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Re: Mountfleet Models Danny Boy (1:24 scale) Build Log
« Reply #50 on: March 13, 2021, 06:13:16 pm »

Managed to get the superstructure coamings sorted, with a little help from some Milliput for the curved front corners.  Then, massive thanks to Ray for the link to Neilís post on how to use a pencil stub along the deck to get a line on the superstructure to sand parallel to so that I managed to get a good fit with the deck.  Maybe not 100% perfect but Iíve decided to leave well alone now as the fit is great in terms of on the coamings and along the deck.  I only placed the printed deck to try it out as next step will be some painting.
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Re: Mountfleet Models Danny Boy (1:24 scale) Build Log
« Reply #51 on: March 13, 2021, 06:25:06 pm »

It's always a pleasure to help others, even if it's using someone else's idea  %)


Passing on know-how ensures skills aren't lost  :-))


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Re: Mountfleet Models Danny Boy (1:24 scale) Build Log
« Reply #52 on: March 15, 2021, 07:54:56 pm »

Did a little bit of painting after debating with myself for hours over what to paint before fitting and what to fit then paint in place. Think Iím going to do the primer on the superstructure next as everything else is quite small and detailed so I feel would benefit from painting first then fixing.


Then had a play with my new toy, a laser level.  Practiced marking the waterline for when I have sprayed primer on the hull.  After loads of reading up on it I have decided on the following sequence which I saw someone else follow to good effect :


1. Grey primer all over hull
2. White spray band in area of waterline
3. Use Tamiya tape on the white band to be the waterline
4. Seal tape top and bottom with white spray
5. Red primer for below waterline
6. Black for above waterline
7. Remove Tamiya tape to reveal the white waterline


I know there will be loads of different methods, but thought this may be the easiest for me to do.  At the worst I can always sand any errors back and re-do.
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Re: Mountfleet Models Danny Boy (1:24 scale) Build Log
« Reply #53 on: March 16, 2021, 08:21:01 pm »

Bit of painting today before Danny Boy goes into dry dock #2 (spare bedroom) whilst we tackle some decorating in the kitchen-diner which will force a break in the build.  Managed to get the superstructure sprayed with primer, albeit a little darker grey primer than I would have liked.  Then did 3 coats over the course of the day on the bulwarks.  Not quite as good as I had imagined in my head, but after the third coat itís not looking too bad.  I think perhaps a final, fourth, coat will be in order.


I suppose that each model helps improve your skills and I feel Iím better on this one than I was on the narrowboat, but can still see where I could make improvements.  I should have spent much longer on smoothing the bulwarks which would have resulted in a better paint finish, as well as getting a better edge between them and the deck.  But at least itís not a disaster and the overall look is still pleasing, at least to me!  I guess you never stop learning!


Pleased to have found a spray paint for the exact colour Iím doing the superstructure in, as I think for such a large area that spraying is preferable to brushing in order to get a good finish.  The superstructure will be very much on show and I want that to look as good as possible.
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Re: Mountfleet Models Danny Boy (1:24 scale) Build Log
« Reply #54 on: March 21, 2021, 09:50:34 pm »

So, decorating done, spent a cheeky while afterwards on spraying Danny Boy.  Superstructure now in final coat, it will still need the clear coat when everything finished.  Hull has first coats of the red.  Next steps will be marking the waterline, spraying the black upper part then painting the white waterline between the two.  Think Iíll do the clear coat on the hull once painting has been finished to give it some protection as I already noticed a faint mark from a fingernail on the red primer, so it must be quite soft (but will hopefully harden up overnight).


Still trying to work out the technique for the waterline, I was going to spray a band of white, put  Tamiya tape where I want the waterline to be, then spray above and below with red and black, finally remove the Tamiya tape to reveal the white waterline.  However, now thinking this may not be so good as getting the red primer to cover the white top coat might not be so good.  Might resort to two lines of Tamiya tape now and paint the waterline in between them.
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Re: Mountfleet Models Danny Boy (1:24 scale) Build Log
« Reply #55 on: March 23, 2021, 07:19:42 pm »

Bit more progress on the painting.  Used Tamiya masking tape for curves to mark the waterline with the help of the laser level.  It seemed fairly easy despite hands that suddenly donít seem quite so steady!  Then masked over the Tamiya tape to cover the lower hull and sprayed the upper black section.  Three coats later and a nice finish.


