Again, wonderful work and the decals came out beautiful. The mistakes we make in life and the punishment doesn't dull the accomplishments IMO. However, society doesn't normally see it that way. Case in point: politicians commiting adultery (although it didn't hurt Bill Clinton)
If I might address two more questions about the painting discussion: I use rattle cans and if I attempt a 2 color candy coat effect, it'll be when the weather warms up. Otherwise, I'll stick to Testors custom One Coat colors. Once I've misted and sprayed a reasonable number of gold coats, how long must I wait before attempting the same process using the red? How do you know if you're overcoating the gold and reducing it's original purpose?
The other question is I really like the color of the blower and hat. Is that the new sprayable Alclad line of paint? I also see what appears to be a slightly yellowish tone at the top of the exhaust pipes and flange. Is that also an Alclad paint designed to appear like heated chrome color? I've gotten some advise from ClayK who did the awesome 1/24 handbuilt "Blackbeard's Revenge" pro mod and he gave me a combination of 3 colors to use, although he was painting on alum I think.
Cheers for the nice comments everyone. You guys are pretty much the only people apart from me, who will ever see my builds. Your opinions matter a great deal to me, especially when I see what the rest of you are up to.
Mitch, I waited about a week for the gold to gas-out, then I sprayed clear over it and waited a week for that to gas out, before I hit it with the candy red.
My plastic spoon tests showed the metallic effect was increased with a clearcoat between the gold and candy.
I applied the candy very progressively, taking time to check for patchiness or over-application. As soon as I had an even coat which had consistent colour saturation, I stopped. I left the candy to cure for a week or so before I sealed it with a clearcoat.
The Alclad-looking paint is from a rattle can. I got it at an automotive parts store. I think it's intended for craft use and like Alclad, it doesn't like to be touched with fingers. Clearcoat dulls it and makes it look like flat silver. I heard that Alclad works well over gloss black, so that's how I prepped my surfaces. Plus, it helps you see where the paint is thin.
The heat-stain was brushed on, using Tamiya smoke, clear orange and red with some metallic copper and a bit of clear blue.
It's a bit trial and error. I used some sprayed sprue to test my colours, before I applied it to the model.
I built up the orange gradually, allowing each coat to dry completely. I added a bit of red to the top portion of the pipes, mixed in a little metallic copper and dulled the top part down with the smoke paint. Be progressive, light and don't try to rush it.