Stripes have happened !! - horrible job to get them to conform around the curves of the rear flared arches, but I think I've won !! - need to mix a light blue now to spray in to the gaps behind the front 'guide veins' and ahead of the aerofoil mounts. This is a fun hobby, right ??
I've got an assortment of different size bamboo skewers to mount the wheels on and a block of foam to mount them on. First I paint the black on the tire area and let that dry.
I use circle templates to mask off the tire area and spray the center of the wheel.
That's what I do too. I get the sharpie and draw the tyres on after painting the whole wheel the colours I want. The nice shiny stuff gets hidden under the weathering and it's so much easier than trying to hand paint. Masks yes, brushes as in the old days for me, never again. Well done for tackling an AFV. Nice choice too.
I will post a full build log once the competition has finished in August, but until then here is a image on the hull and suspension painted with Tamiya TS-29 semi gloss black.
This is definitely not going to be finished in a traditional camo scheme
Interesting, I thought I knew where this was going but the black suggests there may have been a change of plans.
My Type 10 for the same GB is also far from traditional. Paint and assembly is complete, with just weathering to go, but like Mike I? wont give away much more than the use of my Cricut die cutter for some 'custom' masks and a hint at one of the colurs
Stand aside caffine, this is a job for alcohol.
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I use a slow moving drill, and just touch a loaded paint brush to it while slowly working towards the edges, it's really easy to do. I have a piece of aluminium rod that I've put a taper on, I can then push any wheel with any size boss on to it and paint it this way.
When I'm painting wheels that are in situ I block in all of the big areas that are easy to get to then I either use a black ink or a thin wash of paint, i come in from the big area towards the edge and when it hits the band it shoots round and gives a perfect edge which I can then fill up to.
'Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.'
I paint the main wheel colour first, then use a brush in my right hand with the wheel on a stick in my left, spinning it with my fingers while painting the tyre. Needs a steady hand but has always been fast and effective for me.
Finally slapped some decals on the RNZAF Torbeau! Stencils and landing gear this weekend, then try something new (to me)... Weathering!
First coat of paint down on the Strike Eagle. Found a lot of areas to touch up!