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Old Jan 20, 2011, 04:15 AM
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Awwwww yeah!

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A good cheat for for your paint to put through your airbrush is to decant paint from an aerosol can...
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Thanks Richard, this is not a bad idea. I'll keep that in mind for the near future!


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Gree, before you get along much further I'd like to know how you obtained the stencils. They look great and I think they add so much to a model, although I've never figured out good way to do them. Did you send off for them? Make them on your printer? Basically I just need them because I'm really impressed with how yours turned out.
Hi Prunner. They are from Getstencils. They have a range of different nomenclatures at different scales already in stock. They had 1/5th scale P47 nomenclature, so they scaled it down to 1/7th for me (very accurately as it turned out). They even let me change the serial number of the aircraft registration stencil.

They also do vinyl masks. I designed the masks in Adobe Illustrator for the stars and bars, the cowl artwork, tail serial number and kill markings, and they made those up too.

However one thing I was very pissed off at, was that they sent me an invoice to approve all the items before they made them, and they changed the kill markings to stickers on the invoice. I missed this as I didn't expect them to change the format of anything, received them in the mail, complained and was told it was my fault because it said stickers on the invoice, and if I wanted masks I had to pay for it! Why the hell would I want bloody stickers if I am going to all the trouble of making masks for everything!? I might use a different company in the future.



Speaking of Masks...
I have finished painting the cowl (except for final weathering)! I won't go into a huge amount of detail, but will caption the photos step by step. I guess you could say I am pretty happy with the result...
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Old Jan 20, 2011, 04:58 AM
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Wow that looks great! I'm sure you are enjoying every bit of this Gree. All your models I've seen are beautifully finished but this is the best.
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Old Jan 20, 2011, 05:05 AM
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Hey thanks Chris. Nice to know you're still out there. Yes I really enjoy the finishing part! This weekend I have managed to convince a friend to let me hi fill the fuse and wing in his back yard - so soon I'll get to do hundreds of rivets on those! Weeeee!
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Old Jan 20, 2011, 10:48 AM
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A good cheat for for your paint to put through your airbrush is to decant paint from an aerosol can, as this is already thinned correctly for spraying. I've used this technique with some success in the past when spraying RC car bodies. One thing to check though, is to test spray first as some paints have some strange properties, one I tried, for want of a better description, made cowebs of paint!!


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Richard, you have just discovered how to do 'marbleing' To create this custom effect for cars or bikes you have to have Acrylic paint. sprayed with little or no thinners and a very low air pressure it will come out of the gun in 'cobwebs' If sprayed almost horizontal to the surface you are working on it will lay down in a marble effect, using browns, greys, and blues etc. at different angles this can be very effective.

Gree, that looks fabulous. With no loss of detail either, I really am pleased for you as aerosols can be an unknown, but this paint is obviously of quality.
I'll bet you are glad you did'nt paint the yellow inside the cowl, it has so much more depth like you have it now. You must feel very satisfied which of course gives you the incentive to continue.
Beautiful.

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Old Jan 20, 2011, 04:18 PM
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sweet!! love it
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Old Jan 22, 2011, 05:19 AM
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Cowl Weathering Done

Done and Dusted
Well it is nice to finished at least one part of the plane! You can't see as much detail in the photos, but it should give you the gist. I am pretty happy with the level of weathering here. Quite subtle (for me!).

I spent the afternoon masking up the fuse and wing. Tomorrow after an FPV flight in the morning, I am off to a friend's house to prime them.
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Old Jan 22, 2011, 08:15 AM
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Awesome and a beautifull artwork.....
Congratulations ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ-
Manuel.
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Old Jan 22, 2011, 09:34 AM
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just the right amount there Gree, glad you managed to contain yourself and not over do it with the age patina.

What did you use to 'dirty' it up? A 'wash' of very thin paint perhaps.

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Old Jan 22, 2011, 09:08 PM
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Excellent work on the JUG.

I am ready to start mine now, so this has helped me out considerably.

I do have a question for all WWII scale builders, What books, video, websites, etc. are you using to get you scale documentation from? I have a "Walk Around" book and a "P-47 Thunderbolt In Action" book, but I would like to have something better.

Also, what are you using for "paint" to make things look dirty or worn?
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Old Jan 22, 2011, 10:02 PM
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Very nice work Gree!
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Old Jan 22, 2011, 10:07 PM
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The more you get completed, the more discouraged I get to finish my Mustang. This thing is looking so awesome. It's kind of like going out and seeing a really hot chick, then realizing you have the fat one on your arm.
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Old Jan 22, 2011, 11:29 PM
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Wing and fuse filled

Thanks very much everyone. Really nice to hear your encouragement, makes posting worthwhile! Greatly appreciated one and all.



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The more you get completed, the more discouraged I get to finish my Mustang. This thing is looking so awesome. It's kind of like going out and seeing a really hot chick, then realizing you have the fat one on your arm.
Hahaha! Made me laugh out loud there! Nah, It looks better in the photos.


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What books, video, websites, etc. are you using to get you scale documentation from? I have a "Walk Around" book and a "P-47 Thunderbolt In Action" book, but I would like to have something better.

Also, what are you using for "paint" to make things look dirty or worn?
I use steel wool first to scrub down the surface lightly - it takes off the new look and flattens things out a bit.

I have the P47 walk around book as well; It is really not very good. I also use FLight Journal magazines. A few years ago they used to put out special issues that concentrated on one plane. So I have a lot of period photos in that. Otherwise I just use google! Tell you what though I have some amazing books for Fw190!



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What did you use to 'dirty' it up? A 'wash' of very thin paint perhaps.
Hi Jeff, yes just a wash of black and light brown. Many layers. So I put on the wash around the bits I want, use cotton wool dampened a bit to wipe off the hard edges. That's it.



Now the Pain Begins
Here is my friend's backyard. Now the wing and fuse are all filled ready for A LOT of sanding. I put 2 whole cans on these! And all of it will be sanded off now....
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Old Jan 24, 2011, 10:25 PM
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Gree! didn't realize you were back at it. Man that is stunning detail work. This is going to be one sweet Jug.

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Old Jan 24, 2011, 11:12 PM
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amasing work gree!!!!! the weathering on the cowl is just perfect!
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Old Jan 25, 2011, 01:31 AM
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Thanks guys, and nice to see you again Jeff. Yeah I am happy with the weathering. I usually overdo it. I might try to sneak in some sanding over Australia Day holiday tomorrow. Nothing more patriotic than sanding....

I love detailing and once I get the fuse and wing smooth, I will be having a lot more fun. Still so much to do! So much for finishing by the end of 2010! :P
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