SKYWARPED_128 wrote:Awesome repaint!
BTW, when you said Tamiya paints, did you mean their TS spray cans or the bottled acrylic paints? If it's the latter, did you use an airbrush? Because I can't for the life of me get a smooth coat of paint using the bottled paints with a paint brush.
Thanks! I appreciate that!
The paints I used are the bottled Tamiya acrylics, and right now I do everything by brush and hand. Getting a perfectly smooth finish with a brush is nearly impossible, and up close you can see that this was done by brush, but there's a technique to getting it as smooth as possible. I did a lot of plastic models when I was a kid, so I do have some experience in it.
I use a very fine brush for most of the work, but when I do large smooth surfaces (like the hood, his shoulders, and his side panels) I use a #4 round brush. I make sure to keep the brush loaded with paint, not dripping, but dip often. The key is to use very smooth, long and steady strokes in the same direction. Put one quick coat and let dry. I added three or four coats to his hood just to get the best finish on it.
This doesn't do well for the detail work or nooks and crannies (like his legs), but for any large smooth surface it tends to work pretty well.
Sideswipe was actually easier to paint than my last one, which was a repaint of a DOTM deluxe Bumblebee. Check it out here if you want: viewtopic.php?f=143&t=92572