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and then the eyes…whole mask transferred this time, then black surround sprayed and replaced, red bits sprayed and replaced, and finally the whites

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and there we are - finally!!

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Exhaust stains today…

I have in the PST used MRP smoke and exhaust but thought I would give the inks another whirl after only so-so results on the underside

sprayed liquitex inks thinned heavily with x-20a

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these 2 pics show a mixture of carbon black and burnt umber 

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Then some lighter grey

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but it just didn’t feel that good

so left it for a couple of hours to have a think

i sealed the inks with MRP semi matt then worked Abt 502 Faded White and Light Grey around the edges

dabbed on almost ‘neat’ then worked in with a flat brush which is dipped in Winsor & Newton Sans Odor but then dabbed almost 100% dry

quite pleased with this but I will sleep on it and see what it looks like in the morning 

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it looks a little rough in these pics, but to the naked eye it seems to be a bit more natural / blended

anyway, nothing is sealed so the beauty of oils is i can add more, fade some out etc if i am not happy when reviewing tomorrow

i also think that the main weathering of the cowling, fuselage sides and finishing the wing root weathering will also help bring everything together

at least that is the plan!

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also added some of these oils to the ends of the exhausts 

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On 10/25/2021 at 11:30 PM, Martinnfb said:

It is so refreshing to see that the first exhaust pipe has different wear then the rest of the stack. 

 

On 10/26/2021 at 2:25 AM, Martinnfb said:

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yes this was something i picked up in Will Pattison's series of YouTube vids on his P-40

both his and the above are the later fish tail exhausts rather than the round ones i have but i thought the same sorts of principles would apply

the exhaust stain arc is a little different from what i have seen between Allison round exhausts, Allison fish tail and Merlin (fish tail)

i am still not decided on what i will do with mine yet - probably add more light grey to tone down the dark brown, i'm not sure

i did a little extra blending / fading of the lighter colours so this is where we are now - not a whole lot different when i compare before / after pics tbh

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i also sprayed final matt (MRP) over the main canopy frame and removed the Montex masks which had been on there for probably 3 months or so - i have no idea!

masking inside is a pain and it still bugs me that many of Eduard's (and others') masks are not inside and out - if you get it right it does make a difference to the look

a good tool to use when picking the masks off clear parts - or any paint work actually - is a tooth pick shaved to wedge with a scalpel blade

quite pleased with the results

note no Future on clear parts - just polished

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that's it for the time being

hope to do the roundels later but am off for the weekend to Bath so may not update until after the weekend, we'll see

cheers

Nick

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Nice progress and enjoy your vacation to Bath. Happy memories for me as I visited Bath maybe twenty years ago and loved it. I was specially impressed by visiting the Roman bath at nigh time with torches for illumination. Astounding how advanced the Roman livestyle was by the time, compared to us barbarians :lol: (I'm German born).

Cheers Rob

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On 10/25/2021 at 9:25 PM, Martinnfb said:

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Martin

I don't know how you do it but the photographs are awesome and timely. I would never have guessed the exhaust staining would be as shown and I stand corrected.

Keep 'em comin

Peter

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We have roundels!

usual process…

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the black and light grey are not essential obviously but I would rather get depth through painting and then see what needs to be added with oils etc afterwards 

 

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this was all done back to back to back - God bless MRP!

 

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I’ll semi- flat coat it once back at the bench which is likely early next week

but I finally feel the end is in sight 

nick

 

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So with the roundels finally done, i could finally add some of the lighter / dust weathering over the wings, spine of the fuselage and also the tail plane (where ‘stuff’ was often left when on the ground)

done with oils in the same manner as the wing root weathering what seems like - and actually was! - months ago…

dots of oils dabbed on..

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Then worked in with a dry brush at this stage

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And you quickly get to something like this after some additional work with a *tiny* amount of thinner on this brush…

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so it looks a bit crazy here but once you do a sealant coat with some MRP semi matt, it all seems to get dialled down and look a bit less over the top

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Next up is adding some darker dirt / stains around the gun bay panels and engine panels, which I’ll try to post tomorrow

cheers

Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11 hours ago, GazzaS said:

Noice!

 

5 hours ago, DocRob said:

Very nice work, everything is so well blended in.

Cheers Rob

I’m with Gary and Rob.

Your work got me thinking. My style of modelling is to go detailing ad nauseam, to the point of getting stalled all too often by the dreaded AMS syndrome, to look for accuracy and scale rendering. Just as well, I have always dreaded the painting stage, and, in truth was never that interested in it.

But the reality is that most of the detailing and accurazing is most often lost or invisible, so I am just left with the lonely satisfaction « to know it’s here », whereas a good - or an oustanding, like yours - paint job will make all the difference.

I am not sure I am able to change my habits now, but it’s definitely worth having a hard thinking about them. In which case your work is one of the best tutorials I have seen for a long, long time.

Hubert

 

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