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by Callandor
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Rattle can equivalent to MM light grey?
Replies: 0
Views: 145

Rattle can equivalent to MM light grey?

Has anyone found a good rattle can equivalent to MM light grey? I find it to be a good color for a lot of Star Trek ships, but I rarely have the time to mess with any airbrush and Testors doesn't make a rattle can for light grey.
by Callandor
Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: New Future packaging?
Replies: 12
Views: 815

New Future packaging?

Is this how Future is now packaged? I can't seem to find the old stuff anymore. Has anyone used this one?

[url]https://www.amazon.com/Johnson-Pledge-F ... RPH4C/[url]
by Callandor
Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Testors White Lightning Question
Replies: 6
Views: 1958

Re: Testors White Lightning Question

Has anyone tried this yet? I am really curious if it works on top of the decals. If anyone has tried it, can you post pictures?
by Callandor
Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:55 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Removing decals
Replies: 4
Views: 1551

Luckily, I have some extra decals to replace the one that got shifted, so I was able to get it off using a damp warm cloth. I was hoping I could salvage the original decal, but oh well.
by Callandor
Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:49 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Removing decals
Replies: 4
Views: 1551

Removing decals

What is the best way to remove decals which have dried without doing to much damage to the model and surrounding area? Is it possible to do so without damaging the decal so it can be repositioned? I am working on the 1701 refit and one of my decals shifted. It was dry before I noticed.
by Callandor
Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:10 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Testors White Lightning Question
Replies: 6
Views: 1958

I have learned the hard way what happens when you don't test beforehand. It involved tears and language inappropriate for young viewers. :D
by Callandor
Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:16 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Testors White Lightning Question
Replies: 6
Views: 1958

That would actually be great if it did. While the decals for the 1/1000 refit look good, they are too dark for my tastes. I was thinking about dulling them down a bit with a light coat of white anyways. I am probably going to get a can and do a few tests to see what I get.
by Callandor
Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:12 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Testors White Lightning Question
Replies: 6
Views: 1958

Testors White Lightning Question

I was looking through some youtube videos for tips on applying the decals on the refit Enterprise. One of the videos mentioned that they used Testor's White Lightning laquer and it looked really nice. He mentioned that it was transparent. Is that the case? If so, I was considering applying a coat on...
by Callandor
Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:54 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Micro Sol Help Needed
Replies: 5
Views: 1830

If a decal has been sitting for a day or two and I discover places where it is not quite laying down, is it beneficial to apply some more Micro Sol or is that just a fruitless gesture? I don't usually have more than an hour or two at a time to devote to model building, so I can't really apply multip...
by Callandor
Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:45 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Micro Sol Help Needed
Replies: 5
Views: 1830

Micro Sol Help Needed

What is the best way to get decals to fit down into grooves using microsol? I am working on a model with a bunch of grooves and grid lines. I am using Micro Set prior to placing the decal and Micro Sol after it is placed. I tried using a tissue to gently press the decal into the grooves, but the dec...
by Callandor
Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:29 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Best process for applying azteck decals?
Replies: 0
Views: 1197

Best process for applying azteck decals?

What is the best process for applying the large r2 decals that come w/ the 1/1000 refit? For example, micro set - decal - microsol, nothing - decal - micro set, etc. Also, do the r2 decals need to be coated w/ decal bonder?
by Callandor
Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:42 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Looking for small files
Replies: 10
Views: 3599

Get some nail file boards (emmery boards?) from wal-mart and cut them to size. They work well for sanding. I found that as long as you are painting the surface in the end, you won't see any scratches from them.
by Callandor
Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:27 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Questions about old decals.
Replies: 2
Views: 1025

Questions about old decals.

1. Should I use Decal Bonder on old decals that have yellowed? Will the bonder lock in any of the yellow glue? 2. Is there a good way to loosen old decals that are stuck to the decal paper? I have some old decals that get stuck to the paper in places and cause the decals to rip. Should I just soak t...
by Callandor
Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:19 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Anyone ever order from JBot or realspacemodels.com?
Replies: 4
Views: 1245

Anyone ever order from JBot or realspacemodels.com?

I am needing some replacement decals for my Revell 1/144 Shuttle and both JBot and realspacemodels.com have some I could order. Has anyone ordered from them? What were your experiences?
by Callandor
Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:36 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Decals on Future or bare plastic?
Replies: 1
Views: 871

Decals on Future or bare plastic?

