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« Reply #50 on: May 15, 2017, 05:24:52 PM »

decided on these. inkjet printed covered with clear matte spray. so ready to be done.
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« Reply #51 on: May 15, 2017, 08:50:39 PM »

another tool. I hate plastic. I find myself saving all kinds of trash to use in model building. I think the M will look OK after I put the line under it. the tail numbers I printed were not dark enough. I'll have to try those on the photo printer in a different yellow.
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« Reply #52 on: May 16, 2017, 07:34:39 AM »

GBB You can get rid of the line in the gray print if you print in color instead of gray scale...
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« Reply #53 on: May 17, 2017, 08:26:27 AM »

What I meant is you can still do gray but print it using the color settings instead of gray scale or black & white.
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« Reply #54 on: May 17, 2017, 08:53:57 AM »

Thanks Crabby. That worked. Smiley
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« Reply #55 on: May 19, 2017, 09:35:34 PM »

still going, getting closer. my attempts at water slide decals have failed miserably. I will do those on the Silhouette in vinyl instead. doped tissue problem? acrylic over dope? just won't stick. working on paint layout for the fuselage till the vinyl gets here. input is always appreciated as this is a self teaching project. Smiley
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« Reply #56 on: May 19, 2017, 10:38:37 PM »

try not to use the word "miserable" in conjunction with modeling! That's too strong a word for something we like to do!
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« Reply #57 on: May 22, 2017, 06:30:07 PM »

got some vinyl cut for the model today. close enough for me. some more painting and plastics and I'll color this one done. maybe my B-25 or the PT-40 next. Smiley
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« Reply #58 on: May 22, 2017, 09:51:09 PM »

http://www.collingsfoundation.org/aircrafts/consolidated-b-24-liberator/  suggestions on how to do the nose art would be extremely appreciated. all I got is tracing it shrinking it and hand painting to a decal sheet. those were not sticking to the paint. surface prep? SOS?
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« Reply #59 on: May 24, 2017, 06:38:23 PM »

plugging away. need to figure out how to paint tiny.
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« Reply #60 on: May 24, 2017, 06:47:39 PM »

I noticed that you mentioned that the decals wouldn't stick to the paint, which is a pity. I think I would keep trying to find an answer because a computer generated decal would be the easiest way to go - providing you also have access to tracing the design via a Cad programme or similar.
Would it be possible to cut back the area for the decals with say wet and dry, clean with alcohol and try the decals on that?
You are doing a great job and I admire your tenacity.
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« Reply #61 on: May 31, 2017, 04:34:25 PM »

tried a couple ways of painting these wretched plastic parts. choice appears obvious, tape each pane off. still brainstorming the nose art. I think I will try painting a decal sheet to match the plane, print the image outline on that and then use paint pens to color the image. anyone ever try this? might make the decal less likely to take the shape of the fuselage? I will also try some surface prep as suggested to get the decal to stick better. anyway, plugging away. my PT-40 RC trainer is already on the table.
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« Reply #62 on: June 01, 2017, 11:13:15 PM »

working on the last of the clear plastic parts. going to do some test runs on the nose art early next week, waiting on supplies. should be done in under two weeks, finally. comments? another post or two and I'll go away.
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« Reply #63 on: June 02, 2017, 03:22:22 AM »

I"m still watching - but haven't said much as most of your questions would be better answered by the scale guys.
That was pretty successful GBB. The Cockpit framing looks very neat. All the masking was worth it.
I think your hand painted decal idea is worth a try. One big advantage is that if you make too many painting errors you can print another and start again.
Unless you lay on a very heavy coat of paint - it should still flex ok but you may need to treat the decal surface to take the paint?
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« Reply #64 on: June 02, 2017, 12:02:23 PM »

I have not said much but am still watching.  You are doing a very nice job.  I am surprised how well your masking turned out, I usually get bleeding under the tape.
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« Reply #65 on: June 02, 2017, 03:18:07 PM »

Love watching your build.  Get her done and start another right away! Grin
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« Reply #66 on: June 02, 2017, 09:41:32 PM »

This is a beauty...well done!
I'm sure you've already got this photo but just in case.  Here's a close up of the nose left side.
For the bomb markings I'd suggest a paint or similar program to duplicate all those bombs print on tissue etc.
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« Reply #67 on: June 02, 2017, 10:27:35 PM »

that is the best photo I've seen yet of the nose art. where did you find it?
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« Reply #68 on: June 06, 2017, 10:43:58 PM »

the last of the plastic parts and IMO the hardest, still needs painted prior to gluing the two halves together. instead of cutting them out I sanded them out using a sanding block, thoughts? going to start the nose art tomorrow. some touch up paint after that. should be completed, as far as I want to go with it by this weekend. I was thinking as a finale I would rig it up Hollywood style and simulate a fiery end to it. that may take a while, fireproof rigging and getting the lighting and backdrop just right. need a few camera angles for all that. I'll post a link after final edit. Smiley
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« Reply #69 on: June 08, 2017, 10:42:59 PM »

going to say I'm done with this project. I have learned a lot, mostly what not to do but that is learning. can't figure out the nose art. old eyes and lack of a steady hand keep me from painting that small. I did not bother with scale details, not what this was about. thanks to all who participated here. my friends and family are amazed how "great it looks", but I am am picky and know better. going to move on to an RC trainer for now, after a break. I still have the Palmer B-25 and some other kits to ponder as well. Smiley cheers. Bruce.
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« Reply #70 on: June 08, 2017, 11:10:15 PM »

Great job Bruce... I have several builds I lost my mojo on and stalled for as much as ...years! I would suggest next time you frame out plastic canopies, go to a sign shop and buy a few feet of high performance signmakers vinyl. It's very thin comes in a multitude of colors, sticks like the dickens, and will take curves. Cut thin strips and have a ball! Your Liberator is a brute like the big one! Great build! Don't let Maxout hear about any Hollywood burning of your model! He might yell at you!
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« Reply #71 on: June 09, 2017, 09:07:28 PM »

Your friends are right Bruce - that's a fine effort. You should hang that in a worthy place - entry hall or similar perhaps.

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« Reply #72 on: June 10, 2017, 12:01:58 AM »

For the nose art and to really make it a classy display model, I would highly recommend Callie Graphics (https://callie-graphics.com/ ) for a finishing touch. Send her that above photo of the Witchcraft nose art along with the span of your model and the full size one and she can make a fantastic rub-on vinyl insignia all around for the plane. Her website will explain what she needs for a custom work and it is very reasonable.....usually around $20. Here's an example of what she did for me including all stars and bars and serials.
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