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PostSubject: Airfix 1/72 F-80 Shooting Star   Wed Mar 29 2017, 14:27

I think this may have been MPC's boxing of this kit because it came in white plastic, but either way it's the same kit. A friend vac-formed a new canopy for me and I re-scribed the kit. Painted with Alclad, Korean war markings.






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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/72 F-80 Shooting Star   Fri Mar 31 2017, 08:57

Beautiful plane! What do you use for masking the lines? I have tried a number of tapes with mixed results. I guess you use an airbrush too.

Just the perfect canopy and windshield makes me jealous. That is where my eye goes first, no matter if it is my build or someone else's...

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/72 F-80 Shooting Star   Fri Mar 31 2017, 20:06

Thanks Tom. I do use an airbrush, and I've found Tamiya tape to be the best for masking.

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/72 F-80 Shooting Star   Sat Apr 01 2017, 01:17

I'm always taken by how well you apply silver paint. The luster just gets me. Beautiful.
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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/72 F-80 Shooting Star   Sat Apr 01 2017, 08:09

How you can retain that luster after doing a wash to fill the recessed panel lines is a mystery to me!

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/72 F-80 Shooting Star   Sat Apr 01 2017, 09:05

Thanks for the kind comments. The lustre is just the result of airbrushing the silver: there are no brush marks to contend with and the Alclad just goes on so smoothly. It also dries pretty much instantly, so no time for dust particles to settle in the wet paint.

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How you can retain that luster after doing a wash to fill the recessed panel lines is a mystery to me!

It's because the wash never touches my overall finish Tom, I only flow it directly into panel lines with a fine brush. I just load the brush with the thinned paint (watercolor in this case), touch the brush on to a panel line and let capillary action draw the paint along the line/s, repeating until all of the panels have been highlighted. If the occasional dab gets on the surrounding paintwork I mop it up/wipe it off with a cotton bud. In many ways it's more long-winded than an overall wash (although it rarely takes more than an hour or two), but it's much more controllable and I like the clean effect.

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