Polar Lights 1/350 scale K'T'inga p/review

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Re: Polar Lights 1/350 scale K'T'inga p/review

Post by Steam235 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:11 pm

Moving on to the base coat of green for the nacelles. Ten individual points of light on the two nacelles. All of them were masked off by gluing a small piece of shrink wrap tubing over the bulb.
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Re: Polar Lights 1/350 scale K'T'inga p/review

Post by Steam235 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:13 pm

For my last update today I have some overall pictures of the ship with it's base colors.
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Re: Polar Lights 1/350 scale K'T'inga p/review

Post by Steam235 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:58 pm

Before I start masking and airbrushing the feather pattern, I wanted to look at other options.

If you're a beginner, or if you don't have an airbrush, or if your using spray paint. I wanted to take a picture of what the model would look like with a wash, instead of detail painting the feather pattern.

This is the bottom of the model, with the base coat of green, and a white wash. It's something you can do quickly and will yield decent results. If you're just a beginner this is a very easy process you can do on your K'T'inga.
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Re: Polar Lights 1/350 scale K'T'inga p/review

Post by Tesral » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:29 am

Following with interest. Nicely done all around.
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Re: Polar Lights 1/350 scale K'T'inga p/review

Post by Steam235 » Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:31 pm

A note on the the suggested paint colors for the model.

The three shades of green that they suggest are very close to each other. I'm very interested in seeing what the feather pattern will look like with these three colors. I may lighten the flat green so it will be a little more distinct. (Please ignore the small white lines on the model, I'm still trying a few weathering washes.)
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Re: Polar Lights 1/350 scale K'T'inga p/review

Post by Cubey Terra » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:12 pm

This looks amazing. Are you having any issues painting on black plastic? And does it totally light block or do you have to add more layers of paint?

I'd be sorely tempted to build another K'Tinga if the light blocking works out well.

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Re: Polar Lights 1/350 scale K'T'inga p/review

Post by Steam235 » Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:57 am

Most surfaces line up at an angle and many have an extra raised lip to help block light.
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I have done no extra work to light block this model. There are only two light leaks in the entire model and both are very minor and will be easy to fix.

You really can install the light kit and build the model without painting any of the inside and just start painting the outside of the model.

Of course you'll have better results by spraying the inside of the model a light color to help defuse light.

Here are the two light leaks..
The area under the flood light housing.
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The resin bridge needs a lot of light blocking, and it's hard to get to all the odd surfaces.
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Re: Polar Lights 1/350 scale K'T'inga p/review

Post by Steam235 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:08 am

Today I began the feather pattern on the K'T'inga.

The model comes with a wonderful color picture of Jim Small's build before he weathered it.

The colors specified are so close to each other I decided to use a different approach to get the model to how I want it.

I felt if I used the suggested colors, after weathering they wouldn't be distinct from each other. I wanted to exaggerate them before weathering. I didn't want to change any of the hues, so all I did was take the lightest color, Flat Green, and lighten it with white.
Then I stared masking...
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The masking above was for the lightest color. After that it was re-masked so the raised areas could be painted Deep Green.
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Masking continued most of the day, I only have a few tips.

Do both the right side and left side at the same time, so you can make sure you're keeping them symetrical.

Take advantage of the raised surfaces, they really made masking easy when I followed them.
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After I had several of the larger areas painted, as seen in the first picture below, it was time to bring these colors closer together. The second picture shows the model after I lightly airbrushed the base color over the lighter sections.
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I continued to use variations of my Flat Green and White mix to vary the shades to pant other panels.
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I'll probably have a few more nights of masking and painting these patterns and I hope to start weathering the model by Wednesday or Thurday.

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Re: Polar Lights 1/350 scale K'T'inga p/review

Post by Steam235 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:12 pm

I've painted more panels and blended a few others.
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