the respective wingtip launcher rails and a couple of pilots will be put inside the cockpit. Real decals instead of stickers will be used to depict the future PoAF trainer.
The PoAF has been without an advanced jet trainer since they retired their Alpha Jet fleet and the pilots have been transitioning from the Aerospatiale/Socata TB-30 Epsilon directly to the F-16 and a replacement for the Alpha jet has been studied but no decision has come out of it so far.
I've had the T-50 in mind for this role ever since i've seen the T-50 for the first time but i believe it will never happen so, it's a perfect choice for a what-if build in my book. ;D
My idea is that Portugal would get a small fleet of TA-50 jets to serve as advanced trainers to extend the F-16's fleet service life by taking up the training missions. It would reduce the flight and maintenance hours on the F-16s as well as preparing the pilots for more advanced systems that will come with the Viper's future replacement, which is supposed to be chosen before 2030.
So, i've made up my mind for that and to fill the time before the GB begins, i'll keep working on the Blue Thunder to see what else i can get done before the end of 2021...  :rolleyes: ;D

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Re: Moments of Zen
« Reply #1237 on: June 06, 2021, 06:06:27 am »
I know, some may think i'll be cheating but, i will do everything to turn it into a "real" model, except for the landing gear.

I call it "Adapting.  Improvising.  Overcoming."
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Re: Moments of Zen
« Reply #1238 on: June 06, 2021, 06:44:56 am »
I know, some may think i'll be cheating but, i will do everything to turn it into a "real" model, except for the landing gear.

I call it "Adapting.  Improvising.  Overcoming."


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Re: Moments of Zen
« Reply #1239 on: June 06, 2021, 07:30:20 am »
There's no such thing as "cheating" on a stress relieving, mojo re-energising build. :rolleyes:
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Re: Moments of Zen
« Reply #1240 on: June 06, 2021, 11:14:49 am »
There's no such thing as "cheating" on a stress relieving, mojo re-energising build. :rolleyes:

Yup, i think so too and i really need it cause the Blue Thunder kit is... well, let's just say it's showing it's age. Almost every seam needs attention and the fit of some parts is bad. Still, although it's taking so long, i can't say i'm not enjoying the build, and the fact that it got me sculpting figures for the first time is a bonus. I wasn't thinking of doing it but the fact that there are no figures on the market for this subject got me learning a new skill set.
The cannon was also a late decision but i'm so glad i bought it cause it's a major improvement over the kit's original part.
I'd never built a brass set like that and the fact that it worked out well was another bonus.

I have to say that just the fact that i'm starting a new project has already boosted my mojo and after so long, i've finally got the canopy glued on the BT's fuselage.
Today after lunch, i got the remaining gaps filled with sprue-goo and i'm about to start sanding it it down to see what areas need a second dose of the stuff. :thumbsup:
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