from a beginner

I sat down today to reflect on lessons learned in the process of putting Kaicho and Win-chan together, and this is what came out.

  • Drill ALL holes before painting.
  • Paint the surfaces most prone to be accidentally or necessarily touched/held last; this usually equals the largest surfaces.
  • Paint dark, then light.
  • Mix surplus paint for every application. Don’t alter the mixture between the mixing bottle and the airbrush paint cup.
  • Avoid using markers where masking is used; they tend to bleed beneath the tape.
  • Apply fixative/sealant to each individual part as it is completed, don’t wait until the end.
  • If possible vary between flat and gloss sealants on a part to part basis.
  • Clean parts with alcohol both before initial handling and immediately before priming/surfacing.
  • TAKE IT SLOW. Take time to think through the (possible) consequences of your actions. If you’re trying to fix a mistake, is the cure worse than the disease?
  • Wear protective gear when spraying with propellant cans.
  • Fix airbrushed surfaces with an airbrush, not by hand.
  • Take excessive care in masking.
  • If there is the faintest doubt that a piece is still drying, DON’T TOUCH IT.
  • Keep your hands clean at all times.
  • Spray thoroughly from a moderate and constant distance.
  • Spray in multiple coats.
  • Fully assemble the model before painting and check for inconspicuous exposed surfaces that will need to be painted.
  • Take the time to fix what needs fixing.
  • DON’T RUSH. In this hobby, haste makes waste (or shoddy worksmanship) without exception.

I’m going to keep these in mind as I begin my next project [18+ link] and hope for the best.