Ultimate Captain American Resin Model Kit – Finally Finished

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Dec 212013


The final paint for Captain America

The final paint for Captain America

He’s finally done – depending on how you count the time, he took either a year and a half… or three months.  Guess I shouldn’t count the year+ that I didn’t do any model-building. :^)

Anyway, that last bit went fairly well, once I gave up trying to use mold-builder as a paint mask.  That makes twice trying to use it, and both times didn’t turn out well.  I think that’s about it for mold-builder.  Great idea, and would be cool if it worked, but my luck with it hasn’t been running too well.  The first time was on the overal body paint for Cap.  While the mold-builder worked in general, it peeled up some very sloppy edges.  Learning from that experience, I tried to do a better job on the shield, and it still just didn’t work cleanly.  Had to resort to older techniques.

I wanted Captain America to look a little field-worn, like he’d been out there for a while.  With his shield, I wanted the opposite.  It needs to shine bright and clean.  To get the look, I used metallic paints.  First airbrushed a black base coat, then a really thick coat of Metallic white mixed with a dab of glossy white.  The rest was painted by hand, using metallic blue and red.  Not as smooth as the airbrush would have done, but it worked.

On back of the shield, a black base coat with a misting of silver to give it kind of a pewter look (just because that’s a cool color).  Then a misting of black around the outer edge, for a nice shading effect.  (You can really see it in the picture with the white background.)

The last step was to make straps for the arm.  It doesn’t make sense to just glue the shield on Cap’s arm.  It needed something.  After looking online, I found where someone else had the same thought.  They used leather straps, and it looked pretty good.  While discussing possibilities with Monique, she realized she had… wait for it… a spool of rawhide!  Who just keeps that stuff in the house?

It looked like heavy-duty shoelaces in width, light tan in color.  With a bit of painting to match his gloves, the strips worked like a charm.  Perfect fit for the strap braces on back of the shield.  While I did consider attempting to fashion rivets for the leather, that seemed like going a bit too far.  Even without the rivet look, I’m very happy with everything about Cap.

My final task was to write a big “Thank you” to Mad Dog Resin.  Great sculpt, excellent details, and a lot of fun.  ‘Captain America – Ultimate Soldier’ takes a place of pride on my shelves!

While I’m starting my next model, here’s some random pics from Captain Americal: Ultimate Soldier:


Ultimate Captain America Resin Model – Touching up with Pastel Chalks

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Dec 142013
It's a subtle look, but a good place to see the chalk is just under the pocket on the side of his leg

It’s a subtle look, but a good place to see the chalk is just under the pocket on the side of his leg

Just a little interim progress to report today.  I was nearly done with Ultimate Cap, and Monique convinced me to experiment with Pastel Chalk shading.  I’ve never tried it before, but this was a good opportunity – I liked my shading, but it needed a little more.   With chalks, you scrub a bit into powder on a small piece of fine sandpaper.  Or at least, that’s what we use.  Since I’ve never done this before and only wanted to enhance the dark areas in the creases, I just used black with a tiny bit of white.  The idea was to darken the areas just under any highlights, to make the highlights stand out better.

First, the white areas… boy, that’s cool.  Great effect, easy to apply.  Next, tried the blue areas.  Wow, just awesome.  Really made it ‘POP’.  Heady with newbie success, I decided to darken the nostrils and put a little shading on the ears.  This is where I really messed up.  The shade was too dark.  I tried to wash the chalk off, but it wasn’t cleaning up.  Wound up repainting those areas and trying to match the shading that was already there.  It took a long time, and I really regret getting overconfident.

So, lesson learned.  To shade flesh tones, match the colors better.  One last thing; when trying desperately to fix the nose and ears, I inadvertently smudged some chalk on the white and blue.  Lucky me, it accidentally turned out quite well.  Part of my intention was for him to look like he was out in the field.  Not pristine and untried.  My Cap is battle-hardened, a seasoned veteran through and through.  So the smudges actually worked in my favor.

To be fair, the chalk is pretty subtle.  It doesn’t make a huge difference, but the total effect is very nice.   Finally though, Cap is done.  Not doing any more.  The base has been done for a long time.  All that’s left is the shield, and it got a coat of black last night.  Hope to have it wrapped up soon!

Here's the 'before' - just a light coat of gray.

Here’s the ‘before’ – just a light coat of gray.


