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Hasegawa SDF-1 Macross 1:4000
« on: May 25, 2019, 09:16:29 AM »
I never thought I'd post a physical model on these forums.
A few week ago I went on a spending spree on Ebay and bought some toys, but I didn't read the fine print because I'm a dumb dumb. What I thought were display models turned out to be Scale Models with some assembly required.

I haven't tried to glue together a model in 25 years. So I reached out here for some help. I started the process this week.

I have very little idea what I'm doing. The instructions are in Japanese and I couldn't find the correct paint I needed so I had to fudge a few things. I made few mistakes along the way. It's a very slow process but whoever designed this model is a genius. It's so simple and modular in how it's all put together.

Any suggestions on how to clean brushes? So far what I'm doing is limiting my brushes to one color per. Or how about painting over old colors/mistakes, what's the best way?
If it wasn't for the camera option on my phone's translation App, I'd be completely screwed on the instructions. But the funny thing is, 3 very prominent colors of the model, red/white/blue are NOT mentioned at all in the colors list.

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Re: Hasegawa SDF-1 Macross 1:4000
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2019, 09:20:44 AM »
Any suggestions on how to paint evenly? Or applying the decals. I have no idea how to even start that.

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Re: Hasegawa SDF-1 Macross 1:4000
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2019, 11:21:39 AM »
Decals work best when applied to a glossy surface. If the paint you have used is flat finish then a coat of gloss finish is necessary. One option is a gloss clear spray from a spray can or brush on Pledge clear floor polish. Itís available in most grocery stores in the floor care aisle. Itís acrylic so it cleans up with water if it hasnít dried yet. One bottle will last a very long time. Look up the Micro Scale method of applying decals. It involves using two different solutions to help decals stick better and conform to the shape of the surfaces itís being applied too. Once the decals are on and have dried a few days you can spray over them with either gloss or flat, depending what finish you prefer.

With either spraying or brushing paint itís better to go with a couple of light coats than one heavy one.

Cleaning brushes depends if you are using enamel or acrylic paints. Enamels have to be cleaned with a petroleum solvent like paint thinner or lacquer thinner. Acrylics are water based so can be cleaned up under running water. Much less smelly.


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Re: Hasegawa SDF-1 Macross 1:4000
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2019, 08:48:44 PM »
It's a treat to see you building models again!

I concur with the fine advice kerick gave except to note that flat clear coats are also available if you don't want your model all shiny.

Personally, I brush-paint and never mess with those. I'm a devotee of the great Kelly Johnson and just keep it simple which for me also keeps it fun!

Most of these types of kits I've seen reviewed are noted for excellent engineering (Robert, do you have a side-gig?).

Good luck! It looks like you're off to a fine start.
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Re: Hasegawa SDF-1 Macross 1:4000
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2019, 11:37:13 PM »
rough paint and assembly.

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Re: Hasegawa SDF-1 Macross 1:4000
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2019, 09:34:14 AM »
Nice going so far!  :smiley:

For some tips for beginners, perhaps check out some of Quick Kits' videos on YouTube. LINK!
Some good advice to be found there and not too long-winded either.
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Re: Hasegawa SDF-1 Macross 1:4000
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2019, 10:21:00 AM »
well, I've been able to slowly do some more work on it, mostly slowly painting it. I really am an amateur at this. The plastic model is wonderfully engineered, but the painting skill required to fully realize it is WELL beyond me. I mean some of the parts are so small, how the hell is anyone supposed to a single hair brush to apply paint? And the paint I'm using never spreads evenly. The blue paint come on smooth but the white I'm having to do 3 layers to make the color consistent but it builds up, you can see it in the pictures. Next model I'll try using spray pain instead, it's nearly all grey anyway.

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Re: Hasegawa SDF-1 Macross 1:4000
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2019, 05:56:05 AM »
It's a treat to see an update on this one!

Looks pretty good to me so far, especially given the paint challenges you mentioned (that I may not have noticed otherwise).

One trick I learned for painting fine is to use a toothpick. You can even sharpen the point to get it finer. This works well for small dots (like on instrument panels) and short lines as well as wee lettering if one is ever that brave.

Good luck on the next stage!

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Re: Hasegawa SDF-1 Macross 1:4000
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2019, 09:55:41 AM »
It's finished. The decals were itty bitty and difficult to work it. Some minor ones broke so I had to remove them. As a final stroke of bad luck, before the final glueing my nozzel was jammed. So I squeezed and squeezed the super glue tube until... my fingernail punctured the side and made a mess of things. This was a good learning experience and hopefully I will pay closer attention to the instructions on the next one.

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Re: Hasegawa SDF-1 Macross 1:4000
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2019, 09:56:35 AM »
I'm reasonably happy with how it turned out. The subject matter is very near and dear to my childhood.

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Re: Hasegawa SDF-1 Macross 1:4000
« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2019, 06:27:51 PM »
That finished up quite nicely!

I'm no expert on macross by a long shot but it sure looks every bit the business to me.

Well done!
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Re: Hasegawa SDF-1 Macross 1:4000
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2019, 06:55:49 AM »
very nice work

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Re: Hasegawa SDF-1 Macross 1:4000
« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2019, 09:14:24 AM »
I'm moving onto the next model. This time I'm spray painting it. Since the models are so similar, I have an idea what every piece is so I don't need to constantly hunt for it in the instructions.