If you've followed this blog at all, you've seen it too many times: I tend to take a really long time for my "serious" builds, sometimes a year or more. I don't know what is more noteworthy, that the damn things take so long, or, for the time they take, they don't come out better than they do! OK, to keep my sanity, I am interspersing side projects where I build things as fast as I can, and building up the "Olds Leftovers" is becoming one of them.
Last time I painted the body in 15 minutes, not including a tiny bit of drying time, but including time to polish. Not bad eh? This time it's on the the interior. How fast is too fast?
Just to make it challenging, I didn't glue it all together and paint it matte black. That would be too easy! I tried to mask it too!
For the mask I used bare metal foil, which turned out to be a pain, not because it was that hard to get it on or trim it, but that it was hard to remove it! I used liquid mask for the right angles (paint always flows in there otherwise) and shot it with a quick coat of Testors One Coat Clear to try to seal the masks. I seriously doubt any of it was dry when I shot it with Tamiya Matte Black, but it all stuck; I got lucky! So: The whole interior build, including dash detailing and whatnot, took about 60 minutes. I used quick dry lacquers, so as not to have to wait around for things to dry, and worked on one thing (quickly!) while another thing was drying. I am also finding myself using sharpies more and more, as those pens (I use ink Sharpies, not paint pen Sharpies), cover bare plastic OK and there is almost no dry time, and obviously no brushes to clean up.
Here's how it all came out: well, OK I guess. In my photos, as always, you see no retouches or attempts to pretty things up, and with speed builds, what you see is what you get. The red paint isn't red paint at all, it's red sharpie, applied to save time.
I dunno, it's looking damn ratty to me, but I will dust it off and maybe clean it up a bit. Since it's going into a fastback, on the shelf of my kitchen, where it's dark, it will probably be just fine.
A new tool for this speed build thing: for cutting Bare Metal Foil, a really good modeler named "Dr Cranky" suggests on his youtube: using surgical blades vs. Xacto #11's. I tried that for the cutting the interior mask (as well as the body BMF--next time?) and liked it very much. Go Dr Cranky!