Friday, November 20, 2009
Just a small update for those still following this, My Mom passed away about a month ago.I will try to get back to this soon, as I have been invited to share some of my work with the IPMS chapter here in Puerto Rico,which I have joined.I got my PE and decal sets from PGM systems and will now incorparate these items into the build.That means a reworking of the interior panels.Thank you for your support.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Sorry for not posting............life has gotten in the way of modelling.I am in the process of packing to move to Puerto Rico to care take my mother.I hope to resume this blog by late August,once I'm settled and have a good internet connection.I am building my second Flying Sub which will be my personal build,I plan to replicate the 3' filming miniature,with the body shading and the different back end.I will try to post some pictures when I can.alexander
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Now that the model is showing up in stores,I want to share some building observations that I came across during my build.The shells have some parting lines that should be addressed,mainly toward the back fins and lower struts,and on the edge of the shell itself.In hindsight,I should have painted the inside front bulkhead(where the window glass and headlights go)the back bulkhead,and the lower docking ring separately.The interior shells should be painted in a light blocking color first,I chose Tamiya Flat Aluminium. The other thing I though of afterwords is that I should have painted the blue stripes on the body,let dry and masked them off and THEN painted the body with the main color,duh!These step would have made the process much easier.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Now it's time for the walls of the interior.Depending on who you talk to,the main color of the walls are either tan or grey,I chose Deck Tan by Tamiya.I painted all the walls with it,only to realize later that I should have painted the control panels first,and then mask them off and spray the Deck Tan.Oh well,that's what old age does to you.The control panels were shot with Dark Ghost Grey from Testors,the two small boxes were painted with Tamiya Metallic Grey.The bunk cabinets were painted Aluminium Non Buffing Metalizer from Testors,and the bed painted Semi Gloss Black from Tamiya.The door was also painted Tamiya Metallic Grey.The hatch wheel actually turns,a brass pin and tube is all you need.I used steel nails for the hinges instead of the plastic pins provided.Now it's time to do all the detail work on all the control panels.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Once the floor is painted,it is time to construct the girder framework.A lot of sanding to get rid of the mold lines,and they are ready to attach to the floor.There are four long ones and two short ones that go toward the front,by the windows.One of the long ones has a stud on the inside,this is to mount one of the two fire extinguishers,and has a corresponding slot in the floor.I placed the girders in their slots and cemented the ring with Ten-X,which gives me a nice strong joint.I then added the outside ring segments to the framework,and let it dry for an hour or so.I carefully pushed the whole framework off the floor plate.I painted the whole thing Tamiya metallic grey,a nice darker color than silver.When dry,I placed the framework back on the floor and glued it from the underside.I use Testors Liquid Cement,in the black plastic bottle,one of the best products ever produced.A cross between the Tube glue and the liquid cement,it has the perfect consistency to control.