Danny Lectro

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  1. Danny Lectro added a post in a topic All the rest part 2?   

    It's too bloody hot in NYC for painting, so I'm currently at an impasse.  I am planning to go to science-fiction/fantasy oriented model show in a couple of weeks, and I wanted to have both of my chosen kits ready to enter in their contest.  Now it looks like I'll be lucky to have one complete in time.
    However, I do have some progress to show from the last couple weeks, mostly on the TIE Fighter's cockpit.



    I decided to cheat a bit and use the kit's stick-on decals for the cockpit (it comes with both stick-on and waterslide).  I don't think it will be too noticeable once the fuselage has been fully assembled around it.  The parts were painted AMMO gray over Testors Super Fine primer.  I will probably apply a bit of panel line wash before adding the pilot and gunner figures.

    The solar panels / radiators / whatever Disney calls them this week were painted with Testors magnesium Metallizer and buffed out with a cloth wheel on my Dremel at lowest speed.
  2. Danny Lectro added a post in a topic All the rest part 2?   

    That looks great, Wayne!
  3. Danny Lectro added a post in a topic All the rest part 2?   

    Like I said, there was some clumsiness involved on my part.  I think it may have been a mistake to make my first attempt at the technique on something so small.
    In any case, my red color coat went wrong, and I need to strip the acrylics off and try again.
     
  4. Danny Lectro added a post in a topic All the rest part 2?   

    I did thin it, and I did lower the air pressure. I'm using an Aztek airbrush, as it has always worked for me in the past, but it doesn't handle fine line work very well in single action mode, and I have never gotten the hang of using it in double action mode. There was also a bit of clumsiness involved on my part, LOL.
  5. Danny Lectro added a post in a topic All the rest part 2?   

    Wayne, once again, excellent work on your tank.
    I am slowly getting into it on my First Order TIE Fighter.
    The cockpit controls and seat have been painted silver, as per photos of a completed model in the kit's manual.

    These will be detailed with decals and washes, and I will probably paint the "cushions" of the seat flat black.
    I am using Ammo of Mig Jimenez paints on this build.  I discovered these paints don't adhere well to Bandai's plastic, so i am also using Testors Super Fine Lacquer primer underneath most of the color coats.  The parts below will be red on the final model, I am attempting to do some pre-shading with Ammo of Mig medium gunship gray between the Testors primer and the final color of Ammo of Mig red.
    {img]https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/t31.0-8/13925937_10208036335804269_2361644641269332354_o.jpg

    This is my first time attempting pre-shading, and I can tell it went wrong.  I'm not sure yet if I will bother stripping the Ammo of Mig paint with Windex and give it another go, or just stick with what I have.
  6. Danny Lectro added a post in a topic Nissan 240Z Street Racer   

    Thanks, Phil!
    Thank you, Bill. I decided against saying it had a Chevy, since it seems like everybody and their grandmother does an LS swap these days. I actually toyed with the idea of claiming it had a Toyota/Lexus 1UZ, but thought that might be going a tad to far. 
  7. Danny Lectro added a post in a topic Nissan 240Z Street Racer   

    Thank you, everyone!
  8. Danny Lectro added a post in a topic Nissan 240Z Street Racer   

    Thank you all for the kind words.
  9. Danny Lectro added a post in a topic StarTIEfighter Experimental Mk.CIV What If   

    Nice work joining these machines together.
  10. Danny Lectro added a post in a topic YT-1300CLFF   

    Nice work!
  11. Danny Lectro added a post in a topic T-18 X-wing fighter What If 1:144   

    I like it! Great idea, well executed.
  12. Danny Lectro added a post in a topic Nissan 240Z Street Racer   

    Thanks!  Yes, they were included.
  13. Danny Lectro added a topic in Under Glass   

    Nissan 240Z Street Racer
    Tetsuo, a wannabe street racer with more money than sense, bought a nice 240Z, just to start cutting it up to add fiberglass aero.  He never thought about upgrading, or even repairing, the stock L24 straight-six under the hood.  After losing a large sum of money on races, he decided to sell the car.  He set the price to try to recoup the money he spent on the car, plus the money he lost racing.  Between the exorbitant asking price, the damage he did to the body, and the poor reputation the car gained during the owner's failed street-racing career, the car languished on the market for a long time.  Eventually, he found a buyer named Kaneda, but had to accept less than half of his asking price.
    Kaneda knew repairing the bodywork would be an expensive and arduous task, so he decided to leave the bodywork, bad paint and vinyl stickers as is and concentrate on mechanical upgrades.  He upgraded the brakes, suspension, and had the engine swapped for a small block Ford V-8.
    When the work was completed, Kaneda started going to street-racing events. The other racers remembered the car, and it's miserable performance, from Tetsuo's time driving it, and thought Kaneda would be an easy mark.  Kaneda made quite a bit of money in those first few months, before the car's reputation caught up with its performance.
    This is Fujimi's Nissan Fairlady 240Z Full Works Version, finished as a curbside model.  This was my first time cutting up body work to fit add-on aero parts, so things didn't go as well as I would have liked.  Instead of putting the kit to the side, I decided to go with it, and make a distressed and abused street-racer.
    The body color is Tamiya Bronze acrylic.  Chassis, interior and hood are painted with Tamiya Semi-Gloss black.  Trim was masked and painted with Tamiya Gloss Black.  Decals are Revell Pinewood Derby dry transfers.  I used various Ammo of Mig Jimenez products to add weathering and distressing.  Black thread was used to replicate zip-ties holding cracked aero together.  Header ends were made from K&S aluminum tube, I used a Dremel with a ball-shaped grinding bit to thin out the inside bore of the tubes to make them look more scale-correct.
    Here is the WIP:  http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/100787-nissan-240zg-track-toy/
    Here are the finshed photos:



    Here is a shot of the finished model in its display box, next to my '25 Model T rat rod:

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  14. Danny Lectro added a post in a topic Nissan 240ZG: Track Toy   

    Body attached to chassis, almost done except for a couple of little details.

    "Under Glass" thread can be found here:  http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/115536-nissan-240z-street-racer/
  15. Danny Lectro added a post in a topic Nissan 240ZG: Track Toy   

    Tamiya Transparent Red to represent anodized lug nuts, and some Ammo of Mig Jimenez gray panel line wash in the hubs to give some depth.

    Ammo of Mig Jimenez Metallic Silver and Chipping to make chips and scratches on the steel parts of the body.