My plan to give the Aztek a trial run yesterday didn’t go as I had planned. You see, my honey-do list was priority with a new Craftsman style door to install in my entryway. Now, it also wasn’t your run of the mill take the old frame out to put the new one in. Nope. I had to mortise the hinges as well as make the deadbolt and knob hardware flush. The old door knob was about two inches higher resulting in new bores into the frame. Four hours and I was spent.
So I really had no plans of doing anything but resting the remainder of the day. As I was laying on the couch thinking about how to approach painting the white covering on the A-10, I had the idea to outline it first and then fill the void in with the airbrush. It will make for a much easier way to paint. Now I don’t have to look back and forth at reference photos. It will be a much more efficient direction to take.
Under normal circumstances. the A-10 would be wrapping up very soon. Weathering has been completed and with a usual build I would transition right into final assembly. With this particular build, I still have quite a bit of work remaining. The white will be applied tomorrow with my new airbrush. The Aztek arrived a few days ago and I will test it out in full force. More on that in a future post. If all goes well, I will be 100% finished with paint and can focus on final assembly. The base of the diorama remains another focus to begin sometime tomorrow as well. I’m not to concerned with that as it should be fairly simple to create.
There are good things afoot here at Amateur Airplanes leaving me feeling confident in my A-10 build. The decals were applied last night and look pretty decent. I robbed them from an Italeri kit that I purchased last week just for this build. You can’t beat $13.00 for some decals and a spare kit to add to the stash. This Italeri kit adds to the number of A-10 kits that have been used for this one build. It’s a rainbow of model companies that include Heller, Revell, Italeri, and Hasegawa.
The next step will begin as I normally approach any other build. Weathering with pastels will commence tomorrow evening. After that is new territory. I will be using the oil technique to weather the paint to give it a nice sun-baked look. Provided that that step goes well, I will start final painting of all the white sealant.
The Amateur Airplanes workbench is back into the swing of things after the recent airbrush fiasco. With my loaner hooked up and ready, I dove in and finished applying the Euro I Gray to the A-10 yesterday. A good coat of clear was applied tonight and I’m hoping to get the decals applied tomorrow night. It’s all details from here on out.
Another accomplishment on the A-10 build was purchasing the materials for the base of the diorama. I have an old frame that I will be using to make it look presentable. I would like to take care of the base this weekend. There are still a few more details to take care of but at least I can get the basics complete.
The F-16 and F-15 are flowing nicely with quality work being performed yesterday morning. Initial sanding was started and filler applied where it’s needed. There is a good bit of sanding to take care of before I can really get moving. After I get that under control then they both should start moving a little faster.
The life of my Badger airbrush is officially over. Yup. In its death, I think I figured out the underlying reason to all of my issues that I was experiencing. While I was applying the Euro I Gray to the A-10, I was having mega issues with air pressure. Literally, one second it would spray just fine and three seconds later there would be zero paint flowing through. Going back and forth adjusting pressure and paint consistency, my problem presented itself.
Upon removing the paint jar to add some more reducer, the port snapped off the housing. My theory is that through general wear and tear of inserting and removing the paint jars over the years, a crack developed. It’s been heavily relied upon for the past seven years so it did have a good and justified life. The crack would definitely explain the issues that I have been experiencing as well. Loss of air through the fracture would result in the spattering I was getting.
So as of now I have a loaner airbrush from my Dad. The A-10 will get stage one of painting finished so I can start decals and weathering. By then I should have my new airbrush to use on stage two. My mind is made up on the Aztek from Testors so some price comparing is in order over the next few hours.
Another quick engagement last night has the F-16 & F-15 off to a good start. There wasn’t a whole lot to accomplish so this will be a short post. Both builds are looking good and some lingering angst with the F-15 is starting to dissipate.
The F-16 was first with the instrument panels and some landing gear bay parts being installed. After that, the fuselage halves were joined together and secured with tape to dry. Joyful sanding will commence tonight.
The F-15 came in next with some sanding. My angst that I mentioned earlier was with this kit. The orientation of the fuselage assembly on kits like this just frustrate me. I have been dreading what was to come since beginning this kit. What I am talking about are the seams. When they are on top (along the spine of the aircraft) they are much easier to manipulate when assembling them together. They are also easier to sand. Aircraft like the F-15, which are wider, have the seams on the sides of the plane. Much more difficult to adjust when attaching them. Especially along the nose section. Times like these you just have to suck it up and do your best. It turned out favorable in my case this time. It looks like the port side is the only side that needs to be seriously looked after. The starboard side sanded up well and I’m hoping it checks out when I get some primer applied.
The port seam was sanded as best as I could get it and then a good application of filler was added. That will get sanded tonight and then out for primer.
It wasn’t a massive session at the workbench tonight. I did, however, accomplish what I set out to have completed tonight. While I wait for paint to come in for the A-10, I seized the opportunity to advance farther on the F-15 and F-16 builds.
Cockpits were the sole item on my agenda tonight. With all the parts prepped yesterday, it was an easy task to accept. Other than adding seatbelts, it was a pretty basic follow the directions event. Both builds have their cockpits finished and installed. The F-15 travelled a little farther with the fuselage halves being joined together. The F-16’s halves were only taped together to keep the proper positioning of the cockpit installation. After everything dries, I will proceed with affixing them together.