Holy Hubble, Batman! Are you aware of how hi a resolution is on this site? I couldn't believe what I saw at the 2nd magnification while I was logged in. I don't think my dog(s) can see that fine! I picked up one of the seats and squinted and sure enough, after a few seconds, I was just able to pick out verrrrrry slight black run between the cushions on the edge. Wow, I wear glasses, but even my magnifier didn't show that. Incidentally, that will be the Sharpie I used to even up the edge that ran from the clear. Repaint is on the way lol.
Jim, you got that right, but I think it's good to see the small stuff. I think at the end of the day it helps to make one want to try being a better modeler by seeing things one may have overlooked...unfortunately, so can everyone else lol!
a little update. I ran in to a problem with the curtains on the side of the carriage. In retrospect, I should have painted them first and saved a LOT of masking. To this point I had airbrushed the One Shot, but now, with brush in hand I ended up with....crap. It just didn't go the way I had envisioned, mainly the straight seam between curtain and window frame looked awful and I had to deal with brush texture. I was close to rolling the coach in catnip and giving it to the cat. But then....an idea. A new frame
I had just the ticket. I bought this stuff at the Dollar Store a long time ago....for just this moment..
it's thin, black, and bends like a dream.
I made the 90 degree two sided frame, and oozed a drop of ca glue in the corner. Easy peasy.
And this is what I ended up with
and here's where I'm at. Corrected some paint edging on the seat, re-cleared.
Next will be the 'party light' over the doors. I have a small sample of hi reflective white with a patterned design. I think it will do. This will be for the two side lights as well as the front and rear ones. More later.
Comments and observations welcome.
Last Edit: Jun 30, 2019 17:31:53 GMT -5 by farmboy
Look great and more real with the fillers around the opening. Was in a local doll house store looking for things that will adapt to show rods, they had a few 1/28th scale drum sets in different metal flake colors that would fit in the carriage. Cost about 10 or 12 bucks. The lady said the company also does Fender guitars in the same scale.
….aaaaaaaaannnnd we're back!! Back to bench time after a great summer. Pardon my lack of manners (for those following) for not checking in over the past while. I was back a couple of weeks ago, but one of my 2 old dogs passed on, didn't feel like building things...
Anyway, got a few hours in and managed to get a little more done on the coach. Almost done the carcass. Here are the decals applied, and a small strip to 3M hd reflective vinyl for the side lights. I'll be using the same for the front and rear lights as well
...and got the riveting done as well. Got them fairly consistent. I did so by shaking a bottle of Testor's silver (small 1/4 oz bottle) and dipping the end of a short length of small diameter solder into the overturned lid. After a bit of trial and error on some scrap sprue and misc parts, I found that after dipping in the paint lid, if I tapped the solder end lightly on a piece of masking tape, it took the 'blob' effect away when touched to the top of the rivet. Worked most of the time. I kept a pipe cleaner with thinner handy to wipe away any really bad silver blots on the model. Also brushed a light coat of matte clear to the curtains to even them out. Turned out ok.
now to tackle the keyboard....
Last Edit: Sept 17, 2019 17:50:33 GMT -5 by farmboy
It's a little tough to discern here, but I've airbrushed a coat of flat white on the sharps and the set of keys to the right of the lower keyboard.
As mentioned elsewhere, the Vox Continental keyboard as well as most of their other models had their keys harpsichord style, the sharps being white, full notes being black. My next plan is to protect the white with a thin coat of Future. When this is thoroughly dry, the sharps keys and the white island of keys to the lower right will be masked and a thin coat of black airbrushed to cover the keys. After removing the mask and using a pointed brush, I plan to apply thinned black letting it flow between the white keys. The excess black will be removed from the white keys with a microbrush or a cloth with a small amount of thinner on it. That's the plan anyway. Should have more in a few days. Comments and observations welcome.
Last Edit: Sept 19, 2019 12:20:28 GMT -5 by farmboy
My apologies for the long delay to anyone following. Onward and upward....
At last post, the idea was to do the reverse white/black keyboard. Here's what I ended up with as seen now mounted to the coach. If one were to mess around with it for another few days one could probably do a better job, but to loosely quote someone in a model mag editorial...."sometimes good enough, is good enough". So here we have it. The procedure was as planned earlier. Spray the sharps white, cover with Future, spray with black, use a rag with paint thinner on it tautly pulled over the end of a pencil eraser and gently remove600 the black from the white keys. Worked in theory lol! Stripped, did the same thing again, this time not so ham fisted and it sort of worked out. I'm sure there are better jobs out there but I guess my skill level isn't there yet. Anyway, notice also there is some 600 grit sandpaper applied to the floor of the rear section. Makes sense to me there would be something for Mr. revere to stand on. The different shade of black adds to the interest.
Also, I added a blocker or sorts to the upper section above the front and rear facing seats. If not, you can see the rear of the amps and the organ whilst looking in the coach. Just a couple of rectangles cut to fit, sprayed black and glued on. Problem solved
Just a couple of shots to show the 'top on' version. I've notice there are a couple of raised 'divots' on either side of the front side panels. These were for banana jack guitar plug ins. Think I may add a few coiled cables to the coach before I'm done, adding also to the rear seat area.
Moving to the suspension....any of the photos I've looked at don't seem to give me a real color. I went with gold. Enuff of the yellow already. I sprayed the gold, then masked the shackles and leaf banding for painting
what wasn't gold...went black.
A little touch up later on the model and life should be good. I'll do the rear springs next in the same gold/black livery.
Comments and observations welcome.
Last Edit: Dec 19, 2019 18:25:42 GMT -5 by farmboy