Thursday, 7 May 2015

Eduard Albatros

Well it's just one modelling disaster after another at the moment. After the ongoing problems with the SS-23 I thought I would get this one back on the bench and you may remember that the decals broke up on contact with water. I had to get a new decal sheet with a different colour scheme which required a repaint mainly on the wings.
I thought I would take the opportunity to remove a couple of scratches in the paintwork seeing as the wings were to be repainted so these were sanded back and sprayed but they still persisted so the top wing was rubbed down again and this time sprayed with primer. Unfortunately the primer reacted with the acrylic paint so I've had to completely strip the paint and when removing the masking tape the struts broke off and during the stripping process all the etch bits on the wing have come off too.
I've now put the model back in a box pending the decision whether to scrap it or not as with the struts breaking off the top wing will be VERY difficuly to secure.

I suppose on the positive side at least the scratches are out...
Funny enough after looking back through this blog it would appear that a few projects have stalled and are destined for landfill; the Hasegawa P-51D Mustang, 1/35 Tristar Fieseler Storch, this Albatros, the Tristar 1/35 Sturmtiger etc.
A lot of problems have been mainly down to the paint as all of the models have suffered from a grainy, pebbled finish that I think can be attributed to spraying acrylic at too low a pressure but also there have been numerous problems during construction especially with the SS-23. That thing has been ongoing for almost 12 months and to be honest is sucking all the modelling mojo out of me, more to the point it's making me question whether to continue in this hobby as everything I touch just seems to turn to rat shit these days.

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