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james johnson (winterfritz)


The Beaver

Tread Head makes aircraft

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1:72 DHC Beaver (Airfix 03017)


14. July 2013, 13:32
james johnson
JS 2 WIP lurks in the background
14. July 2013, 14:04
Frank Krause
Top, James! Interesting camo, nice painting and the idea with the photo-frame is great!
14. July 2013, 14:08
james johnson
recognize the paint color? 4BO green!
14. July 2013, 14:12
Michel Huijghe
This is stunning.
14. July 2013, 17:03
james johnson
Thanks Michel......this is pretty much my first aircraft in quite a long time. I thought about doing the pre shading thing but. 1. there's a great aircraft modeler here (don't recall his name but he posts fairly regularly) who says he never pre-shades. and
2. I think you get the same effect using the modulation techniques as applied to armor least with dark colored schemes.........In My Newbie Aircraft Modeler Opinion.....
15. July 2013, 00:43
Ricardo Gonzalez Ramos
Great paintjob!
15. July 2013, 06:05
Holger Kranich
Cool work!
15. July 2013, 06:13
Michel Huijghe
You're right about that. Pre-shading is a technique that has been introduced several years ago in a Tamiya magazine and has been around since then. Is it realistic? No. It should represent some weathering at the panellines but there are other techniques which are more efficient and realistic. I don't use them either.
15. July 2013, 06:18
15. July 2013, 09:59
Hi James, you made a masterpiece.
15. July 2013, 10:11
Bill Gilman
I never pre-shade either. The reason that I don't is that in order to have the pre-shading show through, you have to paint a "transparent" top coat of color. I find this very odd, especially since the true color of the top coat is only achieved when you have a good covering, which then doesn't allow the pre-shading to show through. Real aircraft weather from the outside in, not the inside out. I prefer post-shading and pastels. But it's a personal decision, just like a panel line wash. Some folks like it, some don't.
Now, back to the model. Excellent job, James! For a tread head, you did a great job, and on the old Airfix kit at that! :)
15. July 2013, 12:55
james johnson
Interesting and informative perspective Bill, you?ve put into words a rather nebulous concept that has been brewing about in my brain pan for a while, thanks!
The method I use on my armor, and on the Beaver, is overlapping the shades?.
I see why people build these 1/72 scale aircraft, they?re fun!
A typical armor kit takes me about a month to throw together; culminating in my favorite phase which is painting and weathering.
1/72 scale kits take me about a week to build (I do work after all) and then on to the fun part!
15. July 2013, 13:06
Bill Gilman
I will paint the base color(s) and then lighten them and spray in random patterns to simulate paint fading, etc. Often this will be in the interior of the panels, thereby leaving the panel lines "shaded" and a bit darker. And since I'm adding paint all the time, it's a lot easier to fix a mistake! Hard to do when you've covered up your pre-shading and want to get it back!
1:72 scale airplane in a week? I wish!! :) :) :)
16. July 2013, 00:27
Michel Huijghe
I do mostly the same thing. By using filters by airbrush you can add subtle differencies in the camo.
16. July 2013, 06:12
Dave Flitton
I want to know how the build went. I have one of these and am looking to see if there were any problems I need to look out for.
8. August 2013, 14:12
Christian Keller
Wow, looks perfect for such an old kit :)
8. August 2013, 14:16
james johnson
thanks Christian.......!!
@ dave, the kit went alright, but you have to be aware that you have to drill out the fuselage where the pontoons mount. The default design is for wheels as I recall. There is no caveat for this except a wee, tiny statement tucked away somewhere within the instructions. Heavy seam lines on the pontoons..........other than that, no problems!
8. August 2013, 14:55
It's a great model. I assume not meant to be truly representative, as the British Army never used floats, skis or wheels.
5. May 2019, 17:00
Oleg Smilyk
Nice diorama!
5. May 2019, 17:58
Łukasz Gliński
Bit of whatif indeed, but the shaded camo looks grand.
@Bill: I have to try this approach, thanks for your say :)
5. May 2019, 20:10

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