Guillaume Blanchet Wow! I'm very impress by the quality of this kit. I bougth it because I had a gift certificate to spend at a local hobby shop & almost fell off my chair when I opened the box and saw the amout of details this kit have. It's going to be a long long & fun build.
Guillaume Blanchet Thanks Clifford, I finished the decals last evening. It should be finished by friday.
13. October, 17:33
Clifford Keesler Looking forward to it. I am building a 1/48 P-51A and I am going to try either the hair spray or chipping medium method for chipping this time. I'm not real happy with my sponge tech. Also going to use water color pencils.
Clifford Keesler You put a layer of hairspray on the areas you want to chip, then paint as normal. Once the paint is dry, you simply take a brush wet the area you want chipped and remove the amount of paint you want chipped. I do not know what color German aircraft were primed in. On the P-51 I will paint it aluminum, then add a layer of zinc chromate to selected areas over that. Then paint the entire aircraft in netural grey and olive drab. Adding a layer of hair spray between the zinc chromate and main colors on the wing leading edges, tail plane leading edges and around the wing roots and panels that are removed often, then chip those areas. Sounds easy, but we will see. LOL.
16. October, 01:52
Guillaume Blanchet Seem interesting. I once tried scratching the acrylic over a coat of laquer paint with a toothpick. It worked well on edges but created unrealistic scratch at the middle of pannels. As if someone would have ''keyed'' the airplane. I think the airspay metod could have been usefull in this case. I wIll be watching this P-51.
16. October, 02:04
Clifford Keesler I need to do some work on it. The Tomcat has been taking up to much of my time. Hope to finish it this weekend, finally got some stuff I had been waiting for in the mail this afternoon.
Guillaume Blanchet Thank for the information Carlos. I have some camouflage green touch-up to do. I'll paint the surface at the safe time.
31. August, 18:58
Carlos Cisneros You're welcome. I'm looking forward to seeing some markings on this build.
31. August, 22:11
Guillaume Blanchet All done! I'm a bit disapointed wth my camo. I lost all of my preshading effect after over-applying the colors. Next time, I'll set up in a place with good lighting and will try to postshade instead of preshading. The washes did managed to bring back a bit of constrat so the final result made me happy.
Carlos the surface behind the pilot should have been tan according to the only authentic phto I could find. But I like the green so much I decide to forego historical accuracy for personal taste. Your comment is still much appreciated.
5. September, 16:57
Carlos Cisneros Understood Guillaume. It's your build, make it as what makes you happy. It looks very nice as you have finished it.
Patrick Hagelstein Preshading can be challenging if you get too carried away applying paint. Happened to me more than once too... Still, I think it looks great! If you have a close look at the plane in the video, that's not that beaten up either and shows stark colors as well.
Patrick you are right. In reality the planes does not get this amount of shading. It's just make for a more dramatic build when we exagerate shadows & the wear & tear. I have since then discovered post shading & like it a lots for touching up the base coat.
Funny enough, in my current build I had to add paint to hide the pre-shading a bit. It's a learning curve.
14. October, 16:09
Andy Ball great balance re. weathering/ I think everyone you learn from is also a success
Guillaume Blanchet I'm getting better with the rivter but it's still a a big chalenge to have nice & clean lines. This time I've experimented with masking tape and long plastic tubes cutted from the sprues to serves as flexible ruler. Masking tape is stable but doesn't provide much guidance & the flexibe tubes are hard to maintain in place. One day...
I did found a verry cool rivets reference illustration on a 3d modeler forum.I have uploaded the picture in the album.
20. June, 15:49
Nathan Dempsey Wow I missed this one. Great finish! Love the wespe markings.
26. September, 19:28
Guillaume Blanchet Thanks Nathan. This plane was a big part of what motivated me to get back at building model plane.
Can someone tell me if you can uses a riveting tool over a lacquer base coat. Will the base coat be too hard for the riveting tool?
1. August, 14:21
Steven Van Dyck If it is Tamiya TS, the coat will have the tendency to crack and chip rather than to be perforated, I think.
1. August, 21:09
Guillaume Blanchet Thank for the input. It's a Tamiya LP. I've have read on Tamiya's blog that it take a day to be dry enough to safely use masking tape. I'll apply the riveting in between 12hto 18h after the base coat. This way, it should still be soft for the riveting tool.
Guillaume Blanchet Thank you I'm almost done with it. I really enjoyed upgrading the cockpit, but I discover that CA glue tend to show trougth the primer. I'll apply less the next wime I use metal wire for making hoses.
I should be posting photos of the final soon.
28. July, 12:29
Nathan Dempsey Did you add the rivet lines or is that the kit molding?
28. July, 20:16
Guillaume Blanchet I added most them using a rivet tool. It's quite a game changer for me, but it demand a lot of pratice to maintain a staigth line. That or a better technique than mine..
I learned by following this video as a guide (well this channel alone pretty much convinced me to get back at model making. Youtube Video