I am working on a US Shuttle model and most of the model is bare plastic. I didn't prime it since it was already white. Will decals work better on the smooth plastic or over a coat of Future? I know you need a smooth finish to apply the decals, but I am not sure whether they would adhere better to t...
by Callandor
Thu Oct 20, 2011 3:58 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: masking cone-shaped parts
Replies: 2
Views: 962

masking cone-shaped parts

I am working on a model of the NASA shuttle and am having a hard time figuring out a good way to mask off around the nose of the shuttle for the grey tip, black stripe across the top of the nose, etc. Is there an easy way to mask off a straight line around a cone shaped object? I really don't want t...
by Callandor
Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:37 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: How to "wash" a certain color?
Replies: 3
Views: 1304

I would actually recommend using charcoal. Grind down a charcoal pencil to get a nice powder. Brush it on, making sure to get it into all of the nooks and crannies. Then wipe off the excess with either a damp tissue (clean version) or a dry spongy makeup pad (dirty version). You can also use colored...
by Callandor
Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:06 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Fluorescent acrylics from Modern Masters ... help!
Replies: 5
Views: 1653

I often use MM florescent red on the back of clear parts with a clear red outer coat. Gives the appearance of a red glow for things like the Enterprise bussards.
by Callandor
Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:43 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Dull Coat, spray vs. brush
Replies: 4
Views: 1673

The weird thing is that it is actually making the original coat of flat look LESS flat.
by Callandor
Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:25 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Dull Coat, spray vs. brush
Replies: 4
Views: 1673

Dull Coat, spray vs. brush

I am finishing up my AMT runabout and I brushed on some MM Acrylic flat coat onto some cement that has seaped out of a seam. The cement was very shiny and I wanted to dull it down. The flat coat I brushed on came out as more of a semigloss or satin. The subassemblies had already been sprayed with th...
by Callandor
Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:14 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Decal Issues
Replies: 7
Views: 1957

I did not use any decal setting solution. The dull coat was MM acrylic airbrushed on. I will try a second coat and see if that helps.
by Callandor
Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:18 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Decal Issues
Replies: 7
Views: 1957

I don't think the issue is air pockets. I have run into that issue before. This is a very even, very light frosting over the entire decal.
by Callandor
Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:21 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Decal Issues
Replies: 7
Views: 1957

Decal Issues

I applied the decals for my AMT Runabout and they came out a bit frosted. They are not bad, but noticable if you look close. I applied Future before and after applying them, followed by a dull coat. Any ideas why they look frosted?
by Callandor
Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:21 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Future beading up
Replies: 3
Views: 1081

Very helpful article. Thanks.
by Callandor
Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:39 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Future beading up
Replies: 3
Views: 1081

Future beading up

I put a coat of future on my AMT runabout and it beaded up like oil on water. It has leveled out a bit as it dries, but it is not smooth like it usually is. Anyone else experienced this? My base is MM Acrylic with charcoal pencil brushed into the panel lines and then wiped off. Ideas? Any good way t...
by Callandor
Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:57 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Defogging clear parts.
Replies: 8
Views: 2478

Also, what is a good window tint? I have not had good luck with the testor enamel stuff.
by Callandor
Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:51 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Defogging clear parts.
Replies: 8
Views: 2478

What is novus? I am not familiar with that product.
by Callandor
Sun Apr 17, 2011 3:21 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Defogging clear parts.
Replies: 8
Views: 2478

Defogging clear parts.

Is it possible to defog clear parts? I am working on the AMT DS9 runabout. I tried tinting the windows with some enamel window tint. The paint was a bit old and it came out looking pretty bad. I used some thinner to strip the paint off, but it fogged up the windows. Is there a way to undo the foggin...
by Callandor
Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:10 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Paint before gluing
Replies: 5
Views: 1716

That is how I work with models. The major downside is that you may have to sand off some of the paint to get a good weld between the pieces.
by Callandor
Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:32 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Gloss & Dull coats
Replies: 114
Views: 63085

I usually spray some future over the decals before spraying my final clear coat. Apparently we don't have Future in Oz, renamed and reformulated, the semi gloss I used was from an aerosol, and I am thinking this may be the cause any more info would be appreciated I think Future is now called "Pledg...