Feb 262010
 

Work continues for Cosette. The first layer of primer was sprayed after the initial sanding session and putty works. If I continue at this pace, I may actually be able to finish this kit by the time Pasadena Modelers Society ValleyCon rolls around next week. The priming session has showed some rough spots. I’m now on the fence about how to approach the hair. As the figure is supposed to be a little grimy and down trodden, I’m not sure if I should clean up the hair. The initial spraying of primer has shown a decent amount of rough spots on the hair. I may apply some small spots of putty and smooth out some of the rough spots, but it may take away from the gritty look of the figure. I’ll take another look and make a decision, but for now, I focused on areas that need to be fixed.

Returning to where I last left off, the putty on the ear and sleeve piece are sanded down and all the parts are ready for the initial priming session.

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The left shoulder had some bubbles that needed fixing so here are some shots with the light curing putty applied, then sanded down after it cures under the lamp, which takes about 5 minutes.

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The initial priming session always shows more defects than can be seen in the bare resin. One of things that priming does is show off defects such as pin holes, mold lines, and uneven sanding spots. Starting with the arm, there are a bunch of pin holes along the mold seam that are difficult to see on camera but is pretty clear to the naked eye. The hobby knife was used to open up the bubbles so there is more surface area for the putty to adhere. Putty is applied, cured, then sanded and the part is ready for more primer to check the fix.

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With all the fixes in and sanded, the second putty session checks for the fixes. There are a few rough spots, but most of the fixes made are solid.

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Work on the base started too with a quick sanding session to smooth out the surface. The base is then stained and allowed to dry over night. Last night I sprayed the first layer of clear gloss. I will need to build up several thin layers of clear gloss to get the finish I want.

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