Good morning guys! I put one more coat of Future on it yesterday evening, just before dark.
The port side is good. The numbers and paint line are gone and the run is barely noticeable. There is some orange peeling still, and based on the info you guys gave me on it, I suspect it came near the end of the painting. The can I had was almost out and was sputtering/spitting some. I sanded the irregularities off of the hull, but evidently I missed the sail. The starboard side is much better, but if you look hard with the right lighting you can still barely see part of the original 6, and the paint line is also noticeable if you look for it under good lighting. In any case, it is much better than it was and I don’t think that you would notice that the dimple on the starboard side was a 6 unless you knew it had been there and were looking for it.
My hobby shop is closing early this week for some reasons, so I wasn’t able to get any Dullcoat. I will get some today, although I still may apply one final coat of Future, before the Dullcoat (which, as I’ve said, I almost hate to put on because it looks cool, if unreal, shiny).
Once again I want to thank you guys for all of your comments and help throughout this adventure. Although some of what I have learned from you will not help on this model at this point, as Tom said,it will definitely help improve my modeling on future builds. Hopefully I will never have to use the bit on avoiding sharp tape marks TomD., but I wouldn’t bet on it, and it is a good technique to have in my tool chest.
Your comments, about getting over the fear Tom, are right on the money. I read a comment similar to that in another post somewhere, and couldn’t agree more. This seems especially true near the end of a build, where one goof (or two or three) can ruin the efforts of a lot of work.
Because my modeling tends to have more bad and ugly than good, my posts of course reflect that. My feeling is that if I’m not going to show the good, the bad and the ugly, I shouldn’t maintain a WIP, I should just post the final product. I hope that my posts do help someone avoid mistakes I made fixing mistakes, and better yet, the original mistakes too. One thing is for sure. I know a LOT more about modeling, and naval history and architecture as a result of posting than I would had I not posted the build. I’ve had fun doing it, and it makes me feel good knowing that you guys have had fun following it.
As for air brush expertise Tom… At this point, all I have is a $9 gun, so I have only used it for clear coating. Eventually, I suspect that I will eventually get a good gun, but it probably won’t happen until I need a color that I can’t find in a can.
Have a great day guys!