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  1. And finished! This is a rather big ship, about 15.5 cm long (14.5 excluding gun barrels), 13.5 cm wide and 6.2 cm tall (5.2 without fins). For comparison a VCX-100 is about 16.5 x 12.5 x 5.5 cm, which means it's still a bigger ship though not by much.
  2. More detailing on the front/bridge. The gun pods are magnetized but only for storage purposes.
  3. The top of the cargo bay has been further detailed and received a much needed engine installation.
  4. I suppose I'm nitpicking a bit here but enamel paints are not quite the same as 'regular' oil paints. They cure/dry at different rates and in different manners.
  5. Updated and improved engine design.
  6. Detailed the underside of the rear/cargo bay. I installed some pretty heavy duty landing gear struts in each corner of the thing.
  7. They totally should! Anyway, current build progress. With most major pieces complete I've begun the process of detailing the ship.
  8. First attempt at an engine. The pointy part at the front? That's half of an old school Imperial Guard Leman Russ searchlight.
  9. Currently working on the gun pods. I'm probably going to have to make the barrels shorter before I'm done but they will have to do for now.
  10. When using oil washes, this is pretty much the standard cleaning method as well. If only it worked the same on acrylic paints. Of course, oil washes and the cleaning of said washes can be used to achieve effects that are much harder to do with acrylic washes. Dirt streaks in particular tend to look much more realistic when using oil paints. And now I'm veering off topic. Sorry!
  11. Washes can be seem like a miracle tool and to be honest, they are. However, no matter how you apply the wash, be it slathering the entire model with wash or carefully applying it in measured amounts into each individual recess, you are going to need to perform some clean up afterwards. In many cases, you can get away with just dry brushing the original colour on top, and perhaps slightly repaint areas where the wash has pooled heavily. You can of course try to avoid pooling while washing by carefully 'cleaning' areas where the wash is too heavy. Just allow the bristles of another brush to gently soak up the unwanted wash. Of course there are some tricks to help with the washing stage. If at all possible you should use gloss varnish on the model before washing it. This makes the model 'slippery', allowing the wash to pool better in the intended recesses. It also tends to extend the drying time of the wash, which in turns allows you to manipulate the wash longer. An unintended, but not unwanted side effect with the varnish layer is that the basic paint job will be more resistant to wear and tear. Another little trick (advanced painters only!) I've found is to use airbrush paint cleaner to remove unwanted wash. First of all, this requires a properly applied layer of gloss varnish that has been allowed to dry at least 24 hours otherwise the underlying colours will be dissolved as well. Apply the wash as normal, then, just after it has dried, use a brush dipped in airbrush cleaner liquid on any spots where you ´don't the wash. This method gives a great degree of control and is especially useful when painting wash directly into panel lines as you inevitably get some small overflows/spills when doing so. It saves a lot of time since you don't have to repaint all the panels surrounding the lines.
  12. I had to look up 'box kite' and yes I have to agree with you. At first I was like, "What is he on about? The Arrowhead is the fighter from R-type!". Then I used google.
  13. Vallejo color matching

    You know what, that's an even better idea. Saves you the hassle of mixing paints yourself.
  14. While it will likely not be very visible, the rear/cargo bay has been made a bit smaller. The wings in particular have been reduced in size quite a bit.
  15. Vallejo color matching

    In my experience, there's rarely such a thing as a perfect colour match. You will most likely have to experiment with several mixes until you find something that matches. Give me some time and I can probably come up with a decent mix and give you the recipe.