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Aircraft / Re: F-20 and X-29 build
« Last post by kerick on Today at 07:41:55 pm »
Painting is underway and making slow progress.

Everything is being done with a hairy stick and much cursing. The acrylics on the F-20 took two coats and worked better when I stopped trying to cover in one coat. I could get coverage in one coat but I had to puddle it on, which led to runs and blobs of paint. I'm using Testors enamels on the topside of the X-29. Only one color has been applied yet, it does almost look like an Arctic scheme.
Well, I'd say you made an awesome silk purse out of a sow's ear!!
When I saw the finished photos my mind was officially blown!  :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub:
I can see a lot of us giving up and taking up knitting. Again. Wonderful!  :bow: :bow:
Camouflage, Colors, and Markings / Re: European Union Air Force roundel
« Last post by Weaver on Today at 07:09:37 pm »
Would it be terribly cynical of me to suggest that, whatever the final marking ends up being, it'll be a messy compromise that tries to please everyone but ends up pleasing no one?  ;) :wacko:
Aircraft / Re: Area 88 1/144 - Kamikaze (Cessna + Zero)
« Last post by strobez on Today at 04:08:44 pm »
Long overdue for an update...

So I got the tiny motor installed.  Much easier on the Zero than on the Cessna given the proportions of the engine compartment...

Pilot painted  - complete with a bit of white wire to act as a "Kamikaze white scarf" and placed in cockpit and some black paint put down.

Canopy masked and first coat of aluminium applied... itís pretty shiny, but I think that's more the camera and the paint before a light buffing.  I find buffing the Tamiya acrylic a bit flattens down the high spots and dulls the disco ball shine effect.  In the end, it'll mostly be covered anyway, so that wonít really matter. 

A coat of future and some hairspray and the underside is painted in that lovely Japanese light green/grey.

Well itís green. Of course, due to the hairspray, the tape on the underside took off a big chunk of the light green/grey coat... sigh.  Oh, well, that can be fixed easily enough.

Did I go overboard on the chipping? I always go overboard on the chipping...

Now the question is do I paint more? Or add decals? Hmmm...

Obviously, I paint. But first I mask!  Yes I know you're supposed to mask the bits that AREN'T supposed to be painted.  After my experience with the Tamiya tape lifting the paint (due to the hairspray underneath) I masked off the area for the red circles and gave everything else a coat of Future to protect it.  The tape dots provide reference points for the negative space masks and also preserve the paint lifting properties of the hairspray for a multi-layered look... I hope.

Some extra chipping to expose some bare metal under the red dots and the masks applied.

Red paint on. I shouldíve been a bit more patient to chip away some red, but I wanted to see if it was going to work.  Nothing a bit of light sanding wonít take care of... I hope.

Absolutely magnificent! :wub:
Aircraft / Re: Eduard/Hasegawa 1/48 F-8E Crusader
« Last post by AeroplaneDriver on Today at 03:04:54 pm »
It's been a busy few weeks so slow progress on this build, but with most of this week off for Thanksgiving I'm making some progress. 

Fuselage is done, as is the wing, but I'm keeping them separate until final assembly to ease painting.  The Tamiya white primer coat is mostly on...another thin coat for luck to go I think.  Now the hard part starts...what goes on top of the white?

Torn between three options right now.

1.  OOB USN CAG bird (love this scheme).

2.  Standard USN Gull Gray over White paint, but RAN markings, similar to how the A-4s were.

3.  White on the bottom, Extra Dark Sea Grey on top for a late 60s RN Crusader operating from the Malta Class carriers.  The RN acquired Crusaders in a deal that saw the USN purchase Buccaneers for the USN's carriers that were too small for the A-6 Intruder.  This led to a common Crusader/Buccaneer air wing on at total of 8 USN and RN carriers. 

Time to put my thinking cap on...meanwhile two boring pics for your viewing pleasure.

Camouflage, Colors, and Markings / Re: European Union Air Force roundel
« Last post by AS.12 on Today at 02:30:57 pm »

- the whole circle of stars on a blue background?

I would imagine it would be that, based on the current uniform roundel:

The monochrome variant of the EU flag is like this:

So perhaps the low-viz roundel could just be the black stars?  But modern air force insignias are so totally contrary to the spirit of Geneva that frankly I don't know why they bother.  It would be quite refreshing and in-character for the EU to just stick with the high-viz variant, camouflage be damned.

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