#45843, "RE: 1/400 ACADEMY TITANIC MODEL QUESTIONS/CONCERNS" In response to In response to 1
Thank you for your brief, yet helpful responses. I really appreciate it. However, I still have some concerns remaining.
I should mention now, as people read my responses below, that I am relatively new to model making.
> >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. >
I asked about gorrila tape, so would that do? I will be doing this step before painting the hull. As I'm sure you're aware, gorrila tape is very strong. But since the instructions say to use adhesive tape, I thought using a stronger-than-the-average adhesive tape like the gorrila would do.
And yes, I do have masking tape: Tamiya yellow masking tape. Is that good enough for when I do the painting?
> >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. >
But what about the thread that came with the kit?
I did check out the rigging section on your website and, unless I read it wrong, it seemed to be more about the Minicraft 1/350 scale when mine's the Academy 1/400 (not the 100th anniversary edition).
Since the heated sprue looks as thin as the body of a toothpick, wouldn't that do the trick?
> >3) Yes, you should paint the hull and prom. deck for a more >realistic model. >
Ok, that's fine. But I have some issues with the white paint. It is a very thick and stubborn colour.
I did not mention this on my first post, but this is actually my second Titanic model. Before I chose to do the 1/400 scale, I did a Revell kit and had to paint the promenade deck, forecastle deck, and poop deck walls white because they were all molded black (it was a one-piece black hull).
The result? The white just looked horrible. No matter how much special care I took not to touch any of it, and no matter how much more white paint I added to make it look neat and clean, it just didn't look right.
Whenever I viewed the ship from a certain distance, it looked good. But up close, the white looked downright horrible and would make any expert modeler cringe. And thus, my Revell Titanic became an "abandoned ship". By the way, it was a Tamiya gloss white that I used.
This time I've purchased the enamel reefer white that this website recommends. Thankfully, the Academy kit already has molded white parts to begin with. So if I choose to paint those already-white areas white, will I be able to get a better finish this time?
> >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). >
Have you, by chance, seen that youtube video I posted? The modeler actually prefers brush strokes, and what a finish they achieved!
I read that, for the large areas, you need to use a bigger brush. And from the video, I would say the modeler used all the right-sized brushes to paint the hull and just about every part of the ship.
I don't have a hobby store anywhere near me now. I used to, but they went out of business almost 10 years ago! And like I said, I just cannot invest anymore on this project.
I've purchased some thinner, but all I know about it is that it's used for cleaning up brushes that are used for enamel paints. But do I need to use thinner or water before I apply the brush into an enamel paint?
I wish I could get some advice for brush painting since an airbrush and/or spray can is not an option for me.