Post by COLIN SHIPTON-KNIGHT on Feb 17, 2009 19:26:01 GMT
On holiday....Whoopee, can get down to some modelling...
having 'primed' the beast, sprayed Light aircraft grey all over the bottom, and got down to 'masking' the airframe up prior to spraying Hemp on the upper surfaces.
Starting with doing the wing leading edges and fuselage, then 'filling in' the gaps between with tape. have to say I find this one of the most difficult things to do, takes so much patience and reference to what it actually looks like on the real thing.
As you may have noticed, I have left the flap interiors and wheel bays unpainted so far, I tend to paint them after all the spraying.
After all the straight edges have been masked, I do the little curves at front and rear of wing/tailplane and engines. Piece of tape stuck in place and then carefully cut with very sharp knife.
Post by COLIN SHIPTON-KNIGHT on Feb 17, 2009 19:48:47 GMT
It's now sat there for a couple of hours and the paint has shrunk...
Looks very good, with the barest hint of the original panel lines where the filler has 'shrunk' ever so slightly. The main panels such as the battery compartment and avionics bays, that were left unfilled look good.
The whole model looks very smooth, should be good for some subtle weathering....
By the way, altering the Nav's windows seems to have made such a difference to the appearance, that photos cannot convey..
Cannot wait to see what the second model is going to look like, ARTF Grey all over.......
Looking very promising! One tip; a few years back I got myself one of those plastic turntables you put TYs on, for airbrushing, so as I didn't have to hold the model as much. It only cost about £3 but as regards tools it was probably one of the best purchases I have ever made. Almost like a third hand.
Post by COLIN SHIPTON-KNIGHT on Feb 18, 2009 21:18:20 GMT
A bit further on, despite family 'emergency' today.....
Ollie, Halfords primer, who doesn't use it! Plus Extracrylics, watered down by about 15%.
Martin, Thanks for the tip. I have one, but had not thought of using it for spraying, Good Idea.... Must put photo of it on here for those that have not seen one.....
Rolf, Thanks for that... Must get this, and it's mate, the ARTF Grey one, finished to bring over to Switzerland. Venom is driving me crazy... Awkward shape to handle and paint...
Any way onto the 'Beast'...
Now that the Light Aircraft Grey and Hemp is done, had to mask the fin for what the instructions say, should be Medium Sea Grey. Had numerous trials with various paints, and it came down to M.S.G and 'Barley' Grey. Have a look at the fin, and you can see my last bit of experimentation....
Very close, but I have gone for the 'Barley Grey', to my mind it looks closer, on a model, to what the photos look like...
On the subject of paints.... I always try to make the model look like photos, because that is how they are viewed by people who look at the models, and compare against photos they have seen. That often comes down to the vagaries of sunlight and photography.
Medium Sea Grey and Camouflage (Barley) Grey are very similar. With regard to what paint the Retirement scheme Canberra was actually painted, on it's fin. I would have to say that Camouflage Grey gives a better likeness, and is the same colour I am going to do XH131, although the ARTF finish looks a matt finish, so they may look quite different...
Sprayed the fin, and sat back waiting for it to dry, to see how it looked. Peeled the tape off, and this is what I got.
I know the light is not the greatest for a photo, but looking at it and comparing against photos, I am convinced that I have made a wise choice, it is closer to what the real aircraft looks like, although now looking at the decals for the retirement scheme, I think the decals are a shade too dark...
The model a little later with a few details added, particularly the wing main spar painted Aluminium. Gives a distinctive appearance. The wing spar, later in service was left unpainted, to facilitate fatigue testing, giving this appearance....
Any doubts about this?
Just have a look at this photo...
Gives a distinctive appearance, with the roundel being incomplete.
Looking at the model now, with virtually all the panel lines filled, looks very smooth, and just crying out for decals and weathering......
Hi Colin, Looking Good, so nice to see 134 coming together step by step in model form especially in the 'end of an era' colour scheme, I designed this scheme whilst stationed at Marham along with Shiny Two.
Post by COLIN SHIPTON-KNIGHT on Feb 26, 2009 18:41:03 GMT
Hello... Thank you for the comments, I must admit I cannot wait either, although not quite ready to post photos of the finished model yet..
I have to say, most of the decals are on it now and it is looking very good.....
Hopefully by this Sunday it should be finished.
On another note, I built 'Shiny Two' as well. Here it is, from last November at SMW 2008 at Telford.
I have to compliment you on your work with both schemes, very striking, nice use of the Squadron crests.
Also have to compliment the Model Alliance in the printing of the decals, very nice, very fine, although I have to admit it is driving me potty, looking at small yellow stencils for the Canberra, on white paper.....
Well done to you Sir, must be good to see your work being appreciated and replicated on numerous models.
Dare I ask? Can we expect to see any more of your work appearing on real aircraft, let alone models..?
Just seen it on Britmodeller with the photo of the line up on Marham pan, I remember that day well as I was out there until the last one got towed in, and was there when the last one left the tarmac what a said day that was.
Many thanks for your kind words and I actually saw your model of shiny two at the Nationals and I photographed it quite a bit.
Its such a buzz seeing them take shape on the real deal and to see them replicated in model form also is Awesome!
I have nothing planned on the horizon for real aircraft as I am on the move to Odiham next month but I am just doing some "what if's" for myself on various aircraft.
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