Plan for tonight is to apply worn effects to the outer wings in the area of the gun bay access panels and then airbrush sea blue and then chip. Will only be chipping down to the green in these area and not as aggressively as the inner wings. Then I will set aside to let everything fully cure so I can finish the roundels on the upper wings another night.
Horizontal stabilisers, engine cowls, engine panels and front ring, flaps and tail still need paint, so will probably work on them tonight too.
Thinking of adding some interest by colouring a couple of areas with a mixture of the sea blue and intermediate blue to give the impression that there was some paint touch up carried out in the field and they didn't have enough of the sea blue, so had to improvise. Dunno.
I was feeling like the weathering on the topsides of the wings was a little disjointed with the large unweathered section between the inner wing and the gun panels, so I have been at work with the chipping again.
The section of the wings that I wanted to lighten. I ended up removing the tape so I could better see the contrast between adjacent panels as I was doing it and adjust the mix of the dark sea blue and intermediate blue.
The end result;
I went over the worn areas with a light misting to tone them down some more again too.
Spent a couple of hours yesterday mixing up more batches of the dark sea blue and intermediate blue. Then I sprayed the tail, rudder, flaps etc. I sprayed zinc chromate primer on the inner flaps, clear coated and applied AK Worn Effects so I can add a little chipping to these. Next stage after that will be finishing the roundels and then preparing for the weathering.
Slowly but steadily getting there – Completed airbrushing the ailerons and the horizontal stabilisers last night. Need to add a little post shading etc just to finish them off. Glossed the outer wings in preparation for masking and finishing the roundels and applying washes. Glossed the inner wing sections and flaps and applied a coat of AK Worn Effects in preparation for adding and weathering the walkway strips and black lines. Still need to apply the red, white and blue fin flash to the tail and also paint up the engine cowl, covers and front ring.
Tonight's effort included masking and spraying the anti slip and weathering it. Unfortunately the Worn Effects didn't play ball for some reason, so I will have to use different techniques to imply wear and tear on them.
Still need to add some highlights on the horizontal stabilisers, maybe even use a lighter version of the sea blue mix on the elevators and ailerons too. There doesn't seem to be much colour variation on the real thing between the aluminium and fabric skinned surfaces though. Just want to add some interest.
I need to mask and airbrush the dark blue of the bars on the fuselage insignia and will mask up the fin flash while I'm at it. There's a decal with the Montex set for the fin flashes, but it's in the lighter blue that is used by some of the other decal manufacturers for the RNZAF roundels. It will need to be XF-8 Flat Blue on my build, otherwise it will look out of place.
Still a little more to be done with the airbrush (front section, fuselage serial numbers), but I'm hopeful I might get some more of the assembly done tonight and maybe a clear coat on the fuselage if I'm lucky.
Still undecided whether or not I will employ the oil paint dot technique. I will definitely be using highly diluted mixes of Tamiya acrylics airbrushed on to dirty things up a bit more on area such as the tops of the wings, fuel stains, cordite stains and exhaust stains.