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Old 06-01-2020, 12:35 PM
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To borrow the words of CAPCOM Charlie Duke, “Roger, Tranquility. We copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We’re breathing again. Thanks a lot.”

Looks fantastic. Can't wait to see it painted.
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Old 06-01-2020, 04:43 PM
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Thanks David,

first of all I will test once again with the Vallejo Primer from the can on my Intertank Dummy, which is no longer needed anyway.



Then I'm only considering whether I shouldn't first flour the LO2 Tank too and then prime the entire ET?

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Old 06-02-2020, 05:35 PM
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Hello eberybody,

in the meantime I had wanted to make the priming of the Intertank Dummy, wherefore I had already prepared everything in the next room.





But somehow the hint of a friend in our German Raumcon Forum regarding the "furry" appearance of the tape spiral did not wanted go out of my mind ...
And then I suddenly got the idea with the fine Tamiya Sanding Sponge Sheet, with which one could perhaps mitigate this effect a little bit if one would gently sand the floured ET before priming and/or afterwards with a fine Sanding sponge ...



And that then I tried it out with the Sponge 2000, which I had recently used, while the Sponge 3000 is still up one's sleeve.

In order to be able to assess the effect better, I only slightly sanded half of the Dummy (right).



After priming,



unsanded half,



sanded half,



upper half sanded - lower half unsanded,



unsanded half,



sanded half.



Probably the differences can only be seen more clearly at higher magnification, therefore here again the direct comparison,

upper half sanded - lower half unsanded.



It would also be conceivable to slightly sand the LH2/LO2 Tank only after complete priming and then to paint the entire ET by airbrushing.
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Whoever has the choice has the torment ...

Definitive clarity one will only have after painting, but since I will do that with the airbrush that only creates a very thin layer, it will probably not change the final look of the SOFI texture much.

I also think that with it I can get even closer to the original ET-8.


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Hello everybody,

without the final paintwork one cannot make a final judgment, because it will of course effect the perception of the surface texture, and could enhance or mitigate the flour effect, which is why I'm going to do a test airbrush at my IT Dummy.

For this I'll look at my color sample tests from the last year once again and choose a suitable color, for the Intertank probably the Vallejo Model Air 71.077 (Wood).



Then we'll have a look at, I'm curious myself ...

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I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I guess it won't be easy to remove the paint if there was a mistake. But what I'm talking about. I'm sure you have covered all the bases. Go for it, Mani!
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Thanks Marcell for your encouraging words,
but before this paint intermezzo I still want to flour the LO2 Tank.

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Hello everybody,

after the LH2 Tank was floured, it was now the turn of the LO2 Tank and first waited for his demasking,



which was done quickly.



Then the rear, already floured tank was taped,



and the ET impaled onto the bamboo stick for flour coating.



And then I went back to the flour cellar, only this time with reversed arrangement of the holding jig, since I am right-handed.



Afterwards the warmed spray adhesive can was shaken vigorously again and the LO2 Tank was sprayed all around and dusted abundantly with the rice flour, which was pressed on with the fingers.



The excess loose flour was then shaken off by tapping lightly.



And so everything should dry properly before the remaining flour can be brushed off.



Until then we still have to be patient a little bit.

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Old 06-08-2020, 07:53 AM
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Hello everybody,

after the Flour coating had dried through long enough, I carefully brushed off the excess flour.

While the result on this side looks perfect,



on the other side there were some strange unevennesses that I didn't like it. There was probably too much spray adhesive on it, or I had pressed the flour on too hard, which is why I've tried to gently flatten these areas with the abrasive sponge,



and then to slightly deepen the grooves between the strips again with a needle.



Let's see what these places will look like after the priming, maybe I have to sand back everything anyway a littlee bit before painting, which I will still test on the Intertank Dummy.

But this looks already better again, and on the Original Tank (ET-8) not all places look the same too.



Speaking of the original tank, I should have had a closer look at it beforehand, then I would have noticed that the Nose Cone area at the top, immediately after the 12th Ice Frost Ramp, was applied as Closeout and is therefore smooth.


Source: forum.nasaspaceflight.com (Jester)

Therefore I carefully removed the flour layer there again.



Now I will airbrush the primed Intertank-Dummy to be able to assess the effect with (above) and without smoothing of the flour layer (below),



after which we're smarter then.

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Old 06-08-2020, 08:53 AM
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Looks great! Waiting to see what it looks like painted....
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