:: May 21st 2016 ::
As this pipe kit requires bonding resin pieces (and some are quite small or thin) to basically a plastic pipe, I will be pinning most the the resin items to ensure a bit more stability and strength.
Continuing with the pieces from completion kit I have taken apart the small monocular and will be drilling out the fake lens and inserting the plastic lenses from the monocular in to the E11 resin tank scope for little visual reality.
I have also cut and shaped the flat aluminium bar that will be used as the rail to mount the tank scope and counter.
Folding Stock and T Tracks
The folding stock in this kit is a solid resin non-working stock – it basically just looks the part – however there is a section that needs to be drilled and milled out for a little authentic touch.
The T Tracks need to be heated and formed at each end to fit the holes in the front section of the blaster. I have chosen to use the boiling water procedure as I don’t own a heat gun, but as you will see from the images below it worked a treat!
NOTE: The folding stock has been screwed into place during this stage, but not fixed permanently yet.
Screws, glues and green stuff
Time to start putting the pieces together.
Finally some Milliput modelling clay is used to fill and gaps and join elements together, smoothed over and ready for a light sanding.
Primer undercoat and first top coat
Following day once everything has dried and the Milliput is rock hard, a light sanding to smooth out the bumps and we’re ready for the first primer undercoat. I have to say this is when things really seem to take shape, as the uniform colour starts to make it look a whole item as opposed to a collection of bits, and almost real.. well you know what I mean 🙂
Following day and with the primer completely dried, I have added some gold/brass metal paint and silver/aluminium paint to parts of the blaster before the first top coat of satin black. This will be used to help with the ‘weathering’ effect, in conjunction with some ‘dry brushing’ techniques once the top coats are applied. More on that in a later stage.
I have also sanded off the primer where the T Tracks will lay to allow for the super-glue to bond properly to the pipe, not the paint. These areas have now been covered with blue tape to keep them clear and will be removed prior to final T Track fitting.
First top coat
Finally I can get the first top coat laid down. I am using satin black overall and will finish with an acrylic lacquer for protection, again satin finished. If need to I can use a matt finish – we’ll see how it looks when we get to that stage.
That’s it for now folks.. check back again soon 🙂