Hawaiian Air Depot Camouflage Scheme Batch Build Part VII

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This build is officially jinxed!  A week has passed with very little progress made on the HAD ships to show for it.  I decided to paint the national insignia using Maketar masks.  This adds a bit to the construction time as each color has to dry thoroughly before it can be masked.  First a white base coat was applied to all six areas (remember that all HAD scheme aircraft have insignia in all six positions) and the rudders.  After a day of drying the white still had a slight tack so I let it dry another day before the masks were applied.  Then insignia red and wait another day, then mask.  Then insignia blue, and wait another day, then mask.  When I went to apply the blue I noticed a spiderweb of fine cracks so I applied another coat.  Then wait another day.  Are you detecting a theme?
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The second coat of blue also cracked, if you look closely you can see cracking even after sanding.  Not salvageable.  Bad paint from a brand new jar.  Testors, you owe me $15 in masks and a week!  The masks did their jobs well, BTW.  I’ll re-prime these areas and dig up some decals.
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One bit of progress, the rudders came out fine.  No blue on these so all went to plan.  While waiting for the paint to dry I assembled some armor kits.  Four done.  Keeps me from throwing things and startling cats with outbursts of profanity.  Hopefully I can get this back on track for the next update.

Part VIII here: https://inchhighguy.wordpress.com/2019/02/22/hawaiian-air-depot-camouflage-scheme-batch-build-part-viii/

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