Well, must say that my first experience using Montex masks resulted in a lot of cussing. This is the result of about 2 hours work on just the starboard side.
May as well forget drawing reference lines on to help get everything in place, as suggested. It's like the pieces have gone out of register after being cut. I've heard that the vinyl can sometimes shrink.
I have an idea for when I do the port side. Stay tuned.
As far as colours go, I'm using XF-8 for the dark blue, my custom mix of RLM04 (XF-3:10, X-6:1, XF-2:1) for the yellow, and the outlines of the bars will be X-3 Royal Blue with maybe a smidge of black to darken further.
More masking and airbrushing. I'm applying a coat of the intermediate blue first so that any show through appearing through the XF-8 will give the impression you can see the camo underneath, rather than white.
A little bit of overspray with the XF-8, but that will be easy enough to tidy up.
Should be a lot easier when it comes to applying the insignia on the opposite side.
Use another printed roundel to make a mask for the yellow ring. These will act as masks to protect against excess overspray. You want to allow an extra couple of mm on either side of where the yellow will be, so there will be no ugly gaps if you don't get the following masks lined up accurately.
Airbrush the yellow. I have used my custom RLM04 mix here.
Remove paper masks.
Place the vinyl for the large blue circle using the central white mask for alignment.
Airbrush the dark blue. I've used Tamiya XF-8 Flat Blue here.
Remove masking tape.
Apply the large circle section of vinyl and apply masking tape to cover smaller central dark blue circle. Also mask around edges of larger circle to prevent any following layers of camo getting through gaps and creating an ugly hairline between the dark blue and yellow.
Now the roundel is protected. The dark blue bars will be masked and airbrushed after the rest of the fuselage has been airbrushed.
Intermeduate blue applied to the undersides of the wings
Forward sections of undersides given some colour differntiation by lightening the intermediate blue. Freehanded this and gave it a patchy appearance too (I'm getting my painting inspiration from one of Chris Wauchop's builds - although I might tone my one back a bit by misting on a light coat of my intermediate blue mix over the top).
I don't plan on applying chipping to the entire wing, but have applied a coat of XF-4 Yellow Green to the entire topsides, so that I can add wear wherever I wish, knowing their will be colour underneath.
Canopy sections given a bath in some glass cleaner, followed by a dunk in Alclad Aqua Gloss.
You need to use glass cleaner containing ammonia for this. As well as rinsing the part, it also reduces the surface tension on the plastic giving the clear better coverage.
If you're not happy with your dipping in the clear coat, you can wash the part off in the window cleaner and try again. I had to do this tonight after the sliding section flew out of the tweezers, when I was shaking off the excess and flew straight into the dirty dish water.
Canopy is now sitting on a paper towel in a sealed container. Should be ready to apply the Montex canopy masks tomorrow night.
This might be one of the last times I use this method, as I intend to start polishing my canopies on a buffing wheel.
Airbrushed a coat of AK Interactive Worn Effects on the inboard wing sections, went out for the day and left it to dry. Airbrushed the XF-4 on in thin layers and let dry for 5 or so minutes and then used a wet brush to moisten the surface and then gently scrub away the XF-4 in random patterns. Happy with how it's looking so far.
Next step is applying another protective coat of clear, then more AK Worn Effects and top coat of the sea blue, followed with some fading and then repeat the scrubbing with a wet brush. This will reveal the multi layer chipping.
KitModellerNZ wrote: Next step is applying another protective coat of clear, then more AK Worn Effects and top coat of the sea blue, followed with some fading and then repeat the scrubbing with a wet brush. This will reveal the multi layer chipping.
Great effects 100% agree that 'layering' is the way to go.
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Clear coat and Worn Effects applied this morning, top coat applied this arvo. I also post faded between ribs with sea blue + 10% flat white and added fading where fuel has leaked by adding another 10-15% flat white.
That's it for the chipping down to the primer on the fuselage. I knocked it back with a mist of the sea blue. There will be some further chipping (blues and greys) added using warercolour pencils later.
I also went back over the demarcations to tighten them up a little as I freehanded the camo.
Next stage will be painting the inner wings and chipping them. I also need to sand down the wing spars slightly as the fit for the outer wings is too tight. A known issue... if you can call it an issue. Things are rolling along nicely now.
It also seems my latest order from BNA has gone AWOL (contained the Pacific theatre panel line wash products and some items for the Avenger build). It's been 3 weeks now. I risked going with standard post this time, rather than tracked. Last time I did this my package also went missing. I wonder if there's a thieving a-hole somewhere in the delivery system?