I’ve taken a different approach to progress pictures and posts. More so, I think I’m just adding another element to the whole build process documentation. I’m not sure how this will work out in the end, but hopefully it makes things more clear. I’m still working out the bugs for the process such as camera position and how much time it will take to edit and such. But I think in addition to the mindless ramblings of inane text along with the pictures, the videos will be of some use. We are moving more and more to that type of presentation, even when showing off a completed model, running a video and showing the thing seems to be the wave of the future. I don’t think videos will replace nicely crafted photos; but it will make for a good addition.

With that said; as part of my current SD Glaug project, I’ve been taking videos that I will stitch and edit together to show the entire build process. Here’s an excerpt that I made while hitting the parts with the second priming session.

Some additional information that may have been glossed over in the video:

  • The bottles are just plastic bottles that seem to be made for paint. I purchased them in Hong Kong from the RX-88 shop
  • The ball bearings were also purchased with the bottles and work quite nicely to help mixed pre-thinned paints
  • I don’t use a strict formula for thinning, I use a consistency test that is visual with swirling the bottle as well as visual and audio when the paint is in the airbrush
  • My answer to the correct thinning ratio is always “The consistency of regular vitamin D milk”
  • Air pressure plays an important role in how thin or thick your thinned paint mixture will run through your airbrush

In my honest opinion, paint thinning cannot possibly be a strict formula. Different environmental variables; the amount of thinner to paint ratio in new, partially opened, long used bottles of paint; and just our individual painting preferences are just too different. It will take practice; but once you get enough experience, this becomes second nature.

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