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Re: Meister Zeke Build
« Reply #315 on: May 14, 2019, 12:40:40 pm »
Got the top of the fuselage painted this morning. Went pretty well.

Held the cowl up for looks.

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« Reply #316 on: May 14, 2019, 07:39:51 pm »
To help cure the latex paint, I use my "poor man's autoclave" camper shell in the sun. Left the fuselage and cowl out there for 3 hours, but had some errands to do this afternoon. Will leave them in there longer on Wed. All day out there a few days will really help dry the paint deep down.


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« Reply #317 on: May 15, 2019, 03:18:15 pm »
Put the fuselage and cowl back in the autoclave and did some painting on other areas.

One of the detail areas I kinda dreaded messing with is the Aotake color in the wheel wells and flap areas. This required quite a bit of precision masking and then a silver base coat followed by the 2119 Interior Blue oil based Model Master paint. Also painted the spinner and backplate silver. The nose of the spinner will also get a red application about the halfway up point to the tip.

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« Reply #318 on: May 15, 2019, 05:58:02 pm »
Pulled the tape and paper off the wing and did some mock up assembly. My juices are flowing!

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« Reply #319 on: May 15, 2019, 08:23:10 pm »
If you don't sleep, you can have it ready for this Saturday.
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« Reply #320 on: May 16, 2019, 08:24:38 am »
Whew! Pressure is off now. Scale Meet is moved to next week end. I can have the meatballs painted on by then. Ha

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« Reply #321 on: May 16, 2019, 06:27:25 pm »
I couldn't live with the cowl color so repainted it today. I had plenty of black left over from the CARF P-51 build, so used that. Turned out much more to my liking.

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« Reply #322 on: May 17, 2019, 05:32:21 pm »
I took the cowl out into the direct Sunlight to see if it still looked black. I think it still looks fine. Maybe even the Blue Black I was looking for to start with!

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« Reply #323 on: May 18, 2019, 11:53:05 am »
Yes ,very nice it does a have a blue black look.
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« Reply #324 on: May 20, 2019, 01:22:08 pm »
Got the paint mask package from Callie Graphics today. Went out to place them on the Zero. I taped them in position for now and feel they are pretty close to the final position. Too humid and too windy to paint. And more rain coming. So, guess that will be a few more days to get blown past and dried out.

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« Reply #325 on: May 22, 2019, 11:23:26 am »
Starting to look like a Zero! Painted one Hinomaru on the right wing bottom. Took a few coats to build up but that's the only way to keep the paint from bleeding under the paint mask. Better to take your time and build the color up slowly. Paint mask pulled off the grey paint, but it looks like weathering!

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« Reply #326 on: May 22, 2019, 09:17:09 pm »
I continued on with the markings. Painted the Hinomarus on the fuselage and the tail numbers.  The paint masks really held on tight and pulled quite a bit of paint off. But, the Zero is supposed to look crude, and it's already on its way! Callie's paint masks are way too sticky. She changed them a couple of years ago because some customers complained the old material wasn't sticky enough. I'd like to request her to use the old material next time.
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Re: Meister A6M3 Model 22 Zeke Build
« Reply #327 on: May 24, 2019, 09:14:34 pm »
With the paint masks pulling up the paint, and since the Zero needs some rough-usage-appearance, might as well wet-sand the hinomarus to make them look war weary. With 280 Grit sanded wet, I hit the meatballs and gave then a very tired look. Same with the tail numbers. And today, did the same with the meatballs on the bottom of the wing halves. I haven't painted the meatballs on the top of the wings yet.

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« Reply #328 on: May 30, 2019, 11:53:44 am »
I was trying to clean up the tail numbers on the rudder so I could repaint them. But, wet sanded thru the covering and just pulled it all off. Will recover. Also repainted the top of the wings. I got a new set of paint masks, so will repaint the tail numbers and Hinomarus. I'm looking at August completion now. Oh well, we fly till December most years!

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« Reply #329 on: May 30, 2019, 02:42:06 pm »
Kinda lost a day yesterday due to rain, so got busy on the Zero rudder recovering. I used some Orange Solar Tex from a older project. Will hit it with primer maybe tomorrow.