Thanks for the comments
Airbrushes are out of budget at the moment and as I'm working in the lounge the noise of a compressor will be annoying for others. Once I finish my training ill look into it more
Have you thought about using filler to fill the seam lines on the fuselages of your choppers? I can recommend the Tamiya grey as it smooths on well, or the Squadron White as it dries fast and sands easy. There's plenty of others and are well worth looking in to as they add something to the overall quality of builds.
One other thing I've noticed, have you thought about heating the blades in hot water to make them droop a bit? Not sure what the dauphin's blades are made out of but most chopper blades I've seen (in person and pictures) at rest tend to droop down quite considerably. It's not too hard to do and will add just that little bit more to them. I know newer choppers (like the NH90's with their composite blades) have hardly any droop at all but older ones like bell rangers, hueys, blackhawks, hips, hinds etc all droop quite a bit.
Otherwise your brush painting is pretty good, looks like you've managed to get the demarcation lines nice and sharp.
There appears to be enough droop there already Hadley - unless you want a "neanderthal helicopter that drags it knuckles on the ground"
Looking good, although I agree with Gary on filling the seams and the paint could be a bit thinner with light polish between coats - Don't paint over thick paint with thin paint though - terribly frustrating!!
Thanks for the comments guys, I have Tamiya putty but don't use it too much
The blades are slightly bent anyway but pic doesn't show it
I paint then assemble most parts hence why the putty doesn't really get used, once I can afford an airbrush I will start making then spraying it
Demarcation? Not sure what you mean there
Painting: I usually do 2, sometimes 3 coats, the first coat is often too thin to cover the helicopter properly so the second coat helps covering the parts properly
Lol just realised I didn't have the rotors on the Heli for the pics, will make sure they're on for the completed pics
Good call there DA, I didn't notice in the pic that there is already a bit of droop to the blades.
Demarcation is the point where 2 lines or colours meet.
Here's the proper definition:
1.The action of fixing the boundary or limits of something.
2.A dividing line.
It's looking pretty good there Hadley. Nice to have another brush painter on here. Good for you.
Do you use masking tape?
There's a Silver-to-Blue demarcation line at the top there beneath the rotors on both sides which looks uneven to me and attracts my eye.
If you have brush marks, as I sometimes do, I find my glosscoat over the decals and especially my top coat - almost always Testors Dullcote lacquer aerosol in my case - somehow removes the brush marks . As I often say, Dullcote covers a multitude of sins.
I guess your Dauphin 2 might have a glossy final finish? Testors also make an aerosol lacquer glosscote. I've never used the gloss but I suspect it is the lacquer chemical nature of it which has the 'paint evening' effect. You need a well ventilated area and a dust mask (minimum) to use this stuff though, preferably a breathing apparatus.
Are you going to display the Dauphin on a base?
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Hadley's Pacific GB - 1/32 Aerospatiale AS365N Dauphin 2
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Yeah I use masking tape, sometimes unfortunately the paint seeps underneath though, and some are too risky to fix so just leave them
Haven't used any Testors products before, only Tamiya enamels and glues
Never made a base and wouldnt know where to start