Captain America Ultimate Soldier Model Kit – Detail Repair

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Dec 082013
Nearly finished with Cap

Nearly finished with Cap

First, let me apologize for the long delay.  It’s been about a year since Monique and I worked on our models.  Real life got in the way.  Literally… the hobby room turned into a storage room, and overflowed to the point there wasn’t room to work.  Since we began modeling together on our anniversary a few years ago, we decided to celebrate this anniversary the same way.  Cleaned the room out, and spent several hours painting and building.

Ultimate Cap has been waiting all this time.  I kind of dreaded picking back up.  The Mold Builder I’d used last time had left a LOT of damaged detailing.  But I sat down, picked a color, and started.  First, just kind of smoothed out everything.  Those edges where the paint had peeled up with the mold builder had a lot of loose flaps hanging off.

The rest of the process was pretty basic.  Detail paint on the edges, correcting tinier and tinier errors until I just couldn’t make it any better.  Younger eyes and steadier hands would have been nice.  :^)

Having to do so much repair work by hand was pretty disruptive.  The original airbrushed smoothness of the colors is mostly gone.  Add to that the fact that I haven’t mixed those colors in a year and had to guess for the closest match… it needed a huge amount of damage control to get the shading back.  Next model I’m definitely taking notes on which colors are mixed together to achieve a specific look.

Cap is nearly done now.  Monique suggested ‘painting’ some colored chalk on to achieve a smooth dry-brushed look for his sleeves.  Mainly in the white area.  She’s very good with that technique, and I haven’t tried it yet, so I’ll have to give it a try.  Then I’ll start on his shield.

Monique is building a Dracula Bela Lugosi Deluxe Model Kit (with victim).  I’m sure she’s taking progress pictures, which means I’ll have posts on her progress as well.  In the meantime, here’s a few more pics of the ‘nearly done’ Captain America.

Captain America Ultimate Soldier Resin Model Kit: Time to Peel Off the Mold Builder

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Sep 012012

My Captain America resin model kit hit a turning point yesterday.  Last night I airbrushed the final color.  All the blue areas on Captain America’s uniform.  Started with a basecoat of black, then a midnight blue.  Shaded it with True Blue, then mixed a bit of Titanium White into the True Blue for highlights.  The colors worked really well.  After waiting a few hours to dry, it was finally do or die time.  All those layers of colors, each protected with Mold Builder.  Time to peel off the Mold Builder.
I’d done a test peel on a small piece, but this was an entire model kit, over a couple of weeks.  Didn’t know if it would work, or not.  I expected Cap to either look great, or be a complete wreck.  Instead, it was somewhere in the middle.  In concept, the mold builder worked wonderfully.  The colors were still there under all the layers.  Some of the edges worked out very nicely.  But some of the edges peeled too far.  The acrylic paint didn’t stop where the mold builder did.  In many places, it just kept peeling.
There were also numerous tiny dots within the area that came off.  And  in one massive area on his boot, a large part of the surface just came right off with it.  Those, I pretty much expected.  Some sloppy edges, also expected.  What really caught me off guard was the paint’s tendency to continue peeling beyond the edges.  It left a really sloppy look, and will probably take a lot of work to smooth out, secure, and match the shades back up.
Last night, that really bothered me.  This morning, the answer was in my mind when the alarm rang.
In between each color, I’ve been spraying matte varnish(?)   to seal and protect the layers.  Then brushed the mold builder on.  It was an ‘additive’ process, done layer after layer without removing the previous ones until the end.  The next time, I would do the entire process on a color by color basis.
For instance, paint the boots and gloves brown, spray them, then coat them with mold builder.  Paint the white segments, and anywhere the white came in contact with the brown, peel off the mold builder.  Touch it up as needed, spray matte over both colors, then re-coat with mold builder.
Continue the process with each added color receiving a full peel and re-work.  In essence, by the time it gets to the blue, all the rest of Cap will be covered in one, single, fresh layer of mold builder.  Hopefully, this would be easier to peel off, and do less damage as it goes.
Secondly, I would peel the covering off slower, with an exacto knife to carefully trim the edges where the paint should stop peeling.  This was a beginner’s mistake for me.  When peeling off the covering, I didn’t realize the paint would come off in sheets like that.  Now I know.
Overall, my first try went pretty well.  I’m going to take my time and try to salvage the work already done.  If it doesn’t repair to my satisfaction, I’ll strip the paint off and start over.  It would be very interesting to start over and see how much better Cap came out the next time.  So either way, I’m pleased.  Learned a lot through all this.  My airbrushing and use of the mold builder will be that much better for all the practice.
Aside from all that, my Captain America Ultimate Soldier model is going very well.  When painting the red on, it kept looking pink.  Once all the colors were visible together, it looked like a very nice vivid shade of red.  The flesh tones turned out excellent.
And finally, the colors came together on Cap’s uniform in a way that blended the highlights into one cohesive whole.  That, more than anything, was what I was hoping for from this entire process.  Painting each part by hand might have given it a patchwork look.  This way, the color flowed smoothly across the entire model, with the highlights all matching.
I’m looking forward to the next opportunity to use the mold builder and airbrush technique.  Can’t wait to apply all this new knowledge.
In the meantime, Cap’s got a lot of detail work now.  Going to take some time to get everything looking right.

