I've finally finished the Saturn V assembly. Thanks to all, for the
great suggestions on construction and about which tapes to use to mask
it with. I only had a couple of minor touchups to do. I used Krylon for
all areas and even tried their bumper chrome for the capsule. It's not
as reflective as I'd hoped, but it looks good. I think it was Bob who
suggested going with a matte finish. Krylon has several options to clear
coat with,( matte, flat, glaze, glossy) but after considering them all,
I'm going to use the matte. I looked for the Testors dull coat but
could'nt find it anywhere. Plenty of everything else, just no dull coat.
Testors, has a nice setup for air brushing and a complete line of
accessories, for those who like to do that.
I also think Pete made the point that you should clear coat over
decals within 24 hours or so. With that in mind, I hope to get them on
and clear coat it, in the next day or so and finally be completely
finished. My wife will be glad to have ALL of the kitchen table back,
for the first time since October. This kit has been on the table so
long, it seems like part of the family. It took me longer than I thought
it would but it has turned out well thus far. I'm sure it could'nt
compete with Bob, Buzz, Pete, or many others on rmr, but it does look
better than I first thought it would, when I started masking it to
paint. For a grade, I'd give it a 92. Not perfect, but nice.
This is by far the most enjoyable Estes kit I've ever built. I
understand now why some people have built it and then decided not to fly
it. It's a shame they don't have a full Masters Line in their inventory
now, instead of just a couple of kits. We are going to start my son's
Saturn in a couple of weeks and build it with a 5 engine cluster.
If they do bring it back, I hope they give you the option of going
with 1, 3, or 5 engines. Of course, I'm not counting on Estes doing it,
but it would be nice!
Trust No one,