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About wm cheng

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    SMS Squadron Leader
  • Birthday 07/12/1969

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    Toronto, Canada
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    All things Macross - especially the mecha. All things Sci-Fi Aircraft modelling Movies

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  1. wm cheng

    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    Amazing Arbit!!! Congrats on an amazing build. You can be proud.
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    Crusher Joe

    What?! That can't be the Hasegawa one could it? It looks horrible. Very disappointed. They look like "bandai" landing gears - argh.
  3. wm cheng

    Bandai DX VF-31

    I did, but I got it in the first batch way back when it was initially released and I ordered it within the first minute of the pre-order.
  4. wm cheng

    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    Orange peel is when you are spraying too thick of a mixture. You need to thin down the paint more and spray in lighter multiple coats instead of one thick coat. Generally, there are other factors too like too low of PSI when spraying can contribute to that too or the substrate/layer underneath wasn't prepared properly. Painting is kind of a "voodoo / black art" I still find that sometimes I do exactly the same thing as I did before that turned out great didn't turn out another time. Good luck and don't be discouraged. The beauty of the MF is that its so weathered you can turn it into an effect.
  5. wm cheng

    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    I just love how clean and smooth your paint finish is - fantastic!!!
  6. wm cheng

    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    Gorgeous electric indigo (amazong paint scheme, turned out fantastic)! What kits are those? Love those Sabbs.
  7. wm cheng

    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    WOW arbit!!! That gunwell turned out great. I used the same PE kit and maybe because I might have gotten the first run, a lot of my lighting holes weren't drilled all the way though. It looks so good - congrats!
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    Hi-Metal R

    Totally second this! It's all I use now and so much easier now.
  9. wm cheng

    Aircraft Super Thread Mk.VII

    Yes, same thing here, I've got the Fujimi 1/72 F-22 and can't start it due to the metallic paint issue - I heard a while back there were F-22 metallic sheen made specifically for model paints but its no longer in production. http://hawkeyes-squawkbox.com/2010/04/23/introducing-raptor-sheen/comment-page-1/ Maybe a Alclad metallic coat (dark aluminum) with a misting of grey over top? I don't know yet.
  10. wm cheng

    Your most recent Macross or toy purchase! General thread.

    Thanks Chronocidal for your very helpful assessment. This is my first exposure to these. I agree, I have about 6 Hasegawa kits and 2 Fine Molds F-14s and just about every resin/photoetched upgrades for 1/72 F-14s that are available - but just no time to build any of them. I was hoping that these would temporarily fill the gap - but ultimately you're probably right that I wouldn't be satisfied.
  11. wm cheng

    Your most recent Macross or toy purchase! General thread.

    Wow those are nice F-14s - I never knew about them. So Calibre Wings is better than Century Wings? How so? Any sites with comparisons? I'd love to get that Wolfpack scheme, but without the initial QC flaws - but it looks like its sold out anyways.
  12. wm cheng

    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    Hey Peter, it came out great!!! I really enjoyed your photos, it even got me looking at my 1/350 Bandai Yamato again (ahh, someday!). I totally get your middle-aged eyes comment, I can't work without my jewelers head magnifying glasses and a big magnifying glass on an arm now which sucks!
  13. wm cheng

    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    All great suggestions arbit, just don't get discouraged. You just need a bit of experimentation to get the hang of it. Future gloss coat spraying is different than regular painting, and I find different paints behave differently too (like spraying Tamiya Acrylics versus Alclad Lacquers). For a Future gloss coat I usually spray heavier than regular paint as un-thinned Future tends to be self-leveling, but you need to get enough on there for the liquid to self-level. Glossiness can only look shiny if the surface is smooth, so a heavy coat of Future (not dripping or running) and letting it self-level will work better than lots of thin coats of future, because if you get a pebbly/orange peel texture between coats, that defeats the shinyness, I also turn down the airbrush to 15-18psi and spray 6-8 inches away. When painting, I usually up the air pressure to 18-20psi and spray from a little farther away 8-10 inches (unless I'm doing detail work then I get in real close at 4-6 inches, but turn down the PSI). Regular paint is when its better to build up in thin layers. Better to error on too thin of paints and build up in layers than one thick layer. Thinner paints tend to level out better and has a longer drying time which is good for you, especially when its hot and you're in a dry climate. It should be thinned to a milk consistency. Good luck!
  14. wm cheng

    1/48+fp's, 1/60+fp's, 1/72, 1/2k, 1/3k,1/100 and now 1/144

    Beautiful work as always Lolicon! Glad you're taking up the mantel of improving these previously naked valks.
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    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    THANKS for your list!!! My alarm didn't go off (3:50am over here) set it to PM by mistake. Opened up to the last page here and found your very informative/useful summary and got one from CDJapan. I thought I was done for, but I couldn't believe 50mins in and still got one. You are a lifesaver!!!