Captain America Ultimate Soldier Resin Model Kit – Almost done!

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Aug 282012

Almost ready to paint the blues

This was a good weekend.  Monique finished her Elvira model kit.  I made lots of progress on my Captain America resin kit.  Ultimate Soldier has been a real experiment for me.  First project to use an airbrush on (a Badger Anthem 155), and the first time I’ve ever used Mold Builder to mask paint off.

Speaking of airbrushing, our compressor has been doing a great job, but it shakes the table like an earthquake, and travels as it goes, knocking down everything in its path.  We’ve been getting around it by ‘catching’ the compressor as it travels, and pushing it back where it belongs.  Can’t set it on the floor, because neither one of us could reach it then.  It also gets very hot, so it can’t go in an enclosed place.  Can’t be anywhere it would ‘travel’ into something flammable.  This weekend we found the solution.  I was going to build a small wooden platform with a raised lip, then mount that on the table with small c-clamps.  Then I thought… why get complicated?  So I c-clamped two of the compressor’s legs to the table.  Problem solved!  It’s been working great ever since.

As of last Friday, Cap was off to a good start, with the boots, gloves, and belt packs painted.  Then Mold Builder brushed over the painted areas.  Once those were protected, white came next.  That one was a bit trickier to paint over with Mold Builder.  More detail, with the helmet wings and Capital ‘A’.  Not to mention the two big stars, and the white vertical bars of his shirt.
For the flesh, I mixed up a new batch, and thinned it down for airbrushing.  Titanium White, Burnt Sienna and Raw Sienna in even amounts gives a nice flesh tone.  The only places that needed it were on the head.  Chin and nose, ears, and back around the eye sockets.  At this point, the level of detail required to protect the paint necessitated using my magnifying lenses.  Had to double them up to get high enough detail for me to see.

I thought the red would be easy.  Spray it, cover it, and move on.  Should have remembered, any time something looks easy, there’s always some way to complicate it.  My red kept looking pink.  I finally used a bright red base, airbrushed a light coating of black over it, and then layered reds over the black until it looked kind of  ‘crimson’.  Did a couple of lighter coats at an angle to highlight it.  Won’t know for sure if I like it until all the Mold Builder comes off.

I can’t tell yet if this is a good red. Won’t know until all the Mold Builder gets peeled off.

I’m not even sure if the mold builder will work.  Did a sample peel with the browns, and it worked fine.  But now it’s getting layer after layer, and has been on for days.  On top of that, the boots kept getting the protection peeled off.  Picking up the model kit to reposition, holding at different painting angles, I kept rubbing off the mold builder on the feet.  So I put it on really thick.  Now it’s kind of hard.  I don’t know if it will peel off without harming the paint or not.
Either way, I’m going forward with it.  All the way.  Not going to peel the coating off Cap until the entire model kit has been painted.  The next step should be to spray on the blue, do a bit of detailing…  and then we’ll see how it comes out.  With any luck, the colors will be exactly as they went on, safe and protected under the layers of mold builder.
It will probably need some touch up along the edges between the colors.  Plus a spot or two where the paint will try to stick on the sealer.  Keeping my fingers crossed.

Captain America Resin Model Kit: Finally painting the details!

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Aug 242012

I’ve been stuck in one place on Cap for a long time.  Been trying to get my seams in right, but every time I re-prime the model, it always turns out I’ve missed a spot, or it was rough, or not shaped right.  It always looks good until it gets a new base coat.  Bear in mind, this isn’t the actual model that I’m talking about.  I’m referring to my own work where the arms and legs join the body.  After gluing and puttying, it just took a lot of work to finally call it done.  It may not be perfect, but it’s the best I can manage.

