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Building the Dragon 1/350 USS Gearing (1945)
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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2019 - 02:35 PM UTC
Thank you.
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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2019 - 01:22 AM UTC
Excellent!
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Posted: Monday, December 31, 2018 - 04:19 PM UTC

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I realised today that I have been thinking WAY too deeply about these paint colours. The colours of ships vary so much after the leave the dockyard it is almost impossible to accurately reproduce colours. Then you have the trouble of having to use unfamiliar paints to replicate colours. I tried Lifecolor Haze Grey on my ships railings and it clogged up many of the tiny holes in the netting as you have to spray it from a larger orifice airbrush as it just clogs up my fine ones.

So throwing caution to the wind I whipped out my standby Haze Grey paint, Tamiya XF-19, thinned it as usual and had a fuss free, perfectly flat coat in just a matter of minutes. Rinsed out the paint brush and syringe I use for mixing the paint and the paint came off perfectly with Windex and Metho. Unlike the Lifecolor which says it is acrylic but Windex and Metho don't get it off..

I have no problems with Sovereign Hobbies enamels, they are just too hard to get here in Australia. They cover well and thin nicely, but you still need thinners or turps to clean up.

Ok that's my rant for the day. Note to self, stop being such a rivet counter and get on with the bit you like most, building!



Nice rant Warren!

totally agree about the paint colours! If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck...



Its a .... chook?



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Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 07:19 AM UTC

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I realised today that I have been thinking WAY too deeply about these paint colours. The colours of ships vary so much after the leave the dockyard it is almost impossible to accurately reproduce colours. Then you have the trouble of having to use unfamiliar paints to replicate colours. I tried Lifecolor Haze Grey on my ships railings and it clogged up many of the tiny holes in the netting as you have to spray it from a larger orifice airbrush as it just clogs up my fine ones.

So throwing caution to the wind I whipped out my standby Haze Grey paint, Tamiya XF-19, thinned it as usual and had a fuss free, perfectly flat coat in just a matter of minutes. Rinsed out the paint brush and syringe I use for mixing the paint and the paint came off perfectly with Windex and Metho. Unlike the Lifecolor which says it is acrylic but Windex and Metho don't get it off..

I have no problems with Sovereign Hobbies enamels, they are just too hard to get here in Australia. They cover well and thin nicely, but you still need thinners or turps to clean up.

Ok that's my rant for the day. Note to self, stop being such a rivet counter and get on with the bit you like most, building!



Nice rant Warren!

totally agree about the paint colours! If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck...



Its a .... chook?
RussellE
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Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2018 - 10:33 PM UTC

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I realised today that I have been thinking WAY too deeply about these paint colours. The colours of ships vary so much after the leave the dockyard it is almost impossible to accurately reproduce colours. Then you have the trouble of having to use unfamiliar paints to replicate colours. I tried Lifecolor Haze Grey on my ships railings and it clogged up many of the tiny holes in the netting as you have to spray it from a larger orifice airbrush as it just clogs up my fine ones.

So throwing caution to the wind I whipped out my standby Haze Grey paint, Tamiya XF-19, thinned it as usual and had a fuss free, perfectly flat coat in just a matter of minutes. Rinsed out the paint brush and syringe I use for mixing the paint and the paint came off perfectly with Windex and Metho. Unlike the Lifecolor which says it is acrylic but Windex and Metho don't get it off..

I have no problems with Sovereign Hobbies enamels, they are just too hard to get here in Australia. They cover well and thin nicely, but you still need thinners or turps to clean up.

Ok that's my rant for the day. Note to self, stop being such a rivet counter and get on with the bit you like most, building!



Nice rant Warren!

totally agree about the paint colours! If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck...
warreni
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Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 12:19 PM UTC
I realised today that I have been thinking WAY too deeply about these paint colours. The colours of ships vary so much after the leave the dockyard it is almost impossible to accurately reproduce colours. Then you have the trouble of having to use unfamiliar paints to replicate colours. I tried Lifecolor Haze Grey on my ships railings and it clogged up many of the tiny holes in the netting as you have to spray it from a larger orifice airbrush as it just clogs up my fine ones.

So throwing caution to the wind I whipped out my standby Haze Grey paint, Tamiya XF-19, thinned it as usual and had a fuss free, perfectly flat coat in just a matter of minutes. Rinsed out the paint brush and syringe I use for mixing the paint and the paint came off perfectly with Windex and Metho. Unlike the Lifecolor which says it is acrylic but Windex and Metho don't get it off..

I have no problems with Sovereign Hobbies enamels, they are just too hard to get here in Australia. They cover well and thin nicely, but you still need thinners or turps to clean up.

Ok that's my rant for the day. Note to self, stop being such a rivet counter and get on with the bit you like most, building!
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Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 10:13 PM UTC
Thanks Everyone. Hopefully my paints will get here before Christmas and I can get a bit closer to finishing the Rodney as well.
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Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 07:07 PM UTC
That was very speedy work indeed mate.

She is looking the business.

cheers

Si
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Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 09:14 PM UTC
Looking good Warren!

Amazingly fast work!
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Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 04:59 PM UTC
Nice work Warren.

