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1/72 Fine Molds Tie Fighter 4 years 10 months ago #2

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The kit comes with stickers for masking the clear parts. Quite handy even if they weren't pre-cut.


The interior walls of the cockpit have decals. Ive done these straight on plastic. The back sides are supposed to be black but I'll hand brush that later.


Decals done, my first time using Micro Set and Sol. They moved around a lot so I got them done as best as possible and that will so, since they're not going to be too visible (I hope)

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1/72 Fine Molds Tie Fighter 4 years 10 months ago #3

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Nice start. Don't worry about painting the backside of the cockpit panels black - they cant be seen when finished.

Be careful of the kit masks. I used them on my first build and they are prone to bleeding even when burnished down very carefully. I ended up using them as a template to cut some Tamiya tape which worked much better.

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Craig Sargent wrote: Nice start. Don't worry about painting the backside of the cockpit panels black - they cant be seen when finished.

Be careful of the kit masks. I used them on my first build and they are prone to bleeding even when burnished down very carefully. I ended up using them as a template to cut some Tamiya tape which worked much better.

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Thanks Craig. Yeah one of the mask strips is lifting up. I'll have a go at re-masking tonight if I get a chance

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1/72 Fine Molds Tie Fighter 4 years 10 months ago #5

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Oh and thanks for the Link and pics too. Dont think I'll get it that nice, but will try.

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Small update from work done on the weekend.
I masked off the outer parts of the heat exchangers to make gluing easier and had the idea to attach cocktail sticks for easier painting. Of course I figured 2 sticks were better than one after I did the first one and was too lazy to go back and re-do the first one.


I also prepped most of the larger pieces and made up the base of the cockpit and primed them all. Seems to be coming together nicely so far.


Next step is painting the heat exchangers in satin black or nato black and use a concrete wash to give them a bit of a dusty effect. Not 100% sure about this approach. I should look at some photos probably.

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1/72 Fine Molds Tie Fighter 4 years 9 months ago #7

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Some slow progress, mainly due to work and i also had an airbrush mishap. Was applying some AK 777 gloss to the heat exchanger panels so I could add some wash to them, got a call mid way through that was urgent and the varnish clogged up my airbrush. :ohmy:


Its taken a while but finally got it cleaned out this morning but I still need an Airbrush cleaning kit I think, or at least the bristly brushes. Anyway, from the advice I re-masked the clear parts. I painted the pilot and interior. Didnt worry about the decals for the pilot, i just added some silver paint in the approximate area where the decal was to go on the helmet. Its not really visible from inside.


I also painted the front of the cockpit dark grey without primer, but it looks nice. Not too sure if I will give it a wash or dry brush. I've started putting together the fuselage and just have the front glass to put on so don't have much time to decide but Im leaning towards a drybrush with a light grey.

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1/72 Fine Molds Tie Fighter 4 years 9 months ago #8

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Looking good Grover :)
Must get me some star wars kits some day soon :cheer:

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Cheers Glenn, the Fine Molds kits are awesome. I'm learning tons

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So the Concrete wash didnt come out as well as I wanted. Lucky I could just brush it off.


The main pod has been painted. There's a couple of gaps in the joins I will fill in and sand up. I also got remined by the wife last night to RTFM as I should have put ona couple of extra parts here that are painted the same colour as the fuselage.


We had our niece over so she did some airbrushing with me. She laid it on a bit thick doing the grey support structures to the black heat exchangers but it didn't look too bad so I have started gluing those pieces together. Got one done before I had to shoot out with the niece and wife to an xmas lights display. The sacrifices we make for family :D

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Its hard to see but I have painted the guns in Tamiya Chrome (more metallic silver). I dont have orange which is the call out for the front parts, and I'm not going to buy it for such a limited use so I'll use red.


I masked the black areas to put some paint around the edges of the heat exchangers and a couple of little parts of the fuselage.


Tomorrow, put the last few pieces on, and figure out how I'm going to get the front glass masked to paint it differently. I glues it together before I realised my plan to use a stencil wasnt going to work with the heat exchangers in the way. :unsure:

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1/72 Fine Molds Tie Fighter 4 years 9 months ago #12

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Clear Orange is actually a very useful colour to have in the toolbox. Lots of WWII allied fighters had a 3 colour ID lamp system and one was always Amber/orange. Modern US jets have a 3 lamp carrier landing light system, one of which is Amber/orange. You get the idea... :)

I painted my TIEs cockpit ball glazing in reverse. Paint it the darker grey, let dry and wrap some Tamiya kabuki tape around the outer edge where the transparency meets the ball, then paint the lighter grey to the edge of the tape. Very simple.

