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Old 05-24-2015, 01:34 AM
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Default Re: 1/1000 Amelia Earhart TOS Transport

I've used Future for years: I spray straight from the bottle at 40psi.
This allows the Future to almost dry as it hits the model.
You can then 'set' it hard with heat from a hair drier.
It does get a bit airborne, but as long as you have a good extraction system or have plenty of fresh air about you will be fine...
I always seal decals with Future (again sprayed at 40psi) and have even on occasion settled down decals with it (but this does not work as good as it used to now they have changed the formula).

To Matt seal; I use Liquitex Matte Varnish (with the orange label), this is thinned 2:1 with De-ionised water and a coupled of drops of Liquitex Flow-aid and again sprayed at 30-40psi.
Never had a bad reaction and it dries dead (and I mean Dead) flat. It's perfect for Star Trek models and really helps with scale especially on 1/2500th.

One word of warning; always clean your airbrush immediately after you have used Future and I mean complete clean.
If you don't clean it thoroughly, you will regret it as it will build up over time and bugger up the workings.
I usually (on gravity brushes): flush through with water, remove handle and needle, clean with cotton bud and cellulose, re-assemble, fill with reamer, part flush, wipe over with reamer, leave for 10 mins, flush through the remaining reamer.
I use a cheap brush for this (Fengda single actions are perfect).


Sounds a pain, but is simple
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Old 05-24-2015, 10:14 AM
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Thank you for the great advice Hector! I ended up going with the Model Master Acryl Gloss and Flat Clear combination on my last two projects. Although I did purchase the Future product at the same time - I will try it out on a test piece with the methods shared.
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I need a Xanax. I thought everything looked pretty good with the Amelia build. That was until I hit the model with the final flat coat. Turns out the clear coat was masking some pretty nasty looking decals. I'm leaving for WF on Thursday so I can't do much about it now. I'll fix what I can and hit the build with a satin coat - maybe that will hide the offending markings.
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Did you use any Solvaset on the decals to snug them down prior to your top clears? Even through the clear, you could still try to apply decal softener if you take the tip of a sharp Xacto to lightly perforate it and allow the solution to get under the decal in the offending areas. While its still wet, roll your finger - wrapped in a clean cloth - to force the decal down and conform completely.
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I tried floating the decals on with Future. I assumed no decal setting solution would be necessary. I don't think I will be using that technique anymore.

I did poke the decals a bit and some responded. Ah well.
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I'm still using boring old Microsol & Micro set.
every now and again I use Daco -ultra Bastard setting solution (that would be strong). especially on old AMT/ertl decals that aren't printed my Microscale.
Future used to be good as a setting solution - then they changed the formula and it now sucks a big one.
All in conjunction with Future for Gloss varnish and Liquitex Matte varnish- no problems
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Beautiful work, Tom! That's an amazing build.
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Default Re: 1/1000 Amelia Earhart TOS Transport

I would not want to step on any kit makers toes.

Inspired by is not the same thing as copied. While I'm not a lover of the Franz Josef tug design (the containers going in between the warp drives makes me worry about potential collisions, not to mention being in the way of the warp field), this build is outstanding and I might be interested in one if you ever do kit it up, fundage permitting (that's the big thing for me, right now!).

Seriously, I'm really digging this.

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