So finally, a chance to paint!  Working with my Badger Anthem (I’m really new to the airbrush thing) I started on the extremities.  Gloves, boots, and belt packs.  Wanted them all in brown leather.  This model kit is resin, titled Captain America: the Ultimate Soldier.  It’s done in an old costume design, during Cap’s time in World War II.  As such, his costume really lends itself to a grittier, more realistic color scheme.  I’ve seen other hobbyists work with brown, and with red gloves, and the brown just really looks good.  Natural dark leather.

My first attempt, using the Badger, went really well.  Except for the final brush-painted layer.  In trying to achieve a highlight, I went with a too-light color of brown for the dry brushing.  Took it back to that comic-book feel.  This is where the airbrush really stood out.  Rather than start over, I loaded up his base color (a mix of Espresso and Black), thinned it down, and sprayed a light wash over everything until the tones were shaded back down.  Then I used a much more appropriate mix of Espresso/brown/antique white and drybrushed again.  Came out far better!

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After that, a touch of black leather for the boot soles, and that part was done.  Next up was something completely new for me.  Monique and I’ve been watching Phil Lister and David Fisher’s video modeling series of videos.  We’ve learned a ton from both videos, but in Model Mania (David Fisher’s dvd) he recommended protecting finished areas with Mold Builder.  Monique already tried it with her Elvira kit, and was very happy.  So now the Mold Builder is going all over Cap’s shoes, gloves, and leather packs.  When it’s finished, I can paint the rest of the model without worrying about messing up previous work.

Just to clear it up a bit, Mold Building is not intrinsically meant for protecting paint from being painted over.  It’s actual purpose is during the making of a mold from an original sculpt or carving.  Multiple layers over time create a kind of rubbery encasement, and when it’s peeled off, you have a mold of the original.  I’ve never learned much about sculpting and creating molds, so I couldn’t tell you what happens beyond that.  For me, it’s enough to know it can be used to help me paint my resin model kit.  When I’m done with it, the rubbery texture can be very carefully peeled off, leaving my paint safe and pristine.  In theory.  I’ll find out soon enough!

He’s got one more boot to go, but it’s too late tonight to finish.  Tomorrow’s Friday, with any luck the boot will be done and dry tomorrow, and the weekend will be a great time to start on the next major colors!

Painting Captain America with the Badger Anthem 155 Airbrush (missing parts)

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Aug 172012
Yesterday I sat down at the computer to get some work done.  While finishing the first project, a thunderstorm blew in.  Powered the computers down, unplugged all the electronics, and said… “If I can’t work… then I’ll play!”  (Been really looking forward to spending time on my Captain America Ultimate Soldier resin model.)  Hooked up the Badger Anthem airbrush, (which is still very new to me) plugged in a bottle of gray… and hit the button.
Next thing I knew, I was covered in gray paint.  Took it all apart, cleaned everything… including myself… and tried again.  Same problem.  At least this time I covered the bottle lid to keep from being gray-toned again.
Tried to figure out where I’d gone wrong, but couldn’t make it out. Monique wandered into the room, and quickly pointed out the problem.  You know those little tiny pieces inside the airbrush tip?  You actually have to have ALL of them.  If the airbrush is missing even one piece… for instance, that little tiny piece shaped like a long cone… things go wrong.
Kudos to Monique for recognizing what was missing.  Last time I cleaned the airbrush, the little cone-shaped piece went into the sink along with all the other parts.  But it didn’t stop there.  It went all the way down the drain, I just didn’t notice.  Monique figured it was gone for good.  But being metal, I wondered if it’s still in the drain trap.
Being notorious for NOT being handy, Monique’s first question was “Do you know how to check the trap?”  Knowing me, that’s a legitimate question.  It looked pretty simple.  And honestly, taking the trap off was extremely easy.  Putting it back on?  Now that’s a completely different story.
The missing piece was there.  Putting the trap back was a good lesson in patience, and I used all mine up.  During the struggle, I thought  “You know, this thing’s full of crud.  Better clean it out before putting it back on.”
You probably guessed… I rinsed it out in the sink.  At least we had a bucket ready to catch the water.
Today, it went much better.  Cleaned up Cap’s seams some more.  Noticed a seam on his boot that had snuck by the other times.  Learning how to use Bondo putty mixed with Testor’s model cement.  (It smooths the putty better; less sanding, easier to blend surfaces.)   I’ve mentioned before, but it’s worth saying again – the base is finished, but makes a handy stand to airbrush Cap on.  So it’s inside a 1-gallon seal-able freezer bag.  The first time I used Saran Wrap, which worked really well.  Today, I noticed the Saran wrap was getting holes where Cap’s foot attaches.  The gallon freezer bag looked perfect, so that’s what I’m using now.  Both are good ways to protect the base from paint while working on Captain America.
All said and done… I need to be far more careful with the airbrush.  All the time I was going to spend working on the model went… you guessed it… down the drain.

