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On 4/15/2023 at 11:57 PM, Bainford said:

Beautiful Vette. Nice and clean and great colour. Nice save on the paint. Well done! 
 

I’m curious about the masking tape problem. I’ve had the same thing happen on both Tamiya and Duplicolor lacquer paint. How long was the tape left on? Was it in the dehydrator at any time with the tape on it?

Thanks Bainford. I usually remove tape within a half hour after painting.  It did take a long time to mask around the door handles, wipers, rear emblem and trim. I'd say the tape was easily on for 10 to 12 hours. I can tell you the damage it caused happened well within that time as I had to remove a piece that had only been in place for a couple hours!

I did not put the masked car in the dehydrator... I made that mistake once in the past.

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On 4/16/2023 at 6:58 AM, jaymcminn said:

Beautiful model and great photography. It always feels good to be able to pull off a save like this! I wonder if your paint challenges came from using the X22 over the X27 clear red. X27 is a notoriously slow-drying paint too, and if the clear was laid down before it was fully dry it could have affected the drying time for the clear as well. 

That makes 100% sense. I did place the car in the dehydrator after each wet coat for about an hour... in hindsight that probably made zero difference.

I have used their clear once before but thinned with Tamiya X-20A. As I recall it was also very slow drying.

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On 4/16/2023 at 9:41 PM, radiohd10 said:

Beautiful. I need to learn how to light photos like that - amazing job 👏 

Thanks Ryan!  Here is a photo of my setup:

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There's more equipment above than average hobbyist might have, however, the same effect can be achieved with items from around the house or a trip to Michaels. The soft box can be replaced with a desk lamp placed above a couple sheets of tracing paper, a white pillowcase, shower curtain etc. to soften/diffuse the light. The key is to place the diffusion material relatively close to the model. Experiment by moving the lamp closer and farther away from the diffusion material to see the effect on the car. You will likely have to block light from the lamp from hitting the background -  try placing some black construction paper behind the light (opposite the camera). Also try rolling out more paper (moving the background farther away) to get a nice gradient effect.

A more basic point-and-shoot camera will work nicely, too. Just put the camera in Manual mode and adjust the shutter speed, aperture, ISO until it looks good on the screen. Bracket your exposures - try a few that look brighter and few that look darker as they may look different on a computer screen.

You can use a cellphone camera but it would be best if you can manually adjust the exposure. There are apps that allow manual control of the camera but you should be able to adjust it by tapping on the screen and adjusting the slider controls.

Hope this helps :^)

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On 4/19/2023 at 4:20 PM, 70 Sting said:

Thanks Ryan!  Here is a photo of my setup:

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There's more equipment above than average hobbyist might have, however, the same effect can be achieved with items from around the house or a trip to Michaels. The soft box can be replaced with a desk lamp placed above a couple sheets of tracing paper, a white pillowcase, shower curtain etc. to soften/diffuse the light. The key is to place the diffusion material relatively close to the model. Experiment by moving the lamp closer and farther away from the diffusion material to see the effect on the car. You will likely have to block light from the lamp from hitting the background -  try placing some black construction paper behind the light (opposite the camera). Also try rolling out more paper (moving the background farther away) to get a nice gradient effect.

A more basic point-and-shoot camera will work nicely, too. Just put the camera in Manual mode and adjust the shutter speed, aperture, ISO until it looks good on the screen. Bracket your exposures - try a few that look brighter and few that look darker as they may look different on a computer screen.

You can use a cellphone camera but it would be best if you can manually adjust the exposure. There are apps that allow manual control of the camera but you should be able to adjust it by tapping on the screen and adjusting the slider controls.

Hope this helps :^)

This is great - thanks!  I recently bought a light box and the results are decent but yours are next level.  Will def try out those tips! 

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