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#21 mustang1989

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 02:41 AM

Thanks  the comments Wayne! You know part of building these old warbirds is a constant learning experience. I get a blast out of building them because I do ALOT of reading when I build each subject. It's as much fun learning about them as it is building.

 

 I used Vallejo acrylics on this build and was not happy that the "intermediate blue" was actually a dark color. I used this for the top coat and then mixed some "intermediate blue" with some "sky blue", which was ALOT lighter and came up with the middle color which intermediate blue is SUPPOSED  to look like. Here's the latest:

 

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and the canopy frames got a Tamiya tape masking after being dipped in future. No pre-cut masks here. :( . I painted them a coat of zinc chromate  first so the interior color could be seen from the inside of the canopy and then a coat of "intermediate blue". The canopy came as two pieces: the windscreen through intermediate section and then the gunners canopy. I cut the sections apart to display the pilots sliding piece in the open position. The windscreen turned out like BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH for this painting segment so I dipped it into Windex and will start over on that part tomorrow.

 

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Edited by mustang1989, 29 October 2013 - 02:47 AM.


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 03:59 AM

You know , looking at the references sometimes a little closer AFTER the painting is done is painful sometimes. The vertical fin should be painted the lighter intermediate blue and the lower part of the nose should be the lighter color as well. Will post pics of the references and the corrected paint tomorrow. WOW!!!



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 04:02 AM

The color looks good.

 

Sorry about the issues but.....thats why it's called....................camoflage!

 

G


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 04:09 AM

Thanks Wayne. I'm going to treat the border like the German mottle pattern when I repaint. I usually mix the paint super thin, crank the air pressure up to about 30-35 psi and barely open the needle AND keep the air brush moving!!! and that'll give me that soft demarcation line between colors instead of a hard edge.


..............and it's better I find this all out about the color now instead of after decaling!!! lol


Edited by mustang1989, 29 October 2013 - 04:12 AM.


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 01:21 PM

Great Painting Joe!

B)



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 04:26 PM

Thank you Ira! I've got some more to do in the morning in correcting what I painted in the pictures posted above. I have the entire upper surface painted in dark blue and the bottom of the nose in dark blue also. The reference below shows the vertical fin to be intermediate blue, not dark blue and the edges are soft and blended.

 

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This will be corrected in the morning. Be back then, same bat time, same bat channel!!



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 12:50 AM

Ok guys. Back at it again here. The first pic is of the corrected paint job with the sharp demarcation lines between colors:

 

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and the second and third pics close up with the soft/ blended demarcation lines: (the gap at the lower part of the tail plane was fixed right after snapping this pic!

 

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  Thats as close as I can get to the reference picture. If there's one thing that I like about these old Monogram aircraft kits , it's the rivet detail on the exterior of the aircraft. The insides and all the other stuff leave a lot to be desired but who and where else puts rivet detail on the outside of an aircraft model anymore. Anyway,  I feel a lot better about the accuracy of the paint job now!


Edited by mustang1989, 30 October 2013 - 01:15 AM.


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Posted 30 October 2013 - 01:28 PM

Looking very good.  B)



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Posted 31 October 2013 - 01:43 AM

Thanks Harry! More to come tomorrow morning as I am still in the middle of making adjustments to paint. Until then I got this in the mail yesterday!!!!

 

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This things gonna be ALOT of fun as I haven't attempted a car model in almost 10 years. I've got to finish this build and my Fw190 D-9 and I'll be ready to tackle this one. That'll give me enough time to gather all the goodies for it!



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Posted 01 November 2013 - 12:49 AM

   .Okeedokee everybody. Having dunked the windscreen back into the future after removing all of the disaster painting from the first go round we now have it painted the second time. Here's that:

 

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......and then there's the gloss coat on the plane to get it ready for decals. Smooth sailing so far!

