Field Marshell Aluminum E-11 Build

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  1. oblagon

    oblagon Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    So I have a Field Marshall aluminum E-11 on the way and wanted to check with the brain trust to see how people are finishing them for a realistic look.

    I know the originals were painted with Suncorite 259; but thus far I've been unable to find anyplace that sells it. Some suggest BBQ paint is a good alternative to the Suncorite.
     
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  2. Dann

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    If you want the wrinkle finish go with the VHT wrinkle paint.
     
  3. oblagon

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    Saw that mentioned before; but like flat or satin everyone has a different opinon.
    Original Sterlings have a bumpy texture that some say the BBQ paint simulates well.

    Here's a shot of an original blaster that shows the texture I'm shooting for.
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  4. Metz

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    I second the vht for a wrinkle finish. Have two cans and one f his e-11 sitting at home for when I get a chance. Buy a can and experiment with it. Used it on a metal droid caller and it looked great. I wouldn’t spray the e-11 first though. Pant some scrap to get a fee for how to get the desired look.
     
  5. oblagon

    oblagon Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I used it on a droid caller kit as well with great results. Yeah, no worries before I paint anything on the blaster I'll be doing test parts first :)
     
  6. oblagon

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    Got my package today and started stripping the E-11 to paint. Can't get the pin out of the black box on the back underside so I'll just mask it off for paint.
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  7. Metz

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    Looking like some good progress!
     
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  8. halliwax

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    Beautiful setup!!
     
  9. oblagon

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    Still experimenting with paint for the body, but I did get the texture down on the scope today.
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  11. Sundowner

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    I've used a "stone" spray paint which gives a bit of texture followed by a flat black top coat of spray paint.
     
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    Where did you buy this kit?
     
  13. oblagon

    oblagon Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Exactly the same thing I'm doing. Just giving the stone time to dry before hitting it with flat black

    It's a Field Marshall kit. He also sells on ebay under vmusicstore
     
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  14. Dann

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    Nice! What are you using for the texture on the scope? It looks like you dug it out of a coral reef!
     
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  16. oblagon

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    Thanks, I'm using Rustoleum Stone spray paint (they have different colors. I just chose beige at random) and then hit it with a flat Rustoleum. Anyone attempting the same DON"T EVER mix Rustoleum with any other paint. I learned the hard way.

    Been busy today so not much progress; just sprayed the end parts in stone (good or bad I went lighter to not risk washing out details) and sprayed it in flat
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    Nope, no sand or glue. I'm spraying the texture with Rustoleum Stone Rust-Oleum American Accents 12 oz. Stone Creations Bleached Stone Textured Finish Spray Paint-7990830 - The Home Depot
     
  18. Dann

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    It's looking great! I think that more applications of the stone paint, with some light sanding between coats (to knock down the really high textured areas) would produce a near perfect result.

    Basically what I'm saying is I think you need more coverage of the texture, and to smooth it out just a little bit.

    Just some attempted constructive criticism, I will shut the shish up, if you like! :)

    Oh, and the end caps don't need the texture, really. Or not as MUCH, at the very least.
     
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    Looking good! I would also smooth out the endcaps.

    I found a post here a while back where someone finished the scope by dabbing on a satin clearcoat using gauze pads after painting the base colors, and it looked fantastic. Unfortunately, I lost the bookmark in a computer crash and have not been able to find it since.
     
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  20. oblagon

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    Thanks for the feedback guys, I really appreciate it.
    Concerning the end caps I felt like halliwax where I couldn't see the sailboat. So I sprayed the texture down on the end caps as you guys can see and just sanded them down with 1500 grit then sprayed flat black down again. So they're not smooth but not bumpy either, somewhere in between.

    Dann I'll try your trick of sanding the body down as well and hit it again with the texture.
    I'll post pictures when I get it all finished up
     
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    I use a texturizing spray undercoat for my ESB DL-44 scopes. I’ll shoot some pics.
     
  22. ALLEY

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    Here’s an example of how mine have turned out on a Bobadebt scope.

    I masked off the smooth areas in the front and rear before using the gray texturizing spray followed by a satin black coating.

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    My MR E-11 and Rebel Soldier blasters have the same pebbled texture as well:

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  23. oblagon

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    That looks nice, thanks for sharing. Right now I'm going to keep using the stone paint only because I already have it on the scope and really don't want to strip it all off unless I have to.

    I sprayed part of the blaster with the wrinkle paint most use. Once it dries and I can put some flat black on it, I'll post a pic up.
     
  24. oblagon

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    So I put down the wrinkle paint and sprayed flat black over it. Not sure what to think about it. Going to pick up that Krylon paint tomorrow and see how that looks on a test part.
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  25. Sundowner

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    I think it looks pretty good so far
     
  26. Dann

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    Did you try baking the parts?

    Some folks will bake them after painting with the VHT. It affects the wrinkle in some way, can't recall if it makes it more pronounced, but I believe it does.
     
  27. RodanAZ

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    Heat usually makes the wrinkle more pronounced.

    I've used the VHT wrinkle paint on cam covers, and for a very pronounced texture you want a heavy final coat and some heat during curing.

    In my mind, the above pics look pretty good for the intended purpose. I usually end up with a much heavier texture on car parts, but I think it would be too much for a blaster.
     
  28. oblagon

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    Yeah, I hit each coat with a heat gun to bake it. What you're seeing is 3 separate coats with a layer of flat black on top.
     
  29. oblagon

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    Settled on a texture and sprayed everything. Next up is flat black and then assembly of the main body.
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  30. ALLEY

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    Looks like a great start.
     
  31. oblagon

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    First off, a huge shout out to ALLEY, that Krylon paint was awesome.

    So small update. Assembled the blaster as far as I can go at the moment as I'm waiting for my scope mount in the mail from Field Marshell.
    Pretty happy with where it's at thus far.
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  32. Somerset

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    That looks fantastic - great job!
     
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    This is looking awesome!!
     
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  34. HB1098S

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    Nice work, I’d like to pick one of these up!
     
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  35. russellsch

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    Beautifully done! (y)
     
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  36. newmagrathea

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    Nice work. I really want to get one of these and build it.
     
  37. Dann

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    Yeah, I've been wanting one of these for years!

    My Sterling parts kit has been in a box in my shop forever, waiting for a new tube!
     

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