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Zvezda SU-33 Yellow 13 build

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Update: 

Finally just about ready to lay down a topcoat and begin decaling. Fixed the mistakes with the wingtips and added the light grey bit on the rightside vertical stab (you'll see what I mean). 

 

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Overall pretty decent, but there was, somehow, some paint bleed under the masking tape! 

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And also some peeling from the masking tape on my precious CAMO! 

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Beginning to feel like every step forward I take, another step back occurs. Likely going to just finish this build up as is and call the damaged bits "weathering". Not giving up, but really want to move past this guy and put it on display. It does still look really good overall, but the minor mess ups screw with my head. 

 

Next: touch ups and top coat, then decals. 

 

Stay Tuned....

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The Camo scheme is really looking quite good. Believe me, I feel you pain and frustration when paint is pulled up. More then just masking and repainting is required so that the patch work can't be seen once done.

Joel

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Update: 

 

Exhausts are in the painting process!

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First Coat of Alclad Steel and a little bit of Stainless Steel: 

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I will be clear coating this, and doing a variety of hotmetal shades and colors, mainly red and blue for heat stains. 

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Your NMF really looks quite good.  I've masked directly over Alcad with detacked Tamiya tape and never had a problem. The less Clear Coats you apply, the closer to real metal it will look like.

 

Joel

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1 hour ago, Joel_W said:

Your NMF really looks quite good.  I've masked directly over Alcad with detacked Tamiya tape and never had a problem. The less Clear Coats you apply, the closer to real metal it will look like.

 

Joel

Thanks! I have found it is ALL in the gloss coat you lay down first. if its smooth, the NMF comes out really nice. 

 

As far as taping, how de-tacked does the tape need to be? I really would ratherf not have to restart all this because I get lifting. 

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1 hour ago, Flyboy3394 said:

Thanks! I have found it is ALL in the gloss coat you lay down first. if its smooth, the NMF comes out really nice. 

 

As far as taping, how de-tacked does the tape need to be? I really would ratherf not have to restart all this because I get lifting. 

Flyboy3394

   All I really do is run it over the back of my hand twice. Never had an issue. Watch, next time I need to mask Alcad: DISASTER 

 

Joel

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59 minutes ago, Joel_W said:

Flyboy3394

   All I really do is run it over the back of my hand twice. Never had an issue. Watch, next time I need to mask Alcad: DISASTER 

 

Joel

Best knock on some wood real quick. 

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pdate: Exhaust

 

Added some heat stain coloration today (Alclad Hotmetal red/blue):

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The reds and blues came out a bit too dark, so I went over it with some Aclad Stainless Steel:

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Next up is fixing the broken off wingtips and then FINALLY clear coating, decaling, and washing. Jesus its been a long road with this. 

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Flybox3394

    Really a nice job of heat staining the exhausts. 

Joel

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Update!

 

Got it clear coated, and decaled! 

 

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Looking pretty good overall. The wingtip stations continually break off, so I recently glued them back on and did a rough paint job over them. Hopefully i can find a way to make the bad paintjob and clean break less noticable on the final product. 

 

From here, its just enamel wash, gluing on weapon stations and missiles, and a final dull coat to seal it all up! 

 

Anyone have a good suggestion for a mount I could use for this? Its in gear up configuration, so I need it to be in flgiht on my shelf! 

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Flyboy3394,

  look'in real good. Decals came out perfect.

 

 When I have issues with small parts continually breaking off like antennas (WWII aircraft), I carefully drill a whole in the bottom and a hole in the mounting surface.  I then glue in a metal pin to the part, then to the surface. When dry, it's solid as a rock.

 

Joel

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2 hours ago, The Madhatter said:

Did your's not come with the clear stand?

No, I built mine from a Zvezda kit, not the Hasegawa Ace Combat kit, which comes with a stand. 

 

 

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8 minutes ago, Joel_W said:

Flyboy3394,

  look'in real good. Decals came out perfect.

 

 When I have issues with small parts continually breaking off like antennas (WWII aircraft), I carefully drill a whole in the bottom and a hole in the mounting surface.  I then glue in a metal pin to the part, then to the surface. When dry, it's solid as a rock.

 

Joel

Excellent advice sir! I wish i had thouht of this the first 3 times they broke off. 

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Great job on the heated metal effect.   I've never been able to satisfactorily replicate this.   How well did those Alcad paints spray?

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  We learn much better from our mistakes then our successes, which we tend not to learn much if anything at all.

Joel

 

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1 minute ago, 11bee said:

Great job on the heated metal effect.   I've never been able to satisfactorily replicate this.   How well did those Alcad paints spray?

 

Thanks! The Alclads sprayed really nicely. Especially given how cold it was when I sprayed. I did heat the paint bottles up a bit, and cranked my space heater to make sure the paint behaved the way i wanted it to. 

 

I have found the key with the Alclads is the gloss base. It needs to be perfect, or as near to perfect as possible. I usually spray it, then cover it for at least 24 hours to let it fully dry and avoid getting airborne particles in the fresh paint. 

 

I have 8 Alclad NMF and other paints, so I am well invested in them as of now. 

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Update: 

 

Panel Wash on top is mostly done: I used Abteillung black enamel paint with mineral spirits to thin it. The panel lines are pretty shallow so much of them were wiped away when I attempted to clean the wash off. 

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I also bagan mounting the missile stations, which proved to be a bear. Probably should have just mounted them when I first built the frame, pre-paint. 

 

I am thinking final steps are coming soon. Finish mounting pylons and missiles, install cockpit glass, and hit it with one last clear coat. 

 

As for the mount, I am thinking something like this: 

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Clear acrylic tubing inserted into the afterburner nozzles. 

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Update:

 

Model is done! Not as good as id hoped, but its done and I am moving on to the next project with major knowledge of what and what not to do! 

 

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And here is the stand I made with clear acrylic tubing and a display base for gundam models. I will be painting the base grey to mask the imperfections left from gluing the tubes in. 

 

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Little supports underneath:

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I will post final pics of it on the stand next. 

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 That splinter camo scheme really makes a impact on a viewer for sure.  Looking forward to seeing how your Su-33 looks on the stand.

Joel

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Here it is up on the stand! 

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The biggest letdowns on my part were the wingtip pylons, which broke over and over: 

 

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Overall, lots of problem areas as this was technically my first kit. Learned a lot, and now will take that knowledge and use it for this:

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Will be doing a real SU-33 build, gear down, wings down, in the Russian Navy color/camo scheme. I also ordered the Eduard colored PE set for this to really make the cockpit pop and look real! 

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Flyboy3394,

  Looks mighty impressive on the stand if you ask me. Even more so when you consider that it's your 1st build. I'm officially signing up for your SU-33 build. 

Joel

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On 5/16/2018 at 10:39 AM, clioguy said:

Nice! I also like the Whiskey collection 🙂

Spent a lot of time acquiring it. But now doc says I gotta go dry for 2 months! 

 

on the plus side, gonna get me one of these once i end the 2 months! 

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On 5/22/2018 at 6:56 PM, Flyboy3394 said:

Spent a lot of time acquiring it. But now doc says I gotta go dry for 2 months! 

 

on the plus side, gonna get me one of these once i end the 2 months! 

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That is a great whiskey! I have a couple of Nikka (Coffee Malt and SIngle Malt) and they are good, though I prefer smokey ones like Lagavulin, Ardbeg, etc 🙂

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