[WIP] 1:72 Hasegawa VF-22s (Macross)

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Here's a picture of the primed model so far, I'm just about to try the Vallejo in the airbrush (so far I`ve only brush painted the stuff). Hopefully all will go well with the Vallejo thinner I bought today.

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Just shot my first coat of the Vallejo Pale Blue Grey. Not sure if I put enough thinner into it (used the 061 thinner in the 32 ml bottle). I mixed it about 80% thinner to 20% paint, compressor set to approx. 18-20 psi (with a medium size Paashe #3 tip). The surface looks like it has a very slight texture to it, not terrible mind you, but normally my 50%-50% Tamiya paint and thinner combo lays down smoother. The colour coverage was fantastic however. I have to redo a small area on the inside surfaces of the tail planes. Other than that I'll let everything dry until Thursday, then it's the dark camo spots.

I'll post a picture or two later tonight or tomorrow evening (depending on when the kids will lend me a camera).

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Wow, that looks fantastic. Can't wait to see more.
 

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Thanks Steve (and Quaralane, Jingles and Grendels) - you guys are keeping me motivated to finish it up (even though I'm officially late) :(

I've got the base coat done, along with the exhausts. I'm thinking of modifing the paint scheme a little. I saw another build of the same kit online, and the intakes were painted white. I think it looks cool, so I've painted mine white also.

The intakes and the exhausts are not glued into place yet.

Tomorrow I plan to start on the second colour - the darker grey camo spots. Hopefully if everything goes well the guys at work will have some time to cut out my stand on our laser table also.

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Too cool. The lines on the big VF22 are really agressive! 8)

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Jingles said:
Too cool. The lines on the big VF22 are really agressive! 8)

Jingles.
I agree Jingles. I like how it looks like a modern fighter (F-22-ish or YF-23-ish) on steroids.
 

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Well guys I'm having a little frustration develop on this build. I've been trying to get what I consider a good mask in place to shoot my second darker grey colour. I traditionally use a low tack macking tape, or paper masks. I was going to use a paper mask much like the one I used on my BoB GB Spitfire Mk1 (fixed with blu-tack, masking tape rolls, or a thin scrap-book double sided scotch tape). The problem I'm having is that some sections of the mask are so thin I have no good way to fix them to the model. I tried to make a masking tape mask, that was a gong show - to hard to get the sections to line up / adhere.

Some guys would just free-hand airbrush the second colour. I've never had good results with free-handing camo (or pre-shading for that matter) - my hand is not that steady.

I really want to keep this build moving (finish this week-end or early next week), and am hoping for some really out of the box ideas or suggestions. In the end however, I may just try to free-hand it, just to get it done. <Sigh> Never know it might turn out great. :p

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Oh and as a second bummer my laser cut stand is on hold because we are having problems with the CNC program...

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Managed to get the mask issue sorted out, took most of the night. I ended up buying a pack of frisket film from a near by art and craft store. It was a couple of trys before I I had a partial mask made out of the frisket that I could use. After applying the frisket to the model, I used tape and paper to close off any areas that might get over spray. I sprayed the model with Vallejo Neutral Grey (90% thinner & 10% paint at about 15 psi). 20 minutes later I carefully took the masks off... ;D

Couple areas to touch up, but other than that I'm super happy with it.

Tomorrow - brush painting the smaller details & clear coat.

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Thanks guys. I really appreciate the positive comments. :) :) :)

Jingles - I would buy another of these kits. If I could get my hands on one, my LHS has one of the blue and yellow 1:72 YF-21 kits (only it costs lots; $70 CAD for a 1:72 kit seems a little steep to me). Now that I know where the issues are I think the build would go alot farther, faster.

Well I'm going to clean my desk so I can keep this moving.
 
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JMac said:
Jingles - I would buy another of these kits. If I could get my hands on one, my LHS has one of the blue and yellow 1:72 YF-21 kits (only it costs lots; $70 CAD for a 1:72 kit seems a little steep to me).
I'm sure HLJ has it for less than $45 CAD with FedEx postage.

Not to tempt you of course... ::)

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Jingles said:
Not to tempt you of course... ::)

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Thanks for not tempting me... ::)
 

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My wife and kids are out of the house, so I`ve had a totally free morning to work on the Queen.

Here is how she looks now;

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And from the business end;

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and finally from the thrusty end.

I promise that some day I will set up a photobucket account. ::)

I`ll let everything dry untill later today, then it will be time for clear coat.
Tomorrow, decals (hopefully).

Thanks for looking.
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It is starting to look very nice there. How did you like the frisket film? I have used it before, and had good results.
 

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Thanks.

The frisket worked out great. I'll use it again. My only complaint would be the cost of the package of films ($25 CAD for 9 letter sized sheets).
 

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Yeah it is a bit pricey, but you can cut it to the exact size you want. And then put it down on the model. Unlike working with tape, which I usually put down on the model and then cut.
 

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Wow, that is a great paint job! Looking forward to your next update!!!
 

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Thanks Steve - I'm really happy with the way it turned out.

Well I did not get to the decals tonight - dinner out with the family to my sons’ favourite Japanese restaurant instead.

I did however get my laser cut parts for my stand. They turned out fantastic! Here is a picture of the model on the unfinished stand, just to test stability. The parts still need to be solvent welded, and flame polished on the edges to get rid of a white rough layer produced by the laser cut.

Thanks for looking.

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