mattb483

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  1. I just bought some Model Master spray paint to do some helmets, it had great results. I did 2 light coats with out using any primer and the paint held on great and dryed very nice.
  2. Well I can help here cause I've had the same problem as you. As far as all the steps you did are all correct. The problem, micro sol. I purchased the red bottle and applied before and after the decal was applied, However it didnt stick that well. I then bougt Mr. Mark softener. WOW, this stuff will literally melt the decals to the torso.I apply the same way before and after. When done applying I stick them under a hair dryer for about a min to melt/ dry it a bit more. The decal will still be able to come off but it will be, if you take your nail to a corner and try to rip it off. This stuff is awesome, I didnt like micro sol at all doesnt bond well to the lego plastic in my eyes. Of you are gonna invest in decals, seriously buy this solution. You will be happy.
  3. I've purchased my decal paper from decalpaper.com. They have different types of decal paper for inkjet as well as laser. So im not sure if the laser paper is made a certain way to withhold the heat maybe? Check out the site and see if there are user reviews who have used laser decal paper. Hope this helps.
  4. I have to agree with Cody. Decals are a better way to go. Plus its whatever your happy with. I used stickers long ago and will pry never use them again. This past year I just started using decals and they give off that true real minifigure look. I saw you said using micro-sol solution for decals. I have tryed that solution and was'nt happy with the results, the decal was folding in the corner spots, after handling the figure alot. However a guy at my local hobby shop suggested Mr.Marks softener, this stuff is awesome! It will almost melt the decal into the plastic. Decals are way more superior in my eyes, stickers will look fake and will have that white background around the edges of the sticker. Hope that put a little more insight for you.
  5. Amazing work perfectionist! I giess you could say move over achille here comes the concorde! I remember years ago when you uploaded the achille with new techniques such as your headrails! Best and most realistic design. I love you new hull techniques this time around, the slopes in the stern area seem to make it easier to bring the side galleries into the side wall. The interior is awesome so much detail. Your sails also are nicely down. The outlines around the edges make them stand out. Last thing is for future reference, On your rope ladders theres a fabric glue called crafters pick ultimate. It bonds string together, that way you wont get those glue bubbles on the side. Im currently using it. Best glue for that.
  6. To be honest your best bet is a logitech B525 HD webcam.they run from 60-80 bucks at Target.I've been using it with Sony Vegas 9.0.even without proper lighting it takes amazing pics. Its great cause the USB connects to Vegas so you can take pics and edit as you go, instead of taking a bunch of pics and importing. I made the mistake 6 years ago buying a sony digital video camera for 350 dollars. It didnt work for brickfilming. Also I snapped off the webcam base I have and glued lego pieces so i can clip the webcam to the baseplates. I love it and it was cheap so I wpuld recommend it.
  7. WOW!!!! An absolute beauty you have created! Funny how at first glance at the top image the ship seems average size, until I see the images of the deck! This is just a beautiful ship with so many details! Great rigging as well as sails. I love the tumble home design you have created here. The interior is so grand!!! Just simply WOW!
  8. Simply awesome! As others said,I love the roof as well. So many details. Any more pics?
  9. Nice little mod you did there to the ship. Also glad to see your into lego again.The custom sails are cool how much were they? The only prob here is what alot of people call the clone lego brands. If you decide to invest more money in lego you will definitely see the poor quality of the knock off brands. Some people don't care but i think its best to atick with the offcial lego bricks.
  10. Truly a work of art you have here. Like others have said so many details, takes a few times to look over. I love your custom hull, did an awesome job! I also like your cannons and bell. I have to agree with kurigan on the gallery/stern windows look a bit odd. You could always take lattace windows and instead of using the frame use a 1x1 knob brick to hold it in place, might be worth a shot. Also on the front rigging are you gonna add the net going across like the rear one? Anyways a well done project!
  11. Nice ship dreamweb.I really like the grand stearn. The only critic piece I would change is the gray. Instead of all the gray on the bow and stern I would change it to black. Then I would add a gray stripe down the tumblehome, it looks like where the pre-fab hull rounds off you could continue a nice stripe all the way across from end to end. Anyways its a beauty and hope to see more!
  12. So true I remember when I was a kid going to toysrus after christmas it was 94 going into 95 I had got porate sets for Christmas but I had some money so I bought Lagoon Lock-up which had been released in 1991. But then again toysrus always has left over sets aince they have a high mark-up. Well will have to hope for a good POTC line hopefully theres some noce ships in the new film or they male some for 1-4.
  13. The IFS from 2010 is impressive and a nice model, however now its ridiculously over priced. As others said you can take almost any ship out there and change the colors as well as the sails. But honestly the more you start to mod ships and enjoy that you will later on want to do an MOC ship. However thats what i wanted to do seeing all the amazing ships on this forum.I say of you have some extra hulls look at captain green hairs ship building tutorial and head over to briklink and buy the pieces you need. It will pry be cheaper then trying to buy a BSB or any other ship. And its alot more fun to create your own ship and!
  14. I think Pirates in general has been becoming more and more popular over the years. Much thanks to the POTC franchise which has helped alot! The problem that is faced here is that everyone needs to look at the pirates theme from a childs point of view. Lego has a huge variety of themes now vs. The 80' and 90's. Also kids are pry getting Lego sets mostly for bdays and Xmas, so most kids now when going to the store want super heros,star wars, and ninjago etc. Also back in the 80's and 90's lego didnt have as many different themes as they do now so that would allow alot more sets per theme. Like others have stated I love the pirates theme but if it comes down to it every 6 years or so releasing a new theme im happy. The only thing is I wish theu would change it up, and now always do a small fort, big pirate ship etc.