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well I'll show you how to make you star wars models to look its best or your best. :)
 
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Step 1: Preping

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well I'm not going to show you how to build the model because there are instructions in the box for that (duh) but I'll show you how to paint it to look pretty realistic. I started off with gray primer, for two reasons one its base coat to build on and 2 it makes the other paint stick better. So the first step is to paint it with gray primer. and move on to next step.

Step 2: Outside project

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While my primer was drying I started a stand where the model will set/ stand. All I did was cut a scrap piece of mdf wood, big enough to fit the model. Then on a stationary sander I sanded the edges smooth. Then went over the wood once more with a pad sander. then painted it with primer and let it dry. Later on I painted it black as soon as the primer dried.
StoryAddict10 months ago
Your "very nice but cheap airbrush" link sent me to HF's drip irrigation kit :/
Based on the picture you used, I assume this is the link you intended to post:
http://www.harborfreight.com/deluxe-airbrush-kit-95810.html
nnygamer5 years ago
A quick paint and build job, good for those who aren't sticklers for authenticity. I didn't bother fillinging in the seams on mine either but I took a few liberties and also added a base.
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webman38025 years ago
The overspray technique is useful in some situations, but most of the time, an airbrush can give you a much more refined look. With the overspray from a spray can, you get a roughly even distribution of the spots, which usually would have a hard edge (color contrast) to them, instead of blending in to the base coat. Also, you need to be careful because you can sometimes get a "shadow" where an area doesn't get the overspray because something (another part of the model) was between it and the spray can. Having said all of this, it does have its applications. I use it when I need to simulate stone. A grey primer base coat, followed by a dusting of dark grey, black, and white to give it a grainy texture, then I follow-up with washes and drybrushing to keep it from all being the same texture throughout. Consider if the model were the real thing, where would be some likely locations of wear and/or dirt or grime? You mentioned drybrushing the tank treads, and that's a good example. On the AT-ST walker, the feet would likely be dirtier than the rest of it, maybe some dark burn marks around the laser cannon, some runny oil streaks coming from the joints in the legs, etc, while on flying vehicles, any leading edges are likely to have chipped paint.
slimguy379 (author)  webman38025 years ago
ik, if you read in one step i made mention of airbrushing, but didn't want people to run out to get an airbrush
Forgot to add, one of my favorite techniques to simulate wear on "metal" surfaces is to paint and weather as usual, then take a silver artist pencil and run it along any hard edges or points (rivets, etc) that would be exposed to wear. This will look like the paint is wearing off along those edges. You may need to seal it in with a clear dullcoat.
You forgot one crucial step: removing flash.
Yeah - my thoughts exactly. You can see a little flash in the 4th picture of Step 1, on the seam running diagonally through the "head" of the model. Plastic flash is pretty easy to shave off with an xacto knife - just be careful not to scratch the model and make things worse than before. Metal flash and mold lines are much harder to deal with.
Careful when trimming flash and such. Make sure to trim away from you and that there are no fingers/ other body parts on the other end of the piece to be trimmed. My thumb learned this lesson the hard way. Also, a nifty tip I picked up for small cuts (such as from xacto knives) is to apply a small amount of super glue to the area. This will seal the hair-line cut, and stop bleeding. NOTE: only use on small cuts.
slimguy379 (author)  Patrik6 years ago
thanks for informing me about what I needed to do and What flash is etc, thanks again
Your welcome. My uncle is a mold maker, so , yeah.
slimguy379 (author)  FreshPineSent6 years ago
you wouldn't happen to be able to get me some deals on non car models, would jah?
Wish I could, but his company makes medical equipment. Sorry!
I'd settle for a nice plastic skull! :-D
slimguy379 (author)  Patrik6 years ago
amen!! put red 10mm leds for the eyes and put gears on the hinge of the jaws, so the top part of the skull moves so it looks as though its laughing!! *instructables idea
slimguy379 (author)  FreshPineSent6 years ago
What?!! elaberate
Ok. You probably know that your models are made using a technique known as injection molding. With injection molding, hot liquid plastic is injected into a mold. After the plastic has cooled for a few seconds, the mold splits apart and pushes the plastic pieces out. Flash is the term used for the extra plastic around the edges of the model, where hot plastic got into the seam between the two halves of the mold.

This might explain in a little better: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molding_flash
wenpherd5 years ago
the blast marks on pict five are good but if you hold it at a angle with the tip pointing at the back you can aceeve a better look
slimguy379 (author)  wenpherd5 years ago
awhh yes, thanks i did this along time ago, but yeah i might re-paint them, so i will thanks
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slimguy379 (author)  Tractorfarmer6 years ago
Dullcaot!?! elaborate..........
darkmuskrat6 years ago
heres a great site I reference for building my Gundam models.
http://www.dannychoo.com/adp/eng/213/Gundam+Modeling+Tutorial.html
slimguy379 (author)  darkmuskrat6 years ago
cool site, I'm not that into Gundam but appreciate the art etc. but if I find other cool models I will post them, THANKS!!!
Spiritwolf6 years ago
Nice job, but you should have "removed" the construction joints.
slimguy379 (author)  Spiritwolf6 years ago
I would have but this is an older model and was already put together with glue
Mr. Rig It6 years ago
Oh duhh, I see it in the photo.
Mr. Rig It6 years ago
Is there a certain primer that you use. Is is specifically modeling primer, or can it be Krylon primer?