#45820, "RE: 1/400 ACADEMY TITANIC MODEL QUESTIONS/CONCERNS" In response to In response to 0
I will attempt to answer your questions quickly and simply so you can consider the options and suggestions. > >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"? > > >And finally... > > >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: > >http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zua9BJHj6zU > >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?
1) I would use the tape as it may take some time for the glue to set correctly. You might want to consider the purchase of blue Scotch/3M low tack painters tape. You can get a roll at any Home Depot or Lowes. This stuff will help you mask off areas when you paint and help you produce a much better model.
2) There is an article in our website about rigging your model. It's excellent and will give you plenty of options. If you are on a shoestring budget, you can use a thin dark grey or black nylon thread that you can get at any sewing store or department store.
3) Yes, you should paint the hull and prom. deck for a more realistic model.
4) To be quite honest, I wouldn't use a brush on large areas of the model like the hull, decks or funnels. You can use various size brushes for the detail parts, but I would suggest going to a hobby store and buying the correct color in a spray can. It is far better than brushing your model and will look more realistic. See the articles here on the site for accurate colors. Many of these can be found inexpensively at hobby stores or hardware stores (ie Rustoleum red rust primer is perfect for the lower hull).