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PostPosted: Thu 09 Feb 2012 13:57 pm 
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apologies in advance if this is the wrong forum :)

I've just started a build of the Revell Mir 1/144 Space Station as described here http://goo.gl/VpCAo and am currently wondering how to go about painting the solar panels. I think the reviewer is correct in that the "Lufthansa Blue" (as specified in the Revell instructions) is not quite the right colour, so I've got hold of some Tamiiya X-13 "Metallic Blue" X-13. Now I'm wondering exactly how to go about painting the panels - do I paint the whole lot blue and then mask the inside and detail the edges in white (as in this picture http://goo.gl/uiXUP) or do I mask the other way around? Should I  cut out dozens of individual sub-panel masks or try to add the detailing in each panel by hand?

Any advice gratefully received. :)


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PostPosted: Thu 09 Feb 2012 20:30 pm 
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I have done it both ways, for the ISS I painted the panels with gloss midnight blue Humbrol 15 and a coating of Al Clad prismatic sapphire blue,  then masked for the individual gold lines, that was very laborious.
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For the Hubble Space Telescope I painted the gold and silver edges, then masked them and proceeded to spray with gloss midnight blue Humbrol 15 and a coating of Al Clad prismatic sapphire blue. I found this was the better method as the first way stripped off Al Clad paint with the tape.
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Hope this is helpful.

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4D:411931 wrote:
For the Hubble Space Telescope I painted the gold and silver edges, then masked them and proceeded to spray with gloss midnight blue Humbrol 15 and a coating of Al Clad prismatic sapphire blue. I found this was the better method as the first way stripped off Al Clad paint with the tape.
Hope this is helpful.


It certainly is - thank you very much :) I think your second method is the one to go for (I've got about a dozen panels to do in all).  So if I've understood correctly the steps are
1. Paint the line/edge detail (probably silver in my case) by hand.
2. Allow to dry
3. Mask off the line/edge details from 1. with zillions of tine pre-cut masking tape bits.
4. Paint the main panels (metallic blue X-13 in my case)
5. Remove masking tape as soon as possible before blue paint dries.

Does that sound about right?

Have you completed the ISS?


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CarlWalters:411957 wrote:
3. Mask off the line/edge details from 1. with zillions of tine pre-cut masking tape bits.
4. Paint the main panels (metallic blue X-13 in my case)
5. Remove masking tape as soon as possible before blue paint dries.

Have you completed the ISS?

I used a metal rule to cut thin strips of masking tape but you can get 1mm tape from your LMS or on-line. I don’t think you have to take the tape off while wet. I didn't. The problem was sticking tape over my al clad misting as the tape stuck too well to it and pulled the misting off. That’s why I preferred method 2 as for the Hubble.
Yes the ISS is complete http://airfixtributeforum.myfastforum.org/about27583.html, as is the Hubble http://airfixtributeforum.myfastforum.org/about31484.html.

Looking forward to your Mir Carl :D

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4D:412025 wrote:
I used a metal rule to cut thin strips of masking tape but you can get 1mm tape from your LMS or on-line. I don’t think you have to take the tape off while wet. I didn't. The problem was sticking tape over my al clad misting as the tape stuck too well to it and pulled the misting off. That’s why I preferred method 2 as for the Hubble.

OK thanks for the advice.  It's going to be fiddly whatever I think.

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Yes the ISS is complete http://airfixtributeforum.myfastforum.org/about27583.html, as is the Hubble http://airfixtributeforum.myfastforum.org/about31484.html.
Looking forward to your Mir Carl :D


Both look absolutely fantastic!  :D

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Looking forward to your Mir Carl :D

I may be some time... :)


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