#45802, "1/400 ACADEMY TITANIC MODEL QUESTIONS/CONCERNS"
Hello to all,
Well, today is April 9, 2012, and Titanic's 100th anniversary maiden voyage begins tommorow afternoon. I wish I had my model done in time, but I just don't want to rush on it.
Anyway, I have a few questions and concerns regarding the steps I'll be taking on my model.
First of all, thanks, TRMA, for helping me out with my pin vice problem. Thanks to you, I've successfully drilled out all the portholes on the hull; however, I couldn't drill out the holes on the stern section that would otherwise make the ship more historically accurate.
Okay, on to my questions and concerns:
1) Once I have placed the four parts, do I need to use adhesive tape in the indicated areas for the step below, or could I just clamp the hull using my hands?
IF I have to use adhesive tape, will gorilla tape do? And how long do I have to keep it taped until removal?
2) Is there an alternative to heating sprues for the rigging?
I would be most uncomfortable with heating a sprue, especially if I don't get the correct size of the heated sprue. Could I use toothpicks instead? Or anything else?
3) Should I paint the molded hull and promenade deck walls?
I know painting is required. But I've been wondering about the black on the hull and white on the promenade deck walls. I read about the scale effect on the website and it seems the molded black on the hull already has a scale effect. Same goes for the white. I just think they look good already and it would save me a lot of trouble from painting these big parts. So can I "cheat"?
4) How can I do an effective paint job using paint brushes?
I know the website recommends airbrushing in order to achieve the greatest realism, but I've chosen hand brushing instead. Airbrushing was my initial choice, but I just cannot invest any more money for this project. At the same time, I still want to achieve a realistic finish using paint brushes.
I came across this youtube video, and the modeler painted the entire ship completely by hand:
The modeler, in the comments section, says they prefer brush painting to airbrushing. After seeing the video, I became optimistic about brush painting. I will be using enamel paint and have paint thinner. Before I apply any paint, do I use water or thinner to wet the brush?
I've asked a lot of questions already and understand it may be too much to absorb at first. But any help would be GREATLY appreciated.