You can see here that the clear coat is pretty shiny but for me not sure it's worth all the effort as you can't see from the photo but there is a fair amount of dust specs which ruins the effect. I might try polishing to see if it improves things.
Tom ... Hmmm, I'm finding that the micro sol solution is not working at all well with these decals. I think I need to get something stronger.... Is it possible that the micro sol solution can degrade?
24. March 2019, 02:10
Bob Hall is it just the Tamiya decals or other brands too ?
24. March 2019, 02:55
Tom ... Not sure, Robert. I've not had too much decal work till now. I think this is an extreme case. The smaller ones go on with no problems.
24. March 2019, 04:25
Chris Greathouse Remember what Martin was saying what he had to do for with his Toyota racer... he let the decals soak overnight to get them to conform to his car. Maybe try soaking?
24. March 2019, 06:15
Tom ... Yeah, I think if I'm going to do any major decals in the future I'll need stronger stuff or soak more like Martin had to.
24. March 2019, 06:57
Tom ... That was a lot of work doing the body decals. At least with these kinds of kits you get a good amount of decal practice.
I really like Alclad's Klear Kote. Much easier to work with than Future. However, I'm not a big fan of really shiny cars (except for those who can do a perfect job of it) as it requires perfection to be worthwhile and I'm not that keen to be honest. Still, when I do need shiny I'm going to be using Alclad for sure.
Bob Hall Looks Good ! Just have to find your technique, like everything else. But Awesome job !
25. March 2019, 01:05
Chris Greathouse Whatever hiccups you had with the decals doesn't show, and like Robert says, just have to find your own technique... Looking good.
25. March 2019, 02:01
Bob Hall Yes, I use a Q-tip with plastic stick or it will get soggy and start to bend, soak in warm water until it comes off paper on it's own and roll it with pressure and basically squeegee any water out from under,then soak it in setting solution then roll out any creases,let air dry in front of a fan, then clear coat over.
That's my Technique.
25. March 2019, 05:16
Tom ... Finally ready to paint. The window mask provided in the kit are cool but quite tricky to put down well.
The one thing I really like about this kit (as opposed to the other kits I've done so far) is the level of painting detail provided in the instructions. Maybe when I've done many more models I'll get better at choosing colors but for now it's nice not to have to deal with those choices...
27. March 2019, 01:53
Chris Greathouse Tamiya usually has great instructions, and I agree that having a color code just makes life easier and the process more enjoyable.
27. March 2019, 02:15
Tom ... I bought some Solvaset today so I think that will help with thicker, more stubborn decals...
30. March 2019, 08:10
Martin Oostrom I think she looks great in the pictures.
I use Revell's decal softener. With the larger decals, I use the attached brush to wet the model, then apply the decal, move it into the right spot and then add some more softener if needed. It can be applied multiple times. On the F-89 I had to apply 7 or 8 times on the dreadful shark mouth.
30. March 2019, 10:53
Tom ... Taking a break from doing the non-body decals. There are so many....
Have to say that I really like this kit. It's not because of the car itself, which I have no interest in (I got this as a follow-a-long project), but rather the amount of detail the instructions call out, in particular with painting but also the decals. It's really forced me to go the extra mile and truly pay attention to things. I think I'll be shying away from inexpensive/simple kits in the future.
31. March 2019, 02:14
mark brinkley Really looking nice tom, its nice to see this car in a later year then the kit I'm working on, keep up the good work
31. March 2019, 09:13
Tom ... Thanks, Mark. It's a crash-course on decaling for me. So many. Finally on to assembly as everything has been painted and decal'ed at this point... though I still have to do the black trim on the body...
Martin, if the Solvaset doesn't workout I'll try the revell for sure.
Bob Hall Gives it the ora of realism, spray some dirt and road dust and go for the gusto !
5. April 2019, 05:19
Tom ... Well I just might, Robert. Next goal is to learn how to weather so I might very well revisit this car at some later date and weather it up! In the meantime I'm buying a few really cheap models to practice on.
5. April 2019, 05:22
Martin Oostrom Perhaps while (un)masking, you pressed too hard with a thumb/finger and warped the plastic?
5. April 2019, 05:36
Tom ... Definitely not from pressing anything. I've been very gingerly handling the body. I was thinking that maybe the model was a lot cooler when I applied the decals and now it's much warmer and the plastic has expanded a little.... but there can't have been much of a temperature difference. It's a mystery...
Tom ... Thanks, guys. All that work is finally paying off.
Got the interior finished. Pretty happy with it. No major cockups thankfully. The one thing that did pose a problem was pre-building the roll cage. The helmet box weaves in with the cage (see pic #29) which is hard to do after the fact as the seats are installed first so there is no access. Thankfully I was able to finagle it but it was definitely problematic.
My next problem are the tail lights... they are not fitting at all well.... mehh
5. April 2019, 23:00
Bob Hall Looking Good Though ! I always liked the Rallye Cars, Guess I lean a little more towards the Ford Focus and the Old Escorts from 20-30 Years ago !
Allan Gage This is great..crisply modeled. I've had some issues with tamiya white decals as well. Sometimes i just couldn't get near them with setting solvent have had to rely on hairdryer. I want to try this kit , those helmet boxes are trick.