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Looking good Grover

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Cheers Craig and Tiger. Hmm I can see me having to build a bigger paint rack :woohoo:

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Its starting to come together and looking like a real model.


To mask the area around the front canopy, I laid out some tape and using a stencil carefully cut a hole I thought would be the correct size. It was actually too small so I did it again. Before I did this I glued the last parts, including the 2 guns onto the fuselage. This proved to be a mistake.


The tape masked well, except for where the guns are located, so I had to cut this area and tape it separately. We learn by doing it the wrong way don't we.


It worked though. Mostly. Theres a couple of areas im not happy with but I could touch them up with a brush. I get the feeling I will leave them though as a testament to my journey so far (and possibly as a reminder to not be lazy)


So no orange, but I think the red works for the guns.


Sorry parts of the shots are out of focus, im using a 50mm lens and experimenting with that too.

Now a question or 3. I'm up to the part where I need to do my first varnish before decals. Should I remove the masks on the clear plastic or leave it on till the very end? Also, how many coats of varnish and how long should I leave between drying times? Im using Alclad Aqua Gloss Clear.
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So yesterday I attempted the decals. Why do they make them so small and my hands so big? :S Anyway I got most on in mostly the right positions, although a couple I put in the wrong place. In looking at the call outs for the decals though, I notices some areas I should have painted a darker grey that weren't shown in the other instructions, but were with the decal sheet. Oh well.


I put another gloss varnish on last night and then this morning I started applying a clay based wash to the entire model.


It worked its way quite well into the recesses and has made the awesome detail of the model stand out even better but has required a fair amount of clean up


Iv'e cleaned most of it up but have leaft it a bit longer to dry and will go back and clean a bit more.


Do you think a matte varnish needs to be added at the end?

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1/72 Fine Molds Tie Fighter 4 years 9 months ago #17

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Looking good Grover! Definitely needs a matt finish though.

One thing I noticed that is weird, the pentagon on the side of the TIE is the same marking that the Cylon Raiders from BSG (and nuBSG) have on them. perhaps it's a universal sci-fi bad guy marking?
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Yeah I have no idea about the marking. All instructions are in Japanese. It looked like there were 2 options for markings so I chose the one with the large pentagon on it so I would at least have one decal that I could see.

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Wow that looks good. The ends do look to have a shine but that could be the camera, so hard to tell if you should do a matte.

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Thanks Michael. I will do a matte coat when I'm happy with the weathering. Planning on doing a little photo shoot with the finished product too. Quite happy with how its turned out considering it's the first model I've finished.

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That wash really brings it to life mate, looking really good.
Are you by any chance using the Flory clay wash?
I put a coat of it on the wheels and hull of my tank last night, but was a bit heavy handed with it. Fortunately though it does just wipe right off.
Note to self.... don't try to do anything after having a few beers ;)
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Its UMP wash I bought from BnA. And probably a l;ot like the Flory wash. Clay based and easy as pie to come off. It's what I plastered all over the big black radiators and some water brought it all off.

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Great Build Grover!! I need a Tie Fighter..I have the finemolds 1/48 X-wing and 1/144 Millenium Falcon to do... Tie fighter would be nice!
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Thanks Nos.
Now listen people, I need your help to stop me doing stupid things like spraying matte clear on bits that are supposed to be see through :pinch:

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I've heard that you may be able to fix that by respraying the clear parts with gloss? I may be wrong tho... :blink:

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It depends which clear you used, if it was an acrylic matt soaking it in ISO should do the trick but if it was a lacquer based matt then not so easy, you could try dipping it in a clear type of solution but don't hold your breath.

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It was Lacquer based. I'll try the gloss when I reassemble my paint booth in the new year

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If it's not on the model, dunk it in the acrylic clear as it will coat better than spraying.

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Cheers Gary. It is but I could probably take it off as I used pva to glue it in place

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yeah should come off easy enough then, just put some water in to soak a bit first

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Looking very good.
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