Wow. Two in one week. I don’t think I have ever done that. But, in keeping with my plan to get this model done this week, I figured I would do a quick update.
I finished the base camo colors, got a coat of Future on it and applied the decals.
Everything, so far, is going swimmingly… except for one thing.
I have to say that the only thing I have been disappointed in pertaining to this kit, are the decals. It might be me, but these decals are extremely thick. Because of this, they don’t snuggle down around surface detail at all.
Usually, my tried and true method can handle any decal (provided they stay in one piece,) and it was a no-go this time. I usually soak the decal in warmish water until it is loose. Then I swab a very light coat of Testor’s decal solution where the decal is going to be applied, then slide the decal into position. After dabbing off any excess liquid, and the decal is starting to dry ever so slightly, I give it a coat of Solvaset. Usually, one coat does it, but sometimes, depending on the severity of surface detail, I will brush it with Solvaset again. This has always given me really good results.
This time, the decals wouldn’t cooperate at all. As I said they are very thick, and the Solvaset won’t dissolve the decal at all. So, instead of dissolving around the detail (in this case, rivets) it just kind of rested across the rivet.
The divisional/unit markings on the front fenders and the serial numbers on the hull sides worked ok since the area where they go is flat, but the white and red striped markings on the forward sides of the fenders just wouldn’t work.
Once I determined they wouldn’t work satisfactorily, I decided to paint the markings instead. So, the fender stripes and the similar markings on the sides of the turret are sprayed on. I like it much better.
Tomorrow, I will be starting the weathering and hopefully, I will be spraying the final flat sealing coat on by Saturday.