A bit pissed off and dejected for losing a small piece of my
, I decided to crack into the AT-ST, hoping it's not going to be too big of a build. While I had looked at it briefly before, I haven't even taken the sprues out of the bags
There's a decent number of parts to the kit, and the plastic feels very different to what I have felt before. Really nice plastic.
The instructions, while in Japanese are fairly easy to follow, so I started at part 1. Building the core platform.
The pieces fit together like a dream. I was being careful with what I glued though.
And some parts I wanted to make sure were really stuck together so used a bit of glue and clamps
The detail is awesome too. Some really clever thinking went into how this all fits together
I may have made a mistake putting the side on the 'pit' as it's going to make painting a lot harder. I may have to simplify the area and just use a wash and paint areas that are easy to reach to make them stand out. One of the dangers of not studying the manual or planning the build process.
The front of the 'pit' will be easier to work with and I'm glad I didnt attach this.
Instead of putting on all the hosing, Ive decided to paint that separately using Tamiya rubber colour.
So I'm going to go with the winter paint, basically a flat white. The hoses should stand out nicely but I'd like to show some wear in them. Im thinking of using a black primer and maybe try the hairspray technique to do some chipping but really have no idea what im do or how to go about it. Would love some ideas and pointers to best practice guides. Hopefully tomorrow I will carry on and have all the sub assemblies done ready for priming. This was honestly only about an hours work.
So even though the instructions are simple to follow, the lesson of the day is don't take them for granted and double check. I glued the wrong leg parts together, as well as putting in the thin part in the wrong way around. A problem when you're gluing parts together. I had to cut the sections apart.
And because the part had Tabs that attached into the leg, I had to cut off the tabs of the other side off, so I could glue it onto the leg section I had cut free.
Not the nicest job but I can clean it up.
2 Legs complete and ready for primer
For this build I am using black Stynylrez primer, partly to have shown underneath the main coat in locations, and damage, and partly to see how it acts as a primer. Never used black colour before.
Have a number of parts to prime, and concentrating mostly on the things I need to put together before. This is more like an AFV as a build I suspect, although I've never built an AFV, so I might be going about things the wrong way, but one of the reasons I haven't assembled a lot of the parts is that I am painting this white and want to paint some of the pipes a rubber-black colour and that would best be done before assembly
First rough coat down. This primer blocked my airbrush more than the great stuff. It may have to do with weather variations since I last used it, but ive ended up sparing at quite a high pressure with constant need to clear the nozzle of blockages, so I had to be content with light dusting of primer and inconsistent coverage. The awesome stuff about this primer is that it levels so well and lays down beautifully, even with a spitting airbrush.
Stand aside caffine, this is a job for alcohol.
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So carrying on, I added some more to the main face??? of the kit. I maybe should have waited to add some priming, but this wasn't really a thought through project.
Today was a lot of cutting parts of sprues and cleaning up the parts ready for priming, and as I have gone on I have gotten a better idea of how this is going to get put together
So now I am at the stage where everything is ready for primer. As quick as I have attacked this build and as many little mistakes as I have made, its been really fun so far and I was surprised that I was left with empty sprues this afternoon
I'll also be using some buffable paints on areas like these, and the weapons
Over the weekend I will finish priming. Im going to read up and watch videos about the hairspray method as a way to weather. For those of you who are AFV builders, any tip or ideas would be great, fo instance, should I hairspray over the primer and scrape off parts of the paint down to the primer, or should I add a coat of paint and then hairspray? Or should I not hairspray and do another weathering method? I'm going for a Hoth based AT-ST, so flat white painted showing through to a previous coat or to a priming base.
The hairspray method is actually good for larger weathering like partially removed white wash or partially worn off desert yellow over dark grey. You can use it to make big chips by applying it in small amounts, but salt can actually give better chipping. I find that chips are best painted on. Or you can do what I was experimenting with on the bergePanther and actually remove layers of paint with liquid glue. A drop will remove the over coat and start to expose your undercoats. This works with the Panzers as you can start with black as a preshade everywhere, then move on to red oxide and then to top coats. The red oxide with various other colours and the black as well can give really interesting shades of chipping and rust (with the right colours added to the red and black etc. The method could be used with which ever paint remover you want, but it has to match the paint type obviously. The other thing hairspray is wonderful for is simulating burnt out vehicles. You just have to paint the right undercoat you want on the particular spots you want exposed once the top paint is washed off.
I have done a bit of painting today starting with rubber colour for the hoses and this centre boot. Notice the seem line. Im still tossing up if I should fix it or not.
Next was to tackle the interior
I decided to try the Mig paints, using a light grey colour
They work pretty well as long as they are going down on a primer. This was straight out of the bottle as G1 suggested.
Then on to the winter matte white. Because of the black primer I havent been able to pre-shade unless I wanted to put another coat on, which I dont so I'm treating the main coat a bit like a post shade, spraying on perpendicular to the surface and not trying to get in all the nooks and crannies so that they remain a bit darker to add the depth.
So most of the parts painted. Im quite happy how they have come out but will wait until they are 100% dry. I think there will eb a few parts I need to fix up and re-spray, and the 2 stormtroopers will get some gloss white handpainted.
Update In Stash:
Lots of 1/35 Armor mainly WWII German and a few Modern British/American pieces, 1/32 Aircraft and 1/48 Aircraft. Aircraft chosen to replicate RNZAF and RAAF types through the years. Some RAF & USAF types exist also.