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Matt Bacon

Member Since 15 Mar 2010
Offline Last Active Dec 26 2014 12:47 PM
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In Topic: All new Citroen DS19 kit

26 December 2014 - 12:52 PM

That'll go straight to the top of the build pile when it gets here!

 

bestest,

M.


In Topic: Aston Martin DBS "Carbon Black"

20 December 2014 - 12:40 PM

If you've got some eye protection and some rubber or latex gloves, buy some "caustic soda" or "lye" (Sodium Hydroxide or NaOH) crystals for intended for cleaning up the kitchen. A teaspoon or two of crystals in a Hellmans jar half full of water will take all the "chrome" off your plastic in about a minute, and when you carefully pour it out, clean out your sink drainage into the bargain... Just add it carefully, and wash it out well...

 

bestest,

M.


In Topic: Aston Martin DBS "Carbon Black"

18 December 2014 - 11:23 AM

Sorry to hear that, but I'm not surprised -- I have a set of nicely painted HD DBS wheels in my spares box because I couldn't get them to fit the tyres acceptably no matter what I tried, either.

 

You could strip the "standard" wheels and do them in a nice dark graphite colour:

 

http://www.celebrity...3b2e9a7f1757e7/

 

That would be pretty stylish with a black body...

 

...or:

 

2014-Aston-Martin-DBS-Red.jpg

 

bestest,

M.


In Topic: Making Details Pop on a Model Car and Perseverance in Modeling After 27 Years

18 December 2014 - 02:33 AM

I completely agree. I use Citadel's washes, drybrushing and shading on all my interiors, engines and panel lines -- with a reasonably deep panel line,the effect is excellent. Because they have a full range of colours: red, purple, green, blue, orange (for yellow), plus four different shades from brown (for flesh) to true black, you can always find a colour that's appropriate for your paint job or engine bay. The blue, purple and brown washes are also really useful for "heat-staining" hot bits under the hood...

 

bestest,

M.


In Topic: Aston Martin DBS "Carbon Black"

16 December 2014 - 01:03 PM

Hi, Justin... you're right that those metal decals are a bit tricky... I had a real issue with them on the matt white coated inlet manifold. Having messed up the "6.0 litre" completely, I had to print out a replacement with a "fake" metallic tint. After that I got wary. If I remember rightly, if you look at the decal sheet, you can see that there are a few large areas of clear carrier film in some of the number plates that you aren't going to use. I ended up applying the metal decals to those clear areas, where you can rub them down hard, and then once they were stuck, cutting them out and applying like normal decals. That was essential with the other underbonnet markings on the matt white. Even though they'd probably "take" OK on the clearcoat gloss finish, putting them on with the film carrier allowed me a bit of wiggle room, and time, to position them exactly right, rather than having to commit immediately they touch down. As for the brakes, the disks are carbon ceramic -- I find that Humbrol 56 "Flat Aluminium" is a pretty good match, since you don't really want any kind of shiny metal look...

 

Hope this helps!

 

bestest,

M.