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Chris Brown
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So I've started doing a repaint of the Lambda shuttle to make it look like Jodo Kast's Foxcatch. Not sure what I'm going to do with it yet, but I've having a problem right after the priming. The wings moving are causing the paint to chip. You can see it in the included picture. Now maybe this wont be a problem when I'm all done and have put the sealer on it. Tips?

 
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Did you strip it with anything first? I am in the process of painting my shuttle as well. With the other ships i had no problems just painting right over but for some reasons the shuttle and the slave 1 have a higher sheen to them. I tried painting mine and couldn't even get the primer to adhere properly.

After a soak in simple green overnight the primer stuck much better. Otheriwse you might try hitting it with dullcote or something similar after priming.
 
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You used water based 'brush on paint' I bet.

Go to Home depot or lowes and look for krylon 'flat black' spray paint that says 'for plastics'. Unless it specifically says 'for plastic'..then it will chip.
 
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ppayes wrote:
You used water based 'brush on paint' I bet.

Go to Home depot or lowes and look for krylon 'flat black' spray paint that says 'for plastics'. Unless it specifically says 'for plastic'..then it will chip.
I was using Citadel brand Imperial Primer. Same stuff I used for my falcon and same stuff my friend used for his firespray.
 
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The model is barely designed well. I'd suggest getting it in the position you want and then gluing it into place. If there's much friction, whatever you put on there will come off short of putting some serious coating over it (which there is not room for if there's already no room for paint . . . )
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scifiantihero wrote:
The model is barely designed well. I'd suggest getting it in the position you want and then gluing it into place. If there's much friction, whatever you put on there will come off short of putting some serious coating over it (which there is not room for if there's already no room for paint . . . )
This is what I was considering. Makes it easier with how the wings are trimmed down on mine. Less chance of collision and easier to store. Leaving the wings down may be the answer.
 
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