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Lost for ideas...

Post by Johnnycrash » Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:33 am

Everything I think of, just seems... wrong. Like it's too simple, or a cop-out (just a different paint scheme). And I can't seem to justify any scratch ideas either. Again the explanation seems just too simple. I mean, I know I don't have to write a complete history of EVERYTHING that happened since the departure, but...
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Post by Scotaidh » Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:44 pm

Johnnycrash wrote:Everything I think of, just seems... wrong. Like it's too simple, or a cop-out (just a different paint scheme). And I can't seem to justify any scratch ideas either. Again the explanation seems just too simple. I mean, I know I don't have to write a complete history of EVERYTHING that happened since the departure, but...
Y'know, Johnny, you can almost literally do anything. Once I took the chassis of an Airfix 1/72 Sd Kfz7 Tractor (you know, the half-track thing that towed the 88 gun). With a pill bottle, a small clear bubble from a quater-machine, two small plastic balls, and some odds and ends I had a go-anywhere armed transport. Sadly, that was over twenty years and two continents ago, but my point remains - you can do anything. Justify it later, after it's built. :)

What if you took an 88 gun, attached wheels to it, and an engine, big muckin' helicopter blades, and a controller's seat & widgets ... the ultimate anti-armor "Helo-Goodbye!"

OK, it was a corny joke, but don't you see? You can do something, anything, like this. Put a tail rotor on the Enterprize; put a coffee-cup-holder on the Captain's Command chair ... build a figure holding an epee and a phaser ... put a bayonet on a phaser rifle ... make the Captain's Day Room into a bondage dungeon ... OK, maybe not that last one. ;)

Swap out the wheels on a steam engine for wheels from a monster truck ...

Come on, man - you can do this! We have faith in you! :)
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Post by Johnnycrash » Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:01 pm

Hmm...

Maybe I am over thinking it. You got the juices flowing. Thanks.

I guess some of my ideas are not as bad as I thought. An alt paint scheme, if done well, and is smart, funny and cool (just like me :D ) could work just fine. And justifying it shouldn't be too hard. Again, anything goes if done well, and is smart, funny and cool.

Hmm...
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Post by Blappy » Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:14 pm

I just think you are wimping out so you have an excuse to not finish anything. :D
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Post by Johnnycrash » Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:27 pm

Blappy wrote:I just think you are wimping out so you have an excuse to not finish anything. :D
Foiled again. I would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn't you meddling kids. :P

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Post by M3 » Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:58 am

Hell, some of my best ideas for this are basically re-paints... with EXCELLENT ideas behind them. :D
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Re: Lost for ideas...

Post by onezero » Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:52 pm

Johnnycrash wrote:Everything I think of, just seems... wrong. Like it's too simple, or a cop-out (just a different paint scheme). And I can't seem to justify any scratch ideas either. Again the explanation seems just too simple. I mean, I know I don't have to write a complete history of EVERYTHING that happened since the departure, but...
And the problem is .... ?

Just build something.
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Post by Johnnycrash » Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:11 am

onezero wrote:And the problem is .... ?
Over thinking the issue. :-k
Just build something.
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Post by Scotaidh » Sat Apr 05, 2014 12:28 pm

Stuck in PSR ... :(

My least favourite part of a build ...

Does anyone know why Humbrol G8 Silver never dries?

Two weeks and still faintly tacky ... sheesh.

Methinks it's time to paint over with something else.
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Post by Johnnycrash » Sat Apr 05, 2014 12:30 pm

Scotaidh wrote:Stuck in PSR ... :(
PSR??
Methinks it's time to paint over with something else.
Gloss/Dull coat??
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Post by tonyG2 » Sat Apr 05, 2014 1:37 pm

Does anyone know why Humbrol G8 Silver never dries?

Two weeks and still faintly tacky ... sheesh.
I think it is very "environment" sensitive.

I've had better luck using Games Workshop acrylic mithril silver. Needs mixing really well but goes smoothly through an airbrush with little to no grainy finish.
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Post by Scotaidh » Sat Apr 05, 2014 7:51 pm

Johnnycrash wrote:
Scotaidh wrote:Stuck in PSR ... :(
PSR??
Putty ...

Sand ...

Repeat ...

I've shifted my paint choice to Humbrol's excellent Matt Aluminium, #8186

Goes on smooth and thin, dries quickly, not tacky.

I've been using Humbrol paints a long time ... they were the first model paints I ever used, and I like them. They're not picky about what type of thinner one uses, and they brush on well, especially the matte colours.
I never learned to airbrush - if I decide I need to spray a colour, I used a "rattle-can". I hate masking, so I usually don't spray-paint, except perhaps when the parts are still all on their sprues.

Back to putty ... I like Aves, but I find it difficult to make only what I need ... I guess I need more practice, to avoid having "rocks" left over ...
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Post by onezero » Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:52 pm

I usually have a side project going, something that needs a lot of Aves, in order to make use of the left-over "rocks".

Tree Lady was one of those ....
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Post by E-Dub » Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:14 pm

I once had paint that wouldn't dry. Testors rattlecan over primer on resin. Put it in the basement bathroom with the dehumidifier going full blast. Did the trick in a few days.
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