Saturday, December 27, 2014

CAV Models

This will be my last post for 2014 and I wanted to go out with a BANG.  I finished a set of the CAV models that I recently received.  I am undecided if I want to put any static grass on the bases or just leave them the way they are.

Lets talk about the bones material and what I learned painting these.  I will admit I was not a fan of this material when I first starting painting them.  You really can't file or sand the mold lines and need to use a hobby knife to remove them.

I also had some issues with the primer and paint that I used on the first three models.  I used Tamiya primer and Testors (Spray paint base coat) and the two products did not work on these models.  It stayed tacky until I dry brushed, washed and clear coated the models.  I have used those two products on other models with no issues but it did not work on the bones material.  So I switched to Board to Pieces primer and brush painted (Vallejo) on the base color and had no issues.

I ended up having to drill the barrels out to insert a pin to keep them straight.  I tried the hot/cold water trick but they did not stay and started to bend again.  Drilling out the barrels is not easy and you have to go very slow.  The more you drill it heats up the material and it gets soft.  So I would have to drill for a short period of time and stop.  It took some time but was worth it to make sure they stay straight.

I did convert one of the models because I didn't like the pose.  I just cut the right leg off and repositioned it forwards.  It was easy to do and this material cuts easily. 

On this model the antenna had to be cut off and replaced with plastic.  The paint would not hold and it kept bending back to its original position.  I just took a piece of square plastic stock, heated it up and used a small hammer to flatten it out.

On this model I had to cut the gun barrel in section so I could drill it out, it is long and I didn't have a drill bit long enough.

The rest of the models we rather straight forward.

My final thoughts about these models, it is all about the cost and Reaper made the right move.  These are big models and the cost of the material for metal models is going up and they needed to make a change.  I have some of the metal models and I would rather work with the bones material over metal any day.  I had to learn how to work with the material but now that I know what needs to be done I can't wait to get the rest of my models in 2015. 


Jerry said...

These look great! I haven't started on mine yet.

Tom O said...

Nicely done! I haven't started on mine either...mostly because I haven't decided on the paint schemes for them.