I haven't had any real time at the bench this year. If I go downstairs when Naomi is awake, she almost accuses me of war crimes, but lately she has taken a liking to playing in the car. Saves money on a slide and swing set, and I can spend some time at the bench while I watch her.
I decided to pull out the Fine Molds X-Wing which I have had for a while, to try something small and easy. I've also decided that I won't spray paint any of it, but will hand brush it instead as I will be only a meter away from where baby is playing.
The instructions are all in Japanese so have required some study and paint conversion.
I started like an Aircraft, with the cockpit sub assembly
There are a good number of decals, with options for Red 1 - 4. I'm going for Red 4, for no particular reason.
Handpainting, I am going to use Vallejo white top paints, and maybe some Mr Hobby buffable metals. I'm also taking some liberties with the colours to keep with the colours I have. This may include liberties with the Rebel pilot uniforms, but we will see.
This is the first time since I was a kid with Humbrol enamel tins that I have hand painted anything. I have already seen that the sanding marks are going to be pretty visible so I need to work on the finish, and some of the panel lines might do with a re-scribe (Oh Joy). Any other tips for hand painting would be great fully accepted.
The trick with the brushing is as much single stroke work as possible rather than trying to go backwards and forwards ( though not so much with good metal colour paints), and then when she’s asleep spraying your dull coat or satin or whatever over the top. Rattle cans are great for this, or whatever your used to. That sorts most of the brush stroke problems.