Next steps will be second Tamiya tape on the black section over the waterline one, mask the black, another coat of red primer, wait for that to dry, third Tamiya tape on the red, mask that, remove the middle Tamiya tape and spray the white waterline. Then clear coat spray the lot.  Phew!


Like the colour of the red primer, but itís finish is definitely not as good as the black top coat, in that it scuffs very easily.  I guess thatís primer for you and the clear coat will protect it to stop any scuffs.
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Re: Mountfleet Models Danny Boy (1:24 scale) Build Log
« Reply #56 on: March 25, 2021, 07:39:15 pm »

Hull painting almost there with waterline now painted.  Just a few bleeds which I can tidy up, then a clear coat spray to give some protection before I progress work.
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Re: Mountfleet Models Danny Boy (1:24 scale) Build Log
« Reply #57 on: March 26, 2021, 02:36:45 pm »

Managed to get the waterline bleeds sorted and sprayed a clear lacquer.  Now Iím not totally sure whether the resulting eggshell finish is ok or not?  Debating over whether a Matt lacquer may be better and if so whether I could just spray a coat of that over the top to dull down the sheen?


Mind you, the more I look at the result the more itís growing on me.  Itís hard to tell in the photo, but what do people think?  Would it be better dulled down a bit?
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Re: Mountfleet Models Danny Boy (1:24 scale) Build Log
« Reply #58 on: March 26, 2021, 03:42:05 pm »

It looks pretty good. Matt lacquer usually still has a slight sheen anyway. Sometimes the satin can look a bit too shiny. It might be worth painting a test piece of plastic sheet and then spraying first with satin and then matt so you can compare it with the hull as it is at the moment. Even if you decide not to use the matt, it will still come in useful for fittings etc. (but don't spray lacquer over enamel)

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Re: Mountfleet Models Danny Boy (1:24 scale) Build Log
« Reply #59 on: March 26, 2021, 04:08:29 pm »

It looks pretty good. Matt lacquer usually still has a slight sheen anyway. Sometimes the satin can look a bit too shiny. It might be worth painting a test piece of plastic sheet and then spraying first with satin and then matt so you can compare it with the hull as it is at the moment. Even if you decide not to use the matt, it will still come in useful for fittings etc. (but don't spray lacquer over enamel)

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Thanks For the advice Colin.  Iím actually getting to like the soft sheen of the hull now so I may just leave well alone!  However, I will definitely use the Matt lacquer for the superstructure and fittings as I want them matt.  As you say, a test piece is definitely in order before I do anything with those as I definitely wonít be able to rub any of the superstructure back with all of its fittings!
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Re: Mountfleet Models Danny Boy (1:24 scale) Build Log
« Reply #60 on: April 14, 2021, 02:59:10 pm »

Not too much progress on Danny Boy (due to dealing with painting at 1:1 scale - kitchen and lounge !).  Just a bit of work in building the navigation light boards and painting some of the wheelhouse components.  Next bit will be fitting the LEDs in the navigation lights and getting them mounted onto the superstructure.  Also added the floor to the wheelhouse, so it's slowly coming along.
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Re: Mountfleet Models Danny Boy (1:24 scale) Build Log
« Reply #61 on: April 14, 2021, 07:56:43 pm »

Edging forwards with the build!  Initial part of building the main hatch done and it fits beautifully (measuring twice, cutting once worked lol!).  More work to do on it but pleased with these first steps.
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Re: Mountfleet Models Danny Boy (1:24 scale) Build Log
« Reply #62 on: April 15, 2021, 06:19:30 pm »

Bit the bullet and filed down the engine skylight castings as some were badly formed, plus I couldnít ďglazeĒ them due to having fixed the moulding onto the superstructure and only drilled a hole for a LED, not wanting to cut at this stage of the build - I guess you live and learn!


Fitted some Graupner glazed portholes which I feel do the job well and smartened up the look, even if they are perhaps not quite the right thing for the boat.  But if it looks good to me then I am happy, after all it is a generic model and not a specific actual boat.
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Re: Mountfleet Models Danny Boy (1:24 scale) Build Log
« Reply #63 on: April 22, 2021, 08:00:41 pm »

Progress has been a bit slow over this last week.  Having a little break from the superstructure and doing the hatches which Iím finding quite enjoyable.  Got the painting then hatch boards to make up next.
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Re: Mountfleet Models Danny Boy (1:24 scale) Build Log
« Reply #64 on: April 22, 2021, 08:24:12 pm »

Progress has been a bit slow over this last week.


... but, any progress is better than none  O0 :-))


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