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by dizzyfugu
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:21 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Source for super fine metal mesh?
Replies: 5
Views: 386

Re: Source for super fine metal mesh?

You might also check gift bands, for parcel decoration - there is some plastic (actually styrene) mash gift band around. Not certain if it would qualify for for small scale, but it might be an option.
by dizzyfugu
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:15 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: How to weather question
Replies: 6
Views: 992

Re: How to weather question

I used a step-by-step project in a Francois Verlinden book many years ago as my initial weathering fix. It was a "simple" 1:35 M4 Sherman tank, and I started with duplicating the process outlined in the book - and it worked well. Anyway, atechnique or effect which works on one kit or scale might not...
by dizzyfugu
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Help: idea for lens for Zveda star destroyer engines
Replies: 5
Views: 430

Re: Help: idea for lens for Zveda star destroyer engines

I have succesfully used the bottoms from a clear plastic cookie tray (from a simple consumer package) for lit-up spaceship engines. Some clear paint, worked very well and did not cost anything extra. Just some cookies. :P
by dizzyfugu
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Soft Vinyl model needs some weight suggesstions needed for filler(s)!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 678

Re: Soft Vinyl model needs some weight suggesstions needed for filler(s)!!!

Second the plaster method, too. I built my first large scale figure kits in vinyl, and plaster in the legs not only lowered appreciably the center of gravity, it also stabilized the legs, supporting the weight of the upper body. Just make sure you let the plaster dry out THOROUGHLY before you "close...
by dizzyfugu
Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Lighting & Electronics
Topic: conductive paint?
Replies: 10
Views: 1061

Re: conductive paint?

I have successfully used the Busch paint - initailly I bought it to repair a damage in my car's rear window heat grill, and it worked like a charm! I have later also used it for LED connections in one or two mecha models, and the stuff worked well, too.
by dizzyfugu
Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:46 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Black/blue paint
Replies: 19
Views: 1424

Re: Black/blue paint

What works well and has a visible effect in direkt light is a metallic base coat with a candy clear coat. You could use a black metallic paint with VERY fine mica particles (standard stuff, e .g. from a rattle can with a car color, is normally much too "rough" for a model kit), and cover it with a b...
by dizzyfugu
Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: First Model Diorama
Replies: 3
Views: 615

Re: First Model Diorama

Second the Sheperd Paine book, and there are also some books from von François Verlinden in English language available. Another, more generic work that helped me a lot when I started with bases/dioramas was a book by Daniel Puiboube, but I think it's only available in French or German language. The ...
by dizzyfugu
Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Comic style color scheme help.
Replies: 4
Views: 637

Re: Comic style color scheme help.

Tough task. Not an advise on the tones, but you might keep in mind that this "style" also needs a certain perspective to work properly. I'd assume that the 2D effect only works effectively from a single point of view, so you should decide on this first. My guess would be to apply a white or light gr...
by dizzyfugu
Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Tamiya acrylics and using a gloss coat
Replies: 7
Views: 990

Re: Tamiya acrylics and using a gloss coat

From the symptoms it sounds to me as if the Tamiya paint coat rather bears the problem, not the top varnish coat? From my experience with Tamiya acrylics, they proved to be very robust. Once dry, they are hard to "impress" by any kind of varnish (either acrylic or solvent-based). Did the paint flake...
by dizzyfugu
Tue Jun 06, 2017 5:25 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Filling and Sanding Question For a Space: 1999 Eagle
Replies: 8
Views: 1134

Re: Filling and Sanding Question For a Space: 1999 Eagle

Three suggestions. If you have a mini drill or an engraving tool, you can CAREFULLY try to sand the area with an appropriate sanding head. Still hazardous, though. Another way is cheating: a die-punched, thin piece of styrene (e. g. with a paper hole puncher, or a belt punch) could be glued into the...
by dizzyfugu
Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Removing Decals
Replies: 5
Views: 696

You could also try to use adhesive tape to rip the decals off of the surface. Sounds crude, but if the decals are wrinkled and did not bond well with the surface below, chances are good they might be "peeled" or scraped off with little other damage. Sand paper can work, but I guess that this will af...
by dizzyfugu
Sun Apr 16, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: How can I paint really tiny stars?
Replies: 6
Views: 822

Re: How can I paint really tiny stars?

I am painting a 1/25th scale Wonder Woman, and I need to paint her star-spangled fanny. Does anyone have any ideas for how I might paint stars that small? I would recommend some 1/72 WWII armor decals. The American stars that go on the fenders of tanks and hoods of jeeps should be about right. I ho...
by dizzyfugu
Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:56 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Bending brass rod stands
Replies: 3
Views: 670

An angle gauge (measuring helps, in many cases), and if you need many specimen of the same stuff, build a simple pattern model made from a piece of wood and some nails?
by dizzyfugu
Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:13 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Display stand rod question
Replies: 5
Views: 843

Besides weight, the item's center of gravity and the option to mount a display also play a major role, as well as the display arm's lenth - the longer, the more wobbly things might end up, so that more than one arm might be necessary.
by dizzyfugu
Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Engines and weapons ???
Replies: 9
Views: 1834

