|Posted: 07 July 2010 at 11:20am | IP Logged | 6
That's what I recommend--I've learned a lot from my first attempt.
Getting to know the kit first allows for the proper experience and planning required for another attempt. The stock decals are pretty easy to work with--very thick. I'd have gotten better results with them if I'd gone more slowly, but I just wanna get this build over and done so I can lick my wounds and plan ahead.
And I must say that I think I may have to do my next build in subassemblies (although I prefer building a kit whole and then detailing it)--there are so many decals and so much detail that it's hard to work in the tighter spaces with an assembled model.
And the Acreation decals are great, my problems aside. What it comes down to is that aftermarket decals are much, much thinner than kit decals, and need special care (as well as aids like bonder spray and liquid decal film, which toughen them up a bit) to be used correctly.
My mistake was going in too fast, and assuming that they'd be easier to work with. Next time, I won't make that mistake!
I look forward to getting better results with the Acreation decals. The stock decals are impressive for a mass-market kit, bit the aztec is too pronounced for the scale--almost garish. The Acreation decals (the results of which I did see during my failed first attempt) are much more subtle, and better replicate the pearlescent look of the filming model.
In the meantime, I won a vintage Excelsior kit on eBay (which I went after because there won't be one coming from Round2 anytime soon), and will soon begin gathering parts and decals (Acreation is working on a set for this kit, as well). I'll think I'd like to do the original NX-2000 version.
Edited by Greg Kirkman on 07 July 2010 at 11:33am