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  1. Morning! So I am not a newb but I am no expert in model building either. I am trying a new technique on my Trumpeter 1/32 F4U-1D... hairspray technique. I am going for a well-used and weathered look in the Pacific. I work primarily with an airbrush and acrylic paints. I primed the model in black, then went over with aluminum in some places and interior green in others. Here was my plan moving forward: Hairspray over the aluminum and interior green -> then white coat and black on panel lines -> then thinned top coats so the panel lines show through. I would then go back with a toothbrush and water on the paint to show the aluminum and interior green through it all. However, this now seems like an awful lot of coats over the hairspray and that: 1) the hairspray technique may no longer work and the paint may not come off, and 2) I may lose panel line detail with all of the coats. I want some shading though over the bird, that detail that makes the plane really POP! Suggestions? Thanks, Jim
  2. I am building the USS Nimitz. It's my first vessel and I would like to make a diorama for it. A friend was on her for a couple years. I found a kit, but even it's "modern" form had A-6's and EA-6B's for the flight deck. It would be nice to have ACTUAL modern aircraft on her. While I probably should have found a different kit, I went with the one I did because it was available. Has anyone found 1/800 scale modern jet aircraft and where I may find them? I have no idea how to scratch build. I would like to fill the deck with some Super Hornets! Thanks. Jim
  3. It looks like I will have to make them, but has anyone seen if decals for the KC-135R exist in 1:144 for the 168th Air Refueling Squadron? I am building the Minicraft kit. Just curious if anyone has seen anything. Thanks
  4. Thank you Mstor. That sounds like a good idea. I will try the gray and then the maybe blacken it up a bit. Here is what she looks like at the moment: https://imgur.com/JKpqh7o I still have a weapons loadout, landing gear covers, and other accoutrements to put on her.
  5. Morning! I have the 1:48 Revell F/A-18E and I am using the CAG decals and paint scheme from VF-14 that came with the kit. The Vertical Stabilizers on that scheme are black. So I painted them accordingly. I am now at the decal stage and am wondering what to do looking forward... I planned on using my black Tamiya wash on everything (navy gray scheme paint job on the bird), but then I have the black vertical stabs. Do I use the gray wash on them? I feel like: 1) gray wash doesn't actually work well (maybe I just need to stir/shake up the enamel wash better) 2) it would create issues to the eye having a black wash throughout but a gray wash on the stabs. Here is where I am at so far: https://imgur.com/j91tQNH Thoughts?
  6. Morning! I have the 1:48 Revell F/A-18E and I am using the CAG decals and paint scheme from VF-14 that came with the kit. The Vertical Stabilizers on that scheme are black. So I painted them accordingly. I am now at the decal stage and am wondering what to do looking forward... I planned on using my black Tamiya wash on everything (navy gray scheme paint job on the bird), but then I have the black vertical stabs. Do I use the gray wash on them? I feel like: 1) gray wash doesn't actually work well (maybe I just need to stir/shake up the enamel wash better) 2) it would create issues to the eye having a black wash throughout but a gray wash on the stabs. Here is where I am at so far: https://imgur.com/j91tQNH Thoughts?
  7. Thanks Bacon. That means a lot coming from you on the pics I uploaded on the other thread. I am improving with each model. Biggest issues tend to be seamlines, glue issues, etc. Just need to be more careful I suppose. As for the launch bar... I would normally agree with you. HOWEVER... (of course there is a however) the former pilot I made this for got back to me and said he doesn't have the room for it. That and he remarked the quality was a bit better than he expected. So, he decided on his own initiative to contact the local navy base where he was stationed and they are taking it now. I don't mind this at all, I appreciate it. The problem is that the people that are going to see it now will notice something like a launch bar not being correct! 🙂 So, I really should try to fix it! LOL
  8. At work, so haven’t had a chance to use the powders or anything on the weathering. But these are the before exhaust pics. i know the work you guys all do is incredibly good. So before I get some harsh critiques just know I’m not particularly artistic. https://postimg.cc/gallery/lqv77690/
  9. I would, but don’t know how! All my pics are much bigger than .1 MB. Suggestions?
  10. How does everyone upload pics? 100 kb is tiny. All my pics exceed that.
  11. My lord Bacon, your skills are beyond good. And thank you for the advice.
  12. I am SOOOO close to done on my Kinetic EA-6B. During the build I decided I would make a diorama. I used the skunk model Nimitz deck kit and have it looking pretty sharp. I would upload pics but can't with the size constraints... that and my work is nowhere near everyone else's on here. However, I am happy with the results. I have one issue though, the launch bar is in the up position. In fact, there was never an option to put it "down". Now the aircraft is 90% built and painted. Any suggestions on how to go about lowering it? Should I take an exacto and somehow cut it as close to the main landing gear as possible? (Again, model is all built and painted. I don't want to really screw it up) I have the shooter in the crouched pointing position, so to have it on the shuttle but have the launch bar up makes no sense, but I don't want to butcher my work. Anyone have suggestions? And, I would totally upload pics if I knew how, and if you all promised not to be too harsh with your critiques. So any advice there would be welcomed on the uploading as well! Thanks all. JRD
  13. Thanks Skyhawk! I will look online for such a kit. And yes, pics would be greatly appreciated. My skills have improved over the years, but I am slave to my airbrush... I rarely use anything else. It would be nice to increase my skillset.
  14. I have my Prowler close to complete and would like to add exhaust stains. One thing I have always had a problem with airbrushing is thinning the paint and then the pressure. While I am sure these variables depend on the compressor and job, I usually use my brush at about 20 PSI. If I was going to slowly build up exhaust stains with Testor's oil airbrushing paint, should I move down in the PSI to like 10? Anyone have any tips?
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