Captain America: Ultimate Soldier – Airbrushing the Base Coat

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Aug 072012

Finally satisfied with the base for my Captain America resin model kit.  Now it’s time to start on Cap.  To begin, I wanted to use the base to hold him up while airbrushing.  Wasn’t sure of a good way to protect it, and finally settled on laying Saran Wrap on top, then tucking the edges in.  Not entirely sure it won’t stick to the paint, but it was the best idea I could come up with.

Now he’s standing upright on his base, on a rotating pedestal.  Every angle can be airbrushed easily except for some under-side parts, like the bottoms of his gloves.  It’s a lot easier than just laying him flat and painting in stages.

The base coat looks pretty decent, but at the moment it’s main purpose is to show me where the seams need to be improved.  I knew Cap would need some work.  This is a fabulous model kit, but I had was experimenting with Bondo for the putty for the first time.  It looked good to the eye until I got some paint on him.

There are 3 seams, all of which need some touch-ups.  Both arms had some rough spots.  The right leg joined at the hip was probably the worst problem area.  Going to let the paint dry thoroughly, then try to smooth the seams out more.

Still getting the hang of the air brush (a Badger Anthem 155), but really like the convenience of it.  Plus the smooth overall coverage is nice.  With practice, maybe I’ll be able to detail with it.  For now, it’s main use is covering broad areas, and some general shading.  Monique has picked up on the Anthem faster and better than I have.  She was giving me some pointers while Cap was getting his gray base coat.  Can’t wait to see her finished Elvira model.  She’s making rapid progress now, probably won’t be long until she’s finished.

As for me, Cap’s still got a long way to go.  But he’s looking great!

Captain America: The Ultimate Soldier – Painting the Base

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Aug 062012


It’s been a couple of weeks since the last post.  Today I finally had a chance to work some more on Cap.  The Ultimate Soldier resin model kit is pretty wild; I’m enjoying it a lot.  Also, the airbrush and compressor finally arrived, so my first ever airbrushed project will be Cap.  Didn’t have much luck painting details with the airbrush.  Don’t have the skills (yet!) so all that’s been airbrushed is the main colors of the base. I look on Youtube and see all kinds of crazy airbrushing, so hopefully with practice, I can improve.

Started with shades of gray for the stone pavers, and some browns for the tree stump and big roots.  Once I got the hang of making it look like the lighting is consistent, I went back to the paint brush for shading effects.  The gray was easy enough.  Most of it was done with the airbrush.  Didn’t have to touch it up much.  The big problem was all the shades of brown.  The stump, the big roots, small roots, ground, were all browns.  I tried to give some differentiation, but honestly, not sure if it’s a good job or not.  Especially the ground area.  The bottom front center area was supposed to look like sand, but it just wasn’t happening.  So I settled for a light-colored stone.  Not on purpose, it was just the closest I could get.

Fairly happy with the moss.  There’s a lot of it, and it feels like maybe I wasn’t subtle enough.  After some time passes, if it still seems too bold, it might be worth toning the green down a bit.  At the moment, my eyes are a bit unfocused from all the close-up work.

Since the last post, Cap had a couple more sessions with Bondo putty.  After some sanding, he looks pretty good.  Haven’t primered the body yet.  If there’s any flaws that got past me, they’ll show up once he’s got a coat of primer.  Just going by the base, and the assembly of the body, Captain America: The Ultimate Soldier has been a lot of fun.  And is turning out very well.  The real test will be when I start painting the body.  Then we’ll see how things go.  Looking forward to using the airbrush again.  It’ll be very useful for the body.  Not sure of the best approach yet, but I think the blue costume will probably be the first color.  Then maybe the details, and wrap it up with the gloves and boots.  The shield can be worked in any time in the process.

In the meantime, Monique’s been going to town painting Elvira.  She actually took to the airbrush better than I have.  She’s also experimented with pastel chalks for shading, and I really like what she’s done.  Of course, I’ll post it once she’s done.

