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Old 01-25-2007, 04:44 AM   #1
 
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Thought I would share some pics of my very first kit build, a Revell A-319 in United’s grey colours. It's far from a professional finish but it absolutely amazes me that I have been able to get it this far without it ending up in the bin (the blue is not as dark as it appears in the photos). Still lots of work still to be done, waiting on a set of Liveries Unlimited decals to arrive.
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Nice work so far! BTW, what's a good website for Tamiya's paint products? Do post more pics when you are done! Thanks!

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its looking very clean! how did you get the clean break from the gray and blue on the fuselage? masked it with tape? i may start on my custom build of a eva cargo md-11 soon and its got a break in colors too.
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Old 01-25-2007, 06:10 PM   #4
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Looks great so far. Im assuming that you used can paints.
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The tricky part will be the pink pinstripe...don't go decal on that, you'll be disappointed. Looks very good, looking forward to the finished model.
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Tamiya spray rocks. If they made a BAC 707 grey I'd never touch my airbrush again!
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The tricky part will be the pink pinstripe...don't go decal on that, you'll be disappointed. Looks very good, looking forward to the finished model.
You should be able to find the correct color/width of striping tape at Hannants or Airline Hobby Supply.
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You should be able to find the correct color/width of striping tape at Hannants or Airline Hobby Supply.
All I have to say is lots of luck with that. Unless pinstripes have improved tremendously (which is possible), going around the nose without having the tape crinkle is going to be most difficult.
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Thanks for all your comments and suggestions, any help is appreciated.

Engines now complete and attached. The main part of the engines (blue) and the pylons where spray painted with Tamiya spray paints, the rest was painted by brush. As you can see I'm not very good with a brush, but for me it is far better than I expected (I inherited a moderate hand tremor from my father, and was once asked by one of my bosses if I suffered from epilepsy, which I don't). This is the second set of engines I made, the first set ended up in the bin. I ran out of paint on the second set, so the blue isn't as deep a blue as the fuselage which the camera flash shows up, but in normal light it is hardly noticeable.

Regarding the pinstripe, I have no choice but to go with a decal. There is just no way on this earth I could paint a stripe in a straight line with my unsteady hands let alone a pinstripe with three colours in it.

Also regarding the clean break between the grey and blue, I used Tamiya spray paints, painted the grey first then masked the break with masking tape and then sprayed the blue. I'm amazed at how easy it was and how nice the Tamiya spray paint finish is.

I really can't do any more until the United decals arrive as the pinstripe has to go on before the rest of the door decals etc can be put on.

I wish I had spent more time sanding the fuselage join, but I never dreamed I could get it this far without it ending up in the bin, so at the time I didn't think it was worth the time and effort.

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Nice!!!
Maybe you know about this already. Try using Microscale Decal setting solution. It softens up the decal so it will adhere to difficult shapes. Good stuff.
Look forward to seeing the finished model.
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still looking very nice!
more questions:
1. did you primer the plastic first?
2. what brand/material did you use to seal the join cracks?
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Here's my completed Revell UA A319.

Unfortunately I used a can of Tamiya clear to clear coat and seal the decals but it reacted with the decals and caused some to bubble and some to dissolve. I'm not too confident about brushing on a clear coat, does anyone know of a sprayable clear that won't react with the decals. I'm re-building a UA A319 and a Ted A320 and I want to get it right with them.

Anyway for my first build I'm happy with it and it takes pride of place on my display shelf.

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Your UA A319 looks great! A build to be proud of for sure!

I've used Tamiya clear coat on many a model and never saw any adverse reactions to it.??? Did you let the decals dry for at least 24 hours before clear coating so there's no moisture still remaining?
You have to be careful mixing different paint company products too, such as lacor’s and enamels. Check out airlinercafe.com if you haven’t already for more advice.
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Old 04-08-2007, 04:16 PM   #15
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Like Zubart said, if you can avoid using, for example, Testors on Tamiya, that might not come out as well as you thought it would.:s So try yo use Testors on Testors and Tamiya on Tamiya. If I were you id just use Future floor wax, its quite simple and not hard at all, just get a big paint brush and just brush thin coats(about 3). This will seal your decals and give your model a glossy finish.
Very Nice job on the A319! How did you do those windows, glue??
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PS. I think you might want to paint those hub caps.
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Anyway for my first build I'm happy with it and it takes pride of place on my display shelf.
Congrats on your first model build! Pretty decent for your first model! It's OK to mess up but as long as you learn along the way. Hope you will complete other models on your list with better results! Cheers!
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