I feel I have to post now just to defend my honour! Yes I like paper! So what? LOL Should be home this weekend to physically hold the kits and know what I'm working with. My first time making a model, so hopefully it won't end up pear-shaped ... more starship shaped
Prize list updated up top.
interesting yet logical.
May we topcoat our models with a gloss or matte clear?
good question... is Clear technically a color???
I'm gonna say no, guys - because that's kind of an advanced modeling technique. Let's keep it simple for everyone involved.
JM: It's a little on the "cutesy" side, but would you like a Hot Wheels U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D model? It's still in box. Even though the box is a bit dirty and the plastic is cut, the box has never been opened. Let me know, and I'll send it to ya!
For a prize? We can set that up, lol.
Ok... So now I've properly stalked the other competition threads and seen the standard of entries, I'm suddenly embarrassed by my model LOL When I submit my photos and get no votes, can I stay anonymous?
Just when I thought I was finished....
I sprayed my starship a couple of days ago and today I noticed that the paint seemed a little tacky, so I poked it - destroying it - and then discovered that all the paint just washed off under the tap.
Now I have a naked starship which will need another paint job. I've done some Googling and discovered that Createx is evil and that I probably shouldn't attempt to paint with it again...
...so my question is...
What type of paint should I be using?
Hmm, with the clock ticking down, just another eleven days left. Sigh. I'm really looking forward to seeing all the entries. Heck, I'm a starship junkie anyway, and it's gonna be a hoot to see what people came up with. Submitted my entry today. I'm gonna take a break for a day or three, then get back to my main kitbash [blatant plug]!!
You can go with the standard brush on stuff. Testors enamel is available at any hobby store. I myself dont like enamel, too messy and hard to clean up, so I went with acrylic paint, again available at most hobby stores including metallic colors, and though it takes 2-3 coats on the un-prepared plastic I like the results. It does scratch off easy so after the contest I will be clear coating my ships but because it scratches of easy I have been able to easily fix any mistakes. If you are intent on spraying, I assume you are using an airbrush, I got no clue as all I use in my airbrush is the Createx which really does need a primer coat to stick and dry proper. I guess that is why I dont spray much. But with the rules of this contest using primer is very tricky as none of it can show.
Now I just had a thought I have never tried acrylic thinned down in a spray. Of course like I said I dont spray much. If your not afraid you might give that a shot. If for some reason you are using spray cans then I might try finding the colors you need in Krylons for Plastic series. Ideally it should work on the "Plastic" model. Masking would be a B!+ch but their it is.
Well I hope this helps. Happy Painting!
I've got fat and clumsy hands so I'm not really a fan of painting with a brush. I'm hoping the airbrush will do all the work for me I think we should nominate daltman1967 to test the thinned down acrylic so we can all to see the results.. Do it! Do it!
Lady luck is with me though! After seeing this thread, I went straight to eBay and just minutes ago I managed to win an auction where someone was selling a job lot of Tamiya paints and tools (with the tweezers I need for my NASA vehicle <- better plug!!) It should have me sorted enough to win this contest!! Boo-yah!
Durrett, I didn't use a primer in my first attempt, but now I'm too scared not to. A primer is included in the listing I just purchased and I believe it's called 'grey primer micro filler'. Do you think it'll be okay?
We've gotten a few entries, and that's brought up something I didn't think of, so I'll ask what people think.
Should we allow brief (no more than 100 words) descriptions of the starship - what her role is, name, maybe a brief history of the vessel? Almost every entry I've gotten has a description, though some of you might have to shorten up your descriptions, so I figured I'd ask what you had to say.
The way I look at it with the Acrylic is the first layer I put down is a colored Primer. Then the next layer is a rough coat and then I do the final smooth coat so no real loss of time just use of different materials for different steps.
"you're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view."
odd quote for a Star Trek Thread but one of my favorites.
Of course, you could say that you did the same thing with your kits. If you built two ships, you split your parts into two groups, right? Why not do the same with your description?
By the way, I'm heavily in favor of a description, so if you have an objection, speak up. I'll consider everything anyone posts.
Well that all depends really... Are we only allowed to use the words that are on the box?
PS. How does one remove cat hair from paint?
LOL, no, you can use whatever words you like.
Uh, carefully, I suppose.
Levi has a warped sense of humor if he wants to nominate ME as a paint tester. Anyone who's read my blog knows I've been fighting tooth & nail to make my airbrush work. This model was no exception.
As far as the description, I almost feel it's necessary; brief history, function of the ship, etc., to give background. 250 words is plenty.