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Dumb Question from new guy (painting steps)
Romane
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Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 12:57 PM UTC
New to this hobby and need help with the starting point for assembling a standard APC model, I'm starting simple to learn the steps before tackling a larger project, Do I prime the pieces after I have assembled portions of the vehicle or after I have mostly completed it, doing this means attaching
wheels and items that would be hard to paint once assembled. if anyone can help me out or direct me to the right place to get this information that would be great, Thanks
MikeM670
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Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 01:09 PM UTC
There are a couple ways to approach this. One method is to build the entire model including things like wheels and pioneer tools and then prime it. (I would not recommend this) Follow that up with painting the body scheme and then the individual parts like shovels ect. IMHO the better way is to build in sections like body, turret ect. Leave off things like wheels and addon's like pioneer tools. Prime and paint the model. Paint the wheels and tools prior to adding them back onto the model. The proceed with the weathering process.

If the models interior is visible you will need to assemble and paint this prior to some assembly. That includes priming the outside surfaces.

Here is another thread that discusses this very topic.

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=175569



Romane
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Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 01:22 PM UTC
Thank you for the quick response, I will follow your added link, what you wrote makes sense so I assume I don't follow the
instructions from start to finish. This model has me adding the wheels in step 1. But I have a lot of the interior parts and stuff I don't even know yet to do, is gluing after priming like gluing after painting meaning will I need to scrape the primer off first. Thanks again for your help, I wasn't sure I posted it correctly.

Romane

MikeM670
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Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 03:22 PM UTC
Yes you can either scrape the paint off to glue the wheels or place something on the wheel axles to keep the paint off.
mohammedcohen
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Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 03:56 PM UTC
Wheels are among the LAST items to be attached to the completed model...you have ti decide beforehand if it will be a static display or one with working wheels...paint the details separately from the main body and paint/detail the interior first...

CB in FL
endrju007
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Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 06:50 PM UTC
Romane, you definately should check Armorama for armored vehicle painting. There are many features describing painting and weathering processes and techniques.

I usually try to figure out before the assembly which parts MUST be painted before the assembly (i.e. because the assembly will make painting very difficult or even impossible) but I'm doing all I can to assemble as much as I can before the painting.