As usual, can’t wait to get back to Captain America.  Hope there’s some time this upcoming week.

Building Captain America: The Ultimate Soldier Resin Model Kit

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Jul 042012

Wearing vintage World War II style clothing, this Cap seems much more ‘realistic’ to me than his modern costume.

I’ve already told the story of how I got this amazing model kit.  Not going to re-hash old stuff, except to say, once again, thanks to Monique, and thanks to Mad Dog Resin, who kindly cast this especially to be in time for my birthday.  Because this is the best model I’ve ever had the opportunity to build, Cap’s going to be my ‘field test’ for new techniques as I try to raise the bar on my modeling skills.  Here’s hoping I don’t let Mad Dog down!

Just as a refresher, here’s how it looked in pieces:

Captain America Ultimate Soldier resin model kit

Pretty impressive.  Ultimate Soldier Cap is probably the largest model kit I’ve ever worked on.  The details are incredible.  Out of every Cap model we could find online (and there are a bunch)- this is my top favorite sculpt. Having the opportunity to build this is a big deal; just hope I don’t mess it up.

The new airbrush and compressor haven’t arrived yet.  It would’ve been nice had they been here by July 4th.  Looks like delivery will happen Thursday the 5th.  Instead of getting to play with it today (day off), it’ll probably be the weekend.  Never having used an airbrush, here’s hoping I can get the hang of it quick enough to use on Cap.  Since no airbrushing today, Cap has been going through some clean-up and assembly.  First all the seam lines were sanded down.  This is a pretty clean cast, so it wasn’t as much work as normal.  It was necessary to ream out some of the tab placement holes, but most of them were close enough already.

Looks like Cap is going to be the ‘test model’ for a number of new things I wanted to try.  Aside from the airbrush, the assembly technique is not my norm.  Usually Tamiya 2-part epoxy putty is the preference.  This time, it’s a combination approach.  He’s getting  Zap-A-Gap to glue everything together, with some zip-kicker to lock it down quickly. The only thing about Zap-A-Gap that bothered me, was pouring too much into the holes.  The first piece had glue running out of the joint and onto my hand.  After that, I was a lot more careful to use less glue.

Letting the Zap-A-Gap dry before gluing the other arm on.

The Zap-A-Gap feels pretty solid.  Enough so that, minutes later, Captain America was posing, fully assembled, on the included base.  Even unpainted, with the gaps still showing, he looks impressive.  If you’re curious how the build looks before painting, here’s some different angles.  The base is one piece, and the entire weight of the figure is being held by the large tab on his left foot.  The base is very heavy, but the figure parts are much lighter.  Feels pretty secure, and he’s not even glued onto the base yet.  I’m not sure if Mad Dog Resin is willing to make more of these, but if enough people ask, he might ‘unretire’ Cap and put him back into production.  I’d like to see Cap pulling active duty again.

The gaps are being filled with Bondo.  Monique bought some figure model kit-building videos, and several times Bondo was mentioned as a putty for models.  I’m not too fond of the usual modeling putty available.  It’s time to up-scale my methods, so Cap gets Bondo.  It looks pretty jarring against that bright white resin.  Used a toothpick to apply it.  Push it into the seam as much as possible.  When the level between the two pieces doesn’t meet, roll the toothpick in the gap going against the higher piece.  Then a paper towel to blot up the excess.  It’ll probably take at least two applications.  Some of the joints are still visible after the first coating.  Later, after it’s dried solid, I’ll sand the seam smooth, then primer the model.

Seems almost disrespectful to use that dark red Bondo on Cap’s white resin!

The base coat is different as well.  This will be the first time using a spray can of primer.  Normally, the base coast is acrylic paint just brushed on.  Again, several people have recommended using a can of spray primer.  Went to Wal-Mart today, and bought some Krylon gray primer.  It didn’t go on as well as I’d hoped.  Lots of small crevices were hard to fill, and the paint wound up being heavier than intended.  After trying to use it (and one can was jammed, it’ll be going back to the store unused), Monique looked online and found most people recommend other brands.  It’s all a learning process.

The base after spraying with primer. Used a rotating spray-workstand to spin it around as I went.

That’s it for now.  Later I’ll finish the seams and sand them smooth.  Hopefully the airbrush will arrive tomorrow.  I’ll spend some time getting familiar with it, then see how it looks on Captain America: Ultimate Soldier!

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