Here's a Guillows P-40 I did several years ago. As kids we built these all the time. The bi-planes are hard to get the wing orientation right and imagine a Foker tri-plane. I was able to find dope a my LHS. I think some RC planes use it. The only problem I had was using alcohol to shrink the tissue paper rather than water, it didn't shrink as much.
Bob, This is one time brush marks are a good thing. To achieve a wood look with paint I use a "dry brush" technique, using a brush that is almost empty of paint. The brush I prefer is a stiff, short bristle, flat,square tip style. My favorite brush is about 1/4" wide. To achieve a "dry brush" I dip the brush in the color and brush it almost dry on a scrap of plastic or paper and then brush on the model. For colors I start with a base of testors wood color. Then start dry brushing. The colors you use depend on what your final look is to be. I do a lot of test runs on scrap to get the balance I'm looking for. For a well maintained or new car look I use burnt umber, reds, yellow greens. I mix in more grays and blacks for a more weathered look. Doing research of 1:1 images is very helpful. In the following pics if I had done my research better on the 48 ford the structural pieces would have been more yellow and with less grain. Hope this helps
Mike, I remember one of the enthusiast mags had an article about Nettesheim. He's got way more money than I have but excellent taste. Sorry to hear about that lordairguitar. Bikes are beemers and cars are bimmers. Sounds like that guy was more into the image than the machine. Here's a pic of the 67 when I brought her home. The engine is under the orange plastic on the bench and the rest is in the wheel barrow.
Doug, Welcome to the forum and also Ankeny. Looks like we'll be take'n over the city soon, all both of us. Like your work and hope you keep at it. I've been in a slump for a while but this is a great hobby for Iowa winters. Again welcome.
I've had good success using real leather. I find some that I like from old billfold, check book, glove, purse, or? Then scrape it "wafer thin" with a dull knife or coarse sandpaper or both. Then cut to general shape, glue using Elmer's white glue and then trim after glue is dry. Sorry the pic is only fair but Fotki in their infinite wisdom is moving my images to Elbonia or is it Estonia so my better pics must still be on a container ship in the North Atlantic.