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Re: Plates in Space Challenge - the PFT Phaeton
« Reply #15 on: February 03, 2018, 11:58:13 pm »
Have you tried saying out loud "OK, I give up.  You win.  Can I have the paint back now please."?


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Re: Plates in Space Challenge - the PFT Phaeton
« Reply #16 on: February 04, 2018, 12:02:19 am »
Have you tried saying out loud "OK, I give up.  You win.  Can I have the paint back now please."?

"Never Give Up, Never Surrender!"

Nope, the best course is to buy a replacement tin - which will make the original turn up, then you have a spare! Win-win!  ;D

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Re: Plates in Space Challenge - the PFT Phaeton
« Reply #17 on: February 04, 2018, 05:12:18 am »
"Very cluttered"? I prefer the term 'free-form' or 'organic' - better than saying 'I'm too bone idle and disorganized to tidy up'...  :-\
Or 'Organized so that everything is close at hand.' maybe?  ;D

I like the way you think!   ;D ;D
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Re: Plates in Space Challenge - the PFT Phaeton
« Reply #18 on: February 04, 2018, 09:32:15 am »
This is why I never spray paint - I hate masking!


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So, I re-masked and painted. It's now within tolerances - which is to say, I now feel that any attempts to improve it will result in steps backward. There will be clean-up/touch-up, of course, but no more masking. You can see one side effect there next to the cannon ...   :angry:  I know it's not pretty - the term "mud fence" comes to mind ...   :banghead:


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<le sigh> This always seems to happen when I peel away the masking tape - raggedy edges and paint-peel-up. :angry: Those and step-edges, some of which can be seen at the bow. But see - if I try to fix the steps, I'll make it worse and have to start all over, so I'll just live with it. So now I gotta invest in a steady hand to fix the damage.    :banghead: :banghead:
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Re: Plates in Space Challenge - the PFT Phaeton
« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2018, 01:12:47 am »
I don't tend to get problems when I use Tamiya tape but the Modelkraft/Shesto freebie in SAMI gave me right grief  :banghead: Even after allowing for my usual drying time.

Decals my @r$e!

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Re: Plates in Space Challenge - the PFT Phaeton
« Reply #20 on: February 07, 2018, 01:54:10 pm »
It's getting down to the last few things to do to this beast before I call it done and display shelf it.  :)


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Through a friend at church - Thanks, Cindy! :) - I recently discovered that those Krafty Kutters used by card-makers will work on thin plastic such as this "For Sale" sign. These punches are _not_ cheap, but take the stress out of cutting multiple identical shapes. This one is the lozenge shape displayed at the right. On the left can be seen two painted lozenges.


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For some reason antennae cannot be painted like the rest of the craft - they always seem to be some kind of 'off' tinge of grey or faded bilious tan. However, my bottle of "SAC Radome Tan" has gone to the big paint shop in the sky, so I made do with Humbrol's "Linen". The wee dome is from my niece's disposable contact lens. Apparently she needs two new contacts each day, so the covers pile up quickly. She was more than happy to give me several dozen of these wee domes. In their guise as sensors/antennae/unexplained bumps I paint the inside the desired colour - in this case, ''gold".


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Situating these domes so they wouldn't interfere with the turret's line of fire was not as easy as it may seem.
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Re: Plates in Space Challenge - the PFT Phaeton
« Reply #21 on: February 22, 2018, 02:03:24 pm »
I'm listening to the Status Quo - seemed fitting for the final post of this topic.

The man-doors inset into the cargo bay doors have been giving me fits. Shape, size, colour - there is no facet of these things that I have not second- and triple-guessed. I must have made at least three different versions of these things before settling on a final one, mostly because enough is enough!


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I finally stopped dithering about the man-doors in the cargo doors, painted and glued them on, did the touch-up, and sprayed it with clear matte varnish. It's done!


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Port-side door is red - well, crimson, actually. The matte varnish has done away with my lovely clear-surface on the upper engine shroud ... oh, well - can't have everything. Remembering that the hexes are 1", and I'm trying for 1/72 scale here, so that means those hexagonal man-doors are 6' tall; which makes the cargo doors about 36' tall, and even wider. I guess the Phaeton can haul some seriously large hunks of cargo!


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Here's the repulsive end. ;)


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Starboard door is, of course, green - British Racing Green, to be exact. The door colours are a salute to navigation lights, but I realized that in space the colours also serve another funtion. Where there's no up nor down, it could useful to be able to direct folks to the green door so you know where to have security waiting. :)


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The other hexes are sensor panels - radar, radio, and so on. She's not quite symmetrical, of course - I'd have needed another bump on the top of the forward hull, and I had only the one spoon. :)


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The varnish was sprayed outside, it being a nice sunny day. It had an odd effect - there are areas that are quite a bit lighter than others - dunno why.


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The underside looks quite 'busy' with all that undercarriage and the lower turret.

https://i.imgur.com/6AUhbyU.png
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I've always felt that the underside of a ship should be a bit murky ... not a place for respectable folk. 


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Last picture! :) This was quite the biggest project so far - I'm ready for something smaller! :) Thanks for watching. :)
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Re: Plates in Space Challenge - the PFT Phaeton
« Reply #22 on: February 23, 2018, 01:34:52 am »
Well done.
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Re: Plates in Space Challenge - the PFT Phaeton
« Reply #23 on: February 23, 2018, 04:12:08 am »
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