I've been quietly following along in the background for a week or two but missed the start of your build. I've now caught up as my own Dragon Gearing has hit the bench together with a Tamiya Fletcher which reminds me I must get some photos taken and start a BLOG, although a BLOG normally sounds the death bell for any of my projects.
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Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 04:44 PM UTC

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Wow,

Warren-speed and the usual crisp and detailed build!
Just absent for a few weeks and you're almost built here into something that clearly looks like a Gearing!

Very nice work!

Cheers,
Jan



Thanks everyone.

Am rapidly approaching completion date and here are a few overview pictures.













And it is amazing how much stuff you collect over the years..



:)

Cheers all
Warren
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Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 08:53 AM UTC
Wow,

Warren-speed and the usual crisp and detailed build!
Just absent for a few weeks and you're almost built here into something that clearly looks like a Gearing!

Very nice work!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2018 - 11:45 PM UTC
clean and crisp work as always Warren
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Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2018 - 08:21 AM UTC

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Warren,

That is some neat, fast work you have been doing on this destroyer! The walkways - an often overlooked detail - are particularly effective.



Thanks everyone.

Tim, the walkways, indeed the whole deck needs a coat of flat clear. The other problem is that they don't actually fit all that well in places, but they do add an interesting touch.

Cheers all
Warren
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Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2018 - 07:54 AM UTC
Warren,

That is some neat, fast work you have been doing on this destroyer! The walkways - an often overlooked detail - are particularly effective.
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Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2018 - 07:14 AM UTC
Hi Warren,

some rapid progress, looking good.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2018 - 12:38 AM UTC
Warren,

She is coming together nicely, really liking all the detail.

Mark
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Posted: Saturday, December 08, 2018 - 10:25 PM UTC
Got a little more done on the Gearing. The top deck and bridge..





Mid-ships Gun platform top..



and bottom..



More superstructure bits on..



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Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2018 - 06:39 PM UTC
Hello all.

Only a couple of photos but some major advances withe the model. First deck of the superstructure is on!





The stand is not permanent as I glued it with Gator Glue which is easy to remove if you want.

I am off to the bench again in a few minutes.

Cheers
Warren
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Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2018 - 08:43 AM UTC

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Can't help much more on the acrylic paint question though, as I'm still a toxic avenger with the enamels



Toxic indeed! I remember when I was a young taker getting headaches from using enamel paint.


And that is the state of play at the moment. Away at the Adelaide Motorsport Festival tomorrow with one of my old crocks.



I still get memories of my child hood every time I crack open the enamel thinners

Sounds like my weekend: spent at a "Saturday night Live" Car show

Things are looking good on the salty front
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 10:24 PM UTC
Warren,

Nice progress so far, glad to see that the unfinished step wasn't a critical step.

Mark
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 09:52 PM UTC
Nice work Warren.

The deck walkways look good in place, sub assemblies coming together too.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 07:25 PM UTC

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Can't help much more on the acrylic paint question though, as I'm still a toxic avenger with the enamels



Toxic indeed! I remember when I was a young taker getting headaches from using enamel paint.

Oh well.. on with the build. I finished applying the decals to the decks..





Then I glued the deck into the hull, which makes sense to me rather than trying to do it woth everything assembled like Dragon suggests.





Then I went back to look at the instructions and I realised I hadn't finished step one yet as I still had more guns to build like these quad bofors..



After that I glued down lots of deck parts on some masking tape with the intention of spraying them, but I changed my mind and attacked them with a hairy stick along with some superstructure sides..



And that is the state of play at the moment. Away at the Adelaide Motorsport Festival tomorrow with one of my old crocks.

Until next time,
Warren
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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 - 09:51 AM UTC

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looking very nice Warren

Interesting to see you paint the hull before attaching the deck???

How'd you go with cleaning that airbrush? I've heard of people using ultra sonic jewellery cleaners for acrylic paints?



Hey Russell.

I have been using one of those ultrasonic cleaners for decades. Firstly in my time as a techo in the RAAF and I bought one about 10 years ago to clean the airbrush which it does very well, except with Life Color paints for some reason.

I eventually cleaned the tip by soaking it in acetone overnight, but I still want to get a spare and a 0.4 one as well but the Australian distributors couldn't even be bothered answering an email so I will have to get one from overseas.

Cheers mate
Warren



that sounds about right of the distributors: only ever wanting to sell new product but slack on the support

Can't help much more on the acrylic paint question though, as I'm still a toxic avenger with the enamels
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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 - 09:33 AM UTC

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looking very nice Warren

Interesting to see you paint the hull before attaching the deck???

How'd you go with cleaning that airbrush? I've heard of people using ultra sonic jewellery cleaners for acrylic paints?



Hey Russell.

I have been using one of those ultrasonic cleaners for decades. Firstly in my time as a techo in the RAAF and I bought one about 10 years ago to clean the airbrush which it does very well, except with Life Color paints for some reason.

I eventually cleaned the tip by soaking it in acetone overnight, but I still want to get a spare and a 0.4 one as well but the Australian distributors couldn't even be bothered answering an email so I will have to get one from overseas.

Cheers mate
Warren