1/144 SCALE REVELL DC-10/30 ARROW CARGO – Last Part
The last part of this model build deals with finishing the panel line’s on the aft top section of the model which incorporates the 3rd engine and tail plane. Since I have to roll my masking tape around the engine housing I choose to use my “orange” plastic tape, which works wonders on models. Several different color rolls of the plastic tape was sent to me free by a special type of company that makes masking tape for the auto industry. Right now…I can not remember the tape company’s name. At 88 years old, you can forget anything, I know as I’m there at 88+.
My scribing tools are nothing more than a couple of 7′ long steel dental pics, including a home made unit made by slipping in a sharp pointed needle into one of my 4″ long “pin-vise” tools.
I have used some thin down black Tamiya paint and applied it all over the model then I wet sand the entire model to find any flaws in my panel line’s. If a line is bad, I wash out the paint and fill the area with super glue, then sand and re-scribe.
I’m 100% satisfied with all of my panel lines so I finished sanding the model down to 800 to 1000 grit 3M wet/dry sandpaper. The model is washed down with “Denatured Alcohol” then wiped dry with a section of ordinary kitchen paper towel.
I’m now ready to paint so I take my model from my work bench that is in one of our spare bedrooms out to our “open-air” garage where I have done all my painting on the models. I have a small 3’x2′ wooden table which gives me plenty of room to keep paint bottles on with other stuff, and of course to hold any model while I paint it with one of my three Badger-200 airbrushes. The small compressor sits on a separate table.
I have used Tamiya paints since the mid 1980 and I always mix it with 4 parts of “Denatured Alcohol;” (DA) to one part paint. I select Tamiya’s X-2 Gloss White and gently cover the entire model with several “misted on” coats of paint. The “DA” dry’s to the touch in about 10-15 minutes. In about 2 hours you can attach low tack masking tape and spray on other color’s.
I look at my color photos of the DC-10 and then look at the Draw decals I bought and their colors match the photos. Decals don’t go around curve’s very good so I select Tamiya’s green and 2 blue paints to apply on the aft section of the model. The model look’s ok, so I just add the decals I got on line. I clear coated the model with a mix ratio of 4-DA to one part Future.
Next, I install the 4 landing gears and make sure they are in good alignment.
Inspection time! It passes my requirements so the model is ready for photography. I just used some different colored paper and put it on my work bench, then place my model on it. I use a Canon digital camera and do my best to take good photos. OH! I spent about 70 years as a professional documentary film producer and still photographer. I goof up sometimes while taking my still photos.
Take note: This DC-10-30 has a 3rd main landing gear in the center of the fuselage.
Maybe I’ll select my “YB-17 Flying Fortress” for my next project…
Hope you enjoy my model.
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