 

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 02:16 AM

..............and after applying some of the decals. These Hasegawa decals aint no joke........especially at 15 years old (not to mention that the kit box had already been opened when I bought the kit!). They refused to lay down flat against the rivets and had NUMEROUS air bubbles in them which may have been helped  by all that raised rivet detail that I was talking back a few posts earlier. However, after about 8 coats of Microsol and piercing all of the bubbles I think I have it under control. One more thing: I had the WRONG decal sheet in the box so I am now waiting on my Yellow Wings squadron letter/ number decal sheet that I just ordered from Hannants on Thursday. The decal sheet in the box was for an SBD-3 . Man you would think that I would have noticed that by now!!! LOL

 

Anyways on with the pics. Here they are still wet from the Microsol and shriveled up a bit but I'll post more later:

 

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 03:40 AM

Ok fellas. Been a few days since I have been here posting. Been busy with obtaining another job, my sons homework and all the other daily hustle and bustle activities we all have. I am still waiting on my squadron letter/ number decals that should be here any day now I hope. I'm running out of stuff to do to this thing. I think I have managed to work around the decals to the point that I'm at a stoppage.

Here's the best close up shot of what I have on the bird so far. I've been working on the camera settings so they are less grainy.

 

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And here's everything minus the pitot tube and the tire/ wheel assys. I'll get back those two items in the next post!

 

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 04:12 PM

.............waiting on the decals to get going with this thing. Hopefully it's sometime this week! I did manage to apply a gloss coat over what I have and apply a wash. All thats left is decals, a light coat of gloss over those and then it's flat coat time. After that will be the sun bleach effect.



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Posted 14 November 2013 - 03:50 AM

 Ok everybody. A little update here. I applied a wash several days ago but was not really happy with it overall because it was too heavy. I got up this morning and toned it down a bit and cut out the squadron numbers/ letters from the decal sheet that I received in the mail yesterday.

This thing took a wash application really well with the rivets holding on to a bigger portion than I wanted so this morning I applied wash thinner to lax things up a bit. I'm alot happier with the new results. Heres the latest on that:

 

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and the decals cut and ready for application:

 

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 02:35 AM

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Well folks I applied the squadron letter/ numbers to the sides. I'm sure somebody here has attempted applying individual decals in a row before and knows how meticulous that is! I looked at this thing from every conceivable angle , looked at it sideways, looked at it mean emotion-39.gif, looked at it worried emotion-8.gif, looked at it dismayed emotion-7.gif and made all kinds of adjustments and finally I just  accepted them the way they were. It seemed like every time I looked at them again that one of the letters, numbers or the dashes looked crooked. I think I have it all together now though. Here goes:

 

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 02:45 AM

Looking Good!

 

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 02:59 AM

Looks great. I don't envy you with those decals. I have enough trouble putting them on smooth surfaces.



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Posted 16 November 2013 - 03:06 AM

Thanks David and Rob! This has been a fun project that's taking me back 30+ years to when I first built this kit. The answer to irregular surfaces and decals..............Microsol, Microsol and more Microsol. The letter/number decals were ALOT easer to get to lay down due to the fact that they are Microscale decals from Yellow Wings. All the other decals were the Hasegawa offering and those SUCKED! They were thick, prone to lots of bubbles and refused to suck down to the rivet detail with out 8+ coats of Microsol. These Microscale decals took only one or two applications of Microsol and I had not one bubble form under the decals.

 

Looks like its off to a gloss coat and then a dullcoat with a little grey mixed in for that sun bleached effect. Then I'm going to try something I've never tried before but have seen good results and shoot a light, and I mean LIGHT coat of 70% isopropyl alcohol over the whole top side of the bird for that dead flat look.


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Posted 18 November 2013 - 05:05 AM

Todays update is my adding the bleached effect to the paint. Man , What a difference. Just to recap here's an earlier pic with just paint and decals from a similar angle:

 

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and one after the dull coat/ light grey mix for the bleached effect:

 

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Looks like its off to the subtle isopropyl alcohol application, painting and installing some of the final details and we are off to unmasking all of that hidden detail!!



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Posted 18 November 2013 - 11:28 AM

Great job so far!