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Re: War Machine

Alun » Feb 6 '14
So I`m a bit fed up with decals and need to print some more for the Pegasus anyway, but was in the mood for something last night.  So my eye caught the semi-completed War Machine.  


I had completed the torso previously but as it is on the old site here is a "previously on SFM:uk":


Made a start on the first of the 3 Iron Man kits, and picked War Machine simply because the paint job is going to be a bit simpler and there are only 2 lights in it because both hands are in fists.
Pretty simple job so far.  Lights went in no trouble (2 3mm white LEDs) although little bit of leakage around the neck area which will need to be sorted out.
These first couple of shots are after about an hour.






You might spot that the chest piece has been cut out but after clipping it into the place the lower torso pieces obstruct the light and I’ve had to cut out a window in them to all the light through from where I installed the LED.
I didn’t read the instructions properly though and first time installed those lower torso pieces upside down.  Quick fix though as realised the moment I applied glue and whipped it apart.
And after a couple of hours the arms were nearly done as well.


So that brings us up to last night and building the legs.
The instructions are really tiny and quite vague so actually took longer than I anticipated because everything has to be cut out and fitted together to make sure nothing is back to front.  Really could do with clearer instructions with the number of parts on these kits.
But got there in the end.






Just a few more panels to add and the chest piece is still lose as I need to isolate the LED there.  Have added a few smears of filler here and there which think is really me messing up rather than the fit of the kit.
Now I`ve had a bit of a distraction it will be back to the Pegasus to get that completed, as not much left to do on that.  Then there are a few other Iron Man kits to work on.


Heart Breaker next I think. Just hoping I can get my hands on Igor when that one is released.
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Re: War Machine

Ellenbethsdad » Feb 6 '14
Is it going to be possible to paint this entirely after construction or dreaded sub-assemblies?
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Re: War Machine

Alun » Feb 6 '14
Should be OK to do it in after a full for this one. Least I hope it will be....
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Re: War Machine

Alun » Feb 6 '14
What the hell was I trying to write there? Jeez!

Anyway. I think it should be fine to paint as a single piece in this case.

One thing I spotted today is that the lit parts have a red tinge to them in some pictures but not all. Think might go for the redness for some variety with the white Iron Man kits.

Will have to find a dark metallic grey in Halfords. Our car is graphite grey and looks to be about the right colour. So can would be handy for a touch up I have to do anyway.
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Re: War Machine

Alun » Feb 10 '14
Assembly is now complete and it`s ready for primer and paint.








LEDs are working fine.  Will tint the clear parts with a little red to get the right colour for them.  Clear parts not added yet.




If weather improves and it`s not raining tonight I might be able to get some primer on at least.


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Re: War Machine

Alun » Feb 12 '14
It stopped raining long enough to apply some "Graphite Metallic" paint to the model.  










Now onto painting in the other colours.

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Re: War Machine

Ellenbethsdad » Feb 12 '14

What it`s actually stopped raining ???.....must have missed them 3 mins then!!!


Looking good, is that a Halfords can?

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Re: War Machine

Mark » Feb 12 '14
Ooh, nice! I always liked War Machine.
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Re: War Machine

Alun » Feb 13 '14
Quote from pete "ellenbethsdad" goosey

What it`s actually stopped raining ???.....must have missed them 3 mins then!!!


Looking good, is that a Halfords can?


Yes it`s Peugeot Graphite Metallic (or Metallic Graphite).  Has come out quite matte but suspect it might be because the temperature is so low.  Usually it`s much shinier, but don`t have an issue with the sheen I`ve ended up with.


Spent an hour last night brush painting in the silver parts.






Had to look up reference pictures as the Dragon instructions are pretty bad in my opinion.  And made a small mistake with the silver which I`ll need to correct.  


Nearly there.

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Re: War Machine

Alun » Feb 17 '14
Nearly there, and then I decided that I didn`t like the solid blocks of very dark colours and a bit of dry brushing might make the contours pop a little bit.


Not sure it was (in hindsight) the smartest move I ever made though.




It certainly achieves the object of making the contours show more though.  Also some washes applied to the panel lines.  Needs a bit of clean up now as was a bit sloppy with the washes.


Also I found out that trying to fit the eye lens in once the helmet has been glued together is impossible.  I did this on the previous Iron Man kit so just kind of assumed I could do it here as well.  Should have test fitted it at least.  So instead the eyes were filled with PVA and the clear parts tinted with Tamiya Clear Red.  With the lights behind this washes out quite a lot which seems to be similar to reference pictures.



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