Take a trip to a DIY store and keep your eyes open. You will find a lot of potential donation parts there that can be used for engine parts. :wink:
by dizzyfugu
Tue Jan 03, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Hairspray technique
Replies: 12
Views: 2479

Can also be done with salt and some water (esp. on large scale models).
by dizzyfugu
Mon Aug 15, 2016 3:27 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Off White Paint?
Replies: 3
Views: 958

Agree, it's a rather non-specific tone - just avoid pure white, because it is very harsh. A very light grey can be the answer, as well as brownish additions or ivory, there's IMHO no definition. I'd make it dependant on the surroundings. On a WWII USN aircraft, with blue upper camouflage, I'd rather...
by dizzyfugu
Mon Aug 15, 2016 3:22 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Washing Small Parts?
Replies: 5
Views: 1485

Nylon stockings can also do wonders... :D
by dizzyfugu
Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:43 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Tumbleweeds and cracked earth?
Replies: 11
Views: 2853

I have used crackle medium on a small diorama - results were so-so, it did not work too well... :(
by dizzyfugu
Mon Feb 15, 2016 7:52 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Best table surface
Replies: 10
Views: 3228

Personally, I prefer a wooden work surface and I have a scartched "work platform" that I attach a normal table, primarily as protection. A cutting mat would be the best surface for construction, I think, but it's prone to stains when you paint parts. I'd avoid any glass surface, because it is very h...
by dizzyfugu
Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:07 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Resin Kits -- Recommend a Good Primer?
Replies: 25
Views: 7553

Cleaning the parts thoroughly is half the job. And beyond that, any acrylic primer (automotive stuff is good, DupliColor great and the white Tamiya primer excellent, but expensive) will do. I do not recommend spray filler, though, it tends (from my experience) to react with resin and the remaining s...
by dizzyfugu
Wed Nov 18, 2015 9:12 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Source for 10/0 Brushes?
Replies: 3
Views: 1821

I frequently use a wooden toothpick, shaped into what I need with a cutter, for fine tasks. Works pretty well, because the wood sucks up paint (I normally use enamels) like a brush, and I can tailor and refresh the "tip" easily. And it's not so costly, I can imagine that such a fine brush only works...
by dizzyfugu
Wed Nov 18, 2015 9:08 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Fixing mis-drilled holes
Replies: 8
Views: 2946

Re: Fixing mis-drilled holes

3. Purchase some Evergreen or Plastruct styrene rods of appropriate diameter and fill holes with them using liquid cement to weld them in place. Allow them to fully dry, then trim, sand flush, then re-drill. Second that. You can also use plastic sprues, heat the over a flame and tear a thin string ...
by dizzyfugu
Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:54 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: clear coat for chrome?
Replies: 5
Views: 2264

I'd still think it's a reaction issue, but I guess the primer would be the only suspect if everything else is "normal." Second that. Many styrenes, especially from packagings, contain softeners that keep the material flexible - and make painting it/adhesion complicated if not impossible. If you wan...
by dizzyfugu
Wed Jul 29, 2015 9:03 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Monza Red?
Replies: 9
Views: 3705

Hmmm, Humbrol does a Ferrari Red tone (220, both enamel and acrylics), as well as Model Master. And I have heard that Tamiya TS-49 (Bright Red) is supposed to be a decent alternative. But I understand the problem, and it's tough. I had a 1:24 Fiat 500 on the bench which was to be painted in somethin...
by dizzyfugu
Wed Jul 29, 2015 3:20 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Monza Red?
Replies: 9
Views: 3705

Re: Monza Red?

Hey all, I'm looking for a match for Monza red. Where does the color belong to/come from? If it is a real car color, using the actual car paint is a good way to go; many colors are available in a rattle can, either from the manufacturers themselves or as generic offers, and these tend to be water-b...
by dizzyfugu
Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:25 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: So I can't use Mr. Surfacer to prime a vinyl figure?
Replies: 23
Views: 11985

Besides using ONLY acrylic primer (read the can - if it does not say acarylic just stay away in order to avoid any risks), give the parts a good and thorough wash in a mild detergent. There will certainly be silicone separator agents left on the parts, or, if you have poor vinyl material, it keeps o...
by dizzyfugu
Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:11 am
Forum: Construction
Topic: Source for sheet styrene -
Replies: 12
Views: 4543

Look in your local yellow pages of plastic supply businesses. You can get 4x8 sheets or larger in several thicknesses for a fraction of what Evergreen charges. Manufactures and suppliers use the term HIPS. High Impact Poly-Styrene. TazMan2000 Another good potential source is architecture stuff - th...
by dizzyfugu
Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:08 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Dullcote over pearl paint
Replies: 3
Views: 2353

Second that. You will lose the shiny surface reflections, but the mica/PET particles inside of the paint will still sparkle. As a side note, I'd stay away from metallic effect paint on small scale models, e. g. "real life" car paints from a rattle can or effect paints from hobby stores. The paints w...
by dizzyfugu
Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:20 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Hints on very fine pinstriping?
Replies: 2
Views: 1751

TL Modellbau of Germany offers a range of generic decals with stripes in various widths and even matching curves , as well as "massive" sheets, in a wide range of colors (incl. gold and silver) so you can easily combine single elements. I have been using the stuff on several occasions where painting...