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Old 06-19-2018, 07:45 PM
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I thought a lot of them sounded great... if I had unlimited time and budget for experimenting I'd try them all... but I don't, so I'll try none of them instead (for now).
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Old 06-24-2018, 08:10 PM
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Finished sanding. It was a lot of work, but nothing completely crazy. I didn't get perfectly into every nook and cranny, but I feel like overall it came out good enough. All the areas the felt rough after the gloss gray coat (especially the wings) feel smooth now, so the gray seems to have succeeded as sort of a filler/primer.

I wasn't trying to remove all the grey, just smooth it out and thin it down. In general, I stopped when I started to see white primer showing through.

Awaiting delivery of a can of Rusto 2x "Perfect Gray" for the repaint.
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Old 07-01-2018, 07:35 PM
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..and here it is.

I put down a couple of light primer coats, and then 3 coats of the Rusto 2x Perfect Gray. It's a pretty light gray (probably a shade or two lighter than scale), but still a better color than the old. As far as I can tell, I did a halfway decent job with the painting this time.

The paint, which is labeled "Ultra Matte", has more sheen than I expected. I need to figure it if it's a good enough surface for decals, or if I need to gloss coat first.

I'm very happy with the way this looks now. Work is now focusing on getting the decals ready.
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:45 PM
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I have the fully dry rocket back on the bench, and upon close inspection it looks great, *so* much better than before. Was worth all the effort sanding it down. The little spots in the crevices that I missed with the sandpaper seem to have had no ill effect.

Decal and nose cone work is in progress; I'm waiting out lots of sequential drying intervals of various types. I hope to have something interesting to show by the weekend.
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You will be able to vicariously experience what the builders of WRESAT, Australia's first satellite (orbited by a surplus, Redstone-based SPARTA vehicle, see: http://www.google.com/search?source... 0.eVS8p9AKUZA ) went through. Its harried (to meet the scheduled launch date) final completion involved many hours of all-night spray-painting, drying, and more spray-painting.
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:19 PM
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You will be able to vicariously experience what the builders of WRESAT, Australia's first satellite (orbited by a surplus, Redstone-based SPARTA vehicle, see: http://www.google.com/search?source... 0.eVS8p9AKUZA ) went through. Its harried (to meet the scheduled launch date) final completion involved many hours of all-night spray-painting, drying, and more spray-painting.

Not an area in which I was attempting to adhere to scale practices.... But now I can use it as an excuse for my prolonged multi-step finishing sequence.
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:29 PM
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Not an area in which I was attempting to adhere to scale practices.... But now I can use it as an excuse for my prolonged multi-step finishing sequence.
Indeed--you'll be able to say, "I not only designed and built a scale model, but I had a scale experience in creating it, too!" :-)
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Old 07-10-2018, 07:52 AM
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Indeed--you'll be able to say, "I not only designed and built a scale model, but I had a scale experience in creating it, too!" :-)

I hope I will *not* be able to say that my first flight came to a scale conclusion...
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Old 07-10-2018, 08:08 AM
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I hope I will *not* be able to say that my first flight came to a scale conclusion...
No--that would mean a l-o-n-g walk, and in two directions...
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Old 07-10-2018, 08:11 AM
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No--that would mean a l-o-n-g walk, and in two directions...

And a bunch